Influences: Classical , Percy Grainger, Mike Oldfield, Enya, Kate Bush, Cecil J Sharp, US Musicals, Gilbert & Sullivan. Tom Lehrer
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34 songs, 2 locked won't complete
10 collabs (includes 2 locked)
1 Still lyrics-only
So 31 full songs or instrumentals. Plus of course the 14 collabs that @frogspawn has just handed me for registration.
I'm done, it would seem. There's just too much other stuff happening now and I'm not going to be around to comment further. For me,a reasonable FAWM with some useable material but mainly, getting back into practice after a year of editing and orchestration and rewriting. I regret I probably won't be able to switch on the locked songs.
On comments: there is a degree of penalty in commenting heavily during February, it seems! 50% more given than returned. It's always--inevitably--never 1:1, and at least it isn't 2:1, but the "oh, I'll comment in March" fallacy is well illustrated!
Songs/lyrics listened/read 720+
Comments given 606
Comments received 416
Comment ratio about 1.5 given to 1 received
I've got to 600+ comments but I think I'm at my FAWM end. Away again for 3-4 days from tomorrow, and I doubt that much more is going to happen. There are watchlist people I want to listen to more of, but it won't be easy. I'm reasonably satified with my FAWM, but apart from those songs I've marked "artist favourite", there's nothing particularly stunning for me. More a recovery after months of operatics and orchestration...oh, and I can play the piano respectably again. The violin, however, is in the doldrums...
I return from shipboard to discover @frogspawn wreaking havoc and winning FAWM in March. Again. Tut, tut.
I have to stop,a s I'm gone. I will return in March but unlikely to be a major effort. Still, time-warping unlikely things have happened before.
Grinding to my end. Commenting is more or less gone. Time for one or two more to finish; a placeholder for the difficult GrosserVogel which will require a lot of to-ing and fro-ing. I'm not embarrassed because I don't at all need to inflate either my song count or my comments !! 😝 Oh NO! Instrumentals lurking in dark corners! Totally forgotten/missed. This Will Never Do!
Nothing. Zilch. Zero. but I've now listened/read about 560 songs/lyrics and commented on 501. So that's something. Won't get much higher as the end looms. No I'm not absent to avoid the end-of-FAWM Zong hunt, will be back 2-3 March, after all, and @frogspawn has PLANS, I'm informed.
I don't know, three wholly unexpected and unintended good songs, then today's carefully crafted output, intended to be topnotch lounge jazz, is a stinker. 😁 AND I've lost one my rings, probably forever. Still and all, I'll reach 500+ comments before I have to strike my tent.
I seem to have got into the songwriting zone but far too late! I need skirmishes to start me up, not having any projects to hand any more!
At least I've made my 14. Working on a video clip for a kickstarter today. Yes, it's ANOTHER old FAWM instrumental!
My Valentine was to cart 3/4 ton of green waste/cuttings off to the mulchers.
The roses are defeated with only minor loss of blood and the nectarine and pittosporum trees chainsawed back under control. And I can see 300 comments by tonight or tomorrow morning. New songs from me? surely you jest.
And I know there must've been an 11th Feb because the roses are 1/4 pruned and there are some indoors in a vase.
I don't know, there must have been a 10 Feb...
severe pain in left wrist from playing violin and losing
Desperately trying to persuade my fiddle to sing in pitch for "All along the sidewalk". OK until the Red Light goes on. Finally gave up and used a trombone sample
A blurry write-off.
Working on two songs, not quite making it. I have an eye-gouging session on the 7th so won't be fit anyway. Listening, but not at last years rate. Mainly I'm relaxing after months of angst-ridden vocal arrangement and orchestration, not to mention staging directions. It seems odd not to have to work at anything now (although I have an overture to reduce down to small band!
Five songs down including the first collab of the season. All SORTS of misery trying to remember how to set up simultaneous (live) recording of MIDI, voice, piano audio, MIDI bounce back into multiple separate tracks in the DAW. I am so rusty form all the conventional operatics editing. I must attack Cthulhu next.
4 songs done
100 comments left.
The aged computer is creaking. The music software has decomposed slightly. So glad that this is happening now and not in the last month when it would have derailed me entirely. Now, I'm just stinking cranky, so that's all right...
Struggling with supposedly simple video production and an audio recording that lost 3/4 second of music for some unknown reason. Thank goodness for the parallel MIDI record t reproduce the performance!. Still enmeshed in cliches. Sigh.
2 Feb 17
Did I mention the small earthquake last night? Choose the correct cause from the following:
(a) it's a response to our prayers that the earth open up and swallow the sidewalk buskers
(b) the drill rig we're harbouring is surreptitiously fracking Mount Barker
(c) The Powers above feel our lives lack variety and interest
(d) We do not, repeat not, have a surreal existence..
1 Feb 17
Been working on a cliche to start learning my lovely Privia. Resisting the temptation to pull the Medeli back out (still used for gigging) because that's got a lot more buttons and much simpelr navigation as well as lots more noises, mostly unuseable. But the Privia I've been using since September either purely as a piano or alternatively;y a dumb MIDI controller, so I'm using FAWM to force myself to learn the other intricacies. But it doesn't help when a drilling rig unexpectedly invades your front drive, and the cable techno man trying to get in simultaneously is a Viking (tho' on the small side") with cable snips rather than an axe, and the tenants are suffering from leaking taps they're frightened to mention and the bank accounts are up a wattle and...
30 Jan 17
A day spent sorting out rates notices gone haywire, insurers gone lost, insurance payments not recorded, NBN cabling miseries, lotsa useless daily life issues. Then i find the keyboards make no nosie because I need to turn on the computer box, not just the screen. And I discover that I haven't had TIME to explore my lovely Privia as to what it can do other than make good piano noises. But at least I've retuned the violin, the Squier strat, the rescue home bass, the CBG and the uke....
29 Jan '17:
Whilst I will try, I KNOW I can't maintain the commitment and pace to FAWM as last year. Part of it is pressures associated with simply staying alive and afloat, part of it is family, and part of it is Deborah will kill me if I disappear for the month again, after the day-in day-out grind of operatic rewriting from May 2016 to just now.
The opera Ngurunderi goes into major workshop and 2 performance mini-season in August (thus also wiping out any 5090) Read about it here http://saopera.sa.gov.au/wp-content/u...
Some of the original "50/90 FAWM support committee" are still with us...the original concept and music was sketched out in 5090-2009. Not quite FAWM, but almost. And some gaps were filled in later FAWMs. All the rest since has been arrangement, orchestration, dramaturgy, scripts (it was originally entirely instrumental). The end result is stunning but those who commented way back in 2009 would have no trouble recognising not only the music but also various responses to their comments!
So the FAWM commitment has to reduce. Especially, this means less listen/comment, because that's where the real time-demanding work comes for me. Songwriting has simply become automatic now. WHich, I guess, proves the point of FAWM.
Tim Fatchen: nice, polite, quiet, writes serious and often soothing music, good dinner guest.
Flying Tadpole (songs marked [FT]): anarchic ratbag, writes irritating and often nasty satirical rubbish, good kennel cleaner.
The BIG, HUGE, TREMENDOUS news:
My opera Ngurunderi goes into major workshop and 2 performance mini-season in August (thus also wiping out any 5090) Read about it here http://saopera.sa.gov.au/wp-content/u... And if you have a spare $500,000 or so just lying around, we must have a little talk regarding the mainstage production currently down for late 2018.
You're clutching (smaller) money and you want to hear cleaned-up tracks from earlier FAWMs?? Go here:
FAWM and 5090 are the main part of the top row of CDs. Songs are available on iTunes, but it's cheaper via CDBaby and besides, I get more.
Broke? Starving? Some songs are on
And free videos on
Looking to license music?
|#1||Celtic Cliche 1||
|#3||Daydreaming (Piano improvisation)||
|#5||Tracing Me @larry||
|#6||All along the sidewalk [FT]||
|#7||I'm gonna split this scene [FT] @mikhail||
|#8||If I were a millionaire [FT]||
|#9||Ninety-nine (demo) @arthurrossi||
|#10||Feeling Kind Of (Collab) @negasi||
|#11||Swing Foolery 1||
|#12||Don't eat the mushrooms [FT]||
|#13||There's a waltz in there somewhere||
|#14||A Master you'll be||
|#15||Thomas The Organic Donkey @ajna1960||
|#16||Therapist Lament @kahlo2013||
|#17||So many satellites||
|#18||The Dark Worm Rises||
|#19||Twelve Minutes Left (should be "Standstill"!!!)||
|#20||Long hot nights 1||
|#21||All the long hot nights @visiblydistorted||
|#22||Lost in space and time||
|#23||Sitting here, just....||
|#26||Hey kid! [SKIP and go straight to song 75099!!]||
|#28||Großer Vogel / Great Bird [PLACEHOLDER @ryuu||
|#31||Sparky the ringtail possum [FT]||
|#33||26 Feb Placeholder "The Road Is So Long, Lord" @popmythology||
|#34||Hey Kid! (It was a long long time ago) @sherrycanary||
Yay! Thanks for visiting 'If It Rains' amongst the tumbleweeds. Glad you like it. It was definitely a co-write. I had the first 6 bars and the bridge all done but was struggling with the resolution. Robbie is good at that kind of thing.
Not sure your still around, but thanks for commenting on three of my lyrics.
"When you decided we were lovers" is almost complete, it only needs vocals. I have put the music up meantime.
"Another day with you"has a rough musical structure, I may decide to complete it in the future.
"One last time" is going on my huge pile of unloved lyrics, waiting for the time I look at them again. If @fearlessflight2014 has a use for this lyric that's fine, but I checked out her page and she looks pretty busy to me. I will leave her a message anyway.
Thanks for reading my lyrics again this year.
I hope I did not offend you or anyone else with my comments on the forum, Please accept my apology if I did. ☮&♥
Your kind words about "Tongues" really lit my smile up today, so thank you. It made me think that perhaps sometimes it really is better to burn out than to fade away, haha...
Tim, now you can download it. 😀
Thank you for your Sweet comment on If God was a garden gnome!
Thank you so much for your comments on The Road Is So Long & Hey Theory. Yes, they both are quite theatrical in their own way.
See You In The Shadows…
Thank you so much for the kind words about my and Cindy's song "Silver Anniversary" I use the tag 'girl-with-Sibelius' because when I don't, people think I played the piano part, and I feel like a fraud. Lol. You said about Sibelius that you "...could never afford the wretched thing." I bought the cheaper version, and I got it on sale so it didn't cost that much. I paid around $80.00 Canadian, which is probably around $65.00 or so in U.S.$ For me, it's been one of the best investments I've ever made. I don't know what they add to it to make the full version which is crazy expensive (over $600.00 I think), but whatever they add, I don't need apparently, because I've never missed anything.
Thanks for the nice comment on "Bouree/Beret." I enjoyed writing it, but my voice wasn't up to Bach's melody, so I had to talk part of it and improvise other parts. Hope you had a great FAWM! See ya next year.
Thank you! The song you downloaded is a quick demo; so If you'd like, drop me your email and I'll send you the finished version when it's done
Thank you so much for your kind comments on "Cailleach Beara" and "Books of Stuff I Used to Know"!
Thanks for your feedback on "Set Free" 😀
Thanks, for checking out our song, Tim. Glad you liked it, was a lot of fun to do and came out almost as I envisioned it. Beer is always a good idea!
Ha! Yep, that last cowbell doink absolutely made that song. Would've been rubbish without it. 😝
Thanks a lot for your very kind words on "Empty Streets (Reprise)" and "Lost At Sea", much appreciated!
Added to Fire Alarm. Since I may be off the web for a day or two, I pre-emptively added the spawn to Mars and the Star Registry.
Added, and added.
Mea culpa, I was off taking a walk in the rose gardens at lunch, so I needed my socks.
I see, somehow, that the proper adjustments have been made.
Your implicit wish is my sockpuppet's command.
Thank you for you kind comments on I Can't believe you. I will let you know if I make it downloadable! Is that a word?
Not that I have any clue what's going on, but some of the pointless songs have spawned collaborations. It may happen again in 10 hours or so, after I've woken up. Not sure why that would be significant.
Thanks for the comments a million years ago on "Shines like Silver"! You're going to love the melodica, it's the most fun instrument, I swear to glob. It's everything you love about the sound of the harmonica but totally under your control and the learning curve is approximately zero
Hi Tim- You asked me to "ping" you when I uploaded my demo for
" I can't believe you." is this a ping? I hope you like it.
Yay, of course it's okay! I was hoping to be able to have a collab with you someday anyway! No pressure if it happens or not, but if it does I look forward!
Hey, I thank you very, very much for your thoughtful comments... Just a few days ago I realized how many songs you have made yet - while I remembered your comment in the forum when you said, you didn't expect to start fawming this year before half of the month would be over - or something like that. Whatever - I hope to find time to listen in early march!
Hey Tim, wanna do a collab on a cbg song? I have one that needs vocals and lyrics. I think the riff is decent enough that it would be a shame to just not use it...??
Thank you for taking the time to comment on my conversational song, Pizza. Wow, you've been prolific - 32 posts so far!
I think I understand your point about analogy vs. sci-fi (even if a dream is an analogy in and of itself). The main thing is though, my dad is still alive, but the dream was like a foretelling; one that I think I can't be comfortable with voicing without the preface that it's just a dream. Too chilling, as was the dream. I did just re-read it, trying to set aside the liner notes, and I see what you mean. So it works stand-alone?
Congrats on a massive-good double+ FAWM!
Hi Tim! Thanks for your thoughtful feedback on "Needle in My Eye!" And I want to both congratulate you and express my disgust in seeing that you've already reached 27 😀
Did your grandfather ever find out about the content of his tonic? I hope not, so that he could enjoy it without heartache! "Frauengold" does not exist any more, but there are still similar concotions around to delight the stressed and the aging. I, for my part, prefer the truth that is hidden in Franconian wine, mead or whisky. 😁
Tim - thanks for the comment and the bit of chiding; I deserved it. I was even thinking "Man I hope @timfatchen doesn't see these liner notes or he's going to shake his finger at me!" 😁 I think my frustration is that my song just didn't live up to the feeling I get listening to the song that inspired it. But I can still take away something positive from it for sure!
Thank you for you're kind words and encouragement.
So glad you liked my telephone call to the old thunderer! In these troubled times, the twists and turns of recent German history (and their dire consequences until today) come very easily to my mind ... Some philosopher once said that those who refuse to remember their history are doomed to repeat it, and I hope and pray that we'll prevent this fate from happening! By the way, @dukemeyer wrote an amazing song a long time ago about reclaiming the स्वस्तिक to its original meaning ... as far as I know, it was at least somehow retained in India until today.
I haven't done amazingly at all, my kind friend! They are all just different renditions of the same sets of lyrics so I don't think they count, hehe. I'm definitely truly honored by all the interest "The Road Is So Long" has gotten, though. Thanks for stopping by! And no worries! You can't be everywhere at once. I know I sure wish I could be but none of us can.
Thank you for leaving such a nice comment on my existential crisis song. I once had a guitar teacher describe to me that having a talent and/or passion for music is a bit like a curse. You can't avoid doing it, you'll always be drawn back to it and you're better off not denying it.
I think guilt and regret are some of the worst feelings in the world. Like that guitar teacher said, it's a curse. People without a musical inclination certainly wouldn't feel it. And I know I'm not going to give up no matter what, I don't want it.
But it's not all angst, I'm usually quite positive. A few things happened in my personal life that triggered it. People's opinions, ways they treat you and things they say can be a bit of a drag sometimes 😞 it'll pass!
Thank you again. You've been so kind and supportive to me all FAWM!!
P.S. Congratulations on being so boss with your songwriting!!!
thanks for correcting what spell check couldn't detect. Thx for listening
Thanks for the kind words! Absynth is an awesome tool, I wish I found more space to use it. I used to Reason a lot, but the combo of Absynth and FM8 switched me over to Komplete completely. 😀
Thanks for listening and commenting on "Flyin' By". Glad you liked it. Yeah, I still wish too. 😉 Have a great week.
My pleasure sir! Thank you by the way for your comment on "My Stache"
Djembe. Thank you for the comment and always for the support. I think the Hawk lends itself to a Native American beat, especially since the spirits of animals tie to everything in life. It's not exactly a chant, but it has that kind of cadence. I'll let you know if I get up a demo. You have done well, here, well across the line!!! The fellow who made the other comment is so right - you make it seem effortless.
Ha! Dessert instead of desert. I did just have Tex-Mex for dinner too. 😀 Thanks ks for checking out my song, Tim.
Yay, thank you! I've never been passionate about blues, but I really enjoyed making that one! And it's actually an acoustic guitar – probably just my recording devices that are giving it a bit more umm, lo-fi sound!
It's true. Sometimes the bass should do something other than just playing the root notes.
re: ^^^ Your note of 2 Feb 17 ^^^
This is a trick question, because you've omitted the true answer, which is "(e) All of the Above." All apparently disparate forces collude against you. But they do throw you a bone once in awhile (e.g., the buskers).
So, are you saying that none of my tracks are downloadable? Hmmmmmm, this shall never do. How do I fix that?
Agreed. You can travel the distances but it would be several generations of human life after you before you'd see much meaningful results, assuming current assumptions of matter and space travel are true. Thanks for your comment on my silly Enjoy The Earth song!
Thank you for your comments on my lyrics post- Fawm song 6 " I can't believe you". I will be trying to get demos done this week as well as writing 8 more songs! Flu season interrupted me. I will take your suggestion of deleting and making a new song post once the demo is done. Thanks again Tim!
Thank you! It's good to be back. Though at the moment I have posted only two songs, I HAVE made more songs this month, but haven't had time to actually record them. So now I'm trying to post a new one each day 😀
That is perfect. Looking forward to checking it out. Thanks 😁
Cool! Excited to hear what you create for it.
Thanks for the feedback on my track, and congrats on your smashing win!
Luckily I don't know the first thing about factory labour from experience... that was me totally just guessing about that particular type of "Long, Hot Night" 😁 Feel free to collab at some point with your CBG if you are so inspired.
Cbg tunings are great. So flexible i once rocked a three stringer with E-e-e tuning. The lowest was a bass string and the others were guitar low and high e. It is surprising how unique sounds you can get like that. I also have a shovel didley bo. I was thinking how to tune it and then just sang a random note and tuned it to that. Sounded great and was easy to sing with 😀
Thanks for checking out my stuff. I agree that a lot more people should be using cigarbox guitars. They are so unique in sound and playability. On your question, no. I don't use bass on any cbg tracks. My four stringer boasts a D,D,A,D tuning with a heavy gauge D and light gauge D. That is why it gives of such a bass heavy sound.
Thanks for comment on long way round to heaven. Neil
Merci for listening and commenting on Hommage à une frite
D'accord, chocolat de Belgique est le meilleur!
Thanks for throwing a bone to the Unknown. How did I leave that line out? Cheers.
Congrats on finishing this early and thank you for the comment on "So They Say." I didn't realize how that last line colored the rest of the verse until you pointed it out. Just made sense to me to put it there.
Thanks for your feedback on "Killing blow" 😀
Greetings and thank you for giving our lyrics a read and for the great feedback.
Hey Tim - thanks for listening and commenting on Magnet! x
Thanks for the comment re: the mix of my 20 second track. I'll give it another look and check with the client. My mixes have been all off this year. Not sure what's different this year other than myself.
What a delight to wake up to find your great take on my Therapist Lament song! Love the piano and love the feel to the song! It is a gift to have a collaboration with you! Many many thanks! Love it except you were much to self critical in the liner notes!
So glad you liked Oaks and Prairies! I'm flattered by the comparison to Mimi Farina. Thank you.
Hello Tim, re: *70050 (my song "Großer Vogel") – I have an idea for the music now, but you're very welcome to your own take on it. I won't listen to it/look at it until I've finished my own version, though. I still have your email somewhere (I think), so I'll send you a spoken version soon.
Pete Murphy's on board with the demo, so I feel it is my duty to let the people of FAWM know when it comes to pass.
Well thanks much but my goal is just to listen to as much as I can! So much great music and I am just scratching the surface! Need to get to more of yours for instance😊
Haha, thanks for listening to "Dupe the Consumers" ... I think "They" will give me a break this time, the more people feel like the chaos of the world is beyond their control, the more "They" can pick up that slack 😝 I get to complain, "They" get more power. Win/Win.
Thanks for your comment! I look forward to checking out your work. Always nice to hear from you.
That is delightful! I had no idea about the hippos. 😀
Thanks for commenting on my spring song. Well, I would've made a song about fires and burnt sacrifices if I could.... maybe I will someday. 😀 Hope you're having a good day!
Did you know lions, tigers and bears all need a reason to kill humans? Hippos are one of the few animals that will kill humans on sight, without cause. That's why they're my favorite. 😀
I'm listening, that's sumpin', right?
Howdy Tim. Thanks pard, for reviewing "My Hard Times Were Never Easy". That was an easy one to write.
I am honored to be in your collection, Sir Tim, as you are there in mine.
But no slinking.
Can't abide that.
Cool compliment, though!
You are always so magnanimous in your acknowledgement that I occasionally write stuff real good like. So cheers.
Thanks for the kind words and good advice! I'll try to be more active posting throughout the month. My recording gear is dorm right now so I've just been recording with my iPhone, and a few of the tracks I'll do a little editing in GarageBand. I miss my pro tools set up...
It will surprise you not at all that metalfoot has listened to the sinfonietta a few dozen times, and shared it with family, friends, and Twitter...
Oh certainly, the Muse, like most of the archetypes, move in us and through us 😀 I just let it happen on the page, whatever it is. And whatever it turns into or is interpreted as, gives it more life.
Fair enough, fair enough... I guess my delivery of "Morning After Valentines" Is less tongue-in-cheek than what I had in mind while writing it, but I do that a lot. 😀
lol.. Sir yes Sir 😀 thanks
Oh, come on, you don't find the chocolate smeared on my face/ don't need to mind my waist part a little bit funny and sarcastic? 😀 Thanks for listening to "Morning After Valentines".
Just noticed your recommend from a few days ago. Wanted to say thank you. Hoping to put some more demos up soon from the skirmishes of last weekend. Thanks muchly, sir. You're awesome.
Thanks for your comment on 'Beautiful Moments'. Although I'm not a pianist, I've taken to improvising what I'd call 'a theme' every few days on the piano. I imagine the good ones could be developed! This one is a little sombre as it's both sweet and sad to think of Dad. Cheers!
Hi Tim, Thanks for your comment on my haiku lyrics. It was lovely to get some positive feedback while kind of fighting to stay in the game. Have been having more ideas since then, too, so it must have worked!!
Thanks for your kind words on my song ' trail of hope ' . I appreciate it.
Tim, thank you so much for your thoughtful and generous comments re Until Tomorrow. This is my first go at FAWM and I cannot overstate how encouraging it was to read what you had to say.
re: super wall : I use powerdirector14. I bought it last christmas for fawm 2016 -- but never used it. Using my daughter's old iphone to record video/audio and then recording at the same time normally with sonar. I use handclaps at the beginning to line everything up, mute the iphone audio and done.
It takes me an hour to download the videos, enter 2 videos, 1 audio into powerdirector, line up everything. Produce it (10 minutes). I then take that wmv file, bring it into powerdirector again to add the into/credits, produce again and then upload to youtube. Not too quick for skirmishes so I was late on everyone of them with video.
Thanks for listening and taking the time to comment on my collab with Negasi. You seem to be having an amazingly productive FAWM.
Thanks for listening and the kind comments on my song 'trail of hope' .
hi there! i hadn't switched downloads on my song "We Don't Care" on soundcloud, but now it's downloadable. thanks for your comments!