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. :)
FAWM #4 this year (2020)!
Had to take a singing hiatus last year due to vocal injury, so I’ll be making fewer sacrifices in the health department for this year’s FAWM.
Thankful for three somewhat successful FAWMs under my belt, with 7 songs the first year, 14 the second, and maybe 13 the third. Looks like I'm well on track to meet or exceed the goal this year, and with a decent catalog.
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. Paying for a Zapier subscription for February to get around that.
GOALS THIS FAWM
1) Increase collaboration
2) *Extend the productivity* (even if less) throughout the year.
Myers-Briggs Personality Profile: INFP
Voice, piano, acoustic guitar (nylon & steel), 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 keyboard controller
Mic: Rode NT-1A
Interface: PreSonus iTwo (hate it)
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 my songs aren’t directly Christian (though I did write quite a bit in 2019 in that style), but are more musings on issues we face (+/-) as human beings, whether in the internal or external world (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. I didn't write my first song 'til I was around 20 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||An Immigrant's Song||
|#2||The Is-Ness (Lyrics by @PaulHenry) @paulhenry||
|#3||While She Sleeps (Inspired by ChuckNamaste's "Good Morning") @chucknamaste||
|#4||Ninita (Lyrics by Arthur Rossi) @arthurrossi||
|#5||Won't You Bow Down? / Golden Statue||
|#6||Yosemite (Lyrics by Cheryl Hodgins) @writeandwrong||
|#7||In a Fog / Moving Forward||
|#8||Where the Leaves Change (Lyrics by Cindy Prince) @cindyrella||
|#9||Mary Had a Little Lamb||
|#10||Fan the Flame||
|#11||The New Normal (New Audio)||
|#12||Little White Church (Lyrics by KC Chad) @kc5||
|#13||The Cistern @timmyriordan||
|#14||Change the World||
I’m just talking about the principles, not the religious affiliation, of course.....hehe. Yes, the DISC approach to communication is also very effective!! I love hearing people like you mentioning these types of things. It doesn’t happen often!
I’m amazed that you indirectly mentioned the five love languages. That is probably the most applicable resource that is out there.....in EVERY respect. Spouses, kids of every age, parents, colleagues, neighbors......-and on and on.
Thanks for your comments on Moon Bird. I'll have to look into random song play- didnt know that existed. Looking forward to listening to your material.
Thanks for your nice comments!
Yeah listening back it’s not film scory-ish haha but I wrote that cause the chorus was me using a typical chord change I’ve used in several pieces for film (bIII - bVII - ii - vi) . I don’t typically use that type of progression in a song, but instead of orchestral pieces and a moment with emotional height. But I thought I’d just try it out (partially to just put something up in the few minutes I had yesterday). I’m not digging it but it’s kind of interesting... and yeah doesn’t sound so score like in this setting haha
Hey! Sorry, I've been a little busy this week and have fallen slightly off the FAWM platform for a sec.. yes, tanya and I do 95% of our work remotely. We basically create tracks remotely for everything we write and/or re-work (trad music) for our band so that when we see one another its just a matter of running through things a few times.... It has worked quite well,, but we used to live in Hong Kong together and played together multiple times per week for several years.... so we are very much in touch with one another and connected. That always helps! Wish we now lived closer, but its still better than new york and melbourne (which is what it was before I relocated to Australia!). Would love to connect on another platform (ie facebook etc).
Thanks for the feedback on my song ‘paper airplanes’. I really appreciate your time
Thank you Andrew for your thoughts on Double blue. I feel like I need more time to get to listen comment and dig in deeply to this rich garden of works...... and......keep writing and recording.
Hi Andrew. Great to see you back too. Sorry I didn't understand that 'samples' is used as a term for software instruments. Now I know. I appreciate that you take the time to really listen and give informative comments on my music, and I'm very happy that you like my piece "Don't Get Caught". Thank you so much.
Hey FAWM friend thanks for all your comments and feedback 14 is just around the corner. Thx for finding me ths FAWM.
Looking forward to diving in on our song again. It is interesting to see how other writers work through their process. Hope the retreat is going well for you.
Are you still playing classical stuff at all? I always love the change of pace that it brings playing that music... I’d like to make a few more Lo-fi ones similar to that actually! I was unsure of it fit into the week 2 theme (even though it’s very close) so I just decided to let it be its own thing!
thanks for clearing that up for me 😆 I guess all I ever do are one takes then lol. i sort of like the little imperfections of what happens in a single take (well and let's be real, why in the world would i comp a bunch of voice memo audio haha).
yeah I do commissioned work occasionally, all different scenarios. This particular one was a kickstarter reward I offered 😀 I own the song (in this case the music specifically) but make a stripped down recording for them to keep and freely use (but cannot make a profit from). If you are interested there is also this site I've gotten some work from: https://downwrite.com/ . I definitely prefer working with people directly, but this site has led to some quick easy work (writing 1 minute tunes for someones birthday for example) 😀
Thank you! I hope you will get the chance to listen to some of them as songs. My dance card is always anyone's guess, but there's more often than not a late surge...
I will return the favour when I'm less tired 😀
Thanks for commenting on my collab song "Who We Really Are", I appreciate it!
Thank you very much for your kind comment on my song Don't Get Caught, but I don't use samples. I write all my own music in Sibelius software, but I truly appreciate that you liked my creation. Thanks again.
Thank you so much for your kind words on Day Twelve.
Yeah, I've got a open DADGAD tuning on the acoustic guitar going. It's my adaptation of the "Rolling Stones tuning" GDGBD (you can hear it on Start Me Up, Street Fighting Man, Brown Sugar, Jumpin Jack Flash... a whole lot of them!) I'm using it a lot recently because it's similar to the open ddaadD tuning I have on the mountain dulcimer.
Thanks so much for the great input! You're absolutely right when you say that Elton John's "Your Song" is a timeless classic (and that I borrowed a line from it...)
Really looking forward to listening to your songs from this FAWM!
Thanks for your wonderful interpretation of of my leaves change! I am open to another verse at some point. I usually am up for changes
Hi Andrew! I was thinking about you too! Hope you're well! 😀
I've been kindof busy with some projects and so, though I have been writing and making music, I finally got down to business and posted a couple last night.
There's more to come! 😀
Nah, not uch that could scare me off. 😀
Hey Andrew, I love what at you're doing. Why don't we match INFP's and see what happens? I'd love to do a collaboration.
Thanks for your feedback on “Woman at the Well”. It was valuable and helped me to adjust my lyrics. As a rape survivor, the situation set up alarm bells for me that may not have gone off for other women. While the incident made me feel unsafe, it was more heading into harassment, not rape. So, I have softened the final chorus. Thank you.
As for verse I’d say “friend” “coming” and “talking” are all near rhymes 😀 especially if you don’t stress the Ng sound and say it more like “comin’” and “talkin’”
Ha you are right... I wonder what the character count actually is? Anyway I was just saying I set a bunch of modern poetry (ie no standard rhyming schemes at all) to music and it really stretched my idea of what can be made musical 😉
Always happy to get critique 😉 I wouldn’t totally agree though on some of it. For example, although I think you are coming from a strict rhyming angle, I think verse 2 has a scheme containing near rhymes which IMO are more interesting and less stale then “real” rhymes. It’s not to say the song couldn’t use some tweaking, but I personally like how the lyrics don’t have a strong standard rhyming scheme (common in modern folk music) and I think it helps emphasize or make room for the story telling. In short I kind of think standard rhymes and schemes are over rated 😉 But again I do think the lyrics could use some work , and probably the melody and music as well haha. And in professional collabs that end up on albums I definitely change things as needed but in FAWM world I prefer to keep things as close to the original writers lyrics as possible ...just a personal preference. It’s also a nice challenge to make something less “rhymey” still sound musical 😉 I’ve set
Thanks and yes, i'd love to have you do the music!
Thanks for your feedback on be careful what you say. Your suggestion re: the bridge is a great one and we are going to try that! 😀
Love Ain't has an odd structure, I know. That structure could change when putting melody to it. Most of it probably would be spoken, except for
Always lookin’ good
Always gonna fill you up inside
It ain’t keeping score
Either you do or you don’t
It’s forever and a day til time runs out
You can’t run away for at the first sign of distress
Or change ‘er (‘im) up for a better fit"
This might become a chorus--not sure yet--I still have to play with it. It's not a fixed and solid structure just yet.
Thanks for checking it out!
Hey! Sorry for the delay in response. So I'm purely focused on songwriting for FAWM (i.e. I strictly record a simple voice memo and only give myself 1-2 takes) simply because I want to spend what little time I have totally focused on the song and not the production 😉 and literally even if all I'm doing is recording with an actual mic, I absolutely will take twice as long with wanting things perfect, adding layers, etcetc haha. Don't get me wrong, I love the recording process and spend a good amount of time in studios throughout the year, so just trying to make this month really about the song itself. So as far as collabs go it'd have to be real simple on my end... sending you lyrics or some music I recorded on voice memo and you are totally welcome to record however you like, or alternatively if you send me something I'll just be recording my final product on voice memos lol.
Thank you so much Andrew for your lovely feedback on I Wish I Believed. It felt right to me - I am glad your ears agreed. You just never know with these songs. Those lyrics though were just wow. Thanks again!
sure i can do that! i did that is someone else so let me check in on what he selected first 😉
Hi Andrew, thank you for your comment on Dreaming. You can post pictures by inserting a link to the pic directly into the Liner Notes or Lyrics section of the song information. You can also post pics this way anywhere on the FAWM site (soundboards, forum, etc…). I use dropbox to host my songs & images so it's easy just to post a link to the file. Hope this helps.
See You In The Shadows…
I truly love and appreciate your input. Sometimes though, because I’m so new to music you’re speaking in another language.lol
I have done live collabs several times either on his live stream or mine, and there is totally a catch -- only one person gets to hear! Lol. the last person in the "chain" gets to hear everything. It works really well though, honestly. I enjoy being the last person because i adore harmonizing, but it works either way.
in response to your comment regarding twitch.... welcome to my worrrrld! https://www.twitch.tv/directory/game/... check out this entire genre of music makers live on twitch. whoa! In my opinion, it's probably easier to get to affiliate, but harder to get to partner, than if you were a regular gamer streamer on twitch.
goal number one is increase collabs?! Let's do it. What's your favorite way to collab? I enjoy when someone starts a song and i get to fill in verses and bridges. But I'm open to whatever. a bit rusty on collabs, maybe, but super willing to try. 😀
Most of my lyrics are pure fiction, but actually these ones do have a link to reality… One of my sister´s best friends is a girl whose mum died when she was a little child. Her dad never married again. And since then and for all the years, it was her father to take care of her in such a touching way - and does it even now that she is no teen any more…
Perfect! 😀 Once again, thank you soooooo much for all!
Now I only came to check out my emails and discovered this wonderful song you wrote for "Ninita". I am totally in love with the version you put on FAWM, such a lovely melody and there is so much emotion in your performance and singing that it even conjured up some tears in my eyes… I love it so much. Thank you very, very much! May I ask you for a favour? Could you, please, send me the current version as a demo on my email or give me a link to download it? I would appreciate it very much. And once again, thanks so much!
Thanks for your comment on "Ninita"! I would look very forward to it!
You got it! Songbird is 100% a Bioshock Infinite concept, sung from Elizabeth's perspective. I just started playing it again this month, and this scene where Booker gets her out of the tower is just terrifying. It inspired me! Thank you so much for your great feedback so far. 😀
Aww thank you for the kind comments on my writing and sounds! I appreciate it very much. And I'm really proud of the site! I should be re-issuing the novel digitally soon; just been snowed in constantly with a lot of other work...
I'll have a listen soon to your stuff too 😀
You never no what songs will work. I was sitting next to the stage waiting for a Mate to come on to play. It was noisy i was next to a speaker, l Looked at my phone saw the prompt and just wrote the words! I must say normally i struggle with a lot of noise!
Really appreciate your thoughtful feedback on my tunes. Their all demos that, if they pass my own test and the critical ear of my producer, will be completely redone. I'm using a podcast mic straight into my computer.
I really dig your melodies and guitar playing. Love your songs. I'd love to collab with you somehow. Not sure how that works on here
grew up in Providence, went to Berklee in Boston 😀 but haven't lived in New England since finishing school. Live in Rochester, NY now.
Yea so a few ideas... I don't really write poetry but I have lots of scraps of writing I could send you sort of as quasi lyric/prompt if that's more your thing. I have lyrics of songs I'm not crazy about musically you could write music to (that would be super interesting for me actually). Also if you have half written songs or just music or lyrics on it's own I'm down to complete stuff. Let me know what you'd be more down to do! I definitely have lots of half written stuff I'd be happy to throw your way! For me it's cool because 1. I'm curious to see how other people would complete my stuff and vice versa 2. I'm just happy to blast through my 14 song goal 😉 3. It's a cool way to get to know another songwriter 😀
Hey, Andrew! I have a fretless electric bass that I played that solo with. Nobody ever puts bass solos in songs and I really wanted to add one lol
Thank you for comment and critique! I absolutely appreciate it and actually MY main gripe is i mostly get "this sounds lovely!" type comments which is appreciated and sweet but not as helpful as "this is what I'd reconsider..." 😀 Love your stuff and if you are looking to collab in any way I'd be down! Although I don't have time for production so I'm just doing the "singing / playing into an iPhone" thing 😉
Hi Andrew shot for all the listens and inputs. I usually just write my songs using a Roland vs880 then send them to talented producers to interpret them further .For my album I outsourced the production to Bram Pretorius a talented producer and used Brent Quintons studio for all the vocal recording and sent him the tracks to mix. The mastering was then done at the same studio I recorded. I am a father of 4 boys and an accountant so time wise i have little time for music. I write a lot of lyrics cause I can do that anywhere ( mostly on plane trips). If you keen to do drums for xfactor that be awesome. I need to record it again anyway and I think it’s best to start with drums. Thanks for everything Enjoy!
Thanks for your suggestions on guitar tone. must admit I had not given it any consideration during the FAWM process due to the speed of putting things together. I am finger picking and strumming without a pick on a Harley Benton baby acoustic (cheap copy of a taylor mini). Easy bash about guitar that goes everywhere but it is very bright. I will take this into consideration for the next one I record 😀
Thx for your feedback on She Knows this is really helpful and exactly what i'm looking for! I recorded vocals on headset (skype) MIC in my garage. I have since purchased a USB condenser MIC. Beringer looking forward to improving on this in studio after FAWM
It’s saying error. Maybe send it to my Facebook messenger?
I’ll keep checking the link. Thank you for the Facebook link catch!!
I’m going to have to take a bit to really go over what you just said so that I understand it better. Yes eadgbe
Thank you for your comments, encouragements and suggestions! my issue with bar chords is like getting to and from a Bm from a G. I’m working on it. I have a few capos that I do use. I’ll get it.
I have a tuner built into my guitar I just forgot to tune it before I played today. Great ear.
Andrew thank you for the thoughtful comments on two of my songs. I really appreciate it. To respond in brief, you’re right about the reference to Lot’s wife. In fact, the Bowie knife verse in the other song was supposed to be an allusion to Cain and Abel, although a Bowie knife is certainly anachronistic. I’m not much of a Bible guy these days, but my childhood was steeped in it, and it somehow made it in to two consecutive songs. And yeah, burgundy journey was an original idea. The phrase came to me and I liked the sound of it so I wrote the song around it.
Thanks again! When I’m home, I’ll listen to some more of yours.
Hi! Not sure how you popped up, I uploaded some of my FAWM tracks and when one of them stopped playing, it auto-played your song and I was hooked!
Hey Andrew, just saw your comments on “Good Morning! After I saw that Jump Little Children is on the top of your influences I’ve decided that you can write lyrics to it 😝 Those guys live around my hometown and I’ll never forget that night that I just stumbled upon Jay doing a solo set at a local music festival with nobody in the audience... it really changed my life! Let me know how I can help edit the track for you, or would you like for me to sing on it still?
Last year we weren’t able to fit a collab in. Want to try again this year? 😉
happy FAWM! noticed you're an INFP: i'm an ENFP! just thought that was fun. looking forward to listening to your stuff this year
Got the music up for “Everywhere and Nowhere” if you want to listen.
Hey! Thanks a lot for your kind and lovely comment on "Ninita"! I would love if you gave it a try… kind regards, Arthur
Me too. I used to have migraines daily for maybe a year. Discovered I have food sensitivities to milk, gluten, msg, caffeine, and nitrites as the heavy hitters. Cleaned my diet up when I found out and headed on the road to recovery. Took me a bit to figure out what it was that caused this latest one. But I think it may be either a cold I have or some elderberry syrup I took for it. Turns out cytokines, which are you body's defense mechanism causes inflammation as a way to fight off viruses and bacteria. Elderberry syrup promotes release of cytokines which is probably why I got the migraine I'm sure my own body's defenses kicked in and the elderberry put it in overdrive. I will say though, this is the first FAWM season in awhile it hasn't dropped into my chest, so maybe prevented something far worse--a cough that could turn my insides out.
No solid plans so far. Just wrote it this morning. Works out that I'm recovering from a mega-migraine, so I get some guilt-free writing time in that recovery phase. Sounds like you had an interesting visitor!
Thank you for checking out “quicksand” and thank you for the positive feedback. My vocals aren’t at 100% right now but I appreciate the compliment. Glad to have gotten a descent recording done so I can move on to song #2
Looking forward to this year as well! I’ve got my first song written just getting over a head cold. Hoping to record it in a little bit.
Test of Zapier RSS to SMS Zap 2.
Paid $24.99 for 750 Zaps this month with the intention to cancel before March. The free 100 Zaps (actually, I used IFTTT last 2 years) doesn't make it to the end of the month.
Thanks for the feedback on Bonfire Orphan. Much appreciated. The structure of the song was hard to pin down for me so I went with those labels for ease of use. You're right about the chorus, sometimes it's tough to leave a thought unfinished at the risk of it being long. For the studio version I'm working on, we've added a bit of a lift in the bass and melody line to give it a little extra on your suggestion. Thanks!
Great to see you on here again! Thanks for the feedback on Postcards From The Past!
How about your music? Can't wait to hear it!
Looking forward to hearing more of your stuff.
Test 4. Test 3.14159....
Andrew! Looking forward to hearing you do the things you do!
Hi Andrew. I'm looking forward to listening to your music this year and wishing you a very productive and fulfilling FAWM!
That is sound reasoning. I would like to have a running set of recordings, but I’m always hoping to use them in a band situation, so I wait for that. I do end up using some for that, but then have about 95% that are still in the state that I left them after fawms of the past. Sounds like yours are pretty well done and ready for listening.....maybe not intended for any additional parts. Makes sense to me. Thanks!
By the way, why do you prefer SoundCloud? I understand getting your music out there, but I always lament when collaborators put our song there, as I find it to have a wishy washy sound and extra compression or something....it’s not a deal breaker by any means, but you said that you prefer it, which is why I ask.
Hi there! I appreciate your inclusion of the Myers-Briggs!! I just might rip that idea off....happy Fawm to you!