Houlet 14


Scotland UK   Jan 2015


Artist Bio

Influences:   Folk, country, Scottish, & Irish. Kris Kristofferson, Tom Paxton, James Tayor, Bert Jansch, Pentangle, etc.

Very basic acoustic/folk style guitarist who can almost sing. Completed the Pat Pattison Songwriting course and was active in Week 7 before it sort of folded. Now a member of http://www.patpatpro.com which is just getting off the ground. We run all year and new active members are welcome.

This my fourth FAWM and I hope to do better than last year. I bought Band in a Box a couple of weeks ago and plan to use it for at least some of my songs.


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  • @jenjen Mar 12

    Thanks for your kind encouragement Re: China Beach! I really enjoyed listening to your songs! good job you made it to 14!

  • @famouspatrick  Mar 2

    Thanks for busting my zong, "What I've Earned," and for the kind words.

  • @francessmith Feb 28

    Thanks for your comment on my last Fawm song. Thanks for all your comments on my other songs, and it's been good to hear your songs, too, during Fawm.

  • @audrey  Feb 25

    Thanks for returning and thanks for your lovely comment, and I'm really not that talented. I don't play piano very well. When I write songs, I have to sit down and learn to play them at the piano. It takes a while. Weird eh? I know. I don't practice enough, but I love writing songs on Sibelius. One day, I'll spend more time at the piano and try to get better at it.

  • @audrey  Feb 25

    I solved the audio problem for my and Hummingbear's song Rocky Shores. Whew! I still don't know what caused the glitch. I changed the name of the link to exclude a space between Rocky and Shores before the .mp3 Go figure. This didn't help with my phobia about all things technical. Ha ha ha. Anyway, thanks for dropping by to try to listen.

  • @coolparadiso  Feb 24

    Thx for your comments. I normally do songs but sleeping grandson in residence so songs will have to be tomorrow

  • @francessmith Feb 18

    Thanks for commenting on Picture of the winter. 10 days left it can be done.

  • @tootoobee  Feb 10

    _CMPFBHF.STY Campfire Hank, fingerpicked 12/8, Thank you for listening Tom. That's my new new voice BTW ... I'll let it set for a while, at the moment I find it a bit boring and lengthy.

  • @plainwhitetoast  Feb 10

    Hi, thanks for your comment. It is a sad time. I've considered a tribute song for her, but I don't want to force it. It will likely come around in its time.

  • @brrrse  Feb 8

    thanks for your words on my political song - and yes, it will be heard by those who need to hear it, because it's not directed at just the gov't. In this country, it's most men treating women poorly. I'm at a complete loss...I can't stay here, but I can't leave. Thanks for being one of the good guys.

  • @francessmith Feb 8

    Thanks for the comment on Island. Unfortunately I find with streetview, that the google car never goes down the most beautiful roads, because they are usually the most inaccessible. Which reveals something about us humans!

  • @acousticmaddie  Feb 7

    The demo for Hazel wyes is now up

  • @pamgrisham Feb 6

    Hi Tom! Thank you for your encouraging words on The Real Thing.

  • @francessmith Feb 5

    Thanks for your comment on "Again the night". I decided to make the songs I wrote much simpler this fawm, less words, less tracks, etc, because I just couldn't bear the thought of it otherwise. Strangely enough doing that has allowed me to practise more, with simpler accompaniments. I think you're right, that's the best so far.

  • @rainchaser  Feb 4

    You can see my email now. I had it set to private due to a misunderstanding. lol

  • @rainchaser  Feb 4

    Sure we can communicate through e-mail, also i didn't see your e-mail either on your profile so that's why I did it here. lol I think there's something faulty about that setting by setting your email to only FAWMers as even FAWMers themselves aren't able to see each other e-mails. 😁 I'm actually going to make a post about that on the forum. But yeah from now on we will do our discussions by email. You might want to delete your email on your post afterwards to avoid unwanted people/spam emailing you, but thanks for the email.

  • @rainchaser  Feb 4

    I'm open to working together on either side of the category whether it's lyrics or music.

    As for music, there's a lot to say on what i write but I usually aim for a 50s/60s rock vibe so I write my music usually in the AABA song structure form. I tend to write short songs for the most part. I would cut out anything that shouldn't be there and I would even cut beats out because at times I would hate waiting to sing the next part. lol I've known for writing complicated chords to my songs, but I'm trying to do less of that for this FAWM. I'm using techniques The Beatles used on their songs with the aid of Matt Blick's Beatles Songwriting Academy blog. Particularly this article, http://beatlessongwriting.blogspot.co...

  • @rainchaser  Feb 4

    I got cut off, so I'm going to repost what was cut here. I usually would reuse the same lyric line but with a different word or idea like, "She went to the house/He went to the house", "She went to the farm/She's going to the farm" and etc.

  • @rainchaser  Feb 4

    Yeah I should've introduced myself, and when I looked at my profile, I didn't even mentioned my first name on there lol btw I'm Curtis and nice to meet you! 😀 As for what lyrics would fit for folk, Folk to me has always been political so I think that would suit folk the most. However, Bob Dylan and others have written lyrics that were non-political too. Bob Dylan himself has written mostly of random stuff and try to make a story out of it, and this is something he's known for. Sometimes folk music can have film theme ideas, and this is known as FILK. I wouldn't say I'm a folk person, but I have written, and played my songs on an acoustic guitar before in 50/90 and FAWM, and this would my first FAWM to go electric.

    My lyrics were far from political, some of them were personal but mostly random. I also kept them as short as possible like pop lyrics because that was kind of like the style I was aiming for. But lately I've been aiming for something slightly longer. I usually would reu

  • @rainchaser  Feb 4

    You and me have been selected to collaborate on a song via random collaboration thread by tsunamidaily. You're doing lyrics and I'm doing music. So any thoughts on what we could work on together?

    Also, I read a bit of your profile, and want to just say I'm also a beginner at playing guitar! I mean I can play chords, and bit of lead but that's pretty much it!! However, I want to be better a songwriter than to be a better guitarist! Lol

  • @tootoobee  Feb 3

    Twist and Turn is more the new voice. I think I can kind of blend old and new one by now.

  • @kevinemmrich  Feb 3

    Here ya go: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/opinio...‘she-devils’/ar-BBIximp

  • @francessmith Feb 2

    Thanks for your comment on my latest offering. I'm looking forward to your next one...........

  • @krayzie003  Feb 2

    Thanks @zxcvbnm , BIAB can take a little time to learn but well worth the time. I've spent the last few months in the PG Music forums picking up tips and tricks that have helped my work flow a lot. I wasn't sure how well BIAB would work in a situation like FAWM where you are trying to get songs out so quickly but it seems to be helping out a lot.

  • @brrrse  Feb 2

    Sing, Sing a SONG, not gong. So sorry. It's these hands - *sigh* LOL

  • @brrrse  Feb 2

    I feel the phrase "Lack of musical ability" I was a music major in college many years ago - before all this technology. I had resigned myself to not doing anything with my music because my inability to play an instrument at this time (arthritic hands - it's just getting old - happens). Then right before FAWM2016 I found BiaB - on my own - and bought the basic one - Suddenly, I was composing again, and I had a full roster of musicians at my fingertips. It was overwhelming at first - but then - oh wow. I am really impressed with your song - and I hope you do more and more and more with BiaB - don't worry about not being good enough - there was a song in the 70's - Sing, Sing a gong - that had that as a line. So you just do it! Hugs!

  • @jamkar  Feb 1

    Thanks for the feedback! I just wanted to get something up. I will nudge you when music is added.

  • @francessmith Feb 1

    Hello Tom, thanks for listening to Monochrome, and commenting. For some reason I really liked the idea of doing a midi instrumental using as many notes as possible. I don't know why, it just got me enthusiastic about getting the first FAWM song done. Look forward to hearing something from you soon.

  • @audrey  Feb 1

    Hi Tom. Hope you enjoy FAWM 2018

  • @jamkar  Jan 31

    I like your idea of telling a story. I am quite flexible on doing the music. Can sing if needed. I will send you a musical idea or two to get started today.

  • @jamkar  Jan 31

    You have a warm and friendly acoustic sound. I don't have any immediate ideas, but When It Rains, and 4 Strong Walls struck my fancy.

  • @francessmith Jan 30

    Hello Tom, have a good FAWM, after your brilliant effort for the Album Production Challenge, hope you're going to get lots of songwriting done.

  • @tootoobee  Jan 19

    Hi Tom, happy FAWMing! 😀

  • @songsville  Jan 2018

    Just realised what your handle means (or at least how you type it 😀 )