Influences: The vapour trails of half-remembered dreams.
EDIT: DAMMIT! I didded the double without realising it this year!
Fledgling avant gardner.
Part-time cheese mechanic and toad-sexer.
Don't feed after midnight!
Pronouns - him/he/his - but I actually prefer "Paul" or "DD" if you're talking about me. 😀
Please note - comments about problems with the mix - well, you can leave them but I'll ignore them. Save your energy. FAWM is about writing, not about production. I probably already know where the problems are in the mix...
|#4||City Of Fog||
|#5||Into The Castle||
|#7||Dragondreams Badass Riff 1||
|#9||Whatever you do, don't!||
|#10||I never meant for this to happen||
|#13||Lucky for some||
|#14||Killing Time @tfish77||
|#15||Never go back||
|#16||Can't riff, won't riff ;-)||
|#18||Just a fraction||
|#19||Patch your cowbell||
|#20||Aeronaut - Part One||
|#21||Aeronaut - Part Two||
|#22||Aeronaut - Part Three||
|#23||Open Mic Night at Castle Dragondreams @castledragondreams||
|#24||Aeronaut - Part Four||
|#25||Aeronaut - Part Five||
|#26||Aeronaut - In Full||
|#27||DD - Slight Return||
|#28||Until Next Year||
|#29||One Last Time @ajna1960||
|#30||Riff Collaboration 01 @devin||
|#31||Get outta here @ballyhoot||
|#32||Riff Collaboration 02 @devin||
|#35||The houseband cleanup crew jam @castledragondreams||
You're probably not still around, but whenever you read this, I want to tell you I tried the email you gave me and it seemed to work. I sent an email saying the extended version of my song Becoming Whole was taking me longer than I expected, but I've just finished it, and if you're still interested in an mp3 of it, just email me.
I'm grateful for the suggestion you gave me to submit my music to a music library. After I write a few more pieces to make it more worthwhile, I will definitely look into it. Hope you have a great year full of music and hope to see you again next FAWM. 😀
Just checked your email link above and it doesn't work, so I'm not sure how to send you the mp3 of the longer version of my song Becoming Whole when I finish it. Oh, and if, in my search for sites to market my music to, I find any that welcome submissions of healing music, if you want I'll let you know. I've thanked you for your kind comments on my music, but I haven't thanked you for helping me believe that maybe my music is good enough to try to sell it, even if it's only for a small amount. You can't know how good that made me feel. Thank you for that. 😀
Thanks for the link to the healing music site, but apparently all their music is made by only one composer. I guess it's his site. Oh well. It was worth a try. 😀
Thank you so much. 35 songs? Wow. Great work.
You are totally correct about preamps. I don’t think that they were ever intended to do that when they were designed. We just have so many options now that truly are marketed as effects that are also preamps. I think that so many options clouds the path to good sound, as a preamp or effect or any other singular thing won’t make for good sound. I like your thinking.
Thank you for commenting on all my songs! I will try to remember what you said and replied to some of them! I know for my last song, I'm planning on re-recording tomorrow. As for "I Will Eat Anything", I actually never thought about the PSA thing! Lol
Oh @ collecting the Nighthawk - NOW I have to go listen again in more detail !
Oh duh @ #13... lol
Thank you so much for your kind comments on my songs! Very appreciated!!😊
Thank you for the comments on "Now You Are Gone"! Much appreciated. Jon's lyrics do fir the song so well and you would think we wrote the song together....
You've made some fantastic comments on my songs this year. Thank you. I've been working hard on tweaking how I produce things in the last couple of years. It means a lot to read your thoughts and hear that it's making a difference... 😁
Thanks again for your lovely comments. About my piece Becoming Whole, you wrote, "I would quite happily have a (much longer) version of this playing away in the treatment room." Well, I was planning on working on it some more to extend and develop it. If you'd like, when I finish it, I could send you an mp3 of it. 😀
Thank you for your comments on Touch Not the Cat! This one was fairly easy lyrics-wise, but a pain when it came to the music. The Cait Sidhe could not seem to come to an agreement on minor vs. major and kept changing their minds. And I think they kept playing around with the melody line when I'd turn my back...CATS!!
Thanks for the comment Drag, much appreciated.
Thanks so much for listening. Congrats on winning FAWM. 33 songs = amazing!!!
Have you ever used a library service yourself? If so, which one, and are you happy with them? Hope you don't mind my asking.
I posted a choral piece last FAWM using Hummingbear's great lyrics for Rocky Shores. Nancy had written them in FAWM 2016, and I slowly worked on the song between then and last FAWM and even beyond. When I recorded it last FAWM, it was a 4-part women's choral piece. I kept working on it and made it 4-part mixed choir (SATB). I plan to submit it to a choral music publisher here in Canada at some point. It's probably a pipe dream, but worth a try. I looked into big-name publishers, but they don't accept outside submissions, only their own in-house songwriters' stuff.
I'd like to thank you for your kind and very generous comments on my pieces. You said you hope I'm pitching my compositions to a library service, which made me feel very proud. Thank you, but I don't really know how to do that. There are no musicians playing in any of my pieces, so I'm not sure anyone would want them. But, because of your suggestion, after FAWM, I will google "music library services" to see what I can find out and see what they require.
I really appreciate your thoughtful comments. Thanks again. 😀
Paul, thank you for your comments on 'Staying Hungry' and 'Faster Than Your Angel Can Fly'. As regards the latter, I look forward to hearing that story one day. 😉
Hey I tried to send you a new vocal track for the verses on Shroedinger’s Banjo, but I’m not sure if you received it. A couple of other people never got emails I sent them with music tracks so just want to be sure you got it.
Oooh, I really hope we can meet on the 23rd! 😀
😀 No worries; I plan on being around in March to comment and read comments more than I have in the past. I've been kind of slacking this FAWM and never got around to any collabs, challenges, chats, or anything. Not even a coffee song! My 4-year old daughter now has a 2-month old brother so that's been a major adjustment for me (and her), as well as kind of looking around for a new job (still employed though, fortunately).
There are 40 hours left though. If I can summon some late night energy via the dark, aromatic, black arts of 100% Arabica, I still have some DragonStems to work with!
🖐 <— Here’s your (high) fiver, my fine friend!
Late tonight it fine - I'll be at archery training until 10 at least. Then back here writing more and more lyrics way too fast ! I'll add you as collab now 😀
Heya DD - re One Last Time - of course you can - thank you for asking 😀 Shall I make you collab ?
Either you can speak the words, or maybe I can ? I think your voice is smoother than mine ?
Just wanted to let you know that the Edge Of Life rough demo is now up.
No doubt I will listen multiple times! I pick up a few more lines each time. I felt honored to be your closer. You've made this princess feel pretty darn special! You are amazing!!
Man, that is the most awesome collaboration ever. I have no idea how you wrangled it all together in the end. Truly a masterpiece! 😎
. (no worries, hope my track works out, no worries tho!)
I put a vocal track with conversation and a cowbell track with magic out on dropbox! Let me know if you get them or not!
Just sent my small contribution to the house party! hope I wasn't too late...
I think it might have been my version of Flash. It needed an update & was really hanging (even after I updated it last night). I'm hoping tonight it's fixed itself. I'm at work now. Will listen tonight when I'm back home. Good luck with Æronaut Part Three.
See You In The Shadows…
I can't seem to get Patch Your Cowbell to play 😞
See You In The Shadows…
Thank you for the comments on “Wanktastic” and the reference to Paul Kossoff. Much appreciated.
Congrats on your FAWM win Paul!
Yeah, I dare say that would help, good tips! I don’t even know what I’m doing wrong to correct it! Aww thank you DD, that is very kind of you to say 😀
Yes, I often think maybe I should take lessons.. I don’t seem to be getting magically better on my own, for shame! Hey I just saw you’re not *that* far from Sheffield so maybe I will drop in! 😝
Wait, I just noticed you got a win! CONGRATULAYYSHSHHHONZZZZ!
I will return to my studio in a week’s time, and I would love to contribute then, if there is still room at the moat!
In the meantime, I have no gear 😞
Thanks for listening and commenting on some of my songs. Much appreciated DD.
OK, Dragon, where can I email you this track? I don't know why...but it kind of turned into a song about driving around a small town, running people over for fun. I blame the martini I had + your overly energetic guitars!
I'll try my hand at some vox for The Answer. Is "Drums_Old" actually in use?
Cheers mate. I think I was a bit lucky really.
It coinciding with you having the injections and all that.
Just saw your comment now (I hope I'm not too late), but I'M IN!!
Thanks for the nice words about H2O 😀
m/ Thanks dude! Bad ass acoustic riffing? There's dozens of us ...dozens!
(Narrator: There weren't )
Looking forward to listening to your riff!
I feel like i've missed your tracks, got too many people on my watchlist, sometimes it's hard to remember who I liked. Loved your track #10.
Thanks for commenting and listening to "Nothin' To Lose", appreciate it!
Thanks for listening and commenting on my songs "Tempting Time" and "Vagrant Sea", I really appreciate it!!
Hey no worries about the song. I kinda want to redo the vocals on the verses or have you get someone else to sing them. I really struggle with the opening sustained note....
Hey Dragondreams, thanks for the comment on my song I appreciate it.
That is an awesome process!!
There... you happy now?!?!! 😉
I asked Barbara to take a picture of the one postcard that had arrived, but she forgot and is out of town this weekend. I'm going to have her report in Sunday or Monday. 😀
The rest of my songs are out to collaborators for lyrics/vocals. Two with Liz, one with Jacqui, one with Alex, one with Theodamus. One is getting posted to day - Karl H recorded them on his phone in a jungle in Thailand, fighting off mosquitos, lol. THAT is how dedicated we are! 😉 Plus about 5 cassettes so far. I've been busy (underground)
Ha! You are wise to lock up your riff. Save it for the day of the contest, yes? 😀
I didn't want to let mine out to early so as not to have someone change their idea based on what they heard in MY idea. 😀
Wotcha mate, I was reading about your steroid injections. Had 'em meself about 12 years ago, I had bad arthritis in my thumb joints.
They told me I had to wear wrist splints for the rest of me life. F**k that.
Anyway the injections did absolutely nothing for me, I was well fed up.
BUT.. six months later I suddenly realised the pain had totally gone!
I've had hardly any pain since. Ok me thumbs look really deformed but they don't hurt. So give those injections a bit of time and you may be surprised.
Got it. Good work.
Hi man ! Thanks for your great commeng on my song. Ill make sure ill listen to yours soon.
Thanks for checking out the creepy subway song! I added some freaky EBow guitar and remixed, so now it is about 1000 times more creepy, in case you wanted to check that out, lol. What that song needed was guitar, but I didn't have time to figure out the right parts last night. 😀
Cheers mate for putting me in the recommended song thread.
Didn't expect that.
Thank you again for the listen and comment on My Sock is Broke...it certainly struck a lot of chords with little ones and those who love little ones 😉
Thank you for the listen and comment!!! <3
Yeah, sampling might work. We'll see what inspires me when the next set of stems becomes available.
I should probably work on original songs for the next few days, anyway. I can wait. And here's hoping your hands are better than ever. 😀
Link away! I'd really appreciate it. 😀
Oh, and if you do another high-gain song with stems, there's a good chance I'll remix that, too.
Depends if I think I can make it different enough to make it worthwhile.
Oh, by the way - do you want to be added as collaborator on that track? Forgot to ask before.
Fair enough that the "nasty" distortion was intentional. When I play guitar, I try to avoid that. The bulk of it sounded great (highs and mids) but the lows in that guitar track didn't seem right to me.
Personal preference entirely. But hey - that was the point of the remix challenge!
Thanks for the song comments!
Thanks for the comment on '3000 Miles', take care of that thumb!
I'm getting huge Tony Levin vibes from your bass playing this year, which is cracking!
Thank you Paul for your kind comment. <3
Hey thanks for the message. I did an exquisite corpse song yesterday; just waiting for the whole thing to be done before posting. Have a second exquisite corpse song to work on but hurt my back this morning and not sure I’ll get to it. I actually have a complete song but it’s an accidental January song. I may post it anyway since it’s spiritually a FAWM song.... 😀
Hi thanks for your comments on Love Lorn, means a lot
Hey Paul, have I ever told about my lightening quick social media response skills?
Anyway I stopped by earlier but I couldn't get past all the bananas to see if any was around.
Glad you like it - thanks for letting me play 😀
Oh it’s about half done. The 8 month old only napped for 20 minutes this afternoon!!! Anyway, the song is done in structure but I have more to put on. I’m working on it, I promise.
Hey there! Guess what! I now have 4 dragons guarding my house. Pictures to follow 😉
Happy Fawming!! 😁
That photography is AMAZING! Wow! I really love photography and I’m inspired. I don’t have a great camera, but I do love to capture something when it catches my eye in a certain way. Love it! Thanks for sharing!
Welcome back Paul! Happy FAWMing!
Thanks for the warm greeting. Hope you have a super fun FAWM19 and bring some of that dragondreams magic our way!
Hi Paul, Happy February.
Your photography sounds super cool! I just read about it on the forums. Where do you do this photography?
Oh goodness, I have been shortsighted in greeting you, as well! Hello! I love the idea of you doing tons of bass this year, but I must disagree with your opinion of your guitar playing! How are things in your world? It is so strange to connect with you and others, then just not at all for nearly a year! I hope that you are well!
Wotcha mate. So you're an avant garde cheese mechanic eh?
A man after my own heart then. 😁
Howdy from Texas! Wishing you a happy and productive FAWM!
Hey, have a great FAWM!!
Hi there, Paul. Always good to see you present. 😀
Hey Paul! Happy FAWMing! I always look forward to hearing what you come up with!
HI, thanks for the welcome. 'Hooked for life'? How did you know I have an addictive personality? 😉
Yes, yes! Avant garden collabing sounds like a winner to me!
Ey up, chuck! Ready for the plank spankin'?