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.

I wrote a pre-FAWM album to prepare for FAWM. "Giant Pickle Soup" contains 20 tracks, each in a specific key, each with three chord progressions and tempos that are individually about 3 minutes. Each track is just under 10 minutes. (It's free on my Bandcamp if you're interested.) I wanted help adding variation to my improvisations, and I think the tracks will help. (Since there are 20 tracks, I can roll a 1d20 to get started. Since each is under 10 minutes, it is suitable for a 3in10.)


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

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

  • @ihelen  2 weeks

    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  2 weeks

    😀 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  2 weeks

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

  • @torniojaws 2 weeks

    Thank you 😀 53 songs! Whoa [Keanu]

  • @cloudboy  2 weeks

    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 3 weeks

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

  • @tiller2  3 weeks

    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  3 weeks

    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  3 weeks

    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 3 weeks

    Translation available 😀

  • @leka 3 weeks

    Thanks for imagination 😀

  • @debs  3 weeks

    Yay, it's all working now!!

  • @darkmantle  3 weeks

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

  • @drivelmonk  3 weeks

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

  • @cynthiawolff  3 weeks

    @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  3 weeks

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

  • @haim  3 weeks

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

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

  • @visiblydistorted 4 weeks

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

  • @visiblydistorted 4 weeks

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

  • @phlecksy  4 weeks

    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  4 weeks

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

  • @siebass  4 weeks

    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  4 weeks

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

  • @siebass  4 weeks

    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  4 weeks

    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  4 weeks

    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  4 weeks

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

  • @snoozin  4 weeks

    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  4 weeks

    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 4 weeks

    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  5 weeks

    300 up on the comments

  • @timfatchen  5 weeks

    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  5 weeks

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

  • @caterwauler  5 weeks

    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 5 weeks

    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  5 weeks

    Thanks for poking your head into my songs again 😉

  • @jji7skyline  5 weeks

    Just hit 102 comments 😁

  • @visiblydistorted 5 weeks

    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 5 weeks

    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  5 weeks

    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  5 weeks

    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 5 weeks

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

  • @arthurrossi 5 weeks

    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  5 weeks

    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 5 weeks

    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  5 weeks

    Thank you! Working on 200!

  • @jwhanberry  5 weeks

    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  5 weeks

    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  5 weeks

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

  • @unpronounceable 5 weeks

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

  • @squeakmouse73 5 weeks

    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  5 weeks

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

  • @barbara  5 weeks

    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  5 weeks

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

  • @mishykatz  5 weeks

    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  5 weeks

    Thanks for the kudos, Yam! Cheers.

  • @unkept 5 weeks

    @yam655 Song fuel my friend, channel that energy.

  • @unkept 5 weeks

    @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  6 weeks

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

  • @kovbleu  6 weeks

    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 6 weeks

    I so appreciate you. <3

  • @boyatheart  6 weeks

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

  • @boyatheart  6 weeks

    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 6 weeks

    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  6 weeks

    Thank you so much!

  • @famouspatrick  6 weeks

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

  • @popmythology  6 weeks

    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  6 weeks

    Thank you! And thank you for organising us. 😊

  • @odilongreen  6 weeks

    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 6 weeks

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

  • @visiblydistorted 6 weeks

    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  6 weeks

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

  • @metalfootlings 6 weeks

    Thanks for listening to the kazoo symphony! -metalfoot

  • @timfatchen  6 weeks

    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  6 weeks

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

  • @larry 6 weeks

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

    Also, thanks for commenting on New Clockwork Man.

  • @timfatchen  6 weeks

    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  6 weeks

    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 6 weeks

    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 6 weeks

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

  • @johnstaples  6 weeks

    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 6 weeks

    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  6 weeks

    Very true!

  • @deadhead  6 weeks

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

  • @clioem  6 weeks

    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  6 weeks

    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  6 weeks

    re: Pugs song. Please DO share. 😀

  • @resonut123  6 weeks

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

  • @mrmule 6 weeks

    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 6 weeks

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

  • @alonetogether 6 weeks

    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  6 weeks

    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  6 weeks

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

  • @ianuarius  6 weeks

    Thanks for the comment 😀

  • @candle 6 weeks

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

    See You In The Shadows…

  • @apertome  6 weeks

    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  6 weeks

    Very cool story about your cave!

  • @tiller2  7 weeks

    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.

  • @cindyrella  7 weeks

    Thanks for your comments on my camping song. In a cave? That must have been cool.