bethdesombre 14


02482 US   Jan 2012  

Artist Bio

Influences:   Dave Carter, Richard Shindell, Antje Duvekot, Peter Mulvey

(She/her) This is my tenth FAWM.

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?

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!


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  • @sherrycanary  4 weeks

    Thank you for listening to a twist on Twisted, and your comments show you know the original 😀
    I think this is the first time you have posted on my page. Glad you came by!

  • @tamsnumber4  6 weeks

    Thanks for listening and commenting on my songs "Blue Snow", "One Kiss", "He Changed His Stripes", "Lights at Sea" and "Something Dark" and my collab song "Fades to Gray"I really appreciate it!

  • @berni1954  6 weeks

    No, but the shanty men often invented shanties on the spot telling tales like these to tunes the lads already knew. So, you might have a whaling crew leaving port singing about river boatmen, or river boatmen singing about whaling, etc. Though a heck of a lot of shanties were simply bawdy tales like "Serafina"...

  • @berni1954  6 weeks

    Glad you liked "The Sealer's Shanty". The working shanty never had a chorus.Generally chorus songs were not used as work songs. The men pulling the ropes or turning the machinery had the rhythm of their work set by the shanty man. Each shanty man would use songs with different rhythms and lengths depending on the work involved. So there were capstan shanties, mainsail shanties, etc. Songs with choruses were generally sung in the forecastle (front) of the ship by those who were not on duty as entertainment. As the host of this challenge specifically wanted shanties, then that is what I gave him. I know all this because I used to be a member of "The Keelers" a shanty group based in Northumbria, England.

  • @berni1954  7 weeks

    So glad you liked my take on "The Shining" - Would you believe I have never actually seen the movie? 😁 I'm not a horror fan,. I got all my info about the film from Wiki, fan sites and Youtube 😉

  • @aaronnathans 7 weeks

    And congrats on YOUR win!

  • @berni1954  7 weeks

    Glad you liked me and Liz's "Love Again" - Liz is great at emotional lyrics.

  • @sunnymae  7 weeks

    Thank you Beth for your comments on Timeless Time and congratulations on your 14!
    I'm looking forward to a few weeks of solid listening. So glad we were all here together. 🤗

  • @hamiltonpoolhall  7 weeks

    You too! I'm *so* behind on my listening, but this is one of my first stops to correct that. Thank you so much for all the close reads this month; they are so appreciated, and I aim to reciprocate 😀.

  • @tukayandryan  7 weeks

    Thank you again for your lovely feedback on our songs. It means so much 😊

  • @nathansurles  7 weeks

    Thanks for the kind comments on the Vaccinate me song! 😀

  • @dudachris 7 weeks

    Hey Beth, re my shanty: I'm not convinced on verse order yet. I'm might actually go backwards from seven down and than repeat seven. I'll figure it out next month. Still got more to write and experiment with 😁

    You seem to have been productive! I've got some catch up listening to do lol!

  • @tunecat  8 weeks

    Thanks so much for your comments on ‘dancing with sorrow’

  • @markg  8 weeks

    Thanks for the listen and comments on Aces High. You value words in your work--thanks for taking notice of mine.
    I'm so behind in listening and writing--been busier than I would like--but I try to make it up when I have the chance.

  • @kenmattsson  8 weeks

    Thanks @bethdesombre, I know that we'll all be doing some rewriting and tweaking of music come March. We can check in then, as this is just so good (and you know it will also speak to my brother Rob, who you also know).

  • @majordanby  8 weeks

    Not sooty, sorry.

  • @majordanby  8 weeks

    Sooty for the lack of listens to date, small kids and life. I will take some time to catch up with you. Karl.

  • @majordanby  8 weeks

    Thank you so much for you kind words. “I still regret the way we said goodbye”, alas I believe I might have borrowed this one from Bob Dylan. Just checked, not sure. Definitely heavily influenced by Blood On The Tracks.

  • @emkaydeebee  Feb 20

    Thanks so much for your comments on my two siren songs, I’m delighted that you enjoyed them! That rainstick is just a daft kid’s toy one, haha, but it seems to do the trick...

  • @bradbrubaker  Feb 18

    Thank you for your kind words on my Foreign Signage project. I can't explain why this little project interests me, but it is reassuring to know that I'm not the only one.

  • @scubed  Feb 18

    Thanks so much for your kind comment on "It's a New Day"!

  • @berni1954  Feb 18

    Happy you liked my "Beginning and End"... I only hope we never reach the "seperate ebeds" stage. I would hate not to be able to snuggle up next to Carmen.

  • @tukayandryan  Feb 18

    Thank you so much for listening to another one of our songs. So happy you liked it. 😀

  • @cleanshoes  Feb 18

    Thank you so much for your comments on my songs! I truly appreciate it.

  • @mikeb Feb 18

    Thanks for the listen and comment on 'Secrets of the Minoan Snake Goddess'!

  • @theodamus  Feb 16

    Thank you so much for the lovely comment on Birds <3

  • @eas3637  Feb 14

    Beth - thanks for the lovely recommendation! I can't tell you how much I appreciate your kind words and support!

  • @colgoo Feb 14

    Thanks for listening to “Selling Myself Short”. I always find your comments to be insightful and kind. I appreciate that about you. Happy Valentine’s Day.

  • @tukayandryan  Feb 14

    Thank you so much for your lovely feedback 😊

  • @philhenry  Feb 13

    No worries, Beth! Multiple posts just emphasize your point! Multiple posts just emphasize your point! Multiple posts just emphasize your point! Multiple posts just emphasize your point! Multiple posts just emphasize your point! All work and no play make Jack a full boy! Multiple posts just emphasize your point!

  • @jyllian Feb 12

    Hi Beth - I took your advice and edited my cat song. It is closer to something I’d enjoy playing out. Thank you!

  • @sunnymae  Feb 10

    Thank you Beth for your wonderful comments on As the House Burns Down. It was an amazing collab! Probably the "keeper" of the season for me. I always appreciate your feedback.

  • @eas3637  Feb 10

    Beth! Thanks for your kind words! I can't WAIT for this pandemic to be over so we can get out in the world again and share music. I look forward to hearing more of your music and meeting you in real life!

  • @caitlin Feb 8

    Thanks for your kind thoughts on "Grandma's Grand"! Now you've really given me the itch to hear "My Father's Piano", seems we've got quite the theme.

  • @joshlevitre  Feb 8

    Hi BethHat 😀. I sent you a friend request on Pokémon Go (from Luna Jax)

  • @colgoo Feb 8

    Thank you for listening to “Fallen Sparrow”. I loved your take on that prompt, too.

  • @midwayfair  Feb 8

    Any thoughts about death are usually complete nonsense. But nonsense can still resonate with people, if it's the right kind of nonsense ...

    I'll have to check out Fearless, though I might have to use work as an excuse for not even attempting to hit 7 in 7.

  • @dragondreams  Feb 7

    Hi Beth. Thank you so much for your lovely feedback on my tune for my mum. 😀

  • @colgoo Feb 5

    Thank you for the feedback on “Rough Year”. I am glad you liked it!

  • @colgoo Feb 4

    Thanks, Beth, for listening to my vent song today....after three phone calls I did finally get through to the right people, only to find out that my calls were a waste of breath today. Ah, well!

  • @sheslin  Feb 2

    Thank you Beth for the listen and your lovely comment!

  • @mikegtz  Feb 2

    Hi and welcome Beth. I'll be checking in on you.

  • @philhenry  Jan 31

    Hi, Beth! Happy FAWM!

  • @dudachris Jan 30

    Hey Beth,

    been listening to your stuff on and off all year. It really is stunning!

    Looking forward to another great FAWM. Good luck!

  • @alyxanderjames  Jan 30

    Cheers to a great FAWM, Beth! Glad to see you here!

  • @johncrossman  Jan 27

    Hiya Beth! Let's see, if this is ten, then the bio math indicates... let's see.... subtract... carry the one... something about an integer... aha, you're here, happy fawming!

  • @tamsnumber4  Jan 21

    Hi Beth, Happy FAWMing!! I know you are busy, but hoping to hear your music!!

  • @mikeb Jan 18

    HI Beth, looking forward to hearing your FAWM 2021 songs, if you can carve time away from teaching!

  • @tawny249  Jan 15

    Ditto to what Marieke said! Your stuff is always beautiful. Hope there's more this year. 😀

  • @mariekevinkmusic  Jan 14

    Hope to hear some more of your great songs this year. Keep safe.