Joel D Canfield 26


San Tan Valley USA   Jan 2006  

Artist Bio

Influences:   Jude Cole, David Gray, Charlie Cheney, Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot

I want to write the best lyrics I can. Your feedback on what's powerful, what's moving, what's memorable, will be most helpful.

Songs (26)

#1 Don't Want to Sleep 17
Feb 1
#2 Flower Print Dress 10
Feb 2
#3 River Song 6
Feb 3
#4 Fibethos 3
Feb 5
#5 Losing the Focus 6
Feb 5
#6 We Are Water 8
Feb 6
#7 Yesterday's Moon 7
Feb 7
#8 My Body's a Hundred 2
Feb 9
#9 No Tropical Isle 2
Feb 9
#10 Tenuous #1 2
Feb 10
#11 Tin Whistle, Tin Ear 5
Feb 11
#12 Chicken Palmerent 2
Feb 12
#13 Tenuous #2 8
Feb 13
#14 Here Before 4
Feb 14
#15 Order in Words 3
Feb 15
#16 Tenuous #3 3
Feb 15
#17 Hurricane @charliecheney  4
Feb 18
#18 The Ballad of Sir Perry Pufflingpants 3
Feb 19
#19 19 Questions 2
Feb 20
#20 Roads and Rainbows 5
Feb 22
#21 Destination Irrelevant @starryrainbow 3
Feb 22
#22 Tenuous #4 2
Feb 23
#23 Tenuous #4.1 1
Feb 23
#24 This Great Adventure 2
Feb 26
#25 Tenuous #5 1
Feb 28
#26 Tenuous #6 2
Mar 1


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  • @mkd  Mar 9

    Wow, you learn something new every day!

  • @mkd  Mar 8

    Hey! Thanks for your comments on the Dobbing in Blues and my daft 10x10. A cello-tuned guitar sounds really cool...

  • @iamthe666  Mar 2

    I sold the Telecaster in the pic of me after I bought the Walden (I hadn't played electric for a long time).

  • @iamthe666  Mar 2

    I've had a couple chances in the past to buy a used S6 but didn't. I have a Yamaha beater that I bought used for $140 -- it was my first acoustic and it's the one I travel with. It's with me here in South Carolina. About 6 months ago I bought a used Walden and I could tell by the look on my wife's face that I probably shouldn't bring a 4th guitar into the house. The Yamaha and the Walden are Open tuned to C and E. The Seagull is always standard tuned.

  • @iamthe666  Mar 2

    Just curious what model Seagull you have? I have the Maritime SWS Rosewood and love it:

  • @gslade Feb 28

    Hello sir. I was referred to you from Charlie. I am looking for tips on posting/sharing creative writing. I am looking to share short stories but in installments/episodes.

    Any feedback/info you have would be appreciated. Thanks a bunch man.

  • @johncrossman  Feb 28

    I knew you would understand. πŸ˜€

  • @johncrossman  Feb 28

    Joel. I feel that I have failed in the lyrics delivery scheme we half baked lo those 3-4 weeks ago. You have been oh so productive, so you sure weren't lacking in words. I started some things and will be doing an 11th hour review tomorrow to tie up loose threads. In the meantime, I'm here to apologize for the lack and let you know I'll be back. I would offer to send something yet, in classic procrastinator style, but don't want to apply that kind of pressure either on day 28. So, I'll be waiting for a car repair, sitting around and writing. Let me know how you feel about it.

  • @fearlessflight2014  Feb 27

    Thanks for visiting Paper Mouse, it’s still a work in progress but your feedback is really encouraging. πŸ˜€

  • @aprilm  Feb 25

    I'm thinking that keyboard might be fun for that scale. Thanks for the tip!

  • @aprilm  Feb 25

    Quite honestly, your comments on I'm Not the One are probably the nicest compliment I've ever had as a song writer/musician. Thank you

  • @jenjen Feb 15

    Thank you so much for your suggestions of how to get unblocked..totally working!

  • @bachelorb  Feb 15

    more like a strange 6 string... also.... I'm trying to remember, but I think the reason I use d-g-b-e tuning is you can't get the c-g-d-a tuning because of the scale length of the guitar... I been paying like this for around 3 years now, so I can't remember a lot about the experiment

  • @bachelorb  Feb 15

    Here's what I did. It has worked out well for me. The finger spacings actually help me (I think). The way I did it here, I have to drill and taper 3 holes in the bridge. The other 3 bridge pin holes are the same. I actually tested the idea on a 12 string and didn't have to drill the bridge at all (I did have to slot the saddle to move a couple of strings over a little). My biggest problem with the 12 string was remembering which 6 of the 12 tuners had strings attached. If you're interested, I can send more pics and measurements . If you're interested send me an email at bachelorb(at)

  • @bachelorb  Feb 14

    ...well... I kind of still have a tenor..... I use a six string guitar tuned dD-gG-b-e with the dD-gG being double courses like a 12 string. I sold both my tenors when we decided to travel for a year. One of my tenors was a 1960 Martin...... I really kick myself for selling that one........

  • @stephenwordsmith  Feb 14

    That's exactly how my internal monologue treated the song!

    Thank you for reading and commenting.

  • @postcardhelicopters  Feb 11

    I'm pleased my song has cracked up others as much as it has me. It **might** be a fairly accurate glimpse into the goofy side of how my brain relates to music πŸ˜€

    As to why I don't sing more during FAWM? I'm still waging the war with lyrics that I've been struggling with for the past decade.

    But that tide is turning, I believe. A few months ago I bought an SM58 mic, and that's been very helpful in allowing me to approach vocals in a more "casual" manner than my AT2020 does.

    Once I clear 14 instrumental tracks, I'm planning a "second FAWM" of vocal track this year. Your Paul Simon Challenge track should be among them. πŸ˜€

  • @rustyp  Feb 9

    I have a Blue Ridge BR40T and love it. I had it set up for G-D-A-E.

    I really like the Ibanez tenors, maybe some day. πŸ˜€

    I also have a tenor uke tuned in fifths. πŸ˜€
    I just need to learn to play them artfully. πŸ˜€

    I did look at the thread. That's where I got your link.

  • @rustyp  Feb 9

    Wow, Gordon Lightfoot. πŸ˜€

    Hey are you in SoCal? πŸ˜€

  • @charliecheney  Feb 8

    Hey, thanks, your comment brought me to tears. I've never written poetry. No idea where it came from. Just from reading Carver's words I guess. Suddenly I was writing. And then it was done.

  • @charliecheney  Feb 7

    The only keeper so far feels like the Sugar Still number.

  • @charliecheney  Feb 7

    Yeah, none of this feels performance to me. They're just angry or regretful screels so far.

  • @charliecheney  Feb 6

    Thanks for the kind words.

  • @johncrossman  Feb 6

    I went back. If only it would warn me... didn't cut off much though. Giving it the ol' "twice over" treatment, but we're cool with that. πŸ˜€ Switched to my computer since the tablet typing was making me crazy. Hope it's helpful!

  • @jwhanberry  Feb 6

    Glad you're interested. Let me know if I can help when it comes time to decode. Meanwhile have a great FAWM.

  • @slu22 Feb 3

    Thanks for your posts on the imposter syndrome thread! Great stuff.

  • @cluebird66 Feb 2

    Your thoughts and revelations on the β€œimposter syndrome” thread were so inspiring!! I am at the beginning of the journey and I’m psyched to be where you are now- performing your new material, one day down the road. Thanks for sharing your story.πŸ’•

  • @oldlostjohn  Jan 30

    Not such a bad idea, perhaps I will? Except I don't own a synthesizer, so I'll have to fake the synth sounds with "real" instruments!

  • @oldlostjohn  Jan 29

    Cheers, Joel! Happy FAWM!

  • @johncrossman  Jan 25

    Thanks for the song reminder, I did not remember it very clearly at all but I liked it then and now.

  • @tan482  Jan 24

    Mandocello! I've never heard one... know any good bands that use them?

  • @andygetch  Jan 24

    Yeah! I'm in the generally Americana cause I don't fit into any other the smaller pigeonholes group!

  • @johncrossman  Jan 24

    Yeah, I'm up for that.
    I have a vague recollection of a collaboration from a distant year where I asked if I could send you some lyrics... it's all a bit hazy... sounds like Eagles.. Las Vegas? Nope, I lost the signal.

    Anyway, yes, count me in for 2018. I do appreciate your hand crafted lyrics and look forward to you not accepting my music for 'em! πŸ˜‰

  • @bking  Jan 23

    Hey Joel. It seems like only yesterday that we met here. I'll still be trying to create something palatable for you.

  • @mishykatz  Jan 23

    Hi ho and here we go!

  • @tan482  Jan 23

    Hello and welcome! Hope your FAWM 2018 is awesome!

  • @fearlessflight2014  Jan 23

    Hello!! I very much look forward to your latest creative offerings. πŸ˜€

  • @dragondreams  Jan 2018

    Hey Joel. 😊
    Good to see you here again. 😊😎

  • @johncrossman  Jan 2018

    Cheers, Joel!

  • @stuartbenbow  Jan 2018

    Happy Fawming!

  • @charliecheney  Jan 2018

    Keeseville with the Blueridge:
    Anvils with the Blueridge:

  • @mikedebenham  Jan 2018

    I just swung by to archive my 2017 fawm and found a whole batch of pithy Joel comments I'd missed. Much appreciated, mate. (As for a 30-year-old Tennant - ha, not without some clever TARDISing. According to last year's forum definition, I'm officially a geezer.) Looking forward to hearing you next month.