complexissimple 22


Northern California US   Feb 2013

Artist Bio

Influences:   folk, filk, nerdcore, choral music, epics, musical theatre, barbershop, Celtic music, punk, chap hop, the Muppets, metal fusions, steampunk, Victorian era, sea shanties

Pronouns: I would like to try out they/them. Please use them if you get the chance.

PSA: It takes me as long to compose a comment as a song. I don't know why. I seem to do all right in the forums, but I fear I will never join the Century Club.
This is by way of a roundabout apology to everyone, especially fellow skirmishers. I do go 'round and listen to all the participants, I just generally don't have several hours for commenting.

2021: I've been wanting to try writing some songs for Empire LARP's music-based magic system. I may also do more collabs this year as I've been craving more than ever being in some kind of band or choir or at least having someone to sing with occasionally. If anyone wants to start a virtual one, let me know!

2020: Since last FAWM I tried ๐Ÿ’•โœจantihistamines๐Ÿ’•โคโœจ for the first time. Turns out I've had allergies, asthma, and histamine intolerance this entire time. So I may have more energy for FAWM this year.

And yet, I had some Life Stuff come up and completely pull me out of FAWM right in the middle, and I wasn't sure I'd be able to get back into it quickly enough for a win this year. But oddly, I feel better knowing I'll be coming in just under the wire than I think I would have if I'd finished a week or two ago thanks to all the skirmishes I did right at the beginning.

It looks like I have loads of songs, but because the Life Stuff prevented me from getting my recording equipment set up, I got lazy and didn't actually give most of them melodies. So what I have is really about twice as many half-songs as the goal, which adds up to about the right number of songs - right?

2019: My songwriting lately has been skewing more and more toward darker punk songs, but I know better by now than to try to plan or predict what I'll be writing for FAWM.

2018: I'm thinking barbershop. Lots and lots of barbershop.

2017: Due to my grandfather's funeral, I was too busy to even think about starting for most of the first week of FAWM.

I thought I was going to do some instrumentals this year, but instead I think I've posted more a capella songs than ever before. Of course, I've never been able to participate in this much of a SuperSkirmish before. If I get my song count up high enough with skirmish songs now, maybe I'll have time for those instrumentals after all?

2016: I somehow didn't make the connection until well into the month of February, after finding myself doing a lot of songwriting, that this is when FAWM happens. So I'm starting late but at least I've got a head start on it? lol

I gave myself permission to write very short songs, thinking it would help me catch up. These short songs quickly took over my entire FAWM. I wrote 10 superhero themes and 10 songs forming a mini-musical. By the end, instead of fulfilling the leap-FAWM challenge by writing 14 and a half songs in 29 days, I wrote 28 half-songs and in half the time.

I got some actual recording equipment for Christmas, so hopefully what you hear from me this year will be a little higher quality.


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  • @tcelliott  Mar 5

    Thank you for the comment and the reciprocal song. I apologize for how long it took to return the comment, but I enjoyed your song. It was worth the wait.

  • @reklov  Feb 28

    As you like - It's your song!

  • @reklov  Feb 28

    Hmmm, what about simply "Never Been Around"?

  • @ampersandman  Feb 28

    Sure thing, done. Apologies for not checking your bio.

  • @tcelliott  Feb 22

    What a great idea for a challenge. I'm stealing it and giving you the following pinterest board. Write a song inspired by/about this board or one of the posts in it.

  • @quork  Feb 20

    For sure. What do you have in mind?

  • @reklov  Feb 12

    I've sent you a mail right now.

  • @reklov  Feb 11

    Hi! Just here to ask how your contribution to the 4-video-collab is going on. I'm the next in line and a bit curious! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @katpiercemusic  Feb 10

    The vocal range thread is getting a little dense, so I thought I would respond here and avoid too many side conversations. Knowing where your break is is definitely a part of identifying voice type, though not the only thing.

  • @pipewrench67  Feb 9

    I hear you on the skirmish/ research thing. I see the prompt and either go for quick Google run or spend 10 minutes trying to find the book the prompt makes me think of. I find if I don't have a thread of something in 5 minutes I am probably sunk.

  • @gardeningangel1  Feb 8

    I'll have the recording up of Sailor Salt and Biscuits in a couple days. I'm having a lot of fun channeling my inner pirate. Yarrr!

  • @carleybaer  Feb 8

    Hey hey! You're up in the Auntie Syn ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @tunecat  Feb 7

    I've sent you something via youtube/mail. Check it out and come back to me!!

  • @tunecat  Feb 7

    Thanks for following up on "Her Story" I posted the new lines in the lyrics section: thanks for encouraging me to do this. Ha ha.. I'm trying to come out a bit, but my habitual tendency would be to forget to bother to write what I've done, or maybe not to even post it... or myriad ways. But I'm determined to take myself seriously!! (She laughs!)

  • @berni1954  Feb 7

    I'd be honoured for you to cover my "The Women they Tried to Blot out" - just send me an mp3 of it for my records, if you do (email address on my profile page). And of course, consult me should any income related issue arise. I think the song would go down well in folk clubs or feminist meetings, don't you?

  • @tunecat  Feb 7

    Thanks for coming back to listen.. yeah the demo of "Her Story" is not necessarily what I would have expected either.. the different bits of me aren't quite in synch yet. I quite like what I did, but its not necessarily the best treatment for that bit of writign.. having said that the voice over was improvised (I will transcribe it) and its quite interesting what I said... I mean I find out more about myself and what I think when I write !!!

  • @coolparadiso  Feb 7


  • @katpiercemusic  Feb 7

    You've got the Muppets, chap hop and broadway in your influences. Could we be twins separated at birth?

  • @coolparadiso  Feb 7

    Sorry my fault I did an edit and didn't fix it! Will do so when I get home! Thx for letting me know!

  • @katpiercemusic  Feb 7

    Yeah. I realized I hadn't added the demo for Clockwork Pygmalion as I was listening to someone else's music. It's there now.

  • @tunecat  Feb 7

    Hi I demo-ed
    her story.. wasnt what I expected.. you said you wanted to know ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @apolez3 Feb 6

    I really appreciate it,, I think it makes it better

  • @apolez3 Feb 6

    So, come to think you're right.
    It is good to be clear. too so changed it a bit.what do you think?

    [INTRO]Born in 1978

    [Verse1]As a young child at my Grandparent's on Fuller Place.
    I had to pee so bad, tho my grandmother chose to let my boy cousin go first.
    Why does he get priority for having a penis?
    At sixteen, I had a one day job at a stadium during horse races
    Why does he get paid more for having a penis?
    I wanted to be given the respect as if I was a man.

  • @apolez3 Feb 6

    i just wanted to give an idea about how old I could have been during what years probably like i wasn't born in 1820 more recent than that.. and eliminated words explaining .. sometimes things are better left a mystery anyway. kinda boring to me to just use words to explain but perhaps at times I would lol. idk hmm And don't remember exactly what age I was when that happened though I know I was small and where we were my grandparents house on fuller place i mean i can add that maybe hmm maybe I"ll explain some more i'll think on it thanks for the comment / constructive critisism xoxo

  • @writeandwrong  Feb 6

    Since your tune isn't on your soundboard yet, I wanted to just tell you I loved the sentiments written in "Leaving." I used Google translate to learn the non-English parts. Nice work on the skirmish. Please let me know when it's up and I can listen to it. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @helenseviltwin  Feb 3

    Tag, you're it (morph 2)

  • @littlespiral Feb 1

    so great to meet you in the zoom party! happy fawming!

  • @elainedimasi  Jan 30

    I feel the same about "too much work" with respect to the guitar string notations. Folks are doing that because those patterns have only an indefinite identity as chords, I think; and they probably only sound good on the guitar. I'm based on a keyboard and just copying out the notes of a guitar never sounds very great. On piano one just has to play differently.

  • @pifie Jan 29

    Thank you for your understanding and kind words. I take them as a balm after being misconstrued and blamed so much for things I didn't even write. My stance all along was to be against differentiating people by gender (or by adherence to some social norms) where it doesn't matter (here, most of all places). There are always ways to do that, very simple ones.

    Thanks, I appreciate it

  • @dasbinky  Jan 29

    I lucked into some cheap killer seats for Scarlet Pimpernel on Broadway back in 1998 or 1999, when you could queue at the TKTS booth in the World Trade Center. I went in blind and it was SO much fun. I'm always a little surprised it didn't have more of a footprint.

  • @quork  Jan 29

    Maybe Iโ€™ll ask the hive mind for advice on collabs. See what people use to send tracks back and forth and build a song together online.

  • @quork  Jan 28

    Hey, do you have a Dropbox account. Thinking about passing back and forth tracks.

  • @dzdandcunfsd  Jan 28

    Sync issues is another reason why I didn't want to stitch the video thing together. My PC is pretty weak too. I think ideally just first person starting with a click track and whatever they do audio-wise in a .wav or even .mp3 file sent to the next person in line and then all the videos sent to whoever is putting the end product together and let them deal with that headache ๐Ÿ˜

    but I'm easy, I'll go with whatever works best for everyone involved.

  • @quork  Jan 28

    Hello, the SoundCloud link should work. Let me know.

  • @gardeningangel1  Jan 28

    Hello, fellow Muppet fan! I wish you fair winds on your search for your pronouns. Happy FAWMing!

  • @saoirse Jan 25

    Hello! I'm excited to hear some of the nerdy creations you may make...I'm honestly probably gonna create some nerdy stuff too! Probably on my lute ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @elainedimasi  Jan 25

    What, nobody came over here and said hi on your board yet?

    Have a great FAWM!