To get the negative stuff out of the way first...
This year I have witnessed aggression, bullying, aggressors playing the victim, hate, and rudeness (amongst other things) to such a high level that I have stayed away from the challenge. I have witnessed the entire FAWM community be attacked in one fell swoop. I have also witnessed the enabling/encouragement of these behaviours, which has left me feeling disappointed and disconcerted.
These behaviours had me contemplating deleting my account yesterday.
However, a kind soul talked to me very late last night and helped me to see things a little differently.
This means that I might join in at some point.
Things I will not tolerate anywhere near my page -
personal attacks of any kind, whether towards me or anyone else
Those things are completely against the spirit of FAWM. Take that stuff somewhere else.
I truly believe that 99% of FAWMers are lovely, genuine people. As with most things, there are always the odd few who want to cause upset, spread bad vibes, and spoil things for everyone. I'm glad to see the 'reasonable person principles' thread on the forum.
Now for some positive stuff -
@karlsburg25 has recently released an album. It's brilliant. Really. The songs, the production, the performances. It's so good, and you should go buy it - https://thekarloskollective.bandcamp....
@acousticmaddie is massively generous with her commenting, and such a brilliant, prolific artist. She deserves all the love.
Peace to all.
No songs by this fawmer (yet).
Hi Pete, just want to let you know that you've always got a friend here. I'm not hard to find, for any time you ever want to talk.
Remember, when the good ones walk away, the bullies have more room to play.
show us some of your new Americana
I am glad you are partially back. Don't let the haters get thou down. God the last year was terrible politically and on FB. Self care is crucial in these times, so often necessary unfortunately to tune it out by whatever means necessary, especially for the empaths amongst us.
Hi Pete, I hope you'll be happy to participate on fawm. Fawn needs You. You create amazing songs, you give amazing comments. You represent positive, kind, inspiring, encouraging vibes. We need them now more than ever when some negativity is in the atmosphere. Let's let the kindness win.
Hey Pete, missing you this year! Sorry to hear you had a bad experience, I'm shocked to hear that as I always thought fawm to be to opposite to most of the internet and a friendly encouraging safe space. Anyways all the best to you, hi to your doggies 😀
yay look who it is 😀 you're ace too. sing us a song....
Hey Pete -- sorry to see you are staying away this year. You are always a pleasure to listen to. If you feel the need, you can always post one! Have a great year -- it sounds like you are pretty busy these days.
Saw your post in the missing thread and wanted you to know that I fully support your decision. Doesn't mean I won't miss you here in fawmland, but you do what you need to do for you and be well. Most of all, be well.
Hello Pete, sorry to hear you aren't taking part. Hope all is well.
😢 I'm so sorry 😢 You will be missed and hope to see you for 50/90. <hugs> <3
Oh that's a shame.
Hope you're ok and that we will see you next year again.
Pete, good luck on whatever platform you use, I'm amazed by your steady outpouring of albums (I can't keep up)! Don't let the bad smurfs get to you.
what a minute? what?? your not playing this year???
really gonna miss you...and am hoping you'll change your
mind cause it won't be the same without you...I mean that!!
So sad you won't be joining us. Maybe next year...
Hi Pete, Happy FAWMing!
*sending love* <3
Ahh!!! That’s a sad thing for the rest of us who love you. But full support for anything you gotta do. <3
Hi mate! Ihope you have a great fawm and a cool trip. I am here if you need me or want to collab/M
Hey Pete! Happy FAWM!
Hey, Chief! Just checking in to let you know I was thinking about you, and I wish you a very successful FAWM.
Hey Pete. I know we have chatted and i totally understand, but personally i hope you do as I manage to, which is to maybe squeeze out 2-3 tracks this FAWM. It will make me smile a lot!
Wow, you’ve been so prolific I’m amazed you have juice left for FAWM. It’s awesome you are back.
Hey Pete, yeah the HT-1R is small but it's pretty raunchy. I'm much more an acoustic geezer but I hope to get some electric stuff in too so I can experiment micing up the Blackstar
Have a great FAWM
Way to go, Pete! Glad to hear of your brush with fame. You are one of the musical worlds best-kept-secrets, but those of us who know you are always in awe of your talents, and quite happy to know you as a friend.
Thank you Pete for your kind message.
Have a wonderful Winter Pete.
Have a great FAWM !
Hey, Pete. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with this year!
Hello sir! All the best in your 2018 FAWMishness!
Yeahhhh!!! Petey! Let’s do this!
I'll share the funs with you... There's plenty of FAWM funs to go around. 😀
With the incredible musical year you have had, I really can't wait for your FAWM stuff to begin... Cheers!! 😀
Hi, Pete. 😀 Lovely to see you this time around again. 😉 I hope things are going well.
Best of luck to you during FAWM 2018! You are doing awesome and look forward to what you do this year!
Hey Pete! I look forward to hearing your music this year!