Influences: 90s grunge and britpop, 60s rock'n'roll, 70s hard rock, 20s and 30s evergreens, classical piano of all ages, 50s and 60s bebop and all that jazz.
I wasted too many years waiting for inspiration. So many, in fact, that by the time I got round to FAWM, I was at a stage in my life where it could be considered irresponsible to indulge in childish pursuits such as note-stringing and word-weaving.
Last year, I finally wrote myself out of that pickle: http://bit.ly/songwritersmanifesto (in short - embrace it, study it, share it)
To think that I used to wince at motivational writing and now I was the one spewing it.
Oh well. A few decades would do that to a body. I like to think I have learned to live with my shortcomings. We'll see how long that lasts.
FAWM NUMBER FOUR!
I look forward to collabs and the agony of sleep (read "meeting friends and wishing there were 48 hours in a day").
Let's wreak havoc, make mischief and meddle with minds!
The Soundcloud page above is a laboratory for demos and the Bandcamp page is for finished work. I've been a slow finisher forever so last year finally saw me put out an EP despite the apparent lack of production. Fly in the face of finished, as the saying goes.
On the side, I teach music theory for songwriters through practical challenges. We just did one as a warm-up for FAWM: (https://fawm.org/forums/topic/8582/)
There's even a song that came out of it. Let's say it's my Song 0 for this year:
Have a great FAWM everybody!
I'm gonna have a proper look from Monday when I'm off work , not sure if I'm up to it to be honest - I've kinda got a lot of the religious angst out of my system but I'll see how I feel with a guitar in my hands
😀 Bike song and Trolley song. THe melody starts similarly because I suspect I'm self-plagiarising. It happens when it all starts happening fast! The trick is to put them at opposite ends of the album. 😁 Thanks for comments!
Lee! Thank you so much! You are ace!
Well indeed. This may be the very essence of the rock n roll paradox. Or I might be an idiot, which is more likely.
Thanks for all those close reads! And now...time to listen 😀
Thank you for your comment on Hug a Snowman!
I did - looks cool - leave it with me I'll see what I can do
might not get to it this weekend - am going to get up close and personal with a falcon!
My goodness, thank you so much for your input. I was unsure about the Moonlit Avenue line but because it was the first line of the song that came whilst noodling by a winter's fire I became attached to it. Shoot your darlings indeed. I'm also getting serious about writing and playing every day so I'd love to keep in touch with you. I just got a copy of Great Songwriting Techniques by Jack Perricone and I'm on the first chapter. If you have any other recommendations I'd love to hear them.
Thank you again for your critique. I'll listen to your songs this evening.. rushing off to work
Thanks for your comments!
Re Empty spaces/Queen - I love that song and had totally not made the link! (I wondered if you might have linked it more to “pappa can you hear me?”)
Re Bucket List - I would be mad as hell as the wife too! But was exploring an angle and went with it (I didn’t know when I started writing that it would go that way)
Re My dog has fleas - totally. In the setting it would be about creating something joyful with the child, then I’d probably get home and have a weep!
Go for it
Hey Lee! I'm here - in mind, spirit and body. I am In The Moment and Fully Pres...hey look at that delicious looking cheesecake....
Hi, Lee! Thank you for your kind comment on my lyrics for "Stunned and Unraveled". I do have a short clip up if you'd like to take a listen.
Thank for liking my donkeysong
Merci for your feedback on my track ! Wish you a great FAWM!
Thank you for your nice comment 🙂
Hey thanks for the comments and well-wishes. Have a good FAWM!
Dude, I am bringing it so hard this year.
Thanks for listening and same to you!
You too man!!
Hope you have a great FAWM, sir.
That's what I'm hoping! Welcome back 😀
hi, I look foward to hearing some songs from you, Have a great FAWM,
Several years ago I did a song with a minor 4th. I used a cue from Matt Blick’s Beatles Songwriting Academy. He calls them Tickets to Write. I usually use one of them each FAWM
Man, I loved your piece on songwriting and the importance of being yourself, exploring yourself, and sharing yourself. Great call to action sort of statement!
Hey, hey, hey! Hope you have a great time!
Oh I'd like to take a look at the emails if that's cool, I realise I was a bit late! adfollett [at] gmail [dot] com
Ooo maybe, but I did earmark a number of people last year so might run out of time - so if not this year, next year!
Hello my friend. Yeah, let's see how things are going after week 2.
I've got 3 (maybe 4) collabs lined up already
Ha, it's a tradition I believe! Hey, I watched your first theory video and as a recent piano/music reading/music theory leaner, that's really helpful! Thanks for sharing
Great to see you on board!