John Crossman 17


53717 US   Jan 2008

Artist Bio

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 -
#morph challenge -
#Auntie-Sin challenge -

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. ๐ŸŽตCheers! ๐ŸŽถ

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. ๐Ÿ˜€


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  • @jonmeta  8 weeks

    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.

  • @spinhead Mar 10

    dude! favorite comment on my camelations. if the world still exists next year, who knows what I may do.

  • @scottl Mar 8

    Thanks for your comments on "Cloudless Sky". I can't wait for next year now I have done one FAWM.

  • @mckillop  Mar 7

    John, thanks for the kind comments on "The Sun That Used to Be", much appreciated! That was a fun one!

  • @nadine Mar 6

    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.

  • @sueawesome Mar 1

    Iโ€™d collab any month of the year, you should know that by now. Email me or message me on fb.

  • @bandybum Feb 28

    "so either 50/90 or next fawm. None on the list yet, so you're on, let's do it."

    - Huzzah!

    Have put a reminder on the calendar to drop you an email around mid-June. Looking forward to seeing what unfolds!

  • @hbusse  Feb 27

    You won! Congrats John for making it to 14 this month!

    Also, thanks for commenting on my tune What's Stopping Us... wanted to let you know in case you were interested in stopping back, there's now a new version posted with rap from @kahlo2013!

  • @bandybum Feb 27

    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 ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @nancyrost  Feb 27

    Just emailed you some lyrics.

  • @nancyrost  Feb 27

    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.

  • @nancyrost  Feb 27

    Yes, reciprocal sounds great!

  • @nancyrost  Feb 27

    Hoping to send you lyrics today!

  • @kahlo2013 Feb 20

    John!!! I love this and all your additions!!!! It is phenomenal! I think ya gotta go up โ€˜der and play a gig โ€˜er something. Heck ya! Do it!

  • @charliecheney  Feb 17

    I can noun you up a notch with any noun you like as long as it's doge.

  • @hbusse  Feb 16

    "Secret power ballad dream"? Nothing secret about it! LOL ๐Ÿ˜

  • @nancyrost  Feb 14

    Go for it, can't wait to hear!

  • @kahlo2013 Feb 13

    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!

  • @mmmmarcus Feb 12

    Wow thanks a lot for the nice comment on Set Me Free! Really glad to hear you liked the song!

  • @nancyrost  Feb 11

    Great, looking forward to sniffing your dough!

  • @elenaduff Feb 11

    thanks for listening and commenting on my sea shanty!

  • @sueawesome Feb 11

    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.

  • @sunnymae  Feb 10

    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. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @tawalker Feb 9

    Thanks for your very positive feedback on "Healed By The River" - much appreciated! ๐Ÿ˜€ 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...

  • @phenola Feb 9

    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.

  • @wacha  Feb 8

    Thank you for very kind feedback on "Take a Little Time"!

  • @blainev83  Feb 8

    Thanks for your kind words and the mention!

  • @rdopart  Feb 8

    Thanks for your comments on my tunes! Enjoying your creations!

  • @nancyrost  Feb 8

    Good call! I'm thinking "glitter". Thanks!

  • @nancyrost  Feb 8

    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!

  • @toms  Feb 8

    Basically, I write songs because I love your comments on them. ๐Ÿ˜

  • @kahlo2013 Feb 7

    Thanks John for checking out Bethโ€™s great take on digging!

  • @mmmmarcus Feb 5

    Hey buddy, thanks for the message! Just cranked out some lyrics so I'll try to take part again. See you around!

  • @nancyrost  Feb 5

    I will be a collaboroster and not my compost-punk alter-ego, collaborotter.

  • @nancyrost  Feb 5

    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".)

  • @hbusse  Feb 5

    Your comments are the best. They are witty and fun and they make me smile. That is all. โ˜บ๏ธ

  • @carlos Feb 4

    Hi John! Thx for the listen... yeah itโ€™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?

  • @dasbinky  Feb 4

    If it wasn't clear, the "you" in "Think That Maybe" is explicitly "John Crossman". On some nights, "John Grossman", but only in print.

  • @mikegtz  Feb 4

    Hey John, thanks for the nice hello again. I will be checking in on you and your new songs.

  • @corinnecurcio  Feb 4

    Hiya John!

  • @valeriecox  Feb 3

    John! Thanks for the comment and for boring my typo on the URL. Very helpful, especially since I'm a terrible typist.

  • @mistermann  Feb 2

    You got some time friend! Happy anithesizing or anti-synthesizing or whatever the appropriate made-up verb is here.

  • @mistermann  Feb 2

    Hey you! Ready for your ANTI on Auntie Sin chain #4.

    Have fun!

  • @musuko  Feb 2

    Thanks so much for your kind words on my first little tune, made me super glad. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @paulotteson  Feb 1

    Hey @johncrossman - Yeah! Bring on the madness... Hope you're doing well in this crazy world. Looking forward to some new tunes.

  • @ellsworth  Feb 1

    Thanks @johncrossman. Noticed your Trip Shakespeare influence. Love that! I saw them perform a lot in my college years here in Minneapolis. So fun. Have a good FAWM!

  • @kadmad202  Feb 1

    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!

  • @apolez3 Feb 1

    Happy FAWMing!

  • @danvaillancourt  Jan 31

    John! Looking forward to another year. Can't wait to hear what you come up with!

  • @rickachu Jan 31

    Thanks for the welcome!!

  • @chasingandromeda  Jan 31

    Sounds fantastic. Canโ€™t wait.

  • @autoclamp  Jan 31

    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!

  • @chasingandromeda  Jan 31

    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!

  • @rayboneor  Jan 31

    Yes, I am a person, too. If your songs are half as good as the description @toms wrote below, then, yes, I will want to listen ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @sueawesome Jan 31

    (we should do a song about that february girl)

  • @sueawesome Jan 31

    3) that she always brings good company

  • @sunnymae  Jan 31

    Thanks for the call to morph!!
    It's getting real. Have fun ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @mikedebenham  Jan 31

    Have a great FAWM, John.

  • @gslade Jan 30

    Stalk away man. And I'm always geeked for fun collaborations.

  • @charliecheney  Jan 30

    I should do some statistical analysis and see if I can increase my noun usage by .3% per song maybe

  • @steventylerpjs  Jan 30

    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.

  • @lazyafro  Jan 30

    Hello hello! Happy FAWMing!

  • @erbaer  Jan 30

    Hey there! Have a great FAWM!

  • @piney  Jan 30

    I am hoping to do a few ๐Ÿ˜€ Happy FAWMing!

  • @helenseviltwin  Jan 30

    Hey hey X-man!

  • @kahlo2013 Jan 30

    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.

  • @ineloquentsd  Jan 29

    Recovering perfectionists of FAWM unite! I think weโ€™ll make this a fantastic FAWM. ๐Ÿ˜Š (PS: Love the Ursula K Le Guin quote. Exceedingly apt.)

  • @leslie  Jan 28

    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.

  • @leslie  Jan 28

    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." ๐Ÿ˜‰ I am happy to hear what you create this year, as always.

  • @writeandwrong  Jan 28

    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!๐ŸŽต๐ŸŽต

  • @owl  Jan 28

    Happy FAWMing, John! I look forward to hearing this year's creations from you.

  • @sapient  Jan 28

    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... ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • @hbusse  Jan 28

    John Crossman! Yes Iโ€™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!

  • @jamkar  Jan 27

    Yes and you as well John. I anticipate a great FAWM!

  • @unpronounceable Jan 27

    Aww. Hey friend. Thanks for stopping by. Good to see you ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @jendistad  Jan 27

    Thanks John. Great to see you back! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @metalfoot  Jan 27

    So glad to see you here!

  • @zecoop  Jan 27

    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. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @theresaj  Jan 27

    Hello, my friend. Itโ€™s been far too long. Will be nice to hear your music once again!

  • @crisp1  Jan 27

    Hi, John. No worries, these things are always so crazy. Have a great FAWM and if you see something you like, just holler!

  • @andrewjtaylor  Jan 27

    CS Lewisโ€™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 Iโ€™m choosing to engage and develop the interest. I think another factor is I havenโ€™t written a song since FAWM so itโ€™s the usual doubt I can even do it again! But thatโ€™s normal. For every song just about.

    Great to hear from YOU, John!

  • @debs  Jan 26

    Hello Mr. Crossman! So good to see you around these parts again!

  • @andrewjtaylor  Jan 26

    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.

  • @sunnymae  Jan 25

    Hey John!
    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.

  • @ericdistad  Jan 25

    Good to see you back again Sr. Crossman! Have a great FAWM!

  • @fiftydegrees  Jan 25

    Good to see you back and happy #14! The equivalent of FAWM high school!

  • @standup  Jan 24

    Happy FAWM 2021

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  Jan 24

    Hello you beautiful hunk of a man, you.

  • @cts  Jan 20

    Crossman....'s been a minute. You ready?

  • @tempbinky Jan 19

    Birth is a curse and existence is a prison.

    We are all temporary in our permanence.

    Including this account, which apparently still exists.

  • @kristian  Jan 18

    oh I agree. Time is a cruel mistress. with spiked whips and a bad hairday. And a german accent. And way too long fingernails. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ I might be derailing

    have a great FAWM x-man! The collabing needs to happen

    oh and "kB" ... totally hipster.

  • @dasbinky  Jan 18

    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.

  • @cowex  Jan 13

    Hello the human! I support the underpromisewear look.

  • @toms  Jan 13

    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. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @elainedimasi  Jan 12

    Yep, I cannot wait to get started!

  • @tcelliott  Jan 10

    Heya, JX. Hope to hear lots of your stuff this year.