Texas, USA /
Influences: I grew up listening to all kinds of music and have been influenced by too many to name from rock, country, pop, folk over the past 35/40 years. Favorites right now are DMB, Silversun Pickups, The Weepies and kinda diggin Wolfmother and The Black Keys a little the past few months.
Hey y'all. Yep, I'm Texan.... sorry can't get it out of me except when I write lyrics I guess. I leave the y'alls and the twang out then. : )
I'm relatively new to playing guitar (i started learning to play in mid-2004) as well as singing and songwriting. I play with a few friends in an acoustic band called Paper Windows. We've been together since Feb 2007 and continue to have fun with it... it's nothing serious but we gig around Houston once every couple of months though.
This is my fourth time to be in the FAWM community. I still know myself well enough to know I won't complete 14 songs but am hopeful that I'll best my previous years of 3 and 4 songs.
Looking forward to 2013!!!
Here's what I wrote on the Forum for "first-time fawmer" back in 2010.
1. Hi all!... I'm Rob Barreda and I'm from Houston, Tx
2. I heard about FAWM through a wordpress blogger who mentioned it in a link. Feb was almost over so I've been waiting a year to try my hand at FAWM.
3. I hope I can spur some songwriting activity out of myself. The well has been dry lately so I hope the challenge (and following others) will get at least a few songs out of me. I don't expect to complete all 14 though. Too much to do and not enough time. I also hope to meet some new songwriting friends through for the encouragement and camaraderie.
4. Musically... I write the lyrics and sing for a band I play in called Paper Windows. Both those talents are mediocre at best but every so often a little pearl can be found in their somewhere. I play acoustic guitar and my entries will more than likely be just my voice and the six string.
5. Ok, so why to watch for me... if nothing else, just 'cause I'm a noobie and I might pull of a song or two that's not too bad.
|1||Buckle 'em up||
|3||Express that beauty||
|4||wake of the storm||
@singbiosis Mar 5
Thanks for your great comments, Rob. I was really pleased with how that Rumi song came out. As for getting all 14 songs in, I was lucky to have a lot of time on my hands this year... don't think I could have done it otherwise -- probably wouldn't have tried! Great community here.
@donno Feb 11
Yeah I figured it's not a legit FAWM tune but I have a terrible habit of not recording anything so a lot of these songs are being recorded for the first time. I'm finally realizing how many songs I actually do have. I keep thinking I've only written like 3 songs but this has been eye opening and motivating for me. Thanks so much for checking it out!
@plainwhitetoast Feb 8
I updated my previous comment with a post-listen comment. Cheers!
@valeriecox Feb 8
Not judging at all. If not for listening at work, I'd hardly have a chance to listen at all.
@heavyhedonist Feb 1
Looking forward to your tunes again! Love your penguin logo, BTW. You're a talented dude.
@writeandwrong Feb 1
Thanks! Looking forward to a wild and crazy February!