petra777 (XEW) (Scars and Ashes) 11


Maryland USA   Jan 2010  

Artist Bio

Influences:   Tori Amos, Kate Bush, Bjork, old field recordings, ambient, world, every magical sound in the world...

Hi Everyone!

Writing up my yearly intro early cause I'm not sure how I'll be feeling at the end of January. I'm supposed to have surgery Jan 19. Hopefully I will heal up quickly so I can enjoy this year's FAWM. (Update: Surgery went well, had some trouble with allergic reactions but survived. Tests came back & unexpectedly dealing with pre-cancerous cells. On meds for a few months then biopsy & decisions. Fun fun!)
It has been mostly a poopoo of a year. Lost a few more family members & friends over the summer & winter breaks. Endured the Louisiana flood where my mother & I lost our vehicles in several feet of water & watched many others lose everything. There is other stuff but that's enough bad stuff. The good stuff: adopted a little dog my Nugget & I named Ruby. She's been a good distraction. My vehicle was replaced with an almost new larger van. Roof is over my head, food in my mouth, etc.
So this is my year #8...whoa! My goals for this year are to try to do collabs, skirmishes & tackle some stuff started during other FAWMs but never got much done with them.

This year's FAWM snuck up on me. The past year was a rough one. Dunno if it will play into any writing but I guess I will see. I may not be ready to tackle those topics just yet.
My goals for this year are to enjoy the process & get as much as I can done. I hope to focus on skimishes & collabs.
I can't believe this is my year #7. Not sure if i will be able to get my Nugget to join me but Ill keep hope alive 😁 She is wrapping up her finally group piano class next week. Not much musical this past year. More about going back through old stuff, cleaning out stuff & trying to make life a little easier to concentrate. Post-FAWM a fellow fawmer Jamkar took on one of my lyric sets & made it into something beautiful. It is up in vid form on my youtube channel (People of the Cross) & has turned out to be my most viewed vid. Hope to have another magical song come out of this year's FAWM.

OMG It's that time again already...yeehaw! I think this is year #6 for me & maybe #4 for my Nugget. I feel like I'm starting out with a ton of motivation, but whether or not that will stick around is to be seen, ha!
My #1 goal this year is to just get anything I can get done, done. I have some specific ideas, but what gets done will depend on time. I posted 1 project idea in the forums dealing with necklace pieces as inspiration:
Other goals are to work on former FAWM projects & collabs I have onhand & to get any recording I can done. Last couple of rounds, its been mostly lyrics only. I sorted through my loop collection & am grabbing up a few new ones hoping to speed up the process a bit.
Over the past year I finished up another year of piano class, got a lil bit more vocal class in, & my Nugget is going into her 2nd semester of her 3rd year of piano. *proud mama* I also worked on getting a bunch of my older tunes up on my youtube channel in vid form.

FAWM #5! Wow time flew by. Still feels like a year or so ago I found this place thanks to Vicki Flawlith <sp>. I don't have any major goals this year mostly due to the fact that I don't know what I'll be able to get done. So I'm just winging it. I am still homeschooling so that takes precedent over most things. I'll be including her again for FAWM as part of her music requirements 😁 Don't you wish FAWM was your school project? HeeHee Anyway, hoping to get lots of writing done & any collabs that are possible. Sometimes I have more time outside of FAWM randomly during the year, so catch me on my FB, Twitter or email.
New with me: not a whole lot I suppose. Still have health issues. Have a major doc appt right before FAWM starts, starting adding some of my old song projects onto youtube ( petra777 ), I've been taking piano since the end of summer, TheNugget is in her 2nd year of piano, did a short vocal seminar to try to get back on track (struggling cause the winter is killing my voice), etc, etc...

Apparently this is FAWM #4 (& #3 for The Nugget)! Goals for this year? To just get something done...anything..ha! I do have a collab that was supposed to happen for 50/90, so I may try to get that done along with a few other covers. I do have a new album idea Im going to start writing for along with the previous album project that still seems to be dragging along. But again, Ill just be happy to get anything done. Im also doing on online Coursera course plus the flooring to fix our house after a water disaster is coming in right when FAWM is beginning then I have to put the house back in my first week will be crazy but hopefully it wont be too disturbing...eek!

Other news...I haven't officially announced it yet, but the new "band" name Ill be using for new projects (non-electronic) is "Scars & Ashes"...maybe ill get to add some firsts for that 😁

Getting ready to start FAWM #3! This year I'm playing it by ear & doing whatever works out. I have a handful of subjects I'd like to tackle but not going to push for them & miss out on doing a collab or the such. I guess my main goal is to do as much recording as I can get in.
I did not get a whole lot further in my guitar studies, but am still sporadically studying as often as I can squeeze in a few moments (which still isnt much 😞 ). I did win a 6 month subscrip to a guitar study thingy online so hopefully I can get motivated with FAWM to get going again. I have been doing various other studies pertaining to my big project, & a lyric study of Lou Reed's lyrics (came across the book & since I wasnt familar with the songs Ii thought it might be interesting to read them then go back & listen to them).
I will be missing a few days during the month to go see BJORK! Hopefully on the drive to NYC I can get some writing in. 😁 It's been a rough few months so I'm ready to get some things out into lyrics (hopefully recorded too!).
Oh ya! Miss Nugget will be participating again this year as part of her homeschool music project. She will also be starting piano lessons hopefully soon (having trouble finding a teacher at this point in the school year).


blog entry for songwriting ideas created from a thread last year:!/2011/...

Welcome to my FAWM page, thanks for checking things out. This is my second FAWM. For the most part, I may be only posting lyrics to songs I will finish up in the future, same as last year. But this year I am working to finish up as many song sets as possible for my next album project that came to being last FAWM. I hope that "Seven Songs for Seven Souls" might be properly completed by end of year. Yeah, I know wishful thinking but its turning into a special project with lots of meaning, so even if it runs longer I am determined to finish it.
So after last FAWM, I set a challenge for myself to do at least 1 song this FAWM on guitar. I began studying guitar in March & got a decent amount of basics down, but alas, being Mommy, wife & homeschool teacher left me with not much time to nurse my studies as preferred. So, Im not sure if Ill be able to complete the challenge, but with a bit of creativity Im sure Ill come up with something. Same with the Uke. I bought a new cheap one also & want to try to do at least a lil something. It will be dorky, maybe even Errol inspired.
Another challenge to myself is to complete some collabs I started after last FAWM, & maybe even get something done that I promised to collaborators (in other words never began but said we should do something together...Mal, Errol, etc..). CTS, you know you are top of my list..

-p (main site)

vblog jan 28
vblog feb 5

update: I cannot believe I forgot to add that I would be trying to do some things with my Nugget:

update: the kitteh is FAWM'n too:

Songs (11)


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  • @neilconnor Apr 18

    here's any updated home studio version of deeper than the grave. Hope you like it

  • @raygungirls  Feb 27

    Contacted you through Facebook.

  • @monty  Feb 27

    When you have a minute, please take a listen to my take on The Harm Anthem.

  • @petra777  Feb 26

    hey @neilconnor & @raygungirls Thanks for adding the music! Sorry so slow to respond, I've not been feeling well. The songs are awesome! Whoohoo!

  • @neilconnor Feb 23

    Hi, i've added my demo of deeper than the grave, hope you like it and thanks for letting me play. Will do a proper version in my studio when i've got home and some time.
    πŸ˜€ neil

  • @raygungirls  Feb 22

    Hope you enjoy what I did with your lyrics!

  • @musicsongwriter Feb 18

    Thank you for your beautiful comment Petra.

  • @heavyhedonist Feb 16

    *waves back--

    What a year you've had, I can only hope it gets better, and that you have someone on hand to help keep you nourished & rested for healing.

  • @petra777  Feb 12

    @johnstaples heya, thanks for the comments...
    If/when I were to do this myself, I'd go with something quiet/ambient. But if someone else works with it, it is up to them how they choose to interpret the lyrics musically. I don't like to put creativity in a box πŸ˜€
    What I've done in the past is each person who works on a piece can use the piece as they need, but I've only had 1 or 2 like that. Another collab that was done in a previous year with with @jamkar he used the song on his page(s) & I used it in video form to put on my youtube channel...
    Did I answer your questions? I may have missed the mark...doh!

  • @julesbf  Feb 12

    Found the video of my live performance of Alllan if you are interested

  • @johnstaples  Feb 12

    Regarding the possibility of a collaboration on "Lullaby for Alan" I had a couple of questions. Did you have an idea of the genre you'd like for this sweet song?

    When you do a collaboration at FAWM do you consider it to be a true collaboration meaning it would survive as a complete song afterwards (and also not be open to multiple versions unless those were considered to be covers)? Or do you prefer to have each contributor to a collaboration retain their parts after FAWM is over? I like to get agreement on this before working on someone's lyrics!! πŸ˜€

  • @brrrse  Feb 12

    Well met, I am from all over down there..... was born near Hattiesburg MS, lived on Burgundy street in the quarter, chalmette, metarie, Bay St. Louis, Gulfport, Pensacola....Was 1/2 block off the beach near the eye when Camille made land....we were lucky. I'm in Washington State now. Katrina took away anything I might have had left down there.... Well met

  • @meadows  Feb 11

    Just stumbled upon your profile and read about your surgery and the bad news you have to deal with. I really hope you're doing better! All the best for you, get well soon!

  • @musicbykatie Feb 9


  • @celaphane  Feb 7

    ::waves back:: <3

  • @tsunamidaily Feb 6

    hey there! just getting around to catching up with folks. hope you have a great FAWM! have fun!

  • @johnstaples  Feb 4

    Thank you for keeping track of the skirmishes and super skirmishes!! I is so nice to be able to peruse those lists for ideas!

  • @sophielynette Feb 3

    Hello again! Hope this month goes better than the last one. (I have a spiderplant named Petra, and she's been doing swimmingly, so maybe she can pass on some good vibes.)

  • @doglatin Feb 2

    Hello again Petra...looking forward to hearing some good stuff!

  • @calumcarlyle Feb 1

    Hi Petra, thanks for saying hello. It's nice to be remembered after all this time!

  • @the3queens Feb 1

    Happy FAWMing!

  • @fiveblncats Feb 1


  • @jnadon Feb 1

    Waving back your way!
    Sounds like you've had a crazy year, here's to 2017 being a great one for you. ~Jae

  • @mattpierce  Feb 1

    Hellooooo! (In an annoying voice)
    Nice to hear from you again (although we're FB friends)
    Whew! What a year for you! Hope 2017 is better!

  • @lhcisco  Feb 1

    Hey you! Keep fightin' that fight. Everything will be alright.

  • @andygetch  Jan 31

    waves πŸ˜€

  • @musicsongwriter Jan 31

    Hi Petra, hope this year will be year of good luck for you and your dear ones.

  • @pifie Jan 31

    *particles* 😝

  • @prsrose  Jan 31

    Hey- I hear you with the health struggles etc. ... Let's hope all these struggles inspire us to write more! Where in MD are you? Maybe we could arrange a 'real world' collaboration. Keep in touch and best wishes!

  • @mikegtz  Jan 31

    Heya Petra, sorry for the tough year!

  • @gregthehero Jan 31

    Hola! Welcome back

  • @kathym  Jan 31

    waving a big hello right back!!! πŸ˜€ thank you for thinking of me

  • @negasi  Jan 31

    Hey! Excited for FAWM? I sure am! 😁

  • @marklberry Jan 31

    Looking forward to listening in

  • @fearlessflight2014  Jan 30

    We're baaaack!!!

  • @iveg Jan 30

    Hi! Glad surgery went well. Hope the rest of the year goes better. Thanks for "waving" at me. Hope to have a collab with you, again!

  • @karan  Jan 30

    Welcome back! πŸ˜€

  • @alboe Jan 30

    Hey, hope you have a nice FAWM.

  • @billysea  Jan 30

    Hiya πŸ˜€ Good to see you back.

  • @marvsmooth  Jan 30

    All those trials you've been going through! 😞

    I hope that things get much better for you, and that you'll have a lovely FAWM

  • @heuristicsinc  Jan 30

    hey there, welcome back!

  • @michaelepic Jan 30

    Hey, thanks for stopping by! I think it's cool you've been keeping every year's artist bio! That's a cool idea!

  • @charliecheney  Jan 30


  • @tiller2  Jan 30

    Hi, and waving back! I hope fawming helps you toward all good things, including wonderful songs.

  • @donna  Jan 30

    Wonderful that you've made it this year as well, despite the hurdles of 2016. πŸ˜€ I wish you a lovely FAWM.

  • @skittycat  Jan 30

    *waves back* 😁
    Halloooo 😁

  • @whisperedcandles  Jan 30

    Hello! πŸ˜€

  • @klaus  Jan 30

    Hi Petra. Waves right back at ya. πŸ˜€

  • @helenseviltwin  Jan 30

    Hey hey!

  • @clioem  Jan 30


  • @oddbod  Jan 30

    Right back atcha

  • @johnstaples  Jan 30


  • @krayzie003  Jan 30

    Happy FAWMing!

  • @cts  Jan 30

    *cts tosses up the peace sign* ✌🏽

  • @rj1  Jan 30

    *waves* back, hope this is a good FAWM! I'll be listening!

  • @monty  Jan 30

    *waves back* Nice to see you here again. One of these days we need to meet in real life since we're not all that far apart.

  • @pipewrench67  Jan 30

    Hiya *waves back and quickly looks at floor*

  • @thetau  Jan 30

    Hello again Petra
    May the FAWM be with you
    Russ πŸ˜€

  • @metalfoot  Jan 30

    *waves* Hey! Good to see you here. Hope FAWM is the boost to 2017 you need.

  • @guatecoop  Jan 30

    Wow, an inauspicious beginning to this glad that the surgery went well and you can look ahead. Maybe FAWM will be a nice break from that and the troubles from last year. Seems like 2016 was tough for many people...I look forward to hearing your music!

  • @chasingandromeda  Jan 30


  • @postcardhelicopters  Jan 30

    Hello, again!

    Up 'n at 'em for another round then, shall we?

  • @popmythology  Jan 30

    *waves back!!* πŸ˜€

  • @mosley  Jan 30


  • @chariotbaldwin  Jan 30

    Howdy do - welcome back - I wish you a badass FAWM17

  • @nancyrost  Jan 30

    Welcome back! ((hugs))

  • @vikkiflawith  Jan 30

    H! Have a fantastic FAWM!

  • @stephenwordsmith Jan 30

    *waves back* Nice to see you, and good luck!

  • @debs  Jan 30

    Sending lots of love your way, darlin'! <3

  • @zecoop  Jan 29

    Hey there - so glad to see you are back!! Hopefully you can get really productive and forget a little about the bad year... I'm looking forward to hearing more of your wonderful music. Be well - cheers!! πŸ˜€

  • @jamkar  Jan 29

    Rough year I know. Time to have some fun! Hope you can spend some time here Petra. I would love to do another collab too! Peace out.