petemurphy 52


Birmingham UK   Jan 2012  

Artist Bio

Influences:   James Hall, Tom Waits, St Vincent, Kurt Weill, Simon Warner, Jellyfish, Maria McKee, Mirel Wagner, Jenny Hval and Susanna, Dillinger Escape Plan, Mastodon, Reef, Corinne Bailey Rae, The Divine Comedy, Sarah Slean, Stone Temple Pilots, Alice In Chains, Lana Del Rey, Timber Timbre, and loads more...

18th March - I'm currently kicking 10 of these songs into shape, and I'll probably put them up on Bandcamp at some point. The ones I'm working on are - Go Dark, The Echo Of Your Lies, Find It / Kill It, Walk With Me Judith, My Love, Snow Moon, Forgive Me Elise, When The Light Can't Get In, We've Broken The Frame, Nothing Love.

18th March -
Edit - further to my note below about my songs not working, I'm now in the process of making them work again, thanks to a hack that Klaus posted on the forum.


Hey! I'm Pete.

This will be my 6th FAWM.

If you want to collaborate, just ask. See my notes about collabs further down this page...

Feel free to add me as a friend on Facebook. Just send a message to let me know you're from FAWM

I'm mostly out of the music business at the moment. I haven't written a song in almost a year, but I can't resist joining in with FAWM.

I just put out a collection of demos for free download. Seven of the songs were written during last year's FAWM challenge, and the other two were written in previous challenges (I believe one of the was written during FAWM2015, and the other during 50/90 2013). Here's the link if you fancy a listen -

This year I have a theme, and an album title (Go Dark). I've recently been getting into Mirel Wagner, and I love the way she does stripped down dark folk, murder ballad type stuff. It's inspired me to go more basic (and "Go Dark").

I'm going to be approaching this challenge quite differently to previous years. In the past I've always tried to make fully produced demos, with drums, strings, keyboards, etc..

This time around I'm looking at going minimal. I'm planning on mainly doing acoustic guitar and vocal demos, straight into a handheld recorder that my dad gave me (it's a Zoom H2n). I might also use a 4 track recording app that I've got on my phone (can't remember what that's called).

I may import some things into Cubase to add a few extra bits, but I really want to keep things as basic as possible.

Collaborations -

I'm happy to collaborate (usually putting music/melody to other people's lyrics), but again, I will be approaching it differently this year....
1. As mentioned, I won't be producing full demos, so what I do will mostly be acoustic guitar and vocal, very basic/rough sound quality.
2. I'm mostly interested in tackling dark themes/subjects at the moment, so would rather put music to lyrics that explore this (the darker the better). Think Mirel Wagner, PJ Harvey's 'White Chalk' album, Timber Timbre, etc...

I hope you all have a great time this February!

Songs (52)

#1 Go Dark 34
Feb 1
#2 I Covet You 29
Feb 2
#3 My Love 18
Feb 2
#4 Find It / Kill It 12
Feb 3
#5 You Hurt Me, DC 13
Feb 3
#6 Time Don't Heal @leepat  19
Feb 3
#7 Stuck in the Middle of Blue (DEMO by Pete Murphy added) @kahlo2013  7
Feb 4
#8 These Are The Best Drugs 8
Feb 4
#9 Tchaikovsky Suicide 8
Feb 4
#10 I Can't @mctown 14
Feb 4
#11 When The Light Can't Get In 11
Feb 5
#12 Survivor's Guilt 8
Feb 5
#13 Veganese 18
Feb 6
#14 Forgive Me, Elise 9
Feb 7
#15 Red Sky In The Morning 21
Feb 7
#16 Amygdala Anonimo 11
Feb 9
#17 The Echo Of Your Lies 12
Feb 9
#18 What's Left Of Me @theresaj 18
Feb 10
#19 Smoldering Coals @tiller2  14
Feb 10
#20 Snow Moon @fearlessflight2014  23
Feb 11
#21 Taking No Prisoners @cynthiawolff  18
Feb 12
#22 How do I let go of you @brrrse  8
Feb 12
#23 Brother of Jesus @bithprod 6
Feb 13
#24 Beating Down The Wall @ajna1960  11
Feb 13
#25 Hey little girl @acousticmaddie  15
Feb 13
#26 Only Room for Gloom @oneslowtyper 6
Feb 13
#27 Blood on my Hands @brrrse  12
Feb 14
#28 I'm Sorry (New Demo by Pete Murphy) @marvsmooth  10
Feb 15
#29 'The Melody'. Updated: Collaboration with Pete Murphy @musicsongwriter 9
Feb 15
#30 Ghost Town @donna  25
Feb 16
#31 Stop @mctown 9
Feb 16
#32 The Hypocrite Dance 5
Feb 17
#33 Empty Page @metalfoot  8
Feb 17
#34 7 Candles @ampersandman  14
Feb 19
#35 Balthazar @stephenwordsmith 23
Feb 21
#36 Walk With Me, Judith 3
Feb 22
#37 Turn The Page @sherrycanary  12
Feb 22
#38 Baby, do you miss me? 6
Feb 22
#39 My True Destiny (NEW DEMO) @marvsmooth  10
Feb 23
#40 Mary And The Virgin @stephenwordsmith 9
Feb 23
#41 Walk on Oceans @russiasaturn  6
Feb 24
#42 What happened, Josephine? 1
Feb 25
#43 The Road Is So Long, Lord (@petemurphy version) @popmythology  13
Feb 25
#44 We've Broken The Frame 3
Feb 25
#45 A Good Man Who Does Bad Things 4
Feb 25
#46 Go Dark (Part 2) 3
Feb 26
#47 Running With Scissors 6
Feb 26
#48 Always The Unknown 3
Feb 27
#49 The Politics Of Shame 3
Feb 27
#50 Now I'm The Enemy 5
Feb 27
#51 Nothing Love 8
Feb 28
#52 A Good Girl Who Does Bad Things @fearlessflight2014  32
Mar 1


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  • @ladyred Mar 22


  • @sueawesome Mar 16

    you left so many sweet comments on several of my 'songs' but a lack of sleep has prevented me from adequately thanking you..
    I'm still sleep deprived and will come back for a real thank you.. for now.. know how much I appreciate each one of them.. you are so thoughtful and kind

  • @fearlessflight2014  Mar 15

    Oh no! I'm here to listen but I can't? Did I miss the window?

  • @johnstaples  Mar 15

    Hi Pete! Thanks for your kind words on Only One Survives! I dunno what that song is all about! 😀

    I tried to listen to a couple of yours but the audio is not working. I tried "Now I'm The Enemy" and "Nothing Love". Any idea what is going on? I can try again later.

  • @sherrycanary  Mar 15

    Thanks for coming by and checking out more of my songs. I was checking you out at the same time. How is that for synchronicity!
    So cool to hear the jazzy side of you this FAWM.
    I couldn't load a few of your songs so I will be back

  • @fearlessflight2014  Mar 14

    Hey there Pete thanks for taking the time to visit my songs. I really appreciate it. Hope you are doing well.

  • @fearlessflight2014  Mar 11

    Thanks for visiting Out Of My Kitchen. It's a keeper I reckon. 😀 the sound at the end was a sound effect I got from the net. I wasn't prepared to break a bunch of plates myself. 😀

  • @guatecoop  Mar 10

    Man, you are too nice....Thank you for your kind and encouraging words. Feedback from you really means something to me. I admire what you have done this year, but have had you on my watchlist for some time now. Thank you. Thank you.

  • @metalfoot  Mar 9

    Thanks for listening to "No Right" and your kind words! Much appreciated!

  • @alphanerg Mar 8

    Holy shit, grats on the 52 songs, how do i even pick one to check out!?

  • @ustaknow Mar 8

    Hey, thank you for the review of "The Family You Get", I appreciate the comment, feedback!

  • @musicsongwriter Mar 7

    Thank you Pete for your beautiful comment on my one chord piece. Thank you for all your great support. I keep listening to our collaboration. It is very special. Thank you for all collaborations. Wishing you a very happy Spring.

  • @kevinemmrich  Mar 7

    anonymous: ha, The verse is just dmaj7 -- cmaj7. For some reason I thought it was in the key of C, so the chorus is F-C-G-C, Fmaj7, Gmaj7. Well I discovered pretty quickly that I was the key of D in the verse and C(ish) in the chorus -- I just sort of went with it.

  • @zecoop  Mar 7

    Totally honored Pete... seriously, if one song i have worked on gets a really positive nod from you then I know i am on to something. Your stuff always impresses me, whether you are just knocking out quick acoustic things, or doing your normal monster mixes that *always* blow me away and want to get better. You are some of the serious talent here at FAWM that has always impressed and inspired me. I appreciated you taking the time to listen to both.
    (p.s. - Karl's voice reminds me of Robyn Hitchcock, just for the record) 😀

  • @kahlo2013  Mar 6

    Thanks for your kind comment! And no I did not really write 126 - some collaborators posted new songs with my lyrics so they show up as double hits. I should clean up my list and get all cross references in place!

  • @candle Mar 5

    Thanks for your great comment on my version of The Road Is So Long Lord. I'm one who enjoys atmospherics over melodics. And I've never been much of a gospel singer.

    Congrats on your impressive output this year! 52 songs. Wow!

    See You In The Shadows…

  • @dragondreams  Mar 4

    Aww, you're lovely, Pete! Thank you. 😊
    52?! Wow! That's going to keep me busy for a while. 😀

  • @musicsongwriter Mar 2

    Thank you for your kind comment Pete. Yes I find it amazing how people who like drinking manage to make us feel guilty if we don't. Oh well, I believe in mutual respect so they need to respect the choice people make whether they drink or not. Right? Hope so. If not, it's their loss. I keep reminding this to myself when they try to make me feel guilty that I spoil their fun by not drinking wine or beer. I love water with a slice of lemon or lime. So wonderful and pure.

  • @popmythology  Mar 2

    Pete, it was really nice of you to listen to all the other versions of "The Road Is So Long, Lord" and to comment on them like that. Once again, can I just say what a pleasure it was to be able to collab with you for the first time. Now I can tick off another FAWM hard hitter on my collab dream list!

  • @metalfoot  Mar 1

    Let me know if you ever need a low bass harmony vocal for a track! 😀 Thanks for listening to The Road.

  • @fearlessflight2014  Mar 1

    Oh god... I've really clogged your soundboard...

  • @fearlessflight2014  Mar 1

    One last thing b4 I head out to the studio to try and get more collabs finished- the chart I sent has simple chords on it and I'm trusting your ear for the alterations. That D7 for example is a typical altered minor 5 theres a flat 9 at least. But you chord players are better at that than us bassists. 😀

  • @fearlessflight2014  Mar 1

    I think it's my favourite thing I've done all FAWM- thank you for the inspiration!! It's been a really emotionally draining month and somehow this song helped me let it out. Really, I'm so grateful.

  • @fearlessflight2014  Mar 1

    Here's a quick chart that might help:

  • @fearlessflight2014  Mar 1

    I'll upload separate wav files of bass/kit and Vox. Do you want them raw or with the eq I quickly pulled up?

  • @fearlessflight2014  Mar 1

    If you do like it go ahead and put it up as it is. I wondered about a couple of guitar chords? Its okay if you are done. But I can send you a chart to make it easy?

  • @fearlessflight2014  Mar 1

    Up to you, either post it as a new song or if it's easier just add me as a collaborator and link the audio in whatever way you like. I'll fix the lyric link...

  • @fearlessflight2014  Mar 1

    Hey there Pete, finally got enough of my voice back to demo some stuff! Here is my demolition of A Good Man Who Does Bad Things. I did change a fair bit and added a bridge but I don't think I got away from what you were trying to say. I just loved that street image of the kerb and the drain and wanted to make it even stronger by referring to it in the first verse as well. If you don't hate it, it could sure use some guitar! If you do hate it I'm sorry, I really wanted to do it justice... But....
    My adapted lyric:

  • @kevinemmrich  Feb 28

    Thanks for the shout out on "One Day"!! I have one more song to get out and I will complete that tonight. You have gone completely nuts this FAWM (ha, ha) -- 50!!!! I have to wait until 6:30 to record one part (janet's doing piano lessons), so maybe I will one or two of your a listen.

  • @tjeff  Feb 28

    Hi Pete! Thanks very much for your comment on Mister Oblivion!

  • @jamesstaubes  Feb 28

    I will come back and listen to more of yours from this year. I'm so glad you like that "Feel This Love." That was an early one from this FAWM seems like ages ago.

    I finally figured out a way to get my mixes louder. Of course the FAWM community gave me loads of great advice.

    Terri Ann is a first time FAWMer. I met her here in LA in December. I told her about FAWM and that it'd be a great way for us to write some songs together, as we agreed on making an EP. We ended up with 7 collabs this year.

    If you have Komplete 10 then you're probably good for now. The version I had, before updating, was 5. So I was ready for some new sounds. So far it's proving to be a great investment. I'm even looking at getting their 88 key controller. Maybe sometime soon.

    Thanks again for your comments!

  • @darcistrutt  Feb 28

    You are bringing joy to my insomnia. I'll hopefully sleep soon, but pay a visit in the morning!

  • @klaus  Feb 27

    Thank you for your kind words on Do You Wanna Rock and Read My Hips. Looks like this lo-fi approach has worked really well for you. You are a three-time Winner! Congratulations, congratulations and congratulations! 😀

  • @donna  Feb 26

    Hi, Pete. I thought you might like to hear the demo. 😀

  • @popmythology  Feb 25

    Hey, Pete! I love your interpretation of "The Road Is So Long, Lord." Man, your voice just soars. Please go ahead and post it, and thank you for doing it! Yay, my first collab with you! 😁

  • @stephenwordsmith Feb 24

    All right! Thanks to you, I have finally had my very first cabal of completed collaborations.

    You have my gratitude.

  • @stephenwordsmith Feb 23

    That's... quite a song. Please go ahead and post it. I do like the arrangement.

  • @fearlessflight2014  Feb 23

    Ok... I'm going to jump at the chance. But first list five of the songs you've written this year that most reflect the sound you are going for. I want to write something with your sound in my head.

  • @fearlessflight2014  Feb 23

    Are you really serious?? You have 38 songs! You must be exhausted. If that was to be a thing you had time for I'd like to write something especially as a collab for you, not just hand you something I shoved out during a skirmish.

  • @stephenwordsmith Feb 23

    If the lyric takes your fancy, you are welcome to have at it. One wonders how long an urgent demo of an eight-line song would be. You, of course, have my full confidence.

  • @marvsmooth  Feb 23

    Wow Pete, you've turned True Destiny into such a beautiful song!

    Thank you 😀

  • @metalfoot  Feb 22

    Take care of your finger! And the picking's still better than what I can do that way. 😀 Thanks again... I appreciate you doing this for me more than I can express.

  • @metalfoot  Feb 22

    Pete, that's lovely. I will post it and if you want to update it, I'll add you as collaborator to edit as you wish.

  • @sherrycanary  Feb 22

    Don't know why it was dupe message

  • @metalfoot  Feb 22

    No need to apologize. So much going on during FAWM that I figured you simply hadn't seen it! 😀

  • @sherrycanary  Feb 22

    Sent you a FB message

  • @metalfoot  Feb 22

    Pete, just checking if you saw my lyrics for "Empty Page" ( and if you are interested in taking them on? I don't mean to be a pest or a burden, and if you're not interested, let me know. 😀

  • @sherrycanary  Feb 22

    Somehow I said it twice, but you deserve it 😀
    Also want to say I love how you changed up the rhythm on the chorus

  • @sherrycanary  Feb 22

    Pete..Love Turn the Page. You are amazing!!!

  • @sherrycanary  Feb 22

    Pete..Love Turn the Page. You are amazing!!!

  • @marvsmooth  Feb 22

    I would love you to do My True Destiny. I sort of wrote it with that in mind!

  • @the3queens Feb 21

    Everything you are doing here this year has a very cohesive feel for a dark, sparse album. Nice work. Different for you but no less great than previous years.

  • @ihelen  Feb 21

    Ah yes - that link you provided is lovely. He really does have a talent for piano and other genres as well. It's quite inspiring. Thanks for sharing. 😀

  • @stephenwordsmith Feb 21

    Thanks for clearing that up. The song is magnificent, and it my pleasure to share it with the world. Hope you enjoy your time off. You've earned it 😀

  • @sherrycanary  Feb 20

    Pete..Good to hear from you! Didn't know if you burned out from heavy production this year!
    I will be back to check out more songs from you. I went north for 5 days and lost some ground. Just getting momentum back

  • @stephenwordsmith Feb 20

    Hi, Pete.

    The most recent Dropbox link doesn't appear to be working. I'll wait until you're back and we can go from there. Very much looking forward to hearing it and sharing it with the FaWmUnity.

  • @chrishope  Feb 19

    Well I first wrote more then edited then got paranoid waited days then finally contacted you ..Thanks for reply x

  • @chrishope  Feb 19

    i feel like i somehow killed your personal thread, please accept my apology

  • @cts  Feb 19

    Hey man - I'm behind with catching up with my FAWM peeps, but I'll be checking out your work shortly...

  • @sherrycanary  Feb 19

    Pete...if you have energy and inclination, I just posted lyrics to a song called Turn the Page.
    Be great to do another collab!

  • @popmythology  Feb 19

    Hey, Pete, thanks for your comment! Just FYI, everyone who's done a version of "The Road Is So Long, Lord" has been cool with there being other versions of it, so if you feel like playing around with those lyrics, please do feel free to! 😀

  • @stephenwordsmith Feb 18

    Thank you for the update. I listened to the demo and got goosebumps - I'm entirely in line with your artistic vision on this one. What a song! Go forth and fulfill what must be fulfilled. Thanks again.

  • @thebschip Feb 18

    Wow, thank you for listening to so many songs and for writing such kind words. It is awesome that you have so many done that I can catch up on! I look forward to my next big break that I can take to listen to these. Congrats on completing it already!

  • @boyatheart  Feb 18

    Hey Pete you're unstoppable. Looks like you'll have no problem hitting a triple FAWM tally. Thanks very much for the comment on "Good Guys" too. Best wishes. 😀

  • @susyblue  Feb 18

    Hi Pete, thanks so much for your kind comments. Holy moly you are yet again putting me to shame. I've slacked off this week but am feeling motivated again. How do you work so quickly??

  • @stephenwordsmith Feb 17

    Hi, Pete. I appreciate the update. It should go without saying that you can take all the time you need; yours is the harder and more time-consuming task. Enjoy your weekend.

  • @shannonwinnonah Feb 17

    Thank you @petemurphy !! I was rolling all night with the craig list men. new song post today!!!

  • @stephenwordsmith Feb 16

    Awesome! So excited to have you on board.

    Looking forward to hearing the result.

  • @stephenwordsmith Feb 16

    Further to my below comment, I think I wrote something that is both dark and not too odd.

    I offer it to you as a possible collaboration.

    See what you think. If you don't think it's workable, that's fine. I will keep trying. I appreciate all you're doing this FAWM.

  • @cynthiawolff  Feb 16

    darling Pete,
    Gheesh...thank you so much for the kind and wonderful comments..
    you have helped me over one of those days where I think "what the heck do I think I am doing" xxxc!

  • @musicsongwriter Feb 16

    Thank you Pete.
    Nadia ~

  • @musicsongwriter Feb 16

    Hi Pete, here is the link, please kindly take a look and let me know if you would like me to change/add/amend anything. Thank you,

  • @musicsongwriter Feb 16

    Hi Pete, yes, I'll mention it. I think I'll post it as it is, it's really sweet intro regarding Hello. Thank you so much Pete. I love our songs.

  • @stephenwordsmith Feb 16


    I keep trying to write you a song, but I haven't written anything good yet. Argh.

  • @mctown Feb 16 are the one tearing it up... I've got many eggs out there ..yet to hatch.... but you never know how that goes is fawm.

  • @russiasaturn  Feb 15

    No worries Pete! There's no rush on it. Just whenever you have time, I've got several collabs going too and it does get crowded lol. Playing in free time is good with me. 😀

  • @musicsongwriter Feb 15

    Thank you Pete, awesome! Thank you for your kind opinion about my lyric. It was inspired by your thread. Please let me know if you are happy for me to upload our song on Bandcamp and if so would you kindly send me Wav. I can cut out "Hello Nadia". Thank you again Pete. You are a truly amazing songwriter, well I knew it but each time you are surprising me more with your amazing gitt.

  • @musicsongwriter Feb 15

    Hi Pete, you are a real magician! How could you create such an amazing song in such a short space of time. It's gorgeous! Absolutely love it. Thank you so much, I've listened 4 times already, just couldn't stop listening. I've added you but didn't upload the demo. Would you please upload your demo the way you would like. I've amended my lyric the way you sang it and added the info. Please kindly check and change as you feel fit. Thank you so much again!

  • @musicsongwriter Feb 15

    Thank you Pete. I can only say I'm okay as per today regarding the cold, too many people are ill and being a teacher it's not easy to avoid the cold altogether. Thank you for your kind thoughts. I'm very happy to wait for our collaboration. Please take all the time you need.
    Have a wonderful evening Pete.

  • @musicsongwriter Feb 15

    Hi Pete, thank you so much for reading and writing your warm note. I'm okay, thank you. It will be wonderful to collaborate again. Please let me know if you would like me to add you.
    Have a great day.

  • @brrrse  Feb 15 know about GYAWS on facebook, right? Can I use this as the submission song this week in their group? It's just so lovely. Let me know.

  • @brrrse  Feb 15

    It's me again 😀 If you are up for it, I'd like to see where we can take that song after FAWM. I think we've put something really good together. No pressure, and no rush. thank you again.

  • @brrrse  Feb 15

    Pete, I'm speechless. Please post that up anywhere you like... "how can I" .....oh god that.s beautiful. I can't. even type right now. thank you

  • @brrrse  Feb 15

    Yes, you can play with how do I let go... I'm excited to hear what you do with it

  • @shannonwinnonah Feb 15

    @petemurphy rocks!!!!!

  • @mctown Feb 15

    wow...lots of songs...

  • @sherrycanary  Feb 15

    Hi Pete
    Thanks for coming round and listening to some of my songs. I really hoped you would listen to It Wasn't Me so you could hear my vocals as more than as sketch, which is what FAWM is for me. Means a lot coming from you. Thanks too on my French Homage to a French Fry 😀. You have had a banner year, and it's only half over. Wow!!

  • @yam655  Feb 14

    Congratulations on hitting Century Club! 😀

  • @popmythology  Feb 14

    THanks so much for your comment, Pete! You're always welcome to play around with those lyrics if you want, though. As long as you didn't mind there being other versions. Congrats on your big FAWM win!

  • @brrrse  Feb 14

    dude, we're in sync today. As for collabs with you? anything you wanna do 😀 if you wanna work on something together or half and half. Whatever you want baby 😀

  • @brrrse  Feb 14

    @petemurphy you mind if I put some vocals in it a little? a little Janis?

  • @brrrse  Feb 14

    @petemurphy can I put it up? or you want to! This is EXACTLY how I wrote it.

  • @brrrse  Feb 14

    And again, Pete - Thank you for being here!

  • @brrrse  Feb 14

    @petemurphy I love having multiple interpretations of my if you'd like to work up something with Blood on my Hands, I would love to hear it. Do all the musics with all the things if ya wanna. I'd be honored!

  • @acousticmaddie  Feb 13

    Great! It was a pleasure!

  • @acousticmaddie  Feb 13

    WOW Pete! Thank you.Couldnot Imagine it to be that amazing. Lyrics means a lot to me and you really took it up to the roof.
    Is it ok If Iput it up somewhere (Dontworry I dont use Facebook 😀 ) I andput it into the collab. THANK YOU <3