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.
My first FAWM was 2015. I'm back for round 3. Jack of all words, I sing and play guitar. I appreciate honest, constructive comments, and I try to give the same. I'm interested in collabs. If you have music, or a topic, seeking lyrics, or if my lyrics inspire music from you, please be in touch.
|#1||She Knows I Love My Coffee||
|#2||My Teddy Bear @russiasaturn||
|#4||They Promised Us Space Planes||
|#5||Born in the Wild||
|#6||Smoldering Coals @petemurphy||
|#7||The Love of My Life||
|#8||Columba the Fighting Holy Man||
|#9||See You Fly Again (Whooping Crane)||
|#10||Keeping It Real||
|#11||Storm Winds Will End (FAWM Friends)||
|#13||One Day You'll Understand||
|#15||I Need Sleep||
|#19||The Year My Nose Was Blind||
Thank you very much for your kind words on my songs. I have never been a bridge writer, I have one song out of dozens that I have written that has a bridge, I should really push myself a little more to do that.
Thank you very much for the idea on "It's Not Easy" I love the idea of replacing clean with free. The even harder staying clean" came from a completely different thought thread that was inspired by Marilyn Manson's "The Beautiful People" swapping it out and using free would make a lot more sense.
You are very welcome Andrew. Please keep me posted. I'd love to hear your great success story.
Thanks for your great comment. It's a mandolin with pickup run through electric guitar amp and pedal modelling software. Great to hear you were at the march. A highlight of the past few months. Cheers.
Thanks for commenting on my one chord song - it was a good challenge, and simplified things for me, especially since I tend to overthink songwriting. I like the idea of answering with a guitar solo. Your soloing is fine! You're just being modest. 😀
Thank you for the kind words regarding 'Parallel Lines'. The dirty guitar sounds were recorded really simply: Two tracks for both of which I used a Telecaster style guitar with a firebird minihumbucker in the neck position, The amp on the other track was a 60' blackface princeton and on the other my trusty old 50's Magnatone. I think I used either ProCo RAT or SMS Earthdrive to add some dirt. Both amps were miced dead center on the cone with an old sennheiser MD409. No fancy technicues used while recording 😁
😀 on Honey in the Cup. I have never been good with metaphors and to have two this year was amazing for me. I so much appreciate your comments. I'll be doing more listening during March and hope to come back to visit your songs.
Thank you for the feedback on We Are All People. I'm probably going to change a few things on it to keep it as universal as possible. I appreciate what you are doing as well across faiths.
What a delightful surprise to find you'd listed "Umbrella Upside Down" in the Recommended Songs thread! Thank you so much! 😀
No worries about mixing the vocals! There's no rush. 😀
I sometimes wish I could make my songs less confessional lol. But they are almost always me, and based on true events and my feelings. Which can make it heart-pounding to share, especially in person! I tend to do more songs during FAWM that are narrative characters and such, for some reason. Ok, looking forward to the final song and I'm glad I noticed I hadn't sent it!
Oops guess I wrote too much! Cont'd:
I like the black and white contrasts and clear confidence of bands and musicians outside the mold.
That went waaayy on a tangent but you got me thinking! I could write long essays on the topic of music. 😝 (p.s. I thought I sent my vocals to My Teddy Bear a couple days back but now I'm thinking maybe I never did? If I didn't, my greatest apologies, and I will do that ASAP. Got a little crazy at the end!)
Thank you for the detailed comment on Big as the Universe, I appreciate it as it's the most personal and difficult song I've written. 😀 Thank you for the constructive critique as well. Truth be told, that's one of my favorite lines in the song and was meant to break the 4th wall. The acknowledgement that this is a song, that reminds you I'm a real person who experienced these things and is struggling to heal, right there in that very moment. But I still appreciate it as it gets one to think about why they composed something a certain way, and can make them either reconsider it, or make them sure it's right.
I think it's good to know for sure one way or another - music is so personal, I think my favorite artists are the ones who very clearly have their own definable style, rather than waffling in the middle. And in so doing, they risk alienating some people, but that means they did their truest art. Not that generic pop music can't be fun but I like the black and white contrasts and c
Thanks for all your attention to my songs! I did have some women's names in the Ibn Battuta draft but they didn't scan well.
I wasn't suggesting you needed to change One Day You'll Understand. Some mystery and ambiguity in a song is a good thing.
I've found that even though we write the songs, it still takes some time to settle in with them comfortably, which I just refer to as making friends with them. Sometimes it happens easily, other times we have to put more effort into coddling them. I'm glad you appreciate that concept. 😀
Truthfully, when it comes to experimental demos, FAWM is a fantastic place to stretch yourself in new directions. You have reason to stay focused and not spend longer than two days on it. (Maybe even just an hour!) You have folks that will provide their honest feedback and not complain that you're wasting their/your time... That and you have an environment where a lot of other people are experimenting as well. 😀
Thank you for your wonderful thoughts about "Don't Worry Now" I really enjoyed your feedback
Hi Andrew, thanks for the comment on That Need Some. The title was picked by folks in the Slack chat. It was blind I guess, I asked them to pick a number from..... to get book, page and line, but did not tell then which books they were picking from. The phrase is from the Leonard Cohen poem Killers.
Meant ham, not ham 😊
Glad you enjoyed my strawberry jam skirmish. Something about the strawberry ham reminded me of a little freckled-face girl with curly red hair and I was Off to the Races! Thanks your comments.
Hi Tiller2!! Big thanks for the very nice comments you made. As you suggested we added lyrics in description. Cheers
Howdy tiller2. Thanks pard, for reviewing "Blue Mandolin Waltz".
Hey Andrew thanks for checking out my track. You have been really cranking out the songs man. 12 Already!
Thanks for your nice comment on Glory Days! I don't want more space, more time in the song, I want it to move along. What I don't like is the jingle jangly guitar in it, would like it a bit more solid sounding, maybe bass...and need to tighten up the words. But thanks!!!! Helpful suggestions always welcome!! I enjoy listening to your songs very much 😀
Playing with my new effects pedal! Now I can play electric guitar at night without waking the kids. Thanks for listening to my "Rock Jam"!
Thanks for listening!
I appreciate your kind words on "When the Storm Winds Blow" and "Strawberry Jam"! Isn't it amazing what pops out of the subconscious mind during skirmishes? I love skirmishing myself, and a big part of the fun is hearing all the different directions other FAWMers take the prompts.
On Storm winds: Oh RATS I'm busted! you called me out! The "card playing talk" ..i was watching some western on tv while I did the skirmish and was desperate for a rhyme, so boom... and I feel sooooo dirty and wrong for even using any of it. 😀 😀 yeah, that can be redone nicely and will be 😀 thanks!
Thank you so much for your lovely comment on "Desert Night in Arizona"! Yes, the trip was musically productive and all-around wonderful. I left a piece of my heart back there among the saguaro cacti.
Thanks for your encouraging comments and support on my various superskirmish ramblings this past weekend. It was great fun playing with you and the other FAWMers for all those hours.
And yes, "Keepin' it real" could go after each verse. Thanks for the idea.
Have a great week.
I just wanted to swing by your page and give you my thanks for your comment on "My Stache" 😀
Sullen gavitas! Wow! That's such a great description of RT ...
Hey! Re: the Crane song, I'm about to hit crunch week at work so I leave the music in your capable hands 😀 look forward to hearing it!
re: comments on 3 gifts. and all my other songs!! cuz you rawk man
Yes, your comments are always very meaningful to me. I look forward to your comments, because you always seem to show me something I hadn't considered, and generally your suggestions are things I agree with. I like the relationship we have where we can discuss things like this. I appreciate your feedback
re: your comments on 3 gifts. Thank you for listening and commenting. I'm curious about the 2nd bridge you're suggesting 😀 could you expand a little more on that? ie: what she's risking?
Yay, thank you so much! 😀 I haven't enjoyed composing with a piano in a long time, but it was nice to get something out with that instrument for a change.
Hey, thank you very much for your nice and thoughtful comment...!
Wonderful! My little sister is coming to stay on the 22nd so my schedule gets a little tight, sadly for the last week! But I can still do it, I'll just be squeezing it in under the wire 😝
Thank you for your lovely comments on my jazz piece It Wasn't Me.
Still amazed it will be in the Philly Real Book
I like the idea of Grace instead of tapes - tapes may be too obscure as I am referring to the little strips of tape that violin teachers put on the neck of their students violin so they hit the right note
Thanks for your comments on my harp song!
Thank you Andrew, looking forward to hearing it.
Wow, thanks man! 😀
Glad you feel that way about Moddergat. I have been thinking the same thing. I will attempt to get closer to the actual storyline, however am fully prepared to abandon all that comes new to this song if I feel it's not as strong as what I have today.
I'm proud you should like this so much!
Thanks Andrew, that's good advice, I will keep it in mind. Thanks for your kind words as well.
Hi, a message just to let you know the demo for Moddergat is up.
Hi Andrew! Sure, go ahead and post the demo. I'm glad you like it 😀
Thank you for letting me work on the lyrics!
Congratulations on hitting Century Club! 😀
Thanks for commenting on my "Alchemy" song - and thanks for the info on what may be the true meaning behind the word 😀
Wow! First I read of that. They ought to know. I'll work on a bridge (very good idea - thanks for that!) after finishing FAWM. I feel if I start on it now I may rush it, which I believe would be a shame.
Thanks for your feedback, I composed a little tune to sing the song to. I'm recording it tomorrow.
Thanks for getting back to me on Moddergat! I'll check that article out right now
Thanks for commenting on my song Moddergat. Could you please point to where you read about the single survivor?
There's different versions of this story going round. One even tells of Life Guards going out to bring in men off the only boat making it back, when waves pick up and drown all men on the rescue vessel and the horses pulling it into the sea.
Gives me chills.
Hello Andrew. I'd definitely like to have a go at Smouldering Coals. I'll try to get some ideas together tomorrow (it's almost bedtime over here), and I'll get a recording together as soon as I can. Thank you for offering to collaborate. I really appreciate it. Cheers!
Thanks for the kind comment on my "Gondola" skirmish song.
Thanks for listening and commenting on "crevasse" it's the product of returning from holidays and surviving a week of minus 30 😉
Thank you for listening to "It's Complicated" and leaving the nice comment. Ironically (?) I had just swapped out the song on my page to increase the music volume a tiny bit because the chorus vocals seemed to overpower the music. We'll have to look into the individual guitar later once we record in the actual studio. I only got the compressed mp3 of all the music, so I can't control the instrumentation individually. But appreciate the input and your thoughts on the song for sure! Thanks!
Hi, I'd definitely be interested in what you make of the Crane song!
Thanks for noticing that my tension/paradox was not working, it should be fine now.I will have a listen to your songs
Thanks for the kind words on my "Wild" skirmish song.
Hey, sorry, I was busy for a couple days. I'm really digging the lyrics and the concept, and I think I might have an idea for some music! I'll keep you updated (though I'll email you from now on).
Hey, thanks for your comment and feedback! They are much appreciated. I will definitely re-record later after FAWM. I'm too sick right now to make decent vocals. As for cutting up that line "What is my place/At the end of the day", I tried that before and it just didn't flow as well. Basically, I need the word "day" to stay where it is so the next line about "tomorrow" will make sense. But I was having a really hard time finding the right words with the appropriate amount of syllables and also the right phrasing and holding to the same melody in the pre-chorus.
Thanks so much for your comments and critique on in the wild. I appreciate your Insight very much!
Thanks for commenting on my latest song. It means a lot to get such nice comments.
Thankyou for your kind words.
Thanks so much for your kind comment on "The Lady of the Harbor" - and special thanks for giving me the inspiration for the song! I fervently hope that it will prove to be an extremely short shelf-life song.
Andrew, I'm so tickled that you caught the way I sang "and walk inside the love we built" on "North Star" . That is just exactly, exactly how I intended it - you've made me so happy!
Thanks Andrew! Glad you liked the lyric, I had to wrestle it a bit and it's still not perfect yet... Re. Adding guitar: I would normally have demoed this one properly with some loops and guitar help but I'm really time poor this year. I have however asked @mattblick to help so there might be a better demo soon...
Thanks for the comment! I'm glad this one hit a spot for you. There are no vocals because I don't write vocals. Others have such a better way of saying things. I am too obvious and literal. I do music, but try to keep the red carpet rolled out for a singer who has something to say.
Thanks, Andrew, for stopping by. Yes that particular lyric is very direct and explicit. A fellow FAWMer wanted some such lyrics to consider for a possible collaboration. My next (if more) on a similar topic will I hope be more poetic and poignant! I like innuendo! But with the right music direct can be fun too. We'll see!
Consructive ideas aren't meddling! Thank you. Angry Man would need those kinds of fixes if anyone wants to add music.
Hi! It´s really nice to see you here back again! Thanks so much for the lovely comment!
I'm glad it worked out for you...
can't wait to see what's waiting in the wings
Hey Andrew, I'm excited too! I quite like Paul Simon and Bach (who doesn't?). It's good that you're better with lyrics because I'd definitely consider myself more of a music-writer. I might have some ideas. Do you have any ideas on the kind of song you wanna work on, and how we're gonna carry out the song (who's gonna record what, how we'll send our WIPs back and forth, etc.)?
Hi Andrew, Thank you for your insightful comments into my Addiction song. You're right - the song could probably use a bridge and more development in the future.
I also read your lyrics to "My Teddy Bear." It's sad, but good. It's good to write about the darker things in life to bring awareness to it. It'll be interesting to see how it turns out when put together.
Have a great weekend!
Thank you for your kind words on "here we go" Yep I'm definitely going for sparseness in lyrics these days - Glad you noticed 🙏🎵
Thanks for the comments on my "Addiction" skirmish song.
Many thanks, Tiller, I'll try to post the demo tonight.
Thank you for your thought-provoking comment on 'The Moment Captive'. I applaud you. With one hand. I wonder what that sounds like.
Before I found FAWM, I'd sometimes hunt down new genres in languages I didn't understand. My ears itch for new music at times. Like, fundamentally new types of music. FAWM fills that need. It means that commenting on songs is super easy, because I'm basically just committing to doing something I already enjoy. It's like promising to eat a whole chocolate cake while it is fresh, when I would have enjoyed a piece when it was a little stale. 😀
Thank you for your "eyes of a child" song challenge suggestion! It gave me the idea for my first FAWM 2017 song: http://fawm.org/songs/65988/
Are you going to post the challenge? I'd love to hear what other people do with it - the songs would likely run quite the gamut of genres and moods.
Oh Mr. Trotter, thank you for your kind words on my experiement Addiction Romance - and you're reading my mind. There is a cello solo to go in the middle, I just couldn't write it last night in bed - I was dozing off. I will be updating it with the cello. I have a lot more instrumentals on my sound cloud. I'm just playing with anything that fascinates me 😀 I started a thread about the musical cryptography. Maybe more people will pick up the game 😀
Hi friend ! Glad to see you back
Thank you Andrew for your warm comment on my lyric.
I appreciate your feedback about my song Sunny Side of Addiction. Thanks and FAWM on!
I'm in an office space with no headphones right now but will listen to your song when I get back home. Happy FAWMING
Thanks very much for your feedback! Very much appreciated.
thanks for the feedback!
Yes collab! I don't have anything in mind quite yet--just letting the muse happen. You?
Hi Andrew, let's do this!
Welcome back to you, too! I see we're members of the same FAWM class - 2015 was also my first year. Hope you have a great FAWM!
Hello, my friend! So lovely to see you! Let's do this! yah! 😀
Let's put 'em all at the top of the charts this time around