mike skliar 52


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 (52)

#1 Serious case of midnight 39
Feb 2019
#2 Plus one 13
Feb 2019
#3 No one accused you of kindness 14
Feb 2019
#4 Everyone 19
Feb 2019
#5 Haunting and cleaning (ghost skirmish) 20
Feb 2019
#6 Parallel @stephenwordsmith 15
Feb 2019
#7 Fifty Nine 14
Feb 2019
#8 Black Leather Jeans 11
Feb 2019
#9 Pronouns 20
Feb 2019
#10 State of the Union (Feb 2019) 20
Feb 2019
#11 Never settle for bad art (skirmish) 15
Feb 2019
#12 Blind @empowers 20
Feb 2019
#13 Revelation (from poem by Robert Frost) 7
Feb 2019
#14 Liar (skirmish) 20
Feb 2019
#15 1012 Stomp 4
Feb 12
#16 Green Moon 11
Feb 12
#17 Everything is Political 16
Feb 13
#18 Valentining (silver pink lining) 10
Feb 14
#19 Classical guitar study #2 6
Feb 14
#20 Born without the sports gene 14
Feb 15
#21 You are the national security crisis 11
Feb 15
#22 Have you seen my sadness? 10
Feb 15
#23 bingewatching 8
Feb 16
#24 Life advice at 60 @sethandskliar 9
Feb 16
#25 Oddcapella 8
Feb 18
#26 Are you big enough for these times 7
Feb 20
#27 Sad white male 18
Feb 20
#28 Chicken and Matzo ball soup @sethandskliar 5
Feb 21
#29 Rice and beans @sethandskliar 4
Feb 21
#30 Strategy for a rainy day 8
Feb 21
#31 Where the F and C meet @charliecheney  7
Feb 22
#32 Wrong Track (skirmish) 12
Feb 23
#33 Yellow stockings, cross gartered with no cellphone 4
Feb 24
#34 If god is the blues 4
Feb 24
#35 When we talk about god 4
Feb 24
#36 Doubt Is Human @stevenwesleyguiles  15
Feb 26
#37 Heard you had to go for tests 6
Feb 26
#38 Morning Chill 1 2
Feb 26
#39 A racist, a con man, and a cheat 11
Feb 28
#40 Down the Line @adnama17  4
Feb 28
#41 Keep on living my life @angelinapowersuit 6
Feb 28
#42 Two cosmic grooves (instrumental) 2
Feb 28
#43 Don't squeeze me @sethandskliar 4
Feb 28
#44 Sheduary (joke thing with spam account @easyshed 7
Feb 28
#45 How do you believe 3
Feb 28
#46 Carnival barker president 4
Mar 1
#47 Parts per million 6
Mar 1
#48 placeholder for morning poem song @angelinapowersuit ZONG
Mar 1
#49 leftover casio music track 3
Mar 1
#50 People are here and then they're not 11
Mar 1
#51 Red hook (unfinished) 2
Mar 1
#52 Stopping by the woods on a snowy evening 8
Mar 1


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  • @rickamorphis  Mar 31

    No problem, my pleasure, Mike...sorry I've been so tardy, this was a weird fawmyear for me. I saw on the forums you were still here and seeking suggestions so thought I'd try to make a few. Haha...cheers!

  • @ampersandman  Mar 14

    Boy, you've been prolific. Hats off to you!

  • @rainchaser  Mar 7

    Thank you for commenting on "What Do I Say"! I really appreciate it!! The Who is definitely one of their main influences, close enough I'd say. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @audrey  Mar 6

    Thank you for your kind comment on my song Earthrise. Much appreciated.

  • @danvaillancourt  Mar 4

    Thanks so much for your kind and thoughtful comments! The "organ" part on carefully is actually an electric baritone guitar with effects. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Actually, all of the parts that sound like organ or synths this year on my FAWM songs are all guitars (or occasionally a voice or lapsteel) with pedals, ebow or plugins.

  • @erelpi10 Mar 3

    @mikeskliar i think Iโ€™ll be out of town 3/9 but keep me posted on any FAWM get-togethers in case Iโ€™m free

  • @jwhanberry  Mar 3

  • @atitlan  Mar 2

    Thanks for commenting on 'TIG' - I think we're actually in a worse state than you are at the moment. What happens with Trump's attempt to get a second term and how we come out of the Brexit farce are going be highly significant in the coming years.

  • @calumcarlyle  Mar 1

    I've been dogged by out of tuneness for a while, Mike, and I think it's because my strings are too thin. Need to use a thicker gauge. My guitar has a shorter scale length than usual and then down tuning it basically means it's out of tune either open or fretted or both!

  • @nancyrost  Mar 1

    My name is Keith and so is yours! ๐Ÿ˜€
    What a remarkable FAWM you've been having, yowza!

  • @sherrycanary  Feb 28

    Wow...quite an output this FAWM!
    Hope you find some time to visit my page before you sign off of FAWM.

  • @angelinapowersuit Feb 27

    WOW! Both a favorite AND an ok mix?? That is SO exciting for me!! I feel like I've finally "made it" in the world, haha. THANK YOU!!

  • @frey Feb 27

    Thanks for your comments. I'm not really sure what I wrote that song about either lol. By the way you've got an impressive amount of songs there.. I'll have to check that out when I finish writing ๐Ÿ˜

  • @johnstaples  Feb 26

    Hey Mike! Thanks so much for your thoughtful comments on "Jesus Don't"! I knew you'd appreciate that one! Regarding your thoughts about trump as antichrist, I agree completely he is too inept to fulfill that particular role but my target in this one is all those people who believe all of these silly middle-ages myths. And in that context, I think it is apropos to assign him the title because it illustrates the level of their absurdity and inconsistency that they would claim one thing and support something pure evil. But this song will almost certainly never go much further than FAWM so it works either way! ๐Ÿ˜

  • @clioem Feb 26

    Thank you muchly! I'm getting to your stuff, I swear ๐Ÿ˜

  • @nancyrost  Feb 25

    Thanks for checking out the snowblower jam! If I could direct you to one more of mine when you have time, it would be my collab with dasbinky.

    Am working on a collab with time-zone restrictions before I go to work, but I might have something for us tonight - maybe with that guitar track, maybe not. FAWM On!

  • @wr3n  Feb 22

    Thanks for the lovely comments as always, and to answer your question, I'm in NYC till the 10th just about

  • @thewaitingplace Feb 22

    Thanks for the comment on "Active Listening". Unfortunately I'm not close to NYC, but I appreciate the invite and thought!

  • @jorh Feb 18

    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 Feb 16

    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  Feb 16

  • @darcistrutt  Feb 16

    Thanks for dezonging me! 23 already! Wow!

  • @sunnymae  Feb 16

    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  Feb 16

    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  Feb 16

    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  Feb 15

    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 Feb 15

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

  • @jsini  Feb 14

    Thanks kindly listening and commenting on my song.

  • @jonmeta  Feb 14

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

    Thanks for your encouraging words on my bubblegum rock song.

  • @davewermers Feb 14

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

  • @cairobraga  Feb 14

    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 Feb 13

    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  Feb 12

    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  Feb 2019

    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  Feb 2019

    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  Feb 2019

    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  Feb 2019

    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  Feb 2019

    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  Feb 2019

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

  • @dragondreams  Feb 2019

    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  Feb 2019

    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  Feb 2019

    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 Feb 2019

    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 Feb 2019

    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  Feb 2019

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

  • @calumcarlyle  Feb 2019

    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 Feb 2019

    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  Feb 2019

    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  Feb 2019

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

  • @helenseviltwin  Feb 2019

    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  Feb 2019

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

  • @oblivionratula  Feb 2019

    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  Feb 2019

    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  Feb 2019

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

  • @hamiltonpoolhall  Feb 2019

    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  Feb 2019

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

  • @stephenwordsmith Feb 2019

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

  • @jmadison  Feb 2019

    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 Feb 2019

    hey there! hope you enjoy yourself this summer!

  • @heidiserwer  Feb 2019

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

  • @erikdidriksen  Feb 2019

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

  • @boyatheart  Feb 2019

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

  • @morti  Feb 2019

    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  Feb 2019

    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 Feb 2019

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

  • @oddbod  Feb 2019

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

  • @stuartbenbow  Feb 2019

    Thanks Mike, much appreciated!

  • @antlion Feb 2019

    thanks mike, you too!!

  • @zoom  Feb 2019

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

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  Feb 2019

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

  • @krayzie003  Feb 2019

    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  Feb 2019

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

  • @tuneslayer2018  Feb 2019

    Hey Mike! Good to see you too.

  • @sherrycanary  Jan 2019

    Hi Mike
    Here we are again
    Happy FAWMing

  • @jacobeverettwallace  Jan 2019

    Thanks Mike! Happy Fawming to you!

  • @lhcisco  Jan 2019

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

  • @petemurphy  Jan 2019

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

  • @petemurphy  Jan 2019

    Hi Mike! Wishing you all the fun!

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  • @andygetch  Jan 2019

    Hi Mike!

  • @ralphhogaboom Jan 2019

    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  Jan 2019

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

  • @zecoop  Jan 2019

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

  • @tootoobee  Jan 2019

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