I play instruments with strings, though not the guitar! (My main instrument is the harp, but you might also hear some piano, viola or cello, perhaps even a uke...)
This will be my third FAWM... (previously @mkd) both previous years I did concept albums (2018 was based around family life, 2019 was based around death and dying). This year I am wondering about trying to write the musical I’ve had in my head for the last few years... I’m nervous about doing that, but FAWM is just the sort of push I need to make me get on with it...
|#1||Welcome to the World||
|#5||These Four Walls||
|#7||They Don't See Me||
|#8||An Easy Life (anything for)||
|#11||Hold Them Close||
|#12||9 months on 9 months off||
|#13||We've Got your Back||
|#14||You Just be You||
|#17||1st half Overture - Official first track!||
Thank you for your lovely comments!
The cutoff at the end is on purpose. It's supposed to throw you off. 😀
Don't worry! I didnt take the 9 months thing to heart!
Thank you loads for the listen and the kind words! 😀
I'm coming back tomorrow to take a listen to your harp tunes!
Grew up in Prestatyn on the coast. My mum still lives in a village just up into the hills.
I live down in Towcester, Northants, but originally from north wales, so am familiar with the north west twang
and i have just realised your name isnt Emma!!! (hangs head in shame) sorry!
Superb Emma! please make sure you let us know how it goes because i would really love to see it or at the very least hear about it from you!
keep in mind these are only first impressions of mine, while your work is the result of much thinking and creating. in the theatre, all points of view are important to consider, but it is especially important for the creator to have a multiplicity of viewpoints. in the staging, everything will appear different to you than it is now. the whole process of staging a theatrical work is one of trying every possible idea until the whole piece works. i spent twenty years in the theatre and every day of rehearsal brought something new into the picture. you are lucky to begin with a strong vision. it is so strong that even i can see something on the stage as i hear the songs...but even the strongest of visions undergoes transformation in the fulfillment of that vision.
Thank you for the kind words on my piece Tailing the Suspect. They're appreciated.
Hi Mary, you are very welcome. Thank you for sharing with me your thoughts on your beautiful song and for your kind comment on Blackbird. Your opinion is very special to me.
Ok, so he’s not THAT kind of guy....he could be. They are out there
Oh man you’ve been on a roll! I’m back!! I will be listening over the next few days. Congratulations!!
lol don’t even try haha
The heart ones ❤️ are my recommends.
Endless energy to start is my favorite at the moment and could be musical theater imho
Ah ok so you just winged it? Well brava!
In regards to ryako yes I have followed her last year and the year before and love her stuff! Also an inspirational source to me for my musical theater itch.
Your play is super cool and it does what it is trying to do very effectively. Was there anything blatantly missing? No not to my ears. I’m a fan of hamilton and imagine my work will be a rappy type musical. A rappy number could be fun and contemporary as an option. Were this last week I could write one for you.
Harp is totally unique in a great way
Again I’ll restate I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to the theater this morning:)
Thank you for your kind comments. Now that I’ll have some time, really looking forward to listening to the rest of your musical!! You’ve done some amazing work here 💜
Oh no, I'm definitely done now. Out of puff. Thanks again for all your support.
Thanks for the awesome comment on my 10x10. 😀
Yes it was about David Bowie! 😀 <3
I had planned, and wrote a lot of lyrics for, a full Bowie tribute type of song but it fell apart. So this is what I could fit into FAWM this year. haha
My inner Morten Harket is not something I ever thought I'd be channeling, but yeah, i know what you mean. I'll go back to it with fresh ears in a few days.
I truly cannot wait to hear that one.... Your skills will obviously be revealed since it was basically random timing. I guess the joy of working in a DAW is that you can see what's coming and plan accordingly based on time markers. 😀
Congrats on the awesome FAWM win!! 😀
I've responded in the traditional fashion.
I'm happy to friend up on any platform 😁.
I wondered, but I did work it out (yes, it was the harp that gave you away, (that dratted harp!)). I don't spend a lot of time on there, but happy to hook up.
Yes! You're right. March 1st, because we started at midday on Feb 1st.
It's not something I would worry about too much at this stage. More something to look at when you go back revist the thing as a whole. 😀 It's going great.
Yay! High tired-but-aced-it five! Well done both of us on getting to this point. [Chants: "ONE MORE TO GO!" Gets told off for chanting in Starbucks]
With Sarah, aye. It's perhaps a sign of where my narrative brain tends to wander, but when I see a character repeating a line on their own it suggests to me that line has special significance to them that we may not know about yet but hopefully will learn about in due course. Which is great! But if you make a small note to include a stage direction here that hints to the audience what that might be (as per your suggestions), it'll stop me worrying she's also got an incurable disease or anything... which would totally unbalance the wonderful premise and tone of your show.
No problem! My musical is a satirical retelling of a rather famous historical event. A lot of Book of Mormom type vibes, I'm hoping
Can't wait to hear the rest of the musical! I'm also writing one so I know what a crazy, but fun process it can be! Loving what you've come up with so far!
"You're not the boss of me.... "
<stomp> <stomp> <stomp>
Hey, thanks for your last comment. I was really unsure about how it turned out, so it's great to get a little validation that it's okay.
Keep going with yours. You're almost there (to the 14 at least)!!
That’s the plan. I was going to listen in the car on the way to work but blue tooth didn’t play nice so I’ll listen once I get to my desk. ❤️
Thanks for the comment on Butterfly. The vocals and guitar were recorded in one take with vox (and some guitar) on a mic track, and a separate plugged in guitar track through my Roland cube amp with heavy chorus and moderate delay. Then I duplicated the vocal track and panned them hard left and right. I put about 20ms delay and chorus on the right track. This is what leads to the left right vocal movent in the vocals. Thanks again for your interest.
I love your music.
You've become my friend through this FAWM stuff.
Therefore... I listen!
And there are so many awesome FAWMers I just can't help but listen. FAWM becomes my 'work radio station' during February (though not too much NSFW stuff at the church office. LOL)
Those darned characters and their independent thoughts!!!
Okay, well, first I don't write for the stage, so this is just me rambling. I definitely had the feeling that each of the mothers were going to have a particular issue to deal with. Whether it was PND, clueless/uninterested partner, no partner at all or grief, and i love that aspect. I don't think I'd be looking for any kind of melodramatic action, but at the end of the first half I'm looking to understand the questions that are going to be answered in the second half. So I'd expect the drama to come from having to resolve each of those situations. Most via cooperation, but perhaps there might confrontation too? I dunno. That's sort of the shape I felt was forming as I listened along, and i don't really want to say much more in case it throws you off doing what you're doing!
Hahaha that is fair 😁
You are most welcome. 😀
Drums coming soon... 😀
Hahahaha, I love that image 😁
Not *actual* church bells, but I've got a good keyboard for samples.
Also - Cadfael FTW!
Received and sent back! 😀
Don't mind if I do!
Hey, if you want to talk about other songs, feel free to e-mail me at zecoop at yahoo dot com. I might be able to record some more drums if I had an idea of what you were looking for. Or I could just wing it, but if you have a vision, maybe let me know. 😀
And I concur with my brother - I think it would work well on stage. I certainly can picture stage scenes as I listen to your songs. They are very theatrical and compelling.
You are doing an amazing job this FAWM.... wow, what a complex undertaking! So good, though. 😀
Awww I’m sorry that you are sick but you got a corker there!
I think that it would work, yes! The variety is a GOOD thing, as I find it compelling. That’s what you would want on a stage. I kept listening because there was more of the story to discover. In the journey of children there are so many eras and chapters, which is why your theme works so well. Each one follows the next, but are dissimilar in many ways. Crazy how you just realize that you are out of one and in another. I’m not sure how you will address the transitions, but I’m sure you will.
I didn’t even “get” your comment about your drummer until I listened! Haha
Thanks for your comment on "Kopf aus" - yeah the “Gedanken wanken” -part came with playing it out lout. Prior it was "gedanken schreien" (screaming thoughts) but that doesn't rhyme. And "wanken" means somehting like not stable.
Thanks! Yes, we both love the Cocteau Twins. I was originally thinking a sound reminiscent of the Sundays, but more dreamy is what we ended up with. I will be checking out your stuff. My brother says your stuff is great.
Thank you so much for your comment re: Thank Goodness For The Goodness...it really moved me and I am sorry for your loss...your Dad was obviously a lovely man...
I’m assuming you might be a fan of Lorena McKennitt? (I am)
Thank you for your very nice comment... Cocteau Twins are one of my favorites. 🎶❤️🎵
thank you for commenting on santo cello. i'm doing a whole series of experimental instrumentals based around my rudimentary cello skills.
you are doing great! keep doing you, and keep having fun!
Yayyyyy... I’m gonna catch up soon! So glad you are finding them helpful...
Ahh, thank you for the feedback and the tip! I'd never even heard that tag before, so it's much appreciated you brought it to my attention. 😁
Thanks for your kind words on ‘black sheep sister’ looking forward to hearing you!!! 🙌🏾
Oh, guess I should have paid attention to your profile, duh. There’s a harp!
Ah, thanks! If I ever get a group of humans to play it, I'll be sure to find the best I can. Haha. 😀
Thanks for the comment on Springtime. 😀
Maybe it wouldn't be too hard with enough people? It's like six or seven virtual players / instruments... They'd just need to be in time. 😉
When I said your song reminded me of my favorite Cake songs, I meant the band Cake. I think it's your singing style in Night Feeding that reminds me of them somehow. 😀
Hi Mary, so glad you're back too! Thanks for stopping by to listen to my first song. Can't wait to hear some of yours too! Love your profile pic this year 😀
Hey, you're welcome. That's one of the great things about FAWM - being able to focus long enough to realise these sorts of ambitions. (Don't tell anyone, but I've got a musical in my somewhere too - maybe next year!)
Um...what is supergrass?
Thank you so much for your feedback on Sycamore Stars. Keds are sneakers that I wore as a kid in the 80s 😀
Thanks so much for your lovely comment on “Jupiter is Rising in the Morning”! 😊
Hey! I just saw one of those lever harps in action out in the wild for the first time recently. If you haven't heard of Calvin Arsenia, check him out! He put on an amazing show, just him and the harp! Blew my mind when he would modulate keys by flicking some levers mid song, or even just turn his I chord into a I7. Super cool.
Man, now I have to remember a new username! 😉
Well I love a harp! Watchlisted 😀
Here's hoping you'll be back for 2020! 😀