Influences: Laura Marling, Iron & Wine, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Sufjan Stevens, Stephen Malkmus, Wilco
Hello from Chicago! February in our town is pretty miserable-- snow, potholes, limited daylight hours-- so FAWM is a great way to turn lemons into lemonade.
I've been writing my own music for a few years now. When asked what my style is, I usually start with, "Good question. I'm not sure." Then I say, "Maybe Indie Folk? Folk? Indie?" It sort of Depends on My Mood (a song title of mine from a few FAWMs ago), I guess.
I've got two EPs out:
Stranger (2014): https://open.spotify.com/album/63SLRp...
Let's Talk Awhile (2018): https://open.spotify.com/album/3xJkYL...
And a few singles on BandCamp: https://heidiserwer.bandcamp.com/
I'm proud to report that a few of the songs on these records came out of FAWM. I used to work part-time, and those were the years that I frequently made it to the finish line and spent more time in GarageBand. Since I'm now more often behind a desk, it's a little harder to make time to write and record but I'm eager to keep trying.
Our city has a lot of great performance opportunities for amateur musicians like myself. I try to take advantage of that as much as my schedule will allow and venues will have me. I play both solo and with my band, Things That Fly: https://www.facebook.com/thingsthatfl.... We've been playing more regularly together lately and are heading into the studio in the spring to record our first record as a band!
My writing style is pretty basic with 3-4 chords and I often have little patience for bridges. I'd like to break out of that, so we'll see what happens this year. I'm a very average rhythm guitar player and welcome any offers to add lead guitar over any of my tunes.
As someone whose formative years were before the internet existed, I used to be skeptical about meeting people online. FAWM changed all that with some pretty amazing people I've met and stayed connected with over the years. I guess we're not all weirdos, right? Or perhaps we all are and, in that case, what does it matter?
Looking forward to hearing what this February brings. Cheers to FAWM 2020!
No songs by this fawmer (yet).