paulhenry 16


95472 US   Jan 2014  

Artist Bio

Influences:   Richard Thompson, Nick Drake, Stephen Sondheim, John Martyn, Steve While, Joni Mitchel, Dan Bern, Lerner & Loewe, Jeffrey Joe Morin, John Martin, George & Ira Gershwin, Frank Loesser, Rogers & Hart, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Sylvia Fine, XTC, Tom Lehrer, Tom Ross, fellow FAWMers, etc.

Aging bohemian. Left to myself, I'd be a hermit, but I happen to love/hate doing this. . . which more or less requires social interaction. Go figure.

Lots of music education in my youth. I am no longer in my youth, nor do I regret leaving it. But if I could remember where I left it, I'd go get it back.

FAWM 2020. Last year it was all about Linux. That worked well. For the last few years, everything I hear, and everything I write sounds like I've heard it before. I even wrote a song about it a few fawms ago. So, this year, I'm avoiding the whole problem. I'm just writing lyrics. Although if Arthur Rossi is back this year I am definitely writing music for one of his lyrics. I really missed him last year.


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  • @crisp1  Mar 3

    Thanks for your recent comments, Paul. Very nice. On Cloak and Dagger, I can't say anything about the music, that would be Izaak's call. But on the lyric, I put "we can make an alliance but never a bond" at the end of the chorus because it's a song about a spy who wants a one night stand and he's warning the woman that he's not the Spy Who Loved Me, only the Spy Who Made Love to Me. And also because it has a sneaky little reference to a famous fictional spy... 😉

  • @scubed  Mar 2

    Thanks so much for the listen and comment on “Jupiter is Rising in the Morning”! I know what you mean about the crescent moon. I try to catch early morning moonrise on the last couple of waning crescents before the new moon.

  • @zecoop  Mar 1

    I want that song to go forever...... thank you for understanding. 😀

  • @arthurrossi Feb 27

    Dear Paul, thank you so much for the wonderful acoustic song that you made of "Blackmoore Hill". You gorgeously captured the mood I hoped the words would convey and created such a magic song here. I like your lyrical adjustments and the idea of someone climbing up that hill is lovely. I love the banjo and your vocal delivery is superb! Thank you very, very much!

  • @mdavisto  Feb 19

    Hi @paulhenry. Just wanted to say, thank you for giving real feedback with solid suggestions for improvements.

    It's not that I don't love showers of compliments, but FAWM tends to be so polite and supportive that often people won't say what they actually think for fear of hurting other people's feelings.

    I am very happy you feel comfortable offering us real, useful commentary. I feel like it speaks to the level of mutual respect we have for each others craft.

    You're awesome, keep doing what you do.

  • @ivory Feb 19

    just got your comment bout “WICKED!”, I fixed the link! Thank u for pointing it out!

  • @aflinner  Feb 16

    Thanks for the comments on my songs, Paul 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed them. In “Don’t Need A Reason” the idea is that people who love each other don’t need to constantly do big showy things just to prove it. She doesn’t need a reason to love him.

  • @the3queens  Feb 16

    Yes @paulhenry I'm alive and happy to be so. Today I replaced my totaled car! Still have the broken finger, whiplash and concussion but not so fatigued as the first few days. The broken finger is a pain in the ass for FAWM. But I'll take it to the alternative.

  • @mdavisto  Feb 13

    This is the important Major Lazer track to have listened to:

    He's an electronic dance/pop producer, generally makes swingy downtempo stuff like this, and often pioneers odd new sounds. Also known for commissioning random video houses in tiny countries to produce full-on music videos that don't actually feature him in them.

  • @leepat  Feb 8

    Not at all, please do. I’d be honoured.

  • @mikedebenham  Feb 8

    Thanks, Paul. I like your chord suggestion for 'Water' - I'll try it out when I rerecord. Back soon to listen.

  • @arthurrossi Feb 1

    Hi Paul! Thanks a lot for your welcome and your that kind words! I feel honoured… After one year absence I am happy to be here again… I hope you are fine, my friend...

  • @the3queens  Jan 2020

    Hey Paul! So we are on random collab on lyrics me on music. I love Arthur Rossi too! And I prefer getting lyrics and writing music to them if that works for you?

  • @mikedebenham  Jan 2020

    Good to see you back, Paul. I look forward to reading and/or hearing whatever the month brings you.

  • @mdavisto  Jan 2020

    Hi @paulhenry. Thanks for your kind words. Have a good fawm.

  • @otterchaos Jan 2020

    Hi! I can try setting lyrics, I've never done it before so can't promise it will be the greatest thing in the world, but I can certainly give it a go 😀

  • @aesthetic72  Jan 2020

    Thanks for the watch list add! Happy FAWM!

  • @littlespiral Jan 2020

    nice to meet you, bay area neighbor!

  • @tawny249  Jan 2020

    Hey there! I am always glad to greet another filk person, however loosely associated. 😁 Have a great FAWM!

  • @crisp1  Jan 2020

    Hi, Paul. Hope you have a great FAWM!

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  • @tsunamidaily  Jan 2020

    have the best FAWM this year!

  • @oddbod  Jan 2020

    Hi Paul, cheers for popping by. I've made a mental note of your "lyrics only" status and to pay another visit once you've got some songs up. It's an easy win if I can find some word ready made words to inspire a tune.