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, tommorow's headlines, yesterday's obituaries, & lots more I guess..
I've in New York City ,and have participated in FAWM every year since 2006. I play acoustic & electric guitar, mandolin, bass, harmonica, a bit of dobro and banjo, and a few other string things. I write a mix of the serious & comic, and sometimes topical/political songs, but many other things too.
I have two older cds from back in 2000-2008 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, since 2012, are on bandcamp (mostly all free or pay-what-you-want (and free is fine!)-
Check out the many albums at-
Notes on a few recent projects (all on bandcamp)
2020 was a busy year for writing and recording- There were three (!) full-length albums-- "Copper Wheat Penny of 1911", which had mostly FAWM 2020 songs, released in March 2020, "Pandemic Reality" recorded and released in late spring 2020, and most recently "The year of 'can't even' " released in October 2020. Link to the most recent is here:
From the older ones, one very different project I should mention, "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! Its at https://mikeskliar.bandcamp.com/album/chill-on-chill
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/
How active I will be in this years 2021 Fawm remains to be seen, but it's nice to 'see' so many of you here....
what else?... he/him pronouns, ..........happy fawming everyone!
|#1||Punching Down (Screw you, Jimmy Fallon)||
|#3||Till the music stops||
|#4||Moon (skirmish- lyrics only)||
|#6||Pandemic Birthday @ianuarius||
|#7||Off the rails||
|#8||The cosmic dance of the human animal||
|#10||Stuck (skirmish song)||
|#11||Snow #2 (skirmish)||
|#13||What comes after||
|#14||Bouzouki bells (instrumental)||
|#15||Parliament of Owls||
|#16||Cruising Levittown in a '71 Dodge Polara||
|#17||Be Just / Just Be @sapient||
|#18||Can't unify under a big lie||
|#19||Blue raindrops (learn to dance)||
|#21||Black and white (skirmish)||
|#22||Nothing to be done with all these things @elainedimasi||
|#24||Yellow cabdriver in a black mask @sethandskliar||
|#25||Surreal Pairings @hummingbear||
|#26||What is going on with me||
|#28||Last night's dream/Black leather jeans (skirmish)||
|#29||Candle in slothcore (skirmish)||
|#30||Miner became a major||
|#31||Anti-vaxxers go F*** yourself||
|#33||Wave of Sadness||
|#34||Love creates its own vibration||
|#36||Castle dragondreams big collab thingy (comment there not here) @castledragondreams||
I've listened to both versions of "Punching down". You did a good job here! I really love to see the progress.
Thanks a lot for your comment! I cannot sing and I didn't plan to finish my sketch on the Cohen skirmish. It was sort of a practise. I'm glad you enjoyed 😉 Seems like I wasn't too wrong about his music though I've listened to him for the first time just before the skirmish.
Hey Mike. Sorry to hear about your mother in law. Hope you and your wife are ok, much love.
Oh my, that is terrible news. My warmest sympathies to you and your wife.
Sorry to hear, Mike. My sympathy to your wife and to you.
Hey, and thanks for the listening and comments!
Everything coming out alright? I may try to do those other two tomorrow
Thanks for your comments on Siren’s Lament, and especially on Questions - I agree, it became something really special from the combining of our parts! Thank you!
I'm still catching up on sending thank you notes for your having stopped by my song "When it Snows". I am so touched by the support and comments this song has gotten. I played this at a zoom open mic even though it's not quite polished and it was well received. I will be back in touch if I get the demo up in case anyone is around to listen. Your time and support mean so much to me and I really appreciate your having taken time for me, mike, as always.
Bro, you seem to be ervywhere on here- what a guy. You bring so much humility and encouragement to people- thanks for all you wrote. SO good to come to encouragement after a day of writing/recording and geeing yourself up for the next track. Really appreciate it. And congrats on...36!!
Glad you liked my "Asking for a Friend" and that you listened to "Morphine for the Pain" (on Youtube) - as you said, I didn't hold back on that one. But the writing of that was cathartic.
Thank you for your compliments on the autoharp sound. Part of that is that the autoharp is diatonic, with doubled strings through most of its length (and correspondingly fewer chords). I also have some chords that you don't often see on an autoharp (I cut all the felt on those chord bars myself). The doubled strings really do help make the sound more full, and being focused on fewer notes, so all the chords have notes in the lower registers helps too.
Mike, thanks for that heads up on creating an album. I've never used band camp. Is there a reason to do that there vs soundcloud? Also, what year did FAWM start? I see you've been doing it since 2006. That's the earliest year I've seen. I'm so curious what it must have been like back them. Certainly much smaller and more intimate I would imagine. FAWM, is awesome. Never heard of it before three weeks ago...
Thanks for noticing the ambiguity in the song Jenny. I do like having these ambiguity in lyrics and it is intentional as you note.
Thanks for your kind comments
Hi Mike, thanks for listening to some of my songs. I’d like to listen to some more of yours. Any in particular you would recommend? I particularly enjoy hearing some guitar, blues or otherwise. However, I’m game for whatever you would be excited to share. You have so many songs posted that guidance would be helpful.
If you listen to anything else of mine, I’m quite fond of Marco?, the collaboration I did with @lizbrinker. She is super talented and it was a pure pleasure to do a collaboration with her.
Mike I am away for 3 weeks then home for a month before off again! In May I April can we catch up and do an interview for the podcast and have you as featured artist! no rush but if thats ok i will need 3 songs but not until then! cheers
Thank you for welcome words! Nice to meet you!
Aw, thanks! I haven't given up hope on hitting 14. I'm excited to listen to everyone's songs all through March!
Thanks for listening Mike! My job is just to create a song with what my dad writes (with occasional minor tweaks because how I write music). It was a blast making the Principal song. I never know what song is going to show up when I write. I just liked how the melody twisted a bit in the repeats. I certainly wouldn’t want other people’s stories in the lyrics, but since my songs are never played live; once recorded, that is it. Slice in time, and I love it. 😎🎵🎶
Hey hey, thanks for the love on "Damn The Man!"
Yeah, that was me. I'm still amazed at how that funny "Make up a genre" thread suggestion exploded into a thing. We're now discussing a Compilation Album with proceeds going to support Sloth conservation. Whoda thought? I'll check out your track momentarily.
See You In The Shadows…
Thanks for delivering a surreal song, Mike! And thanks for your kind comment on Bears Nutrition Guide. Most appreciated! Fawmers are the best.
thanks for the great comment on Alibis - I hear you, I'll look at it again after fawm, and maybe hone it down a bit, remove some of the vagueness. I appreciate the feedback! 😀
Thanks for your comments on "Like a Whiny 10 Year Old". I am planning on a demo, but I'm a bit fried so at least wanted to get the angry words out. It's not actually about just one person (although definitely could be) but there are so many clueless jerks that this could fit right now, and I just needed to get it off my chest.
Thanks for your great comments!
Thanks for the listen and comment! I’ve made some adjustments since you listened and I think it’s MUCH better now. A couple of things weren’t working. Anyway, it was very nice to meet you tonight. Thanks for coming to spend some time with us.
Thanks for swinging by with the kind words Mike. Yeah, I'm still bothered by it, and I don't think damn near enough is being done about it.
I will edit post hit it is. https://johnnicholson.bandcamp.com/album/juke-box-songs
Mike, thanks for your kind words on "Happy with right now" - FAWM has been good to me the past couple days! I always feel so late to the commenting/participating game when I'm so focused on trying to get anywhere close to that finish line. Looking forward to a strong last week! Looks like you've been busy as usual 😀
small world indeed! Before the pandemic i used to stop by the building every year when I was visiting NYC to say 'hello' to my favorite doorman! My family isn't in the building anymore.
how funny! we might have passed each other on the street. i was at 895 WEA...so glad hungarian is still there!!!!
howdy NYer! So glad the deli and zabar's are still there! i lived briefly at my cousins on WEA before leaving NYC a dozen years ago and i spent alot of time at the Hungarian bakery by columbia writing in my journal! Thanks for your kind reflections on "B+W-cookies"
Wow, you have heaps of work done! Lots of listening here.
Thanks very much for your words on my song, feedback is valuable, and I appreciate you took the time to listen and comment.
omg ‘catalog of horrors’ is probably a better title than I came up with
thanks for reading (and agreeing.. it’s always such a huge relief to know someone stands on the right side of history and morals)
Thx for the comments and suggestions on Slipped and Read the News and Till the Final Sashay. Really helpful!
Thx for the ideas and comment gonna work on it some more as that’s exactly where it was headed had to save it part way as was writing it in car while fetching kids from scouts and they arrived and had to be rushed home for a zoom thx for the interaction
Richard Thompson!??!! (*gobsmacked) 😶
Thanks for visiting our tune Mike! John might get a chance to do another mix, I just was excited so I put it up as is.
Glad you agree with me on the Reagan years (and that you like my song).
I see you are now up and running with melodies too. Must give some a listen when I'm not working on the one I want to get out tonight.
OMG you've all ready gone way past 14! Wow, how did you do it?! Congratulations to you. Thanks for listening to my song...now I'm going to make my way through some of yours!
Thanks so much for your kind comments on "Politics of the Betrayed" and "Big Lie". I really do hope I can at least get a demo up for the former before the end of FAWM. As for Marty Robbins, "Big Iron" is from the same album as "El Paso", but I had no idea the Grateful Dead did above! Here is a link to the audio with lyrics if you care to take a listen. Its the story of an Arizona ranger who comes looking for infamous outlaw Texas Red. I switched the protagonist role in my rewrite, but tried to otherwise remain faithful to the storyline build. I may consider your suggestion of trying to create original music. Not sure if I have the ability, but worth a try!
Thanks for the listen and comments!
Thanks for the comment my friend! Good advice! -Dan
Thanks for taking the time to check out "Confusion Corner"! You're the first one to mention the harmony on the chorus -- I was kinda pleased with that detail, so it's nice that someone noticed! So glad you enjoyed it!
Thank you for the very kind feedback on "Right Inside Our Door".
Thank you for the kind words on "Professional Flame"! You make an excellent point about possibly dating the piece by adding a named 3rd verse. I think this is going to be another political/protest year for me, especially with the impeachment proceedings starting this week.
Thanks so much Mike! Glad to be back.
Thanks for the comment on my 'opera' song!
Hey Mike, thanks you so much for your tips on my song!! It's really really great to, as a very small and unprofessional musician, get some tips from someone as great as you! Incredible songs (the cosmic dance of the human animal is SO GOOD, your voice and attitude and just the music in general.....). You're amazing!!! I'm looking forward to seeing what you're doing next!
(also, no worries, I don't smoke 😉 )
Look at you with all these tunes!!!! I have some catching up to do mister.
So glad the gangs all here. It's always the best, but this year, it's like extra food for my battered psyche! No more you know who songs.
Thanks so much for your thoughtful and insightful comment on my song. I agree with your assessment regarding the danger coming from one side. I look forward to listening to your songs after I get some sleep. 😀
Mike, thanks for such kind words about my song Fruitcake. I've really fallen down on my listening to yours (which I always enjoy immensely). You're too prolific! ... Sorry, no it's my fault. Will do soon.
Hey Mike. Hope all's well with you!
I was just chatting with Das Binky and he asked if you and I had ever done a collab. I know we did one a couple of years ago, but if you would like it, I would be very much up for a rematch!
Thanks Mike! CHANGE come from somewhere very near the surface I guess. Took about 15 minutes for the words to gel and less for the chords to stick and CuBase to fire up. Whew! I feelz aliiiiive!
Hey Mike, looking forward to listening to your stuff! You've been busy already it looks like it. I'm off to a late start but I've got a couple half songs in the book at least. Hoping I can write at least half as many songs as you this year haha.
Your work on Snow is very nice. Thoughtful and descriptive and reminds us that snow is not all bad.
Thanks for the review on my 2 songs ! Wish you a great FAWM!
Just the 6 with partial capo this time around!
Hey Mike Thank you for your comments on my twisted song. Means a lot coming from you. I had such a great time putting it together.
Looking forward to hear what you have come up with. Look at you with 7!!
We approach our protest differently, but game recognizes game. Respect.
Hey! Thanks for the comment. I think what I was trying to get across is that literally the long term effects Ronald Reagan's policies and influence on U.S. politics at large was so deep that his effects can not only be felt today, but are so strong that they are literally influencing every decision I make.
Edit: Whether it worked or not in the song, is another story...
Thanks for the comment on Chasing Dreams, that was a muse strike in the car after work.
Good to be back, and to see you here. You're cooking along!
Thanks so much for stopping by my page and for your comments on my song! Looks like you’re off to a great start and I look forward to listening to your songs this month.
thanks heaps for the comment on 'you can't say...'
you got where i was aiming although it could just be a guy done her wrong song too - cheers
Thanks so much for your kind comment on “If We Lived on the Moon”!
Oh, I'm sorry, I thought you were that Mike. And yeah, I read about that a while back.
Thanks for listening and commenting on my song! Happy FAWM! 😀
here's an idea for an album title: "Mike's Mic Drop".
hoping to hear some more of your amazing songs, my friend. Happy FAWMing!
It's great to see how busy you've been in and out of FAWM - the project with your cabdriver buddy sounds fascinating!
good luck with this years FAWM
Thank you. Happy Fawming, Mike!
Thank you for the warm welcome! I have to say, the sheer variety of your work is inspiring!
thank you for the welcomeeee 😊
Looking forward to hearing this year's stuff, Mike. Good luck!
As with everyone there have been challenges along the way. Can't say I've always been up to them and I've lost a few challenges along the way, but I'm still standing!
I just saw a story about a snowy owl in Central Park. Over by the ball field, apparently. Might be a good walking destination and topic for a song!
Mike! Great to see you here.
Good to see you dude
thanks for the welcome! happy almost FAWM! 😀
Welcome back! So good to see you and to be here again can’t wait!
Fair enough. Hope all is well and I'll catch up with you.
My dude; I do believe this could be the year. Let me know if you're down. I've been scribbling down an idea or two and when it's time I'll shoot them your way. Cool?
Hi Mike! Back for another year of vocal hijinks, songs of history and even mystery. It's good to have an outlet, right? Happy FAWMing!
Hiya Mike, thank so much for the message. I hope you have a great FAWM. All the very best to you.
Hi Mike! I'm excited to hear you again 😀 happy FAWM!
emanations of the divine. welcome in.
Hey fellow New Yorker!
Hi, Mike! FAWMStock was a blast and missed everyone this past July... glad to meet you beforehand and wishing you the best this FAWM! Hope you are well.🎵
Hey Mike! It feels so weird that I can't just take the train to your FAWM-start and FAWM-over parties this year.. thanks for making me homesick in a good way, now let's hear what we've got this year. You prolly have a topic or two in mind already.. I daresay..
I'm guessing you have plenty to write about given Jamiroquai stormed the capitol building. Happy Fawming in 2021 Mike!
Hey Mike! Here we go again.........