Influences: Folk, Beatles, Greatful Dead, sea shanties, country, filk
Just trying to speed up the harvest...
The FAWM is amazing! Having a blast, and getting lots of writing in.
Dang -- iPod makes MP4s which will not upload to the FAWM host site, but at least I got FAWMsong out of the donation process!
Found a MP4 to MP3 free conversion site, uploaded Sugar to the FAWM Hosting site where it plays just fine, but when I put the URL into the song Demo URL field and saved it, it won't play from the song site. 😞 If I can get past this final hurdle, I'll try to spend some time recording more songs and start getting the sound bytes in!
Apparently the MP3 plays (ting-a-ling-a-ling) for you, but not for me. So now I'll have to get busy recording as well as writing... A FAWMers work is never done!
OK, yes I accidentally left my name on a song when I copied and pasted, so F*CK IT -- The big secret is out! 😀
3 TO GO!!!! I LOVE THE FAWM AND THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU FAWMERS!!!
So put three songs into the iPod, found wifi and e-mailed them the exact same way as Sugar, but this time instead of getting .mp4 files I got .band files. WTF?? So, the tech is still hating on me...
Finally reached out to the awesome Jeff Bohnhoff, who helped me find the right sequence to get MP4 files off my iPod again! Converted and uploaded Winter Light Festival demo and processing more!!!
Slowing down now. Really had a lot of fun and don't want to overdo or start sounding like everything is the same, so plan is to mostly enjoy new postings to finish my very first FAWM. That way I can look forward to next year with pleasure! Thank you everyone at the FAWM!
|#2||A Crabber's Life||
|#4||Beast is Best||
|#6||Touch Not the Cat||
|#8||Winter Light Festival||
Oh, thank you for the comment on "Gifts." We're closing out our living room concert with that one next week. Gonna be fun.
Thank you loads for the listen and the comment on that mini epic. 😊
Your time and attention is very much appreciated.
Thanks a lot for listening to my track "The Morning Mist"! I appreciate your kind comments!
Congratulations on a great output of music this year and thank you so much for stopping by and taking a listen to Rise and I can love you for today. I appreciate your comments and I'm so happy to know you!
Don't worry about the brain fart. My head is basically composed of gas!!
You know, my track DOES have a flamenco feel, although I never really thought about it. Thanks for the insight!!
Thank you for commenting on "You". Oddly enough, I am a teacher (math and computer science 4th through 12th grade). Xenodochial was a word I learned for this song too! -Natalie
Thank you so much for giving "Diamond Ring Blues" a listen! I'm glad you liked it.
The site remains up and open basically until January next year but the fact is that most people skedaddle after a couple weeks in March. I keep listening through most of March, personally, and still routinely pop by here the rest of the year to see if anything has happened.
Love "Touch Not the Cat"! Coming back later for some more listening (I have to get rid of a couple of guitar students first). 😀
You've had a great FAWM! Don't disappear too quickly... I still have to listen to more of your songs and comment once March comes!
Thank you for your comments on The Harper Girl. Yes, the original draft had her as a angelic/demonic figure (fallen angel of light), but the persona she is based on is a real girl (attending one of the local universities) who came to our filk circle.
Real people are so much more complicated as we're creatures of both divinity and depravity, mixture of carnal vs Creator, demon vying with savior. I saw the harper girl, and she was a creature of light, but she playing with themes of darkness that she recognized, but not completely aware of how powerful or dangerous they actually are. Excitement is VASTLY overrated. Ah, youth!
She had never heard of filk before, but had been playing harp for several years and performs in her small town just south of Portland (your neck of the woods, actually).
Instead of building a mythology/allusion, I decided to keep it simple and just tell the story of our first meeting using analogy. The inn is a Marriott Hotel, the king is a past President (now dead), etc. And this is the SHORT version compared to the first draft.
Thank you for kind comments on milkyway
Going through all you newly posted songs now. Down with con-crud since Saturday (thank you, LTU&E #30). I expect I'll finish up my FAWNing once my vocal chords return from walkabout. More soon.
Thanks so much for all your encouraging and enthusiastic comments. I’m not a fast creator and I feel a bit slow. But it feels ok when what I do get done gets appreciated by such as you. While I’m here I’m going to drink my coffee and listen to some songs.... 😀
Thanks for your comments. Usually, I think, it is older rock at our street dance, although almost anything goes.
Thanks for your kind comments on “I fly”, Colleen vocal was indeed beautiful 😀
Thank you so much for your generous comments on both my songs! Really appreciate it. You’re the only one so far that picked up on the fearless flight reference!
Yes, Nitrogen is one of the gases that at 78% is perfectly safe but at higher levels and concentrations is VERY dangerous (like in deep sea diving!)
Thanks for the comments! I don't know if I'll expand it later or not but that's certainly a theme I could explore.
I think you're right about the vicarious shivering of the timbers - it's probably why I like reading books about maritime disasters and mountaineering tragedies from the comfort of my sofa. Still, your shanty was super authentic! I've never seen the show you mention but I bet id love it.
I appreciated your very nice thoughts on my collaboration with Liz... I also very much enjoyed a few of your songs this morning! I'm glad you are enjoying FAWM!! 😀
Thank you for your kind comments on our songs. I'm glad you got your tech stuff figured out - and I'm really glad that FAWM is going well for you!
Hooray for music for your songs! Glad FAWM is treating you well 😀
i don't know if you ping those who ask or everybody but just in case: ping _everyone_ who commented on your lyric whenever you get a demo up. Just a short "thank you and there is now a demo" note.
Are you familiar with the whole Seattle underworld thing? I've never been there but my wife has and she thought it would make a good topic for a song. Seems to have a good combo of 19th century weirdness, rowdy sailors and seedy red light districts..
Thanks for dropping in on my Offering song. I wish Coca-Cola would decide to use my song in their next ad. 😝
Thanks for the listens and comments, much appreciated!
Big thanks for those comments you left. Fingers crossed you beat the tech and get some demos up so that I can return the favour. I would agree with tawny249 that Audacity would be worth a look.
I've not read any of Jim Butcher's series but I'm a big fan of Charlie Stross and Ben Aaronovitch's work. Paul Cornell's "Shadow Police" sereis would be a good fit, too.
I am slightly baffled why you are not using Audacity? It is a free recording program that has mp3 conversion built in. You probably have a reason I'm just missing. No fancy mic required, I just use my webcam. Anywho, hope the tech cooperates! 😀
Thanks for your comments on The Dead Are Riding Tonight.....I'm eager to hear the music added to it!!!
Re Hippo songs (thanks!) yes, Flanders & Swann were high school influences, it helped that I could play Swann's piano arrangements. A lot peeks out from behind the Flying Tadpole Masque but msot nowadays are too unknowing of past glories to realise!
Thanks for the Gotham comment. Not sure I want to change the scansion but I can certainly play with the melody a bit so it's not so much an echo of Camelot. Thanks again!
(I'm not a Musicals person, so I probably wouldn't have caught it myself.)
Good luck with the OryCon panel! I was the "international" guest at Consonance a few years ago and did a FAWM panel there that combined talking about it and playing some FAWM-written songs, with help from a couple of other Filk/FAWM crossover people.
Thank you for you comment on "Let the Wookie Win." Heh. Also, if you search *song titles* for "filk" you'll find more filkers--apparently looking for FAWMers only finds those that have the f-word in their name. Cheers!
Thanks for listening and the positive comments for my song ' Time and space'. I really appreciate it !
I feel for your husband ('feed the bears' thank you). And yes, it's that lethal-to-partners morning bloodsugar crash that's the trap. I learnt that the hard way, early in our courtship, holding a sagging girlfriend who's blood sugar had sunk to zilch on the coupling-buffer plate of a shunting diesel locomotive...
Thanks for your comment on "Summer Day," it really turned out well.
More on "A Crabber's Life". I wrote you a long comment on getting music up then realised it belong in forums. THe essence is, If it's worth being recorded, it's worth doing, it's worth doing badly (rather than not at all). Dont' worry about "good" recording or "quality", this is FAWM and even just whistling at your phone will increase the dimensions of your songs. Crabbers is eminently settable, for example. A capella?
Kazoo and/or humming bridge... not a bad idea at all. Thanks for listening to Summer Day!
Welcome to FAWM! Glad you jumped right in!