Influences: here are some things currently in heavy rotation: Big Thief, the Byrds, Joni Mitchell, Jeff Buckley, Sharon Van Etten, Laura Stevenson, Yo La Tengo, Courtney Barnett, Okkervil River
"the perfect is the enemy of the good"
This is my eighth year doing this, and I had to count on my fingers to confirm because my brain was firmly convinced we’re still in 2020 (yikes!)
Check out some previous FAWM songs (and others) done up proper at my band Gentle Brontosaurus's site here:
@ndavies = keys, pocket trumpet, vox.
me = keys, guitar, vox.
Also check out Vowl Sounds, collabs with @vomvorton, also made possible via FAWM: facebook.com/vowlsoundsmusic
We released our first official album last April! Check it out here:
other musics from the past you could also listen to: tldrband.com (surf-tinged indie rock; I sang), www.facebook.com/RedTapeDiaries (math-tinged power pop; I played keys). miscellaneousowl.bandcamp.com contains the detritus of FAWMs past.
I bought a Vox Starstream modeling guitar a bit prior to last year's FAWM. I still haven't used all the settings (27 of them plus the default passive humbucker pickups!) on recordings yet. This year I'll see how many I manage to make it through... maybe all of them?! Setting up a checklist for myself below: (https://voxamps.com/product/starstream-type-1/)
3. Synth bass
7. Acoustic 1 - neck--DONE (Waving to the Cosmos)
8. Acoustic 1 - middle
9. Acoustic 1 - bridge
10. Acoustic 2 - neck
11. Acoustic 2 - middle
12. Acoustic 2 - bridge
13. 12-string - neck--DONE (Charles E. Cheese)
14. 12-string - middle
15. 12-string - bridge
16. Modern - neck
17. Modern - middle
18. Modern - bridge
19. Humbucker - neck
20. Humbucker - middle--DONE (You Must Have Been Dancing)
21. Humbucker - bridge
22. Between - neck
23. Between - middle
24. Between - bridge
25. Single coil - neck
26. Single coil - middle
27. Single coil - bridge
28. Passive humbuckers--DONE
|#2||Charles E. Cheese||
|#3||The White Morph||
|#4||Take a Ride in My Boat||
|#5||Lions and Hammers||
|#6||You Must Have Been Dancing||
|#7||Waving to the Cosmos @vomvorton||
|#8||Erotic Dream About Tony Soprano @loveonamixtape||
|#9||Potential Consequences @vomvorton||
|#11||The Diamond Age @paulh1237||
|#13||Zero-Sum Game @zecoop||
|#14||Wonder Drug @dasbinky||
|#15||I Was A Child Model @vomvorton||
I'm just going to pretend that is a brand of sitar
Thanks so much for your comment on So Long. It is not an open tuning, although I love playing in different open tunings. I tune my guitar down a whole step which might be one reason why it sounds different to your ears.
Thank you for the kind words on "Choir's Back!"
Cheers Owl! Thanks for the listen!
I'm sorry to hear that. Hope things turn out for the best.
Posted - Let me know if anything needs to change! That was a productive night, you had! Loved it. 😀
Thanks for your comment on "Garbage Reminds Me of You." There's lots of wildlife on FAWM, you just have to know where to look, right?
Thanks for your nice feedback, Huan! That was Marquette Waterfront Festival a few years back, when I was playing with The Kissers. Can't wait to see GB at some point when all this... waves indiscriminately around... is over. Keep up the great work on the songwriting and production fronts: you've clearly got the stuff!
Thanks for the comment on "Another Song About the Joys of Indoor Gardening"! I was stumped for a subject at first when writing the lyrics and complained about it to my girlfriend, telling her the only thing I have is the phrase "proceeds to die" and she suggested the houseplants. Somehow, that worked nicely.
As for why I watchlisted you, I thought if you can make something so interesting in a genre unfamiliar to you, then the ones more close to your comfort zone must be even more interesting, right? And though I've mostly put out metal this year (and my list of influences reflects that since I've listed things I've tried to channel in this year's songs), I'm actually not that easily pigeonholed. I will listen to your other songs, as well as the songs of others I've watchlisted, in time. But right now I'm hella busy.
I e-mailed it over. Let me know what you think. No rush, of course and no pressure. 😀
Hey! I hope your FAWM is going great. It sure sounds like it from what I have heard. I wrote an easy going acoustic guitar and cajon song that i think would work well with your voice and lyrical prowess. Any time/interest in a collab? I’ll add some more things tomorrow but then it’ll be ready. No pressure. Just let me know. 😀
I just tried emailing
thanks for your listen on 'Unicorn'...glad the timing worked for you.
Moar harpsichord definitely sounds like a mission statement for the second half of the FAWM!
And I wish you well with ribbon song. That's such a striking image. It just conjures so many questions? What colour ribbon? Does she itch to untie it? What happens if she does? Does it float up like a balloon?
thanks for the kind comment on my collab!
Hi! I hope you are doing well, making/ doing the best and most you can..well, not per se that...you catch my drift... thanks as well for your kind comment, itcwas a good moment for me reading it!
Thanks for commenting on my song Partir 😀 I'm glad that it was your first spanish song!
Here is a quick one to get started, you should be able to grab it with the link I think.
Still trying to decide on a name for this;
Sing Song Ping Pong
Sounds good, you want I should start, or should I want you start?
Gm, Dsus7, Am
F Cm Bb
OK we got 6 chords, options for next
person 1 lays a track and sends person 2 adds back n forth etc.
Person 1 writes line 1 person line 2 etc.
To keep it from being the same person tasked with rhyming (if it is going to rhyme) The last line of a verse, will be the first line of the next verse.
We could chose a subject for the the song or we could let it decide for itself.
Also up for any suggestions on next step if you have an idea.
Gm, Dsus7, Am
Thinking 3 chords for verse and 3 for chorus. Person 1 picks 1st chord person 2 picks 2nd etc.
Hey, do you want to play musical tennis?
You are super welcome on all counts. Speaking of recruiting you as a guest, I notice you have yet to do any collaborisms yet this year. Would you be interested in writing a song together?
Oh great! I'm so pleased! ZvG were a woefully shortlived but wonderful Glasgow band from a few years back. A gift. I love their songs.
And harpsichord? Well this one was really just a tacit acknowledgement that I wasn't being very serious about the song but...I'll see what I can do.
And yes I find "enthusiasts" of most types disturbing in their intensity. Have the cats handed you the pamphlet on the five great reasons to feed more often yet? They will.
Hey I listen to your songs coz I like them! and I have time!
I have to ask: you wouldn't know Peter & Lou by any chance, would you?
hey owl! thanks for commenting and asking!
on shoo shoo I used Swanky amp, which I think I got as a rec from here recently. It was the first time I'd used it and I stumbled upon the setting I used. On the VST the setting is "turn it to 11" (I think). I played around a bit with the settings on that preset without really knowing what I was doing and hey presto.
in terms of making the sound after that I just copied what all my favourite noisy guitarists do, which seems to be hit your guitar and jerk it around a lot and randomly attack the strings in different places. I'm not sure how much effect any of that actually had but it sure was fun
I was totally thinking about Charm of the Highway Strip when I first read those lyrics! Then shifted away from synths as I figured it out, but I guess some of that original inspiration lived on!
The video is pretty fabulous.
Hey! we have a winner you are my 100th comment, congratulations!
Hi Owl! Thanks so much for your comment on “Jessica”, I try to do a rhyme I’ve never done before with each song, and you’re a great source of rhyming and linguistic inspiration! I added a demo, if you’d like to hear it 😀
Hey thanks for sharing. I loved that vibe on your vox. We do have that Izotope Vinyl so Ill try looking for that. tyler got a bunch of new plug ins recently and i havent even attempted to look at them all. So thanks for the inspiration to do so. 😀 To answer your question, that was real kalimba, doctored up with RC-20 (Depth for pluck preset with a few tweaks). Im in love with that plug in currently. yay for fawming! Im so happy to hear you again friend.
thanks for the kind comment on my song!
Hey there, thank you for your very kind words. I appreciate it!
Oops, that comment was supposed to be on "The Procedure" board, but you probably guessed that. I was worried you had reported abuse for me saying it had a Tom Waits feel. 😀
Hey! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment on Fixer Upper. I'm glad I got that balance right between communicating the idea and physical assault with the Obvious Stick. And vocals are something I'm going to try and pay more attention to this year, so I'm glad they came across okay too.
Your harmony vocals are amazing. Agreed that this has a carnival feel, like something Tom waits would write if he wrote a song about a gynaecological exam. <Checks the list> Which number is the Starstream trumpet?
Thought there would be a couple songs here. LOL, just messing, no pressure 😉. Have a great FAWM, I'll be back.
Hiiii! As always, I'm eager to hear what you come up with!
As always, I look forward to the awesome sounds you bring to this joint. Rock the casbah and whatnot! 😁
Ok, as I have let you know, it seems you didn't take into consideration what I wrote.
Anyways, we can capitalize on this good fortune by making a song out of two contrary perspectives, for example in "'is it more important to not make people uncomfortable, or to make sense?" or something like that. If you think we can make something out of that, it could be cool, and let me know
Welcome back! Looking forward to your FAWM tunes, as always. This is the year I get up the nerve to [hopefully] reach out to folks I've been wanting to collab with, so...just consider that a warning.... 😁 Hope you have a productive February!
Excited to see what you come up with this time around!
You see, the problem for both of us is not acknowledging the point of view of others, and taking that viewpoint into consideration. We actually agree, but because you didn't take into consideration what I wrote, you are supposing we disagree.
Now, we can open a new discussion as 'is it more important to not make people uncomfortable, or to make sense?' : that's an open and interesting discussion, but a different discussion altogether. It's plain to see that people being uncomfortable with your honest gender expression (as an example) is not reason enough for you to behave as not having that gender. You can see there that good grounds exist for not following social pressure if it doesn't make sense.
If you want, we can make that discussion into a song, but if not, there's no point to it in FAWM, we'd be losing valuable time and resources
If you correct yourself on whatever intentions you supposed about me, it'd be a great aid in not being rude, as in the motto "FAWM is a friendly place". Please do avoid slander.
A good rule of thumb is "Could I be wrong about that?", and if yes, then taking that into account in the very sentence it is used.
I tried to be succinct in order to value the time of others. If you want to read up a bit, you can see that what you pointed out was never my stance: https://justpaste.it/70nij (I left that for Cairo to read in order to clear that stuff up).
Don't worry, I don't want to delve into the topic further with you, so no worries. Just to be clear and not have hurt feelings, clearing up aids.
Happy FAWM to you too!
Hey, glad I stumbled across your name in the forums. Looking forward to hearing what you put out.
Hello hello. I'm not familiar with the Vox Starstream but must now look it up. I am, however, familiar with your music and excited to hear some more!
Hey lovely. Great to see you and can't wait for your MEGA tunes in this lockdown winter we're enjoying 😉
happy 2021 owl, hope it's a hoot!
My ears await your magic.......bring it on!!
Hey, Owl. Looking forward to hearing your music again this year. Hope it's a great FAWM for you!
Good to see you back. Have a great FAWM!
Hi Owl - good to see you here once again. Happy FAWMing!
Hello!! I look forward to hearing your new tunes this year! 😀
Hey hey hey!
hey! my what big eyes you have!
I can't believe I've never checked out any of that GB stuff. On the other hand, I listened to Message Received on repeat for a little while. Looking forward to your tunes this year, as always
Hi! I’m really looking forward to hearing your music again this year. You have such a way with words and melody, which fit so well with your music. The other thing is that you’re daring.....I am hoping to be more daring this year. Best wishes to you!
Hello there, birb person! May your FAWM be amazing. Looking forward to hearing those vocals again. 😁
Have a nice FAWM
Oh hello there!
Have a wonderful and productive FAWM!!!