Andrew Trotter 15


  Jan 2015

Artist Bio

Influences:   Paul Simon, Bill Kirchen, Don McLean, Lucinda Williams, Dylan, Knopfler, Springsteen, Jackson Browne, folk songs of the British Isles, hymns, plainsong, Bach, Gilbert & Sullivan.

I am amazed to have arrived at my fourth FAWM so many songs and conversations down the road from Year 1 in 2015. My notebook has a few scribbles, my songwriting mind is blank: I'm ready.

Some intentions for 2018: 1. Write more loosely and poetically. 2. Write music first (at least once), then lyrics. 3. Write something choral or a cappella. 4. Other.

I like to give and receive honest, constructive comments on songs. I hope you agree with me that comments, given or received, are an ample 'thank you' for previous comments.

I am interested in collabs and sing and play guitar. Have a great FAWM.


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  • @ianuarius  Mar 15

    Hey, that's pretty good. 😀 Let me see if I can fit it in.

  • @hummingbear Mar 15

    Thanks for the thoughtful comments on two sets of lyrics, especially the idea of a chorus for the bear song. (I did that the last night of FAWM, helping reach escape velocity...)

  • @timfatchen  Mar 13

    Sony micro on its side ponting up and down....why didn't _I_ think of that...

  • @barbara  Mar 8

    Good ideas, again, on perhaps mining the song for a chorus idea, and seeing it as an opportunity to underscore and expand something that's already in there. Food for thought!

  • @barbara  Mar 7

    aw, thanks so much for your detailed comment on "Morning Moon" - it actually caused me to see more in it, to hear your thoughts!

  • @janeg  Mar 7

    There are many filk songs about D&D! For a long time there has been a filk convention near DC every 3 years; it is now moving north. I went to it once. Balticon has a strong filk track. I will connect you by email with a local organizer. Filkers also try to connect whenever they travel, and a large number go to Columbus Ohio every October for the largest filk event. There are aleays folks from your area at my local filk convention, near Toronto, in April.

  • @janeg  Mar 6

    Thank you for the lovely comments on my songs! I have not done acting but I try to be a story-teller with my songs to make up for my lack of musical ability. Do you get to any filk concentions or tracks? I don't know where you are located. It would be great if we could meet some day and be in circle together.

  • @suziewithaz  Mar 1

    You solved my outro problem on my Terms. Thanks. I left the two lines I had because I wanted to post my 14th song, but I wasn’t happy with either. Your suggestion is spot on.

  • @suziewithaz  Mar 1

    Thanks for the reviews and making my first FAWM enjoyable. I’ll be back!

  • @debs  Mar 1

    Congrats on the FAWM win, Andrew! I'm sorry that I couldn't get to singing those lyrics. Love that you wrote it and love the conversation it's provoking!

  • @cynthiawolff  Feb 28

    Boy i get that(solos)
    If i stick to it throughout the year
    I should be better
    I play blues with a couple
    of the lads here at my house..
    good fun

  • @cynthiawolff  Feb 28

    i play the Strat in the songs that say "guitar" or "electric guitar"
    she was my big mid-life crisis guitar ..
    I just said I'm going for it and I did...
    love her..plays like butta

  • @renegadepriest Feb 28

    Thank you for your kind, encouraging, and uplifting words. You hit the nail on the head with your assessment. I am bad about putting too much pressure on myself and others, but this song is a lucid moment where I realized that we both (the helper and I) are in this together.

  • @cicpisces Feb 27

    Love the collab. Good job. Thanks for the song.

  • @cicpisces Feb 27

    @tiller2 of course you can change the lyrics im cool with that.

  • @kahlo2013  Feb 26


  • @harmonicdirt  Feb 26

    Thank you for your feedback for Moon On The Water! We hope to get the music up soon. That’s the hardest part… Recording the song and uploading it… I could write lyrics really quickly, but it takes my husband a little more time to come up with good music.

  • @harmonicdirt  Feb 26

    Thank you for your kind P back on our site! You are doing quite well with the song writing challenge!

  • @cynthiawolff  Feb 26

    Woo Hoo...
    one more to go
    you can do this
    can't wait to hear what you bring

  • @cicpisces Feb 25

    No problem. Still time left to finish.

  • @russiasaturn Feb 25

    Hi Andrew! Just wanted to drop a quick note and let you know I found someone to help me with those lyrics, but thank you so much for being willing to help out! 😀

  • @cynthiawolff  Feb 24

    Good morning!!!
    Thanks for the great tip..
    I’m sure going t9 check that out..

  • @cicpisces Feb 23

    @tiller2 Thanks... Hope you had a nice vacation.

  • @marvsmooth  Feb 23

    Thank you for the kind words, Andrew. 😀

  • @benjo  Feb 22

    hey thank you so much

    for your very kind words, means so much

  • @infilktion Feb 22

    Thank you for explaining the paint chip challenge.

  • @jibbidy34  Feb 22

    Congratulations Centurion Soldier! You wrote 100 comments for your fellow FAWMers!! You made this place even better. You took your time to listen to other people's songs and you have 100 thank you's from all of them and from me! Here’s your badge. Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!

  • @infilktion Feb 22

    Thank you for the compliments on "Queen Evangeline"! Made my day!

  • @debs  Feb 22

    Hi Andrew! I'd love to help, but I'm afraid I'm running out of days in February and I have to honour the commitments I've already made first. If it's a duet type of song (as opposed to me singing the whole thing), then I could definitely try if time allows. I'm sorry I can't commit for sure, but by all means, please, please write it! ⭐️

  • @pompeyjazz Feb 21

    Hey @tiller2 Thanks a lot. Glad you dug the vibe man

  • @rickamorphis  Feb 21

    Thank you for catching my song that wouldn't play...the title's too long and I used parentheses, so I should've known better. Thanks again!

  • @rebeccajasso Feb 21

    Thanks for your comments on "Who Knows the Rain." I'm looking forward to checking out some of your tunes.

  • @songsville  Feb 20

    Gosh, that is a really thoughtful comment, thanks so much!

  • @jibbidy34  Feb 20

    Thank you thank you thank you Andrew. You are too kind 😀

  • @frozenlonesome Feb 18

    Thanks for your eleoquent description and thoughts on Brick BY Brick. I have done theme based FAWMs the previous four years. Usually the tracks have more of a divergent feel and approach. I feel that this year my tracks share more of a cohesive feel with the narrative.
    I really appreciate you taking time to listen and comment.

  • @moonraccoon  Feb 18

    Thanks for your kind comment on The Hotel Ghost. I grew up being really tired of guitarists "protecting their secrets." It took so long to learn things. If I can help dispel that attitude, I'll be happy 😀

  • @keithcuts Feb 18

    Hi tiller thanks for the song comment! Yes ukes rule for travelling. FYI I play a tenor tuned like a baritone (with appropriate strings of course) DGBE.

  • @kahlo2013  Feb 17

    Thanks! Glad to see you are back! I need to check out your work!

  • @cicpisces Feb 16

    @tiller2 no problem. Look forward to hearing what you come up with.

  • @wacha  Feb 15

    I like using the Tascam to record, I then export my files to Audacity (because it's free) to edit. My major limitation has been adding percussion to my home recordings but I'm hoping to be able to start getting into that after FAWM.

  • @wacha  Feb 15

    Thank you for your kind words on "Living in Love" I was a little concerned that the recording didn't capture what I was going for with the song. Glad to see it does.

  • @cicpisces Feb 15

    @tiller2 I've uploaded lyrics for... Ghost. See what you can do.

  • @scubed  Feb 14

    Thanks so much for your lovely comment on my skirmish song!

  • @cicpisces Feb 14

    Hi, I'm your new random collaborator. I'll try and get some words together. If you're okay with that?

  • @aprilm  Feb 11

    Thanks for your lovely comments on Winter River! Very much appreciated!

  • @tsunamidaily Feb 10

    i am sorry about pairing you with a redundant collab mate. i will remedy that this round, i swear. thank you for letting me know.

  • @acousticmaddie  Feb 9

    Thanks for your kind comment on my swedish song

  • @bithprod Feb 9

    Hi Andrew. If you'd like to try, I wouldn't mind. However, if you've got doubts maybe we could try to switch partners with someone.

  • @chrishope  Feb 8

    yeah ..gots bits too , did i say by tonight ! 😠😕 .. tomorrow for sure ..

  • @benjo  Feb 8

    thank you so much for your kind comments on my lyric look at me
    and for giving some good advice too means a lot to me

  • @timfatchen  Feb 6

    Now I feel even worse at what I'm missing....I'm going to try writing in teh second half of the month. Right now, the main studio computer is dying, on top of everything else...

  • @dutch1967 Feb 6

    Hi, thanks for that comment on my song Madrid. You're right, a visitor will always find their own city. Depending on so many variables I could have found a totally different city. Just cross the street a minute later and the world has changed to never present you with the situation it would have a minute earlier.
    I hope you had a great time there. Be sure I did too (I'm back there in May), I just don't like telling the stories of the stuff that everybody already knows and read about in the brochures. 😉

  • @misterd Feb 5

    Thankyou for listening and the comments on my song-'Makes me feel allright, makes me feel ok'. cheers

  • @dannen Feb 4

    Thank you for your input on my song Midnight on the Water, I've added an audio demo. I'd love for you to check it out.

  • @cheslain  Feb 4

    Good day, sir. It looks like we got paired in the random collaboration challenge. How would you like to go about doing it? Anything goes for me. I think I could have a go at doing music for Jamming With Dylan if you don't have any other plans for it. Or if you want to write something specifically for this collab, that would be cool too.

  • @jorh Feb 3

    Thanks for sharing and showing a real interest in my lyrics. I can definetly see the comparisons between the quote and my song, and can definetly see “emotional oxygen” becoming the title of one of my FAWM songs 😀

  • @jorh Feb 3

    Thanks for you nice comments on my song, and thanks for the feedback on the last line. Looking back at it I very much agree and have rewritten 😀

  • @acousticmaddie  Feb 3

    Thanlk you for your lovely comment on my song. <3 And thanks for listening.

  • @fearlessflight2014  Feb 2

    Really glad you like my first lyric for 2018, Andrew. You should hear the music my friend wrote that I used. It’s gonna be sweet. Can’t wait to see what you are up to...

  • @oneslowtyper  Feb 2

    Thank you Andrew, for popping in and leaving such a nice comment on my very first post... yes, they were both drug addicts.

  • @gordon  Feb 1

    Hi Andrew, thanks for the constructive criticism on my first one this year. Hope you have a good FAWM yourself this year.

  • @standup  Feb 1

    I did see your e-mail, but have not acted on it yet.

  • @jamkar  Feb 1

    Thanks Andrew. Good food for thought in your response. Now I will watch for your next tune!

  • @cynthiawolff  Jan 30

    Hey how ya doing?
    Good to see you ready to play, enjoy and get real!!

  • @kevinemmrich  Jan 30

    hey tiller2! Yup, back for another try. Once again saying, I'll never come up with 14 songs this month. But maybe I will again. Have a great month!

  • @petra777  Jan 30


  • @pfoo  Jan 28

    Hi! Glad to see you back here!

  • @russiasaturn Jan 2018

    Happy FAWMing! 🤗

  • @standup  Jan 2018

    Hi Andrew! Looking forward to another month of trying this.

  • @fearlessflight2014  Jan 2018

    Hello! Glad you are back!

  • @writeandwrong  Jan 2018

    Best wishes to you on a successful FAWM 2018! Hope the weather is good when you come to Maine!

  • @andygetch  Jan 2018

    Hi Andrew!

  • @tamsnumber4 Jan 2018

    Hello! Happy FAWMing!

  • @kathym  Jan 2018

    ... AND thank you for the great comment on "When the Hawk Flies Low". Metaphors are not easy for me, so I think that's partly why it took so long to get this song done. I knew I wanted it to be a metaphor for the dangers that we face in this world. After the past year and all that has taken place in it, this song is even more important to me. Thank you for your support and understanding the relief I felt at finally getting it done. NOW I just have to DO something with it, like polish it and take it to the open mics. 😀

  • @kathym  Jan 2018

    Hi, Andrew. I just signed on to take a look at the fawm page and found that you left a very thoughtful comment on my song "Blinded by the Moon". I apologize for not acknowledging it until now. Thank you so much for your words.