Ken Mattsson 22


Arlington US   Feb 2020  

Artist Bio

Influences:   David Roth, Dave Webber, Fred Small

Vocalist in the classical and folk traditions. Play a number of folk instruments (hammered dulcimer, ukulele, whistles, recorders, flutes, autoharp, concertina). Have written some dance tunes but never written a song. I'm using this as an opportunity to kick myself in the butt and give myself permission to say that it's all crap and still put it out there. I've done NaNoWriMo twice, but this is a whole new challenge. Don't know how far I'll get but I hope to push myself.

First FAWM 2020: broke my shoulder skiing in the middle of the month, so I didn't finish.

FAWM 2021: Recruited three songwriting friends to join me, and I managed to do more than 14 songs! Amazing. Also finding out that I give major bard and troubadour vibes to everyone. Trying to simultaneously ride that and break it to see what I can do. I've definitely pushed myself and found where the areas I need to grow into (especially music production).

Pronouns: he/him

Songs (22)

#1 Scene of the Crime 22
4 weeks
#2 Four Little Strings 15
4 weeks
#3 Michael Row 11
4 weeks
#4 Inertia 12
4 weeks
#5 Michael Row @metalfoot  13
4 weeks
#6 Three Jolly Young Men 15
4 weeks
#7 Snow Drifting Slowly Down 25
3 weeks
#8 Michael Row @berni1954  14
3 weeks
#9 Relationship Ferment 13
3 weeks
#10 Pardon My Love @crisp1  11
3 weeks
#11 Ukulele Etude #1 13
3 weeks
#12 Mi Scias Kun Koro 4
2 weeks
#13 Memoro De La Lago/Memory Of The Lake @tuneslayer  6
2 weeks
#14 Mi Scias Kun Koro @estebanlartigue  6
2 weeks
#15 Wish I Knew How To Break Through 15
2 weeks
#16 Break the Ice @cindyrella  13
2 weeks
#17 The Boy and The Sentinel 10
1 week
#18 Like A Whiny 10 Year Old 4
1 week
#19 One Small Flame 11
1 week
#20 The Infinite Game 3
1 week
#21 Michael Row (morph - FAWM-24) @moonraccoon  5
6 days
#22 Embrace Good Superpowers @kahlo2013 13
6 days


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  • @daveyboy103  13 hours

    I thought the country or semi country ones might suit?

    Have a chill and take a listen when refreshed but you can tackle any of them as far as I am concerned as you juts never know what will work.

  • @tamsnumber4  1 day

    Thanks for listening to my collab with mikeb "I Want to Go Back", I appreciate it!

  • @nightwing521  1 day

    You said that you knew of music composed for "The Antediluvians Were All Very Sober" by Benjamin Franklin. Where? By whom? And when?

    I'd love to have music composed during Franklin's life but I'll write some if I can't find anything else.

    I collect drinking songs. ... and write them occasionally, ... obviously 😁

  • @daveyboy103  2 days

    Hi Ken

    Have a look through my stuff and see if anything grabs you.

    It would be cool to try that


  • @ofishell  3 days

    Ken, I replied to you on one of my own song pages about the duet, but someone mentioned that people aren't as likely to see them that way, so I'm coming to your soundboard as well! Next year, if I participate, I'm going to try to make duets the majority of my work, so I'll be reaching out. Congrats for such great work this FAWM!

  • @lizbrinker  3 days

    Hey, @kenmattsson ! You are too kind. 22songs! Whoa! Which ones shall I choose? Give me 3, to start.

  • @moonraccoon  3 days

    Thanks, Ken! I'm so glad you approve of my lyrical additions to Michael Row. It was challenging to play (I've never before thumb strummed at the 12th fret, for the guitar passage after the choruses) and sing (getting over a cold--the non-chord notes could have been tighter, but I'm also my own worst critic). Cheers!

  • @vivalarayna 3 days

    Thanks so much for your kind comments on "I'm Getting Through"! Sadly, I'm in the Arlington thats a tad further south (Virginia). Congrats on hitting 22!! Thats fantastic. I'll just say that my first few FAWMs, I tended to write in a very small and specific box that felt comfortable to me. Most of it was crap, but it was the rap I *knew* how to make. That began to shift last year, and this year, I feel like I've finally broken out of it. So keep with us (are you considering 50/90?) and I guarantee that you'll start to expand that range when you least expect it, especially after listening to the amazing variety here. Just don't break anything else!

  • @gm7  4 days

    THX for comments on "wondering" i gave Robyn a black canvas and she painted a wonderful colored picture.
    Thx again1

  • @daveyboy103  5 days

    I would say take out a groove3 subscription if you don't have one already. Some great videos on there, costs about $15 a month.

    Lots of video training on there in these areas, compression, DAW usage etc.

    Also get Logic Pro, circa $140, if you can as a step up from garageBand

  • @wolfkier 5 days


  • @wolfkier 5 days

    Is there something I'm missing? Doesn't need to be a big review, just whatever you feel like conveying after listening; feedback, critique, impressions, feelings, thoughts, encouragement, whatever. Waiting on your first tat back from my first tit on your song #1... let's get this #tit4tat ball rolling! 😀

  • @celineellis  5 days

    Ken - thanks for stopping by and your kind words my friend. Ive had such a nose dive today and thats just picked me right back up again!

  • @liz561  5 days

    Ken, you really threw yourself into this challenge with skirmishes, collabs and everything else, not to mention the support you gave to others. I think you really excelled!

  • @saltyjohn 6 days

    Thanks, Amber did a great job with my lyrics.

  • @kahlo2013 6 days

    Thanks! My comment was added to the liner notes😊

  • @kahlo2013 6 days

    Yes! I love it! Your music is perfect! I left a note on the song page! Thanks a million for bringing my lyrics to life! If you have a chord sheet I would love to see it so I could learn it!

  • @nateger 6 days

    Hey Ken, I appreciate your comments and support throughout FAWM! Your encouragement means a lot 😁

  • @bradbrubaker  6 days

    Thank you for the very nice note; it was meaningful to me. Hope to see you next year!

  • @kahlo2013 6 days

    Thank you! Of course I would love that!

  • @lizbrinker  1 week

    Hey, @kenmattsson ! It’s an app for iPhone called Acapella. It has been a godsend during pandemic. I highly recommend! And thank you for your lovely comment on The Lone Night Owl 🦉

  • @tukayandryan  1 week

    Thank you so much for your lovely feedback on our songs. It means a lot 😊

  • @freddie13 1 week

    Wrote the song for you Ken..
    Yes curling is pretty popular up here.
    Thanks again for all your support its been an amazing experience.
    Stay in touch..I'm on Facebook.
    Great job on your fawm as well.

  • @liz561  1 week

    And congratulations to you too!! I think you really pushed yourself. I'm glad you were able to do it after having to drop out last year!

  • @metalfoot  1 week

    That's the self-challenge at the moment, just because I never dreamed it was possible but if you're stuck at home more than usual and you have all these instruments sitting around and a community who will listen... stuff happens! LOL

  • @estebanlartigue  1 week

    thank you for your comments! its fun to just do stuff!!!! fix later !!

  • @yam655  1 week

    I didn't say this earlier, so I'm saying it now: Congratulations on hitting (and surpassing!) 14 songs this year!

    I'm so glad I could introduce you to the FAWM community! You seem to be settling in quite well! <3

  • @moonraccoon  1 week

    Looking forward to the collab. I don't see an email address link in your profile. Could you email me at roostertree(at)gmail(dot)com ?

  • @tukayandryan  1 week

    Thank you so much for your lovely comments on our first go at a skirmish 😀

  • @coolparadiso  1 week

    Eat, sleep what are these strange February rituals of which you speak! 1 march i slide back into the shadows!

  • @guatecoop  1 week

    Yes, it was very good to meet you! Thanks for coming out.

  • @freddie13 1 week

    Ken, I really want to thank you for all your support and great comments.
    Not being one to be over confident...This past month has been really an amazing experience and has really broadened my imagination.
    Even though I did not comment on a lot of your songs I truly enjoyed hearing all of them.
    Thanks again..

  • @tawalker 1 week

    Many thanks for your kind comments on "Winter's End" 😀 I'm not going to lie: I'm figuratively exhausted after this FAWM, even though I feel I've produced some of my best work from the last couple of years in the last few weeks. Three songs to go, and a good part of me just wants it to be over... but odd as it may sound, I feel really good about what I've achieved this time around. Well done for getting over the finish line yourself!

  • @nateger 1 week

    Hi Ken! Your words are so kind and make my heart so happy. I'd absolutely love to connect and see you on stage as well 😊

  • @tuneslayer  1 week

    Of course I was using the 14th edition of Stovall's, the one with the green cover. The one with the blue cover didn't include that part. I'm not surprised you don't remember; the acrimony, lawsuits, broken marriages and spoiled vintages of Cabernets aren't something any of us are keen to remember.

    I'm glad you enjoyed "The Game's Afoot." I had the idea a couple of weeks ago of doing a comprehensive list of Tube stations along the lines of Tom Lehrer's "The Elements" or Yakko Warner's recitation of the nations of the world to the tune of the Mexican Hat Dance, ending of course with a triumphant "Mornington Crescent!" Unfortunately there aren't enough rhyming pairs in the list of Tube stations for a song, and I kept trying to fit it to the tune of the Mexican Hat Dance. It wasn't until something else I was doing reminded me of Lillibullero that things started clicking.

    At any rate I'm glad you liked it. I really do enjoy playing MC here and if it didn't exist, I'd have to invent it.

  • @mikeb 1 week

    Thanks for the comment on 'I Want to Go Back', latest collab with Tammy.

  • @mckillop  1 week

    Hey, Ken, thanks for your good words on "Killer Song"!
    I appreciate you listening to it.
    Love what you did with the two songs on the "breaking ice" skirmish.
    I've go a uke, and I wish I was making time to learn to play it.
    It is a great sound.
    All the best for FAWM 2021!

  • @bethdesombre  1 week

    Thanks for your feedback on Unravel; so sorry to hear it speaks to your experiences! I'd be happy to have you cover it sometime; just check back because I may well edit it a bit once February is over. (I'm pretty findable on the interwebs.)

  • @oaksnprairie  2 weeks

    Thank you for your kind comments. I'm always a little shy about going high, so I'm glad it worked.

  • @jeustan  2 weeks

    It was my pleasure! I think that's great, you have a way with melodies and I like your unique style!

  • @cindyrella  2 weeks

    Go ahead. If you want. Thanks

  • @metalfoot  2 weeks

    As always, the lyrics I write may or may not be autobiographical. I am more an ambivert than a straight introvert.

  • @estebanlartigue  2 weeks

    Thanks for the comment at some point im coming back and remove that first lone of choruses 😂

  • @estebanlartigue  2 weeks

    oh nooo... i think refrenkoruso might mean "chorus"??? i sang it as part of the chorus 😁

  • @estebanlartigue  2 weeks

    Hi I tried to have a melody on Mi Scias Kun Koro, so i added it in your collaborations! i think i messed up really bad in the last choruses cause this thing needs practice lol

  • @dantanz1 2 weeks

    Thanks man!

  • @estebanlartigue  2 weeks

    hi! i can try a collab on the esperanto song? Mi Scias Kun Koro
    im also new on collaborating so it could be a good fun experience

    ping me in my board or send a message to

  • @tuneslayer  2 weeks

    Huh. So that's what "Memoro" sounds like. 😀

    You're very close to what I had in mind. I'm still hoping I can figure out a way to pull together an accompaniment using a bandoneon, but I can also envision the singer, sitting alone with his guitar (or ukulele) singing in a simple strumming style that I associate with "Cielito Lindo." Your voice is perfect for that setting.

  • @lizbrinker  2 weeks

    @kenmattsson , you are too kind! I’m glad you enjoyed Voluntary Hostage!

  • @tuneslayer  2 weeks

    You came up with the idea and initial words for "Memoro," so I think collab credit is justified. And yes, please do record it! I look forward to hearing the recording.

  • @oaksnprairie  2 weeks

    Thanks for your kind words. I'm feeling a little overwhelmed with the technology I got for my birthday. I really just want to write songs in February, and not figure out hardware and software. On the other hand, it was fun to harmonize with myself!

  • @lizbrinker  2 weeks

    Hey, @kenmattsson ! Just read your comment about Sea Shantys (Shanties?) and was wondering whether you had ever been to the festival in Mystic, Connecticut. I hope to make it there some day when the world is open. It is traditionally held in June.

  • @andrewjtaylor  2 weeks

    Thanks so much for your kind encouragement, Ken. I really appreciate it. FAWMs been off the radar, but I finally got through that 1975 book I’ve had and haven’t read since I bought it in 2004! I’m currently making a digital catalog of all the exercises and figures. I’m confident this is the missing link in the methodology I’ve acquired thus far. All singing exercises which help with pitch, tone and resonance but don’t actually solve the main problem: strain. It’s been elusive and subjective (how can it not be when our instrument is hidden behind the throat, mouth, nose, and forehead?). This method takes singing out of the picture entirely till the very end. It’s all about musculature from a scientific perspective. And not just theory. Now to start applying.

  • @tuneslayer  2 weeks

    Well. Now I have something to work with. Let me chew on what you've written for a while.

  • @tuneslayer  2 weeks

    Unfortunately . . . how best to put this? I have yet to write any lyrics in Esperanto. Not that I wouldn't like to, but I'm still working my way toward what I would consider to be sufficient fluency. Also, rhymes don't come as easily to me in E-o as in English. Probably that's a function of knowledge of vocabulary.

    I've been listening to Muzaiko to get an idea for what other people are writing in the hope that will help. There are also a couple of books that might help, like a 'reversed dictionary' (words listed by the reverse of their roots). Hopefully someday soon.

    Allow me to reverse the offer. If you have lyrics you've started in Esperanto, I'd be happy to collaborate, either on fleshing them out as best I can or adding a melody. It can't be any harder than an inverse double lateral Bakerloo Line pirouette.

  • @bradbrubaker  2 weeks

    No prob. Happy FAWMing!

  • @pumpkinhead 3 weeks

    Röstånga is very beautiful. I have some friends there and the nature is just amazing. After Covid we can do those things again, I'm sure.
    Peace <3

  • @pumpkinhead 3 weeks

    Hi Ken. I'm glad you liked Gräbban. I have a genuin Skåne accent but usually sing with a somewhat thicker accent than I speak. Now I'll dig into a couple of your songs.
    Peace <3

  • @bradbrubaker  3 weeks

    Hey! I saw you comment back to someone in the song comments. Unfortunately, that won't likely get seen. The better bet is to respond direct on someone's Soundboard/Wall.

  • @dantanz1 3 weeks

    Thank you kindly for the comment -Yours truly, Dan

  • @lizbrinker  3 weeks

    Wow, @kenmattsson , what a lovely comment! I’m so glad you enjoyed My Neighbor, Conway!

  • @oaksnprairie  3 weeks

    Oh wow! I didn’t remember commenting on your inertia song. It must have been lingering in my subconscious. I started the lyrics sitting in my recliner, and later added them to the do re mi melody.

  • @crisp1  3 weeks

    That's very generous of you, Ken. Thanks!

  • @crisp1  3 weeks

    OK, great. Thanks. Have fun with it!

  • @scubed  3 weeks

    Thanks for the kind comment on “Meet in the Middle”!

  • @yam655  3 weeks

    Nine songs and 10 days in. Well done! It really is going easier for you this time. 😀

  • @crisp1  3 weeks

    Well, go for it! (Pardon My Love). If you don't think you'll actually do it, maybe you can let me know, because another songwriter has indicated he's interested, too. Thanks!

  • @trolls2 3 weeks

    thanks for your kind comments on 'Sweet Man'.

  • @daveyboy103  3 weeks

    I do agree on Erin's piece, I also love the one with just the acoustic guitar, I think my arrangement brings it somewhere , somewhere different.

    It's a really great song and a great singer though so that makes it a lot easier to work with.

  • @dantanz1 3 weeks

    Than you so much, and yes, I think you may be right, "Scanlon's Harbor" might be a better title.

  • @berni1954  3 weeks

    Agree with your comment on the shanty forum about what constitutes a shanty. I hope you think mine fits the bill.

  • @bradbrubaker  3 weeks

    Yup, the autoharp was layered in distortion, haha

  • @candle  3 weeks

    Thank you so much for your zongbust on Bolest! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

    See You In The Shadows…

  • @berni1954  4 weeks

    Glad you liked my "Asking for a friend" - The Tenor is so flexible. It can double as a single course Mandola or else be tuned to a chord and give you Eastern Instruments potential or even four string Bouzouki like possibilities. Great value for money too from Harley Benton (Thomann).

  • @timmyriordan 4 weeks

    Hey Ken! Great to see you here. Hope you're doing well down the road by Spy Pond. I'm mostly lurking this year, I doubt I'll get around to posting a song, but it's always good to hear from a neighbor. Good luck with the month!

  • @metalfoot  4 weeks

    I am glad you liked it!

  • @nateger 4 weeks

    Only the good drugs

  • @metalfoot  4 weeks

    It was fun to set- thanks for letting me. 😀

  • @mikeb 4 weeks

    Thanks for the listen and comment on my collab song with Geoff!

  • @ductapeguy  4 weeks

    Thanks Ken: I linked the correct song in my song post for When you're a grownup.

  • @nateger 4 weeks

    Aww you're words make my song so happy! A song so long was edgy for part of me but I'm really proud of it 🙏

  • @stompinmary  4 weeks

    Hi Ken, thank you for listening to my song and for your kind comments!!! MB

  • @nateger 4 weeks

    @kenmattsson I appreciate your kind words! I'm honored that my song could change your mind about poop songs. That is high praise 😀

  • @elesimo  4 weeks

    Hi, Ken! Thanks for your comment on my #nihilistic-ambient song "If a tree falls in the forest", I'm glad you like the idea. Feel free to sample the song if you want to do something with it! 😉

  • @berni1954  4 weeks

    Glad you liked my "Armstrong Street" song. I really dug your Scene of the Crime. Will be back for the other one later. It's late here in Catalonia, right now.

  • @metalfoot  4 weeks

    The audio's there, just acting tricky because of how Chrome and Wave work. I'll try to get it working this evening 😀

  • @willowjean  4 weeks

    Thank you for all your kind words and encouragement on my songs!!

  • @roddy  4 weeks

    Thanks for your comment on my open E baritone ukulele. The tuning (from the lowest string ) is, E, G sharp, B and E. Hope this helps. I was cautious in taking the bottom D string up a whole step and so tuned it to D sharp for a few days first before moving up to E.

  • @andrewjtaylor  5 weeks

    Just 1 week till FAWM! With all the political turmoil 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 and every day/week/month/year we spend honing our craft is a day/week/month/year invested in our contribution to culture. Hope you have a great Feb./FAWM, no matter how you spend it.