Influences: Piano players and storytellers. Tori Amos, Ben Folds, Nina Simone, Etta James, Lisa Loeb, Alanis Morissette, Paula Cole, Jann Arden, Sarah McLachlan, S. J. Tucker, Loreena McKennitt, 90s rock, The Carpenters, Simon & Garfunkel, bluegrass, metal.
she/her (in flux)
Pandemic-grounded, touring musician embracing her introvert life for a while.
This is my 12th FAWM.
Just got my studio set up and all my gear updated for the first time since I started touring, so lots to learn as I start recording again.
Released 2 albums in 2020:
*Keep Left at the Fork
*the StorySinger set: Live in Germany
*On Spotify https://open.spotify.com/artist/35h7zpMJNbiWRfahzle2hh
Last year I wrote a song a week until my mom died in October. Started writing a song a week again in January. Taking the year as it comes. Grief plays its own songs in its own time.
Finished 14 songs in 28 days, all produced in the studio. Collaborated with new and old friends. Wrote songs to meet challenges and fulfill commitments.
Made it to 100 comments! Heard folks I've never heard before, discovered new favourites. Encouraged #metoo songwriters.
This FAWM I went all in. I remembered and was reminded why I love my job and why I do this challenge every year. It's a privilege to be part of this community.
March 5th - released a 5-track demo EP of FAWM collaborations with @dasbinky @robynmackenzie @kristian and @zecoop
Pianoless EP https://lesliehudson.bandcamp.com/album/pianoless-ep
|#2||Sweep You Out||
|#3||Hide and Found @dasbinky||
|#5||Only Ophelia Knows||
|#6||Hell You Create @zecoop||
|#9||Repeat After Me||
|#10||Life Expectancy @robynmackenzie||
|#11||These are the stories I told when I was 6||
|#12||Reset (To Factory Specs)||
|#13||Scorpio Moon @dasbinky||
|#14||I Want to Read All the Books||
I'm still catching up on sending thank you notes for your having stopped by my song "When it Snows". I am so touched by the support and comments this song has gotten. I played this at a zoom open mic even though it's not quite polished and it was well received. I will be back in touch if I get the demo up in case anyone is around to listen. Your time and support mean so much to me and I really appreciate your having taken time for me. Leslie ... so much fawm, so little time!
Just saw it now! Apologies for not getting back to you sooner, and thank you for thinking of me regardless of however it works out. <3
to: Repeat after me:Yes that s what I asked.
Them gulls stole the show, and I’m okay with that.
Hi Les, thanks for the welcome back! Things are still pretty transitional right now but all is definitely well - I am warm, and safe. I hope that all is well in your world, too. ♥️
<3<3<3 Thanks for the applause and encouragement! It means a lot to be seen this way.
Thank you so much for your kind words! You're welcome to download any of my songs from SoundCloud. At some point I will be re-recording IFLY, I'll try and let you know when it's updated. From one survivor to another, it's an honor and a pleasure shed a little light on your healing path 😀
Thanks for all the kind words this FAWM. Your thoughtful comments have been a continued fuel for the creative fire. Thanks especially for sharing the connection you felt to "The Lady of the Bay", it was a very hard song for me to capture.
Me too! It was such a joy to have you stay here with me!
Sorry. That was an excitedly brief reply 😉
Do you already have a piano line in mind, or a key / chords / tempo you would like to play around with?
Thanks for the lovely comments on Heartbreak and Whiskey Leslie. I have been playing around with a simple guitar track, but If I could find a fiddle player as well I would definitely offer you the singing part 😀
The Geeky Soprano certainly works! Alternatively my actual name is Kait Myers-Brooks. 😀
I knew I recognized your voice! I've listened to some of your stuff on 50/90 a few years ago! I was hoping I would get to hear you again!
Thanks for the lovely comments! I hope that you enjoy Twelfth Night, and I look forward to listening to your 2021 creations 😁
Per your comment on my soundboard -- Absolutely! Please feel free to share Fallow wherever you would like. <3
Thank you, Leslie such a nice comment 😀
Hi Leslie! I wondered if you might be interested in pairing up on something? I don't have any brilliant ideas at the moment, but I'm happy to contribute many excess layers of vocals if you have a need!
You comments mean the world. Thank you for listening! I started playing ukulele 3-ish years ago because they wanted me to teach it at school. I'm starting to feel more confident performing on it. Mine is a tenor Kala.
Leslie, thanks for your feedback on Season of Sorrow! I'm glad you liked what I came up with after futzing with sample sounds, synth bass and all that jazz. Thanks for the listen! 😀
Thanks for stopping by and listening to my music. I really appreciate your comments. Adding your songs to my playlist. 😀
Thank you for your super nice comment! <3
I just wanted to thank you again for your kind words on the lyrics for Fallow.<3 I'd be honored if you'd like to create the music for it!
Leslie, love your voice! Would love to collab on something, sometime. Let me know if you think we might be a good fit 😀
Hello Leslie! So nice to hear your thoughts on my song Binky Binky. I am really happy it made you laugh. It made me laugh writing it. 😀
Leslie thank you for your comments on As the House Burns Down. Much appreciated! I'm looking forward to hearing some of yours! Like now. 😀
Sounds awesome as it is! 😀
Hi Leslie! Hope you are well and hope we can get our of this lockdown so I can see you again!
Ahhh I want to unzong your new song but I can't play the recording. 😞 Is it just me?
Thank you for your kind comments on “Orison Unto Brighid.” I hope you had a wonderful Imbolc!
Hi, Leslie! Thank you for
listening to Mesmerized! ❤️ Working with Rob is always fun!❤️
Thank you so much for the lovely comment, Leslie! Can't wait to hear the gorgeous songs you grace us with this time around.
Thanks for the kind comment on "Bernadette" - I'm not familiar with "Over the Moon," but I'll have to look it up. 😀
Hello my friend. I'm looking forward to hearing your wonderful creations... 😀
Welcome and always good to see you, Leslie.
Dear friend, excited to see what comes through you this year. Much love on the journey!
As always, I look forward to being blown away by whatever you come up with this month. May the muses bless you however they see fit.
Hey there! Looking forward to another creative FAWM and hearing more of your marvelous music.
Leslie, Looking forward to hearing you beautiful music. I've enjoyed your IG posts.
Always a delight to see you logged in here and ready to go... 👍🤩👍
Cannot wait to hear your voice all the life-giving new things you create this year. So much love to you, Leslie. <3
I know! Don't ask me anything about the song, it might (might!) be buried in my subconscious somewhere. But 2 people in a room who just met, overthinking every little bit, that's actually a fond memory. And of course I'm really glad Binky and I made the trip for the inaugural fawmstock/weird sleepover. 😀
Ah! That’s awesome, Leslie! Would love to hear what you come up with for your Major Arcana songs. 😁
Hey old friend. Glad to see you're back. 😀
Happy FAWM! I hope your month is productive and fantastic!
Hi friend! I'm glad you're here 😀
Huuuugs and ❤️! Well, I will be here again but am not sure how much energy I can muster up... even though I already have half of a a song lying about 😉
Thanks! The only thing stopping me is me - which is both encouraging AND terrifying 😀
Hello my dear friend! I'm happy to read your positive posts and feel your excitement and motivation. It's helping me be to show up and be here too. I can't wait to hear your magical weaving of words and music this year! Big hugs! <3
it’s like.. totally cool and stuff.
Gotta talk valley to my favourite american 😁
Nice body of work in 2020. Looking forward to listening to your new stuff this go round. Have a fab Feb.
Condolences to you and your family on the loss of your mom.
very cool that you are friends with Shawna 😀
Yes please!!! 😁
Hey, lets do this!
Heya! Hope you're doing well, and that you're back for another FAWM. If so, may it be excellent. 😀
Leslie, I do indeed plan to attempt FAWM this year! I need the goals—I have felt stagnant, musically, for the last two years. Tried a couple of different things to break out of it, but this year, I think I’ve found the combo: Soulwriters2 (1 song a month, based on a prompt), FAWM, and re-enrolling in MHTP (Music for Healing and Transition Program: therapeutic music in hospital/hospice settings). And having conquered my mental block in setting up Bandcamp, my plan is to post the things I compose/arrange/record there to help buy the books I need for MHTP. 😀. Hoping for a productive year—I’m not good at maintaining intrinsic motivation, especially when also juggling work things and family things, so having the external deadlines will help keep me on track!