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 #5 this year (2021).
(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 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.
No songs by this fawmer (yet).
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!