Influences: R.E.M., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guster, Paul Winter, Incubus, Dave Matthews Band, Harry Nillsson, The Beatles, Keith Jarrett, Astrud Gilberto, Led Zeppelin, Rory Galagher, Radiohead, The Strokes
FAWM 2020 was rough - I was struggling with what was going on globally and I had a tough time writing anything. Grateful for 2020 in many ways, though, as I have been with my family and been able to prioritize creativity and mental, emotional, and spiritual health. There's a silver lining in this chaos.
NASOALMO was a great success though! I was experiencing a recurrence of seizures that I had 9 years ago that led to brain surgery. This time around I felt equipped with the tools, skills, and support to get help. I'm glad to say there's no tumor and the meds have helped prevent seizures. And it led to this album here 😀 https://nategerry.bandcamp.com/album/not-for-nothing
FAWM 2021 is a chance to let the muse run free. To explore creativity as an act of connection to God. I have been a part of an Artist's Way group for the past few weeks and I can already see my relationship to creativity shifting in a more liberating way. I'm thrilled to be back for another go at FAWM.
Much love to you all!
|#1||That Kind of Guy||
|#2||The Unique Song||
|#3||It's Time to Poop||
|#4||It's Time To Leave @reklov||
|#5||You Are Loved||
|#6||Everybody Needs to Have More Orgasms||
|#7||Don't Do Drugs||
|#8||Let This Fantasy Die A Quick and Painless Death||
|#10||You Are Amazing||
|#11||Cows Have Best Friends||
|#12||The Zong Song||
|#13||A Brand New Heart @mctown||
|#14||The Sleepy Song||
|#15||Vroom Vroom In The Boom Boom||
|#16||Ready For You||
|#17||Super Onion Love||
|#19||Never Say Goodbye Again||
|#20||Don't tell me if it hurts @nadine||
|#21||We Are Heroes||
Great songs at the FAWMOVER party!
Hi Nate, I've just dropped by having seen your name in the list of SpinTunes participants. I was fortunate to visit Boston back in 2018 for a course I attended - it's a beautiful place! Look forward to hearing what you play for SpinTunes.
Whoosh you made me listen to all of your songs and comment most. I did this out of curiosity. Started with one song and longed for more.
But there is something I have to tell you in person. Your music brings joy to people. Especially for me. I wish there were talented people like you who make music straight out of their hearts. People who share their emotions and thoughts, not caring if everything is perfect. Your music tells a credible and authentic story. I feel the positivity after listening to your music. Thank you for bringing this joy to me!
Thanks for your kind words on our collab 😁 I have to listen to your other songs in the next days. Great stuff here!
Thanks for your kind words on 'Epitaph', much appreciated!
The pleasure is yours! If you want to you can insert some notes inside the song. Looking forward to the comments and collab!
Hey Nate! I've matched the phrasing of the piano to my test vocal and uploaded a demo since the deadline is closing soon. Hope it is okay for you! I'm looking forward to our collab. Wishing you the best!
Thanks for your kind comments on "Slow Down."
Thanks for your kind comments, Not Too Late came out really well, Ralston is a country singer so I think these were intended to be country lyrics but I think lyrics are genre neutral as this song proves.
Loved DeVo, their version Satisfaction is better than the Stones.
Nate, sorry for making you rush - I thought February ends on Friday, but actually there's another weekend 😅 If you want the backing to be transposed I can do that until Saturday... I should have slept more xD
Nate, your music has been one of my highlights of FAWM 2021. As we both live in the Boston area, I'm hoping when we all have the chance to be in each others presence I'll be able to hear you perform live!
Sent you an email, FYI...just in case it went to spam.
i moved from seattle to allston in 81, then to canbridge in 82, and somerville in 92...then back to seattle in 97. i managed a few cinemas in the 80s, mostly the harvard square and he orson welles, which i evacuated on the day it burned down,,, ran a bookstore that had live entertianment every night in porter square, and was a DJ at tufts university radio WMFO from 86-97 where we produced tracy chapmans first demos..played all over the place, but mostly at the middle east in central square and christophers in porter square.
thanks for your comments on boomer. are you a native bostonian or a transplant? .i lived there for 16 years.
I'm beginning to feel a bit stalker-ish, so I'm going to not comment on every song you've posted, but I assure you I want to. Congrats on winning a FAWM! I haven't managed that in years, so that alone is worthy of admiration. But to have won with consistently amazing and engaging installments, one right after the other, is something to be saluted. As the kids are fond of saying these days, I stan.
YESSS!!!! Lean into whatever muse finds you! I've felt the same way with some of my tunes this month - second guessing if I should share them - but I have never regretted it. For example - both of my skirmish tunes I felt very nervous about sharing - because I had no time to digest them. before presenting. Now, I think they are some of my favourites I've made this Feb. Yup! The muse is a wild Pied Piper! I am very happy you went with it for that tune!
thanks for your kind comment on Hey Honey. I had uploaded the wrong version. Fixed now. Now to check out your tunes!
Sell it the right way and you'll have "recording artists" falling over themselves to pay big bucks for that sound! LOL. You got the idea out, it worked very well, indeed, perfect in the context of the track.
Many thanks for your kind comments on my song Monday Blues. Cheers!
Thanks for commenting on Bury me two feet down! Appreciate it.
Thank you for your kind comment on my instrumental Mission Alive.
Hey, thanks for the compliment on my track. I'm glad that tension translated. I was hoping came across.
Oh man. Thanks for the love. I most definitely do not often feel like a musical badass but I make a mean PBJ.
Hey, nice to know you 😀
Feel free to mail me your lyrics. Just drop a note in the subject that it's that random collaboration as a reminder.
Do you want me to try something that suits your style or just do anything that comes into my mind? I'm just asking before getting spoiled by your music 😁
I'm looking forward to it!
Sure! I do have 2 versions (one finished and one not) but I don't mind having 3!
Thanks so much for listening and the kind comments on my song . I really appreciate it . Thankyou kindly
I assure you that I appreciate you greatly as a songwriter and person as well!
It’s like a pressure cooker technique for songwriting, cool!
You’re a consistently good songwriter. Each one I listened to was fantastic in its own way. Excellent work with vocals, prosody, guitar, & production! Wildly creative lyrics.
Thank you so much for your feedback. We love doing harmonies. So glad you like the song 😊
You’re totally welcome! Yes, I would love to meet up with you sometime at a songwriter event, maybe.
Thank you very much for the kind comment on “Workin’ On That Now”!
You should think about it!
I shared your Cows Have Best Friends with my vegan son and daughter-in-law and she said you might be able to sell that to a vegan company of some kind. Just a thought 😀
Thanks for commenting on my song. Wow!! read your bio, you are amazing with what you are dealing with. I wish you much success and better days ahead.
Thanks for listening to my stuff! Will come back and to listen your work soon!
Thank you! Yes, Ohio is quite beautiful if you know where to look. 😀
Thanks! A slothcore tune I have pretty well done felt lacking somewhere I think the Gonorrhea rabbit hole will do nicely 😁
Thank you so much for your kind words about “Mary Patten”! What she did was truly extraordinary, and I’m glad she’s been credited and remembered for what she did. (It’s worth noting that, if she hadn’t been interested in navigation, and if her husband hadn’t been willing to teach her, the ship would certainly have been lost.)
She had a short and sad life, unfortunately. Her husband died of TB not long after they returned, and she herself died of TB a few years later.
Let us know if you make it over to Japan!
Thanks for your kind words for Where are you going.
Thank you so much for your sweet comment! Still working hard on getting the word out about our music, but the article was so helpful!
The sarcasm wasn't intentional in the Laughter Song, but I was not totally feeling it when I sang it, so that probably came through.
Thanks ever so much for listening to my song ‘ New page’ ! Your comments were so positive and inspiring that they made my day ! Thanks so much mate . Cheers 😊👋
Fortunately, my kids are homeschooled. It's actually fortunate for the schools, too. My feelings about busy work and testing have, let us say, "not improved" since I became an adult.
I've been public about how underachieving is the perfect stress reduction for a pandemic where folks are still test-obsessed. It's like the perfect form of cheating, and it can't be stopped.
I've literally (and sincerely!) given the advice of, "Have you considered underachieving? I think it would help."
Thanks for the kind words. I've been borrowing from Hop Along this year, gonna try to switch it up soon.
Thanks the listen and comments on "November Song" It's in drop D with a lot of airy open chords.
I see you've already written quite a few so I'm gonna give them a listen. Happy FAWMing to ya!
Yes, Nate - you caught it! I love the LOMA open mic - it's one of my favorites! Can't wait to get back there after all this is over. 😀
Thanks for the kind words, Nate! Jonny is a real person (that's his childhood photo with the owl!). He is in fact a ninth level powerpoint wizard. He rarely has a point. But sadly he does not have a jacked up Silverado. Alas!
Thank you for nice comment.
Thanks for your kind comment on Don't Hide!
Yuuuuuup, that's distorted autoharp.
Was going for Canadian East Coast traditional for Michael Row, so Irish folk would be close, anyway. 😀 Cheers!
Thanks for listening and commenting.
Thanks for busting my song 🙂 rock on fellow music maker
Thanks for your kind words, Nate - I'm really enjoying listening through your songs tonight! I love the range of songs you've got up here - and your vocals are just amazing.
Listened to several of your songs this morning, you have such a good voice! You can definitely feel even in listening that you’ve hit a break through in your process, the delivery is too wonderful.
Heh, yeah was actually thinking that kinda...
Thanks for listening!
Your material is so well conceived! I am kind of in awe of your diction... I don't think I've even heard it that punctuated in theater! Amazing.
I meant "marked". Sorry!
I'm SO happy that you like my "Version". IT was a real new experience for me, and I felt a bit like a thief. But I found it relatively easy to do because I liked your melody a lot!
I Marke you as a collaborateur for this. Is it okay for you?
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed the ASMR-like moaning. 😁 And yeah, chucking a quick synth in the background definitely put the finishing touch on it.
Aw, you're very welcome. I enjoy every minute of it and always treat myself to a new deck for every FAWM. It helps me get familiar with the new deck while having a lot of fun in February with everyone and their songs 😀 And wow, what a story (just read your bio). Sounds like we are fortunate to have you here. Be safe and be kind to yourself.
Thanks for your nice words on my song! I totally dig the combination of distorted guitars and piano. Great that you like this too.
Thank you for your kind remarks on "Take a Little Time".
Thank you for your nice comment.
Thanks so much for your comments on “It’s a New Day”!
yep quality/quantity is my favorite! I wrote a poem on that a while back when I was doing artists way. I actually have the other books in the series all of which I found in my mom's basement years ago and ran off with cuz ya know, synchronicity.
Thanks for the feedback on Brightside! I see that you're doing Artist Way. I absolutely love that book and that whole series.
Thanks for the comments and the shoutout on the recommended songs thread! The tuning I used for that song is double drop D and then I had a capo on the third fret to bring it up to F minor.
Thx for your comments. The synth is actually a real trumpet with a psychedelic filter put on it in my DAW
Have a great FAWM!!!