from the MOON RACCOON 39


L4R 2J6 CA   Jan 2018  

Artist Bio

Influences:   P J Harvey, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, Father John Misty, Bjรถrk, Mica Levi, Leonard Cohen, Motรถrhead, The Cardigans, Bee Gees, The Beatles, MC Chris, assorted silliness, well-placed fury... and my sole guilty pleasure, Kiss (love the music, but there's SO MUCH misogyny)

He or they

2021 (my 4th time fawming)
I'm always cool with other songwriters making parallel songs from great lyrics, I plan to post original lyrics separate from my accompanying music, in order to encourage the cross-pollination of ideas. If you need to change anything, feel free to run it by me, or just run with it. Since I'm a very heavy-handed editor of others' lyrics, it's only fair.

Arm-twisted ๐Ÿ˜‰ into making a FAWM2021 album cover by my friends @ductapeguy and @crutherford


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- 46 attempted songs, minus 4 failures = 42 posts
- Of 42 posts, 41 are completed; 1 remains as-yet in-process (my fault) (EDIT: it has since been demoed).
- The 42 break down as 32 collabs, 10 all-originals.
- Of the collabs:
1 was a collaborative challenge (Tan Van),
1 was the contribution of a guitar part (Empathetic Interferences),
1 was music written for a public domain poem (The Fishermen Three), and
1 was a translation (Ums Haus, the in-process song).
- Of the originals:
3 were based on nursery rhymes (they're tagged),
1 was lyrics-only (a troll of a most-likely-fake account)
3 were challenges (a 10x10, a Morph, and an Anti-Syn).
- Of the 4 failures:
2 would have been collabs,
1 would have been a straight-up original, and
1 would have been an original for the Sign Challenge.
- My gratitude goes to my songwriting partners this year: @kahlo2013 (7 collabs), @cindyrella (4), @ductapeguy (4), @stephenwordsmith (4), @arthurrossi (3), @crisp1 (2), @jorh (2), @acousticmaddie (1), @hummingbear (1), @metalfoot (1), @momentegalerie (1), @visiblydistorted (1), @wacha (1).
<3 I think we did some good work.<3

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- I fawmed 34 songs, officially. Technically only 31; one was an unsatisfactory collaboration (Hope Beyond Hope) that I repurposed with original lyrics; one was a 10x10 with nonsense cut-up method lyrics that were partly rewritten into reasonable vignettes; and one would've been a Feb 28th offering that I was still fooling with when sleep overtook me.
- Of those, 18 were solo works (includes the Easy Shed non-collab collab; excludes the supplied lyrics of the Fake It Challenge).
- 9 were challenges (counting the Easy Shed trolling)

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- I fawmed 23 songs, officially. Technically only 21; two were posted as instrumentals, then posted again with lyrics+vocals.
- Of those, 3 were solo works.

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Spent my wee years with AM radio, and my teens with thrash metal and glam rock.

Served time in an industrial metal band in the early aughts, with whom I played 2004 Canadian Music Week.

Worked labour till I retired relatively young due to mental health issues, then I cartooned and wrote short stories for a decade.

Now it's just me and a handful of instruments and a borrowed Blue Yeti. Like last FAWM, I'll strum for whatever lyrics capture my imagination (with permission, of course), with an amazing partner (Jan 2020 was they last time we shared a physical space), one annoyingly cuddling cat, a remarkable absence of sugar (probably), and much nostalgia for the musically aggressive days.

Songs (39)

#1 Salmonlike @aneil 8
Feb 2
#2 Smallest of Things (FAWM-01) @cindyrella  14
Feb 9
#3 Yeah Yeah Yeah I Remember (Fake It Challenge - FAWM-02) 10
Feb 11
#4 Maladjustment (lyrics) 1
Feb 11
#5 Maladjustment (song - FAWM-03) 4
Feb 12
#6 The Local IGA (lyrics) 7
Feb 12
#7 Ignored Charlotte (lyrics) 2
Feb 13
#8 Ignored Charlotte (song - FAWM-04) 9
Feb 13
#9 Weekends (lyrics) 7
Feb 14
#10 Hedged (They Can Go Friar Tuck Themselves) (lyrics) 3
Feb 14
#11 Auburn (FAWM-05) @stephenwordsmith  9
Feb 14
#12 The Local IGA (song - FAWM-06) 7
Feb 14
#13 Weekends (song - FAWM-07) 4
Feb 16
#14 Hedged (They Can Go Friar Tuck Themselves) (song - FAWM-08) 7
Feb 16
#15 Allies Fall Easiest (lyrics) 5
Feb 17
#16 May Their Fire Be Small and the Wolves Near (lyrics) 2
Feb 18
#17 Iโ€™m in a Rush (lyrics) 4
Feb 18
#18 Allies Fall Easiest (song - FAWM-09) 8
Feb 19
#19 Shadows, Icicles (morph - FAWM-10) @kahlo2013 5
Feb 20
#20 Slothcore Bandit (FAWM-11) 5
Feb 20
#21 Staring Out My Window (FAWM-12) @stephenwordsmith  9
Feb 20
#22 May Their Fire Be Small and the Wolves Near (song FAWM-13) 3
Feb 20
#23 Driftwood (now with music - FAWM-14) @hummingbear  7
Feb 21
#24 The Elephant Spoke to the Snake (lyrics) 2
Feb 22
#25 Hey Soldier (FAWM-15) @acousticmaddie  6
Feb 23
#26 Rest in Piss (FAWM-16) @cindyrella  10
Feb 24
#27 'Twas in the Back of My Head (morph - FAWM-17) @coolparadiso  7
Feb 24
#28 I'm in a Rush I'm in a Rush (song - FAWM-18) 1
Feb 24
#29 On a Downward Slide (FAWM-19) @cindyrella  6
Feb 25
#30 For the Love (a PSA) (lyrics) 2
Feb 26
#31 The Elephant Spoke to the Snake (song - FAWM-21) 3
Feb 27
#32 For the Love (a PSA) (song - FAWM-20) 3
Feb 27
#33 Break the Ice (morph - FAWM-22) @kahlo2013 6
Feb 28
#34 Salmonlike (morph - FAWM-23) @aneil 3
Feb 28
#35 Michael Row (morph - FAWM-24) @kenmattsson  5
Feb 28
#36 A Song About Nonsense (FAWM-25) @cindyrella  5
Feb 28
#37 UPDATED Polar Bear Waltz (FAWM-26) @zecoop  3
Feb 28
#38 placeholder for Playin' Along ZONG
Feb 28
#39 placeholder for Starfish @stephenwordsmith  ZONG
Mar 1


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  • @daveyboy103  Mar 7

    I am just an unreconstructed 80s funky soul boy, Guilty as charged ๐Ÿ˜€

    Thanks for your kind comments and @kahlo2013 words are great to work with. I think even she was surprised with how I used them and that is great. It should be about surprising people.

    I love your version too. Let's have multiple genres for more lyrics ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @berni1954  Mar 5

    Glad you liked the lyrics to Cassandra. I have worked out a rough melody and will be recording it ASAP. Will let you know.

    PS Just saw you liked my "Tripping with my Cat". I enjoyed writing that one. The tiger line was probably inspired by Calvin and Hobbes ๐Ÿ˜

  • @nahlej381  Mar 5

    Thanks for listening to 1=0.9999999 I appreciate it! Look forward to listening to your songs this month!

  • @berni1954  Mar 4

    Glad you liked my take on Michael Row. Got to hear yours now.

  • @matthew62  Mar 4

    Thanks for the listen and comments regarding they'll never get their Hanes on me. I'm glad you enjoyed it. That's the first one I've written like that in a long time,

  • @kenmattsson  Mar 3

    @moonraccoon Thanks so much for taking a shot at my Michael Row lyrics. It's an honor to have three different FAWMers take a stab at setting them to music. I'm honored.

    Nice job, in yet another very different style. Your additional words are in the spirit of the lyrics, so I'm fine with that. You've basically written a new song.

  • @aneil Mar 1

    @moonraccoon thx for your input I have made an edit thx for your constructive feedback! Thx for busting the zong too !

  • @zecoop  Mar 1

    Yeah, I certainly didnโ€™t plan it that way or pick them. It started in F because F is easy!

  • @zecoop  Mar 1

    There's just two sections and they all use just the major chords, as far as I know (I play by ear, so I'm doing the best I can) ๐Ÿ˜€
    Section A
    F Eb Db
    F Eb Db Db Eb
    F Eb (Eb F G) Ab Gb
    F Eb Db Db C

    Section B
    Bb C Db Ab
    Bb C C
    Bb C Db Ab
    Bb C Db Eb

    (back to A and so forth).

    It seems like my PSS-470 was acting a bit wonky when I recorded that song, because it is a few cents off tune from what it is right now, haha.

  • @zecoop  Feb 28

    Do you still need the chords for polar bear? Now I have time, lol

  • @rangermike  Feb 28

    A sidebar? I have to wonder if your Grump is in someway related to my Ent.

  • @lnh  Feb 28

    Thank you so much for your kind comments on the collab song. The songwriting has certainly been a healing process into more of the voicefull!

  • @rangermike  Feb 28

    Thank you for your kind words about my Dad Collab. Til now I didn't know the word "absurdist". That was My Dad for sure. I HAVE been following you, I'm just a lousy communicater.

    And thank you for the un-zong. Mike.

  • @cleanshoes  Feb 27

    Hello! I tried to listen to your song Hedged, but it looks like the link may be broken. Just thought I'd let you know!

  • @gordon  Feb 26

    Hello again, just saw your comments on His name was Joe (thanks very much btw.) In answer to your question, no one has ever asked me to do lyrics for them, and it might be a bit late for this FAWM, but if you want to have a go at any of my lyrics, feel free. Just put me down as the co-writer, I guess, and see if anything pops out at you. you are most welcome to have a go.

  • @kenmattsson  Feb 25

    @moonraccoon You can certainly take a shot at setting Michael Row to your own music. It's already been done twice; why not a third time?

  • @cindyrella  Feb 24

    Thanks so much for doing my Rush song!

  • @mandolinda  Feb 23

    I like how everyone interprets to their own background. I never would think of a C chord that way....ever. Glad you liked my little tune.

  • @freddie13 Feb 23

    If you listen to my mother earth song..
    It might be the mood you ate looking for with the elephant and snake song???
    Great chatting last night.

  • @crisp1  Feb 23

    Moonraccoon! Thanks for the comment on The Sapling. Will come back for a listen to your music. Glad to see you've been so busy!

  • @aneil Feb 21

    @moonraccoon Iโ€™m open for a collaboration on salmon like if you keen go for it

  • @aneil Feb 21

    @moonraccoon Iโ€™m open for a collaboration on salmon like if you keen go for it

  • @hummingbear  Feb 21

    It's OK with us both if you do a version of Driftwood. So I'll set up one collab box for the Metalfoot version and another for the MoonRaccoon version.

  • @kahlo2013 Feb 21

    Of course, if you make changes please post as you did the other one! Thanks so much!

  • @billwhite51 Feb 21

    thank you for your comments on northern pride, southern shame. the chords are just C, F, and G,

  • @acousticmaddie  Feb 19

    Thank you! I would Love it IF you put music to Hey soldier ๐Ÿ’š

  • @billwhite51 Feb 18

    are you using firefox? people using firefox have had problems accessing bandcamp.

  • @gordon  Feb 17

    Hello again, re Stranded at Sea, unfortunately it is based on a true story

  • @stephenwordsmith  Feb 17

    Go for it (caveat psy-t)!

  • @gordon  Feb 17

    Hello again, I just saw your comment re Downward slide. Just to be clear, the lyrics are Cindy's. I just did some noodling about with the music and singing part. I would personally be very interested to hear your take on it though. For me that's what FAWM is all about. None of us should be too precious about our creations, lyrically or musically. We should just try to have fun and be respectful of each other.

  • @thedutchwidows  Feb 17

    Hi there - thanks for the comment on Whats An Amoeba To Do? I watched the beat numbers in Logic and clicked/tapped along with mouth and foot. Your question suggests it was either reasonably successful or wildly unsuccessful..!

  • @metalfoot  Feb 16

    Yeah, there's like 5 grocery chains in Canada when it comes down to it. LOL. Sobeys/Safeway, Metro, Loblaws, CoOp and Save-on-Foods.

  • @gordon  Feb 16

    Hello again, just saw your comments on "Downward slide". As long as Cindy doesn't mind, I think it would be great to hear a different take on the same lyrics. That's the fun of FAWM! I look forward to hearing what you do with them (probably something a lot more sophisticated, I should think). Good luck and good songwriting to you

  • @gordon  Feb 16

    Hi there, and thanks for taking the time to listen. It was a story I read this morning about a Russian journalist who had been jailed. You can see it here
    It's pretty chilling stuff really.

  • @cindyrella  Feb 16

    it's fine with me

  • @metalfoot  Feb 16

    Yes. It's the lyric I was given for random collab. Will be adding music this evening.

  • @metalfoot  Feb 16

    Same mic, just was singing a little differently I guess? ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks for the kind comments!

  • @zecoop  Feb 16

    Hey there! Glad you liked the polar bear waltz. Sure, see what happens with a guitar version. I will need to figure out what I played, lol. I play by ear but can probably figure out what chords they are.

  • @siebass  Feb 16

    @moonraccoon Thanks for the kind words on I'm gonna sweep up the cheerios. Feel free to cover it whenever/wherever, ha ha! Definitely has that 90's cartoon vibe, but I didn't realize until you pointed it out.

  • @moonraccoon  Feb 15

    @kahlo2013 Excellent idea. I will tag it as a morph, and mention its morphness in the liner notes. Thank you so much!

  • @kahlo2013 Feb 15

    Thanks for the offer! Iโ€™m still thinking about the lyrics on Shadows and Icicles and may do more tweaking to get the song exactly where I want. I know you often like to adjust and morph lyrics for your style, if you want to create a new/different song with my lyrics you may but please note that in your liner notes that you created a new song - a morph- using some of my lyrics Shadows and Icicles. Thanks!

  • @stephenwordsmith  Feb 14

    I was intrigued by the comparison you drew on 'Happy Little Accident' - I'm only familiar with one Luscious Jackson song, Ladyfingers, which charted well enough to make it onto a popular compilation album we had. I couldn't see the parallels there, but I went to Youtube and checked out the video for 'Naked Eye', and I can absolutely see it.

    I also like that song much better than Ladyfingers; has more energy, takes risks, and embraces its unique personality to a greater extent.

  • @stephenwordsmith  Feb 12

    Knock yourself out, sir.

    Thank you for thinking of me!

  • @acousticmaddie  Feb 11

    Thanks for your kind comment on my Lullaby

  • @lcad  Feb 10

    Thanks a lot for your thoughtful comment on Charon. I agree with the point, I'll consider if I can rewrite that verse to cohere better

  • @prsongsmith  Feb 10

    Thanks for listening to "Frog Sex Party!!" -- so glad you enjoyed it!

  • @lanasolyluna Feb 10

    I talk too much too! Good thing Tomo is a good listener.

  • @coolparadiso  Feb 10

    Nope not all Fawmers probably half sometimes as much 2/3. Audience is very mixed. Certainly only half fawmers at the most. 1/4 maybe just listeners. Had over 400 for one episode!

  • @coolparadiso  Feb 10

    Thats rather Ironic i saw that soundcloud link tiday as well. I moved to save money to alonetone, which is free

    This is the latest

    This is the one you were on

    Your song is at about 1hr13 and is called Unreliable.

    Not sure on contact but i think i would have used the link on your profike here!

    I was sure you wouldn't mind as you marked it downloadable.

  • @coolparadiso  Feb 10

    hey man i tried to contact you a couple of months back I played a song of yours on my podcast!

  • @cindyrella  Feb 9

    Thanks so much for our song!

  • @arthurrossi Feb 6

    Hey! Thanks so much for your message! So nice to hear from you... Have a great FAWM, too!

  • @crutherford  Feb 5

    Thank you! I used to talk to my goat Heidi with the same voice. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @emkaydeebee  Feb 4

    Hey, thanks for listening to my daft 14x14 thing!

  • @srcoops  Feb 4

    Thanks for your kind words on Pants

  • @cindyrella  Feb 3

    Thanks and yes, hope ahead

  • @crutherford  Feb 2

    This is a great album cover. You've inspired me to share mine on here now! Can't wait to hear the magic you're going to cast this year my friend!

  • @dephph Jan 31

    Hi Brian! I admire your work. Happy fawm Garn

  • @mrgee1952  Jan 25

    Truly love Tom Waits - favourite song is Chocolate Jesus.

  • @jorh  Jan 24

    Have a great FAWM! Always great to see you supporting the lyricist and hearing your interpretation of their words

  • @cleansupafterburn Jan 19

    Get creating challenges about intersecting tangents please, and make it as radical and political as kind, generously necessary, and whatever else is a gate to it.