pipewrench67 17


Wisconsin USA   Jan 2015

Artist Bio

Influences:   Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Lee Scratch Perry, King Crimson, Anthony Phillips, Peter Gabriel, King Tubby, Thelonious Monk, Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Tangerine Dream, Charles Mingus,Leadbelly, Terry Riley.

Living in, Wauwatosa (Milwaukee), WI

3rd year for me don't know how much I'll be participating this year, got some stuff going on, that may take my "free" time.

Let see, what's happened since last year, I put a band together, with a drummer and bassist that I've known for years, we're not the greatest players and we are fully aware of this (read as; 0 drama, I'm too old for that shit). We do 1/2 originals and half covers (more interpretations, than covers, really, certainly not note for note). All the originals are songs I've written (a lot from FAWM the past 2 years) and we are going into the studio later this month to record some of the (hoping to get 4 done) so that's pretty exciting.
And the invert on the excitement scale, by the time FAWM is over this year, I will be divorced (unless there are some unforeseen complications). over the past year I meet 2 fellow FAWMers @owl with her band Gentle Brontosaurus and last night (briefly) @carleybaer , I hope to meet more of ya in the next year. Last year I recruited 1 person @arodee but, she was a disappointment and did not write anything. I'm kidding here, she is really very talented and I'm sure she will come up with something, this year I'm giving shit, because I'm a shit giver (don't invite me to your birthday party).

I may have enlisted another friend (though I don't see him yet)

I also made mention of FAWM to gruop of guitar players that I occaisonally get together with (we'll see if any join). Update 1 joined @cassidente

Good Luck everybody (and in case you didn't notice, yes, I am addicted to parenthesis).

Last year, I made it early this year 98th Place woohoo top 100. I managed 15 new songs 2 instrumentals and 3 collaborations by midnight on the 28th.

Here is my original blurb from 3 years ago
Been Playing guitar for like a hundred years (I'm old). Just heard about this a couple of days before it started last year, thought I'd give it a go. I'm a procrastinator by trade, so this will be a challenge for me.


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  • @bigstarlet Mar 5

    Thanks for commenting on my songs, and especially for the compliments! I am especially glad that you enjoyed Charles Bridge, as that one has become my favorite of all the songs I wrote for the FAWM challenge as well.

  • @kc5 Mar 5

    Thanks for taking the time to share your process on those poetry songs. I found it really fascinating. It sounds like quite a process, but the outcome is worth it! Looks like you've really rocketed through with songs since I last visited!

  • @zzomar Mar 5

    not sure if you can see me tagging you under my own songs Oo anyway, part 4+5 have uploaded demos. my drummer is awayfor the weekend, he will make a propper mix with drums next week i hope 😀

  • @headfirstonly  Mar 3

    This should be germane to your interests... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pmrpg...

  • @zzomar Mar 2

    thanks a lot for appreciating the weirder part of my fawm 😀

  • @zecoop  Mar 2

    Yea, that guy's stuff is great... Thanks for letting me know.
    And in other news, I have found one more in a growing list of FAWMers that were dropped last year from my Watchlist by the improved FAWM site programming. I can't figure out a rhyme or reason to who was dropped, but you've been added again, lol. Thanks FAWM.

  • @gardeningangel1 Mar 1

    One of my all-time favorite fawmers!!! Always excited when a new song from you shows up on SoundCloud (especially during those 'other' months, when my fawm-spirit supply starts running low). Keep on keepin' on...
    (((((here are some extra parenthesis to enable your addiction)))))

  • @owl  Mar 1

    Cool, I'll grab it tomorrow! Thanks!

  • @owl  Mar 1

    can't find the download link from Soundcloud, is it turned on?

  • @owl  Mar 1

    Also, I want the mp3. how do I download it?

  • @owl  Mar 1

    Excellent!!!! If I were mixing, I'd probably boost my vocals slightly and boost the backing vocals quite a lot, but it sounds great as is. Your vocal sounds very good and serious, as befits a serious topic. Thanks for the collab and the chance to raise awareness.

  • @driftwood1  Mar 1

    Just wanted to say I really enjoyed your work again this year. Thanks for the great tunes!

  • @owl  Feb 28

    No problem. We have 20 hours left! Plenty of time.

  • @jibbidy34  Feb 27

    Aww that's ok! I kinda missed you too. Thanks for stopping by and listening to some of my tunes. It means a lot! I have to catch up on yours too. I think you have disappeared from my watchlist as have several others this year!

  • @yam655  Feb 27

    Congratulations on making it to the Century Club! 😀

  • @standup  Feb 27

    Thanks for listening to "Gasoline", that was a fun one. Instead of bouncing and overdubbing, I had the guitar on while I was singing the vocal, and let the vocal mic pick it up. I needed to have the guitar on the edge of feedback and the vocal still audible, so repositioned stuff until it seemed to work.

  • @owl  Feb 27

    Ok, great! Just as Iong as you've downloaded. Lmk if anything needs redoing, once you have the chance to listen.

  • @owl  Feb 27

    Hey! just checking to see if you got those vocal tracks ok?

  • @tootoobee  Feb 26

    Thank you for commenting on my German song "hallo, hallo"! sorry I did not spend much time with the English translation, just threw the test in google-translated and smoothed out the worst glitches... of course you're right, I missed that one.

  • @owl  Feb 19

    a radish is a tomato and when you have none left, you feel horrible. you feel like the devil lives in your laundry room.

    when you have zero radishes, it feels like a spiderweb is your boyfriend. it's the worst feeling in the world.

    it's been many years, and new radishes have crawled into my garage. but the hurt that comes from having zero that first time stays with you forever.

    i don't know what the future will bring, but no matter what happens, a radish is a type of scarlet meatball that lives in the mud. it tastes like salad, it tastes like meatballs, it's the world's only vegetable, and at the end of the day, isn't that all that matters?

  • @owl  Feb 19

    a living skeleton drove to my house in a mid-sized sedan and begged me to dangle a radish in front of his face. i told him "sorry, bone bag, but i don't have any radishes left," and as punishment, the living skeleton made my eyes move closer together so that my family wouldn't recognize me.

    a radish is the blood-red eyeball of god, and i do put it in my salad. it grows in the ground, it gets made by oysters in the ocean.

    the night that i learned i had no radishes, jesus christ, the son of god, crawled out of my air duct to show off his new nike sneakers. and i was just so miserable that i could do was stuff him back into my air duct.

    when christ crawled out of my air duct, i wanted to tell him how cool his shoes were, but i was so sad about having zero radishes that i could only kiss his shoes a couple of times and then stuff him back into my air duct. a radish is a type of jewel that tastes like a salad.

    a radish is a tomato and when you have none left, you feel horrible. you fee

  • @owl  Feb 19

    glass of water.

    The first time that you see your garage has no radishes in it, that's when you know that the devil is the king of your city and lives to make life nasty for humanity.

    i had to change the neon sign outside my house from saying "i've always had radishes" to "i've never had radishes" and then i had to throw that sign in the garbage because it was inaccurate. i have had radishes in teh past, i just didn't have them at hte moemnt.

    i called up my boss and said "a radish is a kind of red ball and i don't have them anymore" and my boss said "you are fired from my life. do not come to work anymore and do not walk around near my house."

    i called up my boss and i said here's a riddle for you, what's the difference between radishes and an angel that kisses my wife?" and my boss said "what" and i said "i don't have any radishes in my garage" and my boss said "never be part of my office ever again"

    a living skeleton drove to my house in a mid-sized sedan and begged me to dangle

  • @owl  Feb 19

    the first time I ran out of radishes, yes, I remember It was like being in a nightmare
    You want to know about my first time not having one of a radish nearby? it was a painful experience.
    A radish is a type of nut. it is a meat. It is a type of nut. I will always remember the first time I had zero left. it was the worst day of my life.

    I went into the garage to yell at my radishes because they hadn't come to life and eaten me. But then i saw I didn't have any radishes left. that's when i knew the universe was made out of chaos and bullshit.

    i was tucking my son into bed when he said to me mommy, let's see those magnificent radishes we've got. so i carried my son into the garage to look at the radishes and then i saw that time had stolen my radishes away. when he saw that the radishes were gone, he immediately died.

    i asked the doctor to x ray my head to see if my radishes were hiding inside there. but when they did the x-ray, all they found inside my skull was a small glass of wat

  • @kc5 Feb 18

    I listened to all of your songs, Pipewrench (less overwhelming when there's only a few). You write some fantastic imagery in your songs. I noted that you were reading poets, Poe, Robinson and Longfellow. Were your images inspired by them or did you paraphrase them in places? Curious because it makes for really impressive lyrics on all of them. Your music and emotive vocals of course enhances the impact. They just strike a deep chord in the emotions.

  • @owl  Feb 17

    Do you have a transcript of the video somewhere? if not i'll watch again later and write it down so nothing important gets missed.
    My preferred keys are usually C, D, and F but that's only because of the instruments I usually play 😀 depends where the melody goes also, in terms of my vocal range. do you have a preference?

  • @owl  Feb 17

    i'll try to work on it this weekend. I'm thinking very sad spare slow acoustic duet? you do the guitar and I'll do some mournful organ maybe? alternating vocals, soaring harmonies on the chorus. DEEP RADISH FEELINGS

  • @williedesacra  Feb 17

    Thx for the comment re: Elephant. Tom Waits, TMBGiants, Silverstein, what a troika! And kudos to you for your latest efforts; am very much enjoying them. (Wm from WdeSacra)

  • @jcooper  Feb 17

    Thank you so much for posting those videos on Hook Line and Sinker. Very interesting. I enjoyed watching both of them.

  • @iwilleatyou Feb 17

    Re drums on Christine: It's all played with a MIDI controller but I used to play drums when I had a set so that helps in attempting to get an authentic sound. Still, I miss my acoustic set.

  • @iwilleatyou Feb 15

    Well alrighty then..cool thanks!

  • @iwilleatyou Feb 15

    Btw @pipewrench67 , could you please edit your post and remove that link from the comment you made for my song Single While Hubby's At Work. Since this site has musicians of all ages it's better if you please remove it. Cheers!

  • @iwilleatyou Feb 15

    Uh.... yeah......nice link. From Soundcloud? Mike Judge was so right with his movie Idiocracy.

  • @bmoscovitz Feb 15

    Hello and thank you so much! Late reply, sorry. Hove you have fun, too!

  • @njihe Feb 9

    About "stealing" songs: go ahead wheb you find something you want!

    Sorry for being the most inactive feedback giver, I have had loads of school work... I will make it better during weekend!

  • @songwritingzen  Feb 7

    The link - https://soundcloud.com/pipe-wrench/ad... - works now and yes, it was worth the wait. I love the tune and the lo-fi effect but I also wanted to give you the latest weather report in Adelaide. It's not raining but it will be 41C (105.8F) 😀

  • @owl  Feb 7

    Not at all. the four men I admire the most: the father, the son, and hall and oates

  • @igg  Feb 7

    Thanks for your kind comments on "Days Of Borrowed Time"...

  • @songwritingzen  Feb 5

    I've gone to the link again but all I can see is this message...
    "This track was not found. Maybe it has been removed"
    Thanks for the feedback BTW, really appreciate it 😀

  • @songwritingzen  Feb 5

    Good to meet you and my apologies for the late reply. I was trying to have a listen to your Adelaide song - https://soundcloud.com/pipe-wrench/ad... but it's no longer there. Funny thing is that it's raining in Adelaide right at this moment 😀

  • @unpronounceable Feb 4

    Really digging your space travel song. Such a great soundscape.

  • @benschiem  Feb 3

    I was listening to some traditional african music, mainly for the rhythms, and came up with a 5/4th rhythm on the guitar, but in a bass-slapping kind of style. And I put paper between the strings, that gives a very nice percussive sound.

  • @benschiem  Feb 3

    @pipewrench67 I have a good Idea I think, but I need more time. A first draft I can deliver tomorrow morning. That is with my time in about 15 hours. I am sorry, I got stuck with my DAW.

  • @benschiem  Feb 3

    Sounds good. Here its 3pm, If I'll make it, I send you an idea tonight, of a rhythm pattern, so in around 9 hours 😀

  • @benschiem  Feb 3

    That sounds good, to take inspiration from a specific culture. Do you have something in mind? If so, start with it and I take over. The other way around is also fine for me. I could do some african/indian sounding tunes with my stuff. You also sing and do lyrics in this collaboration right? I am exited 😀

  • @mrmule Feb 3

    one million million million million million million million.....escudos!

  • @triteformulas Feb 3

    Thanks! Your list of influences is pretty interesting, too. Happy FAWMing!

  • @lovina Feb 3

    Okay I'll go post the lyrics! Chords too? 😀 y-all can play along!

  • @mrmule Feb 3

    No more shall you suffer the life void of videos with singing dogs! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qVs2...

  • @apertome  Feb 3

    Love your username/avatar, hope to hear some music soon!

  • @cynthiawolff  Feb 2

    What stupid comment? Thinking maybe you meant someone else??

  • @dragondreams  Feb 2

    Thanks loads for the listen and the comment, Paul. 😀

  • @aquamunkee  Feb 2


  • @hanley  Feb 2

    Thanks! Best of luck for FAWM this year

  • @ihelen  Feb 2

    Thank you for the kind welcome. Have a good day! 😀

  • @theseventwenty Feb 1


  • @dawn1 Feb 1

    Yay Roy Harper indeed! I've just been given a load of his albums for inspiration 😀 Happy FAWMing!

  • @pinky  Feb 1

    Thanks for the welcoming words! Downsville is a real place(though not much of one, blink and you'll miss it kind of deal). Can't wait to hear some of your stuff, dig your influences!

  • @marvsmooth  Feb 1

    I know!

    Just imagine if King Crimson had started off with Robert & Greg on guitars with John on bass!

  • @lanasolyluna Feb 1

    Hey there, welcome back! <3

  • @lisachaly  Feb 1

    Thanks for the aloha!! Grateful for the connection 😀

  • @owl  Feb 1

    Hi friend! Super sorry to hear about your big life changes, hope your little one is hanging in there ok. Looking forward to hearing some new tunes from you this month, gotta see your new band soon! Come play in Madison!

  • @kahlo2013  Feb 1

    Burp! Celebrating the pending launch of FAWM Wisconsin style! Enjoy the creative madness!

  • @quork  Feb 1

    Hey pipewrench, thanks for the kind words and encouragement. Good luck to you!

  • @santadharma Feb 1

    Hey there!

  • @chriddof  Feb 1


  • @marvsmooth  Feb 1

    Hi Paul. Here's to a great FAWM 😀

  • @tobermory  Jan 31

    Silly me. In order to log into my site, you only need to provide your credit card details to prove you're over 18. Oh, and we take a small donation to check, then hand it back. Unless it ends up as a larger donation that somehow went wrong. Unless you'd consider being a VIP sponsor?

  • @ryako  Jan 31

    Hey there!

  • @thetau  Jan 31

    OK ! Anyone who has "Leonard Cohen" as an influence, is a Friend of mine 🎼
    Russ 😀

  • @solarrainuk  Jan 31

    Hi! Best of luck with FAWM 😀

  • @dragondreams  Jan 31

    Wow! Thanks for that link. 😀
    It's going down brilliantly with my first bucket of coffee of the day! 😁

  • @oddbod  Jan 31

    Yes it is Ernst. Good spot. I took that photo at an exhibition in Sete, France last year. Hope you have a great Fawm

  • @carleybaer  Jan 30

    Nice to meet you on Friday! Thanks for coming to the show. Can't wait to hear what you come up with!! 😀

  • @guatecoop  Jan 30

    Wow, now that bit of gloating was unnecessary...hehe, just kidding. That must've been great! I still don't know why that album gets less acclaim than 2112.

  • @njihe Jan 30

    Helsinki's snowy and drowsy, I'm sharpening my songwriting claws and trying to nick a better microphone for February...

  • @gordon Jan 30

    Good question. I'm aiming for 14, but it just depends. I have low standards to maintain after all 😀

  • @mdavisto Jan 30

    Greetings @pipewrench67. May your FAWM be flawless! Or, at least, flawed enough to be interesting. MAKE NICE THINGS, is what I'm saying.

  • @petra777  Jan 29


  • @iwilleatyou Jan 29

    Amen to that! Cheers!

  • @iwilleatyou Jan 29

    Debauchery? What a great compliment! Thank you kindly sir! Also looking forward to your fine wine and whiskey.

  • @dragondreams  Jan 29

    I used to love watching his tricks when I was learning Excel. 😀

  • @gordon Jan 29

    Hello yourself! Not long to go now.....

  • @deena  Jan 29

    Hey! Thanks for saying hello... hello back at you! Looking forward to hearing your songs.

  • @cynthiawolff  Jan 29

    hEy TOSA Man! Good to see you!!! I'm addicted to exclamation marks so we ought to get together...have a great Fawm

  • @miltz  Jan 29


  • @chrishope  Jan 29

    hi hi

  • @njihe Jan 29

    Yeaaaah ready to go??

  • @phlex Jan 2017

    Let's the turn the world on its head!

  • @johncrossman  Jan 2017

    Hello from Madison to Tosa, rock on!

  • @pcob1993  Jan 2017

    Hey Pipewrench babe, I'm in again this year but no recording gear because I'm working on a farm in North Holland so it'll be iPhone takes on acoustic.. love y'all

  • @roy  Jan 2017

    Well, Hello!

  • @standup  Jan 2017

    Hey there! I'll be listening.

  • @haim  Jan 2017

    Haha loved your comment on the forum "preperations for fawm 2017". made me laugh.. Good luck this year. and good luck with your band.

  • @sunnymae  Jan 2017

    Hey there! Getting ready? 😮)

  • @dragondreams  Jan 2017

    Hi Paul! 😀

  • @jacobeverettwallace  Jan 2017

    Howdy from Dallas!

  • @jonnyeureka33 Jan 2017


  • @oddbod  Jan 2017

    And hi to you too

  • @steffan  Jan 2017


  • @kovbleu  Jan 2017

    Hello!!! I was listening to you on soundcloud just to other day! Ready for another round of this?!