Influences: Lots of Johnny's-- Cash, Hiatt, Horton, Clegg. Folk, singer-songwriter, pop-folk, Elvii whether mythical, Presley or Costello.
On January 31, 2013, on a whim and in response to a facebook acquaintance, Tom Slatter’s post about February Album Writing Month, I signed up on FAWM.org. It is no understatement to say that FAWM transformed me as a musician and songwriter. In 2013, I finished my first FAWM with 21 songs. Each year since, I have completed FAWM with at least 16 songs.
Every year I use this space to post a FAWManifesto of my FAWM Goals. At this point, I have none. Lets do this.
FAWM 2018 GOALS
1. Continue to up my production game.
2. Fuller arrangements with robot band using my Trio Pedal or iRealPro and Band in a Box arrangements.
3. TIme for this old Folkie to plug in. I have a Zoom G1xOn multi-effects pedal and a Strat Like Electric.
4. MoreSurf Ukulele.
5. Collab, collab, collab. Who wants to co-write? How should we go about it?
6. Help @sebscorner navigate around FAWM and Reaper as he sets out to write and record a uke album before his 18th birthday in June.
2017 recap and onwards to my 6th FAWM
In 2016, I told my family that I wanted my 50th birthday party (November 2017) to be a CD release. In the 18 months leading up to my 50th birthday, I joined Yousician.com and started practicing regularly for the first time in my adult life on ukulele, guitar and bass. In November 2016 I picked up a $25 casio midi keyboard at a thrift store and added keyboard to that mix.
Entering FAWM 2017, I had CHOPS and I gave myself carte blanche to experiment.musically and with production. One of my key 2017 FAWM goals was to up my multi-track production skills, in preparation for the 50th birthday album now only 7 months away. I was satisfied enough with my FAWM output that on February 28, I released my demos as an album on bandcamp: Guitars, Ukuleles, etc…
Through a busy spring and summer, I kept practicing and polishing my songs, while preparing a family reunion to celebrate my parent’s 50th anniversary. I was planning to spend the balance of the summer recording my Album, but family and a bathroom renovation intervened. I started recording in earnest in September and made the decision to cut the 14 track album down to a 7 track EP. Thanks to the able co-production and mixing skills of my friend, Nick Howell, I was able to release my EP, Life's Lessons I'll Never Learn at my 50th birthday party. I am very pleased with how the album turned out. It sounds like a “real” record.
After the album was finished I realized that I needed to know more about the technical details of production & mixing and mastering. I closed the year out auditing a free Berklee course offered through EdX.org, Vocal Recording Technology.
Also this year, a song I co-wrote with Kim Beggs during FAWM 2015, Winter in the Prairies was released on her new album Said Little Sparrow.
Once again, I'm trying to bring friends along with a local songwriter's group at the Midland Cultural Centre. I'm still hoping a few local songwriters hop on the FAWM bandwagon. We usually meet the third Saturday morning of the month at 11am at the Midland Cultural Centre but in February, we are there most Saturdays. More info at https://www.facebook.com/groups/16626...
So far I know of at least 3 Midland area songwriters are participating in writing songs during February Album Writing Month (FAWM), Myself: @ductapeguy @visiblydistorted @bjr and @sebscorner , and John Vella. We are pestering others. 😀
No songs by this fawmer (yet).