Mel Ciriaco 14


Bruges Belgium   Jan 2016

Artist Bio

Shit, I am late to the party, but I'm trying to catch up. Nice to see all these awesome music folks doing what they love. This community is wonderful and inspirational. I can only hope to keep up.

I still have a bare-bones setup, same as last year . Laptop, monitors, mic with a shield, keyboard, and an electric guitar which may get some use this February.

This year's FAWM project will be an album idea that's been in my head for several months. I really want to make a space-themed, concept album. It's like an interstellar love story involving a member of a collective (like The Borg) and a signal that interrupts everything for that person. The member becomes fully self-aware and attempts to locate he origin of the signal....and that's all I've got so far.

EDIT: Okay, clearly I finished the story. It's all done. The songs are in order, though I might change a couple things around later when I start refining everything. And, even though the songs aren't super perfect, I still hope you enjoy them. Thanks for going on this little journey with me as I've, no doubt, dropped a lot of F-bombs and started rambling. I'm going to catch up on sleep and food now.


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  • @adforperu  Apr 27

    Didn't expect my RSS feed to be showing unread so late in April for FAWM! Thank you so much πŸ’‹

  • @alphanerg Apr 10

    Your comment got cut off at the end... fawm really needs to update this website at some point. I think i got the idea anyway, i am terrible for skipping that jake episode i know! I just dont want to catch a case of the feels!

  • @wacha  Apr 4

    No problem, it was my pleasure listening to and commenting on your songs. I understand people are busy outside of FAWM and that not everyone has a the kind of free time I do at work to be able to comment they way I do.

  • @tamsnumber4 Mar 16

    I feel like I'm celebrating your trophy with you because I feel like I just finished a series myself so Brava to everyone, this is so worth the ride!! Congrats!!

  • @alphanerg Mar 9

    Congrats on finishing to you too! I am also behind on my fawm listening but i am excited to listen to your entire fawm album when i have a chance. Soon hopefully, and not like Valve time soon. Oh and don't worry, i can talk about star trek forever too, so i wont stop you lol. I seriously usually skip that Jake episode when he gets old and quits writing. It's a great episode yeah, but it's so fucking sad!

  • @cts  Mar 5

    Actually - I'm going to be doing the same except I'll be drinking a caramel macchiato and there will be light coming from my salt rock lamp. Your work is amazing! Straight up.

  • @mkd  Mar 4

    Hi! I’m halfway through and loving listening to your album in full! It’s late here though, so I’m going to have put the 2nd half on hold til tomorrow eve now probably. It’s brilliant though!

  • @adforperu  Mar 4

    'cause I have friends like you. ahhhhaaaaaaaaaa. #rubbishburn

  • @adforperu  Mar 4

    Why are you so SILLY?! πŸ˜€

  • @bking  Mar 2

    Thank you for your gift of music and much more. You have boldly gone where no other FAWMer has gone before... well maybe the were others, but start to finish you win FAWM on content and production. Period.

    I just got done burning all fourteen songs to CD and will be listening to the story top to bottom, preferably in the dark with hot black Kona and amaretto.

  • @zecoop  Mar 2

    Congrats on the win!! Saw your story idea and heard the first few, but apparently didn't leave the comment I had planned. That just means I get to binge at some point soon. πŸ˜€

  • @keithcuts Mar 2

    I enjoyed this entire album. My favorite of FAWM. Thanks for doing this and much success with wherever you take it.

  • @leepat  Mar 2

    hey, you're welcome, it's all deserved and by the way you're the boss πŸ˜€ congrats on another great win!

  • @shortdan  Mar 2

    Oh wow, that’s amazing!!

  • @kovbleu  Mar 2

    Congrats girl, you did it! I gotta listen to all these amazing songs. I already know they are. Can't wait to hear.

  • @shortdan  Mar 2

    Well, I’m a Star Trek / BSG nerd so was totally down with the premise of the story! πŸ˜€

  • @wacha  Mar 2

    Congratulations on your win, you are very welcome it's a pleasure to listen to your songs.

    I have a job that with very little supervision, I'm an efficient worker so I get things done fast but also know how to play the game so I don't let them know when I'm done with things. I understand most people don't have this luxury.

  • @adforperu  Mar 2

    Oh I hear ya! Even if you're down selling yourself, those are the thoughts you might need in order to get better. Can't wait to hear your last two and see what happens to the e-lovebirds

  • @tamsnumber4 Mar 1

    YAY, Congrats on your trophy and I will be back to listen!!!

  • @tamsnumber4 Mar 1

    I WILL CATCH UP ON THIS STORY!! I WILL LISTEN TO EVERY SINGLE SONG BECAUSE IT MATTERS TO ME...I will listen all through March to know how this all resolves.....I will.....I promise....I am only on number five, but that doesn't mean I'm not interested, fascinated or excited...It's only a matter of time, but I will listen to them ALL............(I wanted to type this out, I say this every time you put up a new one)

  • @bking  Feb 27

    I've finally found a few moments to visit. Later this week I want to download all of your songs so that I can listen to your work in its entirety. I am quite intrigued be your idea for this story and want to enjoy it as you intended.

  • @donna  Feb 20

    It's not going too badly in cosmic terms, Mel. πŸ˜‰ I only have six lyrics up, but I'm not worried. To be honest, it's about four more than I expected to have at this point. Been a busy few weeks one way or the other.

    I hope all's well in Brugge. πŸ˜‰

  • @alphanerg Feb 20

    Choosing between TNG and DS9 is really difficult for me. Like you, TNG wins out slightly, but there are some days I like DS9 better. DS9, as you said has so many good characters! I am so glad you mentioned Gul Dukat because he is one of the most likable "bad guys" in any TV show. Weyoun is amazing, as is all the characters played by Jeffrey Combs. Garak is great with his mysteriousness and flexible morality. O'Brien gets to be more than just the elevator operator he is in TNG. Who in life could you hate more than Kai Winn? Quark, Dax, Worf, Sisko, Kira, endless great characters! Except maybe Jake but you cant win with them all, he kind of suffered from the same problems Wesley did. And the story lines are so much darker, as you mentioned. DS9 was made after Gene Roddenberry died, so they were able to take Star Trek to places that he wouldn't let them go before.

    Anyway sorry about that... I could talk about Star Trek endlessly. I will be checking out the rest of your fawm songs for sure.

  • @sapient  Feb 19

    If you want a giggle / be truly horrified by what I'm putting my vocal chords thru this FAWM, then Dr Sapient recommends listening to the chorus in this song:
    Talk about finding things about your voice that you didn't know were possible! 😁
    I did have to autotune it, just a *teensy* bit...

  • @sapient  Feb 16

    Thank you so much for taking a listen to so many of my tunes. You brave soul!
    I love the idea of a church organ for the next country crossover one I try. Yes, there will be more of them before the month is out! 😁

  • @engebretsen  Feb 16

    Wow! thx a lot for all youΒ΄re comments on my songs! It was lovely reviews to read and much appreciated. Special fan of the Enigma mention you give me. Keep up the good work you too.

  • @srcoops Feb 16

    Thank you for your kind words in regard to What's Your Name.

  • @kristian  Feb 15

    An android Disney Princess which kicks ass? I can see that.. Elsa should start taking notes; she needs to toughen up

  • @kristian  Feb 15

    wow Mel; you just made by day! Thank you SO MUCH!

  • @wacha  Feb 15

    Thank you for your feedback on "Join Me in Death", there is definitely room for that song to be filled out and improved on after FAWM is over.

  • @wacha  Feb 15

    No apology needed, I know not everyone has the kind of down time I have at work to reply to comments. Keep doing your thing and I'll keep listening.

  • @shortdan  Feb 15

    Pah, your stuff is awesome! Just caught up on your last two. Great stuff as ever! πŸ˜€

  • @shortdan  Feb 15

    Hey! Thank you so much for going through all my tunes and leaving such kind comments πŸ˜€

  • @adforperu  Feb 15

    Heeey, don't you worry, thanks so much for enduring the listening session this afternoon πŸ˜€ x

  • @bking  Feb 15

    It's really good to hear from your. Thanks so much for listening to everything. I have several more in the works, but I'm finding it hard to focus today. And thanks for the comments on my toys. Pink is the one that was in the plans for a very, very long time. The wait was worth it too.

    If you are interested in my text to speech tools, email me and I can tell you about it. I actually want to re-write the application to make a bit more usable.

  • @donna  Feb 11

    Hi, Mel. Lovely to see you again. πŸ˜‰

  • @headfirstonly  Jan 30

    Yay! Let's rock!

  • @sapient  Jan 29

    You too, ya crazy cat lady!
    What am I talking about...? We now have two of the little demons living with us! πŸ˜ƒπŸˆπŸ˜ƒ

  • @tamsnumber4 Jan 28

    Hello! Can't wait to be spellbound!

  • @bking  Jan 23

    Hi Mel. It would be quite a treat to hear from you again.

  • @downburst  Jan 20

    Hi Mel, welcome back! (Are you back?)

  • @kovbleu  Jan 18

    Hope you're back for another round Mel! I love what you do!! πŸ˜€

  • @zecoop  Jan 18

    Bring it... FAWM is here (almost) πŸ˜€

  • @kristian  Jan 2018

    You rock!

  • @adforperu  Jan 2018