Influences: Beatles, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel, Moody Blues, Carole King, Neal Sadaka, Dolly Pardon, Neal Young, ABBA, CCWR, Rolling Stones, Sting. Not necessarily in that order
My 6th FAWM.... (I still need to re-write Or at least edit this for 2017)
I have made many new friends here - and for me, that is a very big part of the action. Collaboration is important not just for any individual song, but because there will be a future from there.
As a songwriter, I started out years ago with pencil and paper with notes and staffs. Yep, it was back when that's all there was, outside of the old tape recorder. I am an eclectic songwriter. That is... I mix it up. I'll always be trying to write in some new genre or style. I have a background in arrangements, and I can write innovative background rhythm tracks on any instrument. Instrumental solos are always a challenge for me because each instrument always has its own style of riffs, that don't work out easily on the keyboard (my instrument of choice), and I don't play most of those instruments. But they do work out on paper, so somehow I manage. Hmmm... I guess you could say I play Paper and Pencil. That's better than my old grand pappy. He could only play the spoons.
I also have a lot of theory under my belt, some of the things you won't even see in the normal textbooks, so if you have any questions in theory, just ask. If you would like to have me add some tracks to your vocal or your guitar/vocal, just ask.
I have studied in depth twentieth-century music. I decided several years ago, to grab up the Billboard top-ten for each year and each decade, and just rip them apart, then put them back together again. I was hoping that process would teach me something about what makes good music. Actually, I'm still in the 1980's and 1990's with this concept, but I hey... I guess I'm just slow. Anyway, I am quite fluent in the earlier decade and less fluent in the later decades. My Favorite style of the twentieth century is the AABA jazz ballad. A standard for this would be George Gershwin's "Someone to watch over me" and the 1939 Oscar winning "Somewhere over the Rainbow." So I am very fluent in what are called Jazz standards, and I do speak Rock-n-roll, Country Music, and I love Elton John's piano. Oh, and Elton John can play it pretty well too.
Here are a few songs from my earlier Fawms and 5090s all in their original form:
"Straight out of thin air" vocals by Michael Rattray from Scotland UK
Earlier great songs
Little Black Dress Co-written with Carrie Treder @jadesongbird
My Boyfriend's an Alien Co-written with @DawnSoap
Road Hog -Instrumental Ventures Style
Maybe Blue with lyrics by Tania Knight and Vocals by Jamie Adair @gwagirl1
Check it again. I've done some streamlining.
I posted the lyrics and added you as collaborator. I could lock it until you get the music up, or get the vocal version up. Whatever you want. The lyrics read pretty free verse without the musical reference points. If they're not what you want, let me know and I'll try to do a rewrite or whatever you'd like.
Thanks Russ. I got the trax and am working on it today. i spent the weekend doing skirmishes to catch up, since I jumped in so late.
I definitely am still interested in the Poodle! I really liked that song, I just didn't manage to get it done before I lost the files from crashing my computer. I'll watch for the files! 😀
Thanks for listening to Tip of the Iceberg!
-smiles and waves- Hello Russ 😀 Thank you for the thoughtful comments.
Thank you for the thoughtful feedback on "February Rain" loved it!
Thanks for the kind words on It Wasn't Me. Still amazed it will be ain a Real Book. Being a jazz composer, I am sure you can relate!
Hi Russ, thanks for the little nudge to use "Reverie" in some fashion. I'll let you know if I get anything up. That's going to take some pre-meditation, and I'm still in winging-it mode, mostly. Happy FAWM!
Thank you so much for your praise for Blood Prophet. I will cherish the comparison to Donovan!
Hi Russ, thanks so much for your comments. I feel humbled!
Thanks for the listens and the comments. Hope you're well. 😀
Thank you so much for your kind comments on Fingertips! You made my day. 😀 I'm glad you got the 60s folk feel as that was some of my inspiration, well the 60s/70s. That music never goes out of style!
Hi Russ! Happy February!
Hi Russ! Thanks for reaching out! All is good, though I'm barely hanging on to FAWM. Hoping to ramp it up a bit. Thanks for comments on "Dead," though does your Halloween reference mean the lyrics are scary? Well, I guess a song with the title "Dead" isn't going to be so optimistic, is it? 😉 Good luck this month!
And also with you! 😀
Hi Russ, just checking in : )
I don't think I've mentioned how much I appreciate your encouraging words on "My Gravetational Getaway." They mean so much coming for a musician of your caliber! Thanks!!
shoot me your email for suggestions. I think this can work
will do. it is,the perfect vibe.
Maybe you could look at the lyrics and get an idea too
I will play with it and see. I tried, but the form didn't seem to fit the chorus. I'll try again cause I like it a lot
Russ, I love the music you sent. Ironically enough it is is exactly the vibe I was looking for in Superior!
Hey Russ. Looking forward to hearing something from you this year. When's it coming?
Hi Russ! I am a flower child at heart, after all. Thanks for checking out my groovy song 😉
I got that soundcloud link working again, thanks for letting me know! about to hit your song . . . yippee!
I got up this morning and my PC was dead. I don't know if I'll be up and running any time soon so these 2 songs might be it for FAWM this year. Sigh.
Hi Russ, thanks for the encouraging note. First FAWM, first songs I present as listenable (if not really finished) and first of many FAWMs (hopefully)
May the FAWM also be with you. Amen.
And more thanks!
Thank you for the thoughtful feedback , very much appreciated!
And also with you! Happy FAWMing.
Hey Russ, have a productive and inspiring February! 😀
Songwriting, are you not? You will be <prods with walking stick>, heh, you will be
I am one with the FAWM and the FAWM is with me. Happy FAWMing to you as well.
Hey, mister! I wish you a wonderful and productive February! 😀
Greetings friend! Let's have another fine year and see what pops up this time. Happy songwriting.
Greetings fellow lifeform!
Happy Fawming Russ 😀
How very "Star Wars" of you Russ! I hope you enjoy your FAWM!! Thanks for the greeting!!
darn spell check Russ 😀
Maybe a collab this year!
Russsssssss. Rock the year. Slight sibilance is satisfactory, seductive sometimes actually.
Thanks Russ! Good FAWMing to you too!
Hi Russ, enjoy
Hey Russ 😀
FAWM long and prosper.
Hi Russ! Thanks for the welcome. "Straight out of thin air" still sounds great. Hope you have a wonderful Fawm. 😀
Hi back atcha Russ
On the verge of FAWMing eve -
All right, let's do this!
Anyone who loves the 80's & 90's music is pretty damn groovy in my book 😉
Hey Russ, hope you have a great FAWM. Let tunage commence!
Here we go again! Enjoy 28 fabulous days!
Hi, have a good one
Great to see you here as well, Russ. Looking forward to listening.
And a happy FAWMtide to you!
Hi Russ, Happy Fawm.
Hey Russ! Great to see you back!
Hello hello, let's go!
Welcome back and great to see you... Let's do this! FAWM away! 😀
Welcome back! Happy FAWMing to you 😀
Cool - I've got a list right beside my workstation. I know what to do...
Hey, man, Thanx for the welcome!
Hiya Russ! 😸 Happy FAWMing!! Looking forward to checking out your tunes 😀
...and the FAWM with you, Tau-Kenobi. By the way, you still gonna have tracks hanging around your page for perusing?
you too Russ... have a great FAWM, love this arriving at the party vibe 😀
Hiya, Russ, looking forward to great music coming forth from you!
Thanks for the hello, Russ. Great to see you. Here's to an amazing FAWM 😀
Heya! Happy FAWM! Only a couple more days, whee!
Hi Russ. 😀
Hey Russ, happy FAWMing
Thank you for the message and for being here , what a great thing I have found, hooray!
Hello darlin' -thanks for the note - looking forward to more of your awesome amazing tracks to put lyrics and voice to 😉 I got a new mic this year!