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 , been doing FAWM since 2006. I play acoustic & electric guitar, mandolin, bass, harmonica,and a bit of banjo and dobro. I tend to write a mix of the serious and comic, and sometimes with topical or political songs.
I have two older cds on CD Baby -"mike skliar" released about 2004, at cd baby here: http://cdbaby.com/cd/skliar
and "Ship of State" from 2009 (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!)-
2012- "February Singing"
2013 "My Kingdom for a song"
2014 "Singing the obvious to the oblivious"
2014 'Summer of Ice"
2015 "You're fine, how am i"
2016- "How low do we have to go"
2016- "Need you in November"
2016- "Love trumps hate"
2016- "Chill on Chill"
2017- "This is what democracy sounds like"
2017- "Summer of the Orange Disaster"
2017- "Whatever Magic"
2018- "Where do we go from here?"
2018- "Sliding Back"
These albums are sometimes drawn from the various FAWM and 50/90 (50 songs in 90 days) songs I wrote and recorded, with a some polishing and re-recording added.
Notes on a few of them-
"Sliding Back" (released December 2018) is the most recent as of this writing, having been 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 totally re-recorded, many of them remixed, etc etc.
Other recent albums as of this writing is "Whatever Magic" which is non-political (for the most part) and was released in the fall of 2017. 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.
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/
No songs by this fawmer (yet).
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 😀