Influences: Time, pressure and deadlines...? I'm using "life events" as inspiration for songs. I have two small kids, a job, and perpetual mounds of dishes and laundry, so most songs are written in about an hour and recorded one-take using my phone and some free app I downloaded. Super rough but fun! Songs in preferred order: Birthday Bubble Bath Valedictorian Complex I Don't See You On the Menu Damn The Man First Speed Up Break You, The Screamer Pretender I Can't Remember Don't Ask Me About It Father Time Death-Defying
Founding member of the Cincinnati folk band, Shiny and the Spoon, on hiatus since 2015 due to having kids and pandemic craziness.
Using quarantine to get back into writing music, because I miss it.
|#11||I Don't See You On the Menu @saltyjohn||
|#12||Damn The Man||
|#13||I Can't Remember Don't Ask Me About It||
|#14||You, The Screamer||
|#15||A Million Boxes||
Thanks for your comments on "Mantra" - I don't know about you but I'm all "songed out" for the moment, but you are right, I feel like I could improve that one with more time. There's something about putting a heartfelt sentiment about your kid into a song that raises the stakes somehow!
No worries at all! I think I've bitten off a little more than I can chew right now with the tit4tats. Hopefully I'll be able to listen and comment over the next week or two!
Thanks for the listen and comments. Enjoy your time with your kiddos. They grow up quickly...Love your music. Great stuff!!!
Hoosiers in the house!
Thanks for the pay back. I appreciate it! I'll get to listen to more of yours later.
Oh, and congrats on your FAWM win on your first attempt! #15!!!! In 11 years I think I only won once! Well done!
Very human... LOL
Thanks for the kind words on Something in the Water. It's an interesting, fun, and sometimes mildly confrontational thing to cowrite with one's spouse! (The mild confrontation comes when we hear the lyric in somewhat different musical motifs...)
Thank you so much for the listen and awesome comments!!!
I'm glad I was clear. I suck at clarity. I have heard commented on 2 of yours so far, your first and third. Been so long I've heard from you, and so many tit4tats with happen. I'm not sure if you've been to 2 of mine. See which ones are colored green on my list of songs. Not sure who owes who a visit next. Glad if it's me. Glad if it's you.
You too, and you bet, next year let’s plan to collaborate!
I just purchased your discography! I am excited to hear it. What I’ve heard sounds great. You guys ought to get back out there!
Thank you so much for your comments! I should have some time to listen to more or your work!
Thank you for the encouragement on “Whatever Happened to Old What’s His Name?”, that was nicely said and I much appreciate it!
Thanks for your comments on 'Ride In An Open Top Bus'..... underwater....? I wish I had thought of that for a title.... I got stuck on the 'Open Top Bus' thing!
Thank you *so much* for your super nice comment on "Gravity Shifted"!
oh, and congrats on making 14 on your first time out! Looking forward to hearing more!
Thank you so much for your comment on “Hold” ❤️ I’m glad I conveyed the scene - it was a beautiful very early morning
Thank you for the nice comments on my songs. Tit4tat was most rewarding for me as well. Because I am new to music/songwriting, I was trying different things with each song. Squirmishes tended to be similar, but again all learning curve.
I’m glad you liked the track. Just deciding whether to try and squeeze another track or 2 in before the end of tomorrow.
😂 I think that song needs to be written. Thank you for the comment on my track. It was good fun to write and record. Not my usual style
I have emailed you the fruits of my self-imposed skirmish. I hope you like it.
Hi, Amber. Everything's already been claimed, so I'll have to write you something bespoke. I'll see if I can do it under skirmish conditions (this does not constitute a pledge)
RE: Night Life - Hey Amber! thank you so much for taking the time to listen and leave a comment on my track! I'm super glad that your children enjoyed the dance element! Definitely the vibe I was hoping for! Thx so much for your comment! I appreciate you! 😀
Aww. Thank you! Love to you and yours as well.
Thanks for checking out "Swimming in the Sun!"
welcome to fawm!
Sent you an email, fine by me, good luck with the project
You did a great job for your first time writing music to someone else's lyrics. I think this is the best part of FAWM - so many great lyrics out there. I go shopping all the time 😀
No problem, Amber.
can I email lyrics somewhere!
Dirty Western! I love that! Going to add it to my tags. 😁
Hi Amber! Thanks for your comment on "Sail"! Sorry for the late reply. I'm playing catch up! I checked out that Cat Stevens song you mentioned it made you think of (If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out). It's got a nice vibe
That story about the Aviator Ghost is a doozy! Forgot to mention that I have a line “spirit aviator” in my song Fascinator but the meaning is very different. Cheers!
thanks for the listen to 'you can’t say you didn’t know that this could happen' yes playing baritone ukulele
Thank you for the listens and kind words❤
I like to use Serum (software synthesizer) to make all the weird wub wub noises🙃
Thanks for commenting on Bury Me! Appreciate it.
To provide some more inspiration and to make it easier for me to write 14 songs in a month, I'm attempting a kind-of concept album. Each song will be about/inspired by a major life event moment. "Father Time" is kind of a mid-life crisis song. "Valedictorian" is based on high school experience. I'd love advice on other life events to write about. I'm going to try birth, death, love, first heartbreak...? Any ideas?
Cant play your song valedictorian I was going to Zong it. Its locked one must have permission.