Influences: I'm especially inspired by lyrics that make you feel, of course, but I am a sucker for lyrics that, in addition to making you feel, are bursting with poetry or thought-provoking messages.
I am a lyric writer only so I'm looking for collaborations. This year, 2020, is my fourth FAWM and I've also done three 50/90s now. All have been amazing experiences. The talent and camaraderie here are always so inspiring. I've got lots of ideas for this year and I work really hard to make my lyrics super "singable." PLEASE just ask me when you'd like to collaborate. Thanks!
Last year I focused on poetic lyrics. This year, based on the ideas I've been stockpiling, it's looking more like I'll be telling lots of stories.
OUTRO: Thanks to all the musicians who collaborated with me! What a fantastic FAWM!
|#1||The Rivers Run Dry||
|#2||Every Time I Look into Your Skies||
|#3||The Rivers Run Dry @sunnymae||
|#5||You Buried My Voice in an Unmarked Grave||
|#6||We're Going Underground||
|#7||Europe on the Cheap||
|#8||You Buried My Voice In An Unmarked Grave @colgoo||
|#9||Europe On The Cheap @silvermediapro||
|#10||We're Going Underground @moonraccoon||
|#11||Europe on the Cheap @spunky4455||
|#12||Good Time to Leave||
|#13||I Never Really Left @corinnelucy||
|#14||The Rivers Run Dry @klaus||
|#15||Every Time I Look Into Your Eyes @metalfoot||
|#16||Hung Up on the Thorns||
|#17||If You Want||
|#18||Good Time to Leave @moonraccoon||
|#19||Hung Up On The Thorns @sheslin||
|#20||If You Want @songwritingzen||
|#21||Bright Half Moon||
|#22||This Side of Heaven @wacha||
|#24||Best Damn Girlfriend (collab) @spunky4455||
|#25||Master of Disaster @theresaj||
|#26||The River Sings @jessicagraae||
|#27||Collector of Warm Rain||
|#29||Kiss Me Again @tamsnumber4||
|#30||Can You Leave Tomorrow||
|#31||Cloak and Dagger @izaakalexander||
|#32||Can You Leave Tomorrow @theresaj||
Hi Doug, thanks for listening to old motor. That song might be worth a rerecording
Thank you for the link to the Lyle Lovett performance. As I watched, it became clear you have given me a truly humbling compliment, as well as another musician to enjoy. Thank you.
Fine that you're still here and not a fake member 😉
Thanks for your kind comments regarding "there's a reason they say..." Much appreciated. I haven't listened to much Lyle Lovett. I guess I need to take a closer look!
You are absolutely right about that duplicate "big" in the chorus on "Big Girl Pants" - thank you so, so much for pointing that out! We were actually singing the placeholder "Some other line here" until just before we recorded it so there was definitely some "Okay, what real line can we put here to make it work?" 😁
Thanks for listening to my collab song "Who We Really Are", I appreciate it!
Oh thanks for the nice comment! Much appreciated 😀 Glad you liked my singing on this beautiful song.
Oh, my pleasure listening to your collabs. I didn't realize you were a lyricist. I hope to someday collab and write to one of yours.
Hi. I’m truly sorry I didn’t manage to tackle “Long Ago”.
If I come back next year, I promise to make it up to you.. 😞
Thanks for your comment on Mississippi Queen. I'm sorry that I have not been very active this year keeping up with everyone's work.
Thank you for your kind comments on my song Harrisonville. I appreciate that you liked the lyrics. You are a very fine lyricist. Maybe next year we can collab.
Hi Doug, the month was too full with other things. I'm going to read through your lyrics in March.
Thank you, Doug! I loved these lyrics so much and I'm honored to add music. I hope you like it. I did change one line in the chorus because "asking for a delay" just wasn't singing right. I hope you don't mind but I think if you heard it you'd agree too. If not, I can record it again tomorrow with your full lyrics. I would understand so please, please let me know if it's a problem! I really try not to change other peoples' lyrics.
Love Emily Dickinson! Thanks for the comment on my 14th song and for letting me play with your lyrics yet again.
Over a double FAWM, great job. Thanks for stopping by and listening to my late entry into this wonderful month 😀
Hello! Thanks for stopping by and for your lovely comments on Milling the Curd. Do you make cheese too?? And, holy FAWMage! You are putting it out there. Congratulations.
Thanks for your comments on my song, "Your Last Goodbye" and "Half Way There", I appreciate it!
I have now explored Baku. Sometimes we get so locked up in our own worlds we never even know there are countries- Azerbaijan. Thanks
Thanks for the listen and comment on my song!
Thank you for the kind words on my erotical song.
I write music to all of my lyrics. I just don't get the chance to make vocal recordings decent enough to post publicly within the span of a few weeks, lol. Granted, the tunes are usually destined for heavy tweaking for the next month anyway, but yes, I write music for everything. I'm glad you got something out of of that particular one. It's very personal to me.
Thank you so much for your very kind comments on Sundazzle! You make me blush!
Thanks for your kind words on ‘shady tree’ the trees are between el acebo and molinaseca. I first saw them in 2012 walking along the camino Santiago de Compostela then again in 2015 and also last fall/when I was sad to see the damage to them caused by recent wildfires - guessing they are more than 500 years old .
Aha, in a normal year I'd love to give it a bash but I'm going to be really up against it getting close to 14 as it is this year. Also, yeah, no ghosts. I mean the last verse is kinda numinous, but... yeah.
Really looking forward to hearing someone interpret this song though, it really is lovely.
It’s up! I hope you like it! Thanks so much for the lyrics. I had fun!
I have never read Mysteries of Pittsburgh but I'll check it out.
Thanks man. I’ll try to get something done on Long Ago tonight, and if I don’t get anywhere I’ll hand it back. Hit a bit of a slump atm and hoping for an injection!
Thanks for your comment on I'll Do The Things I Do, Doug. This was one that came out very quickly and I wasn't sure about it.
I think accents in singing are really interesting, aren't they? I think there's an element that when we learn to sing we emulate the vowel sounds of the people we've been listening to (same as we do when we learn to talk, picking up the accent of those around us). But I suspect there's also a culture of thinking that strong accents in songs are distracting and less professional in some way (the way RP was in the 50s) - although tell that to the Proclaimers... I dunno, its a theory - could be baws but it's a theory. 😀
Hi Doug-Thanks for your kind words! Yes, I'd love to see the lyrics and see if I can create a melody. Graaemusic at gmail dot com is my address!
Thanks for listening to "Star LIght"!
Thanks you for listening and commenting so positively on my piano song . Appreciate it !
I haven't forgotten about our collab. I haven't written anything at all this week because I'm rehearsing for a Friday night live show. After that, it's back to FAWM.
Thanks so much for your kind comment!
Thanks for checking out Broken Window and leaving a comment.
Thanks for the feedback! Steve is my guitar teacher and he wouldn't really want me in his band 'cause he's way better than I am!
And done. 😊
You have a pretty great return on investment....I see that almost every set of lyrics you have written so far has found its way to a collaborator. I think that is a testament to your skills as a writer.
Thanks so much for the nice words about Kindness. Appreciate it!
You are very welcome, no need to rush to get me the song.
Perfect! My gmail is linked to my FAWM profile. Send the lyric that way when it's ready, and I'll practice my sneaky sounding clarinet scales in the meantime. Looking forward to it!
So-- your traditional lyric idea is the kind of song I write often so it's the easy win--- but this is FAWM so I'm looking for the bigger challenge. Set me up with the 'Spy Who Wouldn't Love Me' lyric first - and then we'll fall back to the open road if I'm struggling or we want to do two by February 29.
I'd say I'm about as good as your average high school music student on those instruments I listed. 😀 Learning new instruments is a real joy for me. My current project is the harp. It's weird.
Thanks for the kind words on my song Caring Neighbours. I appreciate them.
You're welcome! I'm very much enjoying your writing this year!
Thanks, Doug, great writing as always. I saw another person make an acoustic guitar version of your song so the alternative was an easy choice for me. And I'm more of a Zevon guy anyway.
Have not forgotten my collab with you. On the slate to complete today.
Hey thanks for the comment, and I'm looking forward to a lyric from you for the random collab!!! Honestly, lyrics are my big creative hang up. I can write music like crazy but always wish I had something more to sing about. 😀 Also--- given enough time this month, you should also choose a feature instrument for our collab from this list: ... ready ... guitar (nylon or steel string), mandolin, violin (a.k.a. fiddle), viola, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet, soprano recorder, trumpet, trombone, harp, harmonica, or didgeridoo. Being able to play all these is one of the great things about being a music teacher. Still, some of these I have to transport from work to home, so let me know a.s.a.p. so we don't run out of FAWM time.
Thanks so much for your comment on 'West of Here'! Neko Case is definitely an inspiration, so it's nice to hear a comparison 😀
Thanks for checking out my new jam, "Farmer Affliction". I'm totally gonna quote you now... My music even sounds good without weed. haha. Thanks for the visit!
I’m so happy that you’re happy with the song. Thank you for letting me play with your lyrics and pretend that I wrote your words....
Our song is up now!!! Hope you like it.
Thank you for the feedback on "Gretel" I fixed my typo. It's always nice to get such lovely feedback especially when I'm not super confident in the song.
Thanks for the kind words on "Home". I struggle.with some of the more personal songs. It's always great to get such lovely feedback.
Hey dude, thanks for your comment and pointing out to me - a Glaswegian and therefore blind to any swear word below the level of f**k - that "shit" is indeed a swear word. Sigh. 😀
Thanks for checking out my song! I've been writing these uplifting tunes lately and I also want to honor the sadder stuff. Just trying to trust the process and let the song be what it wants to be
Thanks for your comments on “Into The Unknown”. Much appreciated.
Thank you man, and you too.
Glad It's Night cracked me up..... I'd like to collab with you if that's okay..
hey thanks buddy! i'm excited to see what lyrics you come up with this year, & i'll be sure to jump on putting some to music 😉
Let’s do this! Not sure how productive I will be, but ready to give it another try.
Thanks for your kind words! Happy FAWMing!
Hi Doug. Greetings from Finland. 😀
Hey, looking forward to what you put up this year. Hopefully we'll be able to work together!
Have one awesome FAWM: I look forward to hear what you come up with
Hi there! Thanks for the lovely note on my soundboard. Looking forward to seeing your work this year, too. Happy FAWM!
Hello wonderful friend and collaborator! I can't wait to see where your mind is roaming and writing!!!
Heya, Doug. Hi back! I think in order to stay calm I'm going to have to walk away from the site for a week, otherwise I'll peak too early. 😀
Good luck with your warm ups. Looking forward to seeing the results in a couple of weeks!
Hi Doug! I’m very happy to see you here as well! Let’s create some music together!
Hey Doug, thanks! Glad to see you around. I always enjoy your lyrics! Happy Fawming!
Doug, I just noticed your email ended up in my junk mail.
I've no problem with you entering Grace in a contest - BTW, my actual name is Tim Conway
Hi. I enjoyed collaborating at 50/90 (Grace). Maybe a repeat here
Hi, back at it again!
Yo! Looking forward to some more sweet lyrics! 😁 Happy Fawming!
Let's do a song or two again this year!