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.
|#1||Jamming With Dylan||
|#2||Cool Water @cheslain||
|#3||Dancing With China||
|#4||Cool Water @cheslain||
|#11||Never Saw It Coming||
|#12||On the Sidelines||
|#15||Ain't Got No Band||
Hey, that's pretty good. 😀 Let me see if I can fit it in.
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...)
Sony micro on its side ponting up and down....why didn't _I_ think of that...
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!
aw, thanks so much for your detailed comment on "Morning Moon" - it actually caused me to see more in it, to hear your thoughts!
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.
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.
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.
Thanks for the reviews and making my first FAWM enjoyable. I’ll be back!
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!
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..
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
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.
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.
Thank you for your kind P back on our site! You are doing quite well with the song writing challenge!
one more to go
you can do this
can't wait to hear what you bring
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! 😀
Thanks for the great tip..
I’m sure going t9 check that out..
Thank you for the kind words, Andrew. 😀
hey thank you so much
for your very kind words, means so much
Thank you for explaining the paint chip challenge.
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!!
Thank you for the compliments on "Queen Evangeline"! Made my day!
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! ⭐️
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!
Thanks for your comments on "Who Knows the Rain." I'm looking forward to checking out some of your tunes.
Gosh, that is a really thoughtful comment, thanks so much!
Thank you thank you thank you Andrew. You are too kind 😀
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.
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 😀
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.
Thanks! Glad to see you are back! I need to check out your work!
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.
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.
Thanks so much for your lovely comment on my skirmish song!
Thanks for your lovely comments on Winter River! Very much appreciated!
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.
Thanks for your kind comment on my swedish song
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.
yeah ..gots bits too , did i say by tonight ! 😠😕 .. tomorrow for sure ..
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
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...
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. 😉
Thankyou for listening and the comments on my song-'Makes me feel allright, makes me feel ok'. cheers
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.
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.
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 😀
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 😀
Thanlk you for your lovely comment on my song. <3 And thanks for listening.
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...
Thank you Andrew, for popping in and leaving such a nice comment on my very first post... yes, they were both drug addicts.
Hi Andrew, thanks for the constructive criticism on my first one this year. Hope you have a good FAWM yourself this year.
I did see your e-mail, but have not acted on it yet.
Thanks Andrew. Good food for thought in your response. Now I will watch for your next tune!
Hey how ya doing?
Good to see you ready to play, enjoy and get real!!
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!
Hi! Glad to see you back here!
Happy FAWMing! 🤗
Hi Andrew! Looking forward to another month of trying this.
Hello! Glad you are back!
Best wishes to you on a successful FAWM 2018! Hope the weather is good when you come to Maine!
Hello! Happy FAWMing!
... 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. 😀
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.