Bill White 36


Lima PE   Jan 2014  

Artist Bio

Influences:   this year my active influences have been duke ellington, brice springsteen, leonard cohen, nick cave, van morrison, bob dylan, janis ian, leonard bernstein, richard wagner, rod stewart, lenny bruce, and elvis costello.

I started taking songwriting seriously when I traded by trumpet for a guitar in 1970, and for several years the results were not very good. I wrote three songs a week to play at the open mike, and never got much response.I was told my harmonic experiments were interesting, but my lyrics were overly influenced by the poetic theories of Robert Graves, and few people had much idea what I was singing about. Besides, the competition was so strong in those days that my primitive meanderings had no chance in the market. It wasnt until punk rock opened peoples ears that I began to connect with the public. I wrote some pretty good stuff from 78 to 82 and had a decent following for my bands. Then I moved from Seattle to Boston, where nobody knew me, so I languished until 86, when I met Tracy Chapmen and a host of others in the New England songwriters revival. I recorded an album, but was dissatisfied with it and used it as a demo, which put me on the folk circuit for the next five years. I also got involved in theatre and wrote the scores for two plays that toured Russia. Then Britpop hit and went back to rock music. I moved back to Seattle and started a band with an old friend who had been Soundgardens drum tech and was now out of work because the band broke up. We recorded an EP, which was enthusiastically received, but there was too much conflict in everybodys lives so I headed South, where I was befriended by James Blood Ulmer who led me into the world of harmolodic blues. I stayed there until I was able to create my own style out of it, and made some 4 track recordings that i liked, but there were too many defets in the sound recording for it to be commercial. Eventually I returned to Seattle and wrote music for a young poet I had met. We started a band with him as singer and me as guitarisit, and had a pretty good run until he got married and disappeared. Then I teamed up with ex Van Morrison sidewoman, violinistToni Marcus, and returned to writing for and fronting a band. Joining a group called songwriters in seattle spurred me to new creativity in writing, and then I left the country to marry a girl in Peru. this is where i discovered FAWM, and decided to limit my songwriting to the month of february. then 50 90 got my attention and no i and now I write over 100 songs a year., ii have 81 albums aailable through bandcamp, some of which feature artists other than myself,

Songs (36)

#1 Why Did You Pluck Me? 32
Feb 1
#2 Because I Never Came In 17
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#3 Just Like You 18
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#4 2020 Vision 16
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#5 Don't F##K With Me, Argentina 17
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#6 Oh Well, Ah Well 13
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#7 A Hole Full of Heads 18
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#8 Don't Let Me Fall to Sleep 24
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#9 Nobody Will Feel The Wind 14
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#10 For Peace 31
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#11 Suave and Elegant 12
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#12 On the Road of Life @acousticmaddie  16
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#13 Beauty in Hell @kahlo2013  12
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#14 Are You Ready? @cindyrella  13
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#15 Buenos Dias @arthurrossi 8
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#16 When I Went Back to Hollywood 17
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#17 Quarries on the Northern Shore 12
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#18 A tylenol Valentine @acousticmaddie  14
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#19 Three Can Keep a Secret 10
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#20 Self Portrait Valentines 9
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#21 Wee Willie Winkie 5
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#22 Her Look is Like Fire @arthurrossi 10
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#23 Little Kelly-O 9
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#24 Lonely Train 14
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#25 The Co-Pilot 9
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#26 TheTrainstation People @acousticmaddie  14
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#27 Warmth and Beauty in One @cindyrella  13
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#28 When Will Your Country Free My Country? 14
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#29 The Enemy Within 10
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#30 Fatima, Fatima! 16
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#31 She @acousticmaddie  10
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#32 I Wonder If I Could Love You Again 10
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#33 To the End of the Street 8
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#34 The Lost Child @marthie 11
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#35 Eulogy for Tim Hardin 13
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#36 Death Came For The Hangman @gwyn1234  8
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  • @jonmeta  6 hours

    Thanks, Bill.

  • @sunnymae  1 week

    Hey Bill
    I'm sending you an email. Is the one you have above ok?

  • @berni1954  1 week

    were among the first people rounded up by the religious regime and sadly, we never heard of them again.

  • @berni1954  1 week

    Thanks for all the details you gave on the latest batch of songs I have listened to of yours. They really provide an insight into them. I saw the image from the funeral of Fathia and wondered whether she had been your inspiration, but not knowing you had actually met her, the sketchy details I could find on her did not seem to fit with the details of the song.
    I tend to agree that there is no way the US will save Venezuela... It will certainly colonise it, if it can. The guy who claims to be president was trained as a CIA operative from an early age, so he owes his allegiance to his operators, rather than the country he is proclaiming he is the salvation of. Many of those opposed to the current regime do not seem to remember the "better the devil you know than..." phrase, which seems to have proved true in so many historical cases within my lifetime. I remember at University some Iranian friends among our students rushing home when the Shah fell, to help build a better country. They

  • @scubed  2 weeks

    Thanks for your kind words on โ€œA Picture in a Frame.โ€

  • @jamkar  3 weeks


  • @zecoop  3 weeks

    Appreciate all the time you took to listen and comment. Very nice of you - thanks. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @zecoop  3 weeks

    So cool that the Tim Hardin song is a true story. In a sad cool way, obviously. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @zecoop  3 weeks

    Definitely... Song writing can be completely opposite, but in the end, somehow, the same. We end up with songs. We each love the process we make them with and (hopefully) look for new ways to make new songs. I have actually done very simple song writing/recording especially when I am working with my dad's lyrics and am the singer. Doesn't happen that often, but sometimes the simple ones are the most satisfying. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Going to dig into some of your music now. Thanks for being around here at FAWM. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @berni1954  3 weeks

    Bill, thanks for your latest comments on my songs. I have benefited from a lot of feedback this FAWM, but perhaps no one else has come closer to getting me more thoroughly than yourself And as I love your stuff too, we seem to have formed a two-man mutual appreciation society. Keep in touch and if you haven't yet done so, please subscribe to my YouTube channel to keep up with my latest work, which I usually post there. Is there a similar subscription thing on Bandcamp? So I can keep abreast of things "White" in Peru? My band (The Saturday Blues Project) have two albums on Bandcamp, but I don't handle the admin, so I don't know much about the site.

  • @tamsnumber4  3 weeks

    Thanks for listening to my song "In the Pages of a Magazine", I appreciate it!

  • @heliosonorous 3 weeks

    Thanks for your comment and happy to hear it was enjoyed!

  • @owl  3 weeks

    The world doesn't have enough novels starring marine geologists! What a shame.

  • @coolparadiso  3 weeks

    I'm in a national park in the middle of nowhere. surprisingly have phonr service. nothing pressing so will listen to a couple of your albums today! and a few more songs.

  • @owl  3 weeks

    You should write a science fiction novel about the idea. It's a cool idea!

  • @owl  3 weeks

    I don't know about the oceans! Do you have a theory?

  • @helenseviltwin  3 weeks

    There's something up with my hosting, I think. They play if you open the download mp3 in a new tab (or they do for me anyway) but they don't play nicely with the fawm player. Sorry ๐Ÿ˜ž

  • @driftwood1  3 weeks

    Bill, thanks for the tunes and for all the listens and great comments! Happy Fawm and safe journeys.

  • @sherrycanary  3 weeks

    Bill, thank you for your comments on my leap fawm song Time Out of Time.
    Your compliment is one of the best and most meaningful I have ever gotten. .
    I love creating a melody line using altered chords.
    Your recognition of what I was doing vocally is high praise coming from you.
    Thank you

  • @emkaydeebee  3 weeks

    Thank you!

  • @emkaydeebee  3 weeks

    Thanks for your comments on my first four, kind of you to listen to a few in a row. Your thoughts highlight for me how differently two people can see something, and part of me is crumbling at your different view, but the developing mature part of me is seeing the opportunity to properly consider your different view and use it to hone or reinforce my own thinking on the decisions Iโ€™ve made, so I am genuinely grateful.

  • @acousticmaddie  3 weeks

    Thank you for this years FAWM. It has been an honor and I will stick around too listen a bit but maybe not as frequent as before. Hope we can plan something more during 50/90

  • @audrey  3 weeks

    Thanks for taking the time to listen and leave such great comments on three of my songs. I really appreciate it.

  • @hummingbear  4 weeks

    Thanks for listening and commenting on "Little House Beside the Sea." And it looks like you had a really productive Fawm this year - congrats!

  • @sunnymae  4 weeks

    Wow... just listened to Down River.I get it. Thanks a heap for turning me on to him.

  • @sunnymae  4 weeks

    For some reason that YouTube link isn't opening up but I'll look up David Ackles I'm sure I can find him on the web.

  • @sunnymae  4 weeks

    Glad you liked "to love"and my Spacey vocals. Need to re-record them I did them in the kitchen and the vent fan in the kitchen was so noisy. It's bothering the crap out of me. Will post a new mix quite soon. In the meantime enjoy drifting off to it this evening.

  • @sbs2018 4 weeks

    Bill, thanks for your comment on โ€œBlack Boots.โ€ So fun to change it up. Until we meet again...

  • @ceilidh  4 weeks

    Thank you for the feedback on Go Betweens!

  • @faceofeinstein  4 weeks

    Thanks for the kind words on tombstone docks. To clarify, the "burn it all down" sentiment is definitely not literal!! Cheers.

  • @ayehahmur  4 weeks

    Bill - thanks for you comment on Red Runners! You're the second person to mention cockroaches. We don't really have them in Scotland, so I didn't make that connection but if it adds an extra layer of meaning for you, I can only be happy with that. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @scubed  4 weeks

    Thanks so much for your comment on โ€œLove Has No Season.โ€

  • @sph  4 weeks

    Bill, when I started with the chorus I had a 4/4 Bowie sound in my head - before I recorded it in 6/8.
    PS: you're right, orchestration would be fun/needed. The end-of-FAWM-is-near-time constraints made me use only the guitar.

  • @marthie 4 weeks

    I Like this one created yesterday- Arthur still needs to add me as collaborator https://marthienelhauptfleischwomanon...

  • @rayboneor  4 weeks

    I'm digging Dimes and Rhymes. Thought I might find it here. I like that creation/generation line. That's some cool guitaring there, my friend

  • @berni1954  4 weeks

    Thanks for the links. How on earth did I miss out on TH when he was alive? His vocal delivery is fabulous and his mastery of lyrics is up there with the best of the period.

  • @marthie 4 weeks

    Any songs you want me to look at? Let me know...

  • @gwyn1234  4 weeks

    Hi Bill...I hope you don't mind but I was finishing off posting and I thought I had to include your brilliant song...Death Came For The it's sooooo good! Thank you ๐Ÿ‘

  • @arthurrossi 4 weeks

    Of course, I would look very forward to it if you included these songs in the album! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @sph  4 weeks

    Thank you Bill for your many comments

  • @oaksnprairie  4 weeks

    Thank you for your comment on The Wine List. Now I'll picture singing it during a smoke-filled poetry slam.

  • @arthurrossi 4 weeks

    Bill, thank you very much for your that generous comments, you are too kindโ€ฆ I appreciate it a lot...

  • @marthie 4 weeks

    you are right I left big piece in- sorry about that ๐Ÿ˜ž. Second time lucky...

  • @davewermers 4 weeks

    Thanks for your comment on my Colab with Cindy.

  • @jonmeta  4 weeks

    Randy Newman... thatโ€™s astute, because the lyricist (my long time writing partner) is remarkably Newman-like, both in lyrical approach and when he composes at the piano. So when I write for him my music tends to reflect his style. My own preferred style is more like the pop songs i do from time to time, e.g. โ€œLeelahโ€.

  • @marthie 4 weeks

    Hey Bill- we must keep up our tradition of at least one collab... anything you want to suggest please?

  • @tsunamidaily  4 weeks

    demo up for the god whisperer. @owl on vocals
    hope you enjoy it.

  • @johnstaples  4 weeks

    Bill, thanks for your kind words about Shining Light! Man, what I wouldn't give to get a song in front of Arlo!

  • @gslade 5 weeks

    That's interesting. I never imagined that viewpoint. With that said, your comment makes more sense.

  • @gslade 5 weeks

    You have a ton of tracks I need to listen to..gah. I've not been a great citizen this fawm. Thanks so much for the feedback on fallen. It's actualy more metaphor than murder ballad, if that makes sense? It's about one's own body out to get you. Although I see what you mean.

  • @tamsnumber4  5 weeks

    Thank you for commenting on my song "Your Last Goodbye" and my collab songs "This Time" and "In Her Garden", I appreciate it!

  • @mikeb 5 weeks

    Thanks for the listen and comment on 'Firestorm'. 'Quicksilver' - that's a comparison I have never heard before!

  • @sph  5 weeks

    Haha, don't drink too much coffee ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • @acousticmaddie  5 weeks

    Thank you Bill for your fab take on She and for all collabs and your friendship. Thank you

  • @lowhum 5 weeks

    You are right, schoolmaster! My and miss Oti's regrets. I will look into Bulgarian hanging love ballads, but they are mostly about some heroes get chopped by the Turks.

  • @scubed  5 weeks

    Thanks for your lovely comments on my collab with @cindyrella!

  • @mikeb 5 weeks

    Thanks for the listen and comment on my song!

  • @cindyrella  5 weeks

    Thanks Bill for those wonderful comments. I will try to catch up with yours๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  • @acousticmaddie  5 weeks

    Thank you for taking on She

  • @lowhum 5 weeks

    do with an ancient German pythagorian cult that would not take b for an answer. I can't say more for they might hunt me down.

  • @lowhum 5 weeks

    H is B in some European countries chord scribblings. It has to

  • @leepat  5 weeks

    Hey, I believe H is the German version of B for whom B is Bb. @lowhum will correct me if Iโ€™m wrong.

  • @brandondale72  5 weeks

    Thanks for checking out one of my latest. Always appreciate your comments.

  • @emkaydeebee  5 weeks

    Wow, thank you Bill! That means a lot!

  • @klaus  5 weeks

    Hi Bill. Thanks for your comments. You are too generous...but please don't let me stop you! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @sunnymae  5 weeks

    Coming from the master of infinite sorrow I really take your comments on my Wolf River collab with @kahlo2013 to Heart.
    I literally heard the music and felt my voice aching to sing as I read her lyrics. So glad you enjoyed listening to it. Thank you Bill.

  • @jamkar  5 weeks

    Please donโ€™t shoot! Iโ€™m only the piano player! :-O

  • @timfatchen  5 weeks

    oops, you already listened. Thank you Bill. I'm scrambling to finish here (it's gone midnight) before disappearing for two weeks, almsot off the net. I despair of my lsitening this year but I'll come back in March. What with the fires, the flats, now ROyal COmmissions and all sorts of other issues....I hugely appreciate your supprot, it's a real kick and also a kickalong which I sorely need right now.!

  • @gwyn1234  5 weeks

    Cheers for your incisive comments Bill...they are always much valued and appreciated...

  • @ferry0123  5 weeks

    Thank you for your words on my fifth. I listened to that Zappa song, 'Willie the pimp'... pretty wild song, I didn't know it..I really like how drums and guitar react to each other and that last minute is my absolute favorite part. Thanks for mentioning the song!

  • @metalfoot  5 weeks

    That's how I feel about short songs-- the arrangements can take longer, depending on what you do. I find my skirmish songs (which I know many people aren't fond of) tend to take me between 10-12 minutes to write on average. Those usually end up about 3-4 minutes long, depending.

  • @kenficara 5 weeks

    Thank you for the comment on โ€œF Train.โ€ Two harmonics players who were very good at that: Sonny Terry, whose rhythm playing is unparalleled, and the (less common) solo work by the second Sonny Boy Williamson.

  • @davewermers 5 weeks

    Thanks for your comments on "I'll Always Have Time for You".

  • @rwc 5 weeks

    Thanks for your comments on "Out of Nowhere".

  • @musicsongwriter  5 weeks

    Thank you Bill for your comment on my collaboration with Kristi and Val on Time to Reflect. It didn't feel to me so very gloomy but I appreciate your vision for the song.

  • @cindyrella  5 weeks

    Oh, I just love it! Thank you!

  • @cindyrella  5 weeks

    Yes, of course!

  • @acousticmaddie  5 weeks

    Thank you Bill itยดs a gorgeous take on the lyrics. <3

  • @brandondale72  5 weeks

    Hey Bill, thanks for enjoying my latest song, "After Time Takes Its Toll".

  • @jonmeta  5 weeks

    I didnโ€™t know any of that. So having consulted the internet, I now know thereโ€™s a Kokomo, Indiana, and that Scrapper Blackwell was from Indianapolis. The Beach Boys song is about a fictional island. Itโ€™s not really worth checking out. Brian Wilson wasnโ€™t involved (though John Phillips and Scott McKenzie were co-writers.) It was a shiny lightweight pop confection, so naturally it was a Number 1 in America.

  • @berni1954  5 weeks

    Hi Bill,
    On my "Lesbian Mood" song, you said:
    "This one seems to me in the tradition of the English music hall ballads"
    I guess that era morphed into the English and Irish folk club scene, because this is the kind of song I would do when I used to be a semi-pro folk singer back in the early to mid 80s. Some folkies made a living almost entirely from this strain of contemporary folk built on a music hall base. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • @spunky4455 5 weeks

    Thanks for your comments, we're glad you liked our collab. And receiving a Jacques Brel comp is a first for me.

  • @quork  5 weeks


  • @brandondale72  6 weeks

    We are neck and neck at 25 songs. Nice work this year!

  • @berni1954  6 weeks

    Sent the email to the one you get if you click on the little envelope up at the top of this page. To the right of the photo of some devilishly handsome chap.... ๐Ÿ˜

  • @ahasuerus 6 weeks

    Oh it's absolutely no problem about the comments on your songs Bill. I honestly enjoy listening to them - thanks for reciprocating by sharing your thoughts on mine haha. I didn't need it but all the more appreciated.

    Keep at it and cheers for the rest of FAWM!

  • @berni1954  6 weeks

    ... stores that offer our album, but have never paid us a cent of any sales they might have generated.

    Gillian Welch's song "Everything is Fre Now" captures the scene today spot on.

  • @berni1954  6 weeks

    YOU said:
    "I'd like to hear you blow the roof off with a real band behind you."

    Ah, that is more and more difficult to arrange these days. When I came to Catalunya, every little village had rock bands playing throughout the year. My completely unknown band got on the curtain raising circuit and opened for all the great names in Catalan Rock of the period. Great times... and the gigs were great little earners. Now, most of the venues that hosted those concerts have been put out of business due to lack of interest among the young. There are even bars in Barcelona where you have to pay the management to play there! Times have changed indeed. Our band back then sold 7,000 albums. In a relatively small market (Catalan Rock). My current band, who musically are miles better, struggle to sell three CDs at a gig. People come up to me after and say: "Great gig. I downloaded the album last week. It's ace!" Presumably they downloaded it from either a "free" website or from one of the dozens of ...

  • @berni1954  6 weeks

    Thanks for your continued encouragement and friendship. Did you get the email I sent you? If you replied, I didn't get it.

  • @cindyrella  6 weeks

    Thanks Bill ๐Ÿ˜„

  • @timfatchen  6 weeks

    Bill, the alternate line isntrument in the first half of "drummed out" is the Yamaha Pacifica being played up near the top pickup while using the bottom humbucker, plus whatever my direct injection through the mixer did. Guitar would have sounded quite different if I'd run it through an amp and then to the mixer, but I quite liked the feel.

  • @gwyn1234  6 weeks

    Yep...we do seem to have special relationships with our guitars...thanks Bill for this and for all your astute comments...

  • @acousticmaddie  6 weeks

    Yes we do. I have been really down those last days. First Day without fever today so I hope it goes that way.

  • @kadmad202  6 weeks

    Thanks for listening to Northern Lights Noel. You just can't go wrong with Liz's lyrics! Glad you enjoyed it.

  • @acousticmaddie  6 weeks

    Thank you for your continous support and for being my friend.

  • @jamkar  6 weeks

    Thanks for sharing your take on our collab with Maddie. I agree with your points. Makes FAWM that much more enjoyable.

  • @tamsnumber4  6 weeks

    Thanks for commenting on my collab song "Who We Really Are", I appreciate it!

  • @gwyn1234  6 weeks

    I always appreciate your take on any song I'm involved in creating Bill and hold you in the highest regard artistically...thank you...

  • @cts  6 weeks

    Mr. Bill - congrats on the FAWM win. I had a feeling you'd get that trophy rather quickly. Thank you for your support this FAWM. I'm very appreciative.