Influences: Jesus, coffee, and Almost any music I hear. I've read several profiles and been excited about their influences, so I thought I'd list just a few here even though I honestly think it's too many to narrow. I grew up with a sister who was a teen in the 70s. Queen, Styx, Gordon Lightfoot, Jackson Brown, Beatles, Barry Mannilow, I was a teen in the 80s Men at Work, U2, XTC, Paul Simon, Anything on the radio Early Christian pop: Phil Keaggy, Leslie Phillips later: Christian music Chris Tomlin, Matt Maher, female country artists like Allison Craus, Casey Chambers, Just so much more I can't even think of them. :)
Please feel free to contact me directly:
I am a singer / songwriter in Southern California.
I've been writing music since 1989 or so, but writing under the mistaken impression that I could only write a song when I was inspired. I'm just recently learning how to chase and court and flirt and beg and encourage inspiration.
I've been singing since I was 6 years old primarily in church.
I will try playing almost any instrument, but my main instruments are guitar and voice.
|#1||Waves - A Prayer for Songwriters||
|#2||Back at Me||
|#3||Here To Stay||
|#5||Your Grace Is Amazing||
|#6||Let's Run Away||
|#7||Must Be Dreaming||
|#9||Baby Baby @cynthiawolff||
|#14||Climbin' To The Clouds||
Thank you so much for your kind words 😀
Guitar and cajon at the same time. Impressive.
I WATCHED THE live performance and I must say you are super talented, very comfortable and relaxed on stage and such a beautiful singer and guitar play and cajon too...
I thought your last song was especially beautiful...The lyrics are meaningful to anyone regardless of their beliefs.
I am very impressed with you as a musician...
Hey Rusty..I may not make it to the after party after all..
I’ll have to see how I feel later..
Those were indeed live drums on Accident Prone. 😀
Sent you an email. Figured all my questions were a bit too much to load onto the public soundboard. Thank you for your encouragement and your input.
Yes, for FAWM, I usually just use my phone. I'm usually putting hurried versions in there, then editing them through Audacity, so nobody hears me tapping to turn it off, or the voice as I start recording. I do have Reaper and Audacity and have been wanting to do more complicated recording from here, in spite of the fact that I don't have the money to soundproof or insulate my attic/music room as I want to. I also need to find some tutorials from Reaper-users who are blind like myself, so I know what I'm doing. Thank you for the website. I'll check it out.
I am hoping to save up and eventually get something really nice, but for now due to limited funds, I went with these;
They got good reviews, they're JBL etc. hoping I can save enough for some Adams or similar by next FAWM.
Looking forward to meetin you on Saturday at the meet up.
Once I know what songs I’m going to plAy I’ll let you know Ie cajon..
I have one also and play it somewhat ok..so vice versavif you want some kind of percussion..
Thank you for the heads up about the SoCal FOP! Really appreciate it!
Thank you for commenting on my song "Battle"! Let's roll!
Hey thanks so much for your kind words. I’m very glad you enjoyed the tracks 😀
Thanks for inviting me to the FAWM over party, but San Dimas is an 8 1/2 hour drive from where I live. I doubt I could get a ride.
I’m hating iPhone autocorrect right now. Missed a couple things in the last two comments. Power’s out so I’m on the phone and with no option to edit a past post so they’re staying! ...For now. 😀
Thank you so much for pointing me toward the album production thread!
Hey man! Thanks for the kind words on the tunes and the 411 on the event. The calendar is difficult but I'm gonna do my best. I need to catch up here and do some binge listening. 😁
Hi Rusty! Last year I signed up and paid for/donated to 50/90 but did nada. I might actually do something with it this year, though, after my success with the 14 in this, my second FAWM. I'd definitely like to do a collaboration. Chris Rice for me was a recent re-like. He's so gifted as a writer and player. And Bebo's "Hammer Holds" I must have listened to that on repeat 3x last night. 😀
Thanks for the kind words on my "Sidelines" skirmish song.
That sound in Tenuous #5 is my wife typing. Haven’t had a dog in 20 years or more.
cool keep me posted
I'll have to go if you go right???
Hi Rusty. Thanks for giving my "Just one look in her eyes" a listen.
I certainly would not be offended by being called Irish... since I have an Irish Passport and I am an Irish Citizen. 😀 Though I was actually born in Liverpool, England, and so it is probably traces of my "Scouse" accent that you can hear. (The Beatles shared the accent I speak in when I am back in the city of my birth).
Thanks for listening to (and commenting on) "The Climb" - I loved your heart attack / heartbreak pun.
Hey! Thanks for asking. 😀
Unfortunatelly, I'm afraid I don't have the time for collaborations this year. Sorry. The rest of the month is going to go into mixing and mastering the songs before I can release them, so... hopefully we can do something in the future!
Thank you for your kind words on "Adrift" and "Start Again", I was always more of the depressed songwriter type. Mainly thinking that sadness was the best and easiest well to draw from. Participating in FAWM made me have to look outside that to reach my goal and I have been pleasantly surprised with the results.
Thanks got the email..
ah ha a Bm...no wonder I couldn't
figure it out...c
Thank you so much on comments! I'm really glad you're enjoying my voice and songs! : )
Oh yeah and this is my job... kind of. It's not the busiest line of work, but I also play in a wedding/function band and write songs with a commercial writer from Japan. I get by... just about!
It's not very easy to give you a short rundown of my work flow here.
I'm happy to explain some things to you, so you're welcome to shoot me an email any time (email is up next to my profile name).
I've had a few people ask me about this, so I'm thinking about putting together some material; maybe video or documents that may explain it to some degree.
I suppose I've got quite a lot of tips and tricks that some people will be interested in. I did write a short ebook called "Kooking with Sound" which I'll try and find if you want to send me an email. That has some info on how I work, but my methods have developed since then too.
Thanks for showing an interest and thanks for the generous comments on my music and production. 😀
Thank you very much for the comment on "Svårt Att Nå Dig". I did provide an english translation also if you wanted to check out the meaning properly 😀
Well then...guess I'll have to come to Corona!!
no worries...we may be passing through there ...my husband is doing some work in Temecula...
I'll let you know, or yes I could come by during a weekend..not a far drive really..Any open mic in town by you on a Saturday?
Yes!!! That’s right!!
I go to a cool open mic right down the street from me..
Fox Coffee House..Thursday nights..
We have lots of open mics here in..
You could come over, we could practice and then go play..
Hiya and thank you!
I did not get the email..
what address did you use?
yeah go ahead and post it on your site...
use the collab and then I will finish it up on my
end and repost it when I am done..
Make sense??? xxc
"I used to have an old tascam portastudio 424 MKii
I got rid of it in favor of my computer and sometimes I regret it, but ...... I can do so much with the computer. 😀"
don't you miss finally having a good take and then halfway through the song the track disappears because the head got dirty??? 😀 (....I'm sure that didn't just happen to me...... 😀 )
You caught me mid-fix on my latest song. It's good now.
Thanks for commenting on Make A Wish. I’m not sure about the mix in terms of the guitar effect. The lyrics were initially referred to John Lennon (madmen on the rampage, shooting stars), then the Stones and technology; a little muddled. (Karl).
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!!
Thanks for coming over to visit my song. Nice to meet you here.
Thank you for your comment on "Just Let It Happen," sorry it took me a while to acknowledge your comment. Illness/life keeping me hoppin'. I'm glad you noticed/liked the noise. Someone else referred to it as surf - they were close. It's actually audio form a paddlewheel boat slowed way down. It's very subtle, but I even 'played' it at one point, doubling the piano chords. Fun stuff and more fun when noticed.
Hey! I wouldn’t know much about EDM, I just kind of make whatever I think sounds good. But if you want to work on something, I’m game! How should I contact you?
Thanks for your comment and your suggestion of using a minor chord. I think you’re right
Thank you very much for your comments on my soundboard. And thank you for not feeling sorry for me. I know exactly how you feel. And also one of my fears is losing my sight while going through what I'm already going through. So I admire you as well. I hope God continues to bless you with your amazing positivity, and I am very glad to have met you on here. Regardless what happens, we will see each other in heaven!
Glad Tenuous #2 hit you right.
For lazy blues I play the top two strings (C and G on mine, top as in lowest pitch) and then the dotted frets, 3, 4, 7 if it fits. That's it. That's the minor pentatonic, but if you can figure out where to slip in the flat 4 you're bluesing.
(There has to be a better way to send messages back and forth.) I didn't sniff a hint of meanness in your comment, just kind construction. Don't worry 😀 much appreciated, comments and concern alike.
Thanks for the comments on my tracks. I could use a bit more practice on the Lighthouse and I'm hoping to retool the bridge with a softer entrance--practice never hurts too!
Please do bust it out! I'm sad to see I'm currently the only one using #charango. I acquired one and learned to play it when I spent a few months in Bolivia. I had a really great traditional folk song singalong with the security guys at the airport the day I left the country, but unfortunately at this point all the folk songs I learned have long been forgotten.
Thanks for the comment on "Sapphire" 😀
Whistling in any key is, erm, wait, that's just normal. (Speaking of confusion, my tin whistle is in D, but when I recorded the melody it was clearly in G. Not impossible, but certainly odd.)
Thanks for the comment on 'fall for you' and yeah, it's a guitalele (six nylong string guitar tuned to A instead of E. It was on sale and cheap and is very useful for what it is.
Thank you so much for your kind words. Rolling over the line between verses was intentional, done for effect. The theory was it would keep the listener interested. Not sure if it worked, but it was fine to try.
Sure no problem. I'll be listening soon. Cheers.
What kind of tenor do you have? My Blueridge has become my instrument of choice but I also have my grandfather’s 59 Harmony Monterey archtop. Cool chunky sound.
Lived in SoCal for years, but we’re in Phoenix now.
If you haven’t seen the thread about the FAWM Over Party in San Dimas check it out. I’ve been meaning to make it for years.
What if you would post the instrumental on here and add me as a collab..then I would learn that to play it on my recording ...I don,t know how to add a file to my recording device..just a thought..
And that s p n, is what I call poetry, your right as a songwriter to write whatever you like! Americans know what that is, right? When they're into sports that is...
Ok I'll try to tell you what I did: I used an old analogue keyboard Casio, with many buttons, I choose one of my favorites oboe(!) and the wonderful "Fantasy", and the tick-tack clock is some keys of the percussion button. The ocean sound is me rubbing leather with a wool scarf. I also used a fake Fender and a melodeon which I borrowed from my mom for this FAWM.
You could send me a copy of the melody and uke playing via my
Hey that would be perfect!!
then we both get another song!!
I just fell in love with this!!
I have pretty many lyrics already worked out..
I like the chord progressions a lot!
Thanks for the feedback. Quite constructive, which I appreciate!
Thanks for your comments! I'm certainly no singer! Especially with a cold!
Re: Veggietales, my kids are millenials, so, yep, I've heard of them, but never actually seen any, since it's out of my tradition. Again, thank you for the kind comments! 😀
Ableton Live is what I use! 😀