Artist Bio

Influences:   Any good songwriter from Joni, through Dylan to Ana Van Riel

Been writing songs since I was fifteen.... Some 50 years ago.


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  • @tjeff  1 hour

    Thanks for listening and commenting, much appreciated!

  • @billwhite51 4 hours

    thanks for your comment on the man who came through. veedon fleece was and remains one of my favorite albums from van, but he has so much great stuff that i cant really pick one above all the others. this song was inspired by the climax of his performance of summertime in england at glastonbury. check it out this strain in his music really began with veedons csnt push the river, didnt it? anyway, i wondered why he hadnt put the poem, to music, so i decided to try it myself.

  • @billwhite51 4 hours

    re..hayley. she couldnt believe those guys were bad, she was so sweet, i was lucky in that my older sister looked something like hayley, and i used to pretend she was hayley. which wasnt so far fetched to a ten year old kid. after all, there were two of them in the parent trap.

  • @billwhite51 4 hours

    reยด..past us immigration policies. they were not part of a visible platform, but were covert, and much deadlier. the number of people murdered by border patrols during the reagan bush era is astronomical, nixons persecution of john lennon and others foreign visitors who spoke out against the vietnam war was psychotic. and let us not forget the thousands of jewish refugees roosevelt sent back to meet their fate in nazi germany. forgive me if i rant on about this, but i left my life i the US behind when obamas immigration policies refused to allow my peruvian wife to enter the country. shades of the post WW2 ban on american servicemen bringing their japanese wives home with them, forcing many to desert their families. granted that trumps policies are ridiculous and insane, but they are in the longstanding tradition of US policy toward those they would shut out,

  • @sph  8 hours

    Thanks for your words. Maybe I'll try a bouzouki sometime. Till then I'll have to stack more tracks of guitars ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @corinnecurcio 18 hours

    Thanks for heads up about Ukulele Underground Forum. Checking it out now.

  • @kahlo2013  19 hours

    Thanks Bernie, sadly there is little normal with child who has been neglected or institutionalized. Iโ€™ve learned so much. One of many reasons I am so worried about what we are doing at the border with detention. These traumas can have such a lasting impact. My guy is almost 21 and really it was just in the past year that we have been seeing more light.

  • @scottlake  19 hours

    I did find it by searching - I see why it was censored!

  • @jackketch 19 hours

    Hi Bernie, thanks very much for the nice comment about my John Ball song - means a lot to me as I really like your work. Yes totally agree about the oligarchs which is what I was trying to get at with the ending. The more things change eh..
    Am listening to your song Sons of the soil now - it's great, right up my street. Chorus has a lovely melody. Perhaps I need to write a workhouse song - I found out recently that other that myself and my dad every male on that line was born in a workhouse for about 200 years!

  • @scottlake  20 hours

    Berni, I couldn't load the youtube video that was censored from the Aristocats. I really want to see it but I got a file load error on my phone. I will try on my PC next......tried on the PC as well - it says the video is unavailable.

  • @cindyrella  21 hours

    Thanks for your comments on my Irish song!

  • @scottlake  21 hours

    You left a kind note about my Lucy with the Sideways Eye lyrics lonely song. I did the music last night.

  • @kahlo2013  22 hours

    So totally awesome! The most relevant and important songs of my FAWM this year! A million thanks for breathing life into these words!!!!!

  • @billwhite51 1 day

    Thanks for your comment on How do I Get In. . In answer your question regarding the themes , the concept of the album the stages of man. As the first song, this song is an imaginative telling of the struggles of a soul who desires to be born into the mortal world. But your perception of a triple theme is astute, as there is also a subtext that hints at immigration and worldly success as well. How do I get into the world? How do i get into your country? How do I get into the music business?

  • @moonraccoon  1 day

    Thanks for your comment on Had a Bad Attitude ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @cactuspie 2 days

    Thanks for your comments on "It Takes A Good Fall"! It's always good to hear what a peer thinks. I appreciate it. I, routinely, take inspiration from others song. The title actually come from a Face Book meme. FB is a gold mine of lines!

  • @franniezest 2 days

    thanks for checking out the audio for Never Come home! so i'm only a casual springsteen fan but i basically stole the melody of my first verse line from Dancing in the Dark which you could probably tell.
    The line you mentioned about throwing your hat in the air is inspired by a concert video i saw. it was the first thing i saw/heared of the smith street band - who i fell for instantly upon watching this concert video. in it the fans are amazing to watch and one of them throws a hat up on stage and the singer wears it for a few lines before handing it back. not so coincidentally, the singer of smith street band is a huge springsteen fan

  • @lain 2 days

    Need to listen to your songs now! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @lain 2 days

    Thanks for your comment on "Du" - I am happy that I made it to write a German song again as most of the time my songs come out in English... I am not satisfied with that song musically, but anyway, I did it ๐Ÿ˜€ I am happy you like the line with the feet ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @majordanby  2 days

    Thanks for the feedback. Iโ€™m not a fan of Radiohead either, but Dan loves them. It was Dan who showed me some of their chords. Iโ€™ve still not listened to much of their work, but did by a chord book of their songs. The problem Iโ€™m having now is finding ingesting chords the give me problems with the whole progression.

  • @franniezest 2 days

    i finally uploaded the demo for never come home if you're curious. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @kovbleu  3 days

    Thanks for your comment on "Lightning." Yeah, that "always" really did become a driving theme. hehe

  • @igg 4 days

    Thanks for your time and comments on "Pixel Perfect Momma"....Much appreciated..

  • @chipwithrow  4 days

    That's a very insightful comment you made about the 2nd version of my igloo song being too earnest! Actually, that was the first version, but it self-plagiarized my love song Cautivo de Amor so I wrote a more rocking igloo song!
    I've been digging your music - going to listen to another one now!

  • @pabrizzer 4 days

    telepathy indeed.
    i was looking at those exact same biles on youtube last night.
    they are made in asia (china I think) sold as ajs and sinnis in gb.
    there was a guy doing a long term test on the 125 scrambler.
    thanks for the comments berni!

  • @namjunerobot  4 days

    Whenever I do FAWM someone always mentions Eno. Thanks for the encouragement, I am doing my best to get into the swing of things.

  • @flutterby42 4 days

    Thanks for your comments on my Swedish waltz. I took it as a huge compliment since I only lived in Sweden for 3 years! I'm not a very good fiddle player either and am intrigued by these camps you mentioned. Unfortunately, both Spain and California are a bit far for me to travel from Canada!

  • @franniezest 4 days

    Hi thanks so much for looking at Nevwr Going Home. I already have music for this one but I ran out of time to upload it tonight. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @acousticmaddie  4 days

    Well that's good IMHO people shall interpret them differently and if you know my usual writings I love to play a Lot with the two extremes hell and heaven, Satan and God, lust as dirty and sin as something to lust for and with. It awakens (apparently) feelings and I don't care if people love or hate my use of words as long as it awakens something.

  • @kahlo2013  4 days

    If you liked Border Wall - no one has picked that up and I would love that to become a song!

  • @kahlo2013  4 days

    Hi Bernie! Thanks for your kind comment. I would be honored if there were any lyrics that you were interested in to put music to!

  • @acousticmaddie  5 days

    Thank you but I do like the dirtyNess of the word "sin". Being an atheist myself I don't really Interpret it the same ๐Ÿ˜€ and to feel something as a sin can actually give a curiosity to it as in the Bdsm kind of use of it so I'd like to keep it ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @blackrose1313 5 days

    Thanks for the great comment!

  • @rainchaser  5 days

    Thank you for commenting on "I've Heard It All! Say It Again!!". The pauses were unintentional, but I'm glad you found them useful.

    I've heard of Band In A Box but I never used it. I suppose I can give it a shot, but I don't know if I should use it on this song or not. I didn't had any instruments I wanted to hear in mind. I might use it on other songs but I'm not sure about this one. Lol

  • @splittybooms  5 days

    Hey, thanks for listening - I appreciate when folks who don't usually listen to a kind of music can still find something of interest about it.
    To answer your question, I use Propellerhead's Reason to make all my music. I gather vocal samples mostly from Splice (a website).
    I pick vocals that...well, like you said, tug at my heartstrings! lol There's gotta be something about them that catches my ear...SO many that don't. And then I just either create music in Reason around the vocal, or go grab vocals that enhance what I've made.

  • @majordanby  6 days

    Iโ€™ll be dropping by later for a catch up: life gets in the way.

  • @majordanby  6 days

    You are very welcome and deserving of the listens and praise, always love your songs.

    Thank you for your comments too, it does mean so much. Cassette Love.

  • @keithcuts 6 days

    Go Bernini listened to the 1564 song. Haha. Thatโ€™s a creative take on a challenge. The Gallilio and Shakespeare stuff is all interesting. I could see that going over real wel live. Have you played it out?

  • @dani312 6 days

    Wow! Thank you so much for your beautiful and generous comments. It is so encouraging!! I really appreciate it. Helps motivate me to finish the next one!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @zxcvbnm  6 days

    Thanks for your comments and suggestions, on Bloody Great War and Do You Miss Me? Especially replacing the word Kids, I think I will make it a real country song by using dogs instead. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @mikeskliar  6 days

    thanks for the tenor guitar info! i'll keep it in mind!

  • @keithcuts 6 days

    Thanks for the Ukulele underground invite I have kicked around on that site a little bit and probably should a little bit more Aldrine is the man

  • @factorytale 6 days

    hello ๐Ÿ˜€ Itยดs here now, Iยดve posted upside down, the song.

  • @factorytale 6 days

    I understand your feelings! I feel the world is coming to an end as a place of the good ideals and humanity. It is a time where people laugh at the people lying down on the ground. We have to keep hoping for better times!

  • @mmmmarcus 1 week

    Thank you for the comment on Carry Me Home! Lyrics are posted now, thank you for the request.

  • @declan 1 week

    @berni1954 re Vonnegut as liar.

    The idea of the song is that the person itโ€™s about claims to be a great writer, footballer, chess player, cricketer, lover etc.

    So Iโ€™m calling him Vonnegut sarcastically.

  • @kraftec 1 week

    The mp3 not playing must be something on your end. I loaded and played it in audacity just fine.

  • @corinnecurcio 1 week

    Thanks for your comments on "Liar Liar" - If anyone puts music to my lyric - It will be me! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @rustyp 1 week

    Hey Berni, Your Liar song was really impressive. I'd love to know your work flow for writing all of those lyrics. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @judypie  1 week

    Hahaha, dangerous tactics! ๐Ÿ˜

  • @leomozi  1 week

    Thanks for your advice on โ€œNever Settle!โ€ I think I will work โ€œnettleโ€ into the chorus.

  • @roblincoln  1 week

    Thanks for the Wishbone Ash comparison. I am always fascinated what others hear in a song. (I thought initially more Elvis Costello.) I look forward to further exploring your songs, You are a fine singer and instrumentalist as well as a strong writer. Putting you on my watchlist right now!

  • @leomozi  1 week

    Thanks for your kind comments on Drosera. Iโ€™ll bet there is a girl somewhere in the world who has been afflicted with that name!

  • @quork  1 week

    Always a pleasure, berni. And thank you for your detailed, thoughtful comments on Raining Underwear. It started out as a ridiculous song, but then I got into the life of the protagonist and it took a twist.

  • @audrey  1 week

    Thank you so much for your very kind words expressing how my piece, Bullied, achieved what I had hoped to - conveying the terrible and damaging effects of bullying, more harmful than the assaults themselves. It saddens me to know that many people have and still are being affected by something so preventable. Every school needs an active anti-bullying program, and the media needs to play a role in awareness and prevention of it. You, sir, are one of the strong ones who, though hurt, survived and moved on, and so did not bow to such cowards. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @factorytale 1 week

    It's ok, and I'm glad she did smth good for you. I just don't understand her but I don't understand myself either

  • @timfatchen  1 week

    YouTube didn't want to surrender your location on "I'm a believer" but I found you! Subscribed. Your tenor guitar, what tuning? ukulele return string or other?

  • @acousticmaddie  1 week

    Wow thanks for the kind comment. Yes thats true Thats the last song on the upcoming album. I wrote half of them trough 50/90 and some more here. They are labeled Headless soldier bay.

  • @factorytale 1 week

    Thank you so much for taking the time to listen to all my songs, and thank you for all the feedback. I never liked nor understood billie holiday, so being compared with her is not smth I like that much. ๐Ÿ™‚ i don't think I'm a reincarnation, I just saw a lot of shit in my life like her. Faeries is written in stead of ferries thanks for noticing this error. I don't like spelling mistakes, but I'm danish, so it's unavoidable.

  • @larryw 1 week

    Hi, I will be in the Lisbon area, really looking forward to it

  • @kovbleu  1 week

    Goodness! You're SO KIND. (Tori....gasp!) Thank you for all of the lovely comments and I'm so thankful that you've been listening to my songs. I really appreciate it.

  • @quork  1 week

    Hi praise indeed! Thank you.

  • @tuneslayer2018  1 week

    I have to say, you in turn put a smile on my face. Burl Ives was a master, and to be compared to him is high praise indeed. Thank you.

  • @mishykatz  1 week

    Great comment on Cartoon Neighborhood, thanks so much!!

  • @majordanby  2 weeks

    I did wonder and have made numerous calculations as to the meaning of the final verse. As you say, let the reader/listener decide.

    Confusingly there are two of us and I post comments on Danโ€™s login as I sm not a computer kind of guy. Peace, Karl. I will pass on your kind words about Danโ€™s song.

    Ps I have started writing a Clothes song, thank you for the inspiration.

  • @clark2013 2 weeks

    In reply to the tuning question, it's actually standard tuning, but letting the B and E strings ring open. It's a cool effect to give chords more depth.

  • @kraftec 2 weeks

    Thanks for the comments! I'd love to hear your take on my song. Make sure to send me the isolated vocal tracks when you're done ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @jorh 2 weeks

    Thanks for your lovely comments on my song - I will keep you updated if i get music ๐Ÿ˜€ I look forward to seeing what you produce during FAWM!

  • @moonshadow 2 weeks

    thx for your comment on my song, it was very well spotted where the influence came from

  • @pabrizzer 2 weeks

    Not sure how to respond to comments on this platform but I appreciate yours Berni.

  • @izaakalexander  3 weeks

    14 songs in 28 days!!

  • @nuj4x 3 weeks

  • @hummingbear 4 weeks

    Welcome to FAWM19! Have a great month!