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.
Thanks everybody for a great FAWM! Every year I feel richer for being here, listening, talking and making music with you.
Or maybe the buzz hasn't worn off yet.
In any case, I'll be here through March and April, discovering and commenting, and if you're here too, do say hi!
Here's to the best crowd I've come to know!
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!
|#1||Roll That Rock||
|#4||We're the Sum||
|#5||THE EXISTENCE OF LISZT @lowhum||
|#7||You Are Not Alone||
|#8||You Touch Me||
|#9||Nothing More @fearlessflight2014||
|#10||Nothing More (double posting) @netnoise||
|#12||Give Me Sugar @lowhum||
|#13||The Girl I Fell For||
|#14||Dirty And Easy @nine||
|#15||The Deaf Song @petemurphy||
|#16||Trojan Horse @hamiltonpoolhall||
|#17||Like a God @lowhum||
Well, I'm glad you're still around to read it! I'm determined to comment on at least one song for every FAWMer on my watchlist. It's a modest goal from what I've seen around here, but it's a lot for me.
The Devil's interval! I'd not thought of it like that. It really works, but then they do say that the Devil has all the best tunes...
Thanks for the listens! I am -very slowly- working my way through your 5-day challenge. I got really derailed on -WHY- the major scale is the way it is, and started reading about micro-tones, and micro-tonal music. I am starting to put the pieces together. Thank you for your work on that.
Thanks for all the listens and comments!
I’d love to hear your rendition of “A Shy Seed Beats an Easy Shed,” and I’ll be patient.
I wasn't sure where to put "nettle" in "Never Settle," but @berni1954 introduced me to the idiom "grasp the nettle," which I think I'll incorporate when I come back around to refining the song.
Aw thanks for your comment on Dear June - I was delighted with how well the whole pencil thing worked, so I’m glad you liked it too!
I'll check it out! I'll be listening more, too but had an appointment to get to. 😎
Dude. Thanks for a million comments! 😁
I'll listen to that kids' song you recommended and I'll get to more of your stuff too! Cheers!
I had to look up QOTSA, lol... I do recognize the name, but have never heard them as far as I know (I don't get out much for music on the radio, haha). Thanks for listening - it was very fun! I think Mike has some good old fashioned distortion on his vocals on the verse, plus he doubles all the lead vocals for a cool effect, since they are not sung quite the same.
thank you for listening and commenting. i not sure about the vocals on rising stars either. wish howard kaylan was here to remind me how its done . i dont have the voice for this la la la stuff any more.
Thanks for the great comment on something new. It's funny that I do sometimes get suggestions that some songs sound very 90's like this band or that. Truth is that I missed most new music of the 90's due to a move, and my kids being born, lol. I couldn't tell you one song by Pulp (or Blur or... the list goes on). I have heard the name Lake Street Dive from Liz F but never actually heard them. Bands to check out I guess! Thanks again
Thanks for coming round to check out my tunes and commenting. Always enjoy your comments
Aw, thanks for all the listening love 😀 I'm working my way through your oevre as well but obviously have a ways to go...
Hi Lee thanks so much for dropping by and taking a listen to I Can Love You for today. I really appreciate your feedback on the structure. Glad you enjoyed it.
Yes bands in that vain. New wave 80s artists like Haircut 100, Duran Duran etc. Songs like Love is the drug by Roxy Music is another example. Thanks for that link, good song!
Ha! Thanks, but no, I have to chisel them out of the ground with a thesaurus and a rhyming dictionary just like anybody else 😀. So it was a treat to have them forked over on a silver platter, surrounded by sprigs of watercress.
That was so much fun to work on! Thanks again for inviting me to collaborate; I always mean to do more of it during FAWM so it was great to have such a great lyric just land in my lap like that. Looking forward to taking a tour through all the rest of your month once the dust settles...
I emailed you about "Trojan Horse;" let me know if you want to check it out before I post it!
Well done! I was wondering if anyone was going to mention the Cardigans because that's what I thought of when I was mixing the track.
I didn't mention it in the liner notes because I try not to influence the perception of the listeners too much.
I got ‘em! Thank you, that sounds like fun, I’ll take a look later today 😀
I got ‘em! Thank you, that sounds like fun, I’ll take a look later today 😀
Hey Lee! If you'd like to find out how I used and abused your rendition of Lose Yourself in the morph 3 challenge, check it out here: http://fawm.org/songs/96596.
Note: The first chord was an accident, I wanted to keep the D, but behind my back it changed itself in a Db. Weird intro this way... 😁
Lol on the subwoofer. My second FAWM went better than the first - I see my progress. Will hang around here for awhile. Hope to see you next year!
I sent a dropbox link for a vocal and bass for Nothing More. Let me know if you don't get the link. 😀
Hahaha your comment on Oh Sadie makes me happy! We were purposefully trying to keep the lyrics ambiguous to keep her horsiness a surprise til the end. But I think we overegged it a bit😂
Yes you can, but be quick because my FAWM is pretty much over by the end of this weekend. I'm being kidnapped by Canadians after that.
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!