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, https://billwhite.bandcamp.com/
|#1||Why Did You Pluck Me?||
|#2||Because I Never Came In||
|#3||Just Like You||
|#5||Don't F##K With Me, Argentina||
|#6||Oh Well, Ah Well||
|#7||A Hole Full of Heads||
|#8||Don't Let Me Fall to Sleep||
|#9||Nobody Will Feel The Wind||
|#11||Suave and Elegant||
|#12||On the Road of Life @acousticmaddie||
|#13||Beauty in Hell @kahlo2013||
|#14||Are You Ready? @cindyrella||
|#15||Buenos Dias @arthurrossi||
|#16||When I Went Back to Hollywood||
|#17||Quarries on the Northern Shore||
|#18||A tylenol Valentine @acousticmaddie||
|#19||Three Can Keep a Secret||
|#20||Self Portrait Valentines||
|#21||Wee Willie Winkie||
|#22||Her Look is Like Fire @arthurrossi||
|#26||TheTrainstation People @acousticmaddie||
|#27||Warmth and Beauty in One @cindyrella||
|#28||When Will Your Country Free My Country?||
|#29||The Enemy Within||
|#32||I Wonder If I Could Love You Again||
|#33||To the End of the Street||
|#34||The Lost Child @marthie||
|#35||Eulogy for Tim Hardin||
|#36||Death Came For The Hangman @gwyn1234||
I'll check it out with no expectations....cant be worse than watching glue dry or hearing Vietnam stories again.
Its quiet heh, but worth a watch
Silent one....didnt know it was ever a series.
Is great....who cares how old, I sure dont....timeless stuff, but what do I know?
I'm sending you an email. Is the one you have above ok?
were among the first people rounded up by the religious regime and sadly, we never heard of them again.
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
Thanks for your kind words on “A Picture in a Frame.”
Appreciate all the time you took to listen and comment. Very nice of you - thanks. 😀
So cool that the Tim Hardin song is a true story. In a sad cool way, obviously. 😀
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. 😀
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.
Thanks for listening to my song "In the Pages of a Magazine", I appreciate it!
Thanks for your comment and happy to hear it was enjoyed!
The world doesn't have enough novels starring marine geologists! What a shame.
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.
You should write a science fiction novel about the idea. It's a cool idea!
I don't know about the oceans! Do you have a theory?
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 😞
Bill, thanks for the tunes and for all the listens and great comments! Happy Fawm and safe journeys.
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.
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.
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
Thanks for taking the time to listen and leave such great comments on three of my songs. I really appreciate it.
Thanks for listening and commenting on "Little House Beside the Sea." And it looks like you had a really productive Fawm this year - congrats!
Wow... just listened to Down River.I get it. Thanks a heap for turning me on to him.
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.
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.
Bill, thanks for your comment on “Black Boots.” So fun to change it up. Until we meet again...
Thank you for the feedback on Go Betweens!
Thanks for the kind words on tombstone docks. To clarify, the "burn it all down" sentiment is definitely not literal!! Cheers.
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. 😀
Thanks so much for your comment on “Love Has No Season.”
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.
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
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.
Any songs you want me to look at? Let me know...
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 Hangman...as it's sooooo good! Thank you 👍
Of course, I would look very forward to it if you included these songs in the album! 😀
Thank you Bill for your many comments
Thank you for your comment on The Wine List. Now I'll picture singing it during a smoke-filled poetry slam.
Bill, thank you very much for your that generous comments, you are too kind… I appreciate it a lot...
you are right I left big piece in- sorry about that 😞. Second time lucky...
Thanks for your comment on my Colab with Cindy.
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”.
Hey Bill- we must keep up our tradition of at least one collab... anything you want to suggest please?
Bill, thanks for your kind words about Shining Light! Man, what I wouldn't give to get a song in front of Arlo!
That's interesting. I never imagined that viewpoint. With that said, your comment makes more sense.
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.
Thank you for commenting on my song "Your Last Goodbye" and my collab songs "This Time" and "In Her Garden", I appreciate it!
Thanks for the listen and comment on 'Firestorm'. 'Quicksilver' - that's a comparison I have never heard before!
Haha, don't drink too much coffee 😉
Thank you Bill for your fab take on She and for all collabs and your friendship. Thank you
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.
Thanks for the listen and comment on my song!
Thanks Bill for those wonderful comments. I will try to catch up with yours😃
Thank you for taking on She
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.
H is B in some European countries chord scribblings. It has to
Thanks for checking out one of my latest. Always appreciate your comments.
Wow, thank you Bill! That means a lot!
Hi Bill. Thanks for your comments. You are too generous...but please don't let me stop you! 😀
Please don’t shoot! I’m only the piano player! :-O
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.!
Cheers for your incisive comments Bill...they are always much valued and appreciated...
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!
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.
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.
Thanks for your comments on "I'll Always Have Time for You".
Thanks for your comments on "Out of Nowhere".
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.
Oh, I just love it! Thank you!
Yes, of course!
Thank you Bill it´s a gorgeous take on the lyrics. <3
Hey Bill, thanks for enjoying my latest song, "After Time Takes Its Toll".
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.
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. 😊
Thanks for your comments, we're glad you liked our collab. And receiving a Jacques Brel comp is a first for me.
We are neck and neck at 25 songs. Nice work this year!
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.... 😁
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!
... 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.
"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 ...
Thanks for your continued encouragement and friendship. Did you get the email I sent you? If you replied, I didn't get it.
Thanks Bill 😄
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.
Yep...we do seem to have special relationships with our guitars...thanks Bill for this and for all your astute comments...
Yes we do. I have been really down those last days. First Day without fever today so I hope it goes that way.
Thanks for listening to Northern Lights Noel. You just can't go wrong with Liz's lyrics! Glad you enjoyed it.
Thank you for your continous support and for being my friend.