Influences: Joni Mitchell, The Beatles, Punch Brothers, Radiohead, Glen Hansard, Fleetwood Mac, Steve Lawson, Richard Thompson, Suzanne Vega, Edgar Meyer, James Taylor, Billie Holiday, Iron & Wine, Lake Street Dive, Ani DiFranco, Carole King, Ami Winehouse, Alison Krauss, Chris Thile, Sufjan Stevens, Ben Folds, Kate Bush, Doc Watson, Clare Bowditch, Neil Finn, John Hartford, Tuck & Patti, Jobim, Melody Gardot, Don Mac Glashan, Harry Connick Jnr, Dougie Maclean, Fionn Regan, John Martyn, Jonathan Coulton, Vince Jones, Madeleine Peyroux, Bjork, Stevie Wonder, Leonard Cohen, Lucie Thorne, P J Wolf, Nat King Cole, Sting, The Police, John Cleary, Parliament, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Chet Baker, Paul Kelly, Queen, Carl Pannuzzo, Anáis Mitchell, Scott Cook...
I'm a singer/double bassist who is transitioning out of a full-time touring career into teaching. 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://www.patreon.com/lizfrencham
I missed FAWM in 2020 due to touring with a Canadian songwriter so I've been looking forward to FAWM 2021 up until about two weeks ago when I got a massive wave of anxiety and self doubt knocked me down.
But guided by my chosen words for 2021 'Gentle' and 'Curious' I will gently and curiously dip in my big toe and see what happens...
FAWM Diary 2021
Am excited but nervous that nothing good will come out. I now have a small group of supporters on Patreon and I really want to give them some quality new songs. But COVID19 has severely restricted my experience for the last year and I'm not sure I have anything worth saying inside me.
Got to a slow start due to admin commitments and then a surprise camping trip happening today so you won't hear from me until the weekend. Feeling confident I will write while I'm away and have something to record when I get back. 😀
I’m back from camping but I have to confess I didn’t get much writing done while I was away. I have however pulled together the bones of my first song. Will demo and post tomorrow. Better late than never!
Oh man, that demo took a while! So many demands and distractions. We are renovating and after taking a break my husband has chosen now to start working again and subsequently guilting me in to helping him. Anyway, any FAWMing is good FAWMing! I must not get distracted by midi possibilities on my next song...
So behind.. everything is just not coming together. Finished another song yesterday but my tenor guitar abilities have shrivelled over two years of neglect and I got stuck in the weeds with the demo again. I’m going to have have to lower my standards and edit it together from what I have. Then put a vocal down and move on. If I can get two songs done and up today I’ll be at 5 at the halfway mark and a win could still be possible. Not if I don’t pick up my pace however.
Got another one down today and had a ridiculous amount of fun recording myself playing electric bass for the first time. Now it's 3pm and I have free time until 8pm. I wonder.... Can I skirmish another one in?...
Now I'm moving. I'm averaging a finished song a day at the moment which means I'm almost back on track, and I've sent a couple of lyrics out for possible collaborations, so they could bear fruit too. Up to 9, though one is an unfinished skirmish idea that I probably won't return to this time around so I hope to replace it with a finished song. Next another collab...
I’m at ten songs with 2 days to go and I’m pretty exhausted. I’m taking this evening off getting some sleep because the weekend is gonna be all night long I reckon... I have 4 collabs that will get me over the line if I finish them. With @petemurphy, @guatecoop, @leepat and @wobbiewobbit. We can do this!!
Ok, the Rooster Strut is done and up though the melody took a little bit of practise to articulate. I also did a rough pass of the finished lyric for my collab with @guatecoop. This leaves one last big effort tomorrow to finish my last 3 collabs. Two are almost there. One hasn’t been started yet....
Two more to go! I think I’m going to do it. I’m most excited about the fact that I have collaborated with ALL the people in this community that are part of my Patreon community. Mission accomplished.
Done and dusted. My first FAWM win with 14 complete songs demos and all posted before the cut off. I'm going to take a Netflix break tonight and then time for the listening paaartyyy!
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 once 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.
|#1||After The Rain||
|#6||Firetail Finch @tan482||
|#8||I Screwed Up @metalfoot||
|#9||Slow Suicide @oddbod||
|#10||The Black Dog Always Lies @jaegerin||
|#11||The Rooster Strut @leepat||
|#12||Introvert's Paradise @wobbiewobbit||
|#13||Static and Interference @guatecoop||
I so appreciate your close reads of my *entire* FAWM! I am still looking forward to making my way through the rest of yours before the end of March.
I put last on the performance list, for the zoom, I hope that works for you.
Thank you for stopping by to comment on my song "Miracles". Wishing you all the best.
I can take you off the list this week, I will also make note of your time zone.
Thanks for listening and commenting on my collab song "Fades Away" with mikeb, I appreciate it!
Thanks for your kind words on SOMETHING and MOON!
thanks for commenting on my favorite FAWM song! Hadn't thought about the staccato/legato contrast before you mentioned it. Hope to post an updated demo soon. thanks again!
totally my pleasure lovely and i'd love to do a collab of some sort with you next year. There i go wishing away another year 😉
Thank you for stopping by to comment on my song "Miracles". I think I'm going to have to take this one seriously and get it going. <3
you know, there are so many different styles of music out there.. but even if you don’t like the style... even a dummy would have to admit an incredible voice when they heard it. Streisand’s genre of music isn’t something I’ve ever been into but her voice is undeniably perfect and that’s what I was referencing. so yeah, it’s a compliment 100% and you should keep it 🤗
Thanks for your comments on Transistor Sleep! 😀
Thanks for the listen and the lovely comment. 😀
Also thanks for your comments on my songs. The stuff here is only a rough sketch but I will do a full product in the next months. I think "Don't tell me if it hurts" could be a banger when Nate records the vocals and maybe the guitars. So the songs will sound way different when all my virtual instruments are replaced by real ones. Glad you enjoyed!
Your welcome! I had a good time listening to your songs. Your voice is so awesome and full of emotion, so I stuck here and followed even if we make different kinds of music! Maybe we can work together someday.
Thanks for the comment on "Tarzan Movie"! It might not actually be John Travolta in the leather pants, though. What I had in mind, however, but for some reason left out, was an oversized loincloth, and that is definitely what John Travolta would've been wearing. Sonically dense seems to be a thing I need to try to learn out of, since I pretty much tried to do something a lot airier after writing a bunch of very dense metal songs. But I guess compared to those I kinda succeeded a bit, though. And yeah, post punk in general isn't the airiest of genres, I guess. Glad you liked it.
Sure, but what about fennel?!? I read the lyrics to Mrs Ze before we listened and our jaws just kind of dropped because they were kind of shocking - then we heard them in the context of the song and were ok with them, haha. 😉
Just making the rounds again.
Another stellar year for you!
If you haven't left the premises, i did get one more in at the finish line with Jonmeta.
Hi Liz! Thanks for taking the time to listen to my song "Smoke Follows Beauty" and for the kind words about the lyrics. Thank you so much I really appreciate it.
Thanks for the song comments!
Your first FAWM win? It's my lack of attention span I guess, I just think of you as an incredibly successful singer/writer, because that's what the songs come out like, and the hindbrain assumes you're a shoo-in to win! (yes I _read_ bios! Isn't it strange and wonderful how different it can be on the outside looking in versus inside looking out? Very human!)
Liz, I hear a hint of Nature boy in the opening of Perfection. An all-time fave. And I just love how you steer the tune with its waves.
Hi Liz, Thanks for your wonderful and very kind comments on my jazz original and collab with Rob. My goodness, I would LOVE to have an actual bass track to add to that demo. 😀 How generous! 😀 Let's talk more via email. I think my link works in my profile. I am consumed by work right now but will be looking to escape from that soon. I listened to some of your tracks here plus your work on your website, but haven't had time to comment. You're a true talent! I adore the pieces you did just you and your bass. <3
Thanks for your kind words and observations on my collabs with Robyn and Kathy. They both worked perfectly as far as I was concerned. Robyn is a talented musician from a talented musical family. I I have limited equipment and skills so I had to sing the round Kathy wrote with myself to make sure that the harmony would work. It wasn't perfect but fair to middling for a beginner. It has been fun..particularly the collabs.
Thanks for the kind comment on my honey jar song. So glad you liked the 'sweet insulation' line - it's my favourite line in the song as it's factual. Apparently bees use honey as insulation to keep them warm in winter (although I don't know if it's all species). Makes me feel bad about humans eating honey and making the bees cold. But I do like honey.
Renegade Australians should totally Zoom in a few hours!
I feel I should apologise for inadvertently ruining almond milk for you!
Thanks for the comment on The One. Lyrical improvisation can be hit-or-miss at times, but when it hits it can be really fun. For me right now, it is the easiest way to leave my inner critic gibbering in the corner.
I once saw Bruce Sterling (a parent of cyberpunk) talk about why folks were so hung up on the various something-punk genres. The dystopia is always presented as having an easy solution depending upon a single person. We live in a dystopia now, but it is easier to wait for The One than to do anything about it.
Thank you for your kind words.
I have missed so many!! Congrats on the win! Winning in so many levels, too. All those collaborations, all those amazing creations. And just being a winner in general! You are amazing, Liz and I am honored to know you and get to be artistic with you! I am so thankful
So lovely to have your feedback. Thank you! Will be listening more this week 😀
Thanks for listening to my music! I definitely "heard" lyrics for How Far Will I Go For Her when I wrote the piece, but lyrics come far and few between for me so nothing now, but it definitely would shine with some.
woot woot! so did you!! yay congratulations and i so love our collab 😀
Thanks for the comment Liz! Only at 13? Having listened to your stuff, you could sing the phone book and it’d sound great! I’m sure you’ll get something out 💪😀
Oh wow! That is So good. I couldn’t be more grateful to you!!
Thanks Liz. I hope you're able to do something with it. The music spilled out of me very quickly, straight after receiving your message asking me to send you something.
I had a similar thought as I was writing “Kil’d by Several Accidents” - it felt like the opening number for a musical. Now, I just have to figure out what the rest of the show is about! Any ideas?
Thanks for listening to "I Can't Read Your Mind" and "King Ornette Ade"! Really appreciate the encouraging feedback! King Ornette was really just an experiment -- I'd never played around with loops like that, and yeah, that bassline was too good not to use! (I only wish I'd played it myself 😀 ). As for "Already Leaving" -- I completely identify with the feeling that something is too raw or personal to share. But a wise man once told me that the best songs make others feel that they are not alone in what they are feeling or going through. I think that only really happens when a songwriter has the courage to sing her truth -- so thank you for doing that. Looking forward to listening to your other songs!
I’ve been thinking about your topic of mindfulness and isn’t that what we really do? We set the time aside specifically for being aware of what we are thinking and hearing. I guess I never thought about music in that way....yes, go figure! My profession is counseling and you just helped me to that insight.
Oh that is exciting!!
that’s great Liz, go ahead and post it directly, I’d love to discover it here and don’t think I’ll have time to add anything anyway 😀
I love it <3 Thank you so much. I have a big smile on my face now!
Thank you. I can change the key for you quite easily. Which one do you prefer?
Just remembered some BVs I was going to add so I'll do those first then post it.
Hi Liz, I've done something with the lyrics you sent although I haven't used all them. It was a bit of a quick write. Do you want to see if you want to add something to it or are you happy for me to go ahead and just post it?
hi Liz, sent you sth. feel free to cut and paste as necessary. standing by...
Within five minutes of reading your message this morning, I sat at the piano and wrote something.
I'll get it into slightly better shape, and send it to you as soon as I can. Probably Monday.
When I send it, and if you feel it's something you want to work on, feel free to change / chop / edit / add instruments / request it in a different key, etc 🙂
Yes, I'd love to. How would you like to do it? Do you want me to send you some music? If so, any thoughts on style / direction, etc?
Or would you like to try a different approach?
Only thing is, I'm taking the weekend off because it's Lyns's birthday, so I might not get to it until Monday.
Cheers, I got it. Let me see what I can come up with.
LOl, I switched to think, meant think, not thing... hehe
hey! i would LOVE to!
Thanks! Got it. Will look at in a bit. My children have piano lessons for the next couple hours.
Apparently if you lock it I can't see it either. Feel free to email me with stuff.
sure, let me know if you have chords or genre preferences, otherwise I’ll just send you an idea.
Thanks! Very much appreciated 😀
Whichever you're more comfortable with. My styles this year have been running the whole range, lounge jazz, country, pop, hairmetal, folksy guitar...
Are you interested in doing anything together (not offended if you're feeling swamped or whatever)? I have a bit of time this evening and tomorrow and am hoping to get some song writing and recording time in.
Check your email! 😀
Sorry, I wasn't ignoring you! Well not deliberately - I've so much going on at the moment I missed your message - apologies, my heads all over the place.
Yeah, of course I'd love to collab, if I can find some time. If you got any ideas/sparks them feel free to throw them over.
I'll have a root around down the back of the sofa for a possible idea.
YES I want to collaborate! Whatcha got?! 😀
I’m so happy you liked Penelope. When I posted it, it felt unfinished to me, but now I realize that you don’t need every detail for the story to emerge.
lol, I figured that’s what you meant but I like how it read the way you wrote it! given the subject matter your wording felt somehow a little empowering. but of course I prefer karma lol
Oh Liz, it is all yours!! I would be very happy to hear you finish it up with what you do!
‘cuts just right’ .... I mean.. I wasn’t trying to ‘cut’ anyone. but if he’s going to get in my space - karma?
Thanks for your kind comments and the recommendation! I look forward to listening to your music!
Thanks for your comment on my "One More Drink" song! I'm hoping to work on demos at some point, but I am technologically inept, and having started FAWM a week late, I'm just trying to catch up.
I'm looking at this as a writing time, not so much a demo time. There will be plenty of time for that after 2/28, I think.
Keep at it, and thanks for the feedback!
I will happily reimburse you for the spilt milk thanks for listening!
Thank you Liz. The trust and admiration is mutual. I have the greatest respect for you, as a person and a musician. You're a beautiful soul.
Aw, thanks so much; checking in over here was MY reward for wrapping a super intense and not so FAWM-y week myself. Glad you’re back and posting away!!
Thanks for your comments!
oh my, thank you so much for all the comments!! so sweet of you 🙏🏻
No no no, it is the dead of winter, -33C here, my family was in waiting-for-COVID-results lockdown last week... I had *time* on my hands. I've hit the brakes hard and done a lot less this week.
I really liked the song - it did have that gospel feel and a lot of joy in it. 😀
Yes! Psalm 139:14 but I wasn't sure if that was a deliberate quote on your part or not.
Thanks for the kind words and for adding Jonny Got His Fun to the Recommended List! It’s an honor! I will make space for at least another couple of fingerstyle songs just for you;^)
Hi Liz, Thanks for your comment on “The Black Dog Always Lies” and yes I would love to collaborate - feel free to go ahead!
Hey there Liz... I am going to send something over. (no pressure, you know the routine. 😉
In your diary, you say "restricted my experience [...] I'm not sure I have anything worth saying inside me". But songwriting is like any other writing. You can pull pieces of your experience out, stretch and shape them, and create something delightfully fictitious, but still with a solid emotional grounding.
Shoot, sometimes I'm unaware of the emotional grounding I have for a piece until after I've written the song. That happened this year with "I brought my egg shakers" when only as I was posting it did I realize, just like the character in my song, I think it would be really fun to be in a band.
Thank you for your kind words on "Mythical".
Thanks for your comment, me too hope it does as well get music & vocals.
Sorry Liz my fault I did an edit and didn't fix it! Will do so when I get home! Thx for letting me know!
Welcome back to FAWM Liz!! I am listening to your wonderful song now! 😀
Hi lovely! Hope you get a little done this year. We all need to be gentle with ourselves after last year. Love and hugs xox
Hello there! Good to see you on here. I had my doubts too about this year, but here I am (for better or worse...). Even if I get one good song out of it then it would have been worth the effort. Hope you're well and look forward to hearing your amazing songs if you're up for it. <3
Hey, fellow bassist/vocalist! somebody directed me to your page, I'm stoked to see what you end up doing.
Hey Liz! Happy Fawming!
I understand the self doubt and anxiety (oh boy, do I understand them!), but if you feel up to it, I hope you do manage to get something done. You are a superstar to me.
I was on the fence about taking part, but decided a couple of days ago that I'm definitely in.
Hoping to see you back, Liz. Have a great February.
Not quite yet!!!! I'm anxious to get started and Burr rebooted the site a little earlier so the forums are just humming with life.
Gimme an 'L'!
Gimme an 'I'!
Gimme a 'Z'!
What's that spell?
LIZ FRENCHAM!!! You're a star!
Have a fruitful Feb!
My ears are ready....bring it on!!!
Hi Liz!! I really appreciate you and hope that you’re doing well. I’m hoping that you will be able to fawm this year, but completely get it. Best wishes to you!
I hope 2021 is a good year for you!
Looking forward to FAWM with you!
Hello Liz, word on the street is that you will be creating awesome music this year 😀