John Crossman 22


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 - -
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.

Songs (22)

#1 Let the Water Flow 27
Feb 2
#2 Taunting the Moon 25
Feb 3
#3 Some Negative Sum Game 13
Feb 5
#4 The Unexpected 9
Feb 8
#5 Half the Astrophysicist @blakewilliams 12
Feb 9
#6 Wanda Wanders, Kinda 9
Feb 9
#7 Finally Quit 10
Feb 15
#8 Perfecting 11
Feb 16
#9 Unless I Play This Right @dasbinky  16
Feb 17
#10 Aliens 9
Feb 17
#11 Burn Burn Burn @dasbinky  17
Feb 17
#12 Decapitaire (or A Good Head off my Shoulders) @stephenwordsmith 13
Feb 19
#13 The Village Dragon 6
Feb 22
#14 Clouds @dasbinky  2
Feb 24
#15 Breathless and Awake 11
Feb 27
#16 Gonna Grow up (in a Little While) 11
Feb 28
#17 Charles Fosbury-Smith @nancyrost  10
Feb 29
#18 Last Call (farewell to FAWM song) @kahlo2013  9
Feb 29
#19 Anemones and Enemies (Explore the Core) 8
Feb 29
#20 Soul Solitude @writeandwrong  11
Mar 1
#21 Cinderella @elainedimasi  5
Mar 1
#22 Welcome to the New 9
Mar 1


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  • @djevans53 Mar 8

    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.

  • @tamsnumber4  Mar 8

    Thanks for listening to my song "In the Pages of a Magazine", I appreciate it!

  • @djevans53 Mar 8

    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.

  • @crisp1  Mar 6

    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.

  • @crisp1  Mar 6

    John, thanks for your comments on Collector of Warm Rain and, yes, I'd be delighted if you'd set it to music!

  • @brandondale72  Mar 3

    Ahh thanks so much for killing my last Zong! Appreciate the kind words. Looks like you faired well this FAWM, congrats!

  • @standup  Mar 2

    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.

  • @djevans53 Mar 1

    I will definitely let you know if I attempt something with it. Thanks for your encouragement.

  • @djevans53 Mar 1

    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.

  • @panch  Mar 1

    Thanks very much for the constructive comments on Don't walk away.

  • @writeandwrong  Mar 1

    Oh, cool. Yeah! I love it! It is fun! You did a great job with that! Thanks! ๐Ÿ˜€ Just posted it ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @scubed  Feb 24

    Thanks very much for your kind comment on โ€œWaiting for the Supernovaโ€!

  • @kahlo2013  Feb 22

    My synth of your song for the Auntie-sin challenge

  • @aesthetic72  Feb 22

    Thanks so much for your comments on my collaboration with Nancy.

  • @smiley Feb 21

    Thanks for giving Loser a listen. I appreciate your kind words.

  • @stephenwordsmith Feb 19

    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 ๐Ÿ˜€

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

  • @unpronounceable Feb 18

    LOL. I think you are secretly Dracula.

  • @stephenwordsmith Feb 18

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

  • @writeandwrong  Feb 16

    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!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @sandicove2015  Feb 16

    Perfecting- I gave some thoughts so I wonโ€™t duplicate unless they didnโ€™t get sent. Just great harmonies perfectly synced, cool reverb echo effect! All Interesting. Good work!

  • @andyt13 Feb 15


  • @nancyrost  Feb 12

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

  • @scubed  Feb 11

    Thank you for your kind comment on โ€œThe Unexpected.โ€

  • @izaakalexander  Feb 9

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

  • @crisp1  Feb 8

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

  • @man Feb 8

    Thanks for looking out! I fixed my download URL

  • @vikkiflawith  Feb 7

    Hey John!
    Happy Fawm!

  • @metalfoot  Feb 7

    Would be tickled pink if you entered the Tan Van Man challenge. ๐Ÿ˜€ I knew the spirit in which Tan Van Man was mentioned!

  • @kadmad202  Feb 7

    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  Feb 7

    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  Feb 6

    Thank you for your nice comment. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @cowex  Feb 6

    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 Feb 6

    thanks for commenting on "winter in gifu"! I appreciate it a lot ๐Ÿ˜

  • @spinhead Feb 5

    I'm working on one ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • @karenwheelock Feb 4

    Thanks for the kind comment on my song! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @cowex  Feb 3

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

  • @elainedimasi  Feb 3

    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 Feb 2

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

  • @mattpierce  Feb 1

    And here you are!
    Have a fine fawm sir! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @kadmad202  Feb 1

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

  • @bradbrubaker  Feb 1

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

  • @cowex  Feb 1

    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  Jan 31


  • @ericdistad  Jan 31

    Glad to see you back Sir Crossman!

  • @elainedimasi  Jan 30

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

  • @mikedebenham  Jan 30

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

  • @bradbrubaker  Jan 29

    Forgot to tell you about my new baby:

  • @elainedimasi  Jan 28

    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  Jan 26

    Looking forward to more tunes from you!

  • @sunnymae  Jan 26

    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  Jan 25

    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  Jan 23

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

  • @jendistad  Jan 22

    Hi John! I'm so glad you're back for another year of Fawming! ๐Ÿ˜€ (Oh, and the move is going swimmingly, though there's still plenty to do.)

  • @fiftydegrees  Jan 22

    Good to see you for another FAWM!

  • @bradbrubaker  Jan 21

    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  Jan 21

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

  • @owl  Jan 21

    Happy FAWMing, John! Looking forward to your tunes.

  • @standup  Jan 20

    Thanks for your help with vocal harmonies on our upcoming EP

  • @steventylerpjs  Jan 20

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

  • @bitshred Jan 20

    Always good to see/hear the Crossman on here.

  • @acousticmaddie  Jan 20

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

  • @sapient  Jan 20

    A very Happy FAWM 2020 to you too! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  • @cts  Jan 20

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

  • @natrin Jan 20

    Hello, have a great FAWM! ๐Ÿ˜

  • @theresaj  Jan 19

    And cheers to your lucky number 13 year! Youโ€™re kind of like a FAWM legend now.

  • @kahlo2013  Jan 18

    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 Jan 17

    Best soundboard note ever. A+!

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  • @toms Jan 16

    Even your comments are little works of artistic genius. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @kristian  Jan 16

    I was at this Jenkins X conferance, and every time they said ยซJenkins Xยป 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  Jan 16

    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 Jan 16

    Gonna definitely try! Same to you!

  • @tcelliott  Jan 16

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

  • @dasbinky  Jan 13

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

    In print, you are easily my favorite Grossman.