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This is FAWM number FIVE for me and I'm an addict.
I'm a singer/double bassist who only writes songs during FAWM it seems. I live in a small falling down house in a cute little rural town in Central Victoria Australia with my patient and talented husband. I make a living from music and if you like it enough to encourage me not to give up and get a day job then I invite you to show your support at https://lizfrencham.bandcamp.com .
FAWM JOURNAL 2019
15/01 Yep, I'm going to do it this year and I really want to produce finished demos. 2018 was a horrid year with almost no finished songs. I have to do better this year. I have a lot of cumulative guilt about unfinished collabs in the past so if you approach me, understand that my reluctance will be mostly due to the fact that I disappoint more than come up with the goods!
Day four already and only one up on the board thanks to an early morning skirmish. I’ve been playing with two ideas but they keep slipping through my fingers and defeating me. I also have been taking the time to rewrite a couple of really old songs that I like but knew weren’t right. I am proud however that I posted more than a lyric for the skirmish. It’s not a great start but there is something on the board.
Day 8 and I'm catching up a bit. I finished a quick song for the Clothing challenge this morning and then put a scratch vocal down on a bluegrass tune that I sent to my friend Tanya to play some fiddle on. So that one won't take much now to get over the line. Almost 4 in 8 days- that's some kind of record for me. I've taken on 6 Collabs so far too so I got plenty of work to do...
Argh three days and no time for FAWM. Had such a good start and now life has its demands. I’m hoping all the work I’m doing in my head will turn tomorrow evening into something spectacularly productive.
Just crossed an item off my FAWM bucket list. Had the courage to ask @hamiltonpoolhall to collaborate on something and he sent me a lyric that I went all New Orleans on. I’ve kind of technically caught up but that last skirmish lyric was so bad I don’t want anyone to see it. Gotta get more FINISHED songs!
Had a rehearsal and two gigs yesterday so no FAWMing and have got started really late today because I didn't get home from the second gig until close to 3am. I've taken on too many collaborations for sure, and they all have the potential to be interesting cool songs. But... I'm going to limit myself to working on only one or two at a time now until they are done and posted. Then moving on to the next idea. As far as writing for my own performance project. That's gonna have to wait until March now I reckon.
Was SO satisfying to post ‘Circus of Trolls’ my crazy collab with @petemurphy. That one took a lot of energy and was so different stylistically I was a bit scared of whether I could pull it off. Now if I could get something else posted today I will be officially ‘caught up’ so to speak. ... And I've got it! A nice little depressing song with musical bed courtesy of the wonderful @timfatchen
My voice is a bit tired now but I’ve managed to avoid falling for a virus yet which usually happens by this time in February. Not sure which of the remaining songs I’m going to tackle today. I have four collabs still outstanding...I'm certainly doing the rounds of genre this FAWM. Just posted an acapella piece and now I'm going to get some sleep before some Bossa nova times with @leepat !
I finished my latin skirmish demo and another latin collab, then finally finished my lyric for a collab with @guatecoop . It's another tonsil ripping lyric however so I'm saving that for tomorrow...
A couple of superskirmish lyrics have got me over the finish line technically but I won’t consider it a win until there are at least three more demos up that involved actual songwriting for me. ‘Nothing More’ was a lovely thing to do - but it didn’t involve any songwriting on my part. Today is the last proper day I can give to FAWM, let’s see what I can get done!
The Canadians I’m about to go on tour with have arrived so I’m officially out of time- but damn-it! I’m gonna try and find time. I have those three skirmish songs I want to demo and two remaining possible collabs. Time to go into warp speed!
PHILOSOPHY ON COLLABORATING
1. I’m a hopeless collaborator. Ask @zecoop! I have all the enthusiasm and intention but even if it’s my idea I may not get around to it in my limited time and I won’t pursue anything into March for my own mental health’s sake. So don’t get attached to me finishing something and say ‘no’ if I approach you, if it means you may get offended at my inability to complete.
2. I may drop out of contact due to touring weekend availability and internet access. Sorry!
3. Please don’t take things I’ve posted and use them in your art without consulting me. This happened with a lyric of mine last year and it shut me down me from finishing it myself and kinda upset me a little. If I don’t have a plan for something I’ll usually make that clear in my description. Yeah, I’m a bit precious. But this is my stuff and it takes vulnerability and trust to even share it with you before it’s finished.
4. If we do something together let’s keep talking. I’m open to everything that is polite and respectful. Any co-writes we may want to take further than February we can talk percentages and registration with performance and mechanical rights organisations when that becomes a thing.
I got one of the superskirmish demos posted and worked on one of the last two collabs I’m committed to. But I really have no time. Bugger.
No songs by this fawmer (yet).
Hi Liz! Are you back for more FAWM awesomeness? I'll definitely be around and I'm wishing you all the best!
Looking forward to hearing what you come up with this year!
Yayyyyyyyyyyy FAWM! Hi Liz - I hope that you will be gracing us again here. I still love your new album and want more new music. Hopefully I can be a part of some. 😀
May you stay safe from wildfires and have a happy and productive FAWM!
have the best FAWM this year!
Hi Liz! Hope your 2020 FAWM is a wonderfully creative time!
Hi Liz! I'm hoping you can play with us this FAWM and wish you all the best.