Influences: P J Harvey, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, Father John Misty, Björk, Mica Levi, Leonard Cohen, Motörhead, 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)
This is my third FAWM. My rock hands are in the mail <3
I am totally cool with other songwriters making parallel songs from great lyrics. This year I'm expanding that ethic to my own songs; if I have a lyric that you'd like to set to your own music, just ask, and you'll have my blessing.
On a personal note, I didn't think I'd show up this year. February's usually my "bad month"; this year it was January. I should've been recording, and wasn't, so I'd planned to spend February recording. But here I am. We'll see what happens.
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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 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, mics, and a Zoom H1n. Like last FAWM, I'll strum for whatever lyrics capture my imagination (with permission, of course), with an amazing partner, one annoying cat (Beatrice; Veronika passed), a remarkable absence of sugar (probably), and much nostalgia for the musically aggressive days.
|#1||In the Silence @kahlo2013||
|#2||Little House Beside the Sea @hummingbear||
|#3||I'm the Tan Van Man, Man (TANVAN challenge)||
|#4||We're Going Underground @crisp1||
|#5||The Most Beautiful Lights (aka A Northern Lights Noel) @kahlo2013||
|#6||Hungry Hungry Caterpillars||
|#7||Little House Beside the Sea @hummingbear||
|#8||Saint Nic Cage @nicolascage||
|#9||Good Time to Leave @crisp1||
|#11||Still Life (aka Still Life Photo) @cindyrella||
|#12||The Condoms Breaking (One by One) - Valentine's nursery rhyme||
|#13||Bitter Valentine (aka Bitter Cold Brutal) @kahlo2013||
|#14||Silently Tapping Upon the Glass @stephenwordsmith||
|#15||Master of the Sky (aka Master of the Skies) @ductapeguy||
|#16||By Working Out I Change My Fate @kahlo2013||
|#17||To Return (aka "He Will Return") @jorh||
|#18||(We Don't Need) Another Silent Night @kahlo2013||
|#19||The Greatest Teachers (aka "A Stormy Night") @ductapeguy||
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Hey! Thanks for your comment on "Give me some more wine". I am looking very forward to it! And regarding "Blackmoore Hill", I hope to have one or two lyrical suggestions until Sunday...
Thank you for taking a listen to “Miss Diagnosed” and your comments! Much appreciated! Keep writing!!
Thanks for collabing with me on ‘to return’. I really really love how you’ve played with and blender the melodies in the song. I was not expecting it to be slowed down like this but it works so well!! It’s a really thoughtful and direct like you are speaking to the love interest and capturing the different emotion of anger, love and hope. I would be delighted if you had a crack at ‘Plain Sight’ - can’t wait to hear it 😀
Wow! Love that song! Thank you so much for the wonderful energy and life you brought to my working out lyrics! I will definitely be working out to that! Love the chorus and how you bop down the list of the verses! So grateful! Thank you!!!!!!
Thank you for the feedback on "Red Lights at Night", I'm definitely switching those lines around.
Congrats on crossing your 14. Thank you so much for working together with me (and the eaglet chorus) on Master of the Sky.
Thanks for those kind words on Star Light! That broken chord fingerpicking style is fun to play!
Thank you for The kind Word on mine and Johns collab and for continous support.
Not that you also need my permission when Stephen says it's ok, but I don't have any problems with "sharing" the lyrics, looking forward to hearing your version 😀
Help yourself to the pillow! I suspect this one will require less lyrical twisting.
Hey there! Thanks for your comment on "ums Haus" where you have been "very tickled" by my story!
If you are interested we could collaborate and release an english version of the song together?! That might be a lot of fun! Looking forward to the project 😀!
Thanks for commenting on my song "Insecure", I appreciate the listen!
Just listened to a lot of your songs. There's lots of creativity here, in everything from the guitar licks to how the songs are put together. Thanks for sharing your work!
Thanks for the comment! I didn't have any conscious thoughts of Danny Elfman while playing that solo, but he has such a breadth of compositions that it wouldn't surprise me if parts of his style have slipped into my subconscious over the years and come out during improv!
I've got just a drum machine on this track. Got that apartment life going for me...
Thank you for the kind words on "The Rope". I'd love to hear your take on it.
Ah, yes, I hear it. That kind of tension is supposed to release, but it takes an entire bar, with a not-as-dissonant maj7 chord for him to get to a clean major. It's like a slow decompression of tension. Hm. I wonder if that was intentional, as he describes the futility of human understanding of universal kinship. Could bad music also be great art?
FTR, my question to @billwhite51 was "I know what you mean about judicious use of dissonance; love to utilize it. And I agree that the dissonance in Still Life propels. But I've never thought of dissonance in terms of propulsion vs trap door. Could you talk about the trap door?"
I would love that! Thanks!
ill give an example. when george harrison goes to the diminished chord in isnt it a pity, the while melody sinks. had he used that chord in a run to the next change, it might have propelled the melody. but using it in place of a simple major chord stops it cold. your use of dissonant notes comes within runs that propel the melody.
thank you for your comments on a tylenol valentine....encouraging to see that someone picked up on the historical subtext of tylenol, catching the ambiguity of what will occur at the end of the day.
Hey, thanks for the great feedback on Day Drinking with Dracula, and you’re right, I should have gone with “spectacular”, lol. Glad you dug the guitar, I rarely crank up the reverb like that but it seemed to fit good, sounded a bit Neil Young/Crazy Horse.
Thank you for the kind words on my wordplay-lyrics
Thanks for all the feedback on By Candlelight! I was trying to mix the 2nd and third parts of the round back behind the guitar and lead so the words could still be understood. There was a small one-line gap between the verses, but I think it gets lost since the other two parts are still going...
Thank you 😊
Thanks for commenting on "I Live in a Box." Brian did a nice job!
Thanks so much for your Still Life!
Thanks for your enthusiasm on my Tan Van Operetta!
If it's any consolation, I find myself similarly afflicted; take my praise as that of someone who's still not sure he should be here 😀
No, go right ahead!
Thanks a lot for your kind comment on "Lies"! I would be delighted at you giving it a try! 😀
Ah, I don't mind you commenting at all. It's all good info. This one was mixed in even more of a hurry than usual, so I'm making A List for things to fix. Thanks again, though.
Hahhh, that's great, funny, -- thank you for saying so. I'm fortunate you like it, my kind of music.
I love a good KISS and misog.
Happy FAWM2020! 😀
Hey, thanks for the comment on "Ums Haus". To answer your google-translate-question (I checked it) - yeah it is quite that content. But in english sounds even more irrevantly as intended.
Thanks for the "Very nice vibe and melody" I apreciate it!
How accurately does Google translate this into English? Because I'm delighted that a very pleasant-sounding song, seemingly innocent on a bright summer day, is the police inviting the narrator to the station for questioning 😀
Just popped by in case you’d fancy a listen to my track 1 - now with ( suitable wierd) backing track!
Okay great! Thanks
That would be great! Thanks!
I forgot to say as well - if you need to change any lyrics for flow / you want to personalise the story to better suit you - feel free 😀
Thanks for your comment, I must admit when I was listening I thought I could here a tinge of Marilyn Manson in my vocal treatment. Big fan of his so it is very much a compliment.
Listening for about the tenth time and really enjoying it! Loving that Christmas music you did for the Northern Lights song!!! We are supposed to have a snow storm tomorrow so it feels so perfect!
Not at all it would be a pleasure ... I really loved what you did with the ‘little house by the sea’ collab
Soon, I promise. When it refills I hope. I'm glad you're checking it out. This is probably the fastest I've become un-zonked, thank you. I keep getting tongue-tied and I could sure use your guitar skills.
I look forward to hear you version . Saw your comments now
Thank you for continous kind comments and support
I would like to thank you very much for your kind words...
Hey there. I have no problem at all with people doing multiple interpretations of the same lyrics. Personally, I always find it interesting to hear the different takes. I don't know if you were referring to lyrics I have used or my lyrics. Either way, go for it!
She's fine with it too. Have a listen to her version. Wow
I am fine with it but since Maddie is doing it too, I am messaging her. Will get back to you.
Hi! Thanks for stopping by Day Seven. I’ll post lyrics for the songs today.
Looking forward to hearing it!
Thanks for your comments and yes, I'd love it if you'd put "Little House by the Sea" to music. If you need me to change some lyrics, let me know. As you said, the music sometimes has its own needs.
Thanks for your nice words on Kindness. I'm fairly new to collaborating - so far it's been a wonderful experience!
Thank you for your continous support on my songs. I really hope we get a chanche to collab
A simple guitar track accompaniment in the mix sounds absolutely splendid. If you are up for it, I am happy to oblige. What format do you need to tinker with?
Good Time to Leave is yours!
Go for it, Tiger (or, raccoon, whatever, you're both stripey)!
Totally the same. Tonnes of Netflix, FAWM came along and bang, it's all guitars guitars guitars.
Yes! I'm a total post-FAWM failure. But this year, this year is going to be the year. For both of us! No pressure!
I am always happy to try new things and I think wandering around the house randomly hitting things to get drum sounds is not a bad plan.
I would LOVE that!!!!
Thanks for your feedback. The reason I use the drum machine is because I am not a drummer and don't have a drumkit to hand (and wouldn't know what to do with it), however, you have given me some ideas. I wondering if there are things around the house I can use to mimic the sounds. I could try and find a hollow box (maybe whack my acoustic guitar) to try and get some kind of bass kick sound or slap my leg or just clap for the snare. I agree a more organic sound could improve the sound and I am intrigued to give it a go.
Like it, thank you very much 😀
I was up late... thanks for asking? lol.
I have it recorded now, you can give it a listen if you are super curious about the near-rhyme.
No the comment where on the mainboard. I have updated the song <3
Hi! Thank you for commenting on the song IN the mirror. I already promised it to another FAWM:er though. Altough I dont mind several versions I also know that can cause controverses when several people do one lyrics. Therefore I need to tell you that I don´t want to cause trouble.
hey man good to see you!
Why yes. Yes you do have to do a Tan Van Man song. I can't wait to hear it.
Hey! I am so happy to see you here again! Thanks very much for your kind comment on "The smell of death"! I wish you a great FAWM!
Glad to see you're around! Please take We're Going Underground. And have fun with it! If you're OK with Bill doing his own version later, I'll be sure to let him know you're cool with that.
Really well done! I love your guitar and vocals! Thank you!!!!
You’re one of my heroes in the battles against mediocrity. Normal is just a setting on a washing machine.
Joanne says it is perfectly fine to and she looks forward to hearing what you come up with as do I! Thanks for asking!
That would be fine with me.
Welcome back, wishing you a productive FAWM!