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), Damien Rice (BD & CB), Iron & Wine, Beck ("Lost Cause"), Coldplay, Matchbox Twenty, Josh Garrels, 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 time periods and 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. :)
**UPDATE Feb. 10: Killed my voice again, actually after a single song this time. So, right now, I'm not doing anything directly FAWMy. I'm using the butt-kicking power of FAWM to finally read and explore the exercises of a book on vocal health (from 1975 called "The New Voice" by Alan Greene) which I purchased in 2004, started reading after last year's vocal injury, and only now am actually reading completely. Well on my way. Given that FAWM for me is primarily about confronting whatever holds me back from writing songs, I'm realizing that the #1 inhibitor for me is my vocal stamina - I don't have any. So that's my focus at the moment. When the voice comes back I'll jump back in, and if it doesn't by the 14th, it's on to Lyrics. I've been struggling with vocal issues since 2000. I think it's about time to finally deal with them, once and for all, in 2021, over 2 decades later!**
FAWM #5 this year (2021).
When you comment on a song of mine I'll typically comment back on one of your songs rather than immediately saying "Thank You" on your wall. It doesn't mean I'm not thankful to you! I am. Very much. Thank you so much for taking the time. I'm humbled & honored.
(1/25/21) I'm a bit concerned with my lack of motivation at the moment with just 1 week to go till FAWM. With COVID, rioting, and the insanity of the 2020 Presidential election, it feels like I'm in crisis mode and need to stick to the news 24/7. Odd. I've never quite been that way. But songwriting and music are important. They may be one of the best ways to better our world, even if it's just our little circle. I'm going to work on developing that perspective in the coming weeks. It's something I need to work on anyway. Songwriting just feels "unnecessary" (all art is, strictly speaking), but it's so important.
Had to take a singing hiatus the last 2 years year due to vocal injury. Won't be waking up @ 3 AM to hash out ideas this time around! On a positive note, I really pushed on filling in my weaknesses by setting my sans-lyric music to lyrics.
Thankful for 4 somewhat successful FAWMs under my belt, with 7 songs the first year (2017), 14 in 2018, maybe 13 in 2019, 8 full + 5 music to lyrics songs in 2020. Too bad my writing isn't all that consistent beyond FAWM! One of these days I might need to quit FAWM and commit to writing a song a week.
My biggest “gripe” with the FAWM site is the lack of a Facebook-like notification system (email or otherwise). Used IFTTT to send SMS notifications while at work, but the free limit is 100/month. May again pay the $25 for a Zapier subscription.
GOALS THIS FAWM
1) Increase collaboration & feedback
2) *Extend the productivity* (even if less) throughout the year. (AGAIN!)
Myers-Briggs Personality Profile: INFP
Voice, piano, acoustic guitar (nylon & steel), alto sax, ukulele, cajon. I play other instruments through teaching (trumpet, flute) with a decent tone, but not a lot of skill.
Studied as a Music Composition major in college. Eventually chose Popular Music as my genre rather than more "classical" genres due to (in my mind) the disconnect of those genres with reality.
DAW: Logic Pro X & SoundTrap (basic)
MIDI: 61-key keyboard controller
Mic: Rode NT-1A
Interface: PreSonus iTwo (will replace at the earliest opportunity)
Treatment: sE RFX vocal booth.
I’m a Christian and an idealist, so everything I write/co-write has to jibe with that perspective (probably won't be using the NSFW tag [:)]). Most of my songs aren’t directly Christian (though I did write quite a bit in 2019 in that style), but are more musings on common issues we face (+/-) as human beings, whether in the internal or external world (2017 was largely about internal conflict; 2019 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 (despite writing out every rhyme possibility on 2 pages!). I didn't write my first song 'til I was around 20 because of that self-criticism and expectation of quality.
So thankful for FAWM and all my "colleagues" at FAWM for empowering this process of growth.
Finally having some post-FAWM fun as producer, yay! 2.5 songs are final, more to come in the next weeks and months. I've also found the problem of my piano. My DAW is not able to cope with ghost notes properly, so I might clean all my midis by hand.
I wish you luck for your voice to return 2022. Cannot wait to listen more of your songs.
Thank you SO much for your great comments on "If I Could Live at the Zoo". I plan on having some fun with this song and will be taking all comments to heart as I go back and work on it. Your time and support are truly appreciated! I think Roger Williams zoo is a reciprocal zoo for our members. I may well share it with my zoo family once I develop it. I do a lot of volunteer work there and spend a lot of time there with and without kids! I'll pop back to give your two songs a listen, but really wanted to catch up with my thank you notes tonight.
A belated thank you for your kind words on my songs. I appreciate you taking the time and writing such considered comments. They're always helpful and I value them. Sorry to see you are having voice trouble lately. I have had that in the past too and know how frustrating it can be and how long voice rest sometimes takes to heal things up. All the best to you between now and FAWM2022. Stay safe and may your voice heal quickly.
Andrew, I hope that you heal fast and at least write a bunch of lyrics. I took years of voice lessons and found that the techniques I learned really helped to to keep me from killing myself vocally. Do what you need to and at least throw some lyrics here to give some fodder for others. Your talent needs to be shared!
sorry to hear about your voice, hope you're on the mend soon. always appreciate your feedback, stick in there!
Hey Buddy! Thanks for the lovely comment on my song 😁
I don't have a sustain pedal for that keyboard, but now I want one! It's my newest addition this year. So great for recording quick ideas! (I used to just use the qwerty keyboard to record keys 😆)
Thanks for commenting on “Cozinha!” Portugal has its own Iberian folk style called Fado that shares some similarities with flamenco. I was more comfortable with leaning more into the Spanish flamenco and a little further away from fado in the instrumentation, but the vocals hearken more toward the fado side. Maybe it’s a new crossover genre called Iberian Folk or something like that 😂
Thanks for the nice comment on my skirmish instrumental!
Thanks so much for your comments! Передай твоей жене 'привет' от меня)
Thank you for your kind comment.
Thanks for your comments on my song and profile. Never heard of that Alicia Keys VST. Like the singer ;-D? I had troubles with The Grand.
Nice! Thanks for the share. Enjoying the dueling balalaikas
If you do consider a chorus on "Little Black Box," one thought is to make it religious chant that might fit the story. Something about the light of a candle, or about God's protection, perhaps.
Andrew....thanks for the offer. I think I do want to go back and record this one when I am not binge writing and recording because I would love to release an album of the songs that Jordan and I have done together. Also, I would like to go back and redo some of the songs I did with Doug Haberman and see about making that into an album. They are some of my favorites. It is nice of you to offer for that one song, but I think I need to actually practice my production skills or find the money to get someone to help me produce these songs to the quality I want. I am so happy you liked the direction I am heading with “Throwing Bombs Behind Enemy Lines” and your notes are super helpful. I actually want to record it all over again because there are a lot of little mistakes throughout that I wouldn’t want on a finished album.
Thank you for your kind words on "The Cemetery". I may keep this one as an instrumental but go back in and work on some more parts for it. I have a VERY hard tome writing lyrics for songs where I do the music first.
Ummmm....yeah....recording is definitely my weak spot. I will probably go back and record that song (“Throwing Bombs”) later, but probably not this month....
The simpler the better, as far as I'm concerned! 😁
Thanks for the listen and comments on my skirmish song!
I'm the opposite! I find that my mind wanders when I try to listen to audio books. Luckily I commute to work, so get lots of reading time. I've ordered that Jeff Tweedy book, so I'll be dipping into that this coming week.
Thank you Andrew- You found my cabin on Hood Canal! So kind of you to comment. Nice meeting you here.
Thanks for your kind comments on “St Johns”. Notably the chord progression advice, which will help address a weakness in my songwriting. I will check out your work soon.
Ha! Yes! The Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame features the big Muskie as well as many other large replica of fish and lots of cool old fishing stuff and boat motors.
Hey! Great to see you on here again. Agree that we all need to adjust expectations and be gentle with ourselves after the year we just had. Hope it's a productive and enjoyable experience for you this year 😀
Oh! and blood sugar issues...dealing with that also, but went to a dietician and learned to eat protein in the morning and mid-morning, and not to forget eating, which leads to blood sugar crash. I've also learned to have one carb with snacks and keep it to 3 carbs per meal. I already was keeping my sugars low, but those other things I didn't know, so that helped me a lot. Try it, maybe it will help?
Bone broth is good. I had some issues a while back (spare you since public here), but my chosen protocol was bone broth, fermented foods, low sugar, deep breathing before eating, small meals, and prebiotic as well as probiotic foods---totally different from doctors prescription, but it worked (over time). I replaced my morning warm cup of whatever with warmed chicken bone broth (homemade when possible--the best!) with lemon, salt and pepper. I actually liked it! I feel ya with the vocal issues. Having some of my own. Haven't sung since probably last Spring, which is hard. I miss it. Mine wasn't due to masking, though. I hope you get a handle on it. Maybe you just need some vocal rest?
Hey Andrew! Thank you for listening to Jezebel and for the encouragement and feedback!! Can’t wait to hear more from you.
But, you wrote it 😃 Sounds good! I am amused by this tune! Have a great FAWM, Andrew! It will help all of the weirdnesses we have been dealing with this past year, I am certain
Thanks for the message, Andrew. I COMPLETELY agree about it being a bit of a struggle this year. That being said, I'm here and I've got some material happening so that's more than I expected! Wishing you a great FAWM! Can't wait to hear your music this year.
Thank you, Andrew - good to see you! I hope I can record in some quiet moments later tonight
Thank you, Andrew. 😀
thank you so much, I hope it's an amazing FAWM for you!
Thanks for your note and encouragement! I remember you from last FAWM and how I was so impressed with your music. Keep writing even if you're not inspired. You're at least inspiring me!
thanks for the note! Happy FAWMing!
Can't wait to hear what you have for 2021!
Thank you so much for writing. First, I hope you're well in all this craziness.
I would argue that this is maybe the most important time for creation and it's not without purpose at all. 😀 But, I too have felt a certain malaise for the past many months.
But I am creating! I will participate in FAWM. 😀
Sometimes we must force ourselves to start, and then momentum takes hold. 😀
Thank you for educating me on that term! Happy FAWM!
Hey Andrew! Happy Fawming!
I hope you are fine in these dark times... I would like to thank you so much for your that nice welcome and for your profound, wise words that I agree with so much.
Have a great FAWM and I look very forward to your new songs!
Andrew, and all of us! Im so glad to be here again. You all make it real!!!!! I have a Youtube show 1st and 3rd fridays with a duo partner nee since last march, Sandiland & Vincent. Go see if you like but Im saying it to share that I have been making music and producing from start to finish with vincent this cool little free show...so im still doing that ( 9 hour days a lot of times) and going to also do FAWM...wil be coming in on a wing and a prayer !!
Hi Andrew thx for the message. Guess we need to share the hope more than ever these days. looking forward to interacting and maybe a chance of a collab? enjoy FAWM !!
Hi Andrew thx for the message. Guess we need to share the hope more than ever these days. looking forward to interacting and maybe a chance of a collab? enjoy FAWM !!
Nice! Cool to hear you signed up for the email list. Let me know if there's anything you'd like to see addressed music principles-wise for the folks you've been working to simplify things for. (Or songs are always fun to analyze too).
Hi there! Happy FAWM!
Unnecessary creation, huh?
Well, for me, the creative process is about healing myself and the sharing process is about sharing that healing with others. This is definitely a time where we could all use a little extra healing, a little more art and a LOT more connection. So I definitely think this FAWM is all about NECESSARY creation. Let’s throw a bit more love, light and laughter into the world and shine out into the darkness so that we can heal the broken and sad parts that are always there in the shadows of hope, peace, joy and love!
Hi Andrew, good to see you back this year. Sounds like you are in a similar position to me with regards to FAWM this year. I am sure the usual flow will kick in ones things get going. Good luck and have a blast.
Please, no apology necessary. Post away. I am a freedom of speech guy. I like the little diversions discussions take. I am not a fan of topic police. I think it does help people find something of interest, but a little diversion now and then adds variety and color. Glad you posted!
I found you in the FAWMtronica forum thread, I believe. And as far as the forums, there is fun in there as well, but, when it goes off the rails, intolerance can be rampant. And, as is usually the case these days, it is driven by political agenda. Que sera, sera. The music is still the primary reason to be here and that is the same for most who participate. Thanks for stopping by!
Hey, Andrew, hope you have a cracking FAWM!
Cool! I'll keep in touch as it gets completed. 😀
Hey Andrew! Excited to see you back for another year!
Thanks for that awesome post. Creativity is medicine. Have a great FAWM!
Likewise! I think this year will be good. Looking forward to a well-earned cathartic release of noise!
Hey Andrew! Thanks for the thoughts left on my soundboard. I think you're dead on-- every minute/hour/day/week/month/year we spend honing our craft is a minute/hour/day/week/month/year invested in contribution to culture, no matter how small our circle of influence."
These days I'm busy fleshing out a book of practical chord principles for songwriters and guitarists. (Some of the principles are over on my blog: https://timmyr.com/category/songwriting/). When I finish that I plan on diving in and polishing up some of the better songs I wrote last year.
What have you been up to?
Hi, Andrew! Glad to see you here. Thank you for your nice note. It's been refreshing to see so many coming out to play this year considering the year we've all endured. It means we are survivors. I think FAWM is just what many of us need to "get the spark back". I loved what you did with "Yosemite" last year and looking forward to all that you do this year.
thanks Andrew, looking forward to hear anything you put up. Cheers Greg
Hey Andrew - I'm glad to see you back! I hope your FAWM is fantastic!
I too have been gripped by the social media/news compulsion. On the whole I don't think it has been good for my mental state. I'm hoping that FAWM will help me break of that habit. To spend time focusing on creating art is much more worthwhile than spending time worrying about the state of the world.
In my view, sometimes just the process of creation, whether we plan to keep the end work or not, is worth the time spent.
Hey Andrew, really good to hear from you. I was hoping you'd be fawming again this year.
I have to sip the news to remain sane. Informed but not bogged down. And counteract it with some other stuff, fawm included. On my commute right now, I'm re-reading (listening) to a well-read audiobook of Mere Christianity. It's a good balance and inspiring. Hope you and yours are well and we'll hear more from you soon!
Yeah. I hear all that you're saying. I'm watching things unfold myself trying to keep informed, yet in perspective. Good to hear from you!
So glad to connect! I’m going to give it a try this year! See you in a few days
You're very kind. I had help from my boys.
Hey, Andrew. I've been feeling lately that the world needs less philosophers and more people who just work on themselves. Anyway, I hope you have a great FAWM. 😀
Nice to hear from you Andrew! All the best for Fawm and onwards!
Hi Andrew, thanks for the message.
I don't really know what "unnecessary creation" is. Pretty much all creation I can think of is necessary in some way. FAWM is necessary for me because it's a beacon of light in a shitstorm.
Hope you have a great FAWM, necessary or otherwise.
Hi Andrew, good to see you wandering around the site before they turn the heat on. LOL
Wishing you a month worth bragging about!
You too!! Wishing you all the best this FAWM and this year 😀
Hey! Thanks for popping by with your insights. Blessings on your writing this year. Looking forward to hearing what you come up with! And the art of creating is to me one of the most marvellous expressions of the image of God placed on us... we create to honour our gracious and merciful Creator!
Hellos to you! Nice of you to stop by. I am looking forward to hearing your music again this year, for sure. I just love reading your bio....it’s very thought provoking, but I think that my first comment to you was about the Myers-Briggs, if I’m not mistaken. Well, the very best wishes to you this year! I will be listening.
Hi there. Hope you have a great FAWM 2021. Looking forward to hearing your new songs.
Hope you're doing well, and looking forward to a brand new February in 2021!