paulhenry 16


Sebastopol USA   Jan 2014

Artist Bio

Influences:   Richard Thompson, Nick Drake, Stephen Sondheim, John Martyn, Steve While, Joni Mitchel, Dan Bern, Lerner & Loewe, Nick Drake, John Martin, George & Ira Gershwin, Frank Loesser, Rogers & Hart, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Sylvia Fine, XTC, Tom Lehrer, Tom Ross, etc.

Aging bohemian. Left to myself, I'd be a hermit, but I happen to love doing this. . . which more or less requires social interaction. Go figure.

Lots of music education in my youth. I am no longer in my youth, nor do I regret leaving it. But if I could remember where I left it, I'd go get it back.

FAWM 2017. I have more or less retired in the last year. Playing more standup bass around town. This year I want to collaborate as a lyricist, but start all my own songs with the music first, not the words.

Well, I'm kind of behind this year. Can't seem to work up the enthusiasm for doing my own work, although I'm really enjoying the community and the music other FAWMers are doing. I'm not looking for encouragement, I'm just saying. I'm going to write some pocket songs about apathy, and hit the weekend skirmishes.


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  • @scottlake Mar 15

    You can download Evin's song from Soundcloud. Just hit the little down arrow on the soundcloud upper right window.

  • @spinhead  Mar 11

    "All These Walls" will be extended a wee bit by repeating two verses.

    I will never feel bad that someone wants my song to be longer. Thanks.

  • @spunky4455 Mar 1

    Hey, thanks for checking out my skirmish song, and I'm happy you liked it. I am definitely checking out the expat route these days so that's why this song probably was so easy to write.

  • @arthurrossi Feb 27

    Hey, Paul! Thanks a lot for the wonderful song once again that you made for "Amelie"! I am absolutely fascinated how it turned out! ๐Ÿ˜€
    Thanks so much for having given me this honor...

  • @arthurrossi Feb 27

    Oh, this is sooooo gorgeous, Paul! I am totally in love with this song... Thank you very, VERY much for this wonderful surprise. What a great, catchy tune, lovely arrangement with those awesome special sound-effects and such an impressive vocal delivery, I really love all about it! Thank you sooooooo much!

  • @js6  Feb 24

    Thank you for your comment on "Jรครค hampaat, jรครค luut". I aimed for a traditional finnish folk delivery, so I'm glad you noticed the old song vibes ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @metalfoot  Feb 19

    Sorry/not sorry for "Whimsical" making you hungry. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • @jibbidy34  Feb 16

    Thank you for your comment and for busting my zong.

  • @mdavisto Feb 2017

    Hey man. Thanks for your comment on RedRose.

    I think my frustration mainly stems from the fact that I once again find myself juggling life commitments - two sick kids, contract gig deadlines, university assignments, oh, and FAWM.

    And basically, the only thing that goes away when Feb is over is FAWM. That's just the pace of life right now. So as much as I'd like to revisit this and start over, will I? dunno. If I was truly honest in my management of my expectations, I probably wouldn't be doing FAWM at all.

  • @orbh Feb 2017

    Awesome! I sent you an email. Cheers!

  • @orbh Feb 2017

    Hey! Great job with the lyrics. They have that epic space venture feel to them. Fits very well. Do you want to send me the vocals as separate file for mixing or are you content with what we've got here? I think it sounds pretty spot on already so not much to do really. Maybe I just got a fixation to have all the tracks, haha.
    I can add my part of the liner notes soon. Turned out to be a pretty awesome collaboration.

  • @mdavisto Feb 2017

    Wow, so we're going to see some exciting things from you ๐Ÿ˜

    I think your approach to FAWM this year is a good one. Certainly in my own musical experiences, I've found that collaboration is extremely rewarding, and takes you places you would never have gone otherwise.

    It also makes the whole thing a lot more *fun*. Like, when you write music solo it's all serious art and whatnot, even when it isn't. Like, this has to sound right, this bit has to be correct, etc etc, you end up vanishing up your own arse.

    But when you collab, the very presence of another mind often keeps the whole thing playful. And you have experiences like arrrr that doesn't sound right, I wouldn't have done that ... but wait it actually sounds good!

    So I'm sure you're going to have endless fun this year.

  • @orbh Feb 2017

    Hey! Take your time! Cheers!

  • @mdavisto Feb 2017

    Hey man, so good to see you here. I'm soooo far behind because work and studies, but, right this sec, my kid is being cool, so, I'm trying to listen a bit.

  • @orbh Feb 2017

    Hey! No hurry. Make it the way you want! Cheers!

  • @ihelen  Feb 2017

    Hey Paul, I fixed my comment about the sunset too. Have a good one! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • @orbh Feb 2017

    Hey! It took me some time, but here's something I came up with the sci-fi theme:
    Pretty rough, but I guess you can get an idea. It strays a bit from my original eerie stuff I first was going for.
    Let me know if it's any good for you or I can try to cook up something else. Cheers!

  • @igg  Feb 2017

    Did you get the little sound file I sent you the other day?

  • @orbh Feb 2017

    I'll see what starts to develop from the themes.

  • @orbh Feb 2017

    Hi again!
    The song doesn't have to be full blown metal attack, but probably something guitar/riff oriented. Or not. I try to keep myself open for new things. You could say a theme and I could try to compose something to that and you could then write the lyrics. Or anything really.

    In my own music I always come lyrics last. If at all. Writing lyrics is my weakest point. I have abandoned several projects because of my lack of writing skills.

    Chiptune is basically old video game music. The old commodores and nintendos and such had quite primitive sound systems, but some people (me included of course) find the sounds enjoyable.

  • @igg  Feb 2017

    Hi Paul,

    I was thinking of a Bill Monroe type of drawn out emphasis on those words...I can send you a snippet of my singing idea if you're interested...

  • @orbh Feb 2017

    Hello! We have been paired for the random collab. You want to write lyrics to the music, right? Do you have any opinions what kind of music it should be? I'm open for suggestions. Cheers!

  • @spunky4455 Feb 2017

    In Hammond, IN, just across the state line from Chicago, there's a well-known art gallery/event space called Paul Henry's. I have played there many times. Enjoy your FAWM!

  • @mikeskliar  Jan 2017

    welcome back!

  • @clioem  Jan 2017

    Happy FAWM ๐Ÿ˜

  • @stuartbenbow  Jan 2017

    Hi, looking forward to another creative February. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @igg  Jan 2017

    Hi There!

  • @mdavisto Jan 2017

    Hey man. Hope to see you here this year. The way the world is, we need some of your wit and melody to keep us going.