Influences: Thomas Tallis to John Martyn.....
My sincere thanks to all Fawmers for keeping me on the rails with their wit, generosity of commentary and serious commitment to great songs and music. Getting involved with Fawm is the best thing I've ever done and your songs just get better and better each year.
Shine on, you crazy diamonds...
Congratulations on hitting Century Club! 😀
Thanks for your generous words on my piano part for my Christmas song. And thanks for taking the time to listen. It's great to get back such positive feedback. You asked about 50/90, but I'm a very slow songwriter and just the thought of that many songs in such a short time feels overwhelming to me. For me, FAWM is enough. I'm going to spend this year trying to improve my skills further so that maybe I can post 5 or 6 songs next FAWM. I might eventually work my way up to 14 songs in a few years.
And by the way: "we are maggie and terre and suzzy" -- I just may have listened to and sung along with that album a good bit back when. Fun to be reminded!
"...like showers of neutrinos from the Death Star."
That's kinda the effect I was aiming for. 😝
(You gotta use that somewhere!)
Thank you so much for your kind words on my songs Winding Path and Christmas Memories. I appreciate it, and I'd love to collaborate with you next FAWM. This is my 2nd FAWM, and, like you, I have yet to try a skirmish. Not even sure how they're done. Maybe next year I'll figure it out. I do play piano, but I'm slow at learning new pieces, so I let "Sibelius" play it for me, mistake-free but, granted, with less feeling than a human would give the music.
Thanks for the comments on my songs!
Yeah I hear you about the Stealer's Wheels thing. It wasn't that I thought it sounded like it, but the structure of the song that seemed almost the same to me.
Hey Pearse, I feel like you got three amazing new songs out of this FAWM!! That is really a huge win my friend!!! But I have enjoyed your music so much I wish you had more for me to listen to! I had commented earlier on your lyrics for "I will be gone" but only today got back around to hearing your other two songs and I am truly blown away at how good they are! I don't download very many FAWM songs but I definitely downloaded these two!!! If you add music to "I will be gone" please let me know as I will listen (and prolly download it too!)
Thank you very much for your generous comments on my songs this year! I deeply appreciate it! And given how much I love your music it makes those comments even more treasured!!
Are you planning to do 50/90 this year? If so I hope to see (and hear) you there! Take care!!
I don't live in Amsterdam anymore and I'm pretty busy the coming weeks but if by chance you are still in Amsterdam on the 23rd?
That day I have a rehearsal in Amsterdam from 11.00 to 13.30 close to the Leidseplein/Overtoom.
Maybe we can meet at around 13.45 and have a drink?
There's a nice cafe in the Eerste Constantijn Huygensstraat 82, called De Koffiesalon.
Would be fun if we could meet.
Thank you very much for your kind comment. I appreciate it much!
Thanks for the wonderful comments, Pearse. And yep, that's a Shure 58. You have a sharp eye. My condenser's in storage, so it's been SM58 all the way this year.
Pearse, thank you so much for all your kind comments regarding my songs. I would love for you to add flute or clarinet sometime to 'I'm Attracted to You'. Regarding the drums on 'Where the Rubber Meets the Road' They are all loops chopped, most heavily compressed and/or delayed. They were the most time consuming of the song. Drop me a line when you can and I'd be happy to give you the details as well as send you sound files to play with.
Once again, thanks for your encouragement and for giving us three solid songs to enjoy and be inspired by.
Thank you so much for your generous words about my songs and my singing! 😀 I deeply, deeply appreciate it.
I gather from the comment below mine that you're having some difficult family issues. I'm so sorry. Sending good wishes for peace and healing in your direction.
So sorry to hear of your difficulties. We went through similar circumstance with my mom a few years ago. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Yup. I'm Scottish and my dear sweet husband tells me I live in a minor key. One of the few keepsakes I have is a book on Scottish wars. Sigh.
You are too kind, Pearse. Thank you for that very encouraging comment on 'Luna'.
I'm standing by with a lot of availability for helping to get your demo up, but will be happy to go ahead and post your lyric any time you give the word.
Hello there! 😀
So it looks like we're partners for the Random Collab Challenge! I'm only a lyricist so do you agree on writing some music? Is there something you feel more inspired about? I'll be really happy to work with you 😀
My contact e-mail is on my profile if you want!
Aw, thanks for taking the time to listen and comment on so many of my songs today! I've been out of town for a few days, having family here, and so been out of the FAWM loop on top of already being behind (as usual!) on all the listening I'd hoped to do. But your thoughtful and enthusiastic remarks were more than welcome and I'm looking forward to catching up on your work here as well.
Pearse - I'd love to hear the soundtrack, thank you 😀
Yes, I'm still in Co Galway, in fact I'm on the Clare border, so Fanore is not so far away. Coffee/lunch etc would be great, thank you 😀
Depending when you come, if it's in March I'm involved in an Amercian film set in Ireland and lots of Irish music, so you can come chat about it etc 😀
And your mother seems to have been blessed with a gentle and sensitive son, in return! May you always be quick to weep with joy and gratitude for still being here, and belonging. Thanks so much for sharing more about what makes you tick. <3<3
Hellooo Pearse 😀 Great to hear from you again 😀 I'm glad you liked Washing In Washing Out - I had a great singer/producer/composer for that one 😀 I'm spoilt 😀
What are you up to nowadays ?
Thank you so much for your kind words on "There's Just Today". Glad it moved you. 😀
Thank you, Pearse. Your kind and playful comments are such a joy to receive! I'd gladly assign you the task of creating a video to go with 'Experiment' that followed your trippy mental images, and you can do the Attenborough voice-over! Lol!
But on a more heart-felt note, I appreciate your listening to the whole of my postings. I am moved by what you do too, and today I was missing hearing more from your musical palette. If I am part of what keeps you in touch with your desire to create, then I am greatly honored. What a wonderful interchange to be part of!
Indeed life is too short. Just read a great Tom Robbins quote “You’ve heard of people calling in sick. You may have called in sick a few times yourself. But have you ever thought about calling in well? It’d go like this: You’d get the boss on the line and say, “Listen, I’ve been sick ever since I started working here, but today I’m well and I won’t be in anymore.” Call in well.”
Just stopping back by to listen more closely to #2 and comment on it, finally, and it's gone. Wassupwidat?
So sorry to hear about your Mom . . . it's quite a struggle, isn't it? Thanks for listening to my song!
check your email for the full link
"Now and Then"
I've downloaded and converted your SoundCloud mp4 file to mp3 and then uploaded it to my file hosting. Here's the link for you to insert in the Demo field of your song, just like before.
If we do this again, it would be a slightly simpler process if I can start with an mp3. Is that possible? That's what the FAWM file hosting site will accept. You could email it to me, and I could just upload it without needing to do any conversions. However, that may not be what you are exporting, if you are recording on ipad, which may be some of the trouble you're having. Willing to help, either way.
Hi Pearce - thanks for trying to listen to my song! It's loading for me - maybe a soundcloud gremlin popped up when you tried? I appreciate the effort! 😬
I watched your song touch each person that listened, so I felt it deserved to have as wide an audience as possible. Yes, this place IS the best ever, and you are no small part of the encouragement that abounds. Keep posting songs!!
Catching up on my thankyou's.
So... thank you very much for listening and commenting to Gone.
You wrote some very sweet words, I feel honoured, thanks.
Thanks for listening to my song "Underneath The Tree", I appreciate it.
Thank you so much for your comments on my song! I haven't done a collab in a long long time, but I could try one! I am very flattered, thank you. Your comments made my day!
You are too sweet!! Thank you!!
Hey Pearce, I got one up finally!! It's a weird one... but I think I like it.
hey there! just getting around to catching up with folks. hope you have a great FAWM! have fun!
I LOVE that you are keen to hear something.. no time this year just isolated lyric fragments so far. Really trying to get some demos up this week. Driving me coco bananas!
Thank you Barb, you're a genius, it's up there with lyrics and all.. I just copied your link onto the site and hey presto.... have to get past this ineptness with urls and things ... thank you so much for all
your help ...
hmmm, you mean the actual song page won't accept the address? Maybe it realizes my hosting doesn't match your user name. If so, then two ideas:
1) let me set up your file hosting and put the file there for you, or
2) I can create the song page for it and add you as collaborator.
3) Or wait until you sort it out.
All I meant to say was "Add a Song" the way you usually do in FAWM. Then insert that link I supplied (the web address) by copy/paste into the DEMO field. That's all you need to do.
Yes, I was able to download it, and I have it on repeat. So powerful.
Do you want any hosting help or are you good with that now?
You're a really encouraging fellow. People like you are what makes FAWM such a special thing. Thank you for your comment on my song I Don't Wanna Know and thank you for being a gentleman.
I look forward to hearing more of your work soon!
Not sure why you can't just make your song link to the Soundcloud song. But, it you make it downloadable on SC, I would be happy to download it and host it on my FAWM file hosting account and give you the URL to put into your song. If that helps, lemme know.
Nine-foot seven is no twelve-foot two, but who's measuring? A fan is a fan. ;>)
yep, it's just the iphone built-in mic. I have taken to learning my instrument part well enough to play it expressively without singing along so I can get separate takes for vocal and instrument and still have them have a matching emphasis, but they happen successively, not at the same time, obviously. that might be the hardest part!
oh, you are going to be in heaven when you get that app! I have created songs in the library before, never uttering a sound. hit me up if you have questions.
I did a good bit of post-facto editing on the description below as I was going along, so perhaps look to see if it is longer than it used to be!
Hiya Pearse. Sure, I'll be glad to give you as much detail as you want. Do you use GarageBand on the iPhone? That's where all the magic happens. I'm just using the on-board mic of my iphone6. It's the multi-tracking and changing the effects on each individual track where I tweak until it suits my ear. This one was 10 tracks altogether. 3 separate vox takes on the main melody line, keeping the timing as close as possible and minimizing esses and such, and 1 on the harmony version of that melody; 2 om tracks at a fifth interval between them, then copy/pasted those each into additional tracks and scooted them over to keep there from being gaps from taking breaths and make it sound more like a group meditation. The uke track was doubled and split L/R-ish. Panned the vocal tracks this way and that, to taste, to get a bit of separation. I'd have to revisit to tell you how much Echo & Reverb was on each track, and which preset of those effects I used for the song. I also probably played a little bit with compression and with bass/treble levels on some of the tracks. It was huge fun just mixing and tasting, like a pot of soup! Thanks for asking, and for letting me know you're still enjoying it! Cheers again!
Oh, I start with the uke, then plug in earbuds (no mic, just the phone, still), so I can listen in live-time as I lay down each new track.
Hi Pearce! thanks so much for listening to 'hold on to love' and cheering me on. That was really fun to do! I think I am going to do a lot more exploring this FAWM. Cheers!
That was nice of you to say. Thanks so much. 😀
Thank you so much for your lovely words about "The Lady of the Harbor"! I'm looking forward to hearing your FAWMsongs.
Nice to see you here again!
I have no plans either. I'm white knuckling it with you. May your pen and heart burn for the next 28 days.
Argh... so sorry to hear that. That is a tough thing for sure. My parents are 80 and health is not what it once was. It's so hard seeing parents get older. But I hope you can give some joy and find some joy. Stay in touch. 😀
You updated your profile so that means you're in! I look forward to seeing what emerges...
Ahh, the clouds cleared and there you were. So happy to see you my friend.
Hi Pearse! Thanks for the warm welcome back. Great to see you hear again too. Looking forward to hearing your songs this year!!
Hoping to hear some nice ones from you again.
Thank you Pearse! Good to see you back here.
Hey Pearse! Good to see you here already, and it's awesome you are winging it! Surprises are the best!! 😀
Thanks for the welcome message. Indeed, the community, and seeing faces from prior years, is the best part of FAWM. Have a joyous month, and I'm looking forward to your music!
Hi there and happy FAWMing!!! 😁
Cheers for your message. You just using the iPhone mic or do you have an add-on one? I was thinking about a Shure MV88 but they're a bit pricey. Sound good though.