Influences: Too many to name, including Van Morrison, Jann Arden, Joan Armatrading, The Four Tops, Mozart, Alexandre Desplat, Hans Zimmer, and Nicholas Britell.
This is my 5th FAWM, and I love it more with each year. I'm slower at writing music than most. My most productive FAWM saw only 10 pieces. I also find writing lyrics harder than writing music, so just cinematic pieces again this year.
I still haven't figured out how to use a DAW, so instead I use Sibelius First, a music notation software to write my scores, then I post Sibelius' audio playback of them, so I'm not playing any of those simulated instruments you hear, sorry.
I discovered the joy of songwriting at a Ladies' Rock Camp in 2012. I play a little piano, have taken music theory courses, and I've sung in many community choirs over the years. I've also written four choral pieces that I hope one day to get published - at least that's my dream.
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!
She/her (Photo taken by Gaylyn Young)
Thanks a lot for your comment! I'm glad you enjoyed our work. Well, starting a band would be hard. We're spread all over the globe 😁
Hey Audrey, thanks for the comment on "Fight for you" about 7 weeks ago. The song progressed a lot since then. I am happy to present the final. Thanks a lot for making me keep that sketch!
Thanks for your comments on both my songs much appreciated. 'When David dies' is about the UK environmentalist David Attenborough, but could equally apply to David Suzuki. Lol! I never thought of that. I'll keep an eye for your stuff in the 50/90 if you do that. Cheers Greg
Thanks for listening to “Ships of Sand”! I appreciate the encouraging feedback!
Thanks so much for all of the beautiful and thoughtful comments. I really appreciate it!
Yes! -5 Fahrenheit. ha. I'll have to remember to change the lyric to -20c for the international tours. 😉
Also, thank you for the explanation of the behind the song. Yes, I do think that lead tone not going back to the tonic at the end is effective to extend the sense of loss/longing beyond the last note by not resolving and it was a good choice. I was interpreting the lead/cello interplay as sort of a back and forth of bits of hope followed an answer of hopelessness but I love your intent and I went back and listened again and can hear that also. Very nicely done. Success all around.
Thank YOU! 😀
Thanks for the listens! Looks like I've commented on each of your tunes and glad to have done so. 😀
Thank you for the kind comment on Emmanuelle, Audrey!
Thank you for your lovely comment on When It Snows. 😀
Thank you for your nice comment on my song 'Time, Love you, Hate you'.
Well thank you so much for listening to my songs and u listened to 5, so very kind fellow Canuck. I'm on the other bookend of Canada..Newfoundland. I can't wait to visit Victoria and the Sea to Sky Highway again..so nice. I will listen to your catalogue today.
Thank you for taking the time to listen and comment on so many of my songs!
Thank you for listening to my song "Start Walking in Your Dreams", I appreciate your comments!
Thanks for all of your comments! I'm gonna have a listen now to your stuff
Thanks for all the beautiful music and the listens and comments. Have a great 2021!
Hi. Thanks for stopping by!!!
Glad you enjoyed the Gjertrud Schnackenberg poem, Audrey. She went clever on that one, but if you enjoy serious poetry, check out her work called "The Heavenly Questions". It's a series of six long and elegant interconnected poems that will simultaneously bend your mind and crack your heart seductively with her graceful, almost unnoticeable rhymes and clever blank verse. She's an absolute marvel and a precious treasure.
You are very welcome Audrey. Thank you so much for your support and kindness.
I still do create songs for my kids but as they grow that kind of shifts and grows too. It was a weird February in a lot of ways and I think the primary goal of writing 14 songs with my wife helped give me the nudge to keep on going with a bunch of the other stuff I was working on...
Hi Audrey, thanks so much for your kind words on a couple of my songs, much appreciated. I have listened to all of your songs and they are really good. Let's hope you can get back to singing in a choir again. A-cappella is one of the purest forms of music and it really can lift the spirits.
Thank you for listening to some of my songs into March! I appreciated your thoughtful comments.
Thanks Audrey for your comments. Yes, many feel the way do about Trump. I will never understand his appeal or why they keep enabling him.
Thanks for listening to my (only one this FAWM) improvisation Breathe and Be Grateful. My wife is eligible for the vaccine and just yesterday we were fortunate to get appointments for her after trying for a month. However I am not eligible yet. Maybe April, hopefully May, for sure by June. I hope you get your vaccination soon too 😀 .
Thank you, Audrey, for your lovely comments. You too, have a great year and stay safe. 😀
Glad you liked my take on "The Shining". As for your comments on verse. I find more inspiration in my rhyming dictionary (rhymezone) than I care to confess.😉 I am the opposite of you in this, I can't write a song that doesn't at least half-rhyme to save my life 😈
Thank you too, Audrey! And please feel free to stay in touch in between FAWMs too if the mood takes you, or if you ever fancy working on something outside of FAWM. I am a huge fan of your work.
Take care too, and I hope 2021 is kind to all of us. 😀
Audrey, Thank you for the comments on my last few songs. They are much appreciated. This FAWM was different than the last several. Maybe because of all that has happened since the 2020 iteration. I pray you have a wonderful next 11 months until next FAWM my friend, may God bless you and your family.
Hey thanks so much for your comments on my soundboard especially! Very sweet. I saw Hans Zimmer at Coachella a few years ago, recommended by one of my DJ pals, he was phenomenal.
Keep coming back.
Thank you Audrey. 😀
Thank you, Audrey. Glad you enjoyed Heartache Town.
Thanks Audrey, really happy with Rock in your River.
Hey, thanks for all of the listening! I will be back for some listening, too. Your picture/photograph is really nice. Did you take it?
Thank you for the kind comments on "A Bringer of New Things"!
Thank you, Audrey, for listening!❤️❤️
Thank you so much for your lovely comments! I really appreciate them. I'll be back by later today to listen to your songs - looking forward to that!
@audrey thank you for listening to "Love Playing There" and for your kind words and sympathies. Losing my brother in law, who was just 47, kind of knocked me out of the songwriting routine & mood for a while. I hope to get a few more songs, however, before fawm ends. One day, one song, at a time. Cheers
Thanks for listening to "Weight off my shoulders". Yes, I think gammafied should be very proud of the intermediate result 😀
Thanks for the comments on Berserk. Much appreciated!
That's super kind of you, Audrey. Thank you!
Thanks for your comments on Lament on a Winter's Eve and Bees/Trees. Deb did such a wonderful job on the Lament. It's been a heavy, sad year. I had to get that out of my system before I could move on to some other subjects. I'm glad you liked bees/trees; I do often think of human arrogance and where it's leading us, which is also sad.
I've updated "Weight off the shoulders". Removed the organ and received some very nice contraalto vocals 😀
I appreciate you checking out my tunes and leaving those sweet comments! I hope my satanic lullaby lulled you to bed 🤪
Thank you once again Audrey. 😀
Awesome, I'm so glad you were able to listen and that you enjoyed it as well. I'm glad you liked my other song idea too and I do think I'll work on that one. Thank you again Audrey.
So glad you liked "Queen Beaver" - I was bit worried about reactions to a falsetto vocal. But the challenge was to be another band 😁
Sorry about that loud mix, I don't know how that happened, never mixed anything close to that volume before, it was ridiculous, my apologies. I replaced it with a super quick, quieter mix so I don't do any more damage to FAWM ears!
Thanks for your comment on "Weight off my shoulders". We gonna record the vocals in some weeks. Stay tuned!
Thank you so much for your lovely feedback 😊
Thanks for listening to my music the other day, that means so much to me <3
Thank you for pointing me to “Choir’s Back”. what a treat!
Thank you for the kind words on my little offerings and collabs.
Thank you so much for your generous compliment on "Julian". It means a lot that the piece hit home for someone who went through the experience. 😀
Thanks for listening. This is my 2nd Fawm. It is a great way to keep my creative flow going and practice instruments I love to play. I have been fortunate to have a few gigs during these odd times.
Thank you for the listen and comments!
Glad you enjoyed Taking the Wrong Road! Incidentally, I work in notation (using Notation Composer) which has always had the virtue of allowing clean notation without altering the actual input, it leads to a very natural feel. (read, me falling over my fingers and getting ahead/behind the beat!)
Thx on your comments on Gotta Get Better....i love song that just make you move!
Thank you for your kind comments on my track "Lullaby For A Cat". Appreciate that you took the time to listen and write feedback.
Thanks for the listens and comments!
Ah Audrey thank you so so much for your beautiful insightful comment. You really are a star
Many thanks, Audrey. 😀
It's short because I only had an hour to work on it, but there are more ideas for that one lurking in the studio... 😉
Glad you liked my love song for my wife (Beginning and End).
Thank you, Audrey. I appreciate your comment. It does make a difference. I will be back to listen soon. Best wishes to you
Thank you Audrey. Looking forward to hearing what you have planned for this year.
Thanks Audrey, I hope you and Sibelius have a great FAWM.
Thanks for your welcome and follow! These are very diverse influences.
Now I feel quite humbled. Thank you again.
Wow! Audrey... Bandcamp have just sent me an email. Thank you on behalf of MacMillan Cancer Support. It means a lot to me. 😀
Ah Audrey thank you so so much for listening to the album. It took a lot of effort this one i tell you. I so hope we can do something maybe this year. Have a lovely FAWM x
Happy FAWM! I love the piece you shared in the introductions thread, really looking forward to hearing more of your work!
The feeling is mutual. Benvinguda! As we'd say here in Catalunya.
Here's to yet another great Fawm!
Great to see you back again! Have a great FAWM!
good to see you back, have a good one too!
Happy FAWMing to you too! Excited to hear what you'll be creating. So glad we have this little oasis to enjoy.
Looking forward to hearing your new work as well, Audrey! Thanks for reaching out!
Hi Audrey, have a wonderful FAWM 😀 !
So glad to see you back, Audrey! Looking forward to your orchestral pieces!
Hi Audrey! Lovely to see you here again. 😀
Hey Audrey. So good to see you and wishing you an amazing FAWM. Am happy to collaborate x