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 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
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! 😀
Hi Cynthia, sorry to not get back to you soundboard question. We were in a unique situation. Wanted to get a house we could share with my son and his family (to put the grandkids in a better school district than they were. We used zillow.com to narrow down the locations then a realtor to narrow it down more. I'd say there are cheaper places near Nashville if you aren't worried about school districts. I'd probably start with Zillow.com to start 😀
sorry bout that
I was scrolling back up your page to see if you were going to be doing demos this year, and my eye caught sight of Rickie Lee Jones, and it made me happy! That's all. Carry on.
Hey Cynthia, ummmm about your 'stand up bass' comment. I am honored for the listen and kind words but must admit that was a Taylor GS mini bass I was playing in the song. So I was basically playing it like a guitar 😀 Thanks for stopping by and happy FAWM-ing!
Well this will keep you out of trouble for the rest of your life 😀if possible you should try and get the windows version of BIAB. I know that there is some way you can run a windows app on a Mac but maybe ask on the forum or support
Absolute Cynthia. Looking forward to hearing what you great with BIAB. It certainly changed my musical life and is something I use everyday for. Do you only have a Mac? It is just that with BIAB for windows you get realband as well which is what I use for my daw.
Hi Cynthia. I've held off commenting, waiting for demos, then I read your bio. What a crock! But still, you'll set these eventually! Glad it didn't stop you being here!
Thank you for your comment on "With All of Your Might", I have a bad habit of committing to a strumming pattern and regretting it part of the way through the song when my arm tires and I have a hard time keeping any sort of consistency.
Thank you for all your positive comments. Hope to hear more of your songs this FAWM.
Hi, Cynthia! Right now I'm in South Carolina trying to get my mother's house ready for an estate sale & arranging her transfer from assisted living here to a facility in Albuquerque. Wish me luck! I'll be in touch in a few days.
Thanks Cynthia! 😀 I'm not in love with that one. 😀 But I could always rework it. 😀
Hope you've been well! 😀
He waited months before using the squash, left it sitting out in the kitchen. I think the seeds might have started to consume the flesh and/or then it just dried out in the winter with the heating on.
Maybe it had phantom genes to begin with.
Thanks for your kinds words or encouragement on "Cleaning House". I struggled with that one so much I almost gave up on it.
Thanks for the vote of confidence. Stacy's vocals are the real star of the songs. I hope to get 4 this year.
Hey Cynthia! Thanks for listening! And for your comments in the forum. I start out with such good intentions.. don’t compare myself to others.. and then I hear a couple of amazing songs on here and then throw my toys out the pram in a ‘oh what’s the bloody point!’ kind of way! Haha. But yes, I am ploughing on through it! 😀 I hope you are enjoying your Fawm too!
Thanks for your comments. Hope FAWM 2019 brings you joy.
Thanks for the advice on my uke! I have gotten some chords down-C, G, and F, and working on more. I have been watching videos too, but I haven't seen the one you recommend-I will today though. I can play a few very simple songs now I'll get there!
Thank you so much Cynthia for your ALWAYS amazing support... I am having fun already! Can't wait to read/hear some of your awesome creations. I always look forward to them. 😀
Thank you for the kind words! Yeah, FAWM and I have a "complicated" relationship, that's for sure. Hopefully I can get something going in the next day or two, so at least I can feel like I haven't wasted all this stress!! Best of luck to you!
You are too kind thank you! Now I need to look up Pentangle!
Cynthia!!! There you are darlin'!
Thanks for dropping by and listening to my Tunes so far. We all have fawmxiety before we get started.Trust me I am in the club. I really don't know what this year is going to yield for me. Trying to stay open to the muses as always. It will be what it's supposed to be. Have fun my dear.♡♡
Thank you, Cynthia, for your encouragement about my singing. I'm inching forward, have learned a few things, and I may have gotten a better handle on sinus problems that have bedeviled me the last two years! Fingers crossed... Best
Minor mire over here as well.
We can unfunk in Feb.
thanks for the listen and your lovely comment 😀
Hi, Cynthia! Great to see you here again. Yes, Albuquerque is great! Renting for a while would probably be a good idea unless you already have a good idea of what & where you’d like to buy. We didn’t do that; before we left ATL we signed a contract for a house in a brand- new subdivision. For months we’ve been in a temp apartment, with most of our stuff in storage, waiting for our house to be finished (way behind schedule). Still excited about the new house, but I wouldn’t recommend doing things the way we did.
Sorry for the typos 😬
Does popping in to make sure you’re going to be around this year ❤️
Thank you Cynthia. Have a good feb!
Thanks. This is one of the few ways for an old codger to have fun.
Thanks for stopping by to listen. Glad you liked “Falling Down”. 😀
Oh, thank you darling!!!! You're so sweet. I look forward to hearing your first song!
Thank you for your lovely message and for listening to my song! Looking forward to yours!!
Thanks for supporting F#2! 😀 -Dad
EDM is an umbrella term for all electronic dance music. I'm having fun with samples and autotune
Thanks for your kind words Cynthia!
thanks for listening! and great set of influences (and instruments) there!
Great lets make the valentines lovers shiver 😀
Hi Cynthia. Yes, well little bitty witty never hurt no one. Thank you for that kind welcome note. I hope you have a Funky Fawm. Not the smelly kind, the excellent kind... 😀
You’re so sweet. Thanks for following our adventures. Happy FAWMing.
Yeah, How about keeping or tradition of anti valentines 😀
Hey lovely . Yes am here for listening but maybe also recording a few little ditties . Can’t wait to hear your stuff from my hammock x
Hello Cynthia, I watchlisted you too, enjoy FAWM.
Hello, breath of fresh air! You really bring the FAWM spirit to the table! Happy month of trust in creating!!
Welcome back, my friend. Let's make some new music!
Thank you for the welcome. I am sure February will become my favorite month... after the chaos dies down and I catch my breath.
Have a great month.
Hey Cynthia, thanks! Always love your positivity! I feel you on the no idea what's going to happen this FAWM, but I'm super stoked! Oh man, 8 tracks! Watch out! haha. Happy Fawming!
Hey Cynthia! Thanks for the message. The insanity starts tomorrow!
Yayyy!! I'm glad you're back 😀 I won't be at the Holiday until Sunday but I'm getting excited. Will you be making the trek back to Sturge for Steel Bridge this year? I'd love to see you. OH!! And I need to order another pair of skull earrings, I lost one and I love them so!!
wOOHOOO!!! You coming to our FAWM Over Party this year?! Are you in the Facebook group too? Let me know!