midwayfair 14


21218 US   Feb 2013


Artist Bio

Influences:   Mark Knopfler, Josh Ritter, Tom Waits, The Waterboys, Richard Thompson, Gillian Welch, Indigo Girls, Sam Cooke, Marquez, Calvino, Eco, and many many others

My name's Jon. My band is Midway Fair, which includes Joe Scala (@joetime), who encouraged me to do FAWM starting in 2013; Rick Vaeder, who gave FAWM a shot a few years ago; and Tim Taormino.

2020: I'm back! Going to take it slow. As my wife says, regardless of how many songs FAWM says you need to win, even one is a win.

Good luck to everyone!

Gear's pretty nonstandard, so here's some geek notes:
RME Fireface UCX interface -> Logic Pro X.
Pres: ART Pro MPAII, and a 2-channel FET+Germanium pre I designed & built.
Rack comp: Stereo 1176 with some really heavy modifications I made.
Mics: This year primarily an ELA251 clone for vocals and RM6 ribbon mics for guitars (all built/assembled by me), and a Line Audio OM1 for the room mic. Near at hand are some FET 47s I built and my beloved EV Re20.
Acoustic guitars: Koa Larrivee D5, Crafters of Tennessee D18 (anything with a pick), and a pretty handmade Japanese guitar my dad gave me recently.
Electric Guitars: Red tele w/ Kinmans, the Don Quixotecaster, and a Sheraton 50th anniversary.
Keys: Roland FP5
Bass: Epiphone Viola bass with rewound pickups by John Benson & some tinkering with the wiring by me.


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  • @mfunky Feb 28

    Thanks for showing me FAWM. This month was intense, but in a very positive way!!!

  • @lishie5000 Feb 17

    Re: Painted Ladies...yes!! You totally got it...could be houses, or...!
    Can’t wait to see what it will sound like when my collaborators are done with it.

  • @defaultdave  Feb 9

    Thanks for the comment on “A ticket a casket”
    I saw the challenge show up when looking into our future, it isn’t good....

  • @bethdesombre  Feb 7

    Thanks for the specific suggestions/comments on Wind the Clock -- that's exactly the kind of thing I was hoping for! (And I'm with you on the second verse/first verse distinction; I think what's now the first verse may well just be a placeholder.)

  • @ginomakesmusic Feb 5

    Thanks for listening to my traaaack, in:re The People Been in Hell, I'M singing with me!! Overdubbed it in logic after the solo one-take.

  • @jacobeverettwallace  Feb 5

    Thanks for the listen and feedback on "Carry My Bones"-- much appreciated! The lyric def needs some tweaking. I kept changing the chord progression while writing which probably leant to the unsteadiness and the odd turnaround in the pre-chorus. I'm a "piano poser" so I was just playing 1-chord notes with the right hand and bass notes with the left the whole time and couldn't figure out which chord to transition into that 6minor of the chorus. Ah. Decisions. Not sure it's a real PC either, I'm just an over-labeler. Ha. Anyway, thanks for taking the time!

  • @midwayfair  Feb 3

    @hamiltonpoolhall Ah. I know what you're talking about.

    Dropbox puts "?dl=0" at the end when you just grab the link, which isn't a valid URL to FAWM. If you go to "Download MP3" it should still work on any browser. The player has never worked for me on Firefox regardless of the presence of URL endings. (I haven't tried on other browsers.)

  • @hamiltonpoolhall  Feb 3

    Thanks for the comments (and the link 😀) - there are a few posts in the Forum about Dropbox links, detailing the need to tweak the start and end of the Dropbox-generated URLs. You may already know this but I find I have to look it up again every year...

  • @hamiltonpoolhall  Feb 3

    Hey, happy to see you hear again! Just a head's up; I tried playing your second song and it wouldn't. I only mention it because I've noticed some trouble with my own Dropbox-hosted songs' playback - they work in Safari but not in Firefox. For some reason, I cannot get yours to play back even in Safari. For what it's worth, and it could totally just be an issue on my end of things of course. But just from your tags, I wanted to listen, and then the liner notes had me *really* wanting to check it out!

  • @ginomakesmusic Feb 2

    Happy to see you're still kicking as well! Have a happy FAWM, bud!

  • @oddaustin Jan 24

    I wish you good fortune in the carnage to come.