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:
"A serious case of midnight" (released April 2019)- mostly drawn from songs written in FAWM 2019.
"Sliding Back" (released Dec. 2018) - written and recorded in the summer and fall of 2018.
From the older ones, "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/
EDIT-- and the new 2020 album is here! https://mikeskliar.bandcamp.com/album...
|#1||Goodbye rule of law||
|#2||Long ago in my old jalopy||
|#3||Weeping willow tree||
|#4||Passenger Pigeon (skirmish)||
|#5||The big 60th birthday||
|#6||Election strategy (I'll take anyone)||
|#7||Feel the signs||
|#8||NYC subway song||
|#9||Final days (you're gonna wish...)||
|#10||Million dollar trick||
|#11||Look for the helpers||
|#12||Show us a sign (somebody, anybody)||
|#13||Is there anything better than air||
|#14||Please come home||
|#16||Ring around the darkness (all fall down)||
|#17||Writing about love is like dancing about architecture||
|#18||Conversation with Death||
|#19||Tenor banjo orange disaster song||
|#20||2020 Baritone Blues||
|#22||Re-elect the president (sarcastic of course)||
|#23||Invisible Dancers @nancyrost||
|#24||Cheese in my coffee (we're done)||
|#25||Hendrix on a Tuesday||
|#26||New blue moon||
|#27||Explore the core (songwriting challenge)||
|#28||Vote blue no matter who||
|#29||Corona is coming (remains to be seen)||
|#31||Copper wheat penny||
|#32||Trumpian world of stupidity||
|#33||New 59th St bridge song||
|#34||placeholder for song about rhapsody||
|#35||six thousand miles from here (meta-fawm)||
|#37||i love you in strange tuning||
|#38||Three fractured prophesies @nancyrost||
Song 4: Great fast pace with all those crazy chord changes completely conveys the mood here, and your vocal delivery adds to the wonderful madness. Super fun song, because when you are stir crazy you need to go a little crazy with your fun.... But remember you are in New York so singing out your window might get you some nasty replies. 😉
Song 3: Wow, this one flows just so well. Great lyrics!! I love how they just fit so well and tell the story with true angst and sadness. I certainly hope that we'll come out of this fine and better, but you just wonder the what if. This song is a good example of that type of thought in the back of our heads. A really strong song.
Song 2: STEINBERGER! Sorry... I just wanted one of those so badly back in the 80's. Still think they are cool. But nice change up with the rhythm and bass. And of course it's hard to argue with your lyrics... Passionate and honest, but fun.... Disco Break!! LOL 😉 Cracking me up with the Social Distance. Good one again.
"Is it flattened yet? Are we flattened yet?" Good one Mike. Nice to see you on vid.
CV-19 Track - I'm commenting directly, not in the thread 😀
-- Anyway, good one, and in that sound you do so well!, man plans and God laughs! Yes, indeed.
Get yourself an oud, my dude! There's a bit of overlap from guitar but it's a different beast. The neck is half as long and there's no frets. The tuning is similar (There are a couple different standard tunings, depending on where in the Middle East you are) The tuning I use is (Low-High) D G A D G C
Thanks for your comments! Looking forward to your tunes!
Added music to Black Storm Coming
Thank you so much for your kind comments on my songs First Day on Campus and A Special Moment
Thanks for commenting on “Not Your Daddy’s Fat Tuesday” - it was so much fun!
Thanks Mike! Were you really picking up an Al Stewart vibe? Or are you just pulling my leg? I'm happy either way. Did you see that I posted a lyric titled "She Said I'm Giving Off an Al Stewart Vibe." LOL
I have no idea how the moped is pronounced correctly 😁 Thanks for listening! 😁
Thanks Mike for listening and commenting on my songs this FAWM!
Actually, I don't use Wiki for my factoids; mostly rsc.org's suite of periodic table pages. But I can imagine why you might think I did. 😀
Thanks very much for your kind comment on “The Copperhead”!
Hi Mike, thanks for your comments on my "explore the core" song. I like your contribution also. The challenge is really special because it shows how everyone here adds other things
THANK YOU for your comments on "Her Man." And all the mixing advice too, all so helpful!
Thanks for the close read, and I appreciate the rhyme scheme notes no end! I got started on the song by rhyming lines 1 & 3 in verse 1, and then somehow forgot to rhyme lines 2 & 4 altogether.
I've been a bad FAWM citizen this year as far as listening goes and I see I have much to catch up on here!
Thanks for popping my zong 😁
Yes, the Dylan quote was deliberate, but if the George Harrison reference you mean is the last line of the last verse, then any reference to "Within you, without you" is purely coincidental, or at least subconscious 😜,
Thanks for the kind words on Fan the Flame. I’m especially glad you were able to appreciate it despite the difference of belief. That’s my hope anyway, in general with my music, that anyone can benefit, no matter where they are or what they believe.
Thanks so much for listening to Last Day... I recorded the two guitars first, drums second and bass last. I'm getting there on my listens, but it's been quite a different FAWM. I'll be around to check out stuff soon. 😀
Thanks for the listen and comment on my week 4 challenge song!
Thank you for your comments on my songs. I'm behind on writing this year, and even more behind on listening, but I've got some time this week, so I hope to catch up.
Thanks for your listen / comment on my "This Old Man."
Re: piano playing: I took piano for 10+ years as a kid, 40 years ago now, but switched over to guitar. I've recently found inspiration to try piano again, largely due to the awesome touch / feel / sound of the Pianoteq VST instruments: unlike any sample-based instrument I've played, this one feels like sitting down to the real thing (assuming a sufficiently capable MIDI controller keyboard). That, and Amy Nolte's Jazz Piano 101 to teach me how to apply my jazz guitar knowledge to the keyboard ("3rds and 7ths in the right hand" being the single biggest epiphany).
I am still in Iowa. Likely move back in a year or two.
re: my song Reverse Fortunes: Omnisphere 2 is a plugin you can buy for ProTools (and Logic and others too I think). It emulates, like, a million different awesome keyboard/soundscape sounds. You can literally hold down one button on some of these sounds and just let it play for two minutes and it sounds awesome. 😀
It IS super pricey. But I've found it well worth it.
wow! you've put out a ton so far....Im so far behind listening to everyone I mean to
Thanks for the great comments!
I'm so delighted you posted first about "Go Down Moses;" I was literally thinking about you as I finished it up, hoping you would enjoy all the fractured Hebrew school inside snark. I actually experimented with a line about Hollywood but it didn't make the final cut; maybe I'll go back now and give it another go.
I've been an even worse FAWM citizen than usual this year but am glad to see you are on track to lap the rest of us already and looking forward to catching up with your output somewhere in the next 8 days.
Thanks for letting me know about the video on my week 3 challenge song, not sure why that happened, it seemed to be ok as I was uploading.
I’m up for the Gordon Jenkins subway album .... but it’ll cost a fortune to hire the orchestra and e choirs! 😁
Thanks for the comment on "The Grim Reaper." 😀
Yep it was about the scoundrel from Kentucky, and politics / the state of America today. Keeping me up at night, I'm in Germany but I read the news every day. 😞 At least I can vote in the Presidential elections... 😀
Thanks for your positive comment on my song "Her Lesbian Mood".
Thanks! It's not a real word. It's a pun on superannuation - the absurdly generous taxpayer-funded payout here every old person gets, regardless of how rich they are...
Thanks for the listen and comment!
Thank you for being an example of a great FAWM participation! Not just for the listen/recommendation of my song, but all these other kind folks I see on your soundboard.
I'm not the type to tell tales out of school, but if you were curious about an epilogue to 'If there was an East Coast Metro' I reconnected with my father and some associated family, tried out college, met @nedgreenough who introduced me to FAWM and had me play on his album, and overall gained a lot of independence and confidence. Things are actually great right now.
Keep up the stellar work!
Congrats on hitting 14 (and so soon!)
Mike, thanks for the recommendation again. Coming from a veteran and eloquent protest singer like you, it's quite a compliment and I'm deeply pleased.
Thanks for listening/commenting on Song Like a Pancake. Everyone loves a pancake!
I picked out the examples for the Nursery Rhyme challenge. I try to use a balance of old and new examples to reach fawmers of different ages -- guess I kind of left out the middle on that one!
Hi Mike - thanks so much for listening and commenting! Much appreciaed!
Thanks for your comments on Worrywart. I was afraid that no one would recognize the Imelda reference, but my alternate lyrics "It picks out all the blues like a bowerbird woos" were possibly even more obscure.
Hey there! Dang, you're almost done already!
Thanks for the Recommendation!
Thanks so Mike for listening and commenting on my banjo tune ‘The light within the darkness ‘ . I’m so glad that you picked up the subtle change from minor to major which I did put in there to signify the light . You are very insightful . Thanks for listening and I wish you well in FAWM 2020 . 😊👋
Hi mike thanks again! So I searched and I understand that using "The" before "nature" is problematic. I'll write a note and i'll fix it whenever ill return to it. Thanks for the help man, it's invaluable!
Hi Mike! Thank's for the lovely comment on my last song. Thanks for the English correction. I indeed felt something is a bit weird on that line, I think I will change that line from "I think I found a home beside the nature" to "I think I found a home inside the nature". What do you say about this?
Thanks for sayin' so sir... I aim to entertain...
Thanks for your feedback on Master / Slave, I see your point and was tempted to change it. I changed my mind in the end as I realised the point I was trying to convey was that I want to be the master and I want to be the slave. Basically, I'm a very selfish lover 😝
Thanks for your feedback though, it is always good to receive feedback on tracks.
thanks for the comment on The People Been in Hell! I was actually thinking of adding a bridge, which would be a nice place to add some specifics... I like your thinking!
Dang Mike. I step away for minute and you have half an album done.
Happy birthday and thanks for your comment! Perchance I shall have The Party at some point ☺️
I've been calling them possums most of my life, but found out recently that is a different animal in Australia. So Opossum it is 😀
Thanks for the comment on Angry Young Man - The idea is that she doesn't want to physically or emotionally go back to an abusive husband/fiance/whatever. And yes, father or brother most likely. I appreciate your perspective, I'll think on how to make it clearer.
Hi Mike! 😀 Thanks for the listen and comments! 😀
well was going to say happy FAWM but you are clearly having a very happy time. Can't wait to listen. Yay
Hey Mike. You are correct. The Bible is considered a staple in all well balanced meals down here. What's for dessert? More Bible!
Hi Mike. I’m sure you have something to say this time around.
legendary you are. S2
let's do this!
Good luck once again and l hope to attend another NYC get-together of FAWM folk...
So great to see you here again. So grateful to you for buying my album. Hope you are enjoying it!
Y’know - I coulda sworn we hooked up on FB. Course corrected and make sure you save room for us for collab. I have an idea that I have jotted in my notes. More to come if u’re down with it.
Welcome back to FAWM, Mike! Let's go... 😀
So, so very much to sing about this year, right?
have the best FAWM this year!
Leap FAWM and US presidential election primaries in the same month.....inspirational coincidence?
Year 15??? OMFG. Welcome back have a great one Mike.