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 2020 GOALS held over from 2018
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. It is still time for this old Folkie to plug in. I have a Zoom G1xOn multi-effects pedal and a Telecaster.
4. More Surf Ukulele.
5. Collab, collab, collab. Who wants to co-write? How should we go about it?
6. Help @sebscorner navigate around FAWM and Reaper
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 all 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 @moonraccoon and @beesmusic . We are pestering others. 😀
Update: Yay! @crutherford has joined FAWM. She is 17 levels of awesome.
@sebscorner appears to be sitting this year out.
|#1||I'm So Glad You're Here- f/t Kim Beggs @kimbeggs||
|#2||K-Tel Presents Psychadelic Fords Singing Tan Van Man||
|#3||Sam Beckett's Blues||
|#6||Master of the Skies||
|#7||The Uncertainty Machine @dragondreams||
|#8||Giving Birth to the Song||
|#9||All the Children of the World||
|#12||Consolation Jam @dreamscuba||
|#13||Ban Joe Oh Oh||
|#14||Master of the Sky (aka Master of the Skies) @moonraccoon||
|#15||The Greatest Teachers (aka "A Stormy Night") @moonraccoon||
|#16||Hold the Line||
|#17||Clean It Up||
|#18||Living Wage @stephenwordsmith||
|#19||Because You Lie @dudachris||
|#21||Casio Tea and Jam||
|#24||All The More @metalfoot||
|#27||The Street @srcoops||
|#28||Four Strings Good||
|#29||FAWM After-Party - Now with 200% more Kazoo @hummingbear||
|#30||Let Down Your Hair @jaegerin||
|#34||Change Now @dudachris||
|#35||A Good Place To Be From @porkmonocle||
|#36||My Heroes Don't Wear Riot Gear @moonraccoon||
|#38||Parking Lot Jam||
|#39||The Fine Line (post-FAWM recording) @moonraccoon||
Thanks! And it's actually a ring modulator pedal digitized one so yeah synth I suppose haha
And ! 😉 little kids singing red rover for chorus a fine idea indeed!
Regarding the Oatmeal Song:
Alex (metalfoot) notes: I wrote the whole song and recorded all the parts one at a time into a microphone using a recording program called Audacity. It takes practice to sing and harmonize to yourself but it is so much fun when you learn how to do it well!
F#2 (metalfoot's son) notes: I got my oatmeal. It was a lot of oatmeal! I had fun singing my part on top of my dad's singing.
Hey Mr McGaughey, I got F#2 to sit down and respond to the questions and comments from the 3rd grade class that listened to John Paciorek a couple weeks ago.
"Is he your favourite player?": No, he is not my favourite player. But he did make for a fun song.
"What is your favourite team in baseball?": (half-jokingly) The Morden Blue Jays! (Dad notes: that's the team he played on that won their league and made it to the provincial playdowns last season)
My favourite MLB team is the Toronto Blue Jays, probably because of Vlad Guerrero Jr.
"Did anyone help you with the song?": No, I made it all by myself.
John Paciorek's one season was in 1963 and in that one season as an 18 year old, he played one game and got 3 hits in 3 at bats. Which statistically speaking makes him the best hitter in history.
I'm in Grade 5 in Morden Manitoba!
Thank you so much for being a part of my dad's FAWM (@srcoops)... Let me know if it would be ok to have your song on his Bandcamp compilation album. If it is ok and you are able, please feel free to send me the WAV version to zecoop at yahoo dot com. Also let me know what info you would like to be included on Bandcamp. Thank you once again!!! 😀
Congrats on winning so hard! Excellent work 😀
The comment you made on Ain't Gonna Howl might get me to add a verse!
My, you have been prolific! Even with strike days I don't know how you get so many songs posted and be so active in comments. Thanks so much for commenting on at least five of mine! See you soon I hope.
Sean-- Thanks for your comments on my songs, including Ye Olde Philadelphia Drinking Song!
"Yay. You crossed the finish line."
-- Well, yeah, kind of. Only thanks to doubling up due to collabs. So now I feel committed (in a good way) to doing three more and finishing for real!
Yeah, maybe porkmonocle might want to cover that circus song? I didn't think of it in those terms or it could have been recorded under that cover.
Hey thanks so much for your feedback my Birthday Song and for adding it to the recommended list. It means a lot. 😀
Thanks for that funny and kind comment on Real Love. Cheers. 😀
I also found it funnier in retrospect. Even more, it happened a second time when my husband was home and I captured the mouse without waking him up! (He always says wildlife is my department, anyway) We've since plugged some holes and haven't had a recent incident.
Thanks for the feedback on “Meanwhile on the Farm”! Got all the lyrics done for FAWM and recording quality is okay but still gonna tweak for release. Thanks for listening!
Sean, I love what you did with Let Down Your Hair! Thanks so much. It brought a tear to my eye, especially thinking about all the kids’ comments too. How amazing!
Is it ok if I add it as an additional song with you as collab partner?
I'd love it if you'd give it a go. Rhythm is a bit off in places, so words might need adjustment. Want me to tag it as collab now or wait until you try it tomorrow?
Thank you so much for your kind words, my friend. I will absolutely be at FKO, and I wouldn't miss it for the world. <3
Ha, you got the impetus right, Oh well.
Just wanted to say thanks for your ongoing encouragement. I appreciate it!
Dang! Thanks for the vote of confidence on "When Your Sacred Cows Run Dry."
Is that a good comment? I'm quite sick and leaving most of my remarks in a fever dream. I'm glad it sat well with you.
Dude, double FAMW, great job. Thanks for stopping by to give my late FAWM entries a listen 😀
Hey @ductapeguy - Thanks for your great comment on "You Can't Win An Argument On The Internet". How I got the sound on Android is through an extra piece of hardware called a Spire Studio -> https://www.izotope.com/en/products/s... It's basically a wireless recording interface/multitrack recorder the size of a stack of hockey pucks. I had a bunch of traveling in the first part of the month where I was going to be away from the studio and this thing came in super handy. I'll plan to bring it to FKO if you want to see it (assuming of course that you'll be there. 😉 )
Very good work on The Street. I love banjos. By the way, the Duck Tape factory is about 3 miles from our house.
By all means take a shot at "The Street". I look forward to hearing it.
The title got my attention. And great lessons taught to children.
Wow, thank you so much!! It really means a lot to me, hearing that you were into that riff, because by the time I finished recording I had myself convinced that it was no good! 😆
That’s pretty darn clever! And v effective! 👏🏼
Hi there - thanks very much for listening & commenting!
Sean, thanks for reviewing "Milow’s Gone To Pasture".
Thank for commenting.
Hahaha best comment ever!
Please do thank Mr C's grade 5 class for their lovely feedback 😁
Thanks for your comments on "I ain't losin no time". Much appreciated.
Thanks Sean! Still working on the lyrics for The White Demon (Moby Dick) but not touching the melody
That is so cool! I work with kids k-3 and always incorporate music as much as I can. I’m glad that it had an effect on them!
Your message today about playing "Ballerina Paleontologist" to your students was one of the best things I've ever read!! Thank you so much!!
Thank you so much for your generous comment on “How Wide This River”!
Wow look at that list! Thanks for the listen on Because it doesn't Show. And the comment! sorry for the double post
Wow look at that list! Thanks for the listen on Because it doesn't Show. And the comment!
Thanks for listening! i really appreciate it! i love your output this year, really cool songs with the coolest uke i've heard on "tape". (aging myself there lol)
I appreciate your kind comments on my and Mike's recent song! 😀
Thanks so much for the kind words and the recommendation on “Here We Go, Another Round” Much appreciated!
Thanks for your smorgasbord board comments on my constant craving song. There were so many funny songs on this skirmish.
Glad you liked Dark of Night. Love doing those kind.
That was quick, Sean! The video couldn’t have been more than a minute old before you viewed it. Thanks for that.
I love writing with other people’s lyrics too, for the same reason you do, I may have worded it aa if this lyric was gonna be a chord, there’s nothing I like more than stepping outside that comfort zone.
The main reason I found this lyric interesting and inspiring to work with is because it is about helping a young man take his first steps toward love. I believe it’s important to give him balanced advice, so that the other sex benefits from it as well. Or at least serve the young man some advice on how a seasoned pro (at being in love) knows where he went wrong with ladies when he was his age.
It’s easier to get a million subscribers on YouTube than it is NOT to hurt a girl when you’re a teenager.
Thank you for confusing me with a Canadian politician after hearing Generally Sorry....wait. is it Canadian politician or "Canada" politician - sorry if I got that wrong!
Thank you for the comment on the Piano Jig, Sean. I tried it fast and yes, it is another! Not danceable to, though! 😁
Thanks for the kind comments! I love your profile pic/drawing! 💜
Hey! I would like to thank you so much for the beautiful and that creative song that you made of "machine". The musical direction that you took is spot-on, very nice production and good idea regarding the vocals as well. Thank you very, very much, I love it how it turned out!
Thanks for your comments and support Sean. I didn't know that recommended songs was a thing... I need to spend some time getting to know the forums
Hey bud thanks for the comments on the latest noises. The guitar on Red Eyed Devil is a Teisco Audition 7001, my cheap ass blues machine 😂. The cigar box has so far only made a brief appearance on black bag this year. I must bust it out more..
Thank you for responding to Praying Man. I know better than to argue with who I know to be idiots but came very close today. Someone really got under my skin. Not on here BTW, let’s be clear, FAWMers know how to word stuff.
Although I told myself no more angry songs, I came real close tonight. I only posted the lyrics to make sure I would end up finishing the song.
Again, Thanks for making extra sure I do.
Messaged you on FB re: live collab.
Hey thanks for the comment and for playing the song for some young ones! As for the first student’s question, honeysuckle came from Asia, brought over as an ornamental I believe, but then it escaped cultivation and began out-competing native plants. There is at least one native honeysuckle species in the Midwest, but we leave it alone.
To all the other students, thanks for the lovely comments!
Ha! I guess pop wise, Taylor Swift is the new ear candy. The song was defo a Beatles rip, I guess I need to update my references 😁
I am honored that you played a piece for the class and I appreciate their feedback!
It is in fact still 1979 in my house, and I suspect will ever be. 😀 Many thanks for listening and the very kind comment!
Jazz for the hips! Thanks for your kind words on my Humpty Dumpty track
Thanks for the listen to my "Two-Hearted." I didn't even realize I was channeling "Tom Dooley" in the chorus melody.
Love that quote about the house like a box! Thanks for listening.
Thanks so much for the feedback on my song, Just. Let. Go. Really appreciate that.
Thanks for listening to Monsters and commenting. Thanks for the recommendation on the FAWM forum.
Thanks for the feedback! You have the best fawm handle I've seen...so extra props to you
Hey man thanks for your comment on my hospital room uke song! It's funny I don't think I normally play like Willie Nelson but i was so into that vibe it just came out. Killed some time in this room too!
Thank you Sean! You Are Loved was a fun one to record with the kiddos -a surprising wee birthday gift!
Thanks for your thoughtful comments on "Little House Beside the Sea." I appreciate it!
Thanks for your comments Sean, sorry I've been unresponsive, still figuring out how FAWM works.
I am glad you liked my love song "Cool". Are you of Irish extraction?
My roots are in Dublin and Connemara.
Sorry ductapeguy, I posted the wrong song. The correct one is up now (If I Had).
Thank you, Sean. 😀
That classical is probably my favourite guitar for recording acoustic pieces with. I bought it cheap, but I dropped lucky. Everything about it is so nice. The company that made it went out of business a few years ago sadly.
Thanks for the comment and recommendation on Deconstruct, much appreciated!
Thank you again, Sean.
Indeed it is a synth bass. My ancient laptop has a few legacy VSTi plug-ins that I used for the track. The drums are a soundfont. The only real instrument on that one is my guitar. 😎
Thanks very much Sean!
I tuned my mandolin! 😁 And thanks for all the class comments!
Please tell your class I am extremely honoured and very humbled. And VERY glad they enjoyed it! 😊😎
Thanks for your comment on "Getaway." The drum is a bodhran. 😁
Thanks for dropping by and commenting...the Keith Richards line made me smile 😃
Alright, it's honor to be thereby dubbed Joey Wilbury! It's wonderful to see you back Sean, I can feel the inspiration from you already!
Thanks for stopping by to check out my song.
Crack away starkly!
Thanks so much Sean! Glad you like What Good. It'll take some sanding and polishing before it goes on an album but I think you're right it does have potential. March is the month for making and breaking. Let's see what the rest of Febbary brings first.
Thank you so much for your lovely encouraging feedback on Wizard's Apprentice lyric.
I've put it to music, but not convinced it works. If you get a moment, your thoughts would be most welcome 😀
Wishing you a magical FAWM!
Hey! It is nice to see you here again! Thanks a lot for your kind words...
Thank you for the comment!
Thank you for the comment. I'm glad you enjoyed the ride!
That was the best comment ever. Thank you for listening and taking time to comment <3
I love that you share my safe-for-school songs with kids. I can't think of a higher compliment.
Go for it! 😀
If you need anything different from me, just shout. 😀
Thank you so much for your amazing comment, I really appreciate it!
thanks for commenting on "Liberty Street"!
Thank you for the thoughtful comment! Funny enough I actually saw Lukas Nelson open up for BB King at the Boston House of Blues about a decade back. Cheers
Thanks for your comment on Instruction Manual! I’ve been wanting to write this musical for a few years now, I’m so excited to be finally putting something together 😃
Thanks Sean! Glad you like what I started with Faith. Hope to have you back for the finished product.
You are so kind, thank you! 😀