Influences: Led Zepp, Santana, Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens, Leonard Coen, Neil Young, Adele, Jason Mraz, John Mayer, Elvis & all rock & roll, 1960s music in general, BB King & all blues, Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, Irish Trad, Gary Allen, Black Keys etc - and much more, very varied
(2019 message - I am late starting FAWM this year as my Dad passed away at the end of December and I have been in England arranging his funeral and clearing his house. I am only just back home in Ireland with a little time to do FAWM. So I have 14 songs in 4 days... hmmm)
March 1 2019 UPDATE: well I wrote 11 lyrics in 3 days. Was sick on day 4, the last day of FAWM. Of those 11, 8 so far have collabs. I addded 3 placeholders for when I get my ass in gear lol
Hello, I'm Amanda and I write lyrics, compose a bit and shoot arrows.
I'm lucky enough to be at it full-time. I love to write and to create. I write songs mainly for film & tv use, although I also have lyrics on artist's albums too. Sometimes I write melody, if I have a strong idea in my head, but I have no way of playing it well as yet. I end up writing it on sheet music !
So naturally I also love collaborating with like minded composers and musicians. For me, co-writing with someone you are in tune with, is the icing on the chocolate fudge cake.
I'm also a long time member of GYAWS, Get Your Ass Writing Songs. It's a facebook based private group of folks who support each other to write weekly or so 😀 the themes are chosen by democratic poll 😀 If you are interested in joining, please just ask me anything and I'll help you on your way 😀
I try to thank folks who leave comments on my songs, by listening to their songs and leaving a comment in return, rather than leaving a ty on their soundboard 😀
2019 Collab Commitments:
(let me know if you want to be added to this list of folks who would like lyrics written especially for them <3)
All lyrics here on FAWM are first drafts - I often edit endlessly.
I play the bodhran (Irish drum), and I also play the whistle and recorder a bit (haven't played them much in years). I play basic keyboard, am now learning to play guitar, and have a full drum set - not sure how long it's going to take !
I live on the west coast of Ireland, was born in Somerset, England, love cats, chickens and donkeys 😉
Until around the middle of February I am living in Somerset clearing out my Dad's house 😞 After that I will be back in Ireland.
Technical bit 😞
The next bit sounds harsher than it is - it's mainly just to ensure that we discuss the collaboration before we start, and that we are on the same playing field.
Please ask me first if you would like to use my lyrics, just in case someone else has already asked and has started working with them.
If you wish to collaborate with a view to the finished song being used outside of FAWM, please check with me before we start 😀 I often have co-writers outside of FAWM, and may wish to use my FAWM lyrics with them. However, I am still happy for FAWM only collabs to also use them 😀
If you wish to change my lyrics, please check with me first to ensure I'm happy with the changes. I am usually open to discussion, as that is how collaboration works !
If you wish to use our co-write (any song that uses my lyrics) off FAWM, then we will need a 'co-writer's agreement' signed by both of us.
The above isn't meant to sound difficult, it's just a matter of sorting what we are doing before we start - communication !
Please note: For FAWM, all work belongs separately to its originator, author, creator, unless otherwise agreed between the co-writers.
|#1||On The Edge Of Life @stevenwesleyguiles||
|#3||Wriggle Them Fingers @metalfoot||
|#4||Blue Thoughts @siebass||
|#5||The Space Between My Eyes @moonraccoon||
|#6||Lets Make Some Noise @factorytale||
|#7||One Last Time @dragondreams||
|#8||Grungy Poodles (Not Cute Like Dudley Moore)||
|#9||let´s make some noise @factorytale||
|#10||A Woman Free @helenseviltwin||
|#11||Shedding The Blues @easyshed||
|#12||Stay With Me Tonight @timfatchen||
|#13||Long Time Falling @stevenwesleyguiles||
I gave my “Dreaming of Spring” a demo today.
I don't know if my voice has developed... I've just learned how to record it better? 😀
Thanks for the kind words on the wonderful song that Hummingbear wrote.
Freedom is at your door
But all we seem to do is work
It doesn’t have to be this hard
.... sorry. The last bit
Hi there these are the full set of words I sent. Steven used what was needed to great effect.
This is not an invitation
This is not a call
Revolution at your door
Struggling to find the next words
All that glitters is not gold
Tin foil for the soul
Slipping through conversations
Who could ask for more
Sometimes it’s hard to say what you want
Sometimes it’s easier to turn your back and run
But you are always welcome in my arms
In my arms
There is more than meets the eye
We are only human
Imitations all around
Close your eyes and don’t look down
This is not where you belong
So be gone
Catch me falling through the trees
This is an emergency
Telephones that never ring
And sirens always bring trouble
Fireworks don’t follow me
I am not the friend you need
So I won’t apologies
I am not the one to blame
Sometimes it’s hard to say what you want
Sometimes it’s easier to fall in love
But you are always welcome in my arms
In my arms
Thanks for the listen and comment in “ red Hook“. And sure, if you want to write lyrics for it, I’d be honored !
Yes. Without a doubt 😃
Got that! Ab minor! and I'm off to bed for now!
...I was thinking "what? I haven't even looked in at all?" then I realised I'd been at sea and you'd had sad family times. So I'll get to do some lsitening after all.
Yo girl, email you tomorrow.. just in from work .. ugh... xo
"Lucky for some"... was track 13... 😉
The courier I was waiting for was the one that collected and delivered the Nighthawk... 😉
Thank you for spending SO much time with my twiddlings today. I'm genuinely pleased you enjoyed what you heard, because I value your opinion extremely highly.
To answer a couple of the questions you posed... the injections have definitely made a huge difference. It took a couple of weeks, but I think the positive effects can be heard through the chronology of my tune postings.
I'm veering away from the pyrotechnics and focusing a lot more on the layering and production, but still get the urge to release the beast every now and then.
I've put the synth controller on to my number one guitar, the Schecter Omen VI, and that has led to some more adventurous excursions. I also spent a lot of time tweaking the sensitivity settings to make it more responsive, which is how the whole vibraphone thing came about in the @castledragondreams cleanup jam.
And yes, the laird gives you freedom to use any of the music in any way, shape or form you desire, whether that be housework, chair yoga, or as bed tracks for songs. 😀 xx
Wow thank you so much for the comment on Learning To Live. It's been my own favorite from this FAWM (with very honest lyrics too). Humbled by your words! Thank you.
And regarding the power metal song, haha yeah I guess strumming fast isn't an issue. But keeping a steady rhythm takes skill 😆
Synth guitar. 😉
Thanks a ton for your feedback and the recommendation on that mixing group! I really appreciate it and I'll check out joining that for sure. Can't wait to listen through everything you made this Feb early this coming week when I finally have a min 😂!
Well done! 😊😎
Hi Amanda , I’m usually not much of a collaborator but perhaps we could try.
I would need a
1. Not super depressing song
2. Not a needs to be a female singing song (those collabs always sound off when sung by a male ,, at least to my ears)
3. Not the dog song (I looked just now) or easy shed as I’m shedded out! Lol
Any way if you have something or want to whip something up let me know!
Ps I have some time 9-11pm est. today. That is two hours from right now
It’s hard to make promises on the road but I will do my best! 😀
I would love to help re. Collab but I’m on the road now. So unless you can write something acapella that I can sing in the car on the way to Canberra...? 😀
11 already! THAT is a breathtaking recovery!!
Files are in FB Messenger... 😉
Yeah cool, a new genre! It was so much fun, thanks!
It won't be with you until maybe around 10 or 11pm tonight. Is that okay?
I'll do two versions. I'll send you one with my vox, one with just the bed track. You then have the choice of which way to go with it. 😀
I've done it and will post it soon. Oh my god I had fun, but it was difficult, and okay if you want someone else to do it as well 😁 I'm really not a metalgirl, but I tried to go in that direction
You're working fast 😁 go girl!!
I would like to try on my guitar. Would be funny to try that for a change 🙂 if you're not satisfied with the result, someone else can try as well.
May I do a spoken word, surreal bed-track version of "One Last Time" please? I can work on it tonight. x
Amanda! I just posted the latest version of "Expectations".
If I had more time, I'd have added a bit more lead guitar in the breaks between lines as well as perhaps an acoustic instrument to counter the electric guitars.
Hi Amanda. I'm working on it. Had a translation come in this morning and my first priority has to be earning my keep. How I wish I could do that from my songwriting.
PS Funny how your Avatar is an anagram of my daughter's name JANA
If you've got something you think will fit with "untitled #8" let me know!
Also my acoustic instrumental link should be fixed now 😀
Hi Amanda feel free to try writing lyrics on No Room For Us. Would love to see what you can come up with.
Good to see you, Amanda. 😉 I hope you're doing well despite diverse events. Up until a couple of weeks ago, I hadn't written a thing for nearly a year (other than an occasional revision) owing to diverse life-crap happening, but thank goodness the Muse finally stopped sulking and came out of her corner.
Hi Amanda, thank you for your lovely comment on Discipline. I had fun imagining it all. I don't have a dog but I like watching dogs. They are so expressive and intuitive!
No the song isnt taken 😀 Go ahead and send it to them and we can work on it.
So you're near Gort! What a small world. My wife has been there a couple of years in a row, because a school there does a student exchange with the school at which Carmen teaches.
Lyrically, I've been careening wildly between depressive, absurdist, and cutesy lyrics. Musically exploring folk-pop and dissonance, sometimes at the same time. Ghost stories (like our song last year), murder ballads, and gleeful romps are equally compelling to me.
Hiya...sorry I missed the skirmish because, well yeah...
Great! I emailed your gmail and we can chat there. I don't think I've heard your stuff with Steven but he's amazing. I've even met him in real life at the FAWM over party.
Amanda, I have just made my email public so you can write to me if you don't wish to make yours public. Drop me an email ASAP and I will reply to it with a draft of the song and with a couple of suggested minor changes to the lyrics so it will fit my tune. If you are OK with the changes, I will proceed tomorrow to give it the full treatment I can hear in my head, which is a kind of rock-soul ballad a la Joe Cocker or Robert Palmer.
Yes! Did you see my other note? I've already got a beat started for what I'm aiming to be a Zeppelin type of song, more like the Kashmir, Song Remains The Same era. I'm hearing some lyrics that focus on the more mystical elements like Plant wrote in the later Zep era. You down for that?
Hello! I was wondering about you this February. 😊😘
Thank you Amanda! 😀
That is high praise when you say you wish you'd written it. 😀
I think this one may just be worth a rework and rerecord. 😀 It was, after all, one hours work. 😀
It's great to see you here. I'd love to collab on something, if there's time.
Good luck Amanda! Go for it!
Let me know if you want a collab!
Hey! Just wanted to let you know that I have dearly missed you in FAWM this year and I'm hoping life is treating you well.
Hi Enjoy Somerset, I'm in Italy right now! Be great to see some of your lyrics
Looking forward to hearing your music! Cheers to a productive FAWM.
Sounds like you have your hands full; I hope you will have a little time for fun and distraction here at FAWM.
Hey Amanda. Sounds like you're busy. Hope you can make it to a few skirmishes. Have a great FAWM as time allows.
Hi Amanda, hope all is well and you're ready to go 😀
Hope we can collab if you're around 😀
Hey Amanda! Hope you're back around this year. Happy Fawming!