Influences: Elton, Tom, Ben, the Maels, Aimee Mann, that Hannon guy, Field Music, 80s rock and random bits and pieces of new music that pass my way.
I'm, Neil, a writer and musician from Glasgow, Scotland. Been songwriting on and off since the 80s, for myself and for various bands, including the glorious, much-missed murnie (murnie.bandcamp.com). Don't look to me for simple love songs, I'm much more likely to write about something random and silly.
2020 is my third (THIRD!!!) FAWM. The last two years I've written plenty of songs but abjectly failed to release anything out into the world. THIS year I plan to demo direct to the production environment to give me *some* kind of chance of making these things available to the wider world once FAWM is once again but a dusty memory.
Also, this year I've got a theme! All of the songs will feature ghosts. Some will be creepy, some funny and some sad. Maybe all three at once.
Thank you so much for the careful listen and thoughtful comment on Sundazzle. There’s little I love more than extracting meaning from an instrumental piece and then singing those meanings. When I first heard @slawbleu’s amazing-on-it’s-own piece, I knew I could write to it. Melody lines were shooting out like sunbeams. 😀
Thanks so much for listening and your insightful comments on my ukulele gospel song ‘ sail away’ . I really appreciate it .
Hi. Thanks for your comment. I agree entirely. I am going to turn it into a proper song in the future as there are some bits in there that I like. And those awkward lyrical stretches will go 😀
Thanks for all your comments on my songs, I'm really glad you've been enjoying them. 😁
Thanks for your comments on “I Have a Question.” That focusing chord you liked—it’s outside of the regular chords for the song’s key, an experiment to liven up my music writing. Cheers
Thanks for listening! I learned a new word today: "scansion." I'm so glad somebody besides me is bewitched by 5/4! Cheers!
The Joy of Sevenths mate! There's a song called Heads Gonna Roll on the last Jenny Lewis album where she does exactly the same thing in the chorus (think it's just C to C7) and it just raises the hairs on the back of my neck every time I hear it.
Thanks Neil! Glad you caught that Major change on the chorus 😉 that was on purpose! <3
My pleasure, sir. And if you're not familiar with Aurora, check her out; I saw her in Bristol last year, she's already played Glastonbury. She is going to be MASSIVE.
Thank you for your awesome comment on my song, it really brightened my day!
“Cup o’ tea?” 😁
I really appreciated your compliments on my song about Van Halen. I'm particularly glad to hear that the synths and sounds were appealing because when I heard it later out of the little speaker in my tablet I thought, what, is that too distracting? But like @toddnorem mentioned, it's a good one for breaking out the headphones.
I do love the whole thing about people locking into their musical tastes at 13 and that some people don't get past that and some do (lol, funny I was 13 when Big Star's Thirteen came out) and I especially love the coincidence that you were hooked on both Van Halen and Benny Goodman at that age. I love when people have such a a wide range of tastes, that's a real good thing. Thank you again!
Watchmen was so good! It might be just a bit of free association in my part more than real similarities with KKR/Watchmen, but I guess moon ghosts'll do that.
Thank you so much for the kind comments--Big Thief is one of my favorites so it's lovely to get the comparison!
Badfinger... if only man! Love them too. It was a somewhat lesser known outfit called Grapefruit. Thank you for the comments on the song!
I just wanted to thank you for your positive words - it's so different in February when I get audience for my woodlings, and they say nice things. It is really heartening.
Haha. I think the idea of burying someone in Slough is really rather moving.
You're too kind. Thank you so much for your comments on my songs 😀
ETA - 3rd FAWM, many songs, no release? You might be my failed-album brother from another mother 😉
Thanks for all your positive comments lately, Neil!
Thanks for your support! Really helping keeping me motivated!
I did indeed fix up the mix a little bit tonight (instead of writing a new song, haha) so it should sound a bit less rough now! Hopefully!
Hello! Thank you for coming by to listen and comment! I want to make a few adjustments to the mix before I send it in to songfight today, so I'll probably have a new, hopefully marginally better mix up by tomorrow... woke up today and felt like the drums and bass were ultra quiet. I'll probably decide they're way too loud tomorrow.
Thanks for your comments on You Buried My Voice in an Unmarked Grave. They mean a lot to me!
Aw thank you for your encouraging words on my tracks!! Feel so happy to be finally making a start on something that’s been an “idea for the future” for so long!
Thanks for taking the time to listen and comment, Neil. I really appreciate it. 😊😎
Thanks for the welcome, Neil! My first fawm so really appreciate it. Look forward to hearing your songs 👍
Hello, have a great time with FAWM this year.
Sounds like a plan. I am intrigued. Happy FAWM!
Actually I left them off this list but love their vibe anyways!
I had temples in my list to start the thread. Love their vibe.
Hi Neil! 😀
You are very kind, and it was LOADS of fun (even if the final stitching and mixing was a nightmare). 😁
I'm definitely doing something like this again this year, so keep an eye on the forum posts under "Collaboration Classifieds"...
Hello! Have a great FAWM! Looking forward to hearing your songs again!
Just stopping by to say hi and to stay calm and enjoy FAWM! (I'm practicing rhyming in the runup...) Cheers!