Linda Mielke 24


Ontario CA   Jan 22

Artist Bio

Influences:   Walking in my shoes. Events that seem to have shaped my life choices. I have had a lot of isolation during the last year, looking through photographs, and identifying some of the pivotal moments in my life choices.

This is my first FAWM.I have been learning to play an instrument for the past 5 years, and started songwriting almost a year ago. Joined a seniors jam at the local community center. i have a few songs on YouTube, Ms. Linda Mielke, along with quilting videos).
Inspired by @ductapeguy and @moonraccoon and @crutherford, here is my FAWM Cover 2021.

Songs (24)

#1 Me and Sylvia 18
Feb 1
#2 My Country Roads 15
Feb 2
#3 Bend In The Road 12
Feb 4
#4 Moss and Lichens 9
Feb 5
#5 My Sister's Getting Married 10
Feb 7
#6 Snow: A Little Cabin in The Woods 21
Feb 7
#7 Just Stop Dreaming 7
Feb 8
#8 Beat The Drum 10
Feb 9
#9 Four Pauls 9
Feb 12
#10 Yeah, Yeah, Yeah #fakeit 8
Feb 12
#11 Party Pieces 9
Feb 13
#12 Saturday Night Covid Style 12
Feb 14
#13 The Longest Hockey Game 6
Feb 15
#14 Blue Heaven 15
Feb 16
#15 Ode to A Canadian Icon 15
Feb 18
#16 Black Ice On The Road 13
Feb 20
#17 My Addiction 9
Feb 20
#18 Finally 10
Feb 21
#19 Expletives 14
Feb 23
#20 It's All Relatives 7
Feb 26
#21 Uncle Bill 8
Feb 27
#22 Daydreaming 10
Feb 28
#23 Sunday Morning 6
Feb 28
#24 My Last FAWM Song 13
Feb 28


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  • @kenmattsson  3 weeks

    @mandolinda I'm glad you liked the GarageBand tutorial. I'm trying to upgrade my knowledge and use also. Feel free to contact me at if you want to share experiences!

  • @gm7  7 weeks

    Oh Congrats for making 14 this's a great play isn't it?!

  • @gm7  7 weeks

    Thx "Wondering" was a great collab.
    And thx for your comments. I enjoyed your much imagery and memories....seems easy for you do write these.. a great gift.
    Enjoy and stay safe

  • @shelleroo1  Mar 8

    Hello there fellow Canadian and Fawmling! Thanks so much for your comments on my songs. I am also a late bloomer when it comes to songwriting. But isn't it the best? I'm so happy I found it, and FAWM.

  • @fuzzy  Mar 6

    Hey, I see that you're in Ontario; I am as well!! 😀

  • @katestantonsings Mar 6

    Thanks Linda! I subbed back on YouTube. You’re full of creative adventures! Songwriting, quilts, etc. I think that’s great!! So nice to meet you on here. You’re a solid songwriter❣️#tit4tat

  • @nadine Mar 5

    Thanks for all these comments and #tit4tat'ing .

    Skirmishes were fun though I am not contented with the results to finish these. Next year I'll try some more.

    "Claim to fame" is the only song having some kind of personal background or message. As a band we are quite often asked why we aren't famous, why we don't show ourselves in public, make money from music, do more social media etc. It's annoying explaining people, that we're already having lots of fun by ourselves. We don't need this!

    I'm so glad you got into songwriting. I like the way you tell stories, continue with that! As for the mandolin, you could try out some chords beyond major and minor. I use plenty of sus4, dim and aug to get some more drama. Don't know how that sounds on your mandolin. Just try 😀

  • @nadine Mar 5

    Thanks for your comment. I'll do six for you #tit4tat .

  • @katestantonsings Mar 5

    Thanks Linda! Want to connect on YouTube? What's your channel? I'll sub. #tit4tat

  • @kathym  Mar 5

    Thank you for your thoughtful comments on "Come Play With Me". It wasn't an easy song to write and not easy for a lot of people to comment on, so your thoughts mean a lot to me. I will be reviewing them all as I revisit the song and develop it further. I truly appreciate your time and support, Linda!

  • @kathym  Mar 4

    I'm finally catching up on all of the overdue thank you notes for having stopped to consider my song Sweet Louise. I take all comments to heart and truly appreciate everyone's comments. All the love.

  • @sheilerk  Mar 4

    Thank you for your comments 😊 and a late welcome to fawm and congratulations on making it a super successful one! I really like your FAWM cover. It says so much in one image.

  • @kenmattsson  Mar 4

    @mandolinda, I just found a video tutorial on YouTube for the "Super Beginner" meaning you don't know anything, and I found it really helpful. I think I can now start using GarageBand without being overwhelmed. Check this out:

  • @sapient  Mar 3

    Hi - thanks so much for visiting! Alas, no bluegrass. I love listening to it but have NO idea how to write like that... 😞
    But my output isn't all shouty metal (and even when it is I'm not a Satan and body parts kinda guy... more mythology and astrophysics).
    "There's a Storm Coming" is me being a cowboy, and my collabs with Gordon, "Antares", "the Quest For Heavenly Truth" and "Seven Minutes of Terror" are all super-slow songs about space. Hopefully there's something in there for you? 😀

  • @richaaaay  Mar 2

    Wow, congrats on being a great grandmother. We should all be so lucky...Hard to imagine you've only been at this for five years. You are a quick study...

  • @ferry0123 Mar 2

    Hey Linda, thanks for stopping by even though are styles differ so much! Doesn't matter. I can understand how my songs might come across. And it made me visit your songs too, which was quite pleasing, actually.

  • @richaaaay  Mar 2

    Hi...I’m game for some tit4tat. You thinking four songs? May I suggest Marco? be one of them.

  • @tawalker Mar 1

    Many thanks for all your kind comments this FAWM - much appreciated! You've been one of my favourite "discoveries" this time around: as you know, I love the mandolin, and it's not all that common to find a singer-songwriter who "majors" on it, so that's a 'plus'. I also really like your lyrics - witty, quirky, keenly-observed and often poignant - and in general, I hope to hear a lot more from you 😀 Sorry I haven't commented on more of your songs so far (I've had a whirlwind month, in and out of FAWM!), but I'll make a point of listening to more of them in the next few weeks. Be encouraged, and keep writing!

  • @willow1 Feb 28

    Graçias Lindissima! Un dia tomamos una cerveza un una cantina vieja. (o jugo, si quieres!)

  • @sheslin  Feb 28

    Ahhh it was a mandolin not a uke - I corrected my comment. I loved the sound under your vocals 😁!

  • @freddie13 Feb 28

    Another great song Linda
    You really rocked it at this fawm...
    Awesone job.

  • @lizbrinker  Feb 28

    Well, there’s your next song...early bird? Or, fear of darkness, @mandolinda

  • @gb9  Feb 28

    Thank you so much for the appreciation and kind comment on 'Time' 😀

  • @lizbrinker  Feb 28

    Thank you, @mandolinda , for listening to The Lone Night Owl! Do you belong to that club, as well?

  • @wylddandelyon Feb 28

    Thanks for stopping by! In answer to your question about what comes first, for me it's usually lyrics. But every song (and every song writer) is different, so when things aren't working, I experiment, goof around, noodle on instruments, and in general, experiment to see what works this time.

  • @quork  Feb 26

    Hi Linda, many thanks for listening and commenting on my songs. Agreed, that collection of #mandolin songs is fun to listen to. There are some impressive songs. Kudos to you on winning FAWM your first time out. I look forward to giving them a listen.

  • @metalfoot  Feb 26

    No idea why the difference in pronunciation. I'm a pastor by trade, not a chemist. LOL

  • @oaksnprairie  Feb 24

    No worries about double posts! I agree, March is for refinement. Most of my lyric sheets are heavily marked with crossed out words as time goes on.

  • @coolparadiso  Feb 24

    Ha ha thats a lot of questions in there and it deserves a detailed answer. Its all very doable and not as difficult as you might think! I am more than happy to link you to a number of places about rhyme styles and rhyme types and some lower cost options for moving from one take to better quality recordings. Probably best to email me at my music email! I am also in the process of building a website as a tool box for songwriters that links all sorts of stuff together but it wont be available for a few months yet. Hopefully for the start of 50/90 on July 4th.

  • @caitlin Feb 24

    Thank you for your kind comments on "Break the Habit". It means a lot! I had fun messing around in my DAW on that one. So much so, that I don't know that I can play it live - it's all midi instruments!

  • @lizbrinker  Feb 23

    @mandolinda , thanks so much! I'd wager that @richaaaay would fit like a glove with most people. He's that easy to work with. Thanks for listening to The Twelve Bar Blues!

  • @lizbrinker  Feb 22

    @mandolinda are you a fellow ironing fan? Thank you for listening to Smooth it out!

  • @tawalker Feb 21

    Thanks for recommending “The Oak On The Green” earlier 😀 I’ll let you into a secret: it was inspired (musically, in mood, and especially in the WW1 part) by “Dancing At Whitsun”, a lovely and moving song by Austin John Marshall (1937-2013 - married for a time to Shirley Collins). It’s about how the male-dominated tradition of Morris-dancing in England, was continued by women when the men went off to fight in WW1, and many never returned.

    I believe quite a few folk artists have recorded it, but I know the song from Tim Hart’s version on “Summer Solstice” (1971, with Maddy Prior). Very moving, with a gorgeous string arrangement by Robert Kirby (Nick Drake). I think it may show where I was coming from...

  • @willow1 Feb 21

    @mandolinda likewise!!

  • @rangermike  Feb 19

    Congratulations on achieving your album. It's all great stuff. MC.

  • @lizbrinker  Feb 17

    Thank you, @mandolinda ! Voluntary Hostage describes many of us these days, I fear.

  • @ductapeguy  Feb 17

    Yay. 14 songs. You rock.

  • @oaksnprairie  Feb 16

    I’m glad you enjoyed Don’t Make me Go to LA. I’m just dipping a toe into adding tracks to my recordings.

  • @lizbrinker  Feb 16

    Hi @mandolinda ! Thank you for your encouraging comment on my soundboard. I use an app called Acapella, for iPhone or iPad, that allows me to choose how many parts to include on each song, whether they are done by me or as a collaboration with someone else. It has been a godsend during shutdown.

  • @oaksnprairie  Feb 15

    I've found it very hard to do a song about quilting. I did one last year called Pieces which had a quilting verse. Normally I'd say yes to a collab, but I feel overwhelmed this year trying to write. My family didn't help by giving me recording equipment for my birthday, and now I've got to figure it all out!! (My no. 6 song is with the new stuff--just two tracks, still pretty basic). Maybe next year? (I've just noticed other writers on your soundboard are giving you tech support, so you know how I feel.)

  • @berni1954  Feb 15

    PS To add bars after the last chorus (ie Bar 32 3rd repeat) go to
    Song Settings and define a tab. Example - you wan tthe chorus to repeat once after the final chorus. So where it says Tab Exists - Click on the empty box to add one. Then where it says "Tag Starts After" put 32 (no intro) 36 (4 bar intro) and "Tage Ends" put 48 (assuming a 16 bar chorus)

    I hope this helps and that I am not teaching my grandma to suck eggs. The programme is both easy and yet incredibly complex if you need it to be. Advanced users can make their own styles, or build hybrid styles borrowing the bass (or piano, or guitar, or all of them) from one style and adding it to another, etc. Plus many other features I seldom use, as I just use BiaB as a sketch pad.

  • @berni1954  Feb 15

    Hi, you asked me about Band in a Box. There are some great tutorials on using it on YouTube. But here is how I use it and some key pointers
    When I record using BiaB I then transfer the resulting backing track to a multi-track digital recorder where I add live instruments and voice. Then I edit the result into an mp3 which I use as the sound track of a video that I record in my bedroom, while I mime to the finished mp3.

    BiaB can be a bit daunting at first. Try browsing the styles (Style button under the one marked Song on the extreme left of your screen), hearing the demos associated with them. If one fits your inner ear's definition of a style you'd like to write in, pick that style. Now return to the main area and try typing in a few chords. Experiment with them till you get a feel for a new song.

    Key things to know about BiaB is that the tab space key takes you to the next probable place for a chord change (half a bar usually). If you don't want a chord change there just hit tab again till you do. However, if you want a quick chord change faster than half a bar (example in "C") type in C,F, in the first half of the bar and Am,G in the second and you'll get four chords over one bar (a rare, but not unknown resource).

    Another thing about BiaB that is essential to know is how to structure a song. This is done using the box on the right of the Style Description Long Box - as a default it usually says: Start: 1 End: 32 etc.
    It is her you define how many bars your song has and how many times yoru chord pattern repeats. So, ofr example if your have a simple 3 Verse 3 Chorus structure. You leave 1-32 as yoru standard settign. Wrtie chords for the 16 bar verse and sixteen bar chorus and that's it.

    If you want to add an intro. Positiomn the cursor at the first bar, Click on EDIT - Add # of Bars for yoru intro (say 4). And the program automatically changes 1-32 to 5-36. The intro will play... but not be repeated between every round of verse / chorus.

  • @willow1 Feb 15

    Beat that drum!

  • @crutherford  Feb 14

    what a lovely message!
    happy valentine's day right back at you dear friend!
    i see you've written a new song!
    i look forward to diving in!

  • @tawalker Feb 12

    Thanks for your lovely comment on "When Spring Came" - I'm pleased to say my wife was delighted with it 😁

  • @dragondreams  Feb 11

    Thank you for the lovely feedback, Linda. 😀

  • @katpiercemusic  Feb 10

    Thanks for your comment on Insomnia Waltz. My uke can plug in, but I was playing into my mic in that one. I played it through a mic preset because I'm really not good at playing with levels yet, and my recording program has a bunch of nice presets that I like to use presets. This one was "subway." I think it has a lot of space and ambience.

  • @lnh  Feb 10

    Your do re mi song is awesome experimentation. And I love what you sing about. Would be a great song for a high school history class!

  • @crutherford  Feb 9

    I too was around pre-computer and remember the card catalogues. My first email address was when I went to UofT. Robart's is such a strange building. I love that you were protesting as an undergrad to gain access to it.

  • @rangermike  Feb 8

    Love your snow song Linda. I remember such a cabin where I often fled, but to get away from school; So then it was "shove school 😀 And thank you for your comments about my clutter song. I actually wrote it in my "office". MC.

  • @mishykatz  Feb 8

    Thank you for the listen and comment on my snow song! Stay warm and come visit if you get too cold <3

  • @pippa  Feb 7

    And I like your attitude. Keep it up!

  • @pippa  Feb 7

    Hi mandolinda, You asked if I have scores for my tunes. yes. They don't really settle down and straighten up until I transcribe them. I use MuseScore on the computer. It's free. It's kind of clunky but my tunes are simple. I don't really know music, I'm still beginning after 62 years. I have a web page and there are several up on there, under fiddle tunes.

  • @dantanz1 Feb 7

    Thank you so very much!!! Much appreciated. -Dan

  • @crutherford  Feb 7

    Agreed - love the crew of friends we have in here. It truly is marvellous.

  • @dragondreams  Feb 7

    That's really kind of you, Linda, thank you. 😀
    My secret formula is to ignore the record button and go for it. 😉 If I worry about that little red light, I can't get the notes out.

  • @aprilm  Feb 5

    Awesome! I lived in Orillia briefly a few years ago. So glad to meet a fellow Ontarian!

  • @aprilm  Feb 5

    Hi Linda - where in Ontario are you? I'm in Whitby. Welcome to FAWM!

  • @crutherford  Feb 2

    Hey Linda! You need to upload it to your Fawm file server as a jpeg. Then you can copy the link it gives for uploaded jpeg onto your bio. At least, that's what I did and it worked. 😀

  • @dephph Jan 31

    Hi Linda! It's Garn Happy fawming

  • @guatecoop  Jan 29

    Hi @mandolinda ! I just read on the forums that just joined us. Welcome to you! This is a great place and a great challenge. We’re glad that you’re here. Best wishes to you!

  • @metalfoot  Jan 27

    If you want people to see your replies, you should write them on their wall. It's a little confusing at first but once you get used to it it's a reasonably useful system. Welcome to FAWM!

  • @mandolinda  Jan 26

    @katpiercemusic thank you. I am new at this game, but old in years. I am not afraid to try new things. Just me and my mandolin.

  • @katpiercemusic  Jan 25

    From one FAWMLING mandolin player to another... welcome!

  • @mandolinda  Jan 24

    @dragondreams thanks. Anticipating the month of February, something I never thought I'd say this year.

  • @dragondreams  Jan 24

    Hi Linda. Lovely to see you here. 😀

  • @jmadison  Jan 24

    Welcome to FAWM! I just recently repaired my mandolin, and now I'm enjoying it immensely. Looking forward to your mando songs!

  • @timfatchen  Jan 23

    Another instrument I gaze at players of with awe. (does that make sense?) Welcome aboard!

  • @mikeskliar  Jan 22

    welcome to fawm!

  • @ustaknow Jan 22

    There is a thread here now with your instrument, - to help you navigate:

    That's the direct URL to it.

  • @ustaknow Jan 22

    Hello, welcome!

    For prior year examples, if one does an internet search on FAWM, many folks - tag songs with FAWM.

    FAWM may bring up other things that it stands for, not Feb Album Writing Month. However, any hit w/from "soundcloud" or "bandcamp" or any other music file server would be something to listen to.

    Many make albums/collections - named, e.g. "FAWM 2020", and likewise. [fawm 2020 albums bandcamp] could bring up many.

  • @gm7  Jan 22

    Welcome to FAWM!!
    I have a mandolin also and i should play it more ...thx for the kick in my

  • @mrgee1952  Jan 22

    Hooray and welcome!!

  • @fuzzy  Jan 22

    Oh it's gonna be great!
    If you have any more questions don't hesitate to ask around; we're all really helpful here!

  • @mandolinda  Jan 22


  • @mandolinda  Jan 22

    @ductapeguy , thank you. It took me 10 minutes to figure out who knew anything about my songwriting. I am somewhat out of my element tech wise, but learning to navigate the site.

  • @fuzzy  Jan 22

    Welcome to FAWM!!

  • @tseaver  Jan 22

    Welcome, and happy FAWMing!

  • @ductapeguy  Jan 22

    Yay- I'm so glad you've joined FAWM. I love your slice-of-life songs.