mike skliar 26


10025 US   Feb 2006


Artist Bio

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.

Pronouns- he/him

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/

Songs (26)

#1 Serious case of midnight 39
2 weeks
#2 Plus one 12
2 weeks
#3 No one accused you of kindness 14
2 weeks
#4 Everyone 17
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#5 Haunting and cleaning (ghost skirmish) 19
2 weeks
#6 Parallel @stephenwordsmith 13
2 weeks
#7 Fifty Nine 13
2 weeks
#8 Black Leather Jeans 10
2 weeks
#9 Pronouns 19
2 weeks
#10 State of the Union (Feb 2019) 20
2 weeks
#11 Never settle for bad art (skirmish) 15
1 week
#12 Blind @empowers 17
1 week
#13 Revelation (from poem by Robert Frost) 6
1 week
#14 Liar (skirmish) 20
1 week
#15 1012 Stomp 4
1 week
#16 Green Moon 10
1 week
#17 Everything is Political 13
6 days
#18 Valentining (silver pink lining) 10
6 days
#19 Classical guitar study #2 5
5 days
#20 Born without the sports gene 12
4 days
#21 You are the national security crisis 10
4 days
#22 Have you seen my sadness? 7
4 days
#23 bingewatching 7
3 days
#24 Life advice at 60 @sethandskliar 5
3 days
#25 Oddcapella 8
2 days
#26 Are you big enough for these times 2
3 hours


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  • @jorh 2 days

    Thanks for your kind comments on โ€œbeautiful generationโ€, I often write quite direct and literally so glad I pulled the sarcastic tone off

  • @srcoops 3 days

    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.

  • @jwhanberry  3 days

  • @darcistrutt  3 days

    Thanks for dezonging me! 23 already! Wow!

  • @sunnymae  3 days

    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? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ)

  • @boyatheart  4 days

    Hi Mike,
    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!

  • @nancihobson1  4 days

    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. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @cherok40 4 days

    Thanks for your encouraging comment on my so-called "writers block". ๐Ÿ˜€ I will take your advice and try to get something (well anything) produced during the last 2 weeks.
    Thanks again!

  • @misterd 5 days

    Thanks so
    Much for listening to my song โ€˜road tripโ€™ . Cheers

  • @jsini  5 days

    Thanks kindly listening and commenting on my song.

  • @jonmeta  5 days

    Oh, well if the distortion is deliberate that's even better!

    Thanks for your encouraging words on my bubblegum rock song.

  • @davewermers 6 days

    Thanks for listening to and commenting on "Sneaking In". I appreciate the comments.

  • @cairobraga  6 days

    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

  • @lenigmusx1 1 week

    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.

  • @pocketnaomi  1 week

    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*

  • @berni1954  1 week

    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!" โœŒ

  • @berni1954  1 week

    Hi MIke,

    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.

  • @moonraccoon  1 week

    Thanks for the comment on "Betrayal" -- during FAWM 2018 I was fortunate enough to play three @stephenwordsmith songs, two of which remain in my repertoire.

  • @cynthiawolff  1 week

    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 Iโ€™m not cringing so much..
    Thanks for taking the time to help me...c

  • @sjbatavia  1 week

    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!

  • @splittybooms  1 week

    Hey man, remember you from last time! Was gonna say good luck, but I see you're almost done! Congrats, man!

  • @dragondreams  1 week

    Aww. Thanks Mike. That comments means a lot coming from yourself! ๐Ÿ˜€
    Peter has been and collected his guitar now, so I've had to go back to playing my steel-bodied Ozark. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    By 'eck! You've been busy with this songwriting lark. I'd better get busy with this song-listening lark. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • @dasbinky  1 week

    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. ๐Ÿ˜

  • @leomozi  1 week

    I found myself compelled to sing along with the โ€œNever settle for bad artโ€ chorus up an octave, and it sounded kind cool. Let me know if youโ€™re interested in hearing it, and Iโ€™ll record it and email it to you. But donโ€™t feel compelled to humor me if not.

  • @angelinapowersuit 1 week

    MIKE! Thanks sooooo much for your comments on "Cling!" Probably what I look forward to most each FAWM ๐Ÿ˜€ 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!

  • @mikedelaney 1 week

    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.

  • @roddy  1 week

    Your comments on my cigar box song are so kind. Thank you.

  • @calumcarlyle  1 week

    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! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @powerstars 2 weeks

    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.

  • @rahkoi  2 weeks

    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!

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  2 weeks

    @mikeskliar I would absolutely LOVE to talk faith, doubt, and the meaning of everything some day. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @helenseviltwin  2 weeks

    Hey Mike - thanks for listening. This is the youtube tutorial I used. It's specifically for FL, but I'd imagine much of it is transferable if you use a different DAW https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_sxu...

  • @mishykatz  2 weeks

    Thank you for the comment on my mando tune!! Much appreciated!!

  • @oblivionratula  2 weeks

    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 again.

  • @berni1954  2 weeks

    Hi Mike,

    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? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • @valeriecox  2 weeks

    Hi there Mike. Thanks for dropping by. Always good to hear from you.

  • @hamiltonpoolhall  2 weeks

    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!

  • @bking  2 weeks

    Hi Mike. Happy to find you here again. Looks like you still have plenty of fodder for your muse.

  • @stephenwordsmith 2 weeks

    Hi, Mike. Thanks for your kind words on Parallel. You are welcome to set it to music if you wish. Cheers!

  • @jmadison  2 weeks

    Hi Mike. Thanks so much for your comments on my Mandolin Blues. That last line isn't really apocalyptic, it's from here: https://biblia.com/bible/Matthew27.51-54
    Seriously, thanks for listening and commenting. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @tsunamidaily 2 weeks

    hey there! hope you enjoy yourself this summer!

  • @heidiserwer  2 weeks

    Thank you for listening to Robโ€™s Birthday Song and for your kind note. Happy Birthday to you too! ๐ŸŽ‚

  • @erikdidriksen  2 weeks

    Happy birthday, Mike!! Hope it's wonderful!

  • @boyatheart  2 weeks

    Thanks for the kind words on my song Mike. You're already off to a good start. Keep it up! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @morti  2 weeks

    Ha. Thanks for your comment, Mike. Remember when I was wrong about everything? I'm pretty sure you were right. ๐Ÿ˜€
    I'll start listening through your stuff soon and I'm looking forward to more political songs from you too. All the best.

  • @cairobraga  2 weeks

    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. ๐Ÿ˜

  • @andybalham 2 weeks

    Cheers for the comment Mike, glad you enjoyed the snark ๐Ÿ˜€ Have a great FAWM!

  • @oddbod  2 weeks

    I see a resonator in your profile pic. I look forward to hearing that. Cheers, have a good un

  • @stuartbenbow  2 weeks

    Thanks Mike, much appreciated!

  • @antlion 2 weeks

    thanks mike, you too!!

  • @zoom  2 weeks

    thanks for commenting on my first few lines for this years FAWM <3

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  2 weeks

    So, if you get me a lyric, you know I'm down to make music out of it. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @krayzie003  2 weeks

    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.

  • @cynthiawolff  2 weeks

    Just listened to your first track brother..You are amaZing...
    You got this and then some...

  • @tuneslayer2018  2 weeks

    Hey Mike! Good to see you too.

  • @sherrycanary  2 weeks

    Hi Mike
    Here we are again
    Happy FAWMing

  • @jacobeverettwallace  3 weeks

    Thanks Mike! Happy Fawming to you!

  • @lhcisco  3 weeks

    Hey Mike! Good luck dude. Look forward to your take on politics this year round.

  • @petemurphy  3 weeks

    Thank you so much, Mike. You're very kind.

  • @petemurphy  3 weeks

    Hi Mike! Wishing you all the fun!

  • @nuj4x 3 weeks

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  • @andygetch  4 weeks

    Hi Mike!

  • @ralphhogaboom 4 weeks

    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.

  • @nancyrost  4 weeks

    Have we already discussed the realization that this will be our 14th FAWM?!

  • @zecoop  5 weeks

    I hope your FAWM is awesome... You always amaze.

  • @tootoobee  5 weeks

    Hi Mike, wishing you a wonderful FAWM! Anne ๐Ÿ˜€