John Crossman 12


53717 US   Jan 2008

Artist Bio

Influences:   Trip Shakespeare, David Wilcox, Jeff Buckley, Joni Mitchell, Housemartins, Lyle Lovett, Kurt Vonnegut, BNL, Shawn Colvin, M. Ward, Anne Lamott, Jackson Browne, Rev. Al Green, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin, Shawn Kirchner, Martin Sexton, Elmore Leonard, XTC, Jonatha Brooke, Greg Brown, Don Chaffer, Iron & Wine, Bob Schneider, Wilco, Dr.Dog, punctuation, TC Elliott, Das Binky, SWG, Nancy Rost, cowex, Dethklok, hoopshank and you!

"I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn to do it." -Picasso
"I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship." - Louisa May Alcott

"Taking Courage" - Ursula K. Le Guin:
I will build a hardiness
of counted syllables
asylum for the coward heart
that stammers out my hours,
an armature of resonance
a scaffolding of spell,
where it can learn to keep the time
and bid what comes well.

Things to remember/revisit:
#firstfruits - -
#morph challenge - -
#Auntie-Sin challenge - -

@zecoop drums -
Explore the Core #explore-the-core -

Twenty-twenty - lucky year number 13. I may be up for a few collaborations, but I'll have to wait a bit and see if I can swing it. Rather underpromise at this point. Cheers.


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  • @stephenwordsmith 1 day

    Exquisite work. Absolutely marvellous. Sometimes, my stuff gets put to music, and I think 'yes, I wrote this, and now I'm hearing it instead of reading it' - and other, more favourable times, the collaborator brings out a song that is something wonderful on its own, with the lyrics a mere component.

    I'm on my phone for another 12 hours or so, so please go ahead and post this song πŸ˜€

    Thank you for thinking of me. You have given me some renewed enthusiasm for the challenge.

  • @unpronounceable 2 days

    LOL. I think you are secretly Dracula.

  • @stephenwordsmith 2 days

    Go for it! I am pleased and intrigued in equal measure.

  • @writeandwrong  3 days

    Thanks for your kind comments on Soul Solitude! Sure! Go for it! Looking forward to hearing what you come up with. Maybe even something singable along-able haha!! πŸ˜€

  • @sandicove2015  4 days

    Perfecting- I gave some thoughts so I won’t duplicate unless they didn’t get sent. Just great harmonies perfectly synced, cool reverb echo effect! All Interesting. Good work!

  • @andyt13 4 days


  • @nancyrost  1 week

    Hi! Let's talk collabs soon. I finally have my recording gear in order.

  • @scubed  1 week

    Thank you for your kind comment on β€œThe Unexpected.”

  • @izaakalexander  1 week

    Just a heads up that it's your turn in the Auntie-Sin game!

  • @crisp1  1 week

    Thanks for your comments on Europe on the Cheap! It's now a song at

  • @man 1 week

    Thanks for looking out! I fixed my download URL

  • @vikkiflawith  1 week

    Hey John!
    Happy Fawm!

  • @metalfoot  1 week

    Would be tickled pink if you entered the Tan Van Man challenge. πŸ˜€ I knew the spirit in which Tan Van Man was mentioned!

  • @kadmad202  1 week

    Thanks John re: Kindness and Mi Oracion! Guess I'm feeling heartfelt these days (I think you are a little, too)! I was going to do the Spanish song on guitar, but ended up laying down the chords on piano, then changed to "classical acoustic" in Garageband. I will get that Taylor out, though, at some point!

  • @elainedimasi  1 week

    Noggin is a good place for them! - I am now thinking that the final verse is about her little boy. Now he's the kid in the tree. Knowing what she knows now, what does she want the most for him and his future?

  • @piney  1 week

    Thank you for your nice comment. πŸ˜€

  • @cowex  2 weeks

    Only one way to find out! Wanna mail me them? Some of my lyrics-first attempts bomb pretty hard, but I'm curious to try. I'll let you know if I'm paralyzed.

  • @atam94 2 weeks

    thanks for commenting on "winter in gifu"! I appreciate it a lot 😁

  • @spinhead 2 weeks

    I'm working on one πŸ˜‰

  • @karenwheelock 2 weeks

    Thanks for the kind comment on my song! πŸ˜€

  • @cowex  2 weeks

    You're roight. In hoindsight, I moist have moistled you. I'm soiry.

  • @elainedimasi  2 weeks

    I am whispering into a mic after hours hoping you'll want to collaborate!

    I think I didn't mention the D, Cmaj7, Fmaj7, Cm9, D.

    You can gmail me at elainedimasi : - )

  • @lazyafro 2 weeks

    There will be myoooosic... evenetually. Welcome back and happy FAWMing!

  • @mattpierce  2 weeks

    And here you are!
    Have a fine fawm sir! πŸ˜€

  • @kadmad202  2 weeks

    Hey John! Happy FAWMING - can't wait to hear what you come up with this year. You always do Madison proud!

  • @bradbrubaker  2 weeks

    Thanks for checking out my EP. Glad you recognized some songs from FAWMs past.

  • @cowex  2 weeks

    Is that an audio clip in your pocket? If so, can you whip it out and post it at ? I'd like to incorporate your signature sound into a song with other clips. EDIT: Yessssss!! THANK YOU!

  • @autoclamp  2 weeks


  • @ericdistad  2 weeks

    Glad to see you back Sir Crossman!

  • @elainedimasi  3 weeks

    No! I sent a different pitch his way...

  • @mikedebenham  3 weeks

    Have a great Feb, John. Looking forward to hearing you.

  • @bradbrubaker  3 weeks

    Forgot to tell you about my new baby:

  • @elainedimasi  3 weeks

    Hey, so glad you're here! - so, lately, I got interested in "Cinderella" by Firefall. I would like to write *her* side of the story. I know you don't want to promise a collab, but might you let me write a lyric and a bit of a musical pitch and send it your way to see what comes? gmail @ elainedimasi, any time : - )

  • @jibbidy34  3 weeks

    Looking forward to more tunes from you!

  • @sunnymae  3 weeks

    Hey John
    Looking forward to hearing some new creations of yours. No pressure right?. Would love to follow you in a morph. We seem to have a thing.:0)

  • @cowex  3 weeks

    John! I was talking to pizza and pizza said "why are you talking to me? you should be talking to John!" And I said "pizza, I can't talk to John, I can only type to him! He won't hear me!" And then pizza said "you're talking to me, and I don't have ears." Yeah, pizza had a pretty point and was 3x pleased. So anyway, greetings! I'm leaving this emoticon here to watch your songs while you sleep. 8) Don't worry, we've got this.

  • @corinnecurcio  3 weeks

    Hiya John - Have fun this FAWM. Looking forward to hearing your songs too!

  • @jendistad  4 weeks

    Hi John! I'm so glad you're back for another year of Fawming! πŸ˜€ (Oh, and the move is going swimmingly, though there's still plenty to do.)

  • @fiftydegrees  4 weeks

    Good to see you for another FAWM!

  • @bradbrubaker  4 weeks

    On a different note, I passed through Madison for less than an hour this past summer and tried Paul's Pel'meni. Loved it! Go if you haven't been!

  • @bradbrubaker  4 weeks

    John Crossman & The Crowd Gets in "cross," man...I'll see myself out.

  • @owl  4 weeks

    Happy FAWMing, John! Looking forward to your tunes.

  • @standup  4 weeks

    Thanks for your help with vocal harmonies on our upcoming EP

  • @steventylerpjs  4 weeks

    Looking forward to stalking you again this year on FAWM!! Bring. it. on.

  • @bitshred 4 weeks

    Always good to see/hear the Crossman on here.

  • @acousticmaddie  4 weeks

    Oh Happy FAWM to you to. Look forward to hear your music.

  • @sapient  4 weeks

    A very Happy FAWM 2020 to you too! πŸ˜ƒ

  • @cts  4 weeks

    Ah, Crossman...great to have you back, my man! Hope all is well.

  • @natrin 4 weeks

    Hello, have a great FAWM! 😁

  • @theresaj  4 weeks

    And cheers to your lucky number 13 year! You’re kind of like a FAWM legend now.

  • @kahlo2013  4 weeks

    Looking forward to your music, John!! You are always welcome to any lyrics and am so grateful for the wonderful collaborations over the years.

  • @unpronounceable 4 weeks

    Best soundboard note ever. A+!

  • @unpronounceable 4 weeks


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  • @toms 4 weeks

    Even your comments are little works of artistic genius. πŸ˜€

  • @kristian  4 weeks

    I was at this Jenkins X conferance, and every time they said Β«Jenkins XΒ» on stage, they crossed their arms like an X.. it was all pretty cringe-worthy, but I had a funny image of you doing that every time someone said your name.

    Anywhoo... where was I? Something to do with having a great FAWM

  • @nancyrost  4 weeks

    You're a much better songwriter than John Grossman, too. More cross, less gross! Looking forward to listening, sharing, and at least one co-write.

  • @gslade 5 weeks

    Gonna definitely try! Same to you!

  • @tcelliott  5 weeks

    JX! Great to see you back again. Here's to another great Fawm.

  • @dasbinky  5 weeks

    You are my favorite Crossman, and in my list of Top Three Johns.

    In print, you are easily my favorite Grossman.