Influences: Ella Fitzgerald. Annie Lennox. Alison Moyet (Yazoo), David Bowie. Amy Winehouse. Nina Simone. The Decemberists. Luciana Souza. Daryl Hall. Blossom Dearie, Talking Heads, Tears for Fears, Gregory Porter, Traditional & Contemporary Newfoundland Folksong/Singers.
I've always favored the monophonic. I studied classical flute semi-seriously, so I read music. But I play a number of other instruments mostly by ear, including my voice - which is my main instrument right now. The past five years I have started getting into digital music that I write and produce on my MacBook using Logic.
I have never taken any serious voice lessons (aside from a few random lessons here and there). I honestly learned to sing by listening to Ella Fitzgerald CDs. Back in the late 90s I would buy a CD put it in the player, and keep it on until I knew each song. Then I would go and buy another one.
My vocal style is also steeped in my heritage - I am from Newfoundland where there is a lot of Irish/English folksong influence. That celtic-sounding, falsetto flip faux-pas that I do a lot comes from that, and I also have a hard time not using it because I feel like I came by it honestly. 😝
But my main musical influences have mostly been 80s female artists and the 80s New Wave sound. I also loved early disco (Ross), The Stones, hair bands like Def Leppard, and was a huge Police fan - (first record I ever bought!)
Getting into digital music means that I can easily find the sounds of my youth and participate in sonic time travel and be a singer/songwriter in a style that has etched itself in my brain. I don't feel that I recreate 80s music. I just make music that sounds like music I once danced to. But the show tune thing? That's all Ella. 😀
I performed vocals live for five years as part of a duo cover band (vox piano). I quit that two years ago when my voice started becoming unpredictable. So I stick to my studio now and I love it. Still trying to sort out what's up with the voice box, but it's slowly getting better.
My first original song was written in 2015 with my pal back in England. That's the year we started FAWM. 😀 He's been captured by real life, so I've been here on my own for four years and It's been such an amazing exploration. There's nothing like singing my own lyric.
2021: My 6th FAWM!
Here's all my stuff from the past 4 years:
FAWM History: Aesthetic72 WAS a duo: Kelly (a wandering Canuck who now lives in Davis, CA), and ... (Chris has been called away due to life.)
FAWM 2017 Tracks (5)
FAWM 2016 Tracks (5)
No songs by this fawmer (yet).
Hi, Kelly! Nice to see you again this year, may this be our best FAWM so far! 😀
Hey there! I had a dream we were going to try to collab and then it was March... 2020, what are ya gonna do?
tldr bio; I can sum it up for you: Kelly is awesomesauce
and I reaaaally don’t know things 😂
I'm ready! We have a song collab to do...... can't wait.
Doing another callob with Robyn M.
Boy am I lucky this year!!
Hey Kelly! So glad to hear from you and glad to see that you're on board for another round of FAWM! My plan is to be around in some capacity. All the best to you!
Hi and hello to you! It’s nice to hear from you and I look forward to hearing your music again this year. Very nice of you to stop by! We will be talking I’m sure...
And a Happy FAWM to you as well!
Hey, happy FAWM 2021! Here's to more joys and travels.
Happy 2021 FAWMING!
Welcome back! It is so good to see you in this wonderful place. I never know what FAWM will be like but I anticipate a wonderful time, once again! Looking forward to your wonderful music and possibly another collab! 😀