Eric Distad 25


97045 US   Feb 2004


Artist Bio

Influences:   A lot of you wonderful Fawmers!

Eric Distad is a singer/songwriter from Oregon. By day, he is a mild-mannered IT Professional, but by night he is a not-quite-as-mild-mannered musician...


Again this year, we are publishing our Geeky tracks as collabs with our band account @thefaithfulsidekicks.

Looking for the Geeky combined talents of Eric and Jen - Head over to @thefaithfulsidekicks page. ๐Ÿ˜€

BTW - The Faithful Sidekicks have three CDs out! The third one - Our Kind of Strange - just launched on Bandcamp last week!! (BRAND NEW MUSIC, Y'ALL!)

I'm not sure what this year will bring... that's why it's fun! ๐Ÿ˜€

Update:. We lost power on Friday night 2/12 due to an ice storm. Current estimate for power restoration is evening of 2/18. Also have nearly no cell reception, so... Yeah. Still writing, but otherwise out of action for a while.

UPDATE!! 2/19 - Finally back! YAY! 5 days without power and 7 days without Internet and as of 7:00 PM PST everything is back in business! ๐Ÿ˜€

Songs (25)

#1 Grow or Die 29
Feb 2
#2 Eyes Up @thefaithfulsidekicks 16
Feb 4
#3 Where Is My Super Suit @thefaithfulsidekicks 23
Feb 5
#4 Jaffa Jive @thefaithfulsidekicks 14
Feb 5
#5 I've Gotten This Wrong 13
Feb 6
#6 Resume of Doom @thefaithfulsidekicks 19
Feb 10
#7 Certain Point of View 12
Feb 11
#8 Beyond The Zombie (The Necromancers Lament) @thefaithfulsidekicks 10
Feb 13
#9 It Can't Go On 5
Feb 20
#10 Sick and Tired 7
Feb 20
#11 Better @thefaithfulsidekicks 10
8 weeks
#12 WandOS @thefaithfulsidekicks 11
8 weeks
#13 Excalibur @jmadison  6
8 weeks
#14 No Power Blues @jmadison  8
7 weeks
#15 Celestial Birds 6
7 weeks
#16 Humans Are So Hard To Train @thefaithfulsidekicks 8
7 weeks
#17 Shut Up 7
7 weeks
#18 Unexpected Views 5
7 weeks
#19 May Be Broken 4
7 weeks
#20 Clickbait @thefaithfulsidekicks 6
7 weeks
#21 The Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons @thefaithfulsidekicks 4
7 weeks
#22 Procrastination 6
7 weeks
#23 Not Enough To Argue 12
7 weeks
#24 Hold Please @jmadison  9
7 weeks
#25 Analysis Paralysis Ver 2 @thefaithfulsidekicks 13
7 weeks


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  • @infilktion 6 weeks

    Thanks for your comment on "Refusal to Dance". I always love it when our songs about books we love make others interested in the books. In fact, I have stumbled across several good books due to falling in love with the songs filked about them.

  • @mhorning 7 weeks

    Thanks for the comments on Another day of Warfare. I was aiming for a 3rd succession war vibe. The Battletech we played in the late 80s. I was going to transpose to Dm, and then forgot. Then again, since Dm is the saddest of keys Emb might be bettr.

  • @richaaaay  7 weeks

    Hi Eric, thanks so much for the note are kind words on Howl'n. Jen had sent me a note earlier about a Forum thread where I could learn a lot about the genesis of FAWM. I've been so busy listening and commenting on others music that I have had the opportunity to dig in to the Forum thread yet...But I will. If I have some lingering questions after doing so I'd love to circle back.

    It's so random that I found FAWM but I 'm so glad I did. I got a late start but dove right in 110%. The community aspect is just incredible. It's been one of the most enriching experiences I've had in a long time. I feel very fortunate...Thank you so much for all you and Jen do to make this happen. It's a real gift.

  • @davidr 7 weeks

    Thank you Eric for the kind comment you left on my song yesterday, I very much appreciated it!

  • @metalfoot  7 weeks

    Sleep: about 7 hours a night
    I write sketches in February, usually no more than 30 min/song (seriously) which is probably the biggest ingredient to the prolificness. Years of trombone playing and singing in choirs means I can nail a lot of vocal performances first or second take.
    As far as the Periodic Table series goes, yes, I will be releasing it at some point, and it will likely have some sort of friendly Creative Commons licensing on it for friendlier use in school or educational environments.

  • @dock  7 weeks

    Thanks for your comments. yes the jazz waltz was scored, I seem to do that quite a bit now. Must be the side effect of doing so many arrangements for my (former) big band.
    I appreciate all the great music you have contributed as well.

  • @burrsettles  7 weeks

    thanks! first time in ages... hopefully not that last. (if you're being pedantic i only finished 13, but imma finish that 4-track collab as soon as it arrives in the mail.) feels good. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @lizbrinker  7 weeks

    24 songs AND a power outage??? I feel like a slacker! @ericdistad thanks for listening to The Twelve Bar Blues, it was great collaborating with @richaaaay

  • @pwl1  7 weeks

    Has anyone ever told you that you're a very nice and kind person? ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @richaaaay  7 weeks

    Just commented on your instrumental then came to look at your bio...18 years of FAWM!!!! Wow, lucky you. It would be interesting to know more about FAWM's evolution. I just stumbled onto it two weeks ago.

  • @thefifthsister  7 weeks

    Thank you for all your comments today. Glad you got power back ๐Ÿงก

  • @cphaurckker  8 weeks

    Thanks for the wonderful comments this year, Eric! That last one, I don't quite know where it came from, but I'm glad someone else liked it as much as I did!

  • @mhorning Feb 20

    Ice Storm !!! I thought you and Jen were in Portland. Impressed by your perseverance.

  • @ceilidh  Feb 16

    Thanks for your comment on "Low Expectations" - music is posted now.

  • @ceilidh  Feb 16

    Thanks for your kind words on "Who's in the Chimney?"...the music is now posted, and yes -- I think I need to hear about the duck.

  • @andread  Feb 15

    Thank you for your comments on Baby Yoda. I keep his (her?) on my desk to remind me to "not be a turd" when I have to communicate with a certain ex-spouse. LOLL. I too can't stop myself from smiling very time I see that contented face eating a frog.

  • @ceilidh  Feb 13

    Thanks for your comment on Rise Again! The music is now up to listen to... ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @mhorning Feb 13

    Thanks for the kind words on Rain in a Desert. The hook line and some of the associated imagery came to me when driving home. I pulled into a bank parking lot to record some notes.

  • @cphaurckker  Feb 9

    Thanks for the kind words, @ericdistad! Really means a lot. One of these days I'll feel like I deserve to belong to this community.

    Also, one day you and I will meet in person... when that happens, I owe you (and Jen) a beer.

  • @dasbinky  Feb 9

    I very much appreciate your entirely inaccurate view of me as someone who could play a jazz guitar solo.

  • @infilktion Feb 5

    Thank you for the comment on Han's Falcon! I look forward to singing it with people!

  • @cphaurckker  Feb 4

    Thanks for the kind words on "Auri", @ericdistad ; high praise coming from the likes of you. I'm glad you liked it - I think it's a keeper. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @metalfoot  Feb 4

    I'm assuming my SSL problem is fixed now with my songs?

  • @sexybass  Feb 3

    Fabulous start my friend and look forward to many more. I am busy working on some now.

  • @ellsworth  Feb 2

    Wow, 18th FAWM! Impressive. Thanks for saying hi.

  • @infilktion Feb 2

    Thank you! Looking forward to all the new music in the works!

  • @ceilidh  Feb 2

    Hi, Eric! First song is up -- a little slow due to late (for me) night song circle at Conflikt, and audio will have to follow. HAPPY FAWM!!!

  • @improvyssey  Feb 2

    Thanks, Eric!

  • @thefifthsister  Feb 2

    Sending love. Have a great FAWM

  • @calicocat Feb 2

    Wishing you a happy FAWM and thanks for the welcome!

  • @tuneslayer  Feb 1

    Great to see/hear you and Jen over the weekend. Two songs so far, things are looking up songwriting-wise. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @fireball  Feb 1

    have a good one, eric. i'm looking to do as much as possible in the first week, because things get busy after that... (though my first day is almost over already, and all i've got is one little instrumental bit...)

  • @natrin Feb 1

    Thanks for all that you do. Happy FAWMing!

  • @taracraig  Feb 1

    Hi Eric, happy FAWMing. How long have you two been in Oregon City? I moved to the Portland area from Austin, TX in 2015.

  • @jinx  Feb 1

    Hey there Eric, happy FAWM!

  • @jacobeverettwallace  Feb 1

    Hey fellow (new) Oregonian! Happy Fawming!

  • @cathymc  Feb 1

    Have a fun FAWM - whatever that means for this year!

  • @julieann Feb 1

    Have a prolific FAWM 2021

  • @autoclamp  Jan 31

    Are there any ports in Portland? Or do they drink port? Either way, congrats on beating the sea shanty revival by a solid twenty years (at least).

  • @mikedebenham  Jan 31

    Yeah, I'm really fond of that collab too!

  • @dudachris Jan 30

    Eric! Looking forward to more of your awesome pizazz!

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  Jan 30

    Eric!! ๐Ÿ˜€
    Looking forward to this year and what it (might) bring. I too love how every year is something crazy and different.

  • @philkmills  Jan 29

    All the best for FAWM...and other stuff too. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @andread  Jan 29

    Hi Eric! Thanks for the electrically charged Doritos ๐Ÿ˜€

    Looking forward to Feb 1st...Sooo need the distraction, creativity and fun of FAWM!

  • @mlv  Jan 29

    Yay! Hi, Eric! Here's to a great FAWM!

  • @cphaurckker  Jan 29

    Hey Eric! Love the new record! LET'S DO THIS!

  • @leslie  Jan 28

    Happy to meet you here once again! Have a fulfilling FAWM and make some weird and wonderful uniquenesses.

  • @jharms  Jan 27

    Thanks Eric, you have a good fawm too!

  • @tspoon  Jan 27

    yo E. Happy new year! how's the new home/state? Ill be needing to buy the hosting thingy again. remind me of the process? 2020 has erased my brain cell memory capacity...

  • @andrewjtaylor  Jan 27

    Absolutely! Thank you for being a soundboard and encouragement!

  • @johncrossman  Jan 27

    Hey Eric, cheers to you, you rock!

  • @carleybaer  Jan 26

    (waves from NE) hello!! Always good to see you ๐Ÿ˜€ and who knows, once we make it to the After Times we might even get to do an in-person FOP someday ๐Ÿ˜ happy FAWM!

  • @darcistrutt  Jan 26

    I'm enjoying my "coffee" shirt and your CD! Happy FAWMing!

  • @auditasum  Jan 26

    You too!

  • @debs  Jan 26

    So great to see you, my friend. We're home. โค๏ธ

  • @chasingandromeda  Jan 26

    My pleasure! Glad I could be of assistance.

  • @standup  Jan 26

    Hope y'all have a fun FAWM this year, and minimal web maintenance headaches.

  • @andrewjtaylor  Jan 26

    Hey Eric!! Just 1 week till FAWM!

    With all the turmoil since last FAWM, & especially since November, it's hard to feel quite as amped up about it.

    "Unnecessary creation" just feels a little less necessary than usual.

    But...the artists (music & video creators, especially) are arguably the most influential modern-day philosophers, & every day/week/month/year we spend honing our craft is a day/week/month/year invested in contribution to culture, no matter how small our circle of influence.

    Hope you have a great Feb./FAWM, no matter how you spend it.

  • @audrey  Jan 25

    Hi Eric! Have a great FAWM 2021.

  • @dasbinky  Jan 25

    May your music be prodigious, your tunings precise, and our intersections frequent!

  • @airbagtester  Jan 25

    Hey Eric!

  • @zecoop  Jan 25

    You too! Glad to see you here. Congrats on the album and looking forward to hearing your FAWMing! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @tcelliott  Jan 25

    ERIC!!!! We're here. Might as well make it a good one.

  • @sapient  Jan 25

    You too!
    Hurrah for FAWM! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @dragondreams  Jan 25

    Thank you, Eric. ๐Ÿ˜€
    I'm looking forward to hearing what you get up to.

  • @mdavisto  Jan 25

    Hi @ericdistad, thanks for your message. I hope you have an incredibly fruitful FAWM.

  • @metalfoot  Jan 25

    That would be great! I haven't collabed with you since The Tester Tests in 5090 a bunch of years ago... ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • @metalfoot  Jan 25

    My copy of The Last Amen is on its way!!!!

  • @nancyrost  Jan 25

    May FAWM 2021 be our kind of strange!

  • @tamsnumber4  Jan 21

    Happy FAWMing Eric!!

  • @mikedebenham  Jan 21

    Have a great FAWM, mate.

  • @tawny249  Jan 14

    I know you just spent *mumblenumber* weeks releasing your new CD, but if you're back for FAWM this year, may it be amazing. <3

  • @kc5 Jan 7

    Hi Eric,
    There are a few spambots that are leaving messages on my soundboard. Not quite sure how to get the whole profile posted here. Never had to do it before. There are three of them. I'm sure the comments will be deleted when you clear the forum up, but figured you might want to do whatever it is you do with bots before that happens.