Influences: Jump Little Children, Radiohead, Brendan James, Michael Bublé, Zoo Story, Imogen Heap/Frou Frou, Our Lady Peace, Travis, Rufus Wainwright, John Mayer, Collective Soul (Dosage), Beck ("Lost Cause"), Coldplay, Matchbox Twenty, Nine Days (The Madding Crowd), Vertical Horizon (Everything You Want), Queen, Sufjan Stevens, "Once" the movie, Contemporary Christian Worship. Anything beautiful or with a great groove (and tasteful). I'm open to all genres...except maybe metal and hard rap. I'm all for a good rap track with a sung chorus, a song with a rapped bridge, or a pop song with a guitar solo'd bridge. :)
FAWM #3 this year (2019)!
2/21 - Taking an indefinite singing hiatus for vocal recovery (not even speaking at the moment). Singing while sick really did me in. New goal: Meet the 14-song goal by collaborating with my former self, taking the (precisely) 9 non-lyricized productions I pumped out after FAWM 2017 and completing lyrics for all of them. Possible before the end of the 28th? Probably not, but a worthwhile endeavor since these songs have been dead in the water since March/April/May of 2017.
Thankful for two successful FAWMs under my belt, with 7 songs the first year, and 14 the second, including setting music to 4 sets of lyrics (a first for me).
My biggest “gripe” with the FAWM site is the lack of a Facebook-like notification system (email or otherwise).
MY GOALS THIS FAWM
1) Increase *collaboration*.
2) Maintain a more *balanced lifestyle* during FAWM
3) *Extend the productivity* (even if less) throughout the year.
4) Get good at *growing a song seed* (with chords, melody starter, and lyrics starter) to a fully lyricized song (still my weakness).
5) *Few/no one-take acoustics* (they tend to stay that way). Make every submission a basic production with (typically) vox, vox double, 1-2 harmonies, guitar, piano, bass, & Logic’s Drums in 1-2 hours.
5) Revised: Planning on doing most if not ALL one-take acoustics and then participating in March Album Production Month. Requires 6
6) Have a solid, clean chord chart based upon template for every song written in Feb.
Myers-Briggs Personality Profile: INFP
Voice, piano, acoustic guitar, alto sax, ukulele, bass (a bit), cajon. I play other instruments through teaching (trumpet, flute) with a decent tone, but not a lot of facility.
DAW: Logic Pro X
(can work with StudioOne also)
MIDI: 61-key controller
Mic: Rode NT-1A
Treatment: sE RFX vocal booth.
I’m a Christian and an idealist, so everything I write/co-write has to jibe with that perspective. That said, most of my songs aren’t directly Christian (though I did write quite a bit last year in that style), but are more musings on issues we face (+/-) as human beings, whether in the internal or external world (last year was largely about interpersonal conflict). I’m very detail oriented, and also very opposed to cheese and cliche, so sometimes that means my lyrics are limited for protection from that. In fact, I didn't write my first song until around 20 years old because of that self-criticism and expectation of quality. I think I’ve “got what it takes” but it’s going to take a lot of writing to get there and make this process fluid and natural. So thankful for FAWM for empowering this process of growth.
|#1||Blood on the Water||
|#2||Never Lookin' Back @s7even||
|#3||Got a Little Time (Skirmish)||
|#4||Money (Is it Workin' Out?) (Skirmish)||
|#5||What Do You Say? (w/ Music) @s7even||
|#6||Zero Sum (Falling Stars) (Lyrics to Music #1)||
|#7||We Go Dancin' (Lyrics to Music #2)||
|#8||Don't Matter What You Say (Lyrics to Music #3)||
|#9||Paroquet (Lyrics to Music #4)||
|#10||Too Hot to Handle (Lyrics to Music #5)||
|#11||Hold True (Love Wins) (Lyrics to Music #6)||
|#12||FAWM Over Rap||
Dude, thanks so much for your feedback on 'NOW'. Two bits of the constructive feedback were both things I had highlighted when going through mixes so that's encouraging! Really appreciate the time and effort you took to give proper feedback.
Thank you for still listening and commenting. March catch up in progress.
I have been THE worst at responses this FAWM. Having said that, thanks for all your great feedback! And also scaring me by saying Me Not You just wasn't any good haha
I've definitely loved seeing your self-collabs and the lyrics you've created for those instrumental pieces you already had. You've DEFINITELY got what it takes to be a successful songwriter and musician (I mean, look at those creds); from the first song I heard from you last year, there wasn't a doubt in my mind.
yeah Pavel is incredible to me
he has a wonderful family,
his musical skills are awsome
and the tone in his voice makes
me go cold, I went to watch him perform, live in London, he did a couple of my songs,
bobbin on the sea &
stop waiting for the storm
I love to collaborate with people
especially when they understand
my work, so I've done a lot of collabs, I cowrote RUN with a great guy called Craig Jelf
that was powerful, that's on my soundcloud, but will be nice if you like one of my lyrics enough
to collaborate with,
anyway I will have to go to bed
now I'm up early in the morning
take care and thank you again
I love doing the fifty ninty
it is hard work but worth it
you get to meet and collab with
some great artists
and it's a really good platform,
listening to your work
I think you've got a very good future, in this industry
I've done quite a few songs now with Pavel who did Bloody war
he just did living in the sky
please take a listen
he's doing really well on the voice
looking forward to hearing more of your work
thank you so much for your
very kind words on my lyrics
and Bloody war,
to be complemented by someone
with your talent means so much to me,
I listened to song you asked me to
and I was blown away
you really do have a gift for both
wordmanship and a vocalist
let alone musician, stunning song
you are going on my wish list
and I hope you do collabs
and see something of mine
you like enough to sprinkle your
magic on, I would love to work with you on something
again thank you, I will look out for
you next fawm or fifty ninty
take care sir, contact me any time
Wow Andrew. That was one of the more detailed and thoughtful FAWM comments I've ever read. Thanks for all of that.
FAWM has a lot of encouraging and praise, and that's awesome, but it's so much meatier just to know what people hear, and it's much appreciated.
Thanks Andrew, see you next FAWM, I'm glad you enjoyed Howling at the Moon. IT was great fun listening to your tracks.
Argh! I got cut off. Almost missed it, too! So to clarify a very wordy explanation, the difference in my opinion is that positive thinking is a desire or wish focussed on mentally with no substance to base its fulfillment on whereas faith has a substance that secures and sustains the hope. I hope you view this as engaging a mutual topic of interest by way of conversation and not anything argumentative--No! I'm not into arguing so much, but I do like engaging topics!
Hey Andrew, I admire that you are doing things outside your comfort zone. That's how discoveries of wonderful thing happen. In my opinion, Paraquet was a favorable consequence of your chances. Really, where can you go wrong trying something new, different, out of your comfort zone in songwriting? Even with flops you learn valuable things, so not a waste of time and like striking gold when it works!
Regarding the topic of faith. I view positive thinking as having nothing but pure desire placed as a hope. There's no substance behind it--just sort of a wish. I view faith as having a substance to that hope--that substance being how history has unfolded to affirm it is reasonably likely that it will unfold consistently according to the character of the One you place your hope in. Even more so when based on promises you know will be made good on account of the Person who made them and how they have made good on past promises, etc. so to clarify a very wordy distinction--positive t
You are very kind and generous. Of course I’m very flattered by the Pink Floyd comparison as well. If only I had the level of musicianship I wish for!
Thanks Andrew! I enjoy "colouring outside the lines" and having an unstructured verse was fun - I heard it in my head as I wrote it - I wish I had more time and finesse to deliver my songs in a way that more closely represents how I hear them in my mind! And thank you - I have heard from others that my voice is reminiscent of Stevie Nicks which I take as a beautiful compliment 😀
Thank you for checking out my lyrics for Victorian Door - I have added a rough demo if you wish to check it out 😀
From yesterday on im lyrics only you are very welcome to take anything that catches your eye. As long as that voice is rested.
Hey thanks for the comments and the heads up on the Instagram link. It's weird, I paste in the right URL but it automatically takes out the colon after the https.
Thanks for commenting on Soul Seed. That is exactly what is giving me trouble with this one. Still thinking on how to approach it. I appreciate you sharing your thoughts on it.
Hey, I very much appreciate your insights on Reflections and Soul Seed. Always helpful to hear thoughts from fellow songwriters!
Buddy! Thanks for the long comment! I’ll go over it another time. The song is lyrically for someone so I guess it wouldn’t make
Much sense to most people. Really great feedback though, thanks!
Thanks for the encouraging words on "The Dead Are Riding Tonight". Much appreciated...
Thanks for the constructive criticism on “Surrender”. I definitely was struggling with the section that you pointed out and decided to post it, warts and all, anyway. I think that if I were to continue performing it, I would edit it down into a slightly shorter song, too,
Oh! and on the "cocoon" thing. I'm not sure if you've ever witnessed a newer-born baby being carried in one of those mommy slings or not. If you haven't, I can understand the confusion. If you have (or you've been a mom who has used one as I have), the baby's curved body forms the shape of the sling as it is tightly wrapped in the sling up against mom's body. Mine was green, so reminded me very much of a cocoon. It's about as close to mom as a baby can get hands-free, so that moms can move about folding laundry, vacuuming, etc. while giving her the baby the comfort and security of being close (rather than laying them down in a crib). Its gives them the same rocking movement they experienced in the womb and likely they can hear mom's heartbeat as well. Always kept my babies content and happy. The sling doubles as a cover for feeding baby, too.
Hey! Thanks for taking the time to check out my song lyrics and give some decent feedback. I welcome that sort of effort. I am not sure what that app thing is you mention. I'm not so tech-minded. Not so sure it's for me. I'm better going cold-turkey. Not so easy to do, though. I've had to evaluate what pulls me in. Sorry to say, much is a procrastination tool for me and what I do when I want to flat-line mentally. I'm trying to get back to using my computer time as an organization tool like I once did. Old habits are hard to break. I do like the social aspect of it, but that's also a draw for me. There's so much to it, but not something I'll get into. I will be checking out more of your songs when my mind is in a more focussed place. I appreciate your constructive feedback.
Thanks Andrew, I did the same as you mentioned for the ID and it still would not work so not sure what is going on. regarding the website on mobile, you got me, I have been a little lax at checking the compatibility and I do need to do that. A job for tonight after work
Thanks for your comments on Family Andrew, and for letting me know the youtube link is wrong. I could not get it to conform to the fawm template requirement so have removed the link from my profile. All videos linked on our website 😀, appreciate you taking the time to let me know
Autocorrect has defeated me.
Abortion, Suite 9.
Seems like a fun idea! I have time next weekend to pursue this, so we can DM on SoindCloud to trade stems.
Thanks for feedback on my song much appreciated.
Major thanks for that detailed comment you left on "Element of Surprise"!
Thanks for commenting and listening to "Nothin' To Lose", appreciate it!
I am 98% sure you are the only other person to ever look at my website, so a.) thank you for doing so and b.) thanks for letting me know how awful it is. I mean both of those things ... honest feedback is platinum currency for an artist.
Congrats on figuring out a formula that gets things out. This one-per-day I've found has major highs and lows, but forcing myself through it is worth it, and I just focus on that. "Some Me" was actually song #28 in 2017, so it's anecdotally pretty validating that it's the one that stood out for you. #powerthrough
Thanks for checking out my other stuff over on ReverbNation, Andrew! You're a star, man! I'm a huge Our Lady Peace fan and yeah, the sound of 2000s holds a special place in my heart as well. The mixes of Chris Lord Alge, bands like Switchfoot etc. And yes, it was a trombone (and a flugel horn for the harmony). Good ear!
All good. I have had a lot of people tell me that I sound like matchbox 20. I have never listened intently to them but have heard their stuff on the radio. I take it as a complement. And I had to take a long time to not sound like a Dave Matthews, Jason Marz, and John mayor want to be. So I totally get what you are saying.
That was a really good idea you had for "Claire". I made the changes and noted your help in the liner notes. Thanks again.
Thanks Andrew, by all means, feel free to work with "Truth or Lies". Don't worry about if you have to make changes here or there, I always believe the singer has the better feel for structure and phrasing and such, versus trying to stay true to original words and having something feel forced or out of place. If you create something, you can post as new and add me, or I can add you. Usually better for you to post as new, which gets more views and comments, but I'm fine either way.
Thanks for the nice words about my song Bullied. After I get a DAW and learn how to use it, I'll explore how to get new sounds for my music. I appreciate the feedback. Perhaps by next FAWM I'll have a whole new level of sounds to offer up. Your comments have definitely made me curious to hear what's out there. 😀
Thanks for your kind comments on my cigar box instrumental. You are completely correct about the unwanted noise from the slide. I've tried some EQ to reduce it but it hasn't been effective. I'll keep working on it!
Thanks again for your compliments on”Smile”. It means a lot that you like my writing. When I wrote it I was thinking of something slower popish maybe.
Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment on my song Birth. I appreciate the suggestion to try EastWest's samples. I'm not sure how to do that, though. I've only ever used Audacity and don't even understand most of its functions, but I plan to get a DAW and learn how to use it before FAWM 2020.
As for Sibelius, I was lucky enough to buy Sibelius First on sale ($80.00 Canadian) in 2012. I see that now you have to pay for it monthly, and the basic subscription only allows up to 4 instruments simultaneously. I sometimes write SATB choral music with piano accompaniment. The current version of Sibelius First wouldn't be enough for me, but I guess they've figured out a way to make more money than they used to (sigh).
I'm not familiar with the world of sampling beyond maybe adding a drum loop to a song in Audacity. I write in Sibelius then use Audacity to convert my Sibelius wave file into an mp3. I mute vocal parts and sing them myself on Audacity, but that's all I know how to do. Thx for the suggestion tho. I hope to be able to use it in the future.
Hey thanks! Ummmm, I love all sorts of tunings. A lot open, and alternate. But, the skirmish I didn’t mess with strings. I left the guitar as is from the first song. Only had an hr haha
Thanks for your kind comments! I checked out beckah shae- i'd never heard her before but i loooove the style of that song, the whole 60s/soul revival thing. man, if some amazing production could make my voice sound like hers i'd be over the moon! goals! lol. noticed we have a few influences in common & not surprised I like your music! watchlisting! 😀
Thanks so much for the listen and your comment on my track, Andrew. I think I was unintentionally channelling Paul Simon, but the whoaahs in the vocal were inspired by Billy Joel's 'Downeaster Alexa' - still one of the greatest tracks out there. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVlDS... I think anyone could remake that song today with a modern vibe and have a hit with it.
I just listened to all three of your FAWM tracks so far and I think they're quality - you've got the 'knack'. Your voice is soothing and your sense of melody is keen. I'm looking forward to your output over the next few weeks.
Thanks for taking the "TIME" to listen and for your suggestions. I like the new lyrics too .Thanks!
Thanks for the listen / comment on my "Willy and Jenny" song.
> This conjures up imagery of Splash Mountain at Disneyland
> or the Rescuers with the personification of animals
Funny, I kind of had Emmett Otter and friends kicking around in the back of my brain.
@andrewjtaylor I use both the 2018 and 2016 versions of BIAB. In both cases, I have the package just below the audiophile versions. (They've changed the name of that package several times). The first thing I always do is go through each style and listen to the demo BIAB created. I then tend to troll the melodist feature to find interesting chord combinations that sound good to me, changing both chords and placement of chords to suit. I use an app called "suggester" to try out other compatible chords in a given key. Then I sound out what key and tempo works well and adjust accordingly. I usually have a good pile of lyrics to play with and plug in. Hope that process description helps you. That is only one of many ways that a song is born in my brain but BIAB gives a lot of my songs wings they would never have if left to my ability as an instrumentalist.
Thank you for your comments and your question about backing tracks. I use Band in a Box for everything I do.
Thanks for listening! Yep I have a feeling it's going to become more than a hobby 😝
Verse added. Let me know if that works.
Thank you for your comments on “Not Looking Back”. I agree with a lot of your suggestions. I’m going to work on it. Thank you for the encouragement as well.
I just posted a song “Not Looking Back”. Let me know if you think it’s a good fit.
Keep an eye on my lyrics. I’d love to collaborate again.
Yup. I think you’re down the cape right?
only 1 2 and 11 are fully fledged songs. The rest although complete were all skirmishes or challenges. I go away soon so was getting in early. Hence in a week you will see lyrics only - feel free to take some
Hey Andrew! My father Lives in Lakeville. I live in Bridgewater but I use his address for everything.
Hi Andrew! I am back and yes, it was so awesome to collaborate with you! I hope we can do it again this year!
Thank you! 😀
Thanks Andrew! right back at ya
Hi! Thanks. No due to travel I hope to finish what I started during 50/90 so 5-6 own songs and maybe a collab or two
Yes! Maybe if you take the reins on planning the FAWM-over party you will actually go! Looking forward to hearing your music.
Thanks, man! Can't wait for it to start this year 😁
Hi Andrew, I am excited about your creative outcome this year!!
Good to see you back, my ears await your sonic prospecting!
Looking forward to hearing what you come up with this year!
I'm geeked by all those instruments you can play! I can't wait to see what you got coming up this fawm!