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.
Final FAWM days: caught a bug. 😞 will respond to all your kind comments soon
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 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 three and It's been such an amazing exploration. There's nothing like singing my own lyric.
2020: This will be my 5th year doing FAWM. I'm very much looking forward reconnecting with this wonderful community and to participate in some collabs, too.
Update: Super behind in listening and collabs! Thanks to everyone for all your lovely comments. I will return in kind - in time. 😀
Feb 15: Update on the update: Just installed some extra RAM in my MacBook to remedy the some of the issues I was having with Logic. It's helped a little, but I think a new MacBook is in my future next year.
Here's all my stuff from the past 3 years:
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)
|#2||When the Night Falls||
|#3||Ain't Gonna (Be That Open Door)||
|#4||Sundazzle - Lyrics and Vox Added @slawbleu||
|#5||The Joys of Solo Travel @nancyrost||
|#6||Stay (Emotional Seasons) @zecoop||
|#7||Place Holder for Collab w gm7 @gm7||
Hey there! Thank you for listening!❤️❤️😎😎😎 You rock!
Certainly appreciate your warm comments on my collab with Arthur Rossi. Thanks!
Maybe Pisces is our super power!!
Thank you for commenting on my songs "Erase Me", "Half Way There" and "The Naked Eye"and collab songs "This Time", "Kiss Me Again" and "In Her Garden", I appreciate it!
You are very welcome to put my Apple song to music and after FAWM would be fine.
“Orange is the new treason” —much better!
I think the parameters I set for myself help with my generation of large quantities. My pieces aren't always the most sonically polished, by any means. But I am going for idea-generation... and my brain loves generating musical and lyrical ideas! Thanks for your kind note on my soundboard. I need to listen to more of your music!
Hey, thanks again for your comments on Shadow Of Your Former Self. Must admit I wasn't certain if I could drop in a pastry desert and keep the creepy mood, so it's good that like mille feuille.
And the guitar - isn't real guitar I'm afraid. It's just keys with a guitar sample. It doesn't really sound like someone playing guitar (to me) yet so I might rework it.
Singing and having coffee should be a good fit. Thanks!
Thanks for the ISBN for the book - I'll check it out.... unfortunately it's more than a few years since I've had a University to check whether they have it..... ah.. old age.
OMG YOU mixed "Stay"!? Damn, good on ya!
Thx a lot for comments on "Childhood memory" The Giorgio M. comparison is a honour! Thx a lot.
Will do... It may be incomplete, but you'll get the idea. I'm still figuring where I want it to go, as far as instruments - completely minimal or a little more. We'll see. 😀
If.......... you have time, I actually have one that would work really well with you, I think. Quiet acoustic. But if you are too busy, let me know. I know you have a lot going on. You can decide after you listen as well. I should have it far enough along tonight to send something. 😀
Thanks for listening to my love song. I’m happy for all the things you said about it; it’s a breakthrough for me to have written something that light!
Kelly, thanks so much for your comments on Everyone Knows Superman! I love your voice and your pen. Happy FAWMing
THX for comments on "Good Deeds" !!!!
No worries and no pressure.... Kalamazoo would welcome you for sure, lol. Stacy and Chris and Rob and I love playing in the band together, but life has kind of gotten crazy on many fronts, but we still love hearing what we each come up with. I'm glad I convinced them to jump into this madness, (it took a while) haha. If something happens, that's awesome, but if not no worries. Just keep me in mind for now or the future. 😀
Hi there Kelly - Your songs are all on my list, but things have been slower and more up and down this year. Loved what you did with Chris' song and looking forward to what you do with Rob's as well. I am an instrumental writer only, so if you ever hear anything of mine you'd like to take a shot at just let me know. You have such a beautiful voice and wonderful style. 😀
Thank you so much for your comment on The Survivor's Waltz <3
Thank you for your kind comments on my songs, "Wash Me Clean", "Insecure" and collab "Who We Really Are"!
So I'm having this weird issue with the vocals on our track and it's really irritating me. I'll have it ready soon. I stepped away from it so that I wouldn't throw my keyboard at it! 😁
Thanks for the recommendations - unfortunately the link to jstor didn't work. However, the Oxford Handbook of Music and Virtuality looks absolutely amazing. Such a great breadth of interesting ideas. I'll definitely be getting (not in hardback tho.... £100+.... eeek!!)
Wow, thank you so much for that incredibly kind comment. I've always thought of myself as a good musician who's an "ok" singer - so I really take it to heart when people with obviously beautiful singing voices (like yours) find meaningful things in what I do. I really appreciate you listening to my songs. 😀
Thx for comments on my song!
Yeh, that would be good Kelly, do you need me to send you anything for you to do - I forgot what we did last time! I've only ever done the one collab with you, so still a novice at all that. Cheers Greg
Thank you so much for lovely comments!
Ah a fellow Natalie Merchant fan - fabulous!
I love your suggestion of both creating and comparing versions for @slawbleu ‘s track, Sundazzle.
Although I offered, he's not yet responded to give me permission to do so.
How about you - has he been in touch and sent you an mp3 to work on?
Love your voice so really interested to see what you come up with for this track 😀
Got it. A little setback. So tracks will get delayed.
Thank you so much. I'm glad the Caterpillars seem to be winning.
Hey Kelly! Thank you so much for listening to my stuff and for your kind words! You made my night!
OH, HUGS for your Pisces heart girl...you make me feel so good just by giving me your time to listen, I am so behind in listening, but want to...I am so happy to be one of the many that lure you here, we are all the better for it....Hugs...I hope one day we will meet...nice to dream...
I’m so blown away by all your sweet comments thank you so much it really means a lot 🥰🥰🥰🥺😊❤️
Thx so much.... my 2020 collab buddy!
Likewise! I'm just off to work but will catch up with you very soon.
Thanks for listening to my song, Kelly. It's very much appreciated.
Thank you so much for your really kind comment on "This Promise" - I so appreciate you listening.
Thank you for the kind words! I love Belinda Carlisle and Kate Pierson ❤️
Thank you so much for the great comment on my song:) it means a lot
Thanks for your kind words on my "Chernobyl"-track. Much appreciated!
Another fellow Canadian!
Thanks so much for the comment on helpless. Cheers!
Glad you didn't take umbrage to my critique - and I would say that your signing behind the beat works very well here. I would offer to do some rhythms in a style that made sense to me but I fear that would be both presumptious on my part and something I couldn't deliver given the decidedly slow progress I'm making on my collage'y FAWM.
Thanks, Kelly. And you’re welcome.
Just loaded a loop song....
great songs..nice job guys.
Thank you loads for your time and comments! And I love your guitar shop story! Let's keep making them think twice about their attitude. 😉
Have an idea for an acoustic song...just for you.
Feb. 1 is just around the corner....get ready... set...
Hi Kelly, Not sure how many songs I'll get through in Feb, but if anything grabs your fancy, let me know and we can do a collab. A few folks in Adelaide love your work on Avalanche. Cheers Greg
Hey Kelly, lets do this!
hey hey, fellow bay area fawmer! good luck this year!
I loved your music last FAWM and am looking forward to what you do this year. Have a great one!
Wishing you a fantastic FAWM 2020!! Best wishes!
Wanna collab again?
Def doing FAWM fo realz! (I even learned to speak «cool dude» just for this!)
Hello my friend in music, I will love to hear you sing through the atmosphere, I'm all ears.......
Howdy! Thanks for popping by to say hi! Can hardly wait to get this thing started. Looking forward to hearing your music!
Hi there! I hope that we can do another collaboration this year. I’m not ever sure what types of sounds will rise to the surface every year, but I’m sure that something will come up. Good to see you and happy fawming!
Hey friend! Good to hear from you! I've got my ears ready for your sounds as well. 🎤✍🏿
Hey Kelly! Let's do this FAWM thang again, K? 😀