Influences: They Might Be Giants, Dimitri Shostakovich, Danny Elfman, Randy Newman, Franz Liszt, Michael Nyman, Ben Folds, Randy Newman, etc...
I’m a Composer, Songwriter, and Visual Artist who loves to learn just about any subject. I take inspiration from anywhere, anyone, and anything. I studied Bassoon and Saxophone in high school, and piano and composition in college. I’ve played in various bands and orchestras from jazz to classical, rock and jam bands. While I perform my own music, I consider myself more of a writer and composer. I’ve composed many types of pieces from solo and chamber works to symphonies and concertos. I’ve released one CD, as of now, of instrumental works. I’ve written countless songs for many different occasions. I will always write music, as I consider it my therapy and release from the hectic nature of life.
Created a FAWM 2021 page on my website here...
Oh wow, there are more! Will get on those today. So glad you've been beavering away as I wanted to hear more! Thanks for the really kind comment. My sad little inner self's immediate response is "well, you had better get listening to more FAWMers" but that sounds like a rejection of your incredibly generous comment so I will hold that instinct at arms length and try to bask as best as my psyche will allow!
Thanks so much. It's funny when the typed message of someone half way round the world puts a smile on my face. To be honest, the kind of validation I get on here is almost dangerous, its an endorphin smash. FAWM *is* great, a really nice safe space to have fun. And it has a momentum that makes things happen, like a doomsday cult rendered completely benign by science! The only thing that it can't *easily* do is provide a space for detailed constructive criticism - I think people feel slightly inhibited by the same anonimity that contributes to the overall very positive tone, to offer much by the way of suggestions for improvement (there are some exceptions). And its nice to keep FAWM-friends from year to year too. See you 2022!
Thanks for the listen to my "Snow Waltz" -- you asked if I was using brushes -- yes, indeed, although I am barely enough a drummer to make that work.
Hey Mr Murphy! Thanks for the message. Did you know that there's also another Pete Murphy on here? He goes under the name blindkiwi. He's a million miles away in Australia, but we managed to meet up when he was in England a few years ago.
I hope you have a fun and successful FAWM.
I'll check out what you've been doing very soon.
No worries - I hope you find FAWM as positive a thing as I do. It really makes February something to look forward to! Looking forward to your next.
Hey I’m so glad you’re here! Can’t wait to hear your music! 😀
Take all the prep time you need. When you're ready we shall commence with making the jelly! Looking forward to it! And thank's for the invite. I'll do my very best.
Howdy from Clinton Mississippi
Welcome to FAWM
My advice? Well just sharing what I love about FAWM. It is to enjoy others' work as much as or more than my own, but without getting caught up in comparisons. I'll be like "Oooh! I want to do a piece like that one!" and try it, and it comes out not like that at all, but totally new and a song I'm really glad I met, wouldn't have ever written otherwise.
My other piece of advice is that if folks ask you to collaborate or join in a game, it's really ok to say no; sometimes people put themselves under pressure to please a stranger for a collab.
Looking forward to hearing your music!
Welcome to FAWM!
As far as preparing...... I'm a firm believer in the man plans, god laughs 😁
I have been doing the #Jamuary thing. It's a loose just broad internet challenge to just record something every day in January. It's mostly just making sure things are in tune, I don't have any bugged out wires or pedals, and levels are nice. I haven't sang anything really since 50/90 though. So I'm sure I'll be croaking out the first few times I try to record any vocals(if I do), but that's not something I've ever really worried about or put much stock into.
I'm in OK, but have been to Mississippi on more than a few occasions. Mostly just driving through though. I've spent more time in Alabama, but have been through and stayed a few nights in Tupelo it's a pretty little city.
> Do you have any tips on how I should prepare?
I'm spending time making sure all my signal chains are good, tweaking my DAW template, and testing it all by working on re-recording (or dubbing) some of my prior years' songs.
I've also been trying to get myself onto a regular schedule (been skewed for months now), so that I can devote time to FAWM each day without stepping on work / family time.
Suggestions on how to prepare?
Not really; just get ready to have some fun.
I myself do not prepare; I wait until Feb. 1st and then kick in to songwriting mode.
If you really want the full FAWM experience I suggest you check out the Forums.
Posting songs should be pretty self-explanatory once the site really opens up on February 1st.
If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask me or anyone else - we're a super friendly bunch!
Welcome to FAWM. I was born and raised in Mississippi - been to Tupelo many times. I moved to the Seattle WA area a couple decades ago.
Welcome to FAWM!!!
Welcome to FAWM
Welcome, and happy FAWMing!