Influences: Filk, folk, rock, some jazz and blues. Talis Kimberley, S. J. Tucker, Judith Hayman, Michelle Dockery, Seanan McGuire, Mary Crowell, Jeff Bohnhoff, Cat Faber, Vanessa Cardui, Twotonic, Annie Walker, Karan, Devin Melanson and many more filkers. Also Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, James Keelaghan, Al Stewart and many other folksingers.
FAWMer since 2011, initially just to listen and comment. Finally made it to 14 in 2019. Every new song is a win and some have been done on stage.
Involved in filk (the fan music of fantasy and science fiction) since 2003. ZERO musical training or involvement prior to,that. CoChair FilKONtario 23. Married to Phil Mills who is an active filk songwriter and FAWMer.
Part of monthly filk song circles in the Greater Toronto area, at various fan conventions and people's homes wherever I travel on business.
In my other life, I'm an Interim Executive and leadership services provider to community benefit organizations including charities, nonprofits, associations and governments.
Added note 2020 - having to say good-bye to our beloved kitty Ashton, quite unexpectedly, on Day 3 of FAWM, is making this year difficult in terms of energy and creativity.
Separately - I would truly love music collaborators; Phil is mostly busy with his own songs. Since we write to share songs with friends in circles, acoustic guitar compositions (with chords) have by far the best chance of being performed live. But I'll welcome any style, any instrument!
|#2||Have a Grate Day||
|#3||First World Problem - demo added @philkmills||
|#5||If There’s a Hell||
|#6||Phra Phuttha Maha Suwanna Patimakon||
|#7||You'll Always Be Alone||
|#8||Nursery Crimes - demo added @philkmills||
|#9||Not the Cat||
|#10||Thoughts on an Apple||
|#11||I Weep for the Dunnart||
|#12||Ain't Gonna Howl||
|#14||If You Listen||
|#15||Done with RFPs||
I am glad you enjoyed my retelling of Finn McCool and the Scottish Giant. Try the other Irish tale I put to music during FAWM - The Salmon of Knowledge.
It is a pity FAWM wasn't MAWM (March Album....) - because the whole of Catalonia, where I live, is now on lock down due to the Coronavirus Epidemic and another month of Songwriting would ahve been just the ticket for remaining active and creative during these weeks of confinement.
Wow Thx so much for your encouragement and comment on Tortoise and hare
Great to hear about your new black cat! We had a new one in the shelter yesterday. She has just one eye, since the other was removed for medical reasons, but she's very nice.
Thank you Jane, you are so kind. 😀
Jane, thank you for your lovely comment on 'I'll Be Fine'.
Thanks, Jane, for all the lovely comments. Yeah we should definitely get back to Toronto sometime - will certainly let you know when we do and it would be so much fun to meet Sean as well.
Hi Jane! Thank you so much for your nice comments on We're All in This Together. It's been such a fun FAWM! I've still got lots to listen to, so I plan to get back here in the next few weeks and indulge myself.
Thanks for listening to my song "Back to Banbury" and my collab song "Traveling Light", I really appreciate it and your kind words!
Thank you for your comments on Go Betweens and Ford Galaxie! What a long strange trip it's been!
Thank you for your comment on my collaboration with Kristi and Valerie on Time to Reflect. I composed my instrumental during the skirmish but the song was created a little later.
Thank you so much for your kind comments on my songs. I am trying to get to listening to everyone who has commented on music so I'll add you to the list! Love your list of influences, btw
Hi Jane. Thanks for the comment on our “Time To Reflect” collab. It was actually a skirmish piece by Nadia. Later Kristi added lyrics, and then even later I added vocals. If we had all done that within an hour, even I would have been blown away. 😝
Thanks, Jane. I so appreciate your continuous encouragement this FAWM.
I can see an exhaustion workout being effective. If the talk is true, I'd expect he's forcing his brain to pump out a bunch of drugs that would take the edge off any cravings he'd be having.
Hi Jane! Thanks for your lovely comment! I see you’re a fellow Canadian! I am absolutely addicted to European solo travel - it has been so inspiring that I started a blog last month! Please feel free to email me if you’d like to chat more. As I think you can tell by my lyric, I had the time of my life, three times in a row. 😀
Thank you for your kind comments on I Still Love You...
Thanks for your feedback on Five Elements! I'm hoping the song will help me remember which element goes with which color/emotion/body part, so it's kind of a teaching song...and I've always been intrigued by the logic of which element creates/destroys another element. Sort of a five-way rock-paper-scissors (earth-wood-metal?).
Thank you for your enthusiasm for By Candlelight!
From your lips to the ears of decisionmakers 😀 I appreciate your appreciation of my music, Jane.
Ha! Me too!
Thanks for your feedback on Counting Crows! We got a front row seat at the Winter Light Festival with the trees and sky filled with thousands of crows! The folks who do the unofficial weekly census have some great photos:
Vixy says they have the same sort of winter roosting behaviors in downtown Seattle as well!
Thanks for your comments on "Kindness." It's an often overlooked sentiment these days, at least on the social level.
When they've gone Underground? I think they get dirty 😀
Thanks so much for your lovely comment on “King Midas”!
Thank you for listening to the Nisbet Family Curse! Andrew tends to tell the stories live at song circles, so there are probably recordings, but no link unfortunately. He's working on another verse for our trip to South Carolina, avoiding the plane on the runway as our plane, which was about to land, throttled up madly over the runway to avoid it. There are many more, so I figure this is a song we can perform using different verses each time!
Now if we can just figure out how to fit in PDX Broadside's luggage!!! You're going to love them at FKO!
Thank you so much, Jane. I was really happy with how In the Silence turned out.
Hi Jane - thanks for your nice comments on Kindness. I appreciate you taking time to listen.
Good to see you here!
HI Jane, have an awesome FAWM! Looking forward to listen to your music!