Influences: Dave Carter, Richard Shindell, Antje Duvekot, Peter Mulvey
This is my eighth FAWM. . . . ahhh, and did I mention that I ALSO have a book (writing) deadline of March 1st? Why did I agree to that date?! This month is a little daunting.
Two years ago, I actually ending up releasing an album -- my 4th -- of Resistance songs I wrote during FAWM
(https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/bethdesom...). My 3rd for-real album, I Was Here, came out in fall 2016 and had 8 songs on it that were written during FAWMs.
For me it's about the songwriting and not about the production, so all my song posts are one-take iPhone recordings. Isn't it a miracle that we carry little recording studios in our pockets in this day and age?
I write folk-ish songs. Sing Out! Magazine described my songs as “smart and uplifting . . . focusing on the quiet meaning to be found in ordinary life,” which I think describes my music just fine. I have four CDs. I'm happy for any kind of feedback -- I actually love criticism when the song is new enough that I'm not attached to it.
February: bring it!
|#1||What Rose Knows||
|#2||Sarah Jacobs, 47||
|#5||Here I Am||
|#8||The Last Song||
|#9||He Gets Angry||
|#10||The Ballad of Thomas Luce||
|#11||When I'm On My Way||
|#12||The Same Sky||
Thank you for your comment on "Aurora Auctoritatis"! Tomorrow, when I have more time, I'll peruse your catalogue!
Glad to see your strong start didn't fizzle. Congrats on a great year, I really enjoyed listening.
Thanks for leaving such close-read & thoughtful comments. I still have much catching up to do over here! Full disclosure: I didn't have that Shakespeare bit at my fingertips; it seemed like a good idea so I checked and miraculously it turned out to work. As to the bridge, it's so sophomoric I feel compelled to remove the mystery: since 12x12=144 and 144 is a "gross"... Sorry you asked? 😀
Thank you for your comment about Winter Light Festival! We used to crew for a hot air balloon pilot when he came to town for the annual Tigard Hot Air Balloon Classic, and liked to hole the ropes keeping the throat of the balloon open while it filled with cold air so I could be RIGHT there when the pilot decided it was time to burn propane to heat the air and stand it up. That's when I first feel in love with the dragon's roar as the burners (often double burners) would come to life. Also it was always before dawn, so the heat was also much appreciated after the big fans had been blowing cold air past you to fill a ten to 14-story tall envelope!
Just a quick note to say that I quite enjoyed listening to a larger number of your tunes this year. (This was my first yer really committing to the tunes on my Watchlist.) Also, thank you for all your nice comments.
And congrats to you also for climbing the ladder to 14 this year!
Congrats on 14. Thanks for your encouragement and all the great feedback. I'm sick as a dog right now. Bad timing.... I'll be fine though.
Thank you for listening and your kind comments to "The Morning Mist". Much appreciated! And congratulations to you for reaching 14 songs. I will not manage it this year, but will for sure try again next year!
I hope you got the book ready as well... 😀
Thank you for your comment on How Do I Get In, I have been enjoying your music as well this year, as in the past.
Hey 😀 "how to read it" - oh yes. No worries there.
I discern that and specifically don't use certain words in context.
To "take a side" would be to, not be "agnostic" 😝
Some may observation-ally suppose we are all "agnostic", - 'till the end 😀 neither faith or disbelief? We're all gonna find out at some point 😝
-- Your work is very good and well done.
I hope you can tell from mine, that I've engaged very open and blended communities of thought (you would not believe 😀 ) . It's amazing to experience authentically open dissection of thought without visceral angst and anger -- for me, that's when the real learning may occur.
But a big Can-O-Worms for here 😀 aye!
Thanks so much for listening to my songs - I really appreciate the feedback so much. Can’t wait to listen to more of yours in March 😊
Thanks so much for listening to Seaford and taking the time to comment, Beth.
It's hard to believe, but the songs kept coming. Yay FAWM! I was so behind at our showcase 😀
You only got two more songs! I'm catching up...
Thank you Beth! I always appreciate your heartfelt comments. Thanks for taking time to listen to a couple of my tunes.
ThanksI I sure hope so!
You're in the home stretch now! Go, Beth, go!
The same thing happened to me! I thought "traditionalish" was a fabulous tag, and didn't even noticed I'd been autocorrected to "traditionalist" in my comment. So here's to traditionalishism all around.
Thank you! That really helps. I'll be doing a rewrite when FAWMs done... I like the song I want to find a way to keep it, somehow.
Thank you for the feedback. You definitely identified the line that I struggled with the most. Previous lines include "But I'm not guilty of this crime", and "All I got left is this rhyme". Not sure if either work better than "I'm way beyond my prime"--meant to evoke being in lock up for a long time. But I'd love to hear your opinion on either alternative!
Thanks for the comment on 'We Used To Sing', I don't do many collaborations, and usually take a lot of time to do them when I do.
I still like Pilgrim 😀
I've been appreciating your comments, but the fact that you study fish and listened to "Oh My Cod" made my day.
Thanks for your kind comment on my nasty little song. I really liked Cadillac Michigan, and will be listening to the rest soon. All the best to you.
Thank you for listening and for your comment on my bucket song. Greatly appreciated!
Thanks so much for your keen comments on I Can Love You for Today. I hear you on the lack of distinction on the chorus, which came to me first. From there I realized this might be one of those songs whose changes might be further distinguished thru shifting intensity in the vocals and arrangement along the way. We shall see! Much appreciated 😮)
Thanks for your listen and comments. Too bad I can’t see your show at Serendipity, I work those nights. Maybe FAWM over?
Thanks for the listen and comment on 'Bridges' - shows that sometimes the quick simple write can be just the thing!
Thanks for listening and commenting on my song "Tempting Time", I really appreciate it!!
Thanks for the feedback/comments, Beth. I need to get caught up listening to your new song. I will probably just put the new songs on my web page. The ones that get performed at ROM hopefully end up as decent quality life videos. But I don't really have a distribution chain. (I did get a mention on WGBH's Boston Public Radio this week. Pacing the Rage was inspired by that show and i sent it to them in a way that they would notice it. I also gave Ayanna Pressley a copy of "Change Can't Wait" at the EM Kennedy Institute, but didn't hear back from her.)
Beth, glad to see you back again. Looks like you're cruising this year. I'll definitely be back to check out more.
Hey Beth - Happy FAWMing!
I emailed you a copy of my album a while back - don't know if you got it. John Lennon Blues made the cut and your comments from that FAWM were a very helpful and encouraging part of the process. So thanks!!!
Thanks so much for your kind and thoughtful comments on my songs! Really appreciate them.
I know Peter Mulvey but not that song; I'll check it out!
Thank you for the kind words on my song Something Wicked this Way Comes. Much appreciated.
the old money own all the buildings.high rents and control of business groups
Thank you for your comment on "Broken." The mystery of the psychological underpinnings of creativity fascinate me. What generates the spark? How much sanity does an artist surrender in order to bring to life the vision no one else can see? Anyway, thanks!
Hi Beth, thanks for the comment on my lyric. No time for recording/music writing for a few days - I run an open mic tonight, heading to the Joni Mitchell movie tomorrow night. It was a very quick sleepy write, so maybe someone can work some musical magic with it.
Thanks for your take on my jazz trumpet take!
It’s really funny that you mention the melody shared across verse and chorus, because that’s something I really wrestled with!
I wanted a differing melody initially, but after a few unsatisfactory tries I decided the chords variation sufficed for me.
Thanks for the comments on 'Old Green Shirt'! Hope to hear/see you next week at the 'Dip show.
Aw, thanks! I'm glad you're back this year in spite of the twin deadlines. Looking forward to listening!
Thanks for giving me a listen. Glad you dug the Dive Bar Devotional stuff. 😀
Thanks for your listen / comment on "Willy and Jenny."
> I can't tell if that's an explicit choice to universalize it, or something that just happened
I did mean for the story to be "fabulous" (Aesop-wise), but maybe some more small-mammal verisimilitude would help the bald and unconvincing narrative. 😀 Actually, I think the song needs trimming, too.
Thanks for the comment on my first FAWM song!
Hi Beth! Have a great FAWM! 😊
Looking forward to new music from you, Beth!! 😀