Influences: Filk, folk, rock, some jazz and blues. Talis Kimberley, S. J. Tucker, Cathy McManamon, 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. Or will again when COVID permits.
In my other life, I'm a Peer Mentor and Senior Advisor to not-for-profit Executive Directors and board chairs, especially Interim Executives.
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!
Thanks for listening. I’m waiting keenly for any news of their whereabouts.
Thanks for listening and commenting on my song "I Am Frankenstein", I appreciate it!
Thank you for the comment on "Refusal to Dance". Pirouette is the third book in a series of fairytale re-tellings. I love when songs about books intrigue others to pick up the books!
Ken has a great traditional style to his writing. I'm so glad he released one of his lyrics for other musicians to play with.
Glad you liked my "Tripping with my Cat" song.
Thank you for the comment.
Why no to much cocoa? You're asking questions with little answers 😁😁
Hi janeg! Thank you for listening 'Bears' Nutrition Guide'! Thanks for comment! Nice to meet you!
Cool that’s done - feel free to add liner notes of your own of course.
I did your song.
It might be a bit different than you imagined it - but see what you think - if you like it I'll post before the deadline...
Great point about using the book title within the lyrics themselves. Thanks for spotting that, and glad you liked the music too.
Thanks for your comment on “Snow Day At The Zoo”! I am so glad you liked it. I love watching otters too; I’ve had the opportunity to see them in the wild twice and they seem to be world class at having fun. I am glad to think the song reminds you of that and makes you happy 😀
I'll be glad to play originals when we can sing to each other in one room again!
Thanks for the comments on Cherry Tree Inn. I found Lawson because another FAWMER wrote a tune for one of his poems. Seems fairly obscure here, even Leslie said she "maybe heard of him". Is he more well known in Canada?
Ha! Yes, I can see why Driftwood would be too calm a song to motivate rigorous work 😀
Thanks a lot for your kind words to my "It's Time To Leave" Morph song! 😀
Glad you enjoyed the humor in "I Can't Bear the Taste of Possum." Might do a song about the nutrition guide, people seem to notice that. It's written in Old Ursine so I'd have to translate. 😀
I don't talk about it with too many people. There are reasons, and .....reasons for that. Ask me in a different space if I'm ready to talk about it more.
Thank you Jane. <3 I would love to sing Send the Hare for you. Thank you for enjoying and commenting on my music.
Thank you, Jane. <3
I should have known you'd like The Last Of The Wild Horses. I still remember you doing your song about the appaloosa pegasus way back when.
I think saying "Igga" for IGA was a Barrie thing in the mid-90s. Yeah, main streets have never been the same since the strip mall and megamart boom started in the (late-70s/early-80s?).
Thanks for your kind words on "Who's in the Chimney?" - the music is now posted. 😀
Again, what a powerful 1st song!
Re: your comment on "Fairest Fruit"
I listened to it afterwards and realized I was definitely channeling Keelaghan and knew instantly you would really like it. I am very much looking forward to playing it for you in person 😁
Thank you! Soon (hopefully, please let the vaccines come soon!) we shall weave colours together again!
Thanks for the comment on Fade to Gray.
I agree, it's probably the most depressive thing I have ever written.
Is depressive a word?
Wishing you a lovely FAWM this year <3
Thank you for your listen and comment. I hope your creative juices are flowing.
Thank you for taking the time to comment on my song "Not Everyone's Gonna Like You" So happy you enjoyed it 😀
Thanks so much for the lovely comment on “Fall Gently”!
Love your list of influences...lots of friends there! Hope to meet you someday when they let us come outside again!
LOL . . . I can imagine kids coming up with their own verses to "As I Was Going Along". All. Day. Long.
She was, in the end. It took us decades to get there, but in that last year of her life she finally heard me. She said more than once, looking at her belly, "How can it be that *you* came from here." She didn't write music herself and was amazed that she could have given birth to someone who did. I will treasure that long-awaited recognition between us always.
Many thanks for your comment. Have a great FAWM
Hi Jane! Cheers to a fun FAWM!