Former musician a LONG time ago. Retired now and dabble.
Update for 2021: Had a successful 50/90 (my second one completed!), so FAWM should be a piece of cake, right? Hope to stretch my wings genre-wise, per usual. Looking forward to listening to the rest of you.
Update for 2020: Health problems, including NO VOICE so far (writing this on 2/6). I've written lyrics for 6 songs while I wait to recover, so I THINK I'll eventually get my usual 14 in. Stay tuned...
Update for 2019: I'll be putting out my 3rd album (pop) shortly after FAWM 2019 closes, and a 4th (country) album later this year. Going to try and do about half my usual "country" fare this time around and half R&B. FAWM has been life-changing! Good luck to all!
UPDATE FOR 2018!! I have an album out now--all proceeds go to KIVA.org to provide microloans for educating women in developing countries.
|#1||Air Is Free||
|#2||I Miss Being In Love||
|#3||Summer Should Be Longer||
|#4||A White Bird Flying||
|#5||Here's Your Ring Back||
|#6||Wrong Side Of Bed||
|#7||Too Many Thorns||
|#8||Fine Wines And Valentines||
|#9||When I Saw Your Smile||
|#10||Breaking In My New Boots||
|#11||The Last Empty Glass||
|#12||This One Is Special||
|#13||Will The Sun Be Back Tomorrow?||
|#14||I Will Never Know @billwhite51||
|#15||I Need Money (Hutson's Lick)||
Thanks for listening to my collab with cindyrella "Until You", I appreciate it!
Thank you for your listen and kind comments on REM Sleep Blues. The dreams are still weird but hopefully we'll all be back to normal and playing gigs again soon 😀
Jerry, thank you for your support, as always. Much appreciated! Btw, getting my first covid vaccine tomorrow - woo hoo! Hope to see you in 50/90!
Thank you for your kind words o yet another lie.
Thanks for your kind words on Let's Go To Mars Jerry! I am tickled by how many of my progressive friends support (enthusiastically) science projects that cost billions without any clearly defined benefits! But maybe I'm wrong and we'll get another pen that writes upside down and a new flavor of Tang? 😁
Can't wait to hear what that last one will be. Maybe I channeled you writing this! 😀
Thank you for your comments on my song and vocals! Yeah, my influences and exposure to folk started when I helped with PR and promotion at the Ten Pound Fiddle in the late 1980's, in Lansing Michigan. That folk coffeehouse featured many of what we could call classic folk musicians, now.
Thanks for your thoughts, Yes you reright. GErman is my language and google translator helps me a lot 😉
Thank you for stopping by "Politics of the Betrayed"! Yes, I am also very political, but it doesn't show up in my music as loudly as it has this year. I find myself taking notes throughout the Impeachment proceedings - key words and phrases that may coalesce into a future piece. It's cathartic and my small way of documenting history while holding traitors accountable.
Thanks. Yeah, I think it's pretty obvious how I feel!😁
Ha ha. Thx for your ongoing comments , If i told you how many i have lined up to post well.......... then i get a skirmish or another idea! Im doing all things that my wife wants in March and April so shes just letting me run February this year!
Jerry - thanks for your comment on "Wanderlust." If it helps your EDM effort, here's a sample structure for your track - Intro, Break, Build, Drop, 2nd Break, 2nd Build, 2nd Drop, Outro, depending on how long you want it to be, etc. Can't wait to hear what you do.
Hi. Thanks for the nice comment about Catastrophe. I think Thom's theory relates mainly to earthquakes, more so than maths. But hey, I only heard about it randomly and I don't understand maths or exact science very well. So maybe all it has in common is the word catastrophe 😀
Hey Jerry, I have not shared my experience too much and it is not at all morbid. Some folks need to write a book about their experiences. I just made some music and thought I could put words to it. Didn't plan anything. The words were scribbled down quickly and applied. The actual event was in 2008 and the outcome was fearlessness, living in the present moment. Thanks for the chat.
Thanks and id love to hear your Elvis!
Thank you for listening. Yes I am trying the ‘jump through hoops’ thing(music licensing/sync) at full production but I dont think it’s for me. I like it too much simple. We’ll try it this year- Oh right I tried it for 25 hours on 26 songs- can I go play now? Lol (at least I am attempting to play with a metronome this year: just that is an accomplishment for me!) I still havent figured out band in a box like you did: too many sounds missing. Lol
Thank you for your praise on “Andre’s Song.” Btw, the clav is my new favorite instrument. Look for its reappearance. 😀
Thank you for your always encouraging words. If you want to make it dark lets co-write 😀
Thanks a lot, Jerry!!! Thanks for your time and transcribing... I'm studying it a bit. GREAT modulations!!!! 😀
Thanks for the comment. Putting North Shields on your bucket list would probably be a bit niche, but it will be good when we can travel again😀.
Hi Jerry. Thanks for the comments on Whatever You Do. I'm glad that it wasn't derivate. I must have copied it from one of my old songs. If you like we can make a pack and tell each other about accidentally copied melodies? 😀 So far haven't heard any of those in your songs.
Thanks for the comment on "Wandering"!
no i never read any mars venus or tarzan books.for SF in the 1950s, i was stuck on heinlein, wells, verne, bradbury, and also liked the mystery stories in the alfred hitchock collections. i did like sea adventures with pirates and all that as well.probobly read mad magazine more than all of those authors put together. i liked SF and horror movies more than he books
Hey Jerry! The CD Baby link doesn't work anymore. They've taken down the store.
Thanks for your comment on "Sunday"!
are you sure it wasn't a problem at your end everyone else at that time that I asked could get on fine! it is possible that the site was down but soundcloud as well? and other people like sbs saying they couldn't see a problem! please let me know though if you have an issue again as it is a nice free new service i am using and i like the feedback, i am sure many would just click on past!
Also important is the quality and realism of the EastWest's Symphonic Orchestra library. At the computer, using the MIDI sequencer where I can keep editing and replaying and editing replaying often a portion of only a few beats within a measure, I can also allow the sound samples to guide me forward. Sometimes I've used some of the longer samples, like harp glissandi, and then I've had to make the rest of the music flow at a compatible tempo... So it is essentially an interactive process and the sequencer software is key.
I've used lots and lots of time with piano roll views and lots and lots of time listening to orchestral arrangements trying to make out each instrument in the recording. I have read books about orchestration and learned about different articulations and techniques and then been able to look for them when listening to music albums.
In the end it's about the ear, knowing how the orchestra should sound, and gradually remembering which audio samples in the sound libraries work in which contexts... At first, the number of different audio samples felt overwhelming!
I try to make good sounding audio tracks but if I had to write orchestral arrangements for real orchestras using traditional notation, it would take me far too long. That's something I can't do actually. I have written some notes for piano and less than a handful of other instruments using Lilypond but that's VERY slow.
"and how do you "churn" these out so fast"
From a young age I have always composed music at the computer with the aid of a MIDI sequencer software. My first MIDI sequencer software was Voyetra Sequencer and it ran in DOS. It had this very nice piano roll view as an editor where I could draw notes as horizontal bars with the mouse.
For several years I had the problem that the old sequencer didn't run on newer operating systems like Windows. I could only write music with a good piano roll style editor. I'm a computer programmer and actually I'm slow with traditional musical scores. I can read common musical notation only slowly.
Finally, around 2008, I found FL Studio. It has a handy and versatile piano roll based editor.
Also I'm a bit clumsy as a keyboardist, so I like the ability to edit and edit and edit every piece of MIDI data until the music sounds right to my ear.
"What are you using for your orchestral stuff"
-EastWest Symphonic Orchestra for most orchestral stuff
-EastWest Goliath for miscellaneous instruments like nylon guitar and organ
-Spectrasonics Trilian for jazz bass
-XLN Audio Addictive Drums for decent drum kits
Hi Jerry - not sure what you mean about the links. They are set to public and I tested them logged in and logged out. What am I missing?
Odd jerry . My only guess is their website was down for a few minutes! Be interested if you tried again. Ive asked a few people and theycan all see it now
Thanks for the comments and I'm not sure about the Grief. Maybe Colleen knows
I'm experiencing a similar difficulty when trying to listen to Soundcloud linked songs today. A shame.
I really want to do a cover of I Get Around or Good Vibrations sometime. But yeah, my voice is a very useful instrument in my panoply of musical tools!
Thanks a lot, Jerry!
I feel like a kid playing with the 'big boys' here, so much talent, like yours!
#fuc stands for FAWM Ukulele Club. Just because I used the ukulele that was around in the living room
One thing only... gimme your chords!
We can do it the nice way or [string cutter sound] the HARD way. MWAHAHAHA
Nah, I really would like to understand the chords you used in your beachboys song!
I always get either too tonal, or too 'random' in the chords, but your composition hit that right spot when it modulates but it makes sense
Thanks for the listen and comment on my collab song.
Jerry, I’ve also seen Metal/Rock EDM, Jazz/EDM, pop/EDM (of course), and even Bagpipe EDM (taught me to love the bagpipes, which is pretty amazing since I strongly disliked them before). Thanks for stopping by and giving my music a listen.
I have to pack lunch just to go to the bathroom! 😀
Hi Jerry. I use a Mac for music making and Cakewalk is PC only. Otherwise I’d give it a peek. That company’s impressing me. I use Logic Pro as my main DAW but like to dabble. Played with StudioOne and SoundTrap. StudioOne Artist wasn’t all that capable without buying for upgrades. Seems CakeWalk is upgraded by default.
Hi Jerry, you're welcome.
I'm not going to participate this year, other than dropping in to comment where appropriate. Good luck!
Thanks for the hurry up!! Have posted now.
Thanks for the comment on Windy Cindy! I tracked everything one at a time, starting with guitar and banjo, followed by percussion, and then vocals. I'm glad that it sounds like it was recorded live, that was definitely the vibe I was going for!
Great To See you back Jerry , keep up the good work
Good to see you, Jerry! Must check out your music.
i started trumpet in fourth grade too. spent my school years years going between 1st and 2nd chair with my rival.. last time i played paino was in 2005 on an album callled absurd world country with pearl jam bassist stone gossard and soundgarden drum tech Gregg Keplinger along wth some lesser known but equally accomplished jazz ad rock players from,seattle .https://www.discogs.com/Mike-Monhart-and-Gregg-Keplinger-Absurd-Wor...
Hey Jerry! Glad to see you're back for some more FAWM goodness! Looking forward to what you bring to the table, my man.
Hi Jerry! 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.