Leah 10

@cleanshoes 

Ohio US   Feb 2018


Artist Bio

Influences:   Josh Ritter, Iron & Wine, Tori Amos, Patty Griffin, Fiona Apple, Neko Case, Norah Jones, Gillian Welch, Faun Fables, Damien Rice, Roger Miller, My Brightest Diamond, Joanna Newsom, Bright Eyes, Ani DiFranco, Lisa Hannigan, Dinah Washington, Jesca Hoop, Diane Cluck, Milk Carton Kids, Anna Tivel, Kathleen Edwards, Andrew Bird, John Prine, Ben Folds, Mountain Man, PJ Harvey

Thank you, everyone, for another lovely FAWM. So much incredible music this year! I'll be here listening and commenting (though at a slower pace) throughout March, and I'm looking forward to connecting with you all again during 50/90 and beyond!

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Singer-songwriter from Ohio returning for my fourth FAWM!

I can generally be found somewhere under the expansive umbrella of "folk," but I listen widely and have far too many influences to name. I mostly play acoustic guitar, but keys, uke, and banjo may make guest appearances.

I have a chronic health condition that affects my voice, so I'm just aiming for a half-FAWM this year. Anything extra will be cheddar on the apple pie.

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  • @serene123  3 weeks

    Yay!!

  • @serene123  3 weeks

    Hi Leah. Thank you for your lovely comment on she's going home! 🙏🙏 How do we keep in touch when this site goes into hibernation and how to do find you on 50/90

  • @radiobenedetto  4 weeks

    Sorry it took so long to reciprocate. Non-FAWM life came back with a vengeance so I had to step away for a couple of weeks. I really love your voice and your songwriting. I also enjoyed hearing you branch out on Light Years. Let me know if you'd like to collaborate some time. For example, @davidtaro suggested that my song "Carousel" would work well as a duet with a female vocal on one of the verses. That would fit nicely with the theme and I'd be curious to hear what that sounds like if you were game. Lemme know what you think. No worries if not. In any case I really enjoyed your stuff! Great FAWM!

  • @fonte  5 weeks

    Thanks for comment @cleanshoes great to hear you this FAWM again, hope to see you next year! 😀

  • @davidtaro  6 weeks

    Hey Leah, thanks for the listens over the past few days, really very much appreciated! Hopefully catch you during 50/90 😀

  • @serene123  7 weeks

    Cool thank you!

  • @serene123  7 weeks

    Heya.. how do the collabs work.. do people get on zoom calls? X

  • @serene123  7 weeks

    Aww thanks Leah. It sounds amazing. I will most likely try it x

  • @serene123  7 weeks

    Hey Leah... 50 90 sounds cool. Is it pretty much the same as fawm then but longer?

  • @radiobenedetto  7 weeks

    Thx for the kind words! I look forward to listening to more of your stuff!

  • @highmountain 7 weeks

    Howdy and thanks a lot, Leah! Your appreciation of Swiss cheese made this cowboy forget about his saddle sores, aching back and that bullet that keeps traveling around in his left arm.

  • @katestantonsings 8 weeks

    Me too!! I've added you on SoundCloud. Stay in touch! I hope the next few months are full of inspiring books and experiences for your songwriting. I look forward to hearing what you come up with next! Fellow Ohio friend 😀

  • @adforperu  8 weeks

    Thank you so much for your listening session and thoughtful comments. Congrats on a great FAWM, I'm obsessed with your lyrics 😀

  • @serene123  8 weeks

    Thank you Leah.. honestly didn't expect so many lovely comments from a master songwriter!! Love your style too... When I read that you'd writing your song about the moon in 2 hours I was blown away as thats such an awesome song.. you are very good with lyrics which is something I struggle with .. is it through practise or it comes naturally? Maybe one day we can collaborate! Will love to keep in touch over on SoundCloud and/or insta xxx

  • @crisp1  Mar 6

    I'm definitely doing 50/90 and hope we'll be able to do a collaboration then!

  • @richaaaay  Mar 2

    Thanks for the comment on Funk 'N Roll Love Affiar. CTS is masterful. He made the collaboration easy peasy...Simply magic...

  • @majordanby  Mar 2

    Thank you so much for listening to all of our songs. It means a lot to get such lovely feedback from someone who is so talented. May you have a happy and healthy 2021 x

  • @katestantonsings Mar 1

    ❤️❤️thank you, Leah!! I look forward to connecting in July🎶

  • @dulcimeric Mar 1

    thank you so much for the kind comments this FAWM, they have meant so much to me and my songwriting partner! I hope this month's creative energy follows into whatever your next project may be

  • @metalfoot  Mar 1

    You have simply blown me away this year. Again. Always. Thanks for sharing your gift of music with FAWM again this year!

  • @opossum Feb 28

    Dear cleanshoes,

    Thank you fer your kind words on my song about eatin' garbage, crossing roads and poopin'! My kinfolk get squoooosed fairly regularly so I get lots of opportunities to laugh through my tears. (Damn, that sounded a lot more serious and sad than I intended!) You said "you've got to poop somewhere" and I just want you to know my mission in life is to poop everywhere! Leave the door to your attic ajar for a free sample! (now I'm just being gross!)

    Well, anyways, thank you for listening to my songs this month and I hope to see you again either at 50/90, FAWM 2022 or maybe in yer attic! 😁

    Your pal,
    Opossum

  • @katestantonsings Feb 28

    Thanks, Leah!! A collab this summer sounds great! I’m very familiar with Marysville. My niece was born in that hospital, and they live in Urbana! I hope the next few months are full of creative experiences for your songwriting❤️🎶

  • @emkaydeebee  Feb 27

    Thanks so much for your comment on Questions! So glad you enjoyed the harp especially!

  • @moonraccoon  Feb 27

    Hey, thanks muchly for the great comments on my songs 😀 Hedged is now fixed and playable.

  • @metalfoot  Feb 27

    Can I tell you how much you have made my day with all your wonderful comments? Thank you!

  • @katestantonsings Feb 27

    Leah, thank you so much! Your comment about the "film-noir vibes" from my song "Spade" made me feel understood. My intention was just that! Thank you so much!! I should mention that I am also an Ohioan. I'm from Dayton!

  • @heidiserwer  Feb 27

    Thanks for your comments on A Moment. I've got some catching up to do soon and look forward to listening to your new tunes!

  • @shelleroo1  Feb 27

    Thank you so much for your comments on my songs! Much appreciated! I'm really enjoying yours, and your lovely voice. 😀

  • @sbietry7248 Feb 25

    Love your voice. I’m from Ohio too. I only write lyrics. I have a few posted. Check them out. If you ever want to collaborate I’m looking for a musician to collaborate with. Keep it up you have talent!

  • @barbara  Feb 25

    Hi Leah, Thanks very much for your comment on SnowJoy! Yeah, my partner grew up in Painesville in a house his father built, and they just sold that house a few years ago. Lots of White Christmas celebrations there. We also visit family in Mentor, Chardon, and Perry. Such a great parks system up there. His family is very athletic and outdoorsy, and they’re also members at the Holden Arboretum. There’s also a family home in Summerfield (near Caldwell) where I’ve spent many July 4th weekends. I know me some Ohio, limited as it is! 😊

  • @katestantonsings Feb 24

    Thank you, Leah! Your comment was very thoughtful and helpful to me as I continue my songwriting journey. I appreciate the feedback!!

  • @jeff9  Feb 24

    Thank you sincerely, Leah, for the nice comment on Camp Meeting. Means a lot coming from someone with your talent and sensibilities.

  • @guitarpatz83  Feb 24

    Thanks so much for the comment! Your observation about it being deep for a song about a frozen head really made me laugh 😆 funny how inspiration works isn’t it.... if I haven’t sat down with an acoustic and the idea of cryogenically freezing yourself with a desperate hope to start again in the future, I’m not sure that chord progression would ever have come to me. I’ve actually found FAWM to be a massive confidence boost for me lyrically - it’s always what I’ve struggled most with but this month I’ve written songs about frozen heads, back to the future, a genuine love song, and the idea of living alongside a version of yourself in a parallel universe going backward in time. I’m so glad I got involved!

  • @guatecoop  Feb 23

    I’m glad that your voice is somewhat better. I remember that you sang really quietly on purpose, but you still sounded lovely. @theresaj also has had some vocal struggles because of health. You may want to check in with her if you already haven’t. I will return for more listening.

  • @pipewrench67  Feb 23

    Not sure I got this far into the month without comment over here,just listened to the newest one and it's fabulous.

  • @blueone  Feb 23

    Many thanks for your kind words on economy of motion, it means a lot that you liked it so much. I've made a deliberate effort to not be too wordy this year (for little more reason than the fact I struggle with lyric writing the most!). And cutting out choruses. Works a charm 😂

  • @crisp1  Feb 22

    Leah, thanks for the great comments on Losing My Head!

  • @theodamus  Feb 22

    Thank you for your comment on Birds, I’m so flattered that you like my songs as I adore yours!

  • @ayehahmur  Feb 20

    Wow, what an amazing amount of listening you've been doing. Hope your ears aren't too sore! Thanks so much for taking the time to go through my backlist. Your comments are always super kind and encouraging.

  • @majordanby  Feb 20

    Thanks so much for listening to so many of our songs in a row, and your lovely comments ☺️

  • @thelunggod Feb 18

    Great performance and very believable lyric/storytelling. Your voice is great!

  • @katestantonsings Feb 18

    As a lyricist, you remind me a lot of Sufjan Stevens! As a vocalist, you remind me of Karen Carpenter's heavenly vocals. I hope these are compliments, because they're meant to be! Well done! Happy FAWMing.

  • @highmountain Feb 18

    Howdy, ma'am! Thanks for kind words to an old sinner!

  • @oswlek Feb 18

    Are you familiar with Sarah Jarosz? She has a recent album, "World on the Ground" that it would smack my gob if you don't dig at least half of.

  • @heidiserwer  Feb 17

    Thank you so much for your kind comments on Pine Needles!

  • @goose Feb 17

    Yes!

  • @opossum Feb 17

    Dear Leah,

    Thanks you for listening to my music and for your kind words! You make me a happy opossum!

    Your pal,
    Opossum

  • @klyma Feb 16

    Hey! thanks for your comment on "Grey Sky Tuesdays." You picked out my two favorite lyrics in the song (I'm told March is Album Editing Month). Checked out your photography on IG. You have a great eye! It shows in the pictures as it does in your songs. Nice to make your acquaintance – gK

  • @ukufriday  Feb 16

    There you go again. Making us feel things.

  • @theodamus  Feb 16

    Thanks so much for your lovely comment on Don’t Look Down - I feel like failing skirmishes is a great way to get songs anyway! 😁

  • @dulcimeric Feb 13

    Thank you for the kind comment on Henry, I really appreciate it!

  • @andygetch  Feb 12

    Thank you and I am sorry to hear of your friends loss. My condolences for all affected by it.

  • @metalfoot  Feb 12

    Thank you SO VERY much for your kind words. I appreciate you more than you know!

  • @dzdandcunfsd  Feb 12

    No way! thank you for doing it! Really powerful stuff. I'm still a little taken aback.

  • @nateger Feb 12

    I lived in Cleveland briefly after following my then girlfriend there. I wasn't able to find the beautiful places. Though I did go to a pagan festival in Southern Ohio and that was gorgeous

  • @nateger Feb 11

    I appreciate your kind words on my tune! I'm glad you enjoyed the toy piano 😊 by the way, I checked out your IG and your photography is beautiful! Ohio looks amazing

  • @cts  Feb 10

    Email sent to you...

  • @scubed  Feb 8

    Thanks very much for your kind words on my songs!

  • @berni1954  Feb 8

    Glad you liked my collab with Doug (Just One). Yes, the ukulele family are underrated as instruments in their own right. They can sound lovely at any size.

  • @jeustan  Feb 6

    The struggle is REAL. Though, even on the the struggle bus, you sure know how to write amazing lyrics. Geez.

  • @quork  Feb 6

    Thank you for your great comment. I trust you know I wasn’t making fun of your health. Just commenting on your beautiful voice. Empathy all the way for having a gift like that and needing to negotiate with your health. By the way, If I Was a Bird is jaw droppingly beautiful. A wonderful old timely feel. Your voice, harmonies, the chord changes, the images that place me on that porch, the emotions of loss and longing.... Wow.

  • @rayboneor  Feb 5

    Hey, I'm listening to Zanesville Bridge on Coolparadiso's podcast. Ah, it's nice to be reminded of these songs I haven't heard in a while. Lovely

  • @ayehahmur  Feb 5

    Hey Leah thanks so much for leaving a comment on Fixer Upper. Singing along is exactly what I'm aiming for this FAWM!

  • @pgcl  Feb 4

    Thanks for your comment on my song 😀.

  • @tiedyehero Feb 4

    oh & thanks for the kind words on my song

  • @scubed  Feb 4

    Thanks for your kind comment on my trippy skirmish piece!

  • @dzdandcunfsd  Feb 4

    Thanks!

  • @cts  Feb 2

    Of course I do! Working on some ideas right now.

  • @cts  Feb 1

    Leah - you still have my email, right?

  • @danvaillancourt  Feb 1

    Leah! Looking forward to your songs this year. 😉

  • @gm7  Jan 30

    Guitar cases are for cats.😺😺
    Welcome back

  • @tjeff  Jan 27

    Happy FAWMing - hope to hear you sing again!

  • @carleybaer  Jan 26

    Hello! Happy FAWM 😀

  • @standup  Jan 24

    Welcome back, I look forward to hearing you again.

  • @g3darnell Jan 22

    Hi there, yes I remember you well from 50/90, and thinking you a breath of fresh air.
    My musical partner and I have plans to journey to weirder dimensions in February so you may not find so much to like this time!

  • @ayehahmur  Jan 22

    Hey Leah. Hope you have a happy and productive FAWM. Really looking forward to this year and hearing your lovely songs again.

  • @dzdandcunfsd  Jan 22

    I don't know why I found Fizz McWhizz and the Sarsaparilla Six so delightful, but that might get used someday 😁

  • @johnstaples  Jan 22

    Hiya Leah! Glad to "see" ya back here at FAWM! Looking forward to hearing some of your awesome work next month!

  • @crisp1  Jan 21

    Hope you have a wonderful FAWM, Leah! Quality, not quantity!

  • @tamsnumber4  Jan 21

    Happy FAWMing!!

  • @rayboneor  Jan 21

    Hey, sorry to hear about the health problems. Hopefully we'll get some of that cheddar, but I'm sure the pie will be lovely on its own

  • @cts  Jan 21

    Splendid! Looking forward to whatever you might have to offer. My pen will be ready. 🙂

  • @barbara  Jan 21

    Hi Leah,
    Can it really be that I only started following you during this past 50/90? I’ve heard so much gorgeous work from you already, and I’m excited for more! Have a happy FAWM! 😊

  • @cts  Jan 20

    Well hello there! How are you doing, friend-o!

  • @coolparadiso  Jan 19

    good to see you here! looking forward to that voice again!

  • @rayboneor  Jan 15

    Let's do this!

  • @jeustan  Jan 10

    It's almost FAWM again! Hooray!

  • @heid Jan 10

    Hi! Thanks so much for reaching out 😀 your music was a highlight of my time on 50/90 this year and I'm super pumped to be back and to see what you might have in store!

  • @adforperu  Jan 10

    Hey Leah, hope you're around this time - good to see you writing loads for 50/90.. I gave up *very* early....

  • @andygetch  Jan 10

    Hi Leah, I'm looking forward to more of your wonderful music!

  • @tawny249  Jan 10

    Heya! I am also sad that COVID stole my first in-person FAWM meetup. I hope maybe we can connect later in the year. Hope you have an awesome FAWM! 😁

  • @metalfoot  Jan 10

    I am so hoping to hear some more amazingness of Leah this year! Hope your winter has gone well since 50/90 and I wish you good health and all the best!

  • @fuzzy  Jan 10

    Hey, I'm looking forward to hearing what you come up with!!
    Happy FAWMing!!