Influences: Trip Shakespeare, David Wilcox, Jeff Buckley, Joni Mitchell, Beatles, Housemartins, Lyle Lovett, BNL, Shawn Colvin, M. Ward, Anne Lamott, Jackson Browne, Rev. Al Green, Paul Simon, Aretha, Shawn Kirchner, Martin Sexton, Elmore Leonard, XTC, Jonatha Brooke, Greg Brown, Don Chaffer, Iron & Wine, Guster, Bob Schneider, Weezer, Wilco, Ben Kweller, Dr. Dog, punctuation, TC Elliott, Das Binky, SWG, Nancy Rost, cowex, Dethklok, hoopshank and you!
Let's pare this thing down... I'm a person, like you, probably. I hope to make some songs that I would want to listen to and then I hope to do it again.
"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:
#firstfruits - https://fawm.org/forums/topic/11229/
#morph challenge - https://fawm.org/forums/topic/11224/
#Auntie-Sin challenge - https://fawm.org/forums/topic/11131/
TWENTY-TWENTY-ONE: 14 songs in 28 days for 14 years!
May be up for a few collaborations, but I'll wait a bit and see if I can swing it as we progress. Rather underpromise at this point. Cheers.
I give myself permission to be hackneyed, corny, cliched, repetitive and even (gasp) sentimental.
I'm good with any kind of feedback, constructive or otherwise, or none if you want to pay it forward to another fawmer. Happy to be here with you again. 🎵Cheers! 🎶
Well, that's 2021 fawm for ya. I had more to do and I'm sure, so did you. Couple sets of lyrics, some verses that showed promise, maybe a collaboration. Even a fuller recording I need to do. I used to stay up to the bloody end, which is 6 a.m. my time, but it gives me what I call a sleep hangover. Looking forward to hearing more and just hanging out. 😀
|#1||The Way You Carry It||
|#2||Saint Christopher of the Upper Midwest||
|#3||How I Remember Winter||
|#5||Hayward, WI @kahlo2013||
|#6||We Are the Ones @steventylerpjs||
|#7||Waiting Right Outside (or Dylan the Not-So-Great)||
|#9||Please Don't Advise @nancyrost||
|#10||Somewhere (Under the Rainbow)||
|#11||Beneath the Ice||
|#12||Six Seconds In @dasbinky||
|#13||One More (Lonely HC) Song||
|#14||(Life Is a) Carnival||
|#15||Train from the Asylum ft. @dasbinky @nancyrost||
|#16||Secrets and Dust @nancyrost||
|#17||Never Give Up on You (offline collab - demo updated)||
Thanks for all your thoughtful comments that clearly show you listened carefully. That's an honor for me.
Dickens is problematic because of his attitude toward the "gentle sex", as he would say. That's one reason I prefer Trollope to Dickens. Dickens's attitude was as much personal as societal, and Trollope doesn't display the same condescension toward women. BUT there's a lot to like in Dickens, and I'd recommend Bleak House to anyone, not least for the complex and engaging Esther Summerson, who narrates parts of the story.
dude! favorite comment on my camelations. if the world still exists next year, who knows what I may do.
Thanks for your comments on "Cloudless Sky". I can't wait for next year now I have done one FAWM.
John, thanks for the kind comments on "The Sun That Used to Be", much appreciated! That was a fun one!
Thanks for your kind words on "Promise". You're completely right with the section. I hope someone jumps in with some neat lyrics and vocals. Sometimes that's everything a song need to be arranged in a better way. I was drawn into mixolydian scale by chance. It has some melancholic touch without being too depressed.
I’d collab any month of the year, you should know that by now. Email me or message me on fb.
"so either 50/90 or next fawm. None on the list yet, so you're on, let's do it."
Have put a reminder on the calendar to drop you an email around mid-June. Looking forward to seeing what unfolds!
Thank you so much, John.
You've really made my day with your abundance of wonderful positive feedback. Truly.
Feels so good to be connecting with passionate, talented fellow creatives!
Think I shall have to give 50/90 a whirl this year.
Wishing you a fabulous after FAWM party 😀
Just emailed you some lyrics.
Oh yeah, and if you want to send me the bedding whenever you have something I can lyric-up, I'll keep an eye open for it.
Yes, reciprocal sounds great!
Hoping to send you lyrics today!
John!!! I love this and all your additions!!!! It is phenomenal! I think ya gotta go up ‘der and play a gig ‘er something. Heck ya! Do it!
"Secret power ballad dream"? Nothing secret about it! LOL 😁
Go for it, can't wait to hear!
Thanks John! I think Gwyn will put some music to Gravel in his gut, but I hope that I can write something else that appeals to you!
Wow thanks a lot for the nice comment on Set Me Free! Really glad to hear you liked the song!
Great, looking forward to sniffing your dough!
thanks for listening and commenting on my sea shanty!
sorry for such late responses to such thoughtful comments but I think (fingers crossed) that my two week random brain fog has lifted.
I agree that things, including island cottages, can be a character in and of themselves.
Hey John! Thanks so much for the listen on As the House Burns Down. That was truly one of my greatest FAWM collabs. My DAW called Mixcraft (PC only) has wonderful samples, Soft pedal steel being one of them. Played thru my Roland keyboard with pitch bender, I get a really nice sound out of it! Glad you enjoyed it. 😀
Thanks for your very positive feedback on "Healed By The River" - much appreciated! 😀 I think the opening image was inspired by that moment in "The Fellowship Of The Ring", when the Ringwraiths gallop out of that sinister fortress and head for the Shire...
Hi John. Thank you for the lengthy and considered comments on a bunch of my tracks.
To answer your question about the production of "Little Miss Awkward": There are four live tracks played on instruments -- namely an acoustic bass guitar, a clean wah-wah guitar line, a distorted wah-wah guitar line (including the solo), and a steel-strung acoustic guitar. The rest of the track (shaker, synth bass, synth lead, organ, and a drumkit) is MIDI. Hope that helps, and thanks again for listening.
Thank you for very kind feedback on "Take a Little Time"!
Thanks for your kind words and the mention!
Thanks for your comments on my tunes! Enjoying your creations!
Good call! I'm thinking "glitter". Thanks!
The line in Snow was originally "little daggers in your face" - do you think if we put "little" back in it would keep from throwing you? Open to other suggestions too!
Basically, I write songs because I love your comments on them. 😁
Thanks John for checking out Beth’s great take on digging!
Hey buddy, thanks for the message! Just cranked out some lyrics so I'll try to take part again. See you around!
I will be a collaboroster and not my compost-punk alter-ego, collaborotter.
Thinking ahead - what a concept! I'm going to get back on the brainstorm doc once I get another song or two under my belt. Maybe we could plan to talk or videochat some time soon? (I almost wrote "zoon".)
Your comments are the best. They are witty and fun and they make me smile. That is all. ☺️
Hi John! Thx for the listen... yeah it’s strange , I noticed that the edge browser will not play the link ( tried on my own website , Dropbox etc )
But Chrome and the iPad safari are fine ... the link on the HTML looks good , so not sure if there is something new in these browsers that has changed?
If it wasn't clear, the "you" in "Think That Maybe" is explicitly "John Crossman". On some nights, "John Grossman", but only in print.
Hey John, thanks for the nice hello again. I will be checking in on you and your new songs.
John! Thanks for the comment and for boring my typo on the URL. Very helpful, especially since I'm a terrible typist.
You got some time friend! Happy anithesizing or anti-synthesizing or whatever the appropriate made-up verb is here.
Thanks so much for your kind words on my first little tune, made me super glad. 😀
Omgosh! Yes, I'm probably just as excited as all these other crazy folks! As always, looking forward to what your quirky, insightful, funny, original brain comes up with this year, John! FAWM on!
John! Looking forward to another year. Can't wait to hear what you come up with!
Thanks for the welcome!!
Sounds fantastic. Can’t wait.
Hello! I've been wondering if you call Madison "Madchester." If not, I don't think it's going to catch on, so please don't mention me if you use it. I don't need that kind of bad publicity. A death mark's not an easy thing to live with. In other words: have an amazing FAWM!
Hey John, have a fabulous FAWM! Do you have any preference on how to receive the track from me for the Morph challenge? I work in Studio One and can output tracks, tracks and effects, whole song, whatever works best for your creative flow. Fill me in!
(we should do a song about that february girl)
3) that she always brings good company
Thanks for the call to morph!!
It's getting real. Have fun 😀
Have a great FAWM, John.
Stalk away man. And I'm always geeked for fun collaborations.
I should do some statistical analysis and see if I can increase my noun usage by .3% per song maybe
Hiya. Hope you have a delightful FAWM this year. I see you are trying to convince others that you are a human, er I mean person, in your bio. Good plan.
Hello hello! Happy FAWMing!
Hey there! Have a great FAWM!
I am hoping to do a few 😀 Happy FAWMing!
Hey hey X-man!
Hi John, hoping we can have a FAWM over party by 2025 or so.... seriously I miss live music but look forward to FAWM and your lovely songs.
Recovering perfectionists of FAWM unite! I think we’ll make this a fantastic FAWM. 😊 (PS: Love the Ursula K Le Guin quote. Exceedingly apt.)
It's a fond memory for me, too. I miss you both. One day we'll be in the same room again and we will not have to write a song and it will be so nice to catch up.
What I remember most about our collaborations IRL (even 12 years ago when we met) is that moment we kinda look at each other and say, "this would be so much faster on our own." 😉 I am happy to hear what you create this year, as always.
Ha! Hi, John! I absolutely love how Soul Solitude came out! You did an awesome job!! Hope you have a FAWMtastic February! Looking forward to your creations!🎵🎵
Happy FAWMing, John! I look forward to hearing this year's creations from you.
Always a delight to see you here too!
Not sure what I'll do with the Gretsh 12-string, but it does sound gorgeous through a fuzz pedal. Pretty sure that's the right way to use one... 😉
John Crossman! Yes I’m back this year. Needed a little something fun/creative to make it through this COVID winter. Looking forward to hearing some new originals out of you, always enjoy your stuff!
Yes and you as well John. I anticipate a great FAWM!
Aww. Hey friend. Thanks for stopping by. Good to see you 😀
Thanks John. Great to see you back! 😀
So glad to see you here!
Welcome back! Great to see you and looking forward to all the goodness that you create! Thanks for checking out the Distant Social Club - that was a lot of fun, and satisfying to actually write something outside of FAWM, which is rarer than it should be for me. 😀
Hello, my friend. It’s been far too long. Will be nice to hear your music once again!
Hi, John. No worries, these things are always so crazy. Have a great FAWM and if you see something you like, just holler!
CS Lewis’s MC is one of my favorites. It was a weird read for me. Like he was reading my mind. As soon as I developed a question he answered it in half a page or less. Such a great thinker and writer that Clive Staples.
I almost thought I might not come back this year, but I’m choosing to engage and develop the interest. I think another factor is I haven’t written a song since FAWM so it’s the usual doubt I can even do it again! But that’s normal. For every song just about.
Great to hear from YOU, John!
Hello Mr. Crossman! So good to see you around these parts again!
Hey John! 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.
Well here we are again. It's unbelievable. So glad you're here. Good medicine for all. Looking forward to hearing your wonderful sounds. Enjoy wherever the muses take you.
Good to see you back again Sr. Crossman! Have a great FAWM!
Good to see you back and happy #14! The equivalent of FAWM high school!
Happy FAWM 2021
Hello you beautiful hunk of a man, you.
....it's been a minute. You ready?
Birth is a curse and existence is a prison.
We are all temporary in our permanence.
Including this account, which apparently still exists.
oh I agree. Time is a cruel mistress. with spiked whips and a bad hairday. And a german accent. And way too long fingernails. 😬 I might be derailing
have a great FAWM x-man! The collabing needs to happen
oh and "kB" ... totally hipster.
All of my songs this year will be variations on that generation-defining, yet underappreciated band, Yello. Maybe if you ask, I'll let you collaborate on one.
Hello the human! I support the underpromisewear look.
Take Belgian chocolate, made with heritage sourced cocoa beans straight from the court of Montezuma, only minutes from the pan and so organically perfect that it has become an artificial intelligence with an IQ surpassing our ability to measure it, and float it in the ether of the realm of the spirit, and you might come close to the joy of a John Crossman composition. Might. 😀
Yep, I cannot wait to get started!
Heya, JX. Hope to hear lots of your stuff this year.