Influences: how to honestly and accurately name ones influences? i try and fail each year, so this year i will post links to two albums of covers i recorded last rocktober. for those who want to know my influences, they will tell a truer tale than would an admiration list. https://billwhite.bandcamp.com/album/hosannas-for-the-rag-doll-jukebox-shadows https://billwhite.bandcamp.com/album/memorials-for-the-living note..you may have to copy and paste the links
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 sixth FAWM,
My first novel, The Goners, is a out of print, butmy memoir cinema penitentiary is available for f$4.99 at fhttps://www.smashwords.com/books/view/472295
|#1||How Do I Get In?||
|#3||Song of a Man Who Has Come Through||
|#4||I Am the Leopard||
|#5||The Subject Never Was Roses||
|#6||New Boll Weevil Blues||
|#7||Show Them How To Love||
|#8||The Man Who Watches the Trains Go By||
|#9||The Burning House||
|#10||Cans of Film||
|#11||I´ve Seen Everyone, Man||
|#12||How Do We Get Out?||
|#13||Theres Nothing Up Here||
|#14||She Ate My Soul @acousticmaddie||
|#15||Rainbows in the River||
|#16||Keeping Me Up at Night @kristi||
What a story Bill! I love it!
Your bitterness towards US immigration policy is totally justified.
I have a similar revulsion towards what successive governments have done to the country I was born in - The UK - where they have rolled back all of the advances made by working people over the last century and revived policies that Dickens complained about.
Even as the process began under Thatcher I was so disgusted with it all that I left in 1986 and actually took out Irish Citizenship, which was my birthright (Irish family). I have been living in Catalonia ever since.
Glad you liked my Hayley Tribute. You have a point with your post Disney comments. Hayley did go on to other things. But they are outside the scope of the song. Mainly because the theme this week I am responding to was Disney. I was already pushing it with the reference to "Whistle down the Wind".
BTW It was Hayley's devotion to Alan Bates I envied, not who or what he really was 😁
Thanks for listening to Elizabeth and my collaboration "Border Walls" . I think there are two answers to your question.
1) People were complaining, but it had not been a central platform for any of those Presidents, so it got very little publicity.
2) The Wall represents both an insane waste of money (and an environmental disaster to boot) and an issue that is central to Trump's ego driven presidency. If he can't build the wall (he's already abandoned the ludicrous idea of Mexico paying for it) it will be a major blow to his sense of self-worth and his legacy.
I'm reminded of Nixon in his last days of the Presidency. When it was obvious he was heading out, he was given the routine information that a Soviet Bomber had strayed into Alaskan territory (an almost daily occurrence). In response this time he gave the order to go to maximum alertness (one step from Nuclear War and an act that could have been interpreted by the Soviets as a prelude to a preemptive strike). To many, this was interpreted as Nixon thinking. "If I am going down, I'm taking the whole kit and caboodle with me!" Luckily, his staff calmed the situation down.
After that incident the right of a President to single handedly launch a nuclear strike was removed.
Hello Bill, thanks for your recent comment on my song Wait.
You're correct, in a sense. That song 'Once For' has a lot of snapshots that explain what it is. I do like your interpretation though for sure. Glad you appreciated it. Coming from you it really is an honor.
See, I forgot it was Friday, and now it'll sit 😝 krappe. 😉
you me and a few more! we will keep telling the stories !
So, don't stop at "lucky 13" here, bill... 14 and you get the "trophy"! Oh, my! 😝
Hard to tell if your asking a question sometimes 😝
You saw that snippet as lyric, and 😉 commented something that you - got a hit from it; and others, - other.
I don't really ever "explain" them and as in the past, - I know would only make sense to me; but like ease dropping, people listen and hear stuff "anyway" 😀 hahhh...
So, anyway, the liner note and tags reveal a context, -- a literal accounting at my back door one morning. One person even commented an eschatological meaning they'd gotten from it, - no 😉 However, that "Album" has taken on that impression since based upon the Morning-mourning News writes I do.
So, I leave you with that specifically vague explanation 😝 hahhh!
All I can say is, if I push this musical rendition down in a mix and go full strings, Cello, I won't be able to listen to it, myself... so, won't do that.
I think folks do read/hear what they want, - in the "Alt Left... ... " song, how many ways can one take:
"... White male babies, all..., killed as they crowned ... ...
straight white male, all hung for your pleasure ... "
But, the Tune, and syntax makes it "palatable" -- ironic, aye 😝 It's not a "nice" song, it's actually a wretched song, and never intended to be one, again, ironically.
But, derIttis... and it did kinda birth itself but used me as the mid-wife... I stand back and wonder "where the heck that all came from".
I like the track, "there's nothing up here" (new album release) - it sounds familiar, new or from somewhere else?
(Next chance you get, get a harp in F, so you can draw-key in C ... well, unless you like it like that 😀 , then, please, just proceed 😉 -- as I said, I'd rather suck, than blow, so to speak 😝 I don't know why, I just think that's hysterical... but, that may just be me.)
Ohhhh, the colors... 😝
Bill, I can't express how much I appreciate your kind comments. I have dreamed of doing this my entire life. You bouyed my spirit. It's such a privilege for me to be having this communication with you. I can't express it. Thank you.
Hello Bill, thanks for your comment on Painted the garden yesterday, I see I'm a bit behind on listening to your songs. Not very well organised this year, I don't usually get behind on comments, but I seem to be slipping.
Yes, DJ Riz is still at KEXP. Something of a Seattle legend.
Thanks for your comments on "The Dead Are Riding Tonight" Much appreciated!
Oh yes absolutely. I look forward to hear it.
PS I’ve read through your bio this year and now I’m wondering if you ever met my old friend, Seattle DJ Riz Rollins? After all, you’ve seen everyone, man!
Bill, Thank you, that comment may well be the high point of the month. Open-hearted without getting stupid about it — pretty much sums up what I try for, though you said it more clearly than I could. And the PF Sloan reference, well... what can I say?
Wow Bill thats very kind of you (reg Once I was loved) If it has that affect on anyone I will be pleased.
Definitely Ghost Riders as a model for the music. Thanks for the comment!
I'm doing my Taxes today, or rather, started them, -- you? You pay taxes in Peru?
So, anyway, 30 mins, "to get started" turns into 3 - 4 hours quick. AND I wind up solving their Software issues, which just kills me. But, I got lucky today, I told the person, just say "hey, come back next week" rather than torture me..., so they said, "yeah, next week" 😝 , so, that was nice... yah know!
Well, like most, "just listened" words, - mostly rhetorical. But, too, if the comment, question results in a question, - that's a comment too 😝
However, those two, as I've seen them in recent times, well, -- ""acting" like a musician, so you can "be" a musician (?), as if something to aspire too; may be a bit like wanting in, -- at the State mental hospital" because it's "trending". Hard to explain. I mean, yeah I love music, but, I love peace and quiet too 😀 and "money".
Thornton got a handle on it, but Depp... -- I don't get, in recent stuff; which he seems "indulged" (because he's Depp). Someone, please, teach him how to use a Slide, not act like he's using it... ? And, the scarf tied to his leg, does what? Tourniquet? 😀 (Don't you love Producers!?)
So, anyway, and therefore 😉 ---- your song got me thinking about, folks I'd "rather not see" 😉 so to speak. Rhetorical mostly. I'll leave it there... (I've never worried about not being "invited" to the party, 😀 anyway.)
Thanks Bill for that comment on Lost Time. It's something that's coming close to me too. And partly because of that, I'm trying to organise gigs (paid) playing 40s/early 50s piano at a multitude of local retirement/nursing/hospice places. I've seen how it lifts the endgame. EDIT andit's almost 2am here and I better get to bed!
Your song made me think of people I'd really never want to see, and when I do I wonder why? What's up with "Johnny Depp", - I never got what was going on there, you have any idea.
I remember Bill Bob Thornton, tried going down that road too, but wisely rethought it... anyway, --- maybe kinda rhetorical; and only if you "get" what I'm referring to.
But, it does take more than a scarf and drunk'in wobble to "do" what we "do", -- so to speak, "metaphorically" speaking, to be sure 😝
Thanks for being so supportive all the time <3
I love observations. You are spot on! Ive been playing with pre choruses and this has one and so do G@the Ps! Never realised good pick up!
Thanks a bunch for your encouraging words on 'Step into the twilight night', Bill.
Ok, I'll work on it, - "handshake" 😝
Thanks Bill. You’ve lived a fascinating life. Can’t wait to check out your music.
Thanks for commenting on Biscuits and Redeye Gravy. It was a fun song to write and sing.
Thanks for listening to our tune, "Lost at Sea!" Glad you enjoyed it.
Wow! Whatta bio!!!
Thanks for listening and commenting on my song "Tempting Time", I really appreciate it!!
Hi Bill! I just sent an email to the yahoo account you listed on my lyric, Keeping Me Up At Night! 😀
Can't think of a better compliment than that! Thanks for the comment on the birthday song, Bill!
Hi Bill! Glad you like the song and thanks so much for sharing the back story Skid Row! Makes so much sense to call that street this name. And to adapt it to other neighborhoods that are home to slippery characters holds water.
"Cats of Utah" Love your perceptiveness Bill! I laughed at "the two voices with their high and low mockery of harmony" Indeedy, I mucked up the first vocal take (while playing the piano as the base) then decided to use it it as a disaster-harmony, in total keeping with the FT Travelling Blues Band. I'm enjoying the series immensely, still a couple to record and then I'll do something a little more, um, demanding! Ref the skirmishes, it would indeed be the simplest fix to have a plain menu filter sitting there.
I didn't know there was a thread for that, - no. Just picked up on it. Whether there is one or not, now - put it up and it'll sit..., well, likely. So, just thought to mention it.
I remember once, put it up like friday afternoon and were skirmishes and it was like, yeah, Monday afternoon or Tuesday 😀 (Not always, but, you know. ) Every year is different, it's now the 8th, getting to the middle. They're all different, - a good thing.
I looked at the "Fawmers" list and wow, there's many folks signed up, with 0, FAWMlings... maybe is what I was looking at. I kinda don't get it. Maybe halfway, - some may put up something. But I find myself looking, not finding, then just looking for the priors if here.
I keep looking for some, that just don't show up anymore. 😀 "Hellen" if you remember her, -- she was actually from the next town over from me. She put up a video to her music one year, - it was Main St. of that town, no mistaking it 😝 small world. Maybe she went back to her country, - but she had interesting stuff, imo.
You're probably aware, but just in case, - putting anything up 'till Monday after noon is a waste if want it looked at, friday night to mon morn. Also, if get wind of a "skirmish" and etc.; forget that too 'till done since all doing that, and then commenting only on the other skirmish folks. I don't see them announced, but not really in with the "cool kids" so 😉 😝
So, 3 days to do "work" - c u Monday ish... if not sooner 😀
Thanks for always being so kind with your comments and about my performance.
Thanks for listening and your kind words for my banjo song !
i always respect your comments Bill. in amongst all the songs you occasionaly write one that grabs you! letter to my girl was one. great that you and others like it as well.
Thanks so much for taking the time to listen!
Look at you, you're already halfway there and only one week in!
Keep it up 😀
It's like a house on fire Bill! 😁
I laughed out loud; that's all we do 😉 Thank you. (Glad for all of 'em! All angles, some with dustier wings than others, well, - like me.)
Thank you so much for the nice comments on "Chinese New Year", Bill! I realized when I woke up to the flurry of comments about how abruptly the song ended that I accidentally cut off the outro (with time signature change!) when exporting. I have fixed it, along with the bass thing that was bothering me that nobody else noticed 😀 Although I do like your interpretation of the sudden cutoff! Just thought I'd let you know. I will be back to do some more listening to your tunes later!
Hi Bill. Thanks for the advice on Go Free. I was thinking the same thing... I plan to remix my favorite tracks in March, and I want to duck the guitar under the vocals (and maybe cut a little too) Thanks again. Happy FAWMing!
Thx for your comment on Barabas . I haven’t seen those movies but I definitely will. Have an awesome Fawm
Thanks Bill, appreciate your feedback on Lost. I had fun writing it, more so recording.
Oh, you're to kind; but very glad you get it and with the side of "humor" as always.
My brother mishears my lyrics all the time and comes up with better stuff, haha.
Thanks Bill for your comment, I too have difficulty liking BiaB but am giving it a try mainly because......wel I have paid for it. 😀
Hello again and thanks for your kind comments! You weren't on my FAWM watchlist yet apparently, just 50/90, so that has been rectified.
Thanks Bill. I can' t figure out why people get off my watched list. You are the third one already this year.
Hi Bill, ref the construction of "You've stolen your story". I was going to do it duo piano but it came out too thick. So I tried with just the right hand ovf the 2nd piano and that wasn't quite there, so I substituted a concert harp and it worked. I'm glad you liked it. So do I, and i was surprised at what came out of the "black mirror" process...
Hey, if you have a C-harp, count up 5 to G. Any song in G is what any blues-man would use a C-harp for 😀 😝
The draw chord in Holes 1, 2, 3, and 4 (G on a C-harmonica) or 1-chord, and of course blow those same ones for the 4-chord; move up to 456 ish for Dm, I IV V (G, C, D)
I'd rather suck than blow, so to speak 😀 , so only use'em in their draw key.
The Notes layouts are online, but can pretty much stick to there. Basically blow anywhere for the 4-chord +- ish 😉 ... how that goes. Know your triads. And, the draw-bend does the rest for any other.
If this is not news to you (and it may not be), oh well, -- maybe your fans here will be glad to read and then copy your great work even more effectively! 😀
Yes, definitely, - right on with that. 😀 hahhh, I don't know if you hear it, -- I had no idea what chords I was gonna play 'till the end of the first verse 😀 ... I actually just kept playing then went back an noted what it was... I love this stuff!
Thank you Bill! Love to hear what you cone up with in FAWM this year🍒
Bill! You just came out of the gate with How can I get in!! So good. Had to say hello and thank you for your comment on my weather changes skirmish lyric. You inspire me to try my fawm song recordings with just guitar and singing..and maybe some harmonica!
Thanks for your insightful comments on my song "On the Threshold of the Void"
I love how you put things, -- I am, "ambiguously direct"! 😀 I just loved that, made my day.
You'll enjoy this then I think, hope, since know a bit more about me now... a police chief stops in, oh 9pm or so one evening, but with me were a bunch of others too. Hugh coconuts on this fellow who directly asks me to torpedo one of his guys. (Kind of stupid too if you ask me, -- so openly.) Anyway...
Well, after he left, soon after asking, and looking very confused it seemed 😀 all at once from the others, (showing no mercy as you'd imagine), "wow, I rarely hear go phuch yourself, stated quite that way, -- not sure he understands it was a no." 😀 -- Or, words to that affect. I think he figured it out though, eventually.
Well, if only me, I sit here an giggle like a little girl at some of the stuff I write
Thanks for having a listen!
Thanks so much for commenting on New Year's Day, Bill! Appreciate the feedback.
Hi Bill, good to see you again my friend. Hope you and the family are well, and that you have plenty of time for FAWM.
Hello Bill, just a quick hello, FAWM is approaching quite rapidly now, and I'm looking forward to hearing more songs from you.
Fawm felicitations to ya!
Hi Bill. The email is in...the mail, uh, so to speak. Nice to see you. Hope you have a good Fawm 2019.
Hi there friend! Happy fawm to ya