Influences: bob dylan, loudon wainwright, lennon & mccartney, george harrison, richard thompson, grateful dead/jerry garcia, frank sinatra (& all the jazz standards he sang by gershwin, cole porter, rogers & hart, harold arlen, etc etc), john prine, dan bern, hank williams, tom lehrer, allen sherman, various classical composers, today's headlines, yesterday's obituaries, & lots more I guess..
I've in New York City , have done FAWM since 2006. I play acoustic & electric guitar, mandolin, bass, harmonica,and a few other string things. I write a mix of the serious & comic, and sometimes topical/political songs, but alot of other things too.
I have two older cds on CD Baby -"mike skliar" , at cd baby here: http://cdbaby.com/cd/skliar
and "Ship of State" (featuring many other fawmers singing on the title track and contributing to other tracks too) http://cdbaby.com/cd/skliar2
More recent projects are on bandcamp (mostly all free or pay-what-you-want (and free is fine!)-
Check out the many albums at-
These albums are sometimes drawn from the various FAWM and 50/90 (50 songs in 90 days) songs I wrote and recorded, with a little polishing and re-recording added.
Notes on a few recent projects:
"Sliding Back" (released Dec. 2018) -the most recent as of this writing, written and recorded in the summer and fall of 2018.
'Where do we go from here' (released March 2018)is taken from the best of last year's (2018) FAWM songs, with several songs re-recorded, eemixed, etc.
"Whatever Magic" (Fall 2017) is non-political (for the most part) .The one before that, "Summer of the Orange Disaster" is a political, anti-trump album written and released in the summer of 2017.
"Chill on Chill" is an electronica-flavored virtual instrument album called that's a big departure for me- an all-instrumental groovefest, and alot of fun, especially as you don't have to hear me sing!
Finally, the last few years I've been part of a collaborative musical project, "Seth & Skliar" with a good friend of mine who is a NYC Cabdriver- our debut album is a combination of spoken word, songs, poems & stories about NYC, cab driving, etc.. it's called "The Bards of Gridlock" - its great fun and a real trip!
the 'seth and skliar' project will hopefully also be active this FAWM and posting brand new songs here at http://fawm.org/fawmers/sethandskliar/
|#1||Serious case of midnight||
|#3||No one accused you of kindness||
|#5||Haunting and cleaning (ghost skirmish)||
|#8||Black Leather Jeans||
|#10||State of the Union (Feb 2019)||
|#11||Never settle for bad art (skirmish)||
|#13||Revelation (from poem by Robert Frost)||
|#17||Everything is Political||
|#18||Valentining (silver pink lining)||
|#19||Classical guitar study #2||
|#20||Born without the sports gene||
|#21||You are the national security crisis||
|#22||Have you seen my sadness?||
|#24||Life advice at 60 @sethandskliar||
|#26||Are you big enough for these times||
Thanks for your kind comments on “beautiful generation”, I often write quite direct and literally so glad I pulled the sarcastic tone off
Thanks for your kind remarks regarding Cruisin. We had just enough money for gas, it was 105 miles each way, and a cup of coffee.
Thanks for dezonging me! 23 already! Wow!
Hey Neighbor! Thanks for your late night comments on I Can Love You for Today. Believe it or not I used a sample sound for the lapsteel played thru my midi keyboard. Not bad, eh? 😮)
Your welcome Mike. My dad is a fan of Loudon too, so I feel a connection when I hear that in your songs.
Glad to see you're having a very productive and creative FAWM as usual. You haven't lost your touch!
thanks for your nice comment on my River Queen song. You said it sounded like I'd lived it....well years ago I was fishing for catfish in a lake in Kentucky. I'd had a bit to drink and I fell asleep in my chair, and when I woke up I had one heck of a big catfish on the line. But before I woke up it kind of was part of a dr eam, and I've always wanted to use that in a song. So yes, Iived part of it! Now I just have to find myself a houseboat and live the other parts. 😀
Thanks for your encouraging comment on my so-called "writers block". 😀 I will take your advice and try to get something (well anything) produced during the last 2 weeks.
Much for listening to my song ‘road trip’ . Cheers
Thanks kindly listening and commenting on my song.
Oh, well if the distortion is deliberate that's even better!
Thanks for your encouraging words on my bubblegum rock song.
Thanks for listening to and commenting on "Sneaking In". I appreciate the comments.
it's Pink FAMWlentine Day so I want to say I love your music, I love you and thank you for being an amazing songwriter, for talking about things that we need to talk about and for supporting me and being an amazing fellow musician. S2
Wow, you are cookin' 16 tunes already..."I have a lot of listening to do. Thank you for the kind words on "No Skinny Jeans". The lyrics are a melodic generating device for the composition. I really appreciate the comments.
Thank you for your comment on Heart Full of Questions! Unfortunately it will be past the range of February before my kid can join me on a demo, as they're away from home for a few weeks. They told me the lyrics to that one over the phone, and I posted it and wrote the tune from there. So there may well be more songs that they're involved in, but not singing duet with me till next month. *sigh*
On my song "LIAR" you said: "The tone reminds me a little bit of Richard Thompson".
OI say: "Greater praise hath no man received than this!" ✌
Thanks for your positive vibes about my "I'm a Believer" (Not a Cover).
That Tenor Guitar is sold by Thomann - a huge German instrument retailers, if you don't know them. It is their own brand one and costs about $150. It is a great instrument for the price. It's about the size of a 3/4 acoustic guitar. I find it very versatile.
Thanks mike..I know now is not the time to learn anything new but I need to step up my game and at least make my demo sound ok to where I’m not cringing so much..
Thanks for taking the time to help me...c
Thanks for the kind words on Biscuits and Redeye Gravy. It was a fun song to write. I need to check out some of your song!
Hey man, remember you from last time! Was gonna say good luck, but I see you're almost done! Congrats, man!
Aww. Thanks Mike. That comments means a lot coming from yourself! 😀
Peter has been and collected his guitar now, so I've had to go back to playing my steel-bodied Ozark. 😉
By 'eck! You've been busy with this songwriting lark. I'd better get busy with this song-listening lark. 😉
Mike, you're free to borrow lyrics anytime the muse tempts you. If I ever duet with you, I'm gonna yell the naughty bits. 😁
I found myself compelled to sing along with the “Never settle for bad art” chorus up an octave, and it sounded kind cool. Let me know if you’re interested in hearing it, and I’ll record it and email it to you. But don’t feel compelled to humor me if not.
MIKE! Thanks sooooo much for your comments on "Cling!" Probably what I look forward to most each FAWM 😀 BTW recording in Logic for the first time this year, using a better mic too. Determined to eliminate all the low end noise that muddies my stuff. Wish me luck!
Thank you for your comments on my JFK song. I don't usually write such long lines or have quoted words that I wanted to get in. It's pretty rough in the scansion department.
Your comments on my cigar box song are so kind. Thank you.
Yes, once i was writing the tune, it reminded me of one or two other niguns i had heard, and you know Mike it doesn't surprise me in the least that you were first to comment on the song and point that out, thanks! 😀
Thanks for the comment on "I Wanna Stay Here", Mike! There's definitely a huge '60s influence in Velvet Crush's stuff and I also play to it sometimes, so it might've slipped through subconsciously.
Hi Mike! Thanks, and yeah, hoping to get at few done. Hope you're having a good FAWM (will have a look at your stuff at some point) and things are good in general. Still yearning to return to NYC someday!
Thank you for the comment on my mando tune!! Much appreciated!!
Thank you so much for your kind words on my song, "L'Chaim." I'm glad you picked up on the pronunciation shift at the end. I thought about re-tracking it and going more 'correct,' but I decided that shifting to it at the end better showed that I really felt out of my element using the term, but eventually grew to understand/embrace it. A little bit of ret-conning, but I like it.
thanks for the positive review of my song "That Dress She Wore".
Happy you liked the twist in the last verse. Murder is certainly one possible interpretation. Have I been watching too much Netflix? 😉
Hi there Mike. Thanks for dropping by. Always good to hear from you.
Hey Mike - great to see you here again as well! And it doesn't feel like it's been as long, because I'm now dimly aware of your doings throughout the year thanks (or no thanks!) to social media. Looking forward to listening!
Hi Mike. Happy to find you here again. Looks like you still have plenty of fodder for your muse.
Hi, Mike. Thanks for your kind words on Parallel. You are welcome to set it to music if you wish. Cheers!
hey there! hope you enjoy yourself this summer!
Thank you for listening to Rob’s Birthday Song and for your kind note. Happy Birthday to you too! 🎂
Happy birthday, Mike!! Hope it's wonderful!
Thanks for the kind words on my song Mike. You're already off to a good start. Keep it up! 😀
Ha. Thanks for your comment, Mike. Remember when I was wrong about everything? I'm pretty sure you were right. 😀
I'll start listening through your stuff soon and I'm looking forward to more political songs from you too. All the best.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DEAR MIKE!!! sending you much love from Brazil, here's to many years of great health, great clear vision of the world and great music. 😁
Cheers for the comment Mike, glad you enjoyed the snark 😀 Have a great FAWM!
I see a resonator in your profile pic. I look forward to hearing that. Cheers, have a good un
Thanks Mike, much appreciated!
thanks mike, you too!!
thanks for commenting on my first few lines for this years FAWM <3
So, if you get me a lyric, you know I'm down to make music out of it. 😀
Thanks for listening to and commenting on "First Fruits." I agree that the vocals can be a bit hard to make out but it kind of fits the new "future" style vocals that a lot of EDM is using. It was an experiment and good enough for FAWM. I need to refine the process a little.
Just listened to your first track brother..You are amaZing...
You got this and then some...
Hey Mike! Good to see you too.
Here we are again
Thanks Mike! Happy Fawming to you!
Hey Mike! Good luck dude. Look forward to your take on politics this year round.
Thank you so much, Mike. You're very kind.
Hi Mike! Wishing you all the fun!
OMG glad to see you're still here! I took quite a break from Fawm, but I'm back and looking forward to hearing all your delightful tunes.
Have we already discussed the realization that this will be our 14th FAWM?!
I hope your FAWM is awesome... You always amaze.
Hi Mike, wishing you a wonderful FAWM! Anne 😀