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
Feb 1
#3 Just Like You 18
Feb 2
#4 2020 Vision 16
Feb 3
#5 Don't F##K With Me, Argentina 17
Feb 4
#6 Oh Well, Ah Well 13
Feb 4
#7 A Hole Full of Heads 18
Feb 5
#8 Don't Let Me Fall to Sleep 24
Feb 6
#9 Nobody Will Feel The Wind 14
Feb 7
#10 For Peace 31
Feb 8
#11 Suave and Elegant 12
Feb 9
#12 On the Road of Life @acousticmaddie  16
Feb 10
#13 Beauty in Hell @kahlo2013  12
Feb 10
#14 Are You Ready? @cindyrella  13
Feb 10
#15 Buenos Dias @arthurrossi 8
Feb 11
#16 When I Went Back to Hollywood 17
Feb 12
#17 Quarries on the Northern Shore 12
Feb 13
#18 A tylenol Valentine @acousticmaddie  14
Feb 13
#19 Three Can Keep a Secret 10
Feb 14
#20 Self Portrait Valentines 9
Feb 14
#21 Wee Willie Winkie 5
Feb 15
#22 Her Look is Like Fire @arthurrossi 10
Feb 16
#23 Little Kelly-O 9
Feb 16
#24 Lonely Train 14
Feb 17
#25 The Co-Pilot 9
Feb 19
#26 TheTrainstation People @acousticmaddie  14
Feb 20
#27 Warmth and Beauty in One @cindyrella  13
Feb 20
#28 When Will Your Country Free My Country? 14
Feb 21
#29 The Enemy Within 10
Feb 23
#30 Fatima, Fatima! 16
Feb 24
#31 She @acousticmaddie  10
Feb 25
#32 I Wonder If I Could Love You Again 10
Feb 25
#33 To the End of the Street 8
Feb 26
#34 The Lost Child @marthie 11
Feb 27
#35 Eulogy for Tim Hardin 13
Feb 27
#36 Death Came For The Hangman @gwyn1234  8
Mar 1


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  • @dzd  May 4

    I'll check it out with no expectations....cant be worse than watching glue dry or hearing Vietnam stories again.

  • @dzd  Apr 26

    Its quiet heh, but worth a watch

  • @dzd  Apr 25

    Silent one....didnt know it was ever a series.

  • @dzd  Apr 25

    Is great....who cares how old, I sure dont....timeless stuff, but what do I know?

  • @jonmeta  Apr 1

    Thanks, Bill.

  • @sunnymae  Mar 23

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

  • @berni1954  Mar 21

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

  • @berni1954  Mar 21

    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  Mar 14

    Thanks for your kind words on “A Picture in a Frame.”

  • @jamkar  Mar 10


  • @zecoop  Mar 10

    Appreciate all the time you took to listen and comment. Very nice of you - thanks. 😀

  • @zecoop  Mar 10

    So cool that the Tim Hardin song is a true story. In a sad cool way, obviously. 😀

  • @zecoop  Mar 10

    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. 😀

    Going to dig into some of your music now. Thanks for being around here at FAWM. 😀

  • @berni1954  Mar 9

    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  Mar 8

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

  • @heliosonorous Mar 8

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

  • @owl  Mar 7

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

  • @coolparadiso  Mar 7

    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  Mar 6

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

  • @owl  Mar 6

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

  • @helenseviltwin  Mar 6

    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 😞

  • @driftwood1  Mar 6

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

  • @sherrycanary  Mar 5

    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  Mar 5

    Thank you!

  • @emkaydeebee  Mar 5

    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 I’ve made, so I am genuinely grateful.

  • @acousticmaddie  Mar 5

    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  Mar 5

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

  • @hummingbear  Mar 4

    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  Mar 4

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

  • @sunnymae  Mar 4

    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  Mar 3

    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 Mar 3

    Bill, thanks for your comment on “Black Boots.” So fun to change it up. Until we meet again...

  • @ceilidh  Mar 3

    Thank you for the feedback on Go Betweens!

  • @faceofeinstein  Mar 3

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

  • @ayehahmur  Mar 3

    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. 😀

  • @scubed  Mar 2

    Thanks so much for your comment on “Love Has No Season.”

  • @sph  Mar 2

    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 Mar 2

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

  • @rayboneor  Mar 2

    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  Mar 1

    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 Mar 1

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

  • @gwyn1234  Mar 1

    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 👍

  • @arthurrossi Feb 28

    Of course, I would look very forward to it if you included these songs in the album! 😀

  • @sph  Feb 27

    Thank you Bill for your many comments

  • @oaksnprairie  Feb 27

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

  • @arthurrossi Feb 27

    Bill, thank you very much for your that generous comments, you are too kind… I appreciate it a lot...

  • @marthie Feb 27

    you are right I left big piece in- sorry about that 😞. Second time lucky...

  • @davewermers Feb 27

    Thanks for your comment on my Colab with Cindy.

  • @jonmeta  Feb 27

    Randy Newman... that’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. “Leelah”.

  • @marthie Feb 27

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

  • @tsunamidaily  Feb 27

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

  • @johnstaples  Feb 26

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

  • @gslade Feb 26

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

  • @gslade Feb 26

    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  Feb 25

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

  • @mikeb Feb 25

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

  • @sph  Feb 25

    Haha, don't drink too much coffee 😉

  • @acousticmaddie  Feb 25

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

  • @lowhum Feb 24

    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  Feb 24

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

  • @mikeb Feb 24

    Thanks for the listen and comment on my song!

  • @cindyrella  Feb 24

    Thanks Bill for those wonderful comments. I will try to catch up with yours😃

  • @acousticmaddie  Feb 24

    Thank you for taking on She

  • @lowhum Feb 23

    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 Feb 23

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

  • @leepat  Feb 23

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

  • @brandondale72  Feb 23

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

  • @emkaydeebee  Feb 23

    Wow, thank you Bill! That means a lot!

  • @klaus  Feb 23

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

  • @sunnymae  Feb 23

    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  Feb 23

    Please don’t shoot! I’m only the piano player! :-O

  • @timfatchen  Feb 22

    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  Feb 22

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

  • @ferry0123  Feb 21

    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  Feb 21

    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 Feb 21

    Thank you for the comment on “F Train.” 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 Feb 21

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

  • @rwc Feb 20

    Thanks for your comments on "Out of Nowhere".

  • @musicsongwriter  Feb 20

    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  Feb 20

    Oh, I just love it! Thank you!

  • @cindyrella  Feb 20

    Yes, of course!

  • @acousticmaddie  Feb 20

    Thank you Bill it´s a gorgeous take on the lyrics. <3

  • @brandondale72  Feb 20

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

  • @jonmeta  Feb 19

    I didn’t know any of that. So having consulted the internet, I now know there’s a Kokomo, Indiana, and that Scrapper Blackwell was from Indianapolis. The Beach Boys song is about a fictional island. It’s not really worth checking out. Brian Wilson wasn’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  Feb 19

    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. 😊

  • @spunky4455 Feb 19

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

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  • @brandondale72  Feb 19

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

  • @berni1954  Feb 18

    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.... 😁

  • @ahasuerus Feb 18

    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  Feb 18

    ... 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  Feb 18

    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  Feb 18

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

  • @cindyrella  Feb 18

    Thanks Bill 😄

  • @timfatchen  Feb 18

    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  Feb 18

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

  • @acousticmaddie  Feb 17

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

  • @kadmad202  Feb 17

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

  • @acousticmaddie  Feb 17

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