Influences: Anything that sounds good to my ears or that I can't get out of my head.
Please feel free to critique, as it helps me to learn.
I play what sounds good to me. FAWM is fun because I have complete control, for better or for worse. My goals this year are to improve on my mic choice and placement, mixing/eq-ing, and hopefully encourage as many of the people around me to be a part of FAWM to any degree, including my wife and son, if possible. I also would enjoy collaborating again with my brother, Zecoop (thank you for getting me into this), as well as others who are interested. Writing another children's song with my son is another goal; I did manage to reach that goal last year and I just love doing it.
I truly admire the creativity in others and am energized when I am fortunate to have a spark myself, too. I also do appreciate collaborations and will do whatever I have time for.
Everything that I record is with a variety of microphones and mic preamps into Reaper, as I want to continue to learn and practice these skills. I am planning to do the same this year, but hopefully better...let me know how I can improve. Advice and constructive criticism is encouraged.
On January 3, we suddenly and unexpectedly lost my oldest brother, Tom. Our family is still in a heavy state of grief and disbelief. He will be deeply missed. I am sure that this loss will affect what I write this year. My brother, @zecoop, and father, @srcoop also participate in FAWM, so go check out what they do and maybe offer them some support.
I DO NOT have any preconceived notions of what the vocals should or could be....at all. I don't write words. I try to focus on the music. So, if you have ideas for vocals on any of my songs, please feel free to do so (just ask). I don't write lyrics, but generally try to write songs that give singers a great opportunity to do what they do best. If someone does do a collaboration after I’ve posted a song, which happens often, I (or we) will just post that separately so that it gets it’s just attention. I will get to 14 anyway, so numbers don’t matter in that regard.
Best wishes to you!
|#1||Already Gone (NOW with Vocals from Mrs. guatecoop)||
|#4||Snow Filtered Sun @zecoop||
|#5||All the Platitudes in the World Can't Save Me @bradbrubaker||
|#7||Behind The Armory @zecoop||
|#8||Restless and Content||
|#10||What will it take? (also with Zecoop) @helenseviltwin||
|#11||Good For You Is Good For Me||
|#12||Summer of '65 @delwoodworks||
|#13||Spooning Leads To Forking||
|#14||Don't believe all you read @karlsburg25||
|#15||Fifteen Rocks @zecoop||
|#16||After You @sheslin||
|#17||Offbeat Feelings @zecoop||
|#18||Tape Stampede @fourtracktape||
|#19||Maybe Today @eargoggle||
|#20||In The Army (featuring my son, Evan)||
|#21||What's Your Pleasure (featuring Mrs guatecoop)||
|#22||Pieces and Pints||
|#23||Watercolor Eyes @russiasaturn||
|#24||Brother Placeholder @zecoop||
Yes, only the first has audio, the three that follow do not. I appreciate the look, or read. Having the seasonal Hayfever, and etc., only did the lyrics, after the first one. Since there's not that much activity, - I may save them and musicate 5090. Who knows 😀
Again, thanks for the look.
No worries; I was just a bit confused by the description.
Thanks so much for your lovely comment on “How Wide This River”! I really appreciate it.
Thank you for your feedback on I'll Still Love You 'Til the End. Stay Well!
That’s a good point on the 5 love languages. I hadn’t thought of it as extensively as that but it makes total sense. More recently at work we’ve been talking about the DISC profile.
Thanks for the comment!
One of these years you and I need to get a collab together! Going to listen through some of your stuff this weekend I think.
Yeah it feels pretty good. I got a terrible flu last Wednesday so I am still catching up on mixing the last few songs.
I'm actually thinking about doing a proper release for this one. Gonna revisit the mixes and spruce it up a bit and see if there's any tracks I want to eliminate for the release but I'm pretty excited about it.
Hey thanks for the wonderful comment. The song is short mostly because it is only one finger-picked guitar played live while making up the vocals. I started loosing the groove and speeding up the tempo, so thought best to conclude it before it fell totally to pieces. Note the guitar goes out thru two amplifiers, recorded separately and each panned hard. i really like lit, gives a really big sound
You are very welcome. Thank you for all your support. I'm hoping to hear more of your collaborations with your wife.
Hey just wanted to say thanks for all the comments. I'll be getting around to listening to more of your stuff soon. You asked about what I use for drums. I work part time at a studio and the owner happens to be a fantastic drummer that lends me his drum services basically whenever I need them so all the drums are live recorded at the studio. I did the engineering. We used a total of 9 mics.
Sennheiser 421 on kick through an API 3124.
Sm57 on top and bottom snare also through API pres.
High, low and floor Tom mic'd with shure beta98 through our C24 stock pres.
Left and right overheads mic'd with EV RE20 mics through Neve 1073 pres.
And a room mic about 15 feet away with a warm audio 251 through our API.
All recorded into pro tools and then I took the wav files home on a flash drive and imported them to my projects in studio one for final editing and mixing.
Thank you so much for the kind words on my songs Don't Get Caught and Jealousy. Much appreciated.
I did catch some pretty good hail damage from that 99 one I'm mostly thinking about, because I was greedy the fishing got so good I didnt get in my hidey hole fast enough dogs were smarter than I was.........theres a lighter hearted tune there I suppose!
Or the others where it's just a hang onto your ass and wish for the best type of deal....ahhh not missing the sky trying to eat me, lol sorry.
Thanks, that's a hard one for me, I didn't lose anyone I knew in that one, but it baffled me watching the footage and it seemed they picked the person with the fewest teeth everytime. Why no one talked about the teeth stuck in trees(that's not where theirs went I assure you)and body parts falling with no skin left, or on and on and on(sorry) but hey!? (post-fawm anything really goes?)..........well I get it, but let's be real here. Heh.
Still not sure where/what I really wanna do with that lol, if you want a short thanks.
Keep meaning to listen to your and your brothers stuff....I'll get there 😀 thanks.
Hey, thanks for listening to a load more, really kind of you. I’m glad so much of it resonates... The song “anything for an easy life” is one of the partners down the pub with a couple of mates, talking about how life is taken over by the baby... but as they talk it through, he comes to appreciate how much his wife is dealing with in all the decisions she makes daily about their baby, and during the last section he travels home, and the last line is him coming through the door and telling her: “you’re amazing”. So yeah, it’s a contrast from the intensity of the mothers 1st hand experience, we get to hear a male voice, and we get to appreciate her through his eyes, but also see his appreciation grow. He’s lucky to have such good friends 😊
Thank you for your very kind comments. 😊
Thanks so much for your visit..
I did have the best FAWM ever but in such a weird roundabout way..
I was pretty sick..could hardly speak much less sing...so I dug into that GarageBand on my iPad And miracles happened..I use to venture in there with no clue at all..I am older and wasn’t brought up with any tech skills, gaming knowledge, we got our first computer in 2011!! Didn’t know what to do with that either!!
But anyhow, low and behold, as if someone else took me over, I was doing these crazy sounds, and I liked it and I didn’t have to struggle with an instrument or lousy singing..and then I had those killer collabs outta nowhere!! Wow. It’s been fantastic and I am still flying high.
Ah, thank you!
hey, just posted Watercolor Eyes, you can go in and edit, and add the instrumental track whenever you'd like. also emailed you, so hopefully you see one of these messages soon 😝
Well that is very nice of you to say, thank you! 😁 I love having the Coop family within the Fawmily here too 😀
Oh I'm doing different Collabs alright...outta the blue...I appealed to the dudes this year cause I'm rocking out with the synths! so fun...
you bettcha...ill pair up with you anytime...The Coops are boss!
thanks for your visit and kind kind words amigo
Thank you for commenting on my song "The Naked Eye", I appreciate it!
Hey, sorry to hear about your brother - I have a younger brother and I don't know what I'd do without him.
Awesome! always fun to try something new, right? 😝
its nearly done and i loving it!! lyric topic is a bit dodgy but hey ho. Mate have i got your email?? i can send you a first draft if you like
You did the work of creating a soft landing spot for lyric and melody. Great collaborating with you.
cool. I think that's the one I ended up downloading. I'd love for you to post it as well. I'm uploading now
Is the updated track the posted one?
Just finished a lyric and vocal pass to your most recent instrumental. Should I just post it and add you as the collab or send it to you first? How does that work?
Sounds good, no worries, if it turns out we post the actual demo in March that's totally fine! We'll do our best. 😁 thanks for checking in.
Hey, thanks for checking in and for your comments. Looks like you are knocking it out of the park this year! We were off to a good start but both of us have been trading "sick" and we have a big hill to climb. But we are having fun and today is our 2nd wedding anniversary so it's all good. We'll be listening and commenting soon.
Thank you so much for your comment on Hospital Bed!
Ok sounds great! thanks for letting me know <3
Thank you for your kind comments. It's reassuring to hear something like that! I'll have to check out Matt Pond. 😊
Hey! Sent you an email. 😀 happy sunday!
Perfection is far from what I did, but sent you an email with the demo. Hopefully it's good enough 😝
I more meant that my brain and my voice don't necessarily agree on the range I can sing today... I've written it all. I just need to get those notes out
I am working on that song. I haven't got as far as I'd hoped yet because (a) I have a bit of a cold that's slowing down my brainpower and (b) it's a bit epic, isn't it?
That said, I think that snare sounds pretty damn good! Snares are hard
I like the way that snare sounds, but it could be a little meatier I suppose. I would stick with that snare the way you've mic'd it, but maybe put one of those plastic rings around it to get it sounding a little deeper? When I want mine to thunk a little bit more I have a circle that I cut out of an old drum head that I put on top of the snare and that always gives it a little more heft.
Yeah, this has been an unexpectedly personally FAWM for me. I think it's just because I'm freshly sober after being drunk for over a decade, so I'm seeing things with a new, clear perspective and simultaneously trying to focus on myself for the time being... I dunno...
I do really deeply appreciate you listening and commenting, etc. It really means a lot.
Thanks for your kind comment 😀
Re: sounding as boozed up as ever. It's funny you say that because I was just telling my wife: I am mad because I'm just as forgetful and clumsy as I've ever been, but now I no longer have the excuse of being drunk all the time... oh well.
Man, thanks so much for your comments 😊 I'm just using a phone mostly - there's one song I'm working on with @woolford and @srcoops (we really hope it's ok with him) where we used a DAW and made a proper effort, but apart from that, just straight into a phone... flippin' incredible what can be done with these pocket computers!!
I LOVE Harriet Wheeler! Thank you 😊😊
Thanks, that’s really helpful!
Possibly cheeky question, but as you’ve listened to them through in order, one after the other, I’m curious as to whether you think it might work on stage please? Does it feel coherent enough that one might follow another in a musical theatre setting do you think? I’m conscious you’ve said they’re quite varied...
Why, yes, I most certainly would! I have ideas and two days off at the end of the week.
Hey! Hope you're doing well! Looks like you're going full guns! Ohh, I've been crazy busy with other stuff/family - plus I hurt my lower back (slipped disc it feels like) so I can't really sit on the drums (or anywhere) for too long. I'm gonna try for a start mid month (it's not over yet!!) - might be able to get something done before the end of February, but no idea! Thanks for asking 😀
Aaaw, you make me blush! 😉
Well, what can I say, I have an excellent drummer! 😉
Ah it was all my pleasure, so enjoyable! 😀
You probably saw, but I posted the track. 😀 Hope you like it! This was a fun collab!
I totally understand! No worries! I need to catch up on yours too! I was in my studio like 16 and 1/2 hours yesterday! Ahhhhhh! Lol
Yep, I jumped right into this community. And what a good decision this was. Things in my life might have been different if I had had the courage to build my confidence years ago, not just with songwriting. But it is never too late.
Great, will keep an eye out for the cassette. We are working on one that is heading to you next - will try to get it out in the next day or two.
Would you think you could come up with a melody to play behind me narrating "Gone"?
Just now getting around to replying to my soundboard messages and wanted to say thank you for your well wishes! I hope I have lots of good days this month too. I'm so sorry for your recent loss and hope FAWM will be a supportive place for you this year. Best of luck!
Alright, I normally wouldn't do the song if someone else was already... But to satisfy your curiosity! 🤪 I'll give it a go!
Wonderful to see you here dude and here’s hoping we finally get to collaborate . Two years ago you sent me a demo and I still really want to do something with it. If you haven’t already , maybe we can go for that . I named it something MC else but you may remember what it is . Happy fame dude
Nice job on Flipside! My morning wakeup song.
I'd be happy to try my vocal over it if it's not already claimed, etc. Just let me know! Looking forward to more songs.
Just emailed ya.
I sent an email to your gmail.
Hey, nice to hear from you, thanks!
I'm hoping to reach the finish line this year, let's see whats happens.
Thanks for checking out my '80s tune! 😀 I meant to say something clever in the description about how my Akai was impersonating an Oberheim on the string parts, but I forgot. lol
Thanks for kind welcome
Hey! Just saw your message, logged in for the first time today haha. Not sure if I’ll be joining in again this year but defs wanna get into listening
Thank you! I can tell what a great community this is already form the welcome. Your past submissions are super! I dig!
I am also writing somewhat under the influence of grief. I lost a dear friend in September. It is comforting to see others handling loss in this way, the only way I know. Much love.
Happy FAWMing! Looking forward to hearing what you come up with this year!
Thanks for your Soundboard welcome, and I look forward to hearing more of your songs this year too! And I hope you have more success with getting your wife involved than I have - it's a continuing wish of mine, maybe some day! 😁
Thank you! Happy Fawming 2020! 😀
I'll leave the sound up to you. I'm game for anything. (Have done hardcore, power ballad, punk, folk, rock, and I'm sure some other stuff.) I'm not very good at hip hop or R&B, though, despite possessing rhythm.
Oh! Also, I figured I would do the singing of the lyrics as well, if that's cool?
Thank you very much! I'm excited to collaborate! How do you feel about music first, lyrics second?
Yeah man, feel free! I only tend to mix my own stuff but I've had some fine engineers shepherd me through the process. Always remember (in the words of one of those producers) that a mix is never finished, only abandoned...
Thanks for the message - sorry to hear about Tom :'(
Would love to help with recording tips if I can! Got some experience.
Hi there, happy fawming!
Greetings back, my friend! 😀
Have a great FAWM!
Once more into the breach!! 😀 Got myself a Rode NT1 for acoustic guitars and (maybe) vocals -- curious to hear how it sounds in my setup. Can't wait to hear what you're up to!
Thanks for the encouragement! Looking forward to hearing some North Coast sounds from you this year.
Hey! Nice to hear from you! Looking forward to hearing your magic again this year...and so sorry to hear about your brother. 😞
Ha! I have limited idea of what I'm doing at any given time, but it's always fun. Shout if you have anything that I should be shouting over. 😝
Mr. Guatecoop! Good to hear from you and I can't wait to hear you also! I'll be here in some fashion for as much as I can, wouldn't miss it.
This last month must have been really tough. May music bring you and John and the rest of your clan some solace (I was deeply touched by John's album post tributes on FB.) I'm sure we'll be chatting / nerding out / generally rocking out once February gets under way.
And thanks for the kind words - I am blushing 😁
Best of luck to you too! Looking forward to hearing your stuff
Hello. Nice to hear from you. So sorry to hear of your loss. We are gearing up for a fun and productive February. I am hoping we can listen and provide feedback during February this year, as we were so inspired in listening after last year's FAWM. Very much looking forward to hearing your stuff again this year.
Hey I would totally love to collab, responding to your reply on my forum post. Would you like to exchange emails?
So sorry to hear of your loss. I’m sure your musical tributes as a family will be beautiful and healing for you.
Hiya! Thanks for the note. All the best to you, too. I hope your FAWM is spectacular.
I was really sorry to hear about your brother. I've seen John's tributes to him, and I've been thinking of you guys.
Thank you very much! Happy FAWM, one and all!
Happy FAWMing to you too! Thank you for the kind feedback. I wasn't sure my reply was gonna be worth bumping the thread to the top of the forum again, but I felt like I had to say something. I'm glad it was well-received. 😀
Ahh cool! I'm not sure how different the different transformers will be, but it'll be educational to hear them together! It's hard to know with a lot of that stuff - I read constantly how preamps don't really do that much (and there's no reason spend $$$ on them), and yet other people swear the difference is huge.
I went 500 series for pres - I found a bulk deal for a good price (and the case (Aphex 500 USB) acts as an audio interface). Most of my pres are Neve style - I really wanted a pair of API pres, but never found any for cheap enough. Those Shure M67s look great. I love the idea of modding or DIY pres - it's something I hope I get into. Looking forward to listening to the subtleties of your mixes!
Yeah family is the best! It'll be nice to get them involved - I'd love to do big choruses of the kids shouting/singing together - can sound pretty powerful.
Yeah, my son was around for FAWM last year, too, so I've been there. Curious what this year will end up looking like.
Sorry to hear about your brother ... stuff like that is bound to affect your musical output (usually in good ways, I think/) Anyway, have a great FAWM!
Thanks for the welcome. This will be my first go at this challenge but I'm looking forward to it.
Thanks for the message. I have no idea what I’m going to do this year. Just the way I like it!
Hope you have a great FAWM!