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  • @joshlevitre  1 week

    It's that time of year again, when the anticipation starts to build and the forums start to come back to life. Post here to check in and share what's new in the last year or what you're looking forward to this FAWM.

    Last FAWM, I got engaged (with a song written during FAWM), so this will be my first time with a FAWM-widow. I finally decided to go back to school this semester after 2 1/2 years to finish my degree. I have one class left 😁.

    I'm going all in this FAWM. I was torn in too many directions last year to have the output I wanted, but this year I'm prep'ed to go the distance. I'm looking forward to collabs with my regulars and making some new collab buddies, too.

    Happy FAWMing!

  • @songsville 1 week

    Present and incorrect.

  • @alboe 1 week

    I might be too busy with other things this year but we'll see.
    Could also be that there is no escaping from FAWM, even if I wanted to.

  • @metalfoot  1 week

    I'm here. But I'm also suspicious that the forum reset hasn't happened yet...!

  • @karan 1 week

    Gosh, I am really in the mood for a lively exchange in the forum now, but I anticipate the reset - and I have no ideas when things will get rolling again. I hope it won't take too long, because I LOVE the period of anticipation before FAWM actually starts.

  • @brrrse  1 week

    I'm here. As I said in another forum, I'm working with the "compassion" upgrade mod. At first, my old O/S didn't want to work with it, but after tweaking my code, I'm finding it's going fairly well.

  • @toms 1 week

    Congrats on getting married and finishing that degree, @joshlevitre !

  • @barrygoldman  1 week

    Poptart Hero no more, now just Barry Goldman. Ready to jam and yam once more. Nothing exciting has happened since last FAWM except for the last few months where I dropped out of school and such. I've made a few albums since and during 50/90 I really improved my songs a lot.

  • @andybalham 1 week

    Back again for number 7. Just a sucker for punishment I guess 😉

  • @zecoop  1 week

    I'm here and super excited for number 8... And scared to death, lol. I can't wait for the ideas to start flowing. Or, I can't wait until I LET the ideas start flowing. I'm definitely trying to not think about it yet.

    The site has definitely not been reset though, @metalfoot 😀

  • @crb501 1 week

    Hello everyone I'm new to FAWM so I'm excited to see what 2018 inspires me to create.

  • @fearlessflight2014 1 week

    Hey there, I’m back! I’m not going to make the usual protestations about how I’m going to be “extra busy this year so I probably won’t make my goal”. To face facts, FAWM will always be smack dab in the middle of summer touring so it will be nuts as usual. I’m hoping to write more solo bass/voice pieces this year and spend less time on demo production. Maybe risk some live recordings???

  • @swampjaw  1 week

    Oops, I'm going to do it again.

  • @standup  1 week

    I’m in. Can’t seem to stop.

  • @johnstaples  1 week

    I'm here! Cannot imagine a February without FAWM!

  • @mdavisto  1 week

    Looking forward to a great FAWM. This year I'm going to try and not take it too seriously, and just have fun.

  • @cowex  1 week

    Moo moo, moo.

  • @krayzie003  1 week

    Looking forward to FAWM this year. I purchased Band In A Box 2018 in December and have been producing some amazing stuff. Cant wait to crank out a bunch of new stuf using it in February.

  • @timfatchen 1 week

    I'm here for the first half-and-a-bit, then away but back on 27th (!) Messy. Listening rate will be down, inevitably. At sea (bad timing)

  • @cblack 1 week

    I'm here. This will be my 3rd FAWM, and my 2nd with the username @cblack . (The other one was probably 5 or 6 years ago...)

    I'm hoping to get an entire album done this time, as well as push myself to make some decent recordings. (The album will be digital.) Basically, if I can make even 1 metal song I'm happy with, I'll consider that a huge win. And I'm aiming for 3 or 4 piano pieces, too, if I can get my setup working. But mostly my 14 songs will comprise the digital album - the metal and piano will be "extras". 😀

  • @cts 1 week

    *waves* Hey everyone!

  • @chipwithrow  1 week

    I'll say hi here to all the familiar folks, and I'll say hi again when the reset happens.
    This will be my 11th FAWM!

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  1 week


  • @wacha 1 week

    I'm here as well. Looking forward to February 1st!

  • @kovbleu  1 week

    I'm here again. Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii everybody!

  • @quillwraith 1 week

    "Like an astronaut's moon landing / like a swamp that you can stand in / I'm back"
    Didn't have much time for music during the Summer & Fall, unfortunately, but I'm working my way back to it in time for February.

  • @izaakalexander 1 week

    I'll be here! We may need to call roll again once the site is wiped.

  • @tesla3090  1 week

    This year will be 10 years!

  • @barbara  1 week

    Mais oui!

  • @ryuu 1 week

    I'm here!

  • @ayehahmur  1 week

    This will be my first year at this. Looking forward to it. What's the general consensus on pre-Feb prep? I'm planning on going in entirely cold, so we might see a bunch of songs about office stationery, but hopefully not...

  • @quork  1 week

    @ayehahmur , welcome! Second year for me. There's a thread about how people are preparing for February in the Forum, called "How are you preparing for FAWM '18?" Happy writing and demoing!

  • @steviez  1 week

    Back again for my second FAWM! Already excited to see some names I recognize from last year too! Can't wait to hear what ya'll do this year!

  • @ayehahmur  1 week

    Thanks @quork. Trust me to break etiquette in the first post.

  • @pipewrench67 1 week

    I'm back for year 4 and to add to the challenge this year I booked 2 shows with 2 different bands in Feb.
    The only real etiquette you really need to follow here is participate and don't be a dick/bitch. That's pretty much it in a nutshell.

  • @metalfoot  1 week

    @ayehahmur A bunch of songs about office stationery actually sounds pretty amazing! 😁 Welcome to FAWM

  • @ampersandman  1 week

  • @barbara  1 week

    My feelings about office stationery are second only to my feelings about art supplies. And then there's the blank notebook, where the two collide, also forming a confluence with songwriting paraphernalia!! Birds of a feather? Welcome aboard!

  • @andygetch  1 week

    is in

  • @roddy 1 week

    I'm here and also back in Australia with a ukulele for this year's FAWM.

  • @brrrse  1 week

    @ayehahmur Welcome to FAWM!!

  • @roadreg 1 week

    FAWM no. 3 for me! I'm a part time student now so I've got loadsa' time this February. I'm hoping to FINALLY hit 14 tracks!

  • @odilongreen  1 week

    Back again, for sure.

  • @snookiekilmister 1 week

    Ready to bring the rock!

  • @ggallagher 1 week

    Hi All. I'm Gail. This is my first FAWM. I created an account awhile ago but hadn't actually done FAWM yet. I've been setting various musical challenges for myself over the past year and I'm excited for this challenge and to connect with the community.

  • @bethi 1 week

    First time! Its gonna be lit! I think...

  • @lomedae 1 week

    I am back again. Aftera very productive FAWM2016 working through my divorce I look forward to a FAWM2018 working lots of diverse is going to be a race to get my music room ready in time but music software is upgraded and guitars are restringed and ready.

  • @sw1n3flu  6 days

    @odilongreen awwww yes. Let’s do this thing.

  • @ayehahmur  6 days

    Thanks guys. All of that taken on board.

    @barbara There may now *have* to be a stationery song.

  • @vomvorton  6 days

    Hello! I'm on board for my 11th year, although planning to take it fairly easy this time around. I made an entirely electronic album in November so my vague plan for February is to try to reintroduce guitars into the stuff I've learned about synth sequencing stuff and see what happens. But I reserve the right to abandon this as soon as I actually start writing and do something else entirely.

    @ayehahmur I wrote a stationery song a few years ago, I definitely recommend it! ( )

  • @ayehahmur  6 days

    @vomvorton Well that one is pretty great. I've really got a challenge on my hands.

  • @tootoobee  6 days

    😀 back for FAWM #4

  • @tiller2  6 days

    Hello, all! I feel happy recognizing familiar names here, and excited seeing the new ones. Hope floats: Is there a magical collab in store for me next month? And how did I get to FAWM No. 4, remembering the massive uncertainty of Year 1? My hopes are floating, my notebook has a few scribbles, my songwriting mind is blank: I'm ready.

  • @emkeev 6 days

    I'm ready!!!! This'll be my 9th year!

  • @pipewrench67 6 days

    @lomedae I had that fun last year during FAWM.

  • @postcardhelicopters  6 days

    "I'm not from here / I just live here."

    --- Larry McMurtry


    Howdy, all!

  • @metalfootlings 6 days

    Dad's back logging into this account, getting the kids ready to add more music... and the kids are bursting with creativity, having added a uke to the instruments at their disposal.

  • @nikke88 6 days

    Back 4 Fawm no. 4.

  • @spinhead  6 days

    Crimenently. FAWM13 for me. Shooting for a song a day average.

    Here's to having a wife who values my art's value to me @sunnyrose

  • @vegansongs 6 days

    I'm here- I am so excited for this my second FAWM! I am starting a new job next week. I so need you all! Thank you for being here, let's rock!

  • @oneslowtyper 6 days

    Checking in, and anxiously waiting for something like FAWM to break the winter boredom. I think this is my 6th or 7th FAWM. Looking forward to working with my old friends and my soon to be new friends.

  • @tsunamidaily 6 days

    i am here. my autoharp is tuned, but still at the shop. i'm going to leave it there until my pickup gets to the repair guy so he can put it in. i recently purchased a 30s rickenbacher (as it was spelled then) lap steel and he had to send the pickup away to be rewound. i just paid for that via paypal only hours ago, and that guy contacted me and said he was sending it tomorrow. a friend is supposed to pick up my violin on the way home tonight. i have had it for a year but the pegs slip so bad i can't practice anything but basic bowing on it. i likely will not have enough practice on that to be able to use it, but i'm hoping my xaphoons will be easier to learn. they are cheap, so i got one in C and one in Bb. i'm actually thinking of trying to write my songs this month using only the chords on the autoharp.....

  • @oddbod  5 days all present and correct

  • @bachelorb 5 days

    I’m here...... my mixing board is in pieces......but I’m here...... :stress:

  • @ustaknow 5 days

    Yes, I'm here, I think. I'm usually somewhere. Actually I was not going to be.

    However, I had an idea I labeled "BBFawmer",
    -- because I found there may be others who were like minded and sort of found each other. Well, there's talking, then there's doing, so we'll see, or not. 😝

    All the best to all in this new 2018!

  • @zecoop  5 days

    @bachelorb - the REAL question is... does your 4-track work? 😁

  • @barbara  5 days

    Your post has led me on a Google search that has seriously whet my appetite for a Xaphoon. I watched a YouTube video (Xaphoon All-Stars, Brian Wittman,, and that first single note song was so wonderfully expressive! Thank you for turning me onto that possibility. I look forward to your experiments. 😀

  • @kylecastaway 5 days

    Present, I’m excited I joined last year but this will be the first time I’ve participated.

  • @carleybaer 5 days

    I'm here! It's gonna be my 11th FAWM, and my first one since I moved to Cambridge, MA. After this I will have officially FAWMed in 3 of the 4 contiguous U.S. time zones.

    Can't wait to hear what you lovelies come up with this time around! 😁

  • @bachelorb 5 days

    @zecoop ....I’m ready baby!!!

  • @cairobraga 4 days

    oh honey, this year I'm coming for the win. gonna get to the 14 tracks, honey. with the blessing of all the queer goddesses, honey. halleloo!

  • @jaegerin  4 days

    I'm here and looking forward to Feb 😀

  • @swampjaw  4 days

    Wondering about new functionality....

  • @aflinner 4 days

    Hey everyone! Can't WAIT for FAWM to start!!! I'm taking a week off work this year, so I'm looking forward to my most productive February ever. I'm also writing songs this year focusing on placement in TV, film, or advertising, so if you think of something you think any of my songs would work for, please let me know, and be specific. ☺️ Thanks!

  • @quork  4 days

    I have a bamboo xaphoon, and I love it, but I’ve never played reed instruments before, so it’s definitely a challenge. I have too many other interests to pt in the tens of hours to get passable on it.

  • @mikeskliar 4 days

    Hi everyone! I'm back!! This will be, crazy as it sounds, my 13th FAWM, and it'll be great to hear all those new songs and new sounds from everyone. I don't have any specific plan for any specific type of songs other then what I usually do (typically a mix of some topical/political 'newsy/social comment' songs with more personal, other things). I might not have quite as much time as I did in previous years for songwriting or recording, but I guess we'll see.

  • @brrrse  4 days

    @mikeskliar it isn't FAWM without you.

  • @donna  3 days

    Yep. Back on board as well. Maybe won't be as active as usual (work commitments), but definitely hovering in the vicinity. 😀

  • @hmstreetteam 3 days

    Last year’s FAWM will be a hard act to follow. I’m hoping candles and magic spells do the trick. I might even use that new drum set.

  • @visiblydistorted 3 days

    *bounces* Just made my 2018 album cover and looking forward to uploading it soon!

  • @darcistrutt  3 days

    This is my first visit to the site this year! I’m excited to see so many FAWMily members here already! This is my 8th FAWM. I have many wonderful memories of past February moments. I’m looking forward to whatever the muse offers!

  • @jkolb  3 days

    Another go. Have yet to get to the magic number. Maybe 2018 will be the year.

  • @aerlyn 3 days

    Present, and ready to give FAWM another shot. I'm prepared with a guitar too 😀

  • @writeandwrong  3 days

    Here! (Cheryl A. Hodgins on FB) Okay, where's the post about the smilies cuz everyone is posting boxes for smilies lol 😎

    These ones work:

  • @tamsnumber4 3 days

    So happy to connect with FAWM friends and be inspired!

  • @tcelliott  3 days

    I'm here, I think.

  • @guatecoop  3 days

    I'm here!! Actually have been here, but sending messages until today when I checked the forums...glad to see so many people.

  • @sw1n3flu  3 days

    IN. Rockhands should appear soonish too \m/

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  3 days


  • @stevenwesleyguiles  3 days

    Class of 2008 reporting for duty!

  • @jacobeverettwallace  3 days

    In da hizzle! Can't freaking wait! New profile all cleaned up and updated.

  • @cblack 3 days

    @jacobeverettwallace Oh! Thanks for the reminder about profiles! Need to go update mine, no doubt. 😀

  • @spinhead  2 days

    @mikeskliar I'd forgotten we started the same year.

    We're never gonna have time to collaborate, are we?

  • @krayzie003  2 days

    Hey y'all! Getting excited here.

  • @dustymason  2 days

    This one goes to 11

  • @tuomoh 2 days

    I'm in for my fifth attempt.

  • @shoehaze 2 days

    Second attempt and I'm even busier with other stuff than last time... Doing much more simple songs this time!

  • @adforperu  2 days

    Excited as always

  • @tawny249 2 days

    Year 4! Once again, I am actually employed, so we'll see how this goes. Gonna try for more than last year though and at least get half of the goal. 😝

  • @max 2 days

    It's been a while, but I'm stoked to be back for FAWM 2018.

  • @mkd 2 days

    First-timer here! I first discovered FAWM on Jan 31st last year, so just watched fb from there, but I've properly signed up now and am committed to producing at least *something*, and that will be more than I've written for the last couple of years, so bonus!

  • @kissinginpublic  2 days

    Here. Last year was a disaster with a bad cold leaving me unable to sing anything. I'm working on my second proper EP at the miniue, so not sure if I'm going to be recording much for this (maybe a few), but I will be here to listen and support. Might regret saying that and cram in 14 thrash metal uke numbers on the 28th, though.

  • @chrishope  2 days

    Year 4, yee hah all

  • @aeye 2 days

    A.Eye is back for another year! This is our 3rd consecutive year, but we've done 4 years. Looking forward to getting started. Got some new toys to play with this year (Komplete Ultimate 11 and Ableton live 9.) can't wait to put them to use. No big changes aside from a few new tracks over the year from both of us.

    @mkd Welcome to FAWM! Good luck!

  • @stephenwordsmith 2 days

    Since last FAWM, I have won international recognition as a bad writer, so I can't walk out on you guys now.

  • @silvermediapro 2 days

    year number 3; let's do this y'all

  • @aprilm 2 days

    I'm ba-ack! Happy to be here for my 3rd FAWM. Looking for collabs this year!

  • @lhcisco 2 days

    I are here again. I mean I BE here again.

  • @petemurphy 2 days

    I'm here, but will probably be dipping in and out. I'm flying out to America mid February for five days, I'm taking some time out for my wife's birthday later in the month, and I'm sure various other things will crop up.

  • @snoozin  2 days


  • @mdrnmaverick 2 days

    sophomore year at fawm, let’s hope it’s more ‘melodrama’ and less ‘surviving the summer’ ... now that’s what i call music ...

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