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.

Songs (26)

#1 The Threshold of the Void 12
Feb 2019
#2 That Dress You Wore 15
Feb 2019
#3 Consequences 7
Feb 2019
#4 Meet Up on the Sly 5
Feb 2019
#5 The Interpretation of Dreams 7
Feb 2019
#6 I'm a Believer 17
Feb 2019
#7 Last Flight of Surhin's Katyusha 13
Feb 2019
#8 Angel's Child 5
Feb 2019
#9 Going for Darkness 8
Feb 2019
#10 Not Nice @acapellastutter 7
Feb 2019
#11 Liar 18
Feb 2019
#12 Prostate Blues 14
Feb 2019
#13 Homeward @kraftec 6
Feb 2019
#14 Hawaii Goodbyee 12
Feb 2019
#15 Voices 8
Feb 2019
#16 Border Walls @kahlo2013  10
Feb 17
#17 Kicking & Screaming 15
Feb 17
#18 I Wanted to Marry Hayley Mills 12
Feb 18
#19 The Call of the Wild 11
Feb 19
#20 I'm a believer [FT] @timfatchen  12
Feb 20
#21 Love Will @kahlo2013  10
Feb 21
#22 Doing Time @pabrizzer 9
Feb 22
#23 Keep it Real 8
Feb 23
#24 Race Against Time 10
Feb 23
#25 Expectations @ajna1960 17
Feb 25
#26 When 11
Feb 25


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  • @infilktion May 6

    I am glad to hear your performance went well!

  • @ericdistad  Apr 19

    Hi Berni,

    The 50/90 site file hosting uses the same basic server, but have completely separate accounts - so you would need to setup new file hosting for the 50/90 event. The FAWM files will stay up and available - you just won't be able to add new files to that FAWM2019 folder.

    Please let me know if you have any further questions. Thanks!

  • @ericdistad  Apr 16

    Hi Berni - we don't tend to delete file hosting files for a couple years. We only recently purged file hosting stuff from 2011, for example. We try to keep at least 2 years worth online. If that policy changes, I'll let everyone know via the forums and on Facebook

  • @timfatchen  Apr 7

    Hi Berni; in case all else fails, can you respond to those emails--about using our joint my soundboard?. That'll do for legality and I can continue to scramble..>!

  • @julesbf Mar 19

    Hi Bernie thanks for your comment. I currently reside in Freckleton Lancashire (originally from Sussex). Been here 15+ years 😀

  • @factorytale Mar 10

    The song where she's being killed you could replace the word killed with thrilled. That would make it a totally different song.

  • @factorytale Mar 10

    thanks for the comments on my songs, I can´t understand you could listen to so many of them, I can´t, now fawm is over, stand listening to many of my own songs, I think this has been like therapy for me, to get my feelings out, and if I like some of the songs, I think I might try to make new lyrics, even though it has always been unthinkable for me to do that. It´s like when the songs is created, it is what it is, and cannot be changed. I can´t explain why. I tried it some times, but it just felt wrong. But I will try to do that. About the kissing frogs thing, I have kissed my share of frogs, and I´m now too old to keep doing that. NOw I only live for my children, hoping soon they´ll come home again. I´m sorry I´m a partykiller, but maybe things look better next year. I´ll listen to more of your songs the next couple of days.

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  • @infilktion Mar 9

    I am sure your performance will go well! I think we all get nervous before a performance because we are sharing a piece of ourselves and we never know how the audience might react. You've written a great tribute and I am sure it will be well received!

  • @calumcarlyle  Mar 8

    Hey @berni1954 , would you like to go on my friend Manu's show next week on Spanish Rock Shot Radio? He has a regular show called Nunca Es Tarde and next week he will be spaking to people about brexit. He asked me if i know anybody British who is living in Spain for him to talk to. Well, i don't know if you are British but maybe you would like to go on the show? Let me know or just give him an email at - Also, if you know any Brits in Spain who may want to talk about it on the show (it is a Spanish language show though) then do get in touch with him, and thanks!

  • @hoppiern  Mar 7

    Thank you so much for listening and commenting on my songs! I like your “greys” lyrics - well done! And your cat song is very funny. Thanks for sharing! 😊

  • @majordanby  Mar 6

    You are very welcome. It’s always a pleasure to hear your songs.

  • @donna  Mar 6

    😀 Unfortunately, most people nowadays would interpret the word in terms of the second meaning. 😉

    But luckily, your hands-clapping emoji indicates the first meaning. 😉

  • @timfatchen  Mar 4

    Hi Berni. back from the ship and catching up on reading comments and lsitening and other things...glad you enjoyed the cruel things I did to your "I'm a believer" lyrics. And thanks for the Bonzo Dog compliment! Chaos to my ears!

  • @donna  Mar 2

    Thank you for your very nice comment on 'The Collector of Doors'. 😉 (I presume though that you meant something like 'in awe of' rather than 'aghast'? 😉 😉 😉 Because 'aghast' means horrified. 😀 )

  • @matthew62  Mar 1

    I see you have had a productive FAWM. Thanks for your kind comments regarding Talking to the Moon. I have enjoyed listening to your stuff and plan on coming back later and working my way through all of it.

  • @factorytale Mar 1

    I guess it's what other people call a placeholder. There's nothing there yet

  • @keithcuts Feb 28

    Hi Berni In regards to the easy shed you should probably take a look at this it’s worth wasting some time on especially @sapient song

  • @mkd  Feb 28

    Thank you so much for listening and commenting on Empty Spaces - I’m so glad it captured all that for you, that was certainly my hope with it!

  • @ajna1960 Feb 26

    Thank you for posting the track @berni1954 😀 I love it 😀

  • @dreamscuba  Feb 26

    Thanks for your comments Bernie. Much appreciated. Congratulations on smashing the FAWM challenge.

  • @mikeb Feb 26

    Thanks for the listen and comment on 'Big Old World', much appreciated!

  • @ajna1960 Feb 25

    Hello Berni 😀 I am in South County Galway, on the Clare border, near Kinvara/Gort, and in the middle of nowhere.
    I would love you to collab on my lyric Expectations.. If you need me to edit it at all to suit what you have in mind, just ask. I am very flexible. If you need to chat or anything, you can find me on FB for pm, or phone or whatever.
    Talk soon !

  • @sjbatavia  Feb 24

    Thanks for your comment on Standing at the Gate.

  • @coolparadiso  Feb 24

    Thx Berni for your comments. Interestingly here we use with to refer to the whole but from to refer to a few of them.

  • @matthew62  Feb 24

    Thanks for the comments on Little Pink Fuzzy Sweater. It's funny that the backstories regarding initial twitterpation are so similar. I wasn't actually performing though. I was clowning around on stage with some friends who were getting ready to perform. They noticed my attention had been utterly derailed when she entered the room. Since they attended the same school as her, they introduced us. We dated around a year then broke up. She and I ran into each other about six years later. The chemistry was still there and, we were both ready to be lab partners! It's also funny that this past June was year 33 for us as well. Does it seem like this big wide world just shrunk a bit?

  • @cactuspie Feb 24

    Glad you enjoyed Old, In The Way! Yes, we've seen some wonderous things. And I've never taken my Freak Flag down! I've flown it with pride and will 'til I die! And I find that your songs resonate with me. Keep writing, Brother!

  • @matthew62  Feb 24

    Thank you for the listen and kind comments regarding You Can Say Goodbye. I'm always touched by the many things we humans hold in common. I only wish we were better at remembering. Also, I'm sorry that you were alone with your father at his passing and unable to experience the profound solace and inexplicable joy of sharing such an important moment with your family.

  • @musicsongwriter Feb 23

    You are very welcome, it was a pleasure.

  • @musicsongwriter Feb 22

    Thank you for your comment, so sweet and kind! You made me laugh out loud when you asked whether it was me on the photo. I wish! It's a gorgeous site where we can find photos and post them without any link back although I believe it's the least we can do is to post a credit to a photographer. The photo is so beautiful and I'm so pleased I had the chance to find it. Thank you again for your support.

  • @jonmeta  Feb 22

    Definitely. Let me know when you're heading this way. We'll meet up somewhere not too far off the motorway.

  • @cindyrella  Feb 21

    Oh my! I think I would have been scared at 4 pm or anytime! Thanks for your comments!

  • @kahlo2013  Feb 21

    Berni ❤️❤️❤️

  • @kahlo2013  Feb 21

    You’ve got it!!

  • @apertome  Feb 21

    Wow, I love your insightful and evocative comments on the "unmediated knowledge" suite ... and flattery, too! (I think Persian Surgery Dervishes is my favorite thing by Terry Riley, btw.)

    I was hoping that the ending would convey what I intended, which is pretty much what you described. Sometimes, it's hard to tell if that sort of subtle point will be communicated, especially instrumentally.

    In fact, in editing the suite together I knew the ending first. It came out of a mistake from the beginning of one of our sessions, something I'd normally throw away.

    I should write something up about the process, it was a fun ride for sure.

    Thanks again!

  • @jonmeta  Feb 21

    Hi Berni, I used to get to Barcelona a lot for work, but hardly ever anymore. But if you ever have gigs going, let me know.
    jonmeta (at) gmail
    And of course if you're venturing West, you're welcome here.

  • @gregscheer Feb 21

    Thanks for your thoughtful comments on my music. It's good to know there are people who really listen at a deep level!

  • @cactuspie Feb 21

    You are totally correct. I wrote this make sure people understand that this is real. I call it the Trump effect. He has emboldened these racist creeps. He is a total disaster.

  • @blackrose1313 Feb 20

    Thank you for the great comment!

  • @timfatchen  Feb 20

    Hi Berni; my or rather Flying Tadpole's Travelling Blues Band take on your "I'm a believer" is up at my deathknock. The track is downloadable as I can't find an email address to send it direct. Hope the acknowledgments are okay. It was fun doing it but I sail away in 12 hours!

  • @peterfedora  Feb 20

    Thank you so much for your comment on my song, Unknowable self, Mike Scott is quite amazing, so I am truly honoured for that reference. I shall listen to your catalogue when I get home from work today, I am looking forward to it.

  • @wacha  Feb 20

    Thank you for the feedback on "Mallory's Lament". I was hoping to be able to connect on a deeper level than just the plot of the movie. Glad to see it worked.

  • @factorytale Feb 20

    I can see what you mean about the up up up song. I think different stories are mixed together in this song and the idea of it got lost.

  • @factorytale Feb 19

    oh good he got to live that long. But the cancer got to him 😞 my father died from cancer when he was 39, and untill I turned 40 I was afraid that I´d die at the same age. Now I´m 45 and I don´t think about that anymore, but I want to quit smoking, but it´s very difficult for me at the moment.

  • @factorytale Feb 19

    I don´t think you´d like joining me in my car, as I do a LOT of smoking. 😀 I know I should quit this bad habbit, but I´ve been smoking since I was 14-15 years old, and it´s pretty difficult to get rid of this habbit.

  • @cactuspie Feb 19

    Lol, yeah, I couldn't help myself! If you would have seen what I saw, you might have written it, too!

  • @jackketch Feb 19

    Thanks for the comments on my songs! Listened to the one you suggested - I see what you mean, very similar themes. Yours is much more polished though. Another brilliant folk tune. I have a Boss Micro Br - think the BR 80 is thr next one up so presumably should be better! I love mine, hate using a computer to record so love being able to record everything from start to finish without looking at a screen, but that's mostly because I have a terrible computer that sucks our all of my creativity..

  • @timfatchen  Feb 19

    Berni, I'm all out of time and it's unlikely I'll get to finish my blues version of your "I'm a believer" unless I can sneak an hour tomorrow in the middle of house and packing (currently it's 1 am and I'm desperately cleaning and putting up the remainder of my tracks. And some placeholders, probably. Of which that could be one I guess.

  • @jonmeta  Feb 19

    Hi Berni. Yes, I know Vilanova. I'm about 3 hours away, outside Zaragoza. It's good to have a fellow folkie nearby.

  • @musicsongwriter Feb 18

    You are very welcome. I enjoyed my listen very much. Thank you for your kind comment.

  • @musicsongwriter Feb 18

    You are very welcome. I enjoyed my listen very much. Thank you for your kind comment.

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  • @factorytale Feb 18

    you´re probably right no botox adverting money for me 😀 Well, I agree on what you´re saying. I don´t think things have changed for women, they still have to look beautiful, as it has always been, except the plastic part, but for men things have changed a lot, if you watch the grammy´s you can see that the men performing look ordinary or even ugly, but women still have to look like models, and they have to be black. It was really a strange experience to watch this. 😀 I got a lot out of it, maybe not what they intended. I still haven´t written about lady gaga´s very strange performance.:-)

  • @tjeff  Feb 18

    Thanks for listening and commenting, much appreciated!

  • @billwhite51 Feb 18

    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 Feb 18

    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 Feb 18

    re´..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  Feb 18

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

  • @corinnecurcio Feb 17

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

  • @kahlo2013  Feb 17

    Thanks Bernie, sadly there is little normal with child who has been neglected or institutionalized. I’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  Feb 17

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

  • @jackketch Feb 17

    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  Feb 17

    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  Feb 17

    Thanks for your comments on my Irish song!

  • @scottlake  Feb 17

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

  • @kahlo2013  Feb 17

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

  • @billwhite51 Feb 2019

    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  Feb 2019

    Thanks for your comment on Had a Bad Attitude 😀

  • @cactuspie Feb 2019

    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 Feb 2019

    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 Feb 2019

    Need to listen to your songs now! 😀

  • @lain Feb 2019

    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 😀 I am happy you like the line with the feet 😀

  • @majordanby  Feb 2019

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

  • @franniezest Feb 2019

    i finally uploaded the demo for never come home if you're curious. 😀

  • @kovbleu  Feb 2019

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

  • @igg Feb 2019

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

  • @chipwithrow  Feb 2019

    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 Feb 2019

    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  Feb 2019

    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 Feb 2019

    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 Feb 2019

    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. 😀

  • @acousticmaddie  Feb 2019

    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  Feb 2019

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

  • @kahlo2013  Feb 2019

    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  Feb 2019

    Thank you but I do like the dirtyNess of the word "sin". Being an atheist myself I don't really Interpret it the same 😀 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 😀

  • @blackrose1313 Feb 2019

    Thanks for the great comment!

  • @rainchaser  Feb 2019

    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  Feb 2019

    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  Feb 2019

    I’ll be dropping by later for a catch up: life gets in the way.

  • @majordanby  Feb 2019

    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 Feb 2019

    Go Bernini listened to the 1564 song. Haha. That’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 Feb 2019

    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!! 😀

  • @zxcvbnm  Feb 2019

    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. 😀

  • @mikeskliar  Feb 2019

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

  • @keithcuts Feb 2019

    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 Feb 2019

    hello 😀 It´s here now, I´ve posted upside down, the song.

  • @factorytale Feb 2019

    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 Feb 2019

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

  • @declan Feb 2019

    @berni1954 re Vonnegut as liar.

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

    So I’m calling him Vonnegut sarcastically.