Influences: the pillows, The Beatles, The Chewinggum Weekend, work, school, @mattblick, Beatles Songwriting Academy
I'm a beginner at music but I strive to write a lot of songs! I will try to write short songs in a limited of time. Aside from that, I'm currently a student at Robert Morgan Vocational Institute attending GED classes.
I also work at Publix as a bagger.
Despite joining FAWM first, 50/90 was my first FAWM experience, because I joined FAWM in June and 50/90 was just around the corner. I accidentally donated to 50/90 instead of FAWM! So i gave 50/90 and it a was mix experience. I made a lot of mistakes in the community, besides songwriting. I replied on my songs pages before knowing on replying on people's soundboards. lol I also didn't commented that much. I focused constructive criticism and that didn't went well with the community, and I've certainly regretted doing that, I'm awfully sorry for my actions if I've offended anybody on 50/90. I had a very bad experience of collaborating for the first time. I really was bad at it! I had poor communication with that FAWMer, and it was all of my fault for becoming such a hateful person towards that person.The good thing about 50/90 was I was able to make it to 50 and that I was proud of even though most my songs were just drafts.
In FAWM 2017, and my second FAWM experience was better. I learned to only provide positive comments instead of constructive criticism that left a good taste to the community. My collabs were more successful but mainly needing help to finish almost already done songs. I didn't collaborate with anyone on a fresh song. I took a week off from work to get an early head start! On the downside, I didn't participate in any challenges. I wasn't able to make to 14 because work became really busy for me. I didn't really do any real collaboration. I didn't comment much on people's songs.
In FAWM 2018, I had commented a lot more than my previous year, and I was able to make to 100! I was pretty satisfied with it!! I was able to do a real collab and it became successful one! I was able to record with an electric guitar this time around. On the downside, I was busy with work again, and this time I procrastinated too much! I was only able to come up with one song compared to my previous efforts four. But the song turned out to be surprisingly OK! So, that's not much of a downside but the lack of output truly is!! I also didn't had enough time to participate in other challenges. I wasn't able to purchase a new guitar before FAWM started. That was the guitar that I was supposed to record for FAWM, and thus leading to this, I also recorded my song with the wrong electric guitar, because that guitar was very uncomfortable to play! Due to time constraints, I wasn't able to make a better recording of the song. So I didn't achieved on working melodies right.
For FAWM 2019, I'm planning on going back to the basics of my first FAWM, concentrating on the songs over comments. I will still make as much as comments as possible and hoping to hit 100 again. However, the songs will come first this time around. 😉 I'm also planning on taking more challenges. I'm not planning to collab next year, despite my recent collab being a successful one. And if possible maybe purchase that 4 track player for the four track challenge. I'm also planning on recording with the right guitar! No more struggling recording sessions!! gain, trying to focus on melody again. Other plans still in thought.
I'm more of quantity over quality kind of guy. However, I tend to stick to a strict schedule of writing one song a day, and I tend to focus on one song at time. This system allows me to produce a better song than to work on as many songs a day. So it become more in the middle of quantity and quality, quanlity??
Yeah, 2nd place was OK, but when all my siblings were getting 1st (again, not a huge festival, often only 3 or 4 kids in each class)... it gives one a complex after a while! Thanks again for your great comments. Wish I'd had more songs of yours to comment on!
Thanks so much for listening and for your kind comment on my song! 😀 I empathize with not feeling prolific enough during FAWM - I was super happy to get six songs done this year, last year I got four done, and it took over my entire life both years. I like to think that even if I never get to 14, I still learn a ton by putting the time into making a handful of songs I'm really proud of, and that's the most important thing, for me at least. There's definitely a balance between quality and quantity, and it's tricky to find.
Thanks so much for your comments on my song 'Size 11 blundstones '. I really appreciate that you took the time to listen and comment so constructively on my tune. Cheers and I wish you all the best . Regards Mark
Thanks for your comment on "Good Things"
A pity you didn't make more songs this year. Just get them out!
Hey thanks for the comment on my weirdo rave tune!
I wanted to reply specifically to this bit: "I also liked how the music gets faster towards the end."
funny story! the tempo is constant. somehow I find myself giddy that a time signature change was interpreted as a tempo change. "exactly according to plan" i guess, haha
Make sure to try some skirmishes next go-round; they have helped tremendously with song speed for me and "letting go" of tracks to move on to the next. FAWM is great!
Thank you for your feedback on "Such A Sin", that song was a struggle and I honestly wasn't thrilled with it at first but did grow on me.
You are right, I was listening in a hurry lol.
Thank you so much for your kind comment on Snow in March.
I just played the chords Dm G Bb Dm mostly.
Thanks!!! I really loved the detailed explanation and information you provided! I look forward to listening again to here what you are talking about. I am new to writing music and love to learn as much as I can! Thanks again!!
Thanks for the comment on “How Do You Ever Trust Another - I need to come up with some music now.
Hey, thanks for listening to my Bonus song. I'm glad you liked the out-of-key notes, but ..... I admit I have no idea which notes are out of key. I also listened to your song. You clearly have a good grasp on theory, structure, and songwriting technique. Keep it up!
Thanks for the nice comment on In the Silence, appreciate it.
Thanks for giving me your comments and feedback on Just Another Daydream. Much appreciated.
Congrats on your collaboration this year! One good song is always a win!!
Hi. Thank you for your comments on Kiss You Forever. Always appreciated. Hope you enjoyed yourself this year and good luck going forward.
Thanks so much for checking out my song!
Good luck as you continue FAWMing and 50/90ing. 😀
Thanks for the comment! And I'm glad you enjoyed it. I always worry about the more conceptual pieces, that they won't work or will only be appealing to me and nobody else. So yeah - thanks again!
Thanks so much for your great comment on my song 'Blueberry Island'.
It's interesting that the I-vi-ii-V progression is called the ice cream chord progression. Maybe the term comes from all those 1950's hits that use it. I think ice cream parlors were popular back then. I didn't know it's a common progression in punk as well. It's used in classical music too, in Gershwin's 'I Got Rhythm', the Flinstones theme song, and a lot of jazz as well.
Thanks for commenting on "Issues". Much appreciated. Glad you liked it. See you in 50/90.
Thanks for commenting on "Hive Mind." Sometimes fewer words are better. I see you've made a lot of comments this year! And made a good song. Next year, more songs, right?
Lol... Harrison. That's what happens when i type too fast..
Thanks for the listen and comment on I Can't Stay.
Hi! That thread is the Twilight Zone...it goes backwards!
Yes, doing much better now. Thanks for asking. Still pretty weak, physically, but that goes with having that intense of an illness!
Thanks for the comment on "Shades and Shadows"! We really appreciate the listen.
Thanks... I think I get it! One of these days I will learn some scales and then it will all make sense. Luckily I have a good ear for music. I make up a lot of chords too, as you said. That is probably one of my favorite things. The problem is I need to remember to write down what I played. 😀
Oh my goodness Dupletarion Warrior you are AWESOME!! You took the time to write 200 comments and listen to all those songs! Thanks for your hefty contribution to our community. You have 200 thank you’s from your fellow FAWMers and from me! Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!
Appreciated you taking the time to listen to Shapes and Shadows... I'm excited to get that one into the band's setlist this year. I'll have to trust you in all the IV - I and b3rd stuff... I don't know any theory and just wing it by ear, lol. And we'll add the electric whenever Chris gets something figured out! Thanks again. 😀
Yes Al is a tough guest! I often remind my hubby none of us makes it out of here alive. It makes him laugh. Good luck to your Grandma dealing with Al too! Thanks for the visit!
Thank you very much for the critique... watch out for pirates!!
thanks for your comments. 😀
Thanks for giving "My Way or the Highway" a listen. I have to be honest, I wouldn't know an arpeggio if I ran smack into one. With my primitive "intuitive" lead guitar I just found a sequence that seemed to work and you confirmed it does 😀
Thanks for listening!
Thanks for your comment on "CAGE"
Hi thanks for the content on Why Don't They Know Me? much appreciated.
Thanks for listening and commenting on Low Confesses. Much appreciated.
Thank you for your kind words, and the lesson in music theory. 😀 I'll have to read your comment a couple of times to try and understand it all, though. But very interesting, so much appreciated!
Thank you for your comments on my song. Yes, I like to start all of my songs with very little intro because you are absolutely correct, attention spans will not allow it during a show. However, eventually I want to start using a looper during my songs and getting the kids involved, so the intros and whatnot will increase, but they will be interactive. Appreciate the listen!
Congratulations Centurion Soldier! You wrote 100 comments for your fellow FAWMers!! You made this place even better. You took your time to listen to other people's songs and you have 100 thank you's from all of them and from me! Here’s your badge. Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!
I'm no good on modes, so if it is in lydian then it's purely accidental! I think I've probably heard the Simpsons theme more than any other piece of music ever so it's inevitable it will creep into my songs somewhere 😀
The amp is ALL valve! 😂😂😂😂😂
I hate solid state circuits.
Tapped humbucker gives me single coil. Plus I design and build my own amps. I can get pretty much any tone I aim for with the Schecter snd my amp. 😎😉
Schecter Omen VI Diamond Series, with an IronGear Hammerhead tapped humbucker in the neck position. 😉
Thanks for taking a listen to a few of my songs.
Many thanks for the listen on our funk collab!
Just for the record, I don't own a Strat. 😉😎
Cold issues kind of come and go. Had a really bad coughing fit this am which led to other complications so I'm having a quiet, restful day at home and pushing fluids. The songs are going well for me. I think it's all the wonderful talent and support of the people around these parts. It makes me want to make music!
Thanks for the splendid structural comments on my songs. I really appreciate them!
Thanks for comment!
Hey, thanks for commenting on my song! Much appreciated 😁
Thank you so much for the in-depth critique on my song, man. It really helped! Love your taste in music, too!
Thanks for listening man! When do plan on posting some songs?
Thanks for checking out, "You Decided to Leave". Wishing you much inspiration on achieving your goals for FAWM.
thanks for your comments on red rose guitar
it's an old Casio keyboard with all kinds of midi and casio chords and stuff, and it has this big button that says "DGP" for digital grand piano - and I put my cellphone in the linen closet behind me in the hallway where the keyboard is, and it gives me a little reverb 😀
I will be singing all the lyrics-only pieces I posted yesterday... I just *couldn't* sing them yesterday. Watch for music to start appearing for them later today (assuming I don't lose my voice again). Oh, and thanks for the kind birthday wishes to my wife. Other than that she's sick, she had a nice birthday. The joy of elementary school aged children is that virus after virus runs roughshod through our household these days...
Hi Rainchaser. Thank you for your comments on Body and Ghost. It's a good idea to spend some time on comments. That's what makes FAWM such a nice community. Cheers!
Thanks for another kind comment! I quit listening to music in 1991 or so, so Mega City 4 is actually new to me. Was the name a play on the MC5? I'm a Detroiter from that era. 😀 but yeah I went and listened to some of their songs. Good stuff.
I forgot to add: I read somewhere that in nearly every hit song, the vocal comes in 12 seconds or less from the start.
Thank you for the listen & kind comment!
Do check out the BiaB threads on the forum - You'll find some pretty familiar names using it - lotta really talented people using it really well - and then people like me who just plug in the chord structure and make wav files....I do my mixing in Reaper but you can do it all right in BIAB including Melodist (writes and plays original melodies) and harmonies and all sorts of stuff. Oh, and now they've added all kinds of video tutorials for instrumentals - so you can practice with the pros. It's a very cool thing 😀 Oh, and I'm not compensated in any way by them - It just changed my life entirely. Hugs!!
Thanks for your comments on The Bell! Hopefully you'll get a chance to put some songs together too, soon. Use some of the Beatles Songwriting Academy tips and tricks! 😀
Hey, thanks for your comments on Tuesday. The instruments are all from Band in a Box, I have two guitar lines going there and I think I was playing around with a little distortion for the first time. Glad you liked it!
I have a hate/love relationship with my Strat, it's from 1977, and I've been told it was the cheapest model Fender sold that year. Think I've had it for 17 years or so, so kinda feels like a natural extension of me.
I have other instruments I prefer to play live, but when It's time to record it's very often my first choice.
Thanks for the comments
Thanks for the comment on "The Thing About Music". As a skirmish track, I was just trying to get something together quickly-- and it fell into place nicely. It was fun to make and a number of people have indicated it was fun to listen to. So that makes me happy.
OK, I have started something political and folky but nothing lost, I can use what I have as another song. Reading your comments I think our best bet for middle ground might be the 50's rock rather than folk?
Hi Again, It might be better if we can communicate through e-mail but I don't see yours ?
I think it's difficult to put everything on an open forum,?
Hi, delighted to "meet" you, I'm sure we can write a platinum disc quality song together. 😀 For me a collab does not have to be totally my lyrics or your music. I see we have a common hero in Bob Dylan, I'm not Bob but how would it suit if I draft some lyrics which would suit a folk style? If you like them you can hack them about to suit your style? If you have any other ideas let me know, Tom