Influences: Richard Thompson, Nick Drake, Stephen Sondheim, John Martyn, Steve While, Joni Mitchel, Dan Bern, Lerner & Loewe, Nick Drake, John Martin, George & Ira Gershwin, Frank Loesser, Rogers & Hart, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Sylvia Fine, XTC, Tom Lehrer, Tom Ross, etc.
Aging bohemian. Left to myself, I'd be a hermit, but I happen to love 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 2019. Okay. Let's see what happens. . . . Whenever I try to come up with a goal or a challenge for the current FAWM, the internal muse rebels and does whatever the greek it wants. So, no expectations this year. My only wrinkle is that I'm trying to leave the corporate ecosystems vying form my $$ and my info. So, no Windows. No Mac. This year, it's Linux all the way. We'll see how that goes.
Update: Managed to do all my work on Linux. Learned a lot. Need to change a lot. I'm done, I think. Be hanging out here in March listening and commenting. You?
|#1||sing about silence||
|#2||This Old Tattoo||
|#4||Singer in This Bar @crisp1||
|#5||hearts must break||
|#6||Hank Williams in Hell||
|#7||Wind and Sea @igg||
|#8||Yesterday's Shoes @igg||
|#9||He Probably Lives With Women||
|#11||I Love a Little Island||
|#12||Snow On the Rooftops Of Prague @crisp1||
|#13||Just Enough Is Plenty||
It haunts me, Paul, it haunts me.
Hey, if those forum posts bother you, - long in your FAWM feed, - let me know, -- I'll remove the @name thingy. I think that pulls it out? I usually try too, if long, - post then note it on the soundboard, but don't always have the time. Looked like a sincere question, so took that time. Let me know, it won't "bother" me 😀
Hey, thanks for listening and commenting on Trojan Horse. It's funny that they should consider a whole song as one big refrain. Talk about holistic 😀
With regards to Time and Space--
It was meant to be a bit of a silly lyric and a bit of a gripe about running out of time/space/etc. It was written originally as a skirmish lyric and so, yes, it probably does need some refining if it were intended for prime time. For myself, it was a fun excuse to dig through old imperial system weights and measures. Thanks for your listen and your comments!
Yep... You have that right. Probably more than April to tell the truth
Yet another watchlist person that I hadn't gotten to yet this FAWM... Glad I could come over and hope to hear more! Congrats on the win!!
A Santa Lived As a Devil At NASA
Do Geese See God?
Thanks for the listens Snetsil eht rof sknaht
Thanks for the feedback on "Changed By Every Step". I have been trying to tell this story for some time and welcome a keen appraisal. I agree that the story could use tightening up, but I'm unclear by what is meant by 'taken the easy way out dramatically'. I tried not to cast these people as saints or villains at the onset. Their small actions set them drifting into stronger currents. That is really the point of the chorus.
These are real people. If they seem flat in the telling, then I am the one with the steam roller.
Mix? What mix? Man, with one hour to finish FAWM, mix ain't a thing. 😀 Thanks for the listens, that was some kind of torture I know! 😁
...still have a few of your songs to listen too, and I will. I look forward to your music every year.
Instead of “Don’t bore us, Take us to the chorus”, you’re saying, “Don’t bore us, Too much chorus”? Haha, well... it’s funny, most people don’t bother (or don’t dare) make a criticism, and I’ve appreciated your suggestions and critical comments all the more because of it. Sadly, I haven’t quite reached perfection as a songwriter yet. The Handyman was at 3 AM a few hrs before the site shut down for the year, so I padded it out and knew I was. Tried to make it interesting by making the word “long”, well, looong in various ways. Failed, clearly, but what’s life if not a series of stumbles, hopefully toward something a little better?
I greatly appreciated that you like the “Prodigal” song because I was very unsure about that one. So that boosted my confidence. Yes, as a song it needs a final chorus. Agreed. But I approached it as a piece of art rock à la Genesis, and wanted to leave the last character theatrically suspended in hope. Choices, choices. I still have a
Thanks for the comment on No one to Blame. It did come out pretty angsty. I appreciate you taking the time.
Thanks for the positive comment on Plenty... When I finished and listened to the rest of the Morph I realized how far I had wandered from your original work. I wanted to write from the standpoint of the antagonist of your song. This is my second Morph and i think I got lost in all the rewrites.
I will email you when it's done
Thanks, Paul! Very nice of you.
sorry I thought you were crisp1 😀 glad you don´t mind me making a version as well.
ok you removed it, it´s okay, you don´t have to hear my version....
I´ll post it now, and upload the music in april. Thanks 😀
Snow on the Rooftops of Prague is yours.
Thanks a lot Paul Henry for letting me know I'm next in morph 3. Illness has put a nasty delay on my musical contributions. I prioritized the morph 3 song today and will try to finish before friday noon. I'll let you know when I'm ready! 😀
Thank you, Paul. Glad you liked it 😉
Thanks for the comments and suggestions, Paul. I haven't seen "Minimalism" but I see it's on my non-USA Netflix offerings so we'll watch it when my wife gets back. Downsizing is definitely coming.
Everything is ... complicated. I'm not in a great place, don't know how much I'll be submitting this month. But it means a lot that you checked in. Thank you.
No need to apologize....I'm honored by your attention and effort.....I wait with bated breath...!
If you would like to build on it and repost as a new song, great! I'm content, for my own purposes, to leave the song as it is but if you'd like to do more with Lithium certainly, be my guest.
So you think "Barbed Wire Secrets" is a bit too dark for you? Well maybe it is a bit negative....
Hi there! I just rolled into town....
ha ha. i went crazy flat out as i am on the road now. not sure if or when i will get more .
I lean pretty heavily in to child-like improvisation. 😀 I'm always tickled when folks recognize it for what it is. My singing process started when I was a small child, there's a huge gap of ignoring it for decades, then I was doing some personal development work and found myself singing again. It's a child-like process, just engaged by an adult. 😀
Here we go again! Looking forward to another year of your GREAT feedback! Always appreciated, cheers!
Having just read the life changes thread I thought I'd just come by to say I've been enjoying listening to your songs here for years. Had they been covers I wouldn't have listened. A great FAWM and all the best to you!
We can collab if you'd like, although I have not listened to any of your music, and I assume you've never listened to mine. 😀
Saw the Flanders and Swan mention.
Are you a fan then?
Hey Paul (or is it Henry?) thanks for coming by to say Hi. As always, looking forward to your quality music. Tim