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 - https://fawm.org/forums/topic/10037 - https://fawm.org/songs/100516/
#morph challenge - https://fawm.org/forums/topic/10046 - https://fawm.org/songs/103315/
#Auntie-Sin challenge - https://fawm.org/forums/topic/10007 - https://fawm.org/songs/105567/
Explore the Core #explore-the-core - https://fawm.org/forums/topic/10075
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.
|#1||Let the Water Flow||
|#2||Taunting the Moon||
|#3||Some Negative Sum Game||
|#5||Half the Astrophysicist @blakewilliams||
|#6||Wanda Wanders, Kinda||
|#9||Unless I Play This Right @dasbinky||
|#11||Burn Burn Burn @dasbinky||
|#12||Decapitaire (or A Good Head off my Shoulders) @stephenwordsmith||
|#13||The Village Dragon||
|#15||Breathless and Awake||
|#16||Gonna Grow up (in a Little While)||
|#17||Charles Fosbury-Smith @nancyrost||
|#18||Last Call (farewell to FAWM song) @kahlo2013||
|#19||Anemones and Enemies (Explore the Core)||
|#20||Soul Solitude @writeandwrong||
|#22||Welcome to the New||
Thanks John for your input. It didn't really turn out bluesy. I'm not sure I have a bluesy bone in my body as I'm a little too happy. So, it usually come from my folky roots, but I'm starting to like it and will try to get the music better. Might do an album this year and decide which songs are decent enough to go on it. I've been writing for eight years, about 350 songs and have written songs for a couple albums for others. Might be time to do one for me.
Thanks for listening to my song "In the Pages of a Magazine", I appreciate it!
Thanks John for the info. I just added a quick one take on the music and edited the lyrics some more. Liking it better, but probably needs more work. I'm really swamped with work this time of year (I do taxes, Ha!) so really limited with time. I usually do better with 50/90 because I have more time. But interested in your thoughts or if you want to take a stab at it. Thanks.
Actually, thanks for ALL your comments. On Almost Tomorrow, you nailed it. I wasn't trying to copy Springsteen but I did have him in mind as I wrote that lyric.
John, thanks for your comments on Collector of Warm Rain and, yes, I'd be delighted if you'd set it to music!
Ahh thanks so much for killing my last Zong! Appreciate the kind words. Looks like you faired well this FAWM, congrats!
John, thanks for plugging our EP on that thread in the forums! I thought I had commented on one or two of your songs, but I have not. I listened to a couple but apparently didn't comment.
I will definitely let you know if I attempt something with it. Thanks for your encouragement.
Thanks JohnCrossman for your nice comments on Change Your World. I wrote it pretty fast hoping to edit it more later and turn it into a song as it's sort of a poem right now. Thanks for giving me the idea about a blues song as I hadn't thought of that.
Thanks very much for the constructive comments on Don't walk away.
Oh, cool. Yeah! I love it! It is fun! You did a great job with that! Thanks! 😀 Just posted it 😀
Thanks very much for your kind comment on “Waiting for the Supernova”!
Thanks so much for your comments on my collaboration with Nancy.
Thanks for giving Loser a listen. I appreciate your kind words.
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 😀
Thank you for thinking of me. You have given me some renewed enthusiasm for the challenge.
LOL. I think you are secretly Dracula.
Go for it! I am pleased and intrigued in equal measure.
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!! 😀
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!
Hi! Let's talk collabs soon. I finally have my recording gear in order.
Thank you for your kind comment on “The Unexpected.”
Just a heads up that it's your turn in the Auntie-Sin game!
Thanks for looking out! I fixed my download URL
Would be tickled pink if you entered the Tan Van Man challenge. 😀 I knew the spirit in which Tan Van Man was mentioned!
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!
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?
Thank you for your nice comment. 😀
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.
thanks for commenting on "winter in gifu"! I appreciate it a lot 😁
I'm working on one 😉
Thanks for the kind comment on my song! 😀
You're roight. In hoindsight, I moist have moistled you. I'm soiry.
There will be myoooosic... evenetually. Welcome back and happy FAWMing!
And here you are!
Have a fine fawm sir! 😀
Hey John! Happy FAWMING - can't wait to hear what you come up with this year. You always do Madison proud!
Thanks for checking out my EP. Glad you recognized some songs from FAWMs past.
Glad to see you back Sir Crossman!
No! I sent a different pitch his way...
Have a great Feb, John. Looking forward to hearing you.
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 : - )
Looking forward to more tunes from you!
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)
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.
Hiya John - Have fun this FAWM. Looking forward to hearing your songs too!
Hi John! I'm so glad you're back for another year of Fawming! 😀 (Oh, and the move is going swimmingly, though there's still plenty to do.)
Good to see you for another FAWM!
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!
John Crossman & The Crowd Gets Ornery...as in "cross," man...I'll see myself out.
Happy FAWMing, John! Looking forward to your tunes.
Thanks for your help with vocal harmonies on our upcoming EP
Looking forward to stalking you again this year on FAWM!! Bring. it. on.
Always good to see/hear the Crossman on here.
Oh Happy FAWM to you to. Look forward to hear your music.
A very Happy FAWM 2020 to you too! 😃
Ah, Crossman...great to have you back, my man! Hope all is well.
Hello, have a great FAWM! 😁
And cheers to your lucky number 13 year! You’re kind of like a FAWM legend now.
Looking forward to your music, John!! You are always welcome to any lyrics and am so grateful for the wonderful collaborations over the years.
Best soundboard note ever. A+!
Even your comments are little works of artistic genius. 😀
I was at this Jenkins X conferance, and every time they said «Jenkins X» 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
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.
Gonna definitely try! Same to you!
JX! Great to see you back again. Here's to another great Fawm.
You are my favorite Crossman, and in my list of Top Three Johns.
In print, you are easily my favorite Grossman.