Influences: rock punk indie country bluegrass western swing blues other
I've stopped telling people how many years I've done FAWM because it's now embarrassing. In 2018 I will take what comes and write whatever I feel like. No master plan.
In January I released a 6-song EP (songs mostly from FAWM and 50/90 in the last couple of years):
I'm mostly a bass player as anyone can tell from my guitar 'solos'. In my 20s I lived in Athens GA, and played a lot of original music. I still love original music more than anything and keep writing songs. I play in bars a couple nights a month. I have kept my day job.
Here's a tiny garden of half-baked FAWM demos: http://soundcloud.com/fawm-standup/
I've dreamed of trains a lot lately, and that might worm its way into my FAWM writing. In dreams I’m on trains, or missing trains, or on a train that takes me far, far from where I thought I was going:
|#2||Last Queen of Cyprus||
|#3||Hilarious Harmony @lishie5000||
|#6||Not Looking @adnama17||
|#7||The 4-track Overture||
|#8||Exactly the Right One||
|#10||Accident Prone @stevenwesleyguiles||
|#12||Undercover Shutdown @pfoo||
|#13||Hold Her @fourtracktape||
|#14||You told me||
Thank you for the kind words, Eric.
I hope you’re okay 😀
Thanks for your comment on What We Are. Glad to hear it warranted a second listening!
thanks so much for your thoughtful words
Thanks for you comment in Lavender. Yes, there is a bark in the background kkk but I feel it captures a bit the life on the fields -wut kkk
Thank you so much for your kind words on "Follow Me", a comparison to Dylan is truly an honor!
Wow that's wonderful. I am so glad I could give some thing to inspire. To reach out to meet and get a name on people is to build the bridges necessary to embrace humanity and equality and to see that we are not so far away from each other that we might think. Thank you so much for sharing/Maddie
heeyyy! yes, must be 50/90! glad to see you here. looking forward to hearing what you've been throwing down. congrats on finishing the challenge <3
I was a kid...big dreams...saved a little money...bought way too much amp! Btw, I still have that Super 6 in the basement but it prolly won't survive our next move this year. Gawd, that thing is heavy and unbalanced since the head is integrated into the cabinet.
D'oh! Thank you for your comments on "Porch Light"..... You're right, it was a guitar, haha. Tag fixed.
Thank you so much for the kind comment. <3<3<3
It's a great effect! Very clever positioning to get the guitar and vocals balanced on one mic like that.
Thanks for the comment on my Mark E Smith track. Makes a big difference to know people are listening (MES turns in his grave at that thought). All the best to you.
What do you need from me to get started? 😀
Drum free mix?
I will send you all the things!
Verse harmonies too! 😀
Do you have any recording capabilities yet or are you still repairing everything?
I also think there's more we can do with this later! It could use a guitar solo or hook in those breaks. And a proper bass player. And some bgvs. March?
Song is posted, amigo! Feel free to add any comments in the song info you so desire. 😀
Great comment about the one verse in the Recycled Heart. Sometimes, I think I have something extra-or something that doesn't work, but I've lost my perspective.
Thanks for listening and kind comments on my song 'cobblestone alley ' . I appreciate it 👍
I'm kind of overbooked with collabs at the moment but if I come up with something good for one of those mood ideas I'll send it your way for sure! I still really want to make it happen sometime!
Thank you very much!
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Oh, inches not feet - I probably read it wrong 😁 Still... every couple of months I have paranoia about my water heater tank going and I just push it back to the farther reaches of my gray matter that worries about Sharkadoes.
Thanks for your comment last week on "Broken Down in Fargo," life got away from me and I'm just getting to reply now. Apologies. So it goes. That 'four scores' line was the seed for this whole song, so I'm tickled it caught someone's attention. 😁 Cheers! Happy FAWM!
So sorry to hear about your basement havoc, glad you all are alright, and I hope all the gear is, too....
Holy F***!!! Hope your gear is alright. 😞
Did you say a lake in your basement?! Yikes!
Sorry to hear of the basement leak. LMK I I can help with either advice or hands!
Hi Eric, I was just going over who I had missed for comments and you were at the top of my list anyway when I caught your bad news in the forums. I'm so sorry!! 😞
Hi Eric, I don't know whether Holdsworth himself thought of this as his concept. In dunwich's song there's a link to a youtube video where this concept is discussed. As I said I cheated...
thank you for your review of "slow train"
yes, i'm playing my fender jazz fretless bass, i do appreciate your advice on the arraignment - it does need some tweaking. thank you sir 😀
I got it! Sent you an email back. 😁
I was thinking that 7 of us should write songs titled “Do What Sounds Good”, each in a different mode, and then post them in order on *that* thread.
Who knows, could be a serendipitous mistake! I'll be thinking about which instruments or sounds work well with variable speeds. Worst case, I send it on to my closest neighbor on the list, zecoop.
Thank you so much for your comments on my song. They were really helpful. I struggled with the first person/third person thing and I’m happy to have some feedback on that. I got attached to keeping the beginning in third person and hoped it would work to switch after that section, but it is so helpful to hear that it is confusing! I agree about the banjo. I wish I played banjo!
Thank you very much for your generous comments on "The Bluebird and the Crow"! Of course, now you have me thinking of words that rhyme with "grackle." 😄
Thanks, fixed the link. I appreciate that you let me know. Thanks for the nice comments.
Thanks for stopping by to listen and for your kind words.
Thanks a lot for your thoughtful comment on my track Stay - really much appreciated, some really nice comments. I often struggle with words so it's really nice to have some feedback on that. Having listened to your songs I take this a massive compliment, and really looking forward to hearing what else you do this month! Happy FAWMing!
SEND ME SOMETHING WEIRD. 😁
Ha, that's understandable, it took me a while to get the hang of it, but I can use it well enough. It helps if you play reaaaaaallllllly slow!
Ah!! I've even seen that video, but didn't notice how softly he is touching it.
My cheap lapsteel might not sound so great with more gain but I should give it a shot.
You using a volume pedal with yours? I love mine.
Thanks for your kind notes on "Forgotten", Eric. It was definitely a boost of encouragement, and I hope to continue the recording trend. I usually don't get more than a couple recorded even though I usually get the lyrics down, but I have high hopes this time around. Best efforts to you!
-Another long-time FAWMer
Hey! Up for a collab or some other sort of nonsense?
Thank you for the lovely feedback on "Start Again".
Thanks for your comment on Homework Sucks! That idea of homework as a gateway to another world... wow, I hadn’t recognised that quality in it but I do get what you mean. This track is quite a step-away from what I felt comfortable producing, but it felt right for the content. Thanks!
Hey! I used a Tascam 414, which I only now realize is high speed. The manual says it's 9.5 cm/sec (3-3/4 ips), which Google tells me is 2x the speed of a regular cassette. Sorry for the confusion!
Thanks for the comment on "Raindrops in My Coffee." I had originally planned it slower (60bpm vs. the 75bpm in that recording), but it seemed to drag.
My original guitar arrangement was bluesier (bent notes, slides, etc.), but I'm barely a keyboard player at all, much less one to figure out the equivalent idioms.
Thanks for your kind words on Hey it will be allright. <3
thanks for sitting it through! Yeah, we tend to play anything from 45 minutes to 3 hours live, if the setting is right, sometimes I book nights just for this and nothing else and people sit or lay down on the floor, I try to emphasis the fact that there's nothing to see on stage, it's all in your head.
Thank you for listening and the attaboy's. Hope you have a great February.
Ahhhh.... Lapsteel is still far away, I only have a glass finger slide and even THAT scares me, lol. I'm going to use some of your advice on that though. 😀
Thank you! You have opened a window for me.
I have some questions about Amuse and distribution...mainly what comes between the production - the final master and uploading it to Amuse - are there steps in between like registering it or other things or is that all there is to it?
Yes and yes, that's the Ashbory, which I'm happy to get back to, and an out-of-tune electric guitar, out of laziness which I hope recedes as I immerse myself this month!
Thanks for the comment, sir. I've added the lyrics, such as they are, per your suggestion
Thanks for the comment on “Lost at Sea”- it really did turn out a bit on the dark side but with the deep sea lyrics I decided not to sweat it haha. I like that you painted a picture out of it though, that’s pretty cool.
Thanks for your comments on my first song!
Thanks for the listens!!! Much appreciated...
Thanks for the nice comment!
Tape #14 is on its way to you guys via USPS. I have the tracking number if you want it. I did a rhythm track with my Hammond Autovari64. Pretty cool and should really open things up for something interesting.....
Hi Eric, did you see my email about the opening of song parts for the jam? Just want to make sure it wasn't spam-filtered. Cheers
Have a great FAWM! Maybe this is the year we can make that collab happen 😀
Hey man...I'm in this at least part way...I'll be listening as well.
Hey, I'm glad to see you back this year, looking forward to seeing what you do!
How do you like the Blofeld?
i'm getting ready!
Yes hello! I recognised your double bass 😁
Heya... no new guitar, unfortunately. Looks like the guitar money (all 900 bucks) has turned into go to Florida money. I put my old acoustic in the spa for a nice set up and I'll be keeping my eyes open for the right deal but probably not till summer.
looking forward to hearing all your wonderful sounds and songs...
You doing 4-track this year? Hope so...
all the best..xxc
Hi Eric! Looking forward to hearing your music and hopefully getting some kind of show together!
Hey man! Welcome back to you too! Looking forward to hearing what you cook up again!
Hi Eric! I look forward to listening to your music!
A Replacements collab would be FUN! 😀
Let's try and do that!
Thank you!! And likewise 😀
Hey man, I'm looking forward to hearing your experiments with musique concrete for sure!
Happy FAWM! Let's go rock this thing!
(I tell folks how long I've done FAWM... and the usual reaction I get is "how long?" or "What is that FAWN thing again?" I feel ya! 😀 )
It shall be glorious
Happy Fawm mate
Happy FAWM! Meow!
Thanks for the welcome! Where are you usually playing in DC? I don't get up there much, but I've booked some SAW folks down to FXBG for the songwriters' showcase here.
It's a cool thing we're a part of; good luck and good writing next month.
Hey, happy to see you here again, Eric! Each year, I look forward to the possibility of another eric/nancy collaboration. Hope you guys do another!
Hey Eric. Happy FAWM to you. I think I've fawmed as much as you have, but I won't tell anyone of you don't. 😀
Yay! I’m back, time poor as usual but I will do the best with what time I have.
Hi Eric. Looking forward to listening to new songs from you. Enjoyed your EP, especially the Little Miss Sunshine track.
Maybe we need a new FAWM challenge... Songs recorded without digits! 😉 Stay safe. My thumb is healing up and should be good for FAWM. And it isn't needed that much anyway, lol.
Nothing but PBJ sandwiches and dull butter knives for the next month!
Hi, up for a round of "dueling bass ukes"? 😁
Let’s get this party started eh? Happy FAWM Days 😀
Hi Eric! Whatever you feel like is the Perfect Plan for a FAWM of contentment. I'm loving the spirit of that!
Bike riding bass players unite!
I hope you have a great one sir 😀