FEB. 28 UPDATE:
Only managed to write four sets of lyrics this year. Totally happy with that, though.
If anything, I'm a tad disappointed that my # of comments this year (419 as of this moment), while pretty good, is a lot less than last year (about 1500 or so, can't remember exact figure). And I just now saw a forum thread in which a songwriter was disappointed by what she felt was her lack of received comments. So I felt bad and wished I could've done more even though I know couldn't have.
I always love FAWM no matter what but in general this year was the hardest of the 3 yrs I've done for both mental & physical health reasons as well as the fact that the person who is feeding and keeping my disabled ass alive has cancer.
So if you're seeing this, and I didn't comment enough (or at all) on your songs, forgive me. I tried my best. I'm sure everyone else did too. So please don't lose faith in FAWM.
|#2||Alternative Facts @elesimo||
|#3||God in the Sea||
|#4||The Road Is So Long, Lord (lyrics only version)||
|#5||The Road Is So Long, Lord (@metalfoot Gospel version) @metalfoot||
|#6||The Road is so Long, Lord (@siebass version) @siebass||
|#7||The Road Is So Long, Lord (yet another version..?!?!) @debs||
|#8||The Road Is So Long, Lord (full band version) @robinh||
|#9||The Road Is So Long, Lord (Wicked Messenger Version) @wickedmessenger1||
|#10||The Road Is So Long, Lord (Mystic Rock Version) @candle||
|#11||The Road is So Long-- Lonesome Cowboy Version @ductapeguy||
|#12||Alternative Facts @onewholovesrock||
|#13||The Road Is So Long, Lord (@petemurphy version) @petemurphy||
|#14||26 Feb Placeholder "The Road Is So Long, Lord" @timfatchen||
|#15||Just in case placeholder||
|#16||All God's Children @mistermann||
|#17||This Road Is So Long, Lord (@DudaChris version) @dudachris||
|#18||God in the Sea @siebass||
I'm going to do something special for you come 50/90. 😎
We all can only do what we are able to do. No more. No less. You, my friend, do way more then we expect from you. You are inspiring not only for your writing, but also for your always present optimistic outlook on life (given the challenges you live with). Stay strong & continue to be the inspiration we all love. And of course, always remember your FAWMily is always here for you in whatever capacity we are able to provide.
See You In The Shadows…
My bad, rushing to get it posted before bed. Public now.
Updated to reflect the credits and the website.
Huh, when I paste the link it works, but clicking doesn't. Yeah, it's for the Cthulhu one.
TBH, it used all my energy! But it went extremely well, thanks so much for asking!
The album will be out on April 28th through UKEM Records 😀
You really sparked some wonderful creativity with those lyrics. It's lovely to hear a song like that done by so many talented people...
Again, thank you for your insightful comments throughout the month, and congrats on your output for this year. Yes, I know, you wrote less than last year, but whatever. You rock.
Alllloooo, Pop! I see you've been busy! 😀
Now that it's march, I can start commenting.
Ha, thanks for the assurance. It's always best to make sure!
Cool man! I'll take a crack at both when I get some free time. I found a midi file for the parody; I wanted to drop it half a step for that ominous feel that only Lovecraft can bring.
You are back! Thanks for commenting and much love!!!
Also thanks for the comment on the King of Tea. The Picard reference was definitely a bonus to that one.
I definitely want to get that done for you. I'm pushing work deadlines, so I don't think I could get it done in time, but if you reserve me a spot, I'll get it done for you in the next few days. I was secretly hoping I'd still get a chance to take a stab at it. Does it work for you if I get the demo done later this week? If not, and someone else wants to do it (or your original collaborator gets it done), it's no problem for me. Otherwise this weekend would be the latest I could get it done, as I definitely would have time to track it during the day, but I'm not sure what my work/band practice schedule is like during the week. I put up a placeholder track just in case for this reason. I also may have a rap version in my head for Alternative Facts, if you're up for it. Just let me know on both counts.
Thanks so much for your comment on my board and on my rendition of "This Road Is So Long Lord." I haven't had much time for FWAM this year sadly but I'm thinking I'll spend some more time songwriting in the spring than I ussually do as a result. I'm hoping to get 2 more posted today nonetheless 😁
Would you mind if I came back to some of your other lyrics in working in the future? Sometimes working with someone else's lyrics provides a nice jolt to my creative system.
(PS I emailed you)
Thank you muchly for your comment on "Heart Song" <3
Daniel, thanks for the comments on my songs, you're the best! Singing is hard, I think I'm going to stick to just writing lyrics and let my partner Lídia sing instead — I'll try to convince her to participate next year. 😉
I love that you created this and it happened. Wish I had come round sooner.
Daniel, I listened to every version, and they were ALL stellar. Not a clunker in the lot.
I was away 5 days during FAWM to do a show with my band up North. It was fun, but took me off track. I had a time picking up afterward. But you provided a community effort and everyone making sure the others heard theirs to warmed my heart. Very special. Makes me wish FAWM was just starting, and not ending
Thanks for your thoughtful comment on "Turn Toward Love." I've been really sick so I'm behind with comments, and writing. Appreciate your input.
Thank you! Did your fever go away? Casiocore is medicine <3
Hey= thank you for stopping by and saying hi on my soundboard! And for the nice comment on my song " the Favored Few". Thank you so much.
Thanks so much for commenting on You. It's been in my mind for a while but didn't think it would fly without a chorus. I think your suggestion could work. Thanks for pointing out what wasn't obvious for me. Also - that's pretty amazing that your lyrics could inspire so many collabs.
Thank you so much for the lovely comment 😀 Can't believe how close to finishing you already are!
Thanks so much for you comment on City guard. Did not really think of those similarity and I absolutely love how interpretations re made in his community. Apparently you were not the only one makin that assosiaton : Thanks so much. I will hav to catch up listening to you soon to.
Thanks loads for your comments!! I've looked you up on your other accounts as well 😀
Hey there, thanks for checking out "Mirror in mirror!" I'm glad you enjoyed it. If you haven't already, you should check out the original -- it's stunning.
Thank you so much for your lovely feedback, and sorry to hear about the burnout. Sending you love and hugs.
I'm really happy to see so many people put your gospel lyrics to music. I must say, I have rhythms and melodies stuck in my head since I've read them. Your words on that piece are just magical. By the end of FAWM, you will have a full-length album with all the different versions. How cool is that? 😀
Thanks for your comments on my poverty song. I worked for years with emergency energy assistance and other programs and we have struggled a lot (I finally got my SSD after 4 years). I hope those that have not struggled can relate in some way.
I've hardly been in! My bad. Daniel, you've done amazingly here!
Sure. No problem. Glad you liked it.
Wow. You are 'this' close to a FAWM win. A couple more lyrics will do it.
Thank you for putting time into leaving a really lovely message for me on my existential crisis song. I'm not a big fan of showing that side of me, if I was in a better state I might not have done so 😝 But it's been good to get the responses.
I think, being in a niche (especially one that's not got nearly as much of a market in Australia) makes carving the path a lot tougher... But, I know it's possible (I guess I have to believe it otherwise I wouldn't try). Other people's opinions and ways they treat you can be a real drag sometimes, though. I understand in a way, it's an odd career that most people haven't heard of and hasn't got the same marks of stability as other careers. Oh well, I'll sort stuff out.
Thank you again 😀
Just realizing that you may actually make it to 14 tracks just with this one set of lyrics....incredible.
To tell you the truth, I've been humming & hawing over this for a while now. Last night I finally made up my mind & decided to go for it. Why not, it's nice to have a completely different version from what you'd expect from the lyrics. Thanks for the support & I enjoyed collaborating with you again this year. Looking forward to a complete box set with more versions by some more amazing FAWMers.
See You In The Shadows…
Heads up Daniel, I also did a version of The Road Is So Long, Lord. Posting it momentarily. I hope you approve.
See You In The Shadows…
Thanks, friend, for checking out my Columba, the fighting holy man song. I used to play a fantasy game involving warrior monks, but didn't really make the connection to the Christian context, but it sure seems valid.
Just saying hi... 👋🏻
Thanks so much for your review of "Our Story". Your insights are really awesome and useful...as always!
p.s. Is there something against writing one song & having it done 14 different ways in order to achieve the FAWM challenge? I think it's a first for FAWM, to my knowledge…
I think you need to put out a "The Road Is So Long Boxed Set". I'm at the point where I almost want to try my hand at it, just to be part of the craze.
See You In The Shadows…
Thank you very much Daniel!
Thank you Daniel for the nice comment about I Cannot Tell.
If you want to record the music for a fifties rock n roll version, then I can send the isolated vocal. 😀
Hi Daniel. Sorry for taking so long to get back to you. I'm taking a few days off for my wife's birthday, but hope to be back in action from Wednesday. I have a number of collabs going on at the moment, but I'm trying to get to them all, and will do my best to do something with The Road Is So Long, Lord. I hope you're ok.
Hi! Just started digging into your work this FAWM. Enjoying it lots so far 😀
Thanks for the great comment on We Are Sentinels! It's especially appreciated as this was a track I had been leaning toward including on the album, so it's nice to get confirmation.
We both wish you could play games with us too. Hopefully someday we can make that happen! After all, Chicago isn't that far away, right? 😀
It does indeed, my friend. Long live traditions! 🌤
Thanks for listening and commenting on my first!
Thanks for your comment on 'lavender' - I definitely seem to have dropped into the Pachelbel's Canon chord sequence (at least in part), but given the 1000s of other songs that have used it, I'm not going to worry too much 😀
Maybe I should claim completion of the week 2 challenge, too!
I just finished listening to all of the interpretations of your "Road is So Long" lyrics and it occurred to me that collaborations create dilemmas. Which melody should be wedded to your lyrics or do you have 4 wives living in the same house?... Congratulations on creating such strong lyrics!
Thanks for de-zonging "Dance with You". I enjoy the challenge of trying to create totally new compositions that meet the challenges set forth each week in FAWM. I know that is not the purpose of the challenges, but, for me, it makes the songwriting process even more interesting. This year I have 7 #dream songs and 2 #classical songs. Now it time to create even more smelly songs with the week3 smells challenge 😀.
I appreciate the information you shared about tagging songs, There are still things I'm learning and this was just one of them. For example, I still haven't yet figured out how to get my videos to show up in the "Video Demos" folder, but with a #video tag, it is now only a minor problem. Thanks again.
Daniel, thanks pard, for reviewing "Now The Cattle Drive Is Over". Time to hang spurs on the wall hook.
Thanks for your nice comment on my first!
This is a great way to get toward 14! Make a classic lyric that everyone wants to collaborate on. Seriously, that's something special you've done. Hats off to you, good sir.
I have a personal facebook page(real name's Shane Bussiere) but I don't keep up with it too well. Though I do use the message function occasionally to keep in touch with friends who don't really do email. As for music, this is my first time sharing any of it, outside a few friends and family, so I just have the soundcloud I started when I started FAWM.
Seriously! I went to look at comments this morning and saw not one but TWO new versions. That's really cool.
Thanks for returning and listening to more music Daniel. It's always a pleasure to read your comments because you always have an insight into the music that makes me see/hear from a fresh perspective.
Thanks you 😀
Looks like you've got a runaway hit with The Road Is So Long, Lord, Daniel. You've sparked something in a lot of FAWMers this year. That's awesome! Keep up the great work!
See You In The Shadows…
p.s. Is there a prize for most collaborated versions of a song? If so, i think you've got a contender!
Thanks for tweeting my song and commenting! 😁
No problem at all! Thank you for letting me use your lyrics to make what I was hearing in my head; truly inspiring stuff. I hope more people make more demos so I can hear what everyone else imagined.
Hey, I really appreciate you comments on my tune "First Sight". Your perspective was VERY helpful, and made me look at the song in a whole new way. Thank you!
Thanks for the opportunity, I hope you enjoy my version as well. It really is a great set of lyrics.
No problem man, glad to please! Always fun to rap and I couldn't really resist any longer haha
Thanks for your comment on "Innan vi dör"! That's exactly the response we were aiming for.
Thanks for your comment on my anti-valentine song. I hope the demo won't be too long arriving.
Hey Daniel! Thanks for your much appreciated comment on Tip of the Iceberg. It's all true unfortunately- over here in Uk we have an Iceberg Lettuce shortage. As we import it from mostly Spain which was washed out with floods last growing season all the prices have been hiked and there are only 2 limited per customer at the grocers. Haha - it was a fun write though too with what we were hoping were serious undertones!
hi, thanks for the comment. It's Finnish and yeah, I'll translate it right now, I usually add translations but I was too tired yesterday..
Hey Daniel, thank you for your feedback on Heartattack.
The sound you're referring to is the same bass sound that plods through the entire track, made of saw waves, but with its filter opened wide instead of muffling it. SAW WAVES 4LYF
Daniel, thanks for your great comments. You're right, we're not quite sure if the climax is going to be a positive thing or a negative one. You'll have to stay tuned to find out. Again, thank you for your ongoing support of my music. I truly appreciate your support.
See You In The Shadows…
Thanks for your kind comment on "Silence All the Sanity". @raygungirls and I got paired together in the Random Collaboration thread in the forums. Most of the credit for the sound on that recording is due to him. He's an amazing producer and very good collaboration partner....I knew as soon as I listened to his stuff that I would need to figure out how to channel more of my anger into a performance. Having a theater background helped....
Thank you for your lovely comments. I always have that lousy-vocals-dubious-mix moment around mid-FAWM, every year. Hopefully the second wind is what comes next.
I know you're ecclectic, but your last one still took me by surprise. Looking forward to what you will cook for us next.
Actually, not really, man. I have a Facebook account, but I am very rarely on it. I do plan on having a web site up by the summer called The Jelly Factory. Folks can stop by and chat and listen and be creative...share music and all kinds of cool stuff.
Thanks so much for letting me play with your lyrics. I'm looking forward to hearing what others come up with!
I sent you an email with my take on The Road Is So Long, Lord. If you like it, I'll post it. 😀
Hello there! Thank you so much for your feedback on my High Priestess song. I also use tarots for psychological means -it's more to be able to communicate with myself than any kind of divination aspect- and I'm really happy you could find back the character of the Priestess in my lyrics.
I hope you have a happy fawming along your recovery. Take good care of you!
Hi! Thanks a lot on your comment on my duet song "Lights Are Going Down", I know it's been a while since you wrote the comment but I just saw it and thought i'd say thanks. so thanks! a great comment.
Heh... and Cyber Tribe. 😉 I'm definitely stoked for the new Blade Runner film.
Thanks for your comments on Tears in the Rain, and for sharing. Trying to get back to my roots a bit. I haven't noticed any volume issues, but I'll double check.
thanks Danie, yep a dark hidden undercurrent! , nice to have you listening gonna listen to your collab now
Thanks for checking out the new song, but... seriously? You couldn't tell what I sound like from this one last year??? 😉
But actually, I do sing occasionally (and one very small harmony part in Free My Soul), with a couple in 2014 and every song in 2011, which are also on Bandcamp you want to hear what I sound like. I'm not a big fan of my voice, lol, which is why I collaborate a lot! 😀
Thank you again for the comment - dark ambient / soundscape stuff is what I seem to do well at.
Demo's up now. ❤️
Thanks again for the comment Daniel!
Hi Daniel- thanks for all your kind words on my song Words on Fire. Glad to see you here again, in spite of all the difficulties.
Hey there! Yes, I did write some erotic stuff last year as well. Thanks for your comments. <3
Hi, thanks for the feedback. Be assured, no spoilers in the lyrics, unless you've never heard of good tech going bad. 😀 I left the details vague on purpose.
No, it's not my first FAWM. Looking back, it looks like I only completed FAWM in 2013 and 2016. Maybe you don't remember me from last year because I am very bad about commenting. I try, but it's hard for me to come up with anything useful to say about other people's songs.
haha dont worry it was definitely fiction! Even though i write in first person, my songs are normally fantasy or from other people's perspectives 😀
Thanks for your feedback. 😀 <3
Daniel, thanks for checking out Tickets to the Apocalypse and leaving your thoughts. My lips are sealed about the willful king! 😉
Thanks again for the kind words on my Ant-Man tune! In answer to your question, I had a backing track already...as I said in the liner notes, I had parodied this song before, and just updated the lyrics for the Marvel Cinematic Universe version (the original version of my song was for the comic version of Hank Pym, the MCU is Scott Lang).
Thanks Daniel, I did not know I should add the #dream tag so hopefully I have correctly edited and tagged all of them. I thought we were suppose to tag the song to a genre of music. As a side note, Dream within dreams seemed particularly challenging for me to find the chord structures for the descending melody.
I can't truthfully say I was aware of trying to do a "series" of dream songs in the sense of Bad Dreams and Good Dreams. I was just trying to meet FAWM's weekly challenge and last week the challenge was dream songs. That is why I enjoy the FAWM opportunity... trying to create songs that meet the challenge.
Thanks for your comment on "Bad Dreams". I compose & notate most of my songs with Band in a Box software so I have an original record of melody and lyrics. Once the melody is established I can experiment with using different chordal structures over the melody all within the same software. Thanks for asking.