Stephen Wordsmith 36


Wellington New Zealand   Jul 2008

Artist Bio

Influences:   Laudanum

10th FAWM. I remain, as ever, your humble hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophile.

02/02: Half the challenge done already, thanks to a fever-dream feast! I'm not even sure anything makes sense. Real life is threatening to keep me busy, so this buffer is probably just as well.

07/02: WELP I JUST CROSSED THE FINISH LINE IN 7 DAYS, beating my usual record by about three weeks. But I'm far from done, mark my words.

16/02: Finished a double FAWM in a little over half the allotted time. Output was a triumph of quantity over quality for a while, but the latter is starting to make a late resurgence. Still one collab to fulfill before my record is equalled.

24/02: For the first time ever, a full suite of 14 collaborations for FAWM! I can scarcely believe it myself. A big thank you to all my partners-in-crime. You've turned my lyrics into something much greater still.

03/01/2017: FAWM compilation released! Check it out:

Featuring the talent of so many artists of FAWM and 50/90, including 'little star' from this year. Enjoy!

Songs (36)

#1 The Same Old Eyes 5
Feb 1
#2 The Moment Captive 5
Feb 1
#3 The Puzzle's Piece 3
Feb 1
#4 The Act of Waiting 5
Feb 1
#5 The Tearoom Trinity 3
Feb 1
#6 The World is my Pack 3
Feb 1
#7 The Second-Hand Song 6
Feb 1
#8 The Five Men 4
Feb 1
#9 The Puzzle's Piece @darkmantle  14
Feb 2
#10 the moment captive @isaacq  22
Feb 6
#11 The Second Hand Song @rosedeschamps  14
Feb 6
#12 The Beanstalk 8
Feb 6
#13 The Tortoise and Achilles 4
Feb 6
#14 The Same Old Eyes @beat  8
Feb 7
#15 With Hats Upon Their Heads @stevenwesleyguiles  15
Feb 8
#16 The Jellyfish @woody 14
Feb 8
#17 The Skeleton and The Hoops 10
Feb 9
#18 The Tearoom Trinity @metalfoot  11
Feb 10
#19 Dammit! Isle (uhhh twelve vocal takes version) @gvgeis 11
Feb 11
#20 The palate swap 2
Feb 12
#21 It's Five O'Clock Somewhere 7
Feb 12
#22 The Five Men @dutch1967 3
Feb 13
#23 If I won the Lotto 1
Feb 13
#24 The pen 5
Feb 13
#25 Mary and the Virgin 4
Feb 14
#26 Little Star 5
Feb 14
#27 It knows 7
Feb 15
#28 Balthazar 5
Feb 16
#29 The Act of Waiting @oddbod  41
Feb 17
#30 The Jellyfish @andybalham 4
Feb 18
#31 Little Star @oddbod  24
Feb 19
#32 Balthazar @petemurphy  23
Feb 21
#33 Mary And The Virgin @petemurphy  9
Feb 23
#34 Feelgood Bicycle Dream (Hoopsmith's Unfinished Symphony) @hoopshank  11
Feb 27
#35 The Fork in the Road @guatecoop  9
Feb 28
#36 Little Star @gvgeis 9
Mar 1


    Leave a message. Log in to FAWM or sign up first!
  • @leepat  Mar 22

    Hi Stephen, sent an idea to your email address. I might have overdone it - your call...

  • @johncrossman  Mar 7

    Either what you said or... my mom doesn't know how to use the Internet. Let's go with what you said.

    I listened to it all again on Saturday and was very happy remembering having heard about half those songs and then hearing the other new-to-me tunes. Very enjoyable. My only regret is not having collaborated with you again this year.

  • @metalfoot  Mar 6

    Glad that was a positive for you! It felt odd, to me, clicking on the song and it starting to play and I was like..oh, right, I've listened to this one already!

  • @timfatchen  Mar 3

    All done. @frogspawn has legged it.

  • @timfatchen  Mar 3

    the space boys in both incarnations will be along shortly. I'm at 6 hours!

  • @timfatchen  Mar 3

    And Fire alarm. The machinery is beginning to melt, odd hiccups in recording I can't rectify without redoing which won't happen,,!

  • @timfatchen  Mar 3

    socks on! Trelia +guardian done. Nearly through

  • @timfatchen  Mar 3

    Kickyour sockpuppet again. Kokoschka done, Long-lived queens shortly (15mins)

  • @timfatchen  Mar 2

    Petit mal de mer struck, in this case a desire to be back on the ship. Universal is ready and Frankly Terrible is, indeed, that. Mrs Tadpole has fled to sanctuary so the Spawn should be able to finish the rest in short order, or in the promised frypan.

  • @timfatchen  Mar 2

    @frogspawn has shifted to keyboard. We don't like to interrupt him because he might bite and rabies would be awkward right now. We'll give him 10 hours or so by which time he'll be done. Or dinner.

  • @timfatchen  Mar 2

    @frogspawn believing we're still safely at sea, has managed to CBG Smoker, On Pants, Absolut and Twelfth, and possibly Chess in the last two hours, and if he can work out how to play the keyboard again, should be on target to finish the rest sometime tomorrow (about 7 hours all up). So the ones already done can be jointed and we'll upload.

  • @darcistrutt  Mar 2

    Ha! You realize I'm one of "those" people that would even do that in forward motion... 😉 Ever the excited one - that's me!

  • @lazyafro Feb 27

    Hello my friend!
    unfortunately I don't think I'll have time to put one of your songs to music as I thought I would 😞

  • @guatecoop  Feb 27

    Hey there....
    I got your vocals for the exquisite corpse and loved them. I actually sang with them, which I have not done before. Anyway, do you mind if I post my portion as a collab with you? I think I will dress out that into a full song. If you have more lyrics for it, I would use them. I can also send you the partial song that I did if you like. Thanks again for the great lyrics.

  • @petemurphy  Feb 23

    The vocal is a bit ropey, as I had exactly 2 mintues to sing it... no re-takes, and it felt different when I sang it over the piano and string backing to how it did when I played it with the guitar earlier. I can redo the vocal at some point and get it tighter (it needs to be snappy!).
    It didn't come out quite as frantic as I first thought it might, but here's what I did...

  • @petemurphy  Feb 23

    Well we might end up with a 10 second song 😁 but I'll try to flesh the arrangement out a little. I've already written the music and melody. I'll try to get something together in the next couple of days. Thanks Stephen!

  • @petemurphy  Feb 20

    Sorry for all the messages. I just found a few minutes to do a quick bit of editing, and re-uploaded it. The link in my last message should still work, as I just copied the new file over the top of the old one.

  • @deadhead  Feb 20

    Thanks for listening to a couple of my songs! I'm glad you enjoyed listening to them.

  • @petemurphy  Feb 20

    Ooops! Sorry Stephen. Don't know how I managed that, but here's the proper link..

  • @petemurphy  Feb 20

    Also, there needs to be some longer pauses between some of the sections. If I can find a spare 10 mintues at some point today, I'll try to get it done 😀

  • @petemurphy  Feb 20

    Stephen, I've barely had any time, but here's a very rough arrangement/mix of Balthazar.
    I'm happy for you to use it on FAWM. I'm taking a few days off for my wife's birthday now. I'll still be checking into the site, but won't be doing any music until Wednesday.

  • @oddbod  Feb 19

    I'm raiding your wardrobe again...I know twice in two days, what can I say?

  • @petemurphy  Feb 19

    I'm glad you like it, Stephen!
    I started working on a basic string arrangement yesterday. I'll try to get some more work done on it today...

  • @petemurphy  Feb 18

    To add - I'm hearing Balthazar as quite a dark orchestral piece. The version I've sent was just me mapping out a structural idea 😀

  • @petemurphy  Feb 18

    Stephen, here's my worktape for Balthazar. It's pretty rough as far as the dodgy singing goes (especially the falsetto stuff - I hadn't quite figured out the notes I wanted to sing on those parts), and the guitar is a bit bombastic (the recorder was too close to the guitar, and not close enough to my mouth...), but it should give you a good idea of the direction I took, and how the majority of the melodies go...

  • @metalfoot  Feb 18

    Thanks for your kind words, my friend. "Empty Page" was an interesting writing exercise for me and I'm glad it works!

  • @petemurphy  Feb 17

    Hello Stephen, I've had a really busy day, but as I've been going about my business, 'Balthazar' has been on my mind. I was mostly thinking "How am I going to approach this? Will I need to break from my current stripped down guitar/vocal approach? Can I do justice to these great words?"

    Whether I keep things stripped down is still to be determined, but I've just managed to find a bit of time to slip away and work on it. I 'think' I have a very strong idea, and I 'think' I've just written music for the whole thing.

    I'm hoping to get a recording together over the weekend, before I have to break off for a few days for my wife's birthday.
    I'll keep you posted.
    Have a great weekend!

  • @oddbod  Feb 17

    Cheers mate, I absolutely loved doing that

  • @oddbod  Feb 17

    Splendid. Catch yer later

  • @oddbod  Feb 17

    Act of Waiting - might give this a bash if that's okay

  • @boyatheart  Feb 16

    Thanks for the commenting and listening. Looks like you've had a rip-roaring FAWM. Best wishes! 😀

  • @chandra83  Feb 16

    Thanks for your feedback on "The Dark Forest" 😀

  • @toms  Feb 16

    I was pretty stoked when it occurred to me. 😀

  • @timfatchen  Feb 15

    It was my tortured screaming under duress that drew your attention, _I_ know....

  • @owl  Feb 14

    The commas help. I did assume you had thought of and discarded "womb" already, for reasons of your own.

  • @owl  Feb 14

    Thanks. Yes, I know what "room" means, and I know what poetic license is, but it scanned oddly to me. 😀 I suppose it's meant to be read as "Zach is rooming in her" but it read to me as "Zach is in the rooming that belongs to her," despite multiple rereadings, which doesn't sound colloquial or natural to me.
    I would probably just have used "womb" and left it at that, but I'm sure the actual vocal delivery in a recorded version would help clarify how to parse it! (Unless it's misheard as "rumen.")

  • @metalfoot  Feb 14

    Oh well played. *applause* Now I'm in big trouble, eh?

  • @dutch1967 Feb 14

    Aaaah, just read your reply. I am so happey you likey, I'm adding vowels to words. I will most probably re-record some parts to make them sit together better. The violin parts need redoing for more texture and less midi-y vibrato. Maybe a different mic to record the vocals? Dunno.
    Glad I could take you back to a past more medicated for a moment.

  • @dutch1967 Feb 13

    Posted a track to The Five Men. Hope you likey.

  • @cloudboy  Feb 13

    Sir Wordsmith! How is it that I come here and you have 21 songs already! Thanks for the lovely comments on Hot Drinks: Espresso. Difficult can't even begin to describe what it took to put it together. Thanks again. Episode two is up!

  • @metalfoot  Feb 13

    Re: Mysterious. I blame @reklov for giving me the idea of that chord structure in 50/90. It makes for catchy songs. Too catchy, almost. But it's a great tool for putting the catchy into a track.

  • @fearlessflight2014  Feb 13

    Thanks for your kind comments on Snow Moon. I'm putting some audio soon.

  • @nancyrost  Feb 9

    Yes indeed. Gershwin applied to study with Ravel, and Ravel's rejection letter to Gershwin told him, "Why become a second-rate Ravel when you're already a first-rate Gershwin?"

  • @nancyrost  Feb 8

    Good answer!

  • @beat  Feb 8

    Thank you for the 'grand garde' compliment Stephen.

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  Feb 8

    Just mailed you a bit of a tune, methinks.

  • @timfatchen  Feb 8

    For your Keep Your Inner Child Under Control basket.

    Flying Tadpole has cruelly stamped on @frogspawn's hopeless entreaties to the ever-silent @pointlessaccount. He (Tadpole) refuses to let him (Frogspawn) ooze out till March.

    It's hard being the superego of two alter egos. But why settle for a mere double life, sez I.

  • @dutch1967 Feb 7


  • @dutch1967 Feb 7

    I do feel that Stephen, that's why I chose to respond to Five Grown Men in such a hurry. I will not deliver a track in the same hurried manner.

    My comment on The Beanstalk was of a toungue-in-cheek manner. (I realise I could be getting myself in doo-doo with the way I phrased that)

  • @beat  Feb 7

    Thx for the go Stephen. *]

  • @debs  Feb 7

    Your comment on Firehose made me laugh and laugh, Stephen!  ☂️

  • @hamiltonpoolhall  Feb 7

    based on a comment you left on @rosedeschamps ' soundboard, I now have you watchlisted, and am looking forward to reading through everything here!

  • @darkmantle  Feb 6

    Forgot to mention. I'll clean it up after FAWM and add in a mandolin. 😀

  • @darkmantle  Feb 6

    Glad you liked how the Puzzle's piece turned out!!

  • @beat  Feb 5

    Hi Stephen, just sent you a mail.

  • @krayzie003  Feb 3

    I just finished writing lyrics off of your idea about T-Rex pee. I'll probably record it later today. Should I tag you as a collaborator on it?

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  Feb 3

    You wanna crack out some lyrics for me and I'll record it?
    We were paired in the random collab.

    It is time for us to create MAGIC! 😀

    Or at least...something resembling a song of some sort.

  • @mikeskliar  Feb 3

    hey, just sent you an email private message about a possible lyric

  • @darkmantle  Feb 2

    The Puzzle's Piece with music. It sounded so upbeat in my head when I started the song, so I went with it. The end got interesting so I went with it. 🤣

  • @darkmantle  Feb 2

    Hi Stephen, I found the second piece to the puzzle. 😀 Final tweaking/mixing before upload. (need to EQ a bit)

  • @gvgeis Feb 1

    Holy crap.

  • @mattblick  Feb 1

    Let's build a birdport

  • @dutch1967 Feb 1

    I cannot even.

  • @sherrycanary  Feb 1

    Hey there
    May I have a word with you? 😀

  • @nancyrost  Feb 1

    Happy tomorrow to you!

  • @klaus  Jan 31

    Hi Stephen. You know, I have to confess, I always had a vague suspicion that you are one of those humble hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophile kind of people. 😀 Hope you have a great Fawm 2017.

  • @thefuneralcrasher  Jan 31

    Cheers, Stephen! Looking forward to hearing some new music and perhaps making a fool of myself too.

  • @donna  Jan 31

    Hello once again, Stephen. 😀 Always a delight to see your smiling face (even behind the 'PROBATED' sign) and read your laughing lyrics. 😉

  • @cts  Jan 31

    Yeah - I'm with @scottlake. What'd ya do to earn banishment?

  • @scottlake Jan 31

    And why might I ask are you banned from FAWMerick thread? I will do no such thing as the progenitor of the FAWMku thread that springs anew each year.

  • @billysea  Jan 31

    Just gave a listen to The Ballad of Sonny Boy Carruthers. Hadn't heard that before and it made me smile so much listening. Thank you for posting it.

  • @rosedeschamps  Jan 31

    Hello Stephen, my old friend.

  • @michaelepic Jan 30

    The Return of the Pimp with the Best Hat in FAWM.....

  • @gvgeis Jan 30

    I think we have a song on our hands.

  • @tamsnumber4  Jan 30

    Word Master, I wait in great anticipation for you to make your thoughts dance across my screen.......

  • @gvgeis Jan 30

    Haha, it was indeed; I've been coasting on that for four years now. Might need you to save my bacon again. 😁

    Hehe. Bacon.

  • @helene  Jan 30

    Welcome back! Happy FAWMing to you!

  • @krayzie003  Jan 30

    lmao right now at your rain/seawater/T-rex pee idea. I might have to use that somewhere. Can't wait to see what you bring us this FAWM

  • @chariotbaldwin  Jan 30

    Welcome back dude - I promise to provide more feedback this year cos I know I sucked badly at it last year. 10 yrs huh?? That's impressive. February must totally be your favour month of the year right?

  • @petra777  Jan 30


  • @judypie Jan 29

    You've blown my mind a bit with the 'We're already living in Space' 😬

  • @musicsongwriter Jan 29

    Hi Stephen, looking forward to reading your new lyrics.

  • @cts  Jan 29

    FAWM 10, eh? Impressive. Most impressive.

  • @thetau  Jan 29

    Hello again Stephen
    May the FAWM be with you
    Russ 😀

  • @cynthiawolff  Jan 29

    Here's to another year of wonder and magic....
    looking forward to listening...

  • @gvgeis Jan 29

    Greetings and salutations!

  • @johncrossman  Jan 2017

    Greetings from another class of aught eight alumnus. Happy writing!

  • @metalfoot  Jan 2017

    Good sir, it is a pleasure to see you in these esteemed circles. May the joys and pleasures of FAWM be yours this year as you write the words that bring imaginations of musicians the world round to fevered pitch.

  • @oddbod  Jan 2017

    A very good day to you.

  • @igg  Jan 2017

    Great to see you here!