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 #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.
I’ll endeavor to meet the 14-song goal again (low pressure) in part by collaborating with my former self, taking my non-lyricized productions pumped out after FAWM 2017 and completing lyrics for the remainder of them.
Thankful for three somewhat successful FAWMs under my belt, with 7 songs the first year, 14 the second, and maybe 13 the third.
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. Planning to pay for a Zapier subscription for February to get around that.
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. 1 day of writing, 1 day of production (maybe).
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. 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.
No songs by this fawmer (yet).
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!