Influences: Tim Minchin, Diane Warren, Darren Hayes, Tracy Chapman, Jon Bon Jovi, Abba Terence Trent D'Arby, Bruce Springsteen, Taylor Swift, Tina Arena, Spice Girls, Brayden Jeffrey, Lyn Bowtell, Felicity Urquart, Neil Finn,
Another month of frantic songwriting YAY
#bringiton #wegotthis #stresscapades
2020 is here and I’m ready to go!!
A lot has happened since I first did FAWM; but nothing has been as important as developing the skill and craft as a songwriter by taking part in this challenge every year.
If you have doubts on whether you can do this ... ignore it - cos you can!!
It’s the hardest and scariest thing you'll ever do and you’ll learn so much as a songwriter from the experience.
So buckle up!!! Suck it up !! And write them songs people
Personal achievements since starting FAWM:
1 - making contacts internationally and locally and writing with these people post FAWM
2 - attending a songwriters conference (x3) then giving a workshop at the same conference 2 yrs later (Beating Writers Block)
3 - attending two different songwriters retreat and co-writing with established Australian country artists
4 - winning the UKSC Adult Contemporary category (co-write 2017) - this song is on hold with an artist, potentially going an album (no promises but early days yet)
5 - actually getting on stage and singing in public for open mics to learn about breathing in a song and delivery of lyrics
6 - developing the skill of co-writing and working with several up n coming Australian country artists thanks to skype / g drive and emails
7 - creating a website and calling myself a songwriter at last.
This list is not to brag but to show that if you keep at it, grow, learn, practice and write write write .... you’ll be surprised how far you can go.
You'll never find a more encouraging online environment as FAWM, everyone's journey and experience is different. I could NOT have imagined that I am where I am now (as a songwriter) and i still have a billion miles to go, but I have songwriting friends now, who get me and I've found my tribe.
So to all you newbies for 2020 welcome to the FAWMily - take a deep breath, enjoy the experience for what it is.
It doesn't matter if it’s crap, write, write, post, write write, post, write, write, post and before you know it, you'll have 14 drafts to play with in March, April and May 😀 Just remember ... if you want feedback ... you must give feedback.
Hit me up for a collab, my main skill is lyrics
Please note that most of my feedback will be on your lyrics, not the music. I have a profound hearing loss and as much as I want to listen to e'ones songs, I find that sometimes I just can't hear them as well as I want to, which makes me a bit sad and I end up fixating on the wrong things. So I think it's better if I provide feedback on my strength (lyrics) and apologise (now) for any recordings that I do on my own (which are naturally bound to be shit LOL)
That being said, I DO listen to music from time to time, but it takes several listens for me to capture a song, and I don't have that time to spare, if I want to leave as much feedback as I can in 2020.
|#2||I Still Think The World Of You||
|#3||We All Fall Down||
|#5||Dear Mouth, This is Anus||
|#10||No Words @stevenwesleyguiles||
|#11||Sing Billie Sing||
|#12||I Love Spreadsheets Baby||
|#13||Dreaming of You||
|#14||Getting Married On A Monday||
|#16||Cold Shoulders and Silent Treatment||
|#17||Hold Them Close||
|#18||The Empty Pram||
|#19||Tough Old Bird||
|#20||Tarot Card Challenge Song - place holder||
Hey, thanks for the encouragement, you’re so kind! If you have any lyrics I could try setting to music I’d love to try a collab—I’ve been having a terrible time getting words out, and I love your writing!
Congrats on finishing so ahead of schedule! Thanks for your kind words of encouragement at the start of the month — I’m still a bit behind, but I’m working hard!
Thank you for your kind comments on my song, "Wash Me Clean" and my collab "Who We Really Are"!
Thank you for your comments on Don't Refrain. The song is an odd structure to begin with. The part you identify as a second stanza is closer to being a bridge. The structure is something like this: Intro - Verse - Chorus - Bridge - Chorus - Outro. But I will take your analysis into consideration when it comes to the rhyming scheme of the bridge. It is the one place where the song does not rhyme. On the other hand, it seems to work as sung. Something to mull over in March. Again, thank you for your great comment!
See You In The Shadows…
Ok. Song is done.
I dig how it came out.
You want me to email you a .wav that you can upload and post?
You want me to upload it to my Soundcloud acccount and the change the link?
Can you add me as a collab partner?
thank you for commenting on the god whisperer. i definitely see your point about excluding the title from the chorus-- there is a lot of validity in that, and it has made me think. thank you for taking the time to leave such a detailed, insightful comment.
hope things look up for you soon. may you look up with hope soon, as well.
Do you mind if I take a crack at reimagining "No Words"?
I like the words. 😀
I didn't want to bias myself by listening to the melody...I wanted to try and come up with my own based on the words...but I don't want to mess with it if you're set on your melody. 😀
Wow! Thanks for all of your thoughtful and helpful comments! I really appreciate it! During FAWM I usually write a lot quickly and don’t tweak too much and although I do go back and edit some things during feb, I do most of my edits after FAWM is over once I decide which lyrics I want to keep or toss. A lot of the skirmish ones I don’t keep unless a musician sets them to music. When someone puts my lyrics to music I let them to the tweaks they want as it is their song too. Some don’t make any and some make a handful. A few may do more but usually we talk about that. I really appreciate your input on the structure and wording in the one song and consideration of Too Late for Love Song lyric. I haven’t gone back to that one to do any editing but tonight when I read it aloud I made mental notes of a few things I might do differently. And thanks for starting the spreadsheet challenge!
Yeah, I guess I have been a little quick off the jump with FAWM! 😀 Thanks for saying hi!
Thanks and yes, I see your point. Maybe a pre chorus. I will talk to her about it.
Thanks for leaving all of those reviews!
Thanks for your comments! Super helpful. Gets me thinking (constructively) critically on "Where It's Less." I flagged that one to develop further after FAWM is over, so your input will be taken into account for sure when it's up for revision.
thank you for commenting on moon's over mississippi. i try to write at least one blues each FAWM and 50/90, and i might end up writing more because i am trying very hard to economize my form, and the blues lends itself to that. hope the fire and panic settle down.
Chariot, Thanks for reviewing "The Other Side Of The Song".
Thanks for all your nice comments!
Thank you so much for the feedback on "My Home". I fixed my typo, I tend to make a.lot of them especially when posting to FAWM.
I'm afraid you credit me with an over-abundance of organisation. Themes, both lyrical and musical, were random. A couple of people gave me titles, and I picked the rest off a list of things I write down in my phone when someone says something that sounds like a song title.
massive happy fawm to you lovely
Thank you for all of the kind comments! Truly appreciated!
Thanks for the kind critique of my lyrics. I do appreciate that!
Thanks for your kind comments on Fork in the Road and My Town, USA. Was I on my way before realizing I was lost or was I just out for a drive and got lost? Well, I get lost on any occasion...sometimes when I'm supposed to be somewhere at a certain time... sometimes when I just mean to go somewhere simple with no time constraints, and sometimes when I'm just going out for a drive... So, I guess my response is... all of the above... so I generalized it in the song to fit all my occasions of getting lost 😀
Thanks so much for your comment on Dark Fires!
Is this typical for metal? Hmm. You know, I've never really stopped to wonder. That style of writing is certainly typical for me. I like to find words that convey a feeling and that have syllables that snap to the tempo and groove of the song. I also don't like ryhming things all that much, and I find that doing it well takes an awfully long time. So I tend to just not bother!
Thanks for your extensive comments, duder.
Hey! Yeah, these "So Nice to See You" songs are sort of a tradition. I've done one 5 years in a row now, and they all end with that line. They're not really songs per say, but one of those short intro tunes that start off an album.
Thanks for stopping by!
I pulled the phrase "snow moon" from some article like "a list of named moons" that had "harvest moon," "blood moon," etc.
I liked that first verse, and may come back and get those next few verses to stand up to it a bit better.
Thanks for the comments!
Thanks for your awesome comments!
Wow! An amazing and wonderful list of accomplishments!!!
Yay! I love seeing other New Zealanders here. I am from Dunedin.
Hey there! Welcome back to the madness. 😀
Howdy and all the best for FAWM!
have the best FAWM this year!