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
My7th FAWM.... (I still need to re-write Or at least edit this for 2018)
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
Thank you so much for commenting and listening! I really enjoyed making the back-up vocals! : )
Hey Russ. Thanks for commenting Body and Ghost so kindly. I'm glad to see you have so many collabs already.
Thanks for swinging by and giving “Polisher’s Blues” a listen.
Keep on Truckin!
Sent you an email 😀
By the way I should have the vocal file for Stomp’n today, or tomorrow at latest 😀
Thanks so much for your lovely words on mine and Arthurs collab. <3
Thank you for your comment on my song "Cell Phone Signal Waltz"!
Ok sounds good! Hopefully I can get something done by the weekend. I'll start it today but you know how it goes, once we start the time slips away...lol. Thank you for letting me play around with it!
Thank you for all your comments, so very much appreciated!!
Thanks for commenting on "Chakra Shimmy"--I appreciate your time.
So exciting to hear! Looking forward to your feedback and hearing more fun collabs! Happy FAWM2018!
Thanks for your comment on "Dreams (aka Purple Cactus)" We're having a little boy 😀
I'm on it.. I'm on it!
Not feelin it yet...but I'm here! 😀
Hi Russ, I liked this one so much I added some lyrics and singing.
Thanks for your kind comment on Country Singing Man, Russ.
oh hey, thx for the feedback on "I Am Houdini"; i'll let y'know when the updated mix is out, but the only time im gonna update tracks for fawm is when ive made the mix from my+collaborators' audio.
also, i'll be sure to call you on board to play a few keys parts in my fawm cycle this year, but it's a popular part in the "pool of musicians" that my forum thread kinda generated, so there's more or less of a rotation lol. 😝
Hi Russ! Thanks for the note on my soundboard. I'm pretty flexible in the genre department (all except really hard rock/rap or true opera/show tunes.) I am interested in checking out your tracks. 😀 aesthetic.seventytwo [at] [g] mail
Thanks, Russ. I really appreciate your comments. Can't wait to see what you post!
Hi Russ, thank you for your kind comment on "You are no longer here".
Hi Russ, looking forward to hearing what you come up with this year. Have a good one sir!
Hi Russ. Hope you have a great FAWM. Looking forward to hearing some fun stuff!! 😀
Hi Russ! Thanks for the message - unfortunately I don't have time for FAWM this month, but best wishes for yours!
Hi Russ, thanks for the welcome. 😀
Wishing you a great FAWM this year!!
Hellloooo hope you're well.
Hi Tau. Greetings from cold and rainy Helsinki. 😞
Hey there! Good to see you, too. Happy FAWM! 😀
Hi Russ, thank you for your warm welcome. Have a great fawm.
Hi there. Good to see you. Have a good Fawm.
Hi Russ! It's great you will be among us again! Have a wonderful FAWM!
Looking forward to your output, Russ! Have a great FAWM!
Hey thanks for coming by to say hi. Enjoy your FAWM.
Hey Russ, anxiously awaiting your creations!
Hi Russ, thanks for your messsage! Here's to a great FAWM!
Thank you so much for your warm wishes and welcoming me to FAWM! I’m really excited to be here 😀
Hi Russ! I'm glad you think so! Always love connecting with more folks here. Be prepared for lots of inner child coming out. (c:
Hello!! Great to see you back. 😀 Yay for FAWM!!
Hi, Russ! Welcome back, man!
You are my sunshine! The man who found me my first AI and gave me a hand into the world of vocal recording! It's good to see you again. I'll be around.
Hey Russ! Good to hear from you again! Hope all has been going well!
Hello. Good to see you again.
Hey, there! Best of luck to you during FAWM 2018! Enjoy!