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.
|#1||the is-ness (needs music)||
|#2||The Is-Ness (Lyrics by @PaulHenry) @andrewjtaylor||
|#4||rhymes with orange||
|#5||The World Must Be About to End||
|#6||The World Must Be Coming... @leepat||
|#7||Monochromatic Romance (Pale Roses) @leepat||
|#8||We Are Still Married||
|#9||Bells Are Hollow||
|#10||There Is No Answer @the3queens||
|#12||Anthem (Swipe or Tap to Pay)||
|#13||I Wish I Could See in the Dark||
|#14||Blackmoor Hill @arthurrossi||
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... 😉
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.
I want that song to go forever...... thank you for understanding. 😀
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!
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.
just got your comment bout “WICKED!”, I fixed the link! Thank u for pointing it out!
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.
This is the important Major Lazer track to have listened to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqeW9...
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.
Not at all, please do. I’d be honoured.
Thanks, Paul. I like your chord suggestion for 'Water' - I'll try it out when I rerecord. Back soon to listen.
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...
Hey Paul! So we are on random collab together...you 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?
Good to see you back, Paul. I look forward to reading and/or hearing whatever the month brings you.
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 😀
Thanks for the watch list add! Happy FAWM!
nice to meet you, bay area neighbor!
Hey there! I am always glad to greet another filk person, however loosely associated. 😁 Have a great FAWM!
Hi, Paul. Hope you have a great FAWM!
have the best FAWM this year!
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.