Influences: These are the people who have influenced me through real life experience. Most are muscians I have played or written with, or sometimes simply talked with, but many are also actors, writers, and directors. Most of the names will unknown to most of you, but all are etched into my soul. They include, but are not limited to Brett Anderson, Agona Hardison. Jay Bedker, Bill Erdeli, Frank Neubert, Max Paul Swensson, Eric Anderson, Gary Minkler, Richard Riggins, Mark Sherman, Rob Cook, Albert King, Jeff Buckley, Virgil Frye, Tim Hardin, Ron Davies, William duFrene, Bob Morgan, John Olufs, Bill Bagley, Jim Paul, Cletus Stallbaumer, Karen Egan, Syd Barrett, Terry Quinn, Jeff Simmons, Doug Hamilton, Ken Husted, Lavon Hardison, Paul Lenart, Thaddeus Hogarth, Jamaa Fanaka, Walter Zuber Armstrong, Julius borges, Scott Cedro, John Voigt, Michael Bloom, Jake Dylan, Owen O Toole, Demba Sane, chris Rich, PF Sloan, Chuck e Weiss, Tom Waits, Shea Bliss, Enzo Strand, Sean Barry, Kevin So,. David Mamet, Talia toni Marcus, Lisa Marshall, Harry O, Michael Beatty, Barbara Buckland, Gregg Keplinger, Jherick Bischoff, Sam Mickens, Brett Frechette, Anna Presler, Krista Gulllickson, Cynthia Genser, Ed Gottstein, Lou Reed, Elvis Costello, Dar Williams, Kate Bennis, Scott Cedro, Ron Mirsky, Jaime Holland Bryan runnings, George shangrow, Acoustic Maddie, Elizabeth Perry, Ron Woods, Gary Busey, Susanna Burney, Sam Peckinpah, Sam Fuller, Tina Louise, Ruth buzzy, Julie Cascioppo, Jenniffer Velasco, Amy Denio. Willie Alexander, Brother Blue, Randy Black, roger McGuinn, Alexander chirkov, Jennifer Nelson, Peter Pendras, Al Katz, Barry Maguire, Paul bley, Demba Sane, August Wilson, Harold Bloom, Norman Mailer, William Arnold, Edna O Brien, Chrusty Moore, Mary Black, robin Williamson, Jeff Morris, Clint Eastwood, randy Minkler, Bill Shaw, Walter Singleman, Louis X Erlanger, Joel Cage, James Blood Ulmer, Odetta, Phil Ochs, Rick Danko, Baby Gramps, Jim Page, Artis the Spoonman, Robin Holcomb, Ed Sanders, Richard Moore, Linda Hunt, and Jimmy Tingle.
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 now I only write songs during the month of February, which gives a new cohesion to each group of songs. An exception was made last year, when I participated in 50.90, which i used primarily as a vehicle to review my outpu, as well as write over 50 new songs and a few dozen collaborations. When that was over, I sent the rest of the year putting together a career spanning 45 albums for Bandcamp. This is my fifth FAWM,
My first novel, The Goners, is available to read for free at https://www.jukepopserials.com/hoMerl... , and my memoir cinema penitentiary is available for $4.99 at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view...
No songs by this fawmer (yet).