Influences: Queer folk musicians; Old Town School songwriters; people I know from Song School in Lyons, CO; and also, like, the Old 97s, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Patty Griffin, Gillian Welch, Jason Isbell Tegan and Sara, Fountains of Wayne, Chopin; American, Irish and Swedish fiddle music.
Hey! I’m Ethan Lyn.
“Short red hair, rather pronounced black glasses” was a great descriptor for a long time, but I’ve been wearing contacts and am maybe growing out my hair, so in a sense I don’t even know who I am anymore.
What I do know:
I’m white, queer, and trans. I live in Chicago with my partner @alyxanderjames, who convinced me to do FAWM last year. This is my second FAWM, and I’ve leveled up the challenge - last year I wrote 28 songs, while taking a songwriting class. This year, I want to write as many as possible, but I am also taking fiddle lessons and a guitar class, neither of which are songwriting-themed.
The end of FAWM basically marks one full year for me of learning fiddle. I’m enjoying it more than any other instrument I’ve learned to play and it’s been an amazing exercise in letting go of perfectionism. I’m intending to write a few fiddle tunes this year and I adore your patience for sitting through my I’ve-only-been-playing-this-for-a-year intonation.
I mostly write songs on guitar, but aside from fiddle, there might be mandolin or uke songs showing up, too. Maybe even piano if I can get to one!
I was wondering if you were still interested in doing spreadsheets? Cool if you are... someone else wanted to do music for it as well... is that okay with you?
I would love that! Thanks!
Hope you'll be back this year, Purple Satin was one of my favourites last FAWM 😀