Influences: All kinds of stuff. I mostly play rock or jam out on some acoustic guitar.
Hi! I'm Val. I've been doing FAWM for forever. [Not sure if I should insert a smiley face or crazy, shocked face here] I'm a guitarist and vocalist. Not sure what the plan is this year. Possibly a few phone recordings. Not sure I want to go all out with the all the studio stuff. Maybe the bug will bite me when February starts.
Here's what I play on my demos
Me: Guitars, Bass, Vocals. Things I may attempt to play, but kinda suck at: drums, piano, sax.
Artificial Creative Unit: Drums that sound good (Addictive Drums), keyboards/synths and anything else you hear
|#1||Head In The Clouds||
|#2||New Sports Car||
|#3||My Soul is Open Wide @helenseviltwin||
|#5||Now to Wow @kahlo2013||
|#7||P-Style 60 sec ad with tag||
|#12||Run and Chase the Sun (DEMO ADDED 2/26) @kahlo2013||
|#13||Building Toxic Wastelands to Boost the Economy @kahlo2013||
|#15||Back To You @helenseviltwin||
|#16||Another Good Day @helenseviltwin||
|#17||Not Like That @helenseviltwin||
|#18||Free (updated demo 20/2) @helenseviltwin||
|#19||Too Damn Well @helenseviltwin||
|#20||Wake Me Up @helenseviltwin||
|#21||The Awakening @helenseviltwin||
|#25||Come Sit Down @helenseviltwin||
|#26||Pinch Me @helenseviltwin||
|#27||Fight the Beast @helenseviltwin||
|#28||In This Moment||
Re: "Something From The '70s", I also referenced Carole King ("Where You Lead") and Kenny Loggins ("Danny's Song"). I know there are just as many songs from the '80s about making it through hard times, but the '70s are more my aesthetic. 😀
Yep! Thanks for your help on that.
Wow Valerie! You are a super trooper. 28 songs? My hat is off to you and I bow down. Way to GET it!
Woop woop! Double FAWM!
Congratulations on your double FAWM!
Thanks for checking out some of my recent songs.
Thanks for checking out 'Wanting You' - some lyrics are very easy to write😀
Thanks Val. Didn't Tammy do it great?
Thank you so much for listening! I'm glad you enjoyed, eventhough the language of course gives it another angle 😝
Thank you for your kind words on "Vivian", it's always little nerve wracking for me when I decide to take on another person's lyrics.
Thank you so much for buying the album, Val. I appreciate it a lot. I hope you find a song or two that you enjoy.
Thank you for taking the time to read "Better Off". Seemed too simplistic at first but have gotten enough encouragement to where I might see if the musical brains of our "group" can put it to music. Thanks again and good luck the rest of the way.
Hey Val! Thanks for listening to "Fragile"-- glad somebody mentioned my tag reference! Haha. Man, I can't believe I haven't made it over here yet, gonna change that now!
Thanks Val! Rain was a wonderful collab experience. Glad you enjoyed it
Thanks Val. I wouldn't wonder if it was an alien (as I have had many dreams of them coming to upgrade my DNA! 😀
Thanks..I thought about adding a bridge/outro -actually I had written one --that addressed why the collections and what they mean now- it is more than what they are - they are now momentos they remind me of the moments pre kids When K and I would actually have time to spend with each other driving through the country side when through Connecticut Vermont Maine California Ireland Croatia - wherever picking up a used souvenir from a market - each of the items evokes a memory beyond what the item is - it is like a history of our lives that we put on hold as the priorities have been different - I long for the day when we can spend more time and until then these objects remind me of a specific adventure we shared
Thanks for the feedback on 'Ti Amo'! In Italy there are stray cats everywhere and they all want to snuggle!
Thanks, Valerie, for reading "More and More" and commenting so kindly on it. Yes, let's spread the LOVE today and every day.:)
Hi Val! Thanks for your kind words to my song for Chance. I'm demoing that tonight! I already have the guitar down... I'll stop by tonight and listen to a few of yours as well!
Hey Val, thank you for your kind words. The vocals are simply layered. In the chorus I doubled the main voice and added a pitchshifter effect similar to Autotune.
Love you Val, I am in need of courage and a boost of spirits before a performance tomorrow and I really appreciate what you said, means lots coming from you. Thank you.
Thank you Val! I will be back for cool listening here!
Hey, Val, thanks for your comment on my song "These Eyes." Perhaps the lyrics are too vague. "These Eyes" are supposed to refer to the eyes of the singer's former lover/girlfriend, who the singer has lost (through her death or otherwise), but she ("these eyes") continues to haunt him and interferes with his ability to connect with his current love interest, who is the "you" in the song.
Anyway, I agree with you about the FOP, but so far not very much interest is being expressed on the forum. Maybe I should create a new thread labeled "Who wants to have a Texas Fawm Over Party"??
Got one for ya 😉
Thanks Val on our collab and I had to laugh at you yolo comment!
Thanks for checking out my river song it is a subtle metaohor for love running away as the river is icy cold, there are dark shadows, and the river is ebbing and flowing inviting other streams... and the second verse there is warmth that the singer is looking for - show me this- but the rivers still flows away. So glad you liked it.
Ummm.. I am flattered?
Sorry to hear about your friends daughter, I wish her well in her recovery! Glad the song gave hope though through the sadness
Thanks for showing me how to link dropbox properly. The way I did it last year was clearly not right...
Ha! It's the theme song from The $100,000 Pyramid! All the music is straight from the theme too. I just added the bassline.
I think I have an after market power supply for my Tascam too. Before I realized what was going on with the power supply I thought it had completely died on me. I've knocked the power loose so many times, luckily it's almost always before I get started but just to be safe I shut it down to make sure things get saved.
I laughed out loud at your comment on Vivian, total phrasing. I'm hoping to get to Vivian this weekend.
Thank you, Valerie! 😀
Now I'm blushing. You are very kind, Val. 😀
That should say friends daughter! I don't know how to edit comments 😬
Woah sorry to hear that about your daughters friend Val! I will hope the same for her. Thank you for listening
Hey, thanks for the comment! That is really helpfully to hear your thoughts on the tune.
Thanks for the kind words on My Friend. I love the FAWM community and that's my thank-you letter to everyone here!
Thank you Val! No one has ever said they liked my bass playing before. Much appreciated!
Thanks for the comment on 'B******ds'. Sometimes a song can't wait around at the start 😀
Thanks for the great words on my song 9 of swords 😀 This card can look scary when you first see it but it really isn't. In the tarot, each suit starts at the Ace (one) and moves through to the King. As you move through the numbers, you're on a Journey - the 9 of Swords is the "wakeup" card - the realization that this isn't a good place - so it's a turning card leading to the 10 of swords which I lovingly call "You done yet? or you wanna wallow a little longer" ... at 9, you're just waking up and saying "I don't have to feel this way anymore"... I hope I"ve helped a bit. You are an amazing, and talented musician and I love your work!
Thanks for the zong comment on Tell Me More, much appreciated!!
If you still want to collab on something let me know! My schedule is crazy so not sure I will have a chance to make any music so I am hoping to work with musicians
Got your message, that's fine. Maybe something else might work.
Thanks for your listen to my Jimmy Buffett song!
btw, Yes, headphones...I'd recommend them 😀
Thanks a lot for your nice comment today! 😀
Hi. Thank you Valerie (what a beautiful name) for a very nice comment on my song "Wishing too much".. You figured almost exactly the feeling and I respect and appreciate your support and encouragement. I'm gonna make sure to check your songs tomorrow, thanks again, have a lovely fawm.
ops. thanks for letting me know 😀
Thank you for your kind words on "Start Again", it's always nice when a song can touch people the same way writing it touched me.
Hi, welcome back!
Hi there Val!! Glad to see you here!
Glad to put the APX500iii to use! I think my Takamine is slightly above the APX in a live setting (The tak is about a $300 guitar), but I think if I learn how to EQ the new guitar it might become even. For $200, though, I think it was a good investment!
thanks for the fab comments...
made my day!!
Thanks Val for your comments on our Creature song. I think he did wonders with my words!
I started with no plan then had a plan to deal with that. 😀
Looking forward to the songs from Val World. Maybe another collab?
Hi Val! I too am coming in with no real plan this year. Glad you're here, I'll be listening.
Hi Val, glad to see you're here. Would love to do another collab if possible x
Yeah... I grew up in a family that was obsessed with '70s folk and rock. And for a straight woman, my mom owned a lot of Tracy Chapman and Indigo Girls albums.
Glad you're back! I like the new cover as well.
Cool cover! Have a wonderful FAWM!
Hi Val! Looking forward to your new songs... I wish you a wonderful February!
Good to see you again
I don't know what's stewing in your mind, but I can't wait to hear it!!
well, hello there, veteran! have an awesome FAWM, yeah?
Stopping by to say hi!
Hey! Droppin' by to say hi! Have a great FAWM!
Well - i gotta say - i love that album cover (how do we do that btw?)
Looking forward to your songs this year - you always surprise and impress me. Good luck and keep practicing the drums. You got this
what is the exact teleprompter app you use? i looked at a couple and was wondering about a recommendation. and hey! by the way.
Haha yes! Its a bass. I ve built her from an old linden table 😀
Thank you Val for your kind support.
Hi Val. Keep on keeping on. And remember; success starts with sucks!
Hi Val, looking forward to hearing your songs.
Hi Val! Can't wait to hear some of your new music!
Crank it to 11, Val!
Hi ! I wish you a joyful month/M
A song... Yeah, cool.
So, um, do you wanna, like, write a song together or something?
FAWM fun starting soon! Looking forward to your music!
I know you could rock that topic!
Hey there! As usual, I will listen for your excellent tunes.
FAWMtime is almost here!! Let's create some music!
Hey Val, good luck this Feb!
(I also got the odd IM on messenger today like Nancy)
Hey Val, I got a weird DM from you on FB. Is everything ok?
Val! Looking forward to see all your talents!
Hi Valerie, your artwork rocks. I suppose you do too, this season 😀
Hey Val! Hope you're back for another year?
I’ll stay up here, you stay down there, and we’ll squeeze both countries between us this FAWM. Deal?
Have a great event 😀
Hi, Val! Always a pleasure listening to what you do each year! Best of luck to you during FAWM 2018!