Influences: Ed Sheeran, Jann Arden, Van Morrison, Joan Armatrading, Paul Simon, Mozart, many others, and great cinematic music such as this piece by Alexandre Desplat https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gskJ2yecRVk
This is my 4th FAWM, and I seem to enjoy each year more than the last, but not sure I can outdo last year which was my most productive ever. I wrote 10 pieces. So I'm a slow songwriter/music composer who finds lyrics harder to write than music. I'll be writing cinematic music again this year, unless I find a lyric that grabs me.
I use a notation software called Sibelius to write music scores, and I post the software's audio playback of simulated instruments, but I'll record my own voice for any lyrics.
I discovered the joy of songwriting at a Ladies' Rock Camp in 2012. I play a little piano, and I've sung in various community choirs over the years.
As always, half the fun of FAWM is listening to a lot of great new songs written and performed by my fellow FAWMers, so you can bet I'll be doing a lot of that. Happy Fawming everyone. 😀
Thanks! you were on my list of people to listen to/read that I'd noticed still around that I hadn't gotten around to yet very glad I finally did some great stuff here I'm really enjoying, thanks for sharing 😉
Thank you for the feedback on Go Betweens and I Still Love You 'Til the End. Stay well!
Hi Audrey, thanks for listening to my tunes and all your comments. In the meantime I started to work on melodies for Vignette No.3 with a guitarist friend of mine. 😀
Thanks so much for all your kind comments on my songs.
You asked if I always start with the bass line. Almost never. Most songs start with the lyric. I don't write lyrics to music very well. Sometimes I have an arbitrary mode in mind for the harmony. Sometimes a basic beat.
Thank you so much for taking the time to listen to my songs from all the way in my favourite part of Canada! I need to visit your gorgeous province again soon!!
Thanks so much for taking the time to listen to so many songs! I really, really appreciate it.
Thanks for listening to my songs "Bench by the Sea", "Your Last Goodbye" and my collab song "Who We Really Are", I really appreciate it!
Thanks so much for your feedback on "Rosie" To be told one can really turn a phrase from one songwriter to another, is a fine compliment!
Thank you so much for the tunes and for the listens and great comments!
Thanks, I did have a good FAWM. You really have made progress on your cinematic mood or tone pieces. They are even more complex and moving this year - well done! Quite impressive. And thank you for all your comments on my lyrics. Fawm after-party was just silly fun to write. Thanks for your thoughts on Patients Practice Patience. Agree that oncology must take a very specially motivated and gifted person. And frustration goes both ways when there's no real path toward treatment or cure. Doctors, police, reserachers, often these are true callings even more than careers.
Yow, thank you so much Audrey, your praises made me dizzy. I'll get back to you tonight when I'm at my desk again. I love Fawm and Famwers... such a great buzz always and the wonderful songs I come across...
You’re very welcome!
Thanks! I wrote the music when I was feeling pretty down, but it sounded happy so I called it Fake Smile Club. Karl took that and made his lyrics talk shot how when you are feeling down, it doesn’t cost you anything to put a fake smile on... the people you see could also be feeling down and maybe they just needed to see a smile. Do your ‘fake’ smile could have a real impact. Karl is very good at thinking about other people’s needs... ☺️
Thank you Audrey for giving a listen to my Meade’s Blues. 😀
Thx for listening. It's difficult subject but too many people can relate to it..unfortunately. I have been to BC very nice..I'm in NL...the Atlantic meets the Pacific... GO CANADA!!
Hey thanks for checking out my tracks. I had switched my Soundcloud tracks to private after FAWM because I didn’t realize people would still check them out afterwards and I’m working on them further for commercial release but switched them back to public. Should work now! Apologies!!!
Thank you for commenting on my Overture, so kind of you to listen. The tunes within it are all ones that appear in songs through the musical, but sung in those 🙂
Thank you much for listening and commenting. Appreciate yah.
I have enjoyed listening to your instrumentals which are so good!
Thank you so much Audrey for you lovely feedback on After You - which was such a fun collab! I love that you listened twice - I fess up to that too when a song really grabs me. Thanks so much again!
Thanks for your lovely comments!
Thanks so much for your comments on "The Melancholy of a Separated England". I'm so glad you liked that England's Rose line - I struggled quite a bit with whether or not it worked. I've posted what passes for a demo. You'll have to use your imagination for thrashing guitars being smashed onstage at the end. 😉
I truly appreciate your kind comments on "Nostalgia" and "I Have a Question." I hope you have enjoyed this year's FAWM!
thank you for listening and for your comments. Little Kelly O is a variation on the bonnie lass of fennario, which dtyan learned from baez and recorded on his first album as pretty peggy o, so yes, there is a dylan connection to the song.
Hi, thanks for digging our collab. I'll take that Dire Straits comp! I thought her lyrics were really smart and I just wanted to do some straight up rock. Hope you had a great FAWM!
Audrey, many thank for listening and your kind comments. Nice to see you back. I’ll come back and listen when I have time.
Hey Audrey! Thanks so much for stopping by and listening to some of my songs. I appreciate your comments very much!
Hey thanks, Audrey! I appreciate your kindness!
Thanks for the post-fawm listening endeavors! Always appreciate the kind words.
Thanks for such a lovely comment Audrey!!!
Thanks for taking the time out to listen and comment on 3 songs! Really appreciate it and your kind words Audrey.
Thank you so much for all the kind words. Always appreciated.
You are really kind, Audrey. Thank you. 😊
Thanks so much Audrey and sorry I got a lot of listening to catch up on but most excited to get stuck into your stuff 👍
Hi Audrey, Thanks for listening to my track(s). I really appreciate all your nice comments. And yes... I am slow in producing songs this month... mainly because of too much work at my job... which many evenings made me too tired to produce anything meaningful. Well, there is always next year... 😀
I would like to thank you very much for your kind words...
Thanks for listening to my songs, I will return when the twilight comes to put my own ears into operation.
Well! You just made my day with all of those lovely comments!!! A thousand thanks!
Thank you Audrey for listening to so many of my songs and for you comments. You are very kind.
Thanks so much for your generous comments!
Thanks for commenting on so many of my songs. It is very much appreciated. I certainly have been enjoying your songs, closing my eyes and imagining what this wonderful music is saying to me.
Hey Audrey, thanks for your comment on She’s A Meteor. Do you KNOW this lady? Hahahaha.
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Thanks so much for your wonderful comments!
Thanks so much for your kind words about “”The Hummingbirds Return”!
Thx so much for the comment on she knows appreciate it!
Thanks you for your positive Feedback on my Song "Home".
Ah! Yes that term is used differently in music. By samples I mean sampled instruments (every note is recorded at varying volumes to allow us to trigger it with a note on a score or a press of a midi keyboard). String samples have come a long way toward being convincing. Typically the most believable are percussive in nature (drums, mallet instruments, or even pizzicato strings).
Good to see you back Audrey! Resonating with the difficulty of writing lyrics. Lyric writing isn’t inherently musical (has rhythmic ties and implications but that’s it), so it’s naturally the hardest thing in music. I highly suggest starting with lyrics and setting the lyrics to music rather than trying to set lyrics to pre-composed music. While it is a bit daunting, it’s great practice for a composer. It’s what film composers have to do all the time, essentially, by watching a scene and trying to discern the music connoted by the emotion of it. Graham English has this Speed Songwriting method which involves writing a title (or main idea) then writing out a song plot (big idea for each section of the song) and then writing out the lines. It helps immensely as much as I bucked at the formulaic nature of the process. It creates a consistent and smoothly developed story and keeps the writer on track rather than bogged down in the details.
Thanks so much for the generous comments. Much appreciated!
Thank you for your comments on my song "Run Hard Baby". I seem to be on "searching" theme this year ???
Audrey, thanks for your comments on my song "Stay Forever". I Pray FAWM 2020 finds you in great health.
Thanks for your lovely comments on both lyrics, Audrey. Isn't it nice to start on a weekend?
Thanks for your great comments Audrey!
Excited to hear what you come up with this year!
Hi there! Back to FAWM
Glad to have you on board. 😀
Hi Audrey! Excited to hear what you will come up with this year! Happy FAWMing.