Influences: Ed Sheeran, Jann Arden, Van Morrison, Joan Armatrading, Paul Simon, Mozart, and many many others.
This is my 4th FAWM, and February is now my favourite month.
I discovered the joy of songwriting at a Ladies' Rock Camp some years ago. I play a little piano, and I've sung in various community choirs over the years. I've also studied a little music theory online over the past few years.
My recording skills are limited, so I let Sibelius First (my music notation software) 'play' the instruments on my tracks.
This year I'm going to try to write mostly instrumental music suited, hopefully, for movies or TV. My goal is to write pieces that express different emotions - sadness, awe, fear, etc. I'll try to write suspenseful music too and something suited for comedy. I expect the comedy music will be my biggest challenge.
I've also got an idea for some lyrics for a song too, but I find lyric writing harder than writing music, so I may or may not get it completed this FAWM. I'll try.
I'm also looking forward to listening to a lot of great new songs by my fellow FAWMers.
Hey didn't expect to see any new comments at this point, but thank you for stopping by recently.
I've rarely had something I've made called "lovely", so thank you - means a lot.
I just wrote and erased a LOT about the vocal samples that I use lol
I'm glad you were able to enjoy Hammers. That song has all instruments and synths as opposed to a lot of my tracks where I used vocal samples.
I just find vocals fun to work with and build around; vocals are something I can't provide myself and I'm too chicken to reach out to vocalists to lend their voices. So once I found vocal samples (royalty free, of course!), I've been having a ball making music again.
I also use guitar samples sometimes, because I simply can't play guitar or have access to a guitar player that I can call on at the drop of a hat.
Wow Audrey have you ever made my day. Thank you, thank you thank you. One kind comment can do so much. I've committed to writing songs forever because I've always loved them, and reading and writing and painting and singing and acting. I'm under the gun with work etc. right now but I'll get back to listening and commenting soon.
Oops, wrong person! But I still like the name. 😀
Thanks for giving my "Voices" a listen. I have been away for a few days and have only just got back. Indeed, I now se that you've been binge listening to my FAWM 19 output! Thanks a lot!
Thanks for commenting on my collab song "Reach For The Stars", I appreciate the listen!
Thanks for you comments on “Nothing Changes“! Actually the outlook was not as bad as the song implied... That's why I put the double-negative in the last line. 😀
Thanks for you comments on “Ribbons of Life“!
Thanks for you comments on “Told You So“.
glad you liked it..yes sad , although i was thinkin of all relationships my son has had a time of it and i feel responsible , thanks for your thoughtful comment, I hear ya x (the photo is 7 years ago ... : - )
Thanks for you comments on “Hat“!
Thanks for your very positive reception of Elizabeth and my "Love Will"
Thank you so much for your thanks. That means a lot to me too! 😊
Not sure why the email link doesn't work though.
Try this one.
You have a real talent! I'm crossing everything for you.
And I'll be sure to let you know if I come across useful links for placing your music. 😊😎🎶🎶🎶🎶
Hi Audrey - you're very welcome. Heh, I thought it was clear enough. Maybe I've just been in a lot of boardrooms in my time...
Hi Audrey! I wanted to stop by and just say thank you for all your lovely comments. I hope to respond in kind this weekend but wanted you to know in the meantime that they were very gratefully received 😀
Thanks for dropping in and listening to my songs, Audrey. Very grateful.
Ah. Sorry. It used to be a way to hook up musicians with narrators. I have to admit I hadn't read it properly when I posted the link. 😕
Thank you for your kind comments on milkyway
Thank you for all those listens and those generous comments! glad you enjoyed! i'm taking the best of this year's stuff I did, fixing it up a little bit, and putting it together for a bandcamp album sometime in the next few weeks or so, will be available for a free download most probably- i'll keep you posted if you're interested. thanks again!
No need for apologies or embarrassment. It's a common misconception. Usually I leave stuff like that be, as I'm never sure if it will come across sounding like a pretentious jerk or if I'm being helpful. But astronomy and this kind of stuff has always fascinated me. The important thing is that it is a beautiful piece of music.
Thanks for commenting on my collab song "Move On", I appreciate the listen!
Thanks for listening and the kind comments to "Bird in My Window".
Thank you for the very kind feedback on "Barbra" I have been pleasantly surprised how well received that song has been,
Hi Audrey! Thanks so much for taking a listen to I can love you for today. I really appreciate your feedback. I love hanging around post FAWM to to take in all the amazing output. Looking forward to hearing yours. 😀
Hi Audrey! I very much appreciate that you took time to listen to my tracks and I got very happy by reading your kind comments! Thanks a lot!
Thanks for visiting my collabs "How Long" and "Since We First Touched" and for listening and commenting, it is appreciated!
Thank you, Audrey. That would be lovely! 😊
Yeah I'm still around for awhile! We're doing some album swaps in the forums and I'd be happy to do a swap with you if you're up for it! No big deal if it's not really your thing. But it's basically where I would listen to and comment on your entire album and then you do the same to mine.
Thank you so much for your kind comments! It means the world 😀 You have so much talent the way you can bring the feeling of your chosen topic alive! Keep going 😀
Thanks for your nice comments!
Thanks for the nice comment on my collab with CIndy.
Hi Audrey. I'd like to say a huge thank you back for spending more of your time with my offerings. 😀
I was a Taxi member for a while, but let it lapse (for all sorts of reasons). It's a great organisation. The member fee is possibly a little steep as a first step ($299.95 per year) but there are all sorts of benefits.
@ajna1960 is the guru with all things Taxi though. And she is very approachable, lovely and generous with advice. She helped me loads getting started on the library path.
Having musicians play your music is not necessary! All my stuff (apart from guitar and bass) is done in software. 😉
Well, I'm blushing at your super nice comment. It was a pleasure listening to your work and I am looking forward to receiving a song from you one day down the road.
Thank you for all your kind and insightful comments; it is very much appreciated.
Actually, If I add you as collab to my existing track, you can continue working on it over the coming weeks. No pressure. But also no need to wait until next year. Your choice Audrey.
Great! Opening chords are Am, and E6. Chorus is Gm9 (Am/Gm) F, Gm, F. Bm/EMaj7.
Hi, so it's even worse, I never studied that class seriously 😀 I'm not taking any classes recently, in my case taking classes is a kind of procrastination. I just have to practice the stuff I've learned by now...
And wow, you've even made it to a mentor!
Thanks ever so much Audrey for listening and kind comments on my last FAWM song ' Si , se puede '. I really appreciate it !
Lovely Audrey. Thank you so much for all your time spent inflicting my music on yourself, and for your really kind comments. 😀
Very much appreciated!
Thanks for kind comments!
Thanks for the listens and comments on my songs, much appreciated!
Thank you for your kind comments on my collab with @acousticmaddie, as well as The Rodeo with @saturnrussia, and also Robber Barons with @dragondreams. The Cor Anglais allowed me to learn something new. Thank you for that as well! Perhaps we could collaborate on something of your choosing?
Thanks so much for the comments on 'Catcher'!
Music is now posted for Bon Odori and other songs!
Thank you for the comments on “Our souls Lament” Mvt II. I am glad the microtonal harmonies are palatable. I will be back to listen to your music soon!
Thanks for the nice comment on my anti-fascist song - much appreciated! I need to have a lie down now after all that shouting..
Thanks so much for your lovely comments!! I'm so happy you liked my stuff and so flattered by your words. Happy FAWMing, fam ♥♥
Thank you very much for your kind words! I'm glad you liked it 😀
Thank you for sharing that story regarding your first song! Yep, lots of suspense in there. And..of course thanks for leaving your generous comments!
Marketing? Ha! I'd just become the 6th member of The Herb Boys. I think they have something going for them.
Thanks for you kind comments Audrey, and of course for the pleasure I have had listening to yours.
Thank you for your comment on Hatching. Its about depression, definitely. And failed attempts of selfmedicaion with alcohol. I write all my lyrics on paper, but i've added the lyrics to this one for you to read 😀
Thank you Audrey for your nice words about my song It Only Takes A Moment. I appreciate it very much.
Thanks Audrey- sorry about your ears! Loadshedding didn’t help my case🍒
Hi Audrey, thanks for the nice comments about my song, I really appreciate it. Glad I made you smile 😀
Thank you for the compliments on La La La Audrey. I'm looking forward to listening to your songs. Good luck to you for the rest of February and beyond.
Thanks for listening Audrey, but unlike yours my piano really is synthetic BiaB 😀
Audrey, thank you so much for all your kind words!
Much for listening and the kind and generous comments on my song ‘Time and Space ‘ . Appreciate it !
Hi @audrey! Good to know what you're working with. With the full version of Sibelius you can pull in samples from external libraries, like EastWest's. I don't know if that's possible with Sibelius First, though. I would suggest a better DAW. People seem to have great success with Reaper. I've used it briefly for their pitch shifting plugin for it's unparallelled level of timbre retention (minimized chipmunk/monster effect). For a simpler, free DAW, I might recommend StudioOne Prime. It's very intuitive, drag & drop, and is rising in popularity as a result. Of course, there are some limitations. Might need to get a plugin to export to mp3. Please let me know if there's any way I can help in that exploration.
Thanks for your kind comments on my lyrics!
Thanks so much for the comment, Audrey! You're correct - I think I was channelling a little Simon & Garfunkle in that last track.
Thanks Audrey . Lovely to see you once again (Internet wise )
Thank you for the comment!
Thanks for all the song comments - I look forward to them!
Hi, Audrey! Thank you for your kind comment on "Stunned and Unraveled". I've now put up a short clip if you'd like to take a listen.
Hi! Thanks for your comment on my song Thirty Years. Appreciate it!
Hi Audrey! 😀 Thanks for listen to my song! 😀 Thanks for your kind comments. 😀
Thanks for the thoughtful comment on my song ‘Depression’! It is much appreciated.
Thanks Audrey for listening & your comment on my song ‘She was a true diamond ‘ ! Appreciate it .
Thank you for the comment on my song. Much appreciated.
Thank you! 😁
I will start a bit late because I'm not with my gear atm, but I hope I will finish all 14 tracks.
Thanks for the kind words, much appreciated!
Thanks audrey for the wonderful comment!! <3
Thanks for watchlisting me!
Thanks for watchlisting me. You haven't posted a song yet, but I'll listen when you do
Thank you so much for that generous comment 😁 but I didn't sing those vocals! I hired a singer to sing that song for me! <3
Thanks for the welcome! And I'm looking forward to hearing your music.
Hello!! Let's have a great fawm!!!
I just replied to your email, love the changes to "Rocky Shores." Subtle but effective improvements IMHO. Looking forward to listening to your music again this year.
You too Audrey, I'm looking forward to listening to new music every bit as much as writing.
Hi Audrey! Glad to see you hear again!
Have an awesome FAWM, Audrey 😀 !
Hi Audrey, are you back this year? Happy FAWM19!