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||
|#15||Heart Business @nancyrost||
|#16||The Preacher and the Trumpeter @nancyrost||
|#19||Surfing the Deck Chairs on the Titanic||
|#20||1000 HP @pfoo||
|#21||Can I Play With U?||
|#22||There is no logic that I know @lishie5000||
The ms20 is bass in track 2 and lead in track 3. Your wife will enjoy it I’m sure. Lots of character
Thanks for the comment. That specific track you commented on had no ms20 in it. It was quickly made with arturia v soft synths. The 8bit melody was the SEM emulation
Good lord, I've got some catching up to do here! Saw your message - no, everything should still be up and playable. I've noticed my tracks won't play on Firefox this year, only Safari, so it could be related to that...?
Makes me sad that I didn't get to the actual accordion this year, though. Even though I am so bad at it.
Hey look... it's my (not so) top secret "accordion" that I can actually play! I do have an accordion, but I am terrible. Thanks for listening! Always great to get a song with Liz. (I'm happy to wait a year to get it too!)
Thanks for your great comment. I really like the song and am hoping my female vocalist and stand up bass band mates will take it on.
Ah, that’s where I might be pretending I heard Tenuous #6.
Thank you for listening to my song, "The Bad Thing" and for your comments.
Hi, thanks for the feedback on Wheels. I have never done much touring but looking into for this spring/summer. Where in DC is a good solo acoustic/singer-songwriter venue? I can't afford to tour the band but can do solo, or duo for the right situation. DC area was already on my list to research. Feel free to email me firstname.lastname@example.org if you have some thoughts, thanks!
Cheers, congrats on your win+11 too! Definitely a different feel to 50/90. More hectic, less room to catch up and a much bigger crowd. But enjoyable, tons of talent here!
Thank you! And, you can write a story.. exactly.. I was hoping someone, everyone would feel the story behind it. Awesome!!!!
No worries! I'm scrambling too. I will be back to listen/ comment soon! Congrats on your win! 😀
Oh my goodness Dupletarion Warrior you are AWESOME!! You took the time to write 200 comments and listen to all those songs! Thanks for your hefty contribution to our community. You have 200 thank you’s from your fellow FAWMers and from me! Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!
Thanks for the review!
Thanks man; I'll definitely have to come visit some time, and maybe bring my tele 😁
thanks for your comment. "it's been a slice" is a farewell idiom meaning like a slice of cake or nice slice of time, life, like a nice slice of cake metaphor -
what a lovely slice of something good
Your skirmish doesnt come up on the list But it was very good thx
And I thought I was being so smart with thinking up "Kick Me" as a band name. 😞
Hi Eric, thanks for listening to my recent song, Success of My Secret and for giving a thoughtful comment on the (air sucking out of the room( bridge. 😀 I added some cheesy percussion with an old keyboard (think casiocore) on your recommendation and mine and it helps a little bit. Eh, it's fawm anyway, write it and move on.
Congrats on a successful day (and fawm), I'll be back to listen!
Oh man, not going to get to listen to a ton tonight, but just from "De-Rail" I know this is going to be good - love that stuttering going on. Very interesting textures weaving around. Thanks for the Soundcloud link.
Oh, and you'd commented on "Black Box" as well! Thank you!!! If you'd like to chat modular sometime, let me know. I've got my self-control reeled in pretty well right now, so here's where I'm at: https://www.modulargrid.net/e/racks/v... (plus some outboard stuff like a BeatStep Pro, Korg SQ1, etc.
As for playing live, I crash and burn more often than I fly high and land safely (a metaphor in my track?), that's for sure! But practice surely helps. Keep playing - I'd love to hear what you do.
Thanks for listening to "Experimental AF." That baritone is pretty sexy, isn't it? It's funny, I got into eurorack over 2 years ago with the idea of mangling my guitars with it and this is really only the 2nd or 3rd time I've done it - especially with Clouds. I've done into Phonogene before, which can also get pretty weird. Should be pretty good into Rings as well. Thanks for the comments.
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