Influences: The Beatles, The British Invasion, Motown, Soul, 60s psychedelic, anything with a Vox Continental organ, Farfisa, or Rickenbacker guitar, Stone Roses, The Smiths, Bob Dylan, Noel Gallagher,Tom Petty. Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, John Prine, John Hiatt, Iris Dement, Lucinda Williams, Blaze Foley, Pat MacDonald, Casey Chambers, Finn Brothers, Paul Simon ,The Pretenders ,Rickie Lee Jones, The Black Keys Courtney and Kurt and many many more......plus all of you guys xxc
2019 !!! FAWM # 4
My recording process..
Recorded on my iPad using MusicMemos or
the Spire app.
Kala tenor uke
1930s? Vintage baritone uke
Kala concert uke
Tahitian 8 string uke
Gibson songwriter acoustic
Bruce Lee Rose Cigarbox bass
1982 Casio PT-1 keyboard
Shakers, scissors, rattles,brushes
banging on the table.
Also taking part in the 4-track challenge..my fourth year..moving a real cassette along the country and across the pond via snail mail
|#2||Ghostly tale for Children||
|#4||Destination Greatness (like a movie star)||
|#5||Wild Blue Yonder||
|#6||Valentine Day Love Song||
|#7||Doomed from the start||
|#8||Mental Breakdown Countdown||
|#9||Nowhere 2 Nowhere Fast!||
|#11||Don’t let the Door hit you (on the way out)||
|#14||Little Boy Lost||
|#15||Little boy lost @gordon||
Thank you for stopping by again! I appreciate your comment, Cynthia!
Thank you! 😀
Thank you for listening to "Aurie" and commenting!
Thanks for listening and commenting! I can’t wait to see what you do with GB. I think once you get over the learning curve you’ll have a lot of creative fun.
Thank you for commenting on my song "Doll", I appreciate the listen!
Yes...Rise was a rebirthing for me after surviving a big beat down in my life. I'm touched that you were moved by it. That means a lot to me 😀
Thank you for your very flattering comments on my songs! I am not making any money on music but someday I will give it a go. I struggle often against the voice that says it's too late because I'm almost 40 (especially since that same damn voice used to tell me it was too late back when I was almost 25).
Thanks for your comments on I Know It’s True. We talked about the drums last year. It’s an app called Soft Drummer. Great sounding rhythms in a variety of styles. You can adjust the tempo, the sounds or create your own, though I use theirs. Having a big and beautiful drum track to start with has made a huge difference to my song writing. I’m sure Garage Band has something similar, at least to get you started.
The other thing that is useful is a keyboard controller. I’m not a piano player, but I’ve learned chords and scales to add colour to my songs, from piano to bass to cello. It’s been an amazing journey of discovery and creativity.
Hi Cynthia, good question! I really don't pay any attention when I'm writing, I just go with what sounds right at the time. So, having said that, the chords "could" be Am, E, F,C G type of thing. (To further confuse things I used a capo on the second fret, I think), which would make it more GCD. I'll try to get some more informed information from Sapient next time I see him. He'll probably be able to work it out 😀
Thanks for listening to my Monkees song...sorry you missed their performance...I'm assuming it was back in their heyday? I saw them about 6 yrs ago w/ Nesmith in NYC and it was fantastic!
Hi Cynthia. Thanks so much for the great comments. And congrats on winning!
Hey Cynthia! I am SO sorry that it's taken me until now to drop by (can I borrow a cup of sugar?). 😉
Thank you loads for the inflicting my stuff on your ears, and the kind words. It's very much appreciated.
And congratulations on your trophy!
My darling Cynthia , thank you so much for all your positive comments . You really do fill me with musical confidence and I can’t e press how much I appreciate it . ❤️🎶🌴🇹🇭
You make me blush Cynthia, you really do. If there's anything in particular you want to know about, how I record, why I do it that way, where my stories come from, whatever, please connect on facebook. I sent you a friendship request. I'll tell you anything you wanna know, just wanna share the music I love. Thanks for making FAWM2019 a treat!!
Thanks for listening to "Where is Spring".
I had a go at Little boy lost. Hope you don't mind. Now I'm off for some sunshine to try and clear up this cold. See what you think, and thanks for letting me have a go. 😀
Ooh I wonder why that is happening. We will have to have a lesson when we start our band Cynthia 😁
Ohhhhhh and congratulations on your win 😁
Lolllll at the thought of my little Toyota Aygo being considered cool 😝
Yas! You are welcome in Sheffield any time 😁
Hi Cynthia, thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such lovely comments. Much appreciated and congratulations on the win! Also, would you mind if I had a stab at one of your lyrics? Not sure which yet... but might be interesting to have a go
You've got this girl!!! <3
Only one more to go and 3 days to do it. 😀
Hi Cynthia. Your comments always make me happy! Glad you enjoyed Into The Sun the way it was meant. High Beams on!
Thank you so much for your comments. You’re too kind!
Thanks dear oh definitely agree about the importance of health. Do my yoga every day and drink lots of water 😀
Thank you so very much for listening to "The Steady." I really appreciate your comment.
Daaaamn, you guys are lucky. I just saw your post in the altered states thread on the forum. I live in such a backwards country!
Music Memos really helps you get some GREAT demos! 😀
Hi Cynthia! Thanks! 😀 I felt really good about that one. 😀
I've been really behind on my FAWM this year, but I'll do some catching up and listen to some of your stuff. 😀
Thanks for listening to my garden collab, and for your kind comments.
Cynthia, you and me both (fear of failing). I really only have 8 songs, not counting double-posted collab efforts. One was just a few guitar licks for someone's instrumental. I've felt a bit blocked in writing the last couple of days, and annoyed by a sinus thing that keeps threatening. Here's to peace, fresh eyes, and a late-Feb surge of energy and creativity. For both of us 😀
Heya Cynthia - thanks so much for so many comments, that's a super generous gift of your time. I'll try and get back after work and listen to more of yours.
You asked a couple of questions:
- my drums and bass? Well, for drums I use Reaper for a free/cheap DAW and there's a decent drum VST called something like MT Power Kit that has a bunch of plug and play loops. They do the job for demos anyway. The bass sounds (like everything else I play) are direct from my piano, a Nord Stage 3. Amazing instrument which I'm only exploring the fringes of at the moment, but has already resulted in a much more polished sound for me this FAWM.
- and the six strong women - they were the pall bearers at the funeral, and all wonderful people in their own right. But their stories are their's to tell. 😀
Thanks so much again!
Hahahaha! I love how enthusiastic you get! Thanks for the Woot on Cheques.
Yes Tokyo places are quite small but then we had the walls and ceiling soundproofed so now even smaller.
Thanks for your comments on my don't hear me lyric!
Thanks, but I sing my songs only if I have to for morphs and auntie sins and corpses on FAWM as I can not sing them well at all. The music sounds better in my head and MUCH better when done by a collaborator. Here is an original and you won’t ask again!
Hey Cynthia! Thanks for that awesome comment on Upside Down In Love. That was a lot of fun recording. I've grown kinda unacustomed to the feel of my electric guitars and was never one to play a perfect solo, so though: louder will be better... Just hope my neighbors agreed.
Ah, so there's no "Destination" EP on the cards then? 😀
Thanks for your listen to my song with Dutch!
I would LOVE that!!! Thank you!!!!
Awhh.. you are the sweetest. Thanks for stopping by and taking a listen to Run baby Run 😮)
Thanks for your kind comment Cynthia. Enjoying your songs. A bit nervous about what your band in a box is going to do next.
Thanks for the sweet feedback! I never post the Holiday recordings (we're technically not allowed to) so for FAWM I usually re-record to the best of my ability. I'm glad they're not immediately identifiable as amateur 😀
Hey Cynthia! Thank you for your kind comments 😀 OOH you got censored?! :-0 Man I just find swearing fun, I’d probably try to curb it if we had kids around.. but I’m assuming we’re all 18+ right?!! People can just feck off and look elsewhere if the don’t like it, right? 😝
No I don’t have any help here.. I have a musical genius partner of course, but he doesn’t use garage band and is so busy writing his own stuff so I’m just playing around til something sounds good to my ear! Then after listening to my song 50 times and it stops making any kind of sense I kinda lose the ability to tell if it sounds good or not hahaha. But then generally just upload it regardless cos I put all those hours into it.
I am having this very problem right now infact. I have done guitar and vocal already but now I’m trying to get garage band to add beats and I think they’re quite right, probs cos I can’t play my guitar in time for the whole track.. oh it’s a NIGHTMARE CYNTHIA!
Thanks for De Zonging my new contribution "Voices"
Glad you liked it. I am playing the Merlin on this one. It's a 3 course instrument tuned DAD so it is quite easy to finger pick. And, as it is not chromatic, you can't hit a bum note 😀
Thank you for your great comments on my songs Earthrise and Something Wicked this Way Comes. I really appreciate it.
Tracking says there's a tape in your mailbox. 😀 Looking forward to hearing what you do with it!
Thanks so much for your sweet comments xxoo
Happy Hideous pink-day <3
Ah Cynthia you have made my day with your comment . Just landed on another island so hope to get down to more fawming next few days . Although playing cashew nut festival tomorrow 😵.
Big musical hugs from Thailand 🇹🇭
I sure appreciate you listening and commenting on my stuff! Thank you!
You asked about the Uke and effects on "The Threshold of the Void"
That info is in the credits.😉 But basically, the Uke is a Semi-Acoustic Baritone by Korala - fantastic value for money I plugged it into a little Boss Micro Cube amp which has on board effects. The two I used for that song were Chorus and Delay. Hope this helps.
Hi Cynthia, thanks for your coments on my latest songs.
You said you had problems getting to my youtube channel. Try this link:
You also asked about Ukulele Underground. It is a fabulous site for Ukulele players. You can do all kinds there. But I mainly hang around the Forum. Especially the "Seasons of the Ukulele" sub forum which is a weekly challenge to perform a song on the week's theme. Many folks there do covers, but there are some great songwriters amongst our community too, such as Pabrizzer - who is also a FAWMER this year. It is a real open community. Come and join us! This week's theme is Hawaii.
Hi Cynthia—thanks for your lovely words about “When You’re Sleeping”. I’m very grateful to Karlos for his inspired music. Cheers
Thank you for your kind words on "Prelude to a Kiss", I'm always flattered when The Pretenders are referenced regarding my songs.
Thanks again for your kind comments- they mean so much coming from a singer/songwriter/musician with your skills and sensibility. And if there is a theme to my work it is that I’m a hopeless romantic that is restless, loves to dream, and loves to feel emotion at all levels😊Sadly it doesn’t mean I experience all I write about😂
Cynthia, THANK YOU for being so supportive and kind and enthusiastic. About recording: I have a minimal setup in my office (I got rid of the vocal booth when I needed more bookshelves) with a bit of acoustic foam here and there. So far this year I’ve just been using an SM58 for vocals. I find that with the right EQ and some double tracking it sounds good, so I haven’t bothered to get out the big condenser mic. The main thing is that I’ve got Logic Pro X. It’s especially great for mixing, lots of plug n play effects, compressors, delay, reverb etc. that sound great right out of the box. Logic is insanely cheap for what you get. It’s well worth the investment. Guitar is an Ibanez hollow body. I WISH I had a Strat 😀. Or a Rick 12-string!
Hey you! Hope you’re well. It’s indeed a bari uke that i bought off of Charlie.
Thanks for your kind support! 😊
Thanks so much for your kind comments on my song! Looking forward to hearing some of your stuff, especially being another uke enthusiast!
I really appreciate your comment on my sound board. This is such a fun challenge <3
lyrics for Hawaii are up! 😀
Sorry I typed them all out and then it didn't save. Need to redo
I should have said 8 string bari uke--I think a 12 string would make it a guitar! Thanks for listening again!
Aaawww, thank you so much Cynthia. In Old Napoli was fun to write, a chore to record though... my room isn't completely sound proof and there was some road construction going on just outside the door. Crew went to lunch and I took that as a 30 minute opportunity. Guerilla recording.
Thanks for you comments on my songs. You have so many good songs. I have to listen to more when I get a chance.
Ooh I looked up Joanie Sommers and that’s exactly the vibes I was trying to create. Thanks so much!
Thank you again for the listen on Temperamental Winds, I had fun with the chromatic challenge and I was happy with how that one turned out.
Thanks so much Cynthia. No need for concern, the throat is already getting over the weekend. I actually hope there’ll more weekends like this last one. A hoot-anna-half was had!
I’ll re-record the vocals (and most guitars) for Friday Night in March. It’s a keeper.
Thanks for the listen and comments on Givin the Devil His Due! I am taking DAW at a local community college, we use Pro tools and will be certified if I make it through two semesters!
Send it on. I’m going to participate.
Hi Cynthia, it's about time I check in on you. Congratulations on 200 plus comments! I've never done that many comments. So far this is the most this year for me I'm currently at 139. I'll be back to listen to Destination Greatness in a little while. Got food on the stove and so I'll be back.
Oh Good! I'll bring the wine to wash down the jack.
I am NOT loose I am NOT free and I sure as hell ain't "easy". Until I get some JD shoved down my throat 😀
Well ok, I'll settle for red wine and IPA.
thanks for coming by and listening, Cynthia! Have a great and productive FAWM!
In Southern California, it's very hard not to be at least partially blond! (San Diego is the root of my pale hair). It was watching brunettes here in Illinois schedule their bi-weekly !!!!! appointments and blow dry their own hair in the salon chair. I had to stop the madness, at least for myself.
Thanks Cynthia. I agree that as musicians we need to speak out against this kind of BS. I deeply respect the artists that do. I will be back to check out your songs tomorrow 😉
to answer your q, when you import a music memo track to Garageband, it has the audio track and the drums and/or bass track there as seperate tracks, click on the "+" sign at the bottom to add a track then select the input, etc, and if you have headphones on you can listen to what you did and overdub something. Then you can click on each track seperately to set overall volume of that track (I can't seem to figure a way to change the volume of the track at different places in the song tho).. but that should give some idea- i bet there are on-line youtube tutorials too on this, that may help. Im not an expert on this, by any means, but if I can do it, anyone can if you spend the time and don't worry 'bout making mistakes- when it doubt just press anything you can find to see what it does!! good luck!!!
Aww, thank you so much Cynthia. So kind of you! Big love to you!
On the contrary, I'm the lucky one to be married to her! Thanks for your kind words on my birthday song for my wife.
I am not... I don't like contests, but fully support those who are having fun with it! 😀
Yes! Consider yourself enrolled 😁
Oh my! You added it to the Recommended Ranks? Thanks so much, that'll boost traffic quite a bit, I reckon!
Ah...you are from the home of the best bratwurst and some beautiful waterfront and beaches, and of course bathroom fixtures! Door County would be a lovely place to return to! I want to retire in the UP on Lake Superior coast. We took a mini weekend vacation to Sheboygan last year, renting a house in the woods on the sandy beach near Ootsburg - it was perfect and Sheboygan was nicer than I remembered.
Thanks for your kind comments on my songs! And yes, went to middle school and high school in Shawano WI, skied a lot at Rib Mountain, left Wisconsin for many years but moved back to Madison where I went to medical school in 2011 to take a position at my alma mater. What part of WI are you from?
Haha - I wish I had something really fancy to say here but - this was just done on my iPhone using the Voice Memo app! When I find a song that has 'legs' I use ProTools and both VI and real instruments. I've only done one production demo this FAWM and that was for my song math https://fawm.org/songs/89446/ which for some reason I tried to do in an hour as it was a skirmish!! Silly me... Thanks for asking!
Thank you so much for commenting on New Year's Day. There's a couple rockers still in the pipeline. The writing doesn't take much, it's the recording I spend a lot of time on. Sometimes I get tired of being without my band. Encouragement like yours is what keeps me going, thanks Cynthia!!
Oh man... thanks for your VERY kind words on Skid Row
Thank you for the kind words about my song Bullied. I feel the same way about FaceBook. I use it a bit, but I try to limit the number of "friends" I have on it, in spite of FaceBook always trying to get me to "find new friends". i also try not to give out too much info about myself on FaceBook. I don't trust them.
Thank you lovely Cynthia for checking out my creepy soundtrack, lol. I added some freaky guitar and so now it is about 1000 times more creepy, in case you wanted to check that out, lol. 😀
Well, I love your writing, but it also makes me want to hear you read it the way that it’s supposed to sound
Haha-Thank you Cynthia! The next time I am LA way, I’ll drop in for a cuppa?! And we can hang 😁 Man I would love to travel around just meeting the great FAWM fellowship! 😀