Influences: Over the last week I've listened to Lloyd Cole's "Oh Genevieve" more than I've listened to all other songs combined--so I'll go with Lloyd Cole and Destroyer as influences this year.
I'm a semi-amateur performer who has never even played an open-mic. I picture myself as more of an conceptual artist than anything...endlessly pitching song ideas to my imaginary band, Fresh Spotless Youth. Generally speaking, "songs" I post here sound nothing like they would if FSY were better at executing. Still, I'm anticipating continued conceptual awesomeness this year--so let me know if you wanna collaborate.
(I think of myself as the Justin Bieber of my generation, or the Sid Vicious of Justin Bieber's generation, or the Die Antwoord of the Napoleonic era, but people don't understand.)
|#1||The Horses and the Horn||
|#2||People Like to Party||
|#3||Put Down Those Guitars!||
|#5||50 Million SpotlessYouth Fans Can't Be Wrong||
|#7||Vodka and Vermouth||
|#8||Now I Know||
|#9||Don't Even Get Me Started||
|#10||A Mermaid Must Be More Than a Man Without a Penis||
|#12||Sigmund and Penelope||
|#13||Ode to Cassandra @vomvorton||
|#14||Lovely Lucy (Harp Lamps)||
Thank you so much for your comments in Memory Care. I'm taking it to the studio soon and I agree with you about the accordion!
Ah! Turns out different browsers show a different playback bar. Chrome has a download button included on that player.
I've activated the email link on my profile page so you can send a note letting me know which mp3 you're interested in - any or all of the ones I provided links to, and I'll send them to you.
After uploading the version without drums, I noticed something "not quite right" with the guitar. I went back into the midi data and saw that the guitar was playing an F sus4 chord for half of the verse section and not an F chord all the way through, and what it was supposed to be playing was an F sus2. So... The revised verse chord structure is this:
C - F - F sus2 - C - F - F sus2
I've fixed that in the non-drums version and also re-rendered another copy of the with-drums version. Maybe the tension you were hearing was the misplaced F sus4 chord in the verse?
The revised full version can be found here:
I've moved the no-drums F sus4 version of the song to this URL:
I'd like to thank you, again, for commenting on the song - otherwise I might never have taken the drums out and realized I'd used the wrong chord in the verse.
I really appreaciate the time you've invested in listening, and regarding Track 01, I'm glad to share the chords. The song is built in 8-bar sections: Verse-Chorus-Verse-Chorus-Bridge-Verse-Chorus-Chorus-Ending and uses the follow chord patterns:
Verse: C- F - C - F
Chorus: G - Dmi - Emi - F
Bridge: Dmi - C - Dmi - Emi - F
Which can also be stated this way (if you'd care to transpose):
Verse: I - IV - I - IV
Chorus: V - ii - iii - i - IV
Bridge: ii - I - ii - iii - IV
You say the track "feels intesnse and relaxing" and I agree. The relaxing aspect comes from the Organetta melody and the intensity comes from the drum tracks, which is why I decided to slim them down after this one, and as a gift I've re-rendered a copy of the song without the drums for you to download and compare and use as you wish. I added two bars of closed hi-hat at the start to help with timing/alignment. The BPM is 96 so you should be able to import the mp3 into your DAW and sync up with no problem.
Here's the link:
Thanks for your awesome comment on You Haven't Heard The Last From Us! I think you saw what I was trying to do there, kind of a last hurrah 😀 Cheers!
Thanks for your insightful comment on Chimney song. Much appreciated!
I think you described the sentiment quite well and hopefully it comes across the music as well. It does for us 😀
(The translation was a poetic one, so I'm glad it reads well - that was the idea)
Thank you so much for your comment on Memory Care song. I'm glad you didn't want an explanation first. I was wondering if people would understand it. If you want me my little demo to you, just let me know your email and I'll try. Not sure why it isn't playing for you, but also I posted it wrong at first and then retried, so maybe there's a later version that will work. Thanks again for your thoughtful comments!
Hey Ray! Thanks for listen to You.Take.Me. The vintage plug-in's I used were the API Vision Channel Strip, Studer A800 (tape emulator), and iZotope's Vinyl (vinyl emulator). You probably can't hear it that much but it's there. I don't use Garage Band so I don't know if you have the ability to add plug-ins. But if you can look into different plug-ins as it can lead to some creative discoveries! Thanks again!
Thanks for your feedback on "Savor" <3
Yup, I'm happy it's over too. 😀
Glad we sticked together and made it.
Again, thank you for listening, and for your kind feedback. And congrats on your win!
You're comment on "Farewell Improv" made me laugh aloud! I wonder if it's possible to extract his vocal of "Tambourine Man" and paste it on top of the track? Thanks for taking a listen to something composed as if by Ouija Board or random number generator.
Thank you for your kind words. I think I often use the word "refreshing" when I comment on your songs, because that's really what I feel when I listen to you. And your insightful feedback is always much appreciated.
Hi Ray, thanks for coming by and listening to the Alan song.
I've got Monday and Tuesday off work and I'm not exactly drowning in ideas (I do have one pretty good one but that's about it I think, and I'm going to try to get that recorded tonight), so if you've got any sketches for me to mess with, I've definitely got the time!
(Belatedly) Congratulations on hitting Century Club! 😀
I'm sorry about missing you when I updated the list earlier. 😏
Sigh. Maybe some day I'll have a singing epiphany too. It sure hasn't happened yet. 😝
Thanks for the comments you left on my music. Keep rockin' the FAWM!
Hey Ray! Thanks for the comments!
I used to live in Eugene, so, yea, it might be awhile for you all to get some sun. But, you never know with climate change...
I just updated the info the the February song track. The 7/4 time signature is only in one place! I would have let that slide, but I would feel misleading taking credit for writing in an odd time signature for an entire song when, alas, it was not... Now I'm going to listen to your stuff. Tah Tah!
Thank you for your lovely feedback.
I do enjoy your music, I wouldn't watchlist you if that wasn't the case. Oh, and my vaccinations are not up-to-date -- if that's what makes me more open to good songs, that's fine by me. 😀
No clue what's next. I'll try and get to 14, if I have something to say, but in any case I'm a loser this year (@mojo), so I might stop here and be content with what I've done. We'll see tomorrow, when I have gotten some sleep (hopefully).
Alors comme ça, tu parles français? 😀
I didn't know that, or maybe I knew and forgot. So yes, you could read my monster someday. My writing style is very simple and straightforward, I'm sure even beginners in French could understand it. I'm not a master with words, so I've decided that I wouldn't even pretend to be one. 😀
Howdy Ray. Thanks pard, for reviewing "Cowboy Now But A Cattleman Soon".
Thanks very much for your comment 😀. I've added you to my list of things to listen to tomorrow! Excited to check some of these out. Well done on having 9 done already!
That really reminds me of 16yo. We used to do the same stuff, when we had something to drink. I still remember a cocktail made from vodka, alcopop and wine. I don't really remember the exact taste but I remember that we gave it the fitting name "The Bloody Awful."
Kids those days!
My lips are iSealed.
Thank you for your lovely comments. It's always a pleasure to read them.
Yes, I write in French. Can you speak/read it?
Hi Ray, thanks for listening and leaving such lovely comments. Much appreciated. 😀
Thanks for listening and giving your kind and thoughtful comments, Danny!
HA! That's all I've got for the Hot Drinks Theme Song. Maybe I'll elaborate on it during 50/90? Thanks for listening.
Aww. Thank you loads, Danny! 😊
It's all chorus, hence the expression "horses for choruses".
Thanks so much for Commenting on my and Peters collab Hey little girl.
Your comments about "Smoldering Coals" are much appreciated! I look forward to listening to more of your songs.
Thanks for the positive feedback and great comments. I'm so happy you enjoy the music! 😀
I was capo'd at the 7th fret which is why there was no bass thumping notes on my picking. There might have been otherwise. 😀 Thanks for listening. The first couple of episodes are up.
Thanks Danny for the comments on I Worry, I'm Not Happy. You have a good nose. It is like a cry for help. I just added some humour...to cover it up. 😀
Yeah I think I just being very unlucky with guest houses. In Sri Lanka they seem to turn it off a lot. As am now in restaurant is perfect but not ideal for listening with cliff richard blaring out!! Kind of disrupts the listening attempts. I was in Cambodia two years ago this may actually.
Lmao your story about the autoplaying ESPN video is legendary! Thanks for the feedback!!
Thank you for your comment on The Favored Few- I am going to fine tune it in the future for sure.
Thank you for commenting on Black Fallen Angel!
Thank you for your kind comments. 😀
Re "Here, Now" : yes, basically D and G.
"The right hand knows not what the left is doing these days," Haha, it's funny, it often happens to me these days. I'd rather know what both of my hands are doing while I'm FAWMing!
I would like to thank you very much for your lovely words...
Thanks for the nice comment on my song. It's much appreciated.
Thanks for your feedback on "Stand" 😀
Thanks so much for your lovely comment!
Hi Danny, thank you for your warm comment. Looking forward to receiving your ideas for our possible collaboration on a song.
Have a wonderful February.
Uh, yeah..... I'm here! And so are you..... cool!
Hi, and thanks for your comments on They Promised Us Space Planes. Redwings are traditional leather work boots, high tops, that a middle-aged dude might wear on a day off, and they've become hip with 20 somethings (a kid complemented me on my pair recently). My idea was that a teenager looking down at his phone might notice someone's cool boots nearby...
Thanks for the "Got No Band" comment!
Thanks for the kind words about "Time We"
Thanks for the comment on "Troubadour"-- yeah, I don't know about the timing either. It worked so I was afraid to count it out. I just tried to keep that general picking line going, but I think the chorus moves from 4/4 to 3/4.
Thanks for your thoughts on Distorted Desires, glad you liked it. 😀
Thanks so much for your kind comment on "I Dream of Green Hills"! I hope you have a wonderful time in West Cork. And should you find yourself in Levi's in Ballydehob, drink a pint for me. Sláinte!
Hey thanks for the very kind words! I don't know those singers, but always welcome collaboration!
Thanks for checking out my first tune, glad you dig it! ✌️😸🎸
Hey thanks Danny, good to hear you like the song.
I can relate. I happen to be more productive during fawm and 50/90. Got lots of songs from these challenges to revisit, it's like a never ending project, which keeps me busy.
Hey Danny. 😀
I hope I didn't make you spill anything!
Thanks loads for the listen and the comment. I'm working my way through today's backlog of new tunes by you guys so I'll be back soon. 😀
Ha! Thanks man. Going to snack on your tasty jams
Thanks for the positive commentary! The Bowie allusion just kinda popped into my head, guess I was just begging to do a tribute of some kind, haha. Glad to hear you enjoyed it.
Thank you for the comment on "Songwriter's Block"!
Hello Danny. Let the continued conceptual awesomeness commence. 😀
thanks for listening to and commenting on my songs. im glad you iked the use of the word nixonian, as i had my doubts about it being too explicitly referential to a single syndrome. oking forward to hearing your songs.
It's almost February!!! Hope I hear lots of new tunes from you 😀
Hi! Nice to see you here again! Have a great time! 😀
Ready to hear New stuff of yours. Good luck!
Glad to know your loins are girded! See you tomorrow.
Hi Danny, I'll be delighted to collaborate with you. As for limitations, you can't imagine having more limitations than me. It's upright piano, broken keyboard, audacity and now I do use fl studio but still early days. Looking at the recording possibilities people have and comparing with mine is absolutely laughable. Never worry about limitations though, I love your music and it will be amazing to collaborate with you. Thank you for suggesting it.
Have a great February!
Haydée! Haydée! Every time our paths cross I'm wistfully put in mind of of Éric Rohmer's marvelous "La Collectionneuse". Don't know why. Hugs, my friend. Bring yummy stuff to this year's country house retreat. Wolf.
Hello Danny, I announced my retirement from this merry go round at 50/90 last year. The world sighed of course, and I thought I heard your voice in there. But maybe you weren't present at 50/90?
Good luck to you sir, for FAWM 2017.
Danny boy (sorry, I just couldn't stop myself from saying that)! Hope you're doing well.
Hey Danny welcome back! Cannot wait to hear your new creations!
Hi Danny, looking forward to hearing your new compositions.
Good to see you again. There's still a lot of work with the book, but I am sincerely hoping to finish it before the end of the year. That being said, I'm afraid the thing will be unpublishable. 😀
Looking forward to your refreshing authenticity.
Thanks! Looking forward to hearing what you come up with this year.
id totally forgotten about that ' zodiac disowns me' song ….i thought it was fabulous & played it a lot but I dont think anybody else heard it ...ive got it somewhere & will send it to ...is dropbox ok?
Yay, Danny! 😀
Thanks Danny! I like sad songs too, but I prefer it when it's somebody else's sadness and not mine. I regret only writing ten thousand songs about him when he was alive 🙁
Are you here this year? I hope you're here this year. Your music is always a real highlight of FAWM!