yam655 53


Indiana USA   Apr 2011

Artist Bio

Influences:   Song Fight! Other FAWM musicians. Crap art.

Last FAWM, I went totally overkill on the crapcapella (lo-fi a-capella) genre. My 3in10 improvisation challenge helped me up my game in terms of improving song length.

This year the goal is "no more crapcapella".

I also have a goal to comment on 100 songs before I post my first song.

I wrote my own strange software to assist me in this process this year. This is my first time using it, and while I think it has features that will help, it likely also has some majorly rough spots.


Someone gave me rock hands! Thank you!


As of song 36 and this comment, all my current songs have lyrics. (Except for Errol's song that I need to finish and post.)

Songs (53)

#1 That's the way 7
Feb 2017
#2 Eccentric 12
Feb 2017
#3 Space Travel 11
Feb 2017
#4 Rise and Fall 9
Feb 2017
#5 There's a Dragon Sleeping 10
Feb 2017
#6 To Dance With You 10
Feb 2017
#7 Vegetable Domination 9
Feb 2017
#8 Hello Song 9
Feb 2017
#9 Death Meat Coffee 9
Feb 2017
#10 Fear and misinformation about the Snow Moon 12
Feb 2017
#11 I'm Sorry 11
Feb 2017
#12 Mysterious things in fish heads 5
Feb 2017
#13 Brains, Skulls and Craniums 4
Feb 2017
#14 The Ceiling Fan 4
Feb 2017
#15 Reflections 7
Feb 2017
#16 Speak 8
Feb 2017
#17 Cellar Door 16
Feb 2017
#18 Ascension 4
Feb 2017
#19 Blood Sweat 5
Feb 2017
#20 Celebrate Yourself 15
Feb 2017
#21 My Neighbor Errol's Neighborhood @errol 7
Feb 18
#22 Vile 7
Feb 18
#23 Misunderstanding 6
Feb 18
#24 I thought I was being led by love 8
Feb 18
#25 Bacon 4
Feb 18
#26 Dialog 4
Feb 19
#27 Ice 9
Feb 19
#28 Stuffed Cannibal 4
Feb 19
#29 That Pickle 4
Feb 19
#30 Over the Edge 4
Feb 19
#31 Belief and Imaginary Friends 6
Feb 19
#32 Fate 4
Feb 19
#33 Road Trip 5
Feb 19
#34 A Gift 6
Feb 19
#35 Surrender to the Epiphany of Keeping it Real 8
Feb 19
#36 What does space travel sound like? 7
Feb 20
#37 Surf Rules 9
Feb 20
#38 Turn Around 7
Feb 24
#39 Palindrome (Mr. Owl) 8
Feb 25
#40 One Day You'll Understand 14
Feb 25
#41 Mixed Emotions 4
Feb 25
#42 Favorite Foods 6
Feb 25
#43 Insects 9
Feb 25
#44 Lost in the Rain with an Undecided Alibi 9
Feb 25
#45 Grandparents 5
Feb 25
#46 Conversation 7
Feb 25
#47 Sleepless 9
Feb 26
#48 Purpose of You 7
Feb 26
#49 That Need Some 7
Feb 26
#50 Robot 7
Feb 26
#51 HedgeWars Song 2 @fiveblnfishes 4
Feb 28
#52 Sometimes We're Sick @fiveblnfishes 4
Feb 28
#53 What Would Humans Eat @fiveblnfishes ZONG
Feb 28


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  • @jwhanberry  Apr 4

    Thanks my friend. Good prompt even if I didn't mention rhinos. 😉

  • @gemhughs Mar 9

    Just listening and enjoying some of your songs, especially your cute "crapcapella" with @fiveblnfishes . ☮&♥

  • @ihelen  Mar 9

    lol You created a Nonuple century club! That's too funny. I had to look up nonuple because I've never heard of that before. I don't know if there were the same subheadings in previous years as this is my first, but it's been very entertaining watching the categories grow. It's been a great FAWM this year - take care and until next time! 😀

  • @kathym  Mar 6

    😀 on Starbird. I was hoping on seeing a few fantasy creatures, too. I'm glad I was able to come up with one for you. Thank you for the feedback!

  • @kathym  Mar 6

    😀 on Honey in the Cup. It could be fun and will be if people like it when I play it!

  • @torniojaws Mar 3

    Thank you 😀 53 songs! Whoa [Keanu]

  • @cloudboy  Mar 3

    I think that is why I have zongs. I think folks don't want to have to listen to them all to get there. I've resigned to the fact that that may be the case. That's ok! If you do listen, thanks! And I will be back to listen as well. Going on a long hike right now. After FAWM I need to get out a little!

  • @unpronounceable Mar 1

    You keep it real 😀. Also, holy crap over 50 songs!

  • @tiller2  Mar 1

    Great points on experimentation. From where I have started, experiments still include pretty simple basics of song structure, harmony, as well as recording. Songwriting is such as holistic craft. And I've gratefully received gentle nudges in all those areas. cheers.

  • @tiller2  Feb 28

    Thanks for checking out my experimental "Hi Mama" lyric and for noting pointedly that I might have also posted an experimental demo. I'm busted! I've slacked off with my demos this year (though now trying to catch up). It is nicer for others if there's a demo and also a truer test of the song-nature of a lyric. Next year, I'll TRY to hold lyrics back till I have a demo.... While I'm here, thanks for being the Century Club membership committee. Nice of you!

  • @ihelen  Feb 27

    Thanks for the Century Club congrats! I also appreciate your comments on my Takeover song. Although I'm uncertain of your frequency loss, I can say that I've gotten more than a few comments about my vocals needing to be louder in general. However, whenever I raise the levels of the vocals, I cringe a bit... something about hearing myself that prominently makes me feel weird sometimes. In any case, I should probably get used to it at some point.

    I really like your elaboration on your "Mixed Emotions" song. I can totally relate - my anxiety and worries get mixed up a lot too, but instead of trying to talk myself through it, I tend to avoid things... which isn't such a good way to go. Anyway, thank you for explaining it more - it helps.

    On a somewhat related note I should be working on 2 more songs, but I'm avoiding it for some reason. 😂

    Hope you're having a good day!

  • @leka Feb 27

    Translation available 😀

  • @leka Feb 27

    Thanks for imagination 😀

  • @debs  Feb 26

    Yay, it's all working now!!

  • @darkmantle  Feb 26

    Hahahahaha!!! I didn't think it was a real game!!! Was playing along. I'm laughing way too hard at this. 😝

  • @drivelmonk  Feb 25

    Yam, man, make the people scared. Make 'em move. Make 'em think. Make 'em ask WHY. I love what you're doing.

  • @cynthiawolff  Feb 24

    @yam655 Bring out the champagne...
    I just hit 600...
    no songs the last two days..hope that changes!!! but lot's of listening and commenting...thanks Fawmers..I luv u!

  • @haim  Feb 23

    Oh.. thanks for the information, I would love to try the superskirmish on the weekend, I actually need it to finish 😁

  • @haim  Feb 23

    Thanks for the century congrats.
    Congratulations on making it to 14 😁

    It seems like you have bunch of songs, thats super nice.

  • @visiblydistorted Feb 23

    Awesomesauce! Thanks for those links, now the pressure is on for me to check them out 😝

  • @visiblydistorted Feb 23

    I've heard mention of 50/90 and Slack, but have not yet ventured forth into the unknown 😀 Thanks!

  • @phlecksy  Feb 22

    Thanks for the comment on my popcorn thing, @yam655 (and sorry it took me so long to acknowledge it - I was in a frenzy of catching up with the output, as I started so late).

  • @oddbod  Feb 21

    I've hit the 400 mark, thank you so very much

  • @siebass  Feb 21

    Also, I can barely imagine writing a song in only an hour, I feel like I spend between 6-8 hours on most demos! I'll keep an eye out for the next one.

  • @siebass  Feb 21

    Oh neat! Thanks for all the helpful info for a newbie like me.

  • @siebass  Feb 21

    I'll keep an eye on the forums on the skirmishes, but I haven't paid that much attention, as I wasn't sure how they worked/am often working at the time. There are so many good resources and challenges here it can be hard to keep up without constant vigilance. This has been a great time for me.

  • @jwhanberry  Feb 20

    I'm glad you and your kids liked "Turn The Page". Last I heard they were in the crayon drawer. Maybe with a fresh page they can make your album cover.

    Thanks for your comments on all of my skirmish meanderings. It was a lot of fun playing with you and the others. BTW there's a skirmish in about a half hour (4pm EST). I'm gonna check it out.

  • @siebass  Feb 20

    You are a prolific writer. Thanks for your thoughts on my essay/poem; I may take your advice and try to boil those ideas down into a song soup. I do think there are many ways to convey the truth, but I agree that a good melody and a clever turn of phrase can sometimes be more impactful than a binder of great ideas.

  • @snoozin  Feb 19

    I have never played a video game (I know) but Hedgewars sounds like lots of fun. Writing songs is my great fun!!! 😀

  • @snoozin  Feb 19

    Thanks for your feedback on "I Believe" and please give your son a hug and tell him he made my day!! 😀 this is me smiling!

  • @siebass  Feb 18

    Mecha-Beethoven FTW! Thanks for checking out my attempt at chiptune and long-form poem/short essay on Understanding. I really didn't know what to do with it, so I figured maybe someone would be inspired. Maybe I should revisit it and see if I can mold it into a song.

  • @visiblydistorted Feb 2017

    Thank you! Happy I made it this deep into FAWM! Century Club is the icing on the cake so far. Now I just gotta find some sprinkles.

  • @oddbod  Feb 2017

    300 up on the comments

  • @timfatchen  Feb 2017

    Hippos...betcha didn't know that a piece of string with white rags flapping from it is quite adequate to keep hippos out of your vegetable garden. Or that their whiskers rattle on the steel like sticks when grazing along a corrugated steel wall or fence.

  • @popmythology  Feb 2017

    Congrats on your FAWM victory, oh great keeper of the Century Club keys!

  • @caterwauler  Feb 2017

    Thank you so much for your kind words on @mojo's soundboard and in tributes comments.
    Unfortunately, I'm not sure the #catcore legacy will continue -- @prsrose has created a thread in the forums to call for tributes, but I don't think many people have an interest in catcore.
    As for Mantra, he doesn't really care about making songs and is not very vocal. It took me a lot of time to gather a few meows! Glad you liked his contribution anyway.
    Oh, and thank you for your lovely comment on my music as well. 😀

  • @spunky4455 Feb 2017

    Thanks very much for listening to our song! Glad you liked it. I'll have to catch up on listening to your large library of FAWM music now.

  • @deadhead  Feb 2017

    Thanks for poking your head into my songs again 😉

  • @jji7skyline  Feb 2017

    Just hit 102 comments 😁

  • @visiblydistorted Feb 2017

    Awesome, I think adapting writing to song is a great way to learn it better - for me, discussing or re-interpreting things is the best way to retain them.

  • @visiblydistorted Feb 2017

    My intention was for "Utilitarianism" to be for children (older kids) to learn about what philosophy is like. It probably could be a bit peppier though, if I wanted them to actually listen or grasp any of it. It drones on a bit. Haha. But yeah, my goal is to one day write children's books about philosphical concepts. So this was an attempt at what I could do by flipping to a random page in a text book and running with it.

  • @ihelen  Feb 2017

    Thanks for commenting on my Lantern song, and I also appreciate the tips on skirmishes. Maybe I'll try again sometime with the keyboard. I can see that you are really rockin with the skirmishes - you've got so much more songs since the last time I've stopped by here! Excellent! 😀

  • @julesbf  Feb 2017

    Thanks for your comments and sharing your experiences. It is a tough subject to be focused on but one that is worth artistic exploration. I do appreciate it when people share their experiences and I was fortunate enough to get some good data for my research at the end of 2016

  • @sjbatavia Feb 2017

    Thanks for the comment on Alone at My Desk. I wasn't sure how long to make it without being boring.

  • @arthurrossi Feb 2017

    Thanks so much for your profound and that interesting comment on "Oblivion"... I enjoyed reading it a lot, some things were new for me and opened up some new views on this topic for me as well... Thanks a lot!

  • @guatecoop  Feb 2017

    Hey there...I was impressed at how tactful you were in a discussion I saw...them you made a gracious comment on a song of someone who wasn't so tactful. Duly noted. Btw, could you add me to the century club? Thanks!

  • @alamous Feb 2017

    Thank for your comment, And I'm a 100% with you on the oppinion that male vocals on a female-perspective pro-feminist song are not the best way to go. My intention, naturally, is to work the song out with a female vocalist (probly rewrite lyrics together too), but I just didn't have the time to make that happen right now and FAWM waits for no person 😀

  • @kovbleu  Feb 2017

    Thank you! Working on 200!

  • @jwhanberry  Feb 2017

    Thanks for your comments on "Sweat and Blood". And thanks for explaining your approach and the concept of crapcapella. I've been exposed to and am open too all types of musical expression; from performers interpreting squiggles on paper to a chamber orchestra composed of instruments built with an totally different pitch system. Now I can add crapcapella. FAWM is such a learning experience. Keep on with your explorations and I will see you in another skirmish.

  • @mardeycranbleson  Feb 2017

    thanks for the comment on btsf - I didn't mean I didn't like your topic just meant I didnt like what I did with it - basically I think I'm skirmished out I'm going to take my 2 decent skirmish born songs and cut my losses and take a break!

  • @brrrse  Feb 2017

    @yam655 sometimes your insight blows me away. Thanks for the kind words on Speak my puppy.

  • @unpronounceable Feb 2017

    Hey you. Stop being a psychic genius and seeing through me. 😝 Thanks for always listening tho.

  • @squeakmouse73 Feb 2017

    I thought about using the word "Dumb," as it's what we're used to, but I felt like "numb" worked better, as so often we're so busy judging, believing, or thinking we know that we're not noticing what we feel. Thank you for your input.

  • @mishykatz  Feb 2017

    Cool thanks for the info I am going to edit both my weekly challenge songs!

  • @barbara  Feb 2017

    Thanks, Yam, both for being on top of our Century Club stats, and for giving my experiment a listen. Try it; it's fun!!

  • @oddbod  Feb 2017

    Just hit 200, thanks
    And we'll done for doing this BTW

  • @mishykatz  Feb 2017

    Thanks for the feedback on my song, I did tag it week2, shows up on my tag list for the song, weird that you didn't see it?

  • @seanbrennan  Feb 2017

    Thanks for the kudos, Yam! Cheers.

  • @unkept Feb 2017

    @yam655 Song fuel my friend, channel that energy.

  • @unkept Feb 2017

    @yam655 , thanks for the comment! Sorry to hear about your divorce. I'm not going through that myself, but lots of experiences have shared emotions.

  • @metalfoot  Feb 2017

    Glad you liked it. 😀 In an ideal world, it'd be even better. 😉

  • @kovbleu  Feb 2017

    Thank you so much for listening to "Tattoo." Your comment was very touching. I think we all aspire to do that with songs, so I'm glad it was something that connected with you.

  • @unpronounceable Feb 2017

    I so appreciate you. <3

  • @boyatheart  Feb 2017

    Well that's the spirit for sure. Thanks again!

  • @boyatheart  Feb 2017

    Thanks. Sorry to burden you with updating that century thread. I know it must take quite some time making sure it's up to date.
    Your contribution to the FAWM community is much appreciated!

  • @dawn1 Feb 2017

    Yes, I will develop it, thank you, it needs a lift somewhere! still finding my feet with the CGCGCE tuning and wanted to do the skirmish in time 😀 What do we do if we change or develop a song? Replace it or just post it again Mk 2?

  • @kahlo2013  Feb 2017

    Thank you so much!

  • @famouspatrick  Feb 2017

    Thanks, for the kind words about my "Roots" skirmish song.

  • @popmythology  Feb 2017

    Thank you, sir! I look forward to coming back here to listen to something of yours. I'll do it, I promise! Just very busy at the moment. Thanks for being in charge of the Century Club this year.

  • @dragondreams  Feb 2017

    Thank you! And thank you for organising us. 😊

  • @odilongreen  Feb 2017

    Thanks for handling the Century Club this year. But fyi, you accidentally skipped a bunch of us in your latest update this morning! 😞 (I know, all we do is complain, complain, complain ... 😀 )

  • @poptarthero Feb 2017

    Thanks for looking at my lyrics! Crapcapella...that's what some may call Beefheart...

  • @visiblydistorted Feb 2017

    Awesome take on "Warming Up", I will definitely give that lyrical accompaniment a try with my next djembe jam 😀 Might make me giggle while I'm just learning it, but that's probably the best part! Are you good with me recording what comes out and tagging you as a collaborator? Gotta give cred where it's due 😝
    Also, ty for helping me navigate FAWM 😁

  • @famouspatrick  Feb 2017

    Thanks for the comment on my "Roots" skirmish song.

  • @metalfootlings Feb 2017

    Thanks for listening to the kazoo symphony! -metalfoot

  • @timfatchen  Feb 2017

    A bit more suggestion to help you keep your sanity. The 100 club will grow and grow, so split it into categories as needed. You have one double century already...create a new class and bump her up into i. You'll be amazed at the impact it has (of the sort "wow...if she can get to 200, so can I!"). This is a seriously good thing you've taken on and I'm so glad you did. I couldn't--I'm disappearing too much this month and gone before the end So kudos to you! And thanks!

  • @timfatchen  Feb 2017

    And a soundboard thank you for running the Century Club. You now move into the ranks of FAWM demigods!

  • @larry Feb 2017

    Thanks for the comments on Mission To...
    Hearing piano for that one.

    Also, thanks for commenting on New Clockwork Man.

  • @timfatchen  Feb 2017

    Hi! for the Century club: @jacobeverettwallace should follow @kahlo2013, I come next, @colgoo follows me. And that's all I can see so far! Oops! @cynthiawolff just followed @colgoo! Aand I'm off to bed now!

  • @jodv  Feb 2017

    Yeah, the POV character in my Ex-Centric song is a self-absorbed jerk. I almost wanted to write a disclaimer in the liner notes! Thanks for listening 😀

  • @aerlyn Feb 2017

    Hey, thank you so much for your advice on "Break the Chain (Eccentric)." I'll let this seedling of a song sit for a bit and I'll see what I can do to find part B.

    I'll be giving crapcapella a go pretty soon then. The only way to improve is through practice, right?

  • @aprilm Feb 2017

    Thanks for your comments on Too Eccentric for You! Fun prompt!

  • @johnstaples  Feb 2017

    Hey skirmish host! In my post for super skirmish ss3a I included a link to a site that adjusts the time to local times. BUT...my link was customized for the start of my skirmish! So, if you used my post as a template and did not change the link your link will NOT reflect the correct time and you will confuse your skirmishers!!!.

    If you used my post as a template you need to either 1) correct the link to the time of your skirmish or 2) provide a link to a general conversion site like this https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/

    Sorry if my link caused any confusion!!

  • @francessmith Feb 2017

    Thanks for your comment on my song,yam. On using the four chords. I use Ableton live (the cheapest version) and it has a really good arrangement view so I just lay it all out with markers for every line, bar by bar, and that way I know what I'm doing. Because otherwise I'd just get lost. It'll be good to hear your songs with some music this year, moving forward is always good.

  • @pinky  Feb 2017

    Very true!

  • @deadhead  Feb 2017

    Thanks for listening to Let's Go. I guess that Zappa listening binge I've been on recently is already paying dividends!

  • @clioem  Feb 2017

    Thank you! 😀 I'm pretty excited by this concept too, and I'm really enjoying working abstract right now. Hope to see a song by you soon!

  • @pinky  Feb 2017

    Sorry I made you sad! I'll try to get some happier songs together, but it is February in upstate NY. Maybe I need to load up some on some vitamin D

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  Feb 2017

    re: Pugs song. Please DO share. 😀

  • @resonut123  Feb 2017

    Hey, thanks much for the comments and the info about lemmings.
    FAWM on!

  • @mrmule Feb 2017

    thanks, yeah, usually everything sounds better in reverse 😁 This time I really made an effort to play the whole song backwards, and was kinda disappointed when cubase didn't cope, but this is the month of experimentation and some just don't end up as you thought. 😀

  • @alonetogether Feb 2017

    Funnily enough, after recording "Still Broken/" I ended up writing some angry and upbeat lyrics to cheer myself up.

  • @alonetogether Feb 2017

    Hey thanks for the comment on my song. I appreciate the words and I feel it's important to say I am taking care of myself. But I'm thankful for the thoughts 😁

  • @karlsburg25  Feb 2017

    cheers for the comment on Weeping angels. Yeah the intention was to keep the lyrics holistic and slightly mystical as the whole situation out here is confusing and you are literally left not knowing what to say but at the sametime wondering what they are thinking. More upbeat stuff to follow I hope 😉

  • @chandra83  Feb 2017

    Thanks for your feedback on "The Broken Girl" ! 😀

  • @ianuarius  Feb 2017

    Thanks for the comment 😀

  • @candle Feb 2017

    I know, I feel the same. Thanks for the comment!

    See You In The Shadows…

  • @apertome  Feb 2017

    Hey, thanks for checking out "A Vaporous Presence", funny what you said about it being short, a lot of my tracks go much longer and I think of it as a brief introduction. We'll see how things plan out over the course of FAWM, I don't have a lot of really specific plans other than shooting for that general vibe. Best of luck with FAWM!

  • @cindyrella  Feb 2017

    Very cool story about your cave!

  • @tiller2  Feb 2017

    Hey, yam, thanks for your nice comment. What a committment--100 comments before posting. How can you stand it? In any case, I hope you have a wonderful FAWM.