burr settles 6


Pittsburgh USA   Feb 2004


Artist Bio

Influences:   all y'all

hi! i run FAWM (mostly). i'm a science nerd and pop music junkie who grew up in the bluegrass, went to school in the tundra, and now i work in steeltown. i've been in bands in all of those places. for the 9-to-5 thing, I direct the research group at duolingo (https://www.duolingo.com).


for 2018, i'm using the following frameworks/constraints to help me ease back into FAWM (even though i maintain the website, i haven't properly "fawmed" since 2015, and haven't hit the 14-song goal since 2010!)...

1) i'm going to try and write a song for each of the "12 spiritual disciplines" (http://amzn.to/2aQ3d3w). if successful, then i'll already have the topic for all but 2 of my FAWM songs covered! πŸ˜€

2) i started collecting guitar pedals 3-4 years ago, including designing and building them myself (http://bffx.us). i'll be banning all effects on my regular pedalboard, to force me out of my sonic ruts and put all the other ones to good use!

3) i'll try to simplify the recording process. for songs tagged #daw, i used a computer for multi-tracking, but #zoom means i used a digital 6-track, and #fourtrack means i used a cassette 4-track!


check out my bandmates: @deliciouspastries!
check out my former bandmates: @briansmith, @wynia!

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  • @edwardsmusic Oct 11

    Hi there. As a FAWMer, you're of particular interest to me because you founded this site after all.
    I promise I'll listen to your stuff more often on here, either this year or next year.

  • @sherrycanary  Mar 11

    Hi Burr
    I have done FAWM since 2009 and I didn't know you were an active FAWMER until now!
    I always thought of you as some god on high who started it and scoops in to moderate when things get squirrelly.
    ( I grew up in Squirrel Hill, BTW, and know how to conjugate yinz)

    I am not kidding you.
    I had no idea you listened to and commented on songs.
    Anyway, because of FAWM, last year I got a song I wrote during a skirmish accepted in the Philadelphia Real Book for jazz composers.
    I will be back for serious listening when my guests leave in a few days.
    Thank you for all you do!
    Oh...and I do Duolingo en français

  • @jenniferlevenhagen  Mar 1

    Just an FYI...We're having a local FAWM showcase in Appleton, WI, USA!

    The forum about it is here: http://fawm.org/forums/topic/8276/

    The Facebook event is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/16120... (I hope it's ok I used the FAWM logo?.....I should have asked about that first....)

  • @zecoop  Mar 1

    The most tapes ever too with 19. Last year was our first 4-track 'win'. This year we have them going to/from USA, UK, Netherlands, Finland, and Japan. Japan to UK to US was the farthest, but we had at least three I think that crossed the Atlantic US/UK or UK/US. That's dedication and is pretty cool. Of course 'cool' is what FAWM is, in my 8th year opinion! Please join us again next year - your contributions were outstanding. πŸ˜€

  • @zecoop  Feb 28

    Those.... Were.... Awesome! Thanks for being a part of it. You really made some stand out additions! Two great songs. πŸ˜€

  • @kovbleu  Feb 28

    Thanks so much for commenting on my song "Let Me Out" - I really appreciate you taking time to listen and for your kind words. Thanks for providing such an awesome place for songwriters and musicians to come together!

  • @guatecoop  Feb 22

    I was going to improve my track, but haven't. It's pretty good and I just didn't get to it. I brought it to work with me to send today. Should be a couple of days.

  • @tunecat  Feb 2018

    Hey there. I've just sent some ideas re creating harmonies from guitar parts. I've come to your page from that. But firstly thanks for setting up FAWM - its been incredibly powerful for me and really helped me develop, come out of my closet, get confidence, and feel connected.
    On another note, if you ever want guinea pigs for Duolingua that's my other field - I'm v interested in adult language learning.

  • @gslade Feb 2018

    I finally got around to Duolingoing. I finished the Spanish course. It was fun. Adios!

  • @klaus  Feb 2018

    Hi Burr. Thanks for comments on Body and Ghost. A comment from you feels somehow special, you know, the Boss of FAWM likes MY song! πŸ˜€

  • @mikeskliar  Feb 2018

    so a bunch of us as a skirmish are writing burr birthday songs!
    here's mine http://fawm.org/songs/83428/

    (oh and thanks for commenting on that 'jesus, simon and garfunkel' collab song- ain't swg da best!) hope all is well, happy bday!

  • @stuartbenbow  Feb 2018

    Hi, thanks for checking out Can't Help Yourself. Glad you liked it. I hadn't made the connection between the percussive guitar sound and Genesis, but yeah, it kinda does. Cool. πŸ˜€

  • @guatecoop  Feb 2018

    Hey! I'm going to work on tape 12 tonight. I do think that I will do drums on it and hopefully send it out tomorrow. It's sounding cool so far.

  • @cts  Feb 2018

    Got it and dropped it off at The Post yesterday. I'm hoping to have more success than I did getting #7 to Elesimo 😞

  • @ayehahmur  Feb 2018

    Thanks for taking the time to listen and comment. Much appreciated.

  • @standup  Feb 2018

    Hi Burr, thanks for stopping by. The basement flood took out a few $29 Ikea rugs, some basement junk, nothing too dear. All studio gear survived except a subwoofer I got used off craigslist years ago, it was actually in the water on the floor. Could have been far, far worse!

  • @cts  Feb 2018

    Hey guy - can I get an address from you?

  • @xfloorpunchx Feb 2018

    Glad you liked our violent song 😁 Thanks for the comment ! Merci pour la visite !

  • @mmmmarcus  Feb 2018

    Thank you very much for the nice comments on my collab with Colleen! Glad you liked the track, and that my production ideas translated well. Got a great vibe off of her ideas.

  • @fonte  Feb 2018

    Hey Burr thanks for the thoughtful comment on 'Stay' - I've always preferred to jam stuff out but it can be hard to get that 'feel' on your own so really appreciate that comment! I see that you run this town so can I just say THANKS! I am new here and have just been blown away by the crazy talent and creativity and positivity here, it's really great.

  • @whispermouse  Feb 2018

    Thanks for the comment on "Winter River!" Lemme know if you ever need a volunteer backend dev for FAWM - happy to pass on my credentials out of band.

  • @alyxanderjames  Feb 2018

    Thanks so much for the comment on Comfortable Disconnect. And thank you for creating this incredible space for experimentation!

  • @karlsburg25  Feb 2018

    Cheers for your comments Burr. I assumed let it be could be used, and even though i am a rather large Beatles fan, i thought i'd better stick to occasionally borrowing their music rather than their actual titles πŸ˜‰

  • @spiderhound1  Feb 2018

    Thank you so much for making FAWM a reality! This is my 3rd year and February has become an incredibly productive month for me.

  • @ericdistad  Feb 2018

    #15 here we come! πŸ˜€

  • @mikegtz  Feb 2018

    Hello again, Burr. I added the Sunbabe song from Delicious Pastries to the FAWM Spotify playlist I'm doing. Have a great month!

  • @roy  Jan 2018

    Glad to see you back, Burr, thank you so much for keeping this thing running all these many years. Looking forward to whatever you cook up!

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  • @andygetch  Jan 2018

    Hi Burr!

  • @cairobraga Jan 2018

    came here to thank you for doing/making TWO of the most amazing web-things in my life. hope you have a great FAWM, Mr. Settles! thanks, obrigada, gracias, grΓ cies, merci, tack!

  • @stuartbenbow  Jan 2018

    Welcome back, and thank you!

  • @writeandwrong  Jan 2018

    Best of luck to you during FAWM 2018! Can't imagine it will be anything short of awesome! Thanks so much for all you do to make this happen every February! Much gratitude!

  • @adforperu  Jan 2018

    Annual e-handshake for you sir

  • @seanbrennan  Jan 2018

    Don't call it a comeback, he was never gone! Looking forward to seeing the fruits of your pared-down 2018 plans, O Captain My Captain! Humble suggestion, in your Influences, change "youze" to "yinz?" 😁