Influences: The two boxes of records under the stairs in my parents' basement in Ohio.
This is my 12th (!) FAWM. I've also done 10 50/90s.
Husband, dad, dog petter, yogi, troubadour, multi-instrumentalist, beachcomber, gardener, meditator, custodian, beer drinker, sunrise/sunset watcher.
Last year, I played 14 different instruments - a FAWM's worth - on my songs. This year, I'm moving way back in the other direction - mainly guitar/vocal, like I did for my first FAWM in 2008.
|#2||Just Breathe (As the Coffee Brews)||
|#3||Oh, Sweet Rain||
|#4||Om Namah Shivaya (Country Om)||
|#6||Me and God||
|#7||Cautivo de Amor (Captive of Love)||
|#8||Old Friends @srcoops||
|#9||By My Side||
|#10||Til From Foggy Bog||
|#11||La Puesta De Sol (Sunset)||
|#12||Angel in the White House @srcoops||
|#14||Let's Get Stoned and Build an Igloo||
|#16||I Like Doing Laundry||
|#18||Anxious Man 1||
|#19||Anxious Man 2||
|#20||Green Market Is 10!||
|#22||Ukulele Etude 1||
|#23||Ukulele Etude 2||
|#25||Mutant Son Of Ukulele Etude 1 @fuzzy||
|#26||Ukulele Etude 3||
|#27||Ukulele Etude 4||
|#31||Be a Yogi||
|#32||The Title Song||
Cool, I'm whacking away at three-finger rolls but mainly trying to get some frailing going..... I also set up an old Gibson for slide with a heavy brass pipe ..I love it, trying to find out more about what compression, reverb etc. to use with it...
keep the faith dude and thanks ..
Hey thanks! I would love to learn more slide techniques, but that’s what I had. I appreciate your thoughts!
Thanks for commenting on my instrumental, Chip...and yes, it was a therapeutic way to fight back the aches and fever. It meant a lot to me to get it done. I appreciate your listening to it!
Thank you for your lovely feedback on 'Brave men from the war', it is wonderful when my songs mean something to people, thank you.
Sure, I always appreciate feedback!
Thanks for the listen and the comments on my version of "Fake it". There's still time for you to try it, March isn't over yet! I'd like to hear how you would end up interpreting it, and the challenge was fun.
Thanks for checking out 'Heaven Side of Love, Chip. 😀
Thanks so much for listening to my song ‘lets Go on a road trip ‘ . Your positive response has really lifted me ! Thanks mate 😊👍
Thanks Chip! I am a fan of Rhodes too. Going back to Chick Corea, and donald Fagen.
well jeez.😊.thank you for listening.. that is a perfect summation (without the much appreciated added compliment)
I was very pleased with how the synth piano turned out on Gimme a Straw. Thanks for the listen. Hummingbear wrote great lyrics.
Thank you for your comment on Stay Alive! We need more type A's like the two of you when the news goes live. 😀
Thanks for the kind reply on, "I Will Eat Anything"! I really appreciate it!!
Hey Chip, thanks for the listens and comments today. This was my second year trying to write songs, so I really appreciate when a veteran like you appreciates my music. Rock on!
Thanks so much for taking a deep listen to 15 candles. I appreciate your comments very much and congratulations to you for an amazing output this year!! I shall take a listen starting now 😀
I left you a comment on your what to do with comments thread. I didn't quote you in, so that you don't have to live with a long text on your "fawm" board 😀 here.
Well, it was truly a shocker when he started sending me lyrics back in 2011 - Certainly nothing he had EVER done before. 😀
Thanks for the comments Chip, much appreciated. (:
My influences are from rock bands and soul singers, so I guess I have no choice to play electric guitar! I wish I had access to other instruments like drums and bass. Lol but I don't think it's necessary to have them when writing a song. Lol but I do want to compose on piano someday!
Thank you for your kind words on my songs, "All Night Long (All Night), and "What Do I Say?"! I really appreciated them.
Thanks for listening and commenting. I tried to time the length of the verse and chorus chord progressions so that I could add the words later, but I might hav been off. I’d love to hear how the story sounds, but I’m afraid I’ll have to relearn and re-record the music.
I appreciate how you always stay here late and give comments out to those who stick around. It's truly a wonderful thing to do.
Chip, one dog lover to another, I’m very grateful for your warm and insightful comments on my song a few days ago. It means a lot.
Oh, that was a nice surprise.
Yes, intense lyrics counter balanced by, - as you say, - thank you 😀
All experiments, one-takes. One track was even in "morning", cracking voice no warm up - kept it and overlay dubs.
Out of the 22 potentials, down to 8 only now 😝 (on SC) - still debating elec. gtr high distortion accents chording, and drum kit... not sure I am that ambitious or, worse, "makes a difference"? Wholelottawork, if just diff. not better 😀
Thanks for the visit today. Yes, I'm still sad about the UMC vote and at this point (though sad at the thought) praying the church divides. Cultures vary too widely to have a global population all support the same views. Time to evolve again!
Thank you for your comments on Moving On and Tai-ing Chi! I've been practicing tai chi for about 30 years now and hope to be still moving 30 years from now!
John (zecoop) is going to make an album for my bandcamp of this year's collaborations. When he gets it done, check out the cover.
Thanks for your kind words. My wife of 61 years has been the absolute highlight of my life. It is easy to think of things to say when I consider this.
Thank you Chip! Brothers in FAWM.
In regard to a song about song titles:
I Remember The Uninvited Guest
Who made a Last Stop
In a Shrinking World
With a Light That Never Ends
Came An Angel in the White House
The Congressmen had Life Rage
They were Crusin at Midnight
A Green Farm Boy
Having Food with Two Friends
They Looked on The Right Side
Treasured Today with
Collaboration and asked
Where's My Stuff at the
Junior High Dance
Hi, thanks for the comment on Inferential Grace. Much appreciated.
Thanks for the comment on my lyric, not sure it will ever go further than the fawm copy!
Thank you Chip for listening to "Game" and leaving such a nice comment.
Yes, having lots of fun-- on my non-collab songs, all you hear is all me...! So on Carbon, that was me tooting my own horn. 😁
I would still welcome music even though FAWM is over. I go to music circles every month and need new songs.
Not sure yet if I will do 50/90 since gardening and horseback riding take a lot of my time but FAWM collab next year for sure!
Wow, are you ever THE MAN!! Thank you, you just made my week buddy... I've been under several guns and only starting to listen and comment now.
I'll get right back to you.
Thanks for the comment on Seventh Daughter, Chip. Don't sweat on the meaning - I'm normally more coherent, but this time I was driven by the groove instead of the story.
Congrats on another yet Chip! Always a pleasure to have you around listening and writing. Great work.
Happy Birthday Month!
Wow, Chip! Congrats on the double plus win! 😀
Thanks for you kind comments on my crazy song! Looking forward to delving into more of yours in March 😊
Thank you for your comment on “Divided”. It’s a disturbing situation.
You never told me about farming in Batavia. Who is your buddy?
Thanks for your fulsome praise of my entry for the chromatic challenge "When" (guy considering suicide). I am so glad you captured what i was trying to do with the song. 👍👍👍😎
Chip, thanks for the very kind words on Things Gotta Change. It means a lot to md. It would be cool to build a different version of this with more banjo and mandolin. I'd like to spend a little more time on the recording after FAWM and then I'll send it to you. Same with Biscuits and Redeye Gravy.
OK, you're up for Food
Hey, I'm going away for the rest of FAWM, so I'll take this opportunity to thank you for all your great music this February.
I'm hoping to see you at 50/90!
Thanks for collaborating with me. I think it's pretty cool for two old Buckeyes to be working together.
I'll drop him an email, then.
I'd like to work again with some of your music at some point in the future, but I'm going on vacation on Monday, so it won't be this FAWM; maybe we could do another collab during 50/90?
Glad you liked it.
Your track was a fun challenge to work with.
Take a look at Food. Might work with the banjo.
Yes, thanks for stopping by. - This year more than other and spec during this FAWM, just hit "Record", let'er rip, then chunked out a possible song, then - did what I did. It was the only way I could "think" of doing something "different" for me, be consistent and yet, - etc.
Since, as you know, we all have a "default" rhythmic melody that comes "out", - I hope I can identify some alt-modulations to slip in, if even as Counter Point, in overdub (me being very lazy 😀 )
The, musication of lyric nuggets in order of writing them, the morning-mourning-new 5 min chunks, were then very interesting to hear in "order" as track list. For me, - it made it far more enjoyable. I may resist skipping around in the future, since provided "insight" ? not to, well, at least this time.
I'd love it if you put some banjo on Biscuits and Redeye Gravy. Let me know if you want to try to collab on something.
Already at 22! Dude, You're knocking it out of the park!
Hey, would you mind if I slapped some weirdo Melodica on your "Ukulele Etude 1"?
Not sure if I'll have time to do it (I'm going away on vacation in a few days), but I'd like to try if that's ok with you.
Thanks for the listen / comment on my "Rat Killin' Time." You asked, "literal or figurative": both for me as well (I don't have any of them just at the moment, but some memories stay fresh, nay pungent).
Thank you so much for your kind words - your songs are all fantastic 😀
Glad you foudn my comment on your igloo song useful. Thanks in turn for your comments on my "I'm a Believer" (not cover). Yoga can form part of a religious culture, but, as you know, it exists (and works) entirely separate from any particular belief system. I think a lot of people confuse Yoga with Eastern religions because they are not aware of that fact.
Thank you for listening to Providence. The dance between guitar and voice - hey! that sounds like something a songwriter would say!
Thank you for your kind comment on my song Bullied. It's especially meaningful to me that you, as a teacher and parent, feel it conveys the emotions I was hoping to relfect. Thank you so much.
I did end up doing the Beryllium song, just so's you know. And Boron is on its way either tonight or tomorrow morning.
thanks for your positive comments on my Prostate Song. You would be very wise to keep an eye on your PSA. It is not an infallible test, it can give false positives; but better to be safe than very sorry indeed, eh?
thank you for your comments on Cans of Film. They were especially encouraging as what you said is exactly what i am trying to do.
Thanks for your comment on my bucket song. No, I have not tried filling it yet, I’ll just going to have faith in my woodworking skills and fill it when I need it. It will work!
Thanks for listening to “It’s Too Cold (Take Off Your Coat).” Glad you enjoyed it, appreciate the comments. 😁
Thank you so much for your comment on Dear June - means a lot!
Thanks, Chip, for the kind words on the "I Was Not a Liar" audio. 😀
Nice job on Old Friends. I enjoyed your treatment of these lyrics. Thanks!
Hi! Thanks for comment on my "Liar Liar" lyric - and yes - Aretha, the Queen!
I would be pleased to have you collaborate with me on Old Friends and Angel n the White House. Look forward to the results. BTW I really like banjo music.
Hey Chipwithrow, thanks for the comment on my song I appreciate it.
Wow dude, have you EVER floated me up to the top of my tree.... thank you so much. I can't believe you have so many songs up already... I'll listen to more tonight...
Beryllium (atomic number 4) is in the writing phase right now! I am having lots of fun researching these to write them. A little re-education in chemistry. 😀
Thanks for listening and commenting on my song "Open Road." My cowriter on it and I are working towards making licensable music so the cinematic feel was on purpose.
Thanks for listening to / commenting on my "Wonderful Misery."
> I love how the piano line follows the vocal line (or the other way around)!
Funny you should mention it: in my DAW, the piano track is labeled, "Piano Guide" -- I originally sequenced it to help me stay on track singing the patter stuff. But when I muted the track before recording "real" accompaniment, I found I missed it, and so put it back, adding only a bass organ part.
Thanks so much for your comments on "Chemical Men," which gobsmacked me with their generosity, re. my singing and guitar playing. I wish I could still be an American football fan but honestly the physical damage it doles out makes me sad. Why not high-performance flag football?
Thank you for reading my bio, I really appreciate it! I'm right now in the process of recording my first song hopefully I'll get it done by tomorrow. I'll listen to yours while get the chance too. Oh and yeah, Publix is a good place work at! It basically is like my second home!! lol
I'll save Old Friends for you. glad you like it so far.
Aw thank you for your comment on I Remember When! Sort of good timing for your wife to be away during FAWM? But hard too - I hate being away for long from my family.
Thanks for the comment on Read The Card. Yeah, unlike anything I've ever done. But it was fun messing around with the various settings on Garageband.
thanks for the great comment! Yes, that's my Oscar Schmidt I lovingly call Leviathan. It's my main instrument now days, and I'm trying to use it more. I actually had this one modified with a jack, which makes for some fun sounds.
Hey Buckeye, look at Old Friends. Maybe that would work for you.
Hi Chip. Glad you're here. One of these days I meed to make my way down to Ft Myers. Until then...
Cheers for commenting on Memo, Chip. It's a quirky wee one, isn't it?
Hi Chip. Kinda crazy how long were been doing FAWM, isn't it? Thanks for stopping by my song. Have a great month of songwriting!
Oh no not at all - I took it as a massive compliments because I’ve always struggle to write love songs without worrying it all sounds cliche. Your comment was a big confidence boost!! I look forward to seeing what else you produce during FAWM, good luck 😀
Thankyou I’m glad you thought I had a unique take on a topic covered many times 😀 hopefully I will get music - I am looking for a collaborator as unfortunately i can’t play any instruments (although i am learning)🤞
Thank you so much for your kind comment on Schlaflosigkeit. <3
Thank you so much for the kind words and feedback!! 🙏🔥
Thanks for kind words on Lies and Goodbyes. (It was a ukulele, not a mandolin)
Welcome back . Good to see you here now I hammock settled in Thailand . Hoping to get a couple of demos done but mostly am looking forward to listening my ass off
Thanks for the welcome, looking forward to it!
Jeez I po along to say hello and there’s already two to fill my ears . Brilliant . Will get on it tomorrow 👍
Thanks for your comments on my uke song! I'll get there!