Influences: Tin Pan Alley, the blues, Mose Allison, P.G. Wodehouse
FAWM #10! Some friends of mine started a long-distance songwriting group in March, so I've written more songs in the past 9 months than I even manage to during FAWM. I realized at the end of last February that I'd been forgetting to have fun, so while I've spent the past several FAWMs just doing solo guitar/vocal recordings, I may try some weird instrumental things or anything else that sounds like a good time. As ever, so grateful that FAWM exists and looking forward to hearing what many old FAWM friends concoct this year.
|#1||Spring Is Coming||
|#7||Until The Check Bounced||
|#8||Oh My, Theodore||
|#9||I'm Sorry, Mr. Chambers||
|#15||sometimes it's alright not to win @leepat||
Thanks for the comment. I love the ebow too! Aeon is just a similar device made by TC electronics. I grabbed one on clearance and was pretty underwhelmed with it initially but have come to appreciate the difference in flavor compared to the ebow. It is a little less responsive, milder and only has one setting on it but ended up producing more of the sound that I wanted for the low tone on that song. 😀 I have a couple other instrumentals that I used one of the other on this year.
Thanks for cruising past and giving such thoughtful comments on my songs. As for genre: I’ve had the pleasure of being inside a lot of genres in my role as a accompanist. My earliest influences were country gospel harmony and then I started out as a teenage bassist playing bluegrass while my audiophile cousin was indoctrinating me with jazz records on the weekend. I’ve fronted wedding bands playing Jobim, Rodgers and Hart, Amy Winehouse, The Beatles and Stevie Wonder. I think when I write with the bass, tenor guitar or piano it creates a different kind of song because the palette is limited. Whereas when I use Band In A Box like I did in Stay Awhile, I Choose, Firetail and a couple of others they end up sounding more squarely in a genre because that’s how the ‘real’ tracks work best. It’s really been great to mix it up a bit. Those toe tappers are going to be very useful in future original gig set lists!
oh, please do. it’s (been) fawm! I’ve put the other one up as a placeholder lyric, so all’s possible 😉
congrats on your win!
You and I met back in NYC. I used to hang around with Tim all the time. Hillman a little bit too. Wouldn't think you'd remember but your playing is indelible. Plus I hear through Tim about you from time to time.
Anyways, I'm on your mailing list for Fretboard. I really hope to sign up as a member when I can commit the time. That alternating picking is a dragon I have to slay.
I just stumbled onto FAWM two weeks ago. I read about it first in one your emails but then when someone local to me here mentioned it I decided to check it out. It's been wonderful. I've been yearning for something like this for a long time.
I've known about your mad guitar playing skills for a long time (I'm close friends with Tim Robinson and was in NYC in the 90s). However, I never realized how talented of a wordsmith you are. It's great to see the entire picture come together. It's a real treat...
Hi David, hope the weather situation over there hasn't messed things up all too much for you.
welcome back! great to see ya here again 😀
Thanks so much for the generous comment on “Without You’!
You're very kind, thank you. 😀
The woodwindy things are a recorder patch in the Air XPand!2 VSTi. 😉
I was going to use my real recorders but the neighbour's kids are in bed.
Thanks for the comment on Without You! Izotope Nectar and Neutron are hugely helpful in carving out space for vocals around huge guitars. Press and few buttons and you're like 90% of the way there. Technology is grand. 😀
Well i have done working from home before at the arse end of last feb, but its doing FAWM whilst working thats going to be my challenge. So yeah lets see what happens but collabs may be my way forward this year. Bring it on
Good to see you back! Have a good one and yes, let's make something happen.
Hi! Hope you are back for more this year. Always love to hear what you come up with.
Ahhh happy FAWM eve to you
Just 1 week till FAWM!
With all the turmoil since last FAWM, & especially since November, it's hard to feel quite as amped up about it.
"Unnecessary creation" just feels a little less necessary than usual.
But...the artists (music & video creators, especially) are arguably the most influential modern-day philosophers, & every day/week/month/year we spend honing our craft is a day/week/month/year invested in contribution to culture, no matter how small our circle of influence.
Hope you have a great Feb./FAWM, no matter how you spend it.
Hey hope you’re gonna be around. Always love your stuff