Dan Vaillancourt 18


Michigan US   Feb 2008


Artist Bio

Influences:   Humorous anecdotes, quirks, magic, rain, effect knobs, light chasing, dreams, bicycles, hellhounds, turns of phrase, conversations, wanderlust and you.

It is hard to believe it but this is my 14th FAWM. A FAWM of FAWMs? I had a lot of fun this year experimenting and writing in various styles.

I am a storyteller. Some stories are based in fact, some full of fiction, many are about you, some are about me... or potentially all of the above.

Once upon a time, I traveled around the US and played at all the little coffeehouses and slept on a lot of couches... but that was a long time ago.

Some of my previous FAWM and 50/90 songs:

Some of my older studio and live albums:

"Words are... our most inexhaustible source of magic, capable of both inflicting injury and remedying it." - Albus Dumbledore

"The sound doesn't matter, it's the sound of the sound that matters." - Del Newman

Songs (18)

#1 A Song for the Afterlife 17
Feb 3
#2 Adeline (Regrets and Misdirection) 17
Feb 5
#3 Short Days Seem So Long 14
Feb 7
#4 Punch It Up! 14
Feb 9
#5 Precious Sanity 11
Feb 14
#6 Plastic Cups of Whiskey 12
Feb 15
#7 Luxuries and Finery 8
Feb 17
#8 That Old Mixtape 13
Feb 18
#9 Art House Film 10
Feb 20
#10 Foot in Mouth 7
Feb 21
#11 Favorite Imperfections 7
Feb 24
#12 Going Nowhere 6
Feb 26
#13 Intermittent Transmissions (Instrumental) 4
Feb 27
#14 Doomsday Preacher's Daughter 7
Feb 28
#15 Hyperactive Hummingbird (Instrumental) 8
Feb 28
#16 Metaphors and Allegories 12
Feb 28
#17 Fauxbow (Instrumental) 9
Mar 1
#18 Melt Into the Ether 12
Mar 1


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  • @yarimurray  3 weeks

    Thanks for the late listening and nice comments. I guess they're leaving the lights on a little longer.:)

  • @nadine 3 weeks

    Thanks a lot you're welcome. I hope I can make it next year πŸ˜€

  • @tamsnumber4  3 weeks

    thanks for listening to my collab song, "I Want to Go Back", I appreciate the listen!!

  • @yarimurray  3 weeks

    Thanks for listening and commenting at this late stage. Looking forward to listening to a few more before they pull the plug.

  • @nadine 3 weeks

    You're welcome πŸ˜€ Yeah, I hoped to finish some more songs, but well.... seems like my FAWM super collab album will be a project for the next half year. I am looking forward to finish all these πŸ˜€

  • @nadine 3 weeks

    Thanks a lot for your comment on "Angel in Jeans"! I'm glad you like my piano playing. I am so unsure about it. Maybe it stays like this in the final version. Can take some time until we record the vocals.

    P.S. Have you already listened to the final version of "FIght for you"? I think you should before that websites shuts down!

  • @bradbrubaker  4 weeks

    Picturing a six-year-old's metal voice for my and @sapient's giraffe song has made my morning!

  • @sueawesome 5 weeks

    (I seriously thought you hadn’t done any songs this year and were just commenting at times.. should have checked your soundboard πŸ˜‘)

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  • @sueawesome 5 weeks

    I’m still not done listening and catching up.. but I’m just here to say I’m super confused that you fell off my watchlist. I swear I’ve watchlisted you form the beginning. not sure how that happened but it explains why none of your stuff popped up in my feed this year

  • @andygetch  5 weeks

    You're welcome! Yes Garageband has a lot of capability I don't use as well, especially with MIDI and prerecorded loops. One of my go to tricks is to use electric guitar effects on acoustic instruments and vocals.

  • @andygetch  6 weeks

    Hi Dan and thanks for your comment and question as to what effects did I use on Loving A Lot Of Our Lives In Transportation. Started as always with Garageband and on this one I used different effects. I created a scratch track, tripled and panned it applying three different effects (Edge Vocal, Brit and Clean, Compressed Vocal) which essentially blended compression with a bit of echo and reverb. A MIDI chord keyboard track doubled (Classic Electric Piano, Rolling Chords) for a bit of echo. Another MIDI chord keyboard track duplicated four times and the five virtual instrument effects (Classic Rock Organ, Smart Strings, Cello, Flute, Tonewheel Organ) dropping in and out. Another MIDI chord track effect (Galactic Layers) that emulated keyboard arpeggios, etc. even though I was only holding the A chord. An acoustic bass track (Clean Studio Stack) with fuzz delay and reverb. A percussive and strummed guitar track with an effect emulating a Leslie speaker (Spin Speaker Blues). An overall master track (Rock) with a bit of echo and repeat. All mashed up together with only time for approximate leveling and no time for mixing.

  • @psyt 6 weeks

    Thanks for the comment on Pink Blossom. πŸ˜€

  • @caseewilson  6 weeks

    Thank you for listening and commenting on The Sweetest Thing!

  • @audrey  6 weeks

    Thank you for all the listens and great comments. I really appreciate it. I didn't know that Idlewild is a real town. How interesting! If I'm ever around there, I'll have to check it out.

  • @audrey  7 weeks

    Thank you for your thoughtful comment on What Might Have Been. I'm glad you heard all the things in it that you did, but I really wasn't going for "hope", which is why I never resolved the leading tone to the tonic on that last long note. Maybe I was too ambitious, but I was hoping to convey, with the flute, thoughts of what might have been if the loss had not occurred; and with the cello and other instruments the relentless truth of the loss, reminding you those thoughts will never be fulfilled now. But I also know that different people find different things in the same music, as you said yourself in "Metaphors and Allegories". Maybe because I got the impression you put so much thought into your own music, it made me want to try and explain why I made the musical choices I did for my piece. Anyway, I'm glad you liked my piece, and I thank you for taking the time to listen to it. πŸ˜€

  • @zecoop  7 weeks

    I had a little DV listening party on my way home from shoulder PT - You definitely were in the groove this FAWM. I have to go add comments now, but I'll be checking out more. πŸ˜€

  • @lizbrinker  8 weeks

    Hi, @danvaillancourt ! Thanks for the exchange! Could you pick me out one more? Your titles are all tempting...

  • @richaaaay  8 weeks

    I did try out the headphone mic thing quickly. It worked through my audio interface...Very cool. I will definitely explore more...Thanks for pointing educating me.

  • @gnashattack  8 weeks

    Thanks for the listen on "A Million Boxes!"

  • @richaaaay  8 weeks

    Thanks for the comment on Marco. I just read your comment to David about your headphone trick. Sounds like something I'll have to explore. Might need a preamp first...So much to explore.

  • @davidtaro  8 weeks

    OMG I just tried that headphone trick 🀯🀯🀯. Thanks so much, Dan!

  • @davidtaro  8 weeks

    Hey Dan, thanks for the listen on Maybe! Bit late to the party here, but going to check out your stuff now...

  • @sunnymae  8 weeks

    So glad you enjoyed the road trip on Anywhere Anytime! Yep...we all need to get in our cars and go anywhere!!!!

  • @spazsquatch Mar 8

    Thanks for the comment on "Not A Leap Baby", the lyrics needed a bit more polish, but whatcha gonna do? If only February had 29 days.

  • @tamsnumber4  Mar 6

    Thanks for listening and commenting on my collab song "Fades to Gray" with mikeb, I appreciate it!

  • @fearlessflight2014  Mar 5

    So kind of you to take time to comment on my music. I’m really grateful for your feedback. πŸ˜€ Congrats on the win!!

  • @heuristicsinc  Mar 1

    You inspired me to try to use my ebow on a skirmish but I couldn't get any sounds out of the guitar, not sure what the deal was but I was out of time 😞
    So unfortunate!

  • @resonut123 Feb 28

    Hi Dan, thanks for the comments and support again this year. it's always fun to try to come up with new things every February.
    It's pretty fun to mess around with the old oberheim Matrix 1000 synth module and use some of the weird sounds.

    Congratulations on your win!

  • @nadine Feb 28

    Thanks for your comment on "Nuff Said". Playing around with drum patterns was really fun here. There are plenty of trioles and irregularities inside. Seems like I should try something poly next time!

    Thanks for the kudos in programming! I was using Virtual Guitarist and The Grand for years, but now I've switched to Real Strat. Don't have a favourite library or VST for drums and bass yet. I used Independence Free for my previous album, but this doesn't work on my new workstation. On "Angel in Jeans" you hear the free GSCW library; the songs of my band are mainly eZ Drummer and Superior Drummer, my bandmates own. I get really experimental with bass... I think on "Nuff Said", there's PLENTY of effects on a standard synth bass preset. I'm used to program most of my strumming and drum patterns by myself, which makes it quite complicated. So my main business is to analyse and understand how people would play these instruments and well... talking to people about playing techniques πŸ˜‰

  • @joy212  Feb 28

    Thanks! Feel free to appropriate and add your own most relevant verses. πŸ˜‰

  • @lizbrinker  Feb 24

    @danvaillancourt thanks for listening to Come On By! Yeah, I jammed as many words as I could in there...πŸ˜‚

  • @lizbrinker  Feb 24

    @danvaillancourt , you know exactly what I mean, then! Thanks for sharing in my Twelve Bar Blues😎😎

  • @nadine Feb 24

    Thanks for your comments on Promise.

    Yeah, the VSTs evolved a lot. Could not make that kind of music 10-15 years ago. It is so awesome that I can produce rough demos of all these pop and rock songs without playing guitars, bass and drums. It makes it way easier to explain your idea. I remember those times where I came up with chord sheets saying "Here ate the chords, I need the rhythm of song xy" and everybody was like "why can't you just grab a guitar and play?!", "Can you write drum tabs?" Or "A Keyboarder can't write songs for a whole band!". True story 😏

    Still guitar VSTs are no replacement for real ones as the "phrasing" is different. One cannot program the unintentional slides, mutes and glissando. Some VST set random parameters but they do not sound natural. I stuck with lot when I program my own strumming patterns. Even when you imagine how you would play this rhythm with all the up and down strums, it still sounds like cutted samples. Imho you still cannot program if you don't have the slightest idea of the instrument.

    Drums, piano and bass seem to be okay these days. After recording a real piano I prefer VSTs for this haha! And I heard plenty of metal drummers program VSTs for albums o.O!

    That washboard idea is so creative. Kudos!

  • @lizbrinker  Feb 23

    Thanks so much, @danvaillancourt , for checking out Come On By!

  • @nadine Feb 22

    Thanks for your comment on "Fight for you"! HFOs Chapman Stick was the bassline and it grooved very well. Later on, the piano part will be replaced by vocals. I am talking with a hard rocking gritty female vocalist. And there will be real recordings of guitars someday after FAWM.

  • @caitlin Feb 21

    Thank you for your kind feedback on Ready, Steady, Go! This newbie fawmling is so tickled you could relate - and on your 14th FAWM, wow!

  • @metalfoot  Feb 19


    Sorry, got carried away. Glad you liked it!

  • @frozenlonesome  Feb 18

    Dan, appreciated you taking the time to listen and share detailed thoughts. Really glad you liked it!

  • @lieke Feb 14

    Thanks for the virtual hug!

  • @dani312 Feb 9

    Hey. Thanks so much for your comments and feedback on 'Michael'. I am so glad to hear that the juxtaposition of the bluegrass feel and these emotive lyrics is working- I was honestly worried haha! Great to see you on here again. Hope you have a great FAWM! πŸ˜€

  • @mikeskliar  Feb 5

    welcome back!

  • @frozenlonesome  Feb 3

    Thanks Dan for the listen on How Much. I appreciate your thoughtful comments.

  • @hamiltonpoolhall  Feb 3

    Likewise! And wow, FAWM #14 – that's gotta be some kind of special good luck, no?

  • @joy212  Feb 2

    14 FAWMs... it's a FAWM's worth of FAWMs!

  • @caterwauler Feb 2

    I miss you too, Dan!
    I'm fine, quite busy with my novel and other stuff. I won't allow myself to create big pieces this year, but I promised @sirius I would help him make songs if he feels inspired. We already posted one, I don't know if there will be more : the little guy spends a lot of time outside!
    Hope you are well, wishing you a great FAWM!

  • @thomasboles Feb 2

    So far we are tied. I’m crushing it with 0! Can’t wait to hear this year’s stuff.

  • @rickamorphis Feb 1

    Hey there Dan, good to hear from you...have a good one, I'll be listening.😎

  • @cts  Feb 1

    Dan! My dude! Good to see you back in the place. Hope all is well. You know I'll be around to check out your sounds. Happy FAWMing!

  • @resonut123 Feb 1

    Dan the Man, looking forward to hearing your great Tunes again this year!

  • @cleanshoes  Feb 1

    Dan! Good to be back, and looking forward to your music as well! Happy FAWMing. πŸ˜€

  • @zecoop  Feb 1

    Welcome, welcome!! So glad to see you back. Looking forward to it - Have fun!

  • @jacobeverettwallace  Feb 1

    Hey Dan! It'll be a challenge but I hope to participate. Happy Fawming!

  • @madthesinger  Feb 1

    Hi Dan! Can't wait to hear some music from you too. It's been too long!! πŸ˜€

  • @sueawesome Feb 1

    dan!! hi to you. *waves back*

    if I get stuck this year I’m going to write a lyric based off of one of your stellar photos

  • @johncrossman  Jan 29

    Dan V. + fawm + Feb = ears full of fun for us! The sound of the sound... good and ponderable.