paulhenry 3


Sebastopol USA   Jan 2014

Artist Bio

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 2018. Update. I'm just lurking so far this year. I have no idea if I'll have any input. I'm just listening and commenting occasionally. If I come up with anything, it will be in an attempt to completely subvert my usual writing process. I feel stuck and nothing sounds interesting, so we'll see. I'm enjoying listening to other fawmers.


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  • @jonmeta  Mar 10

    Paul, thanks so much for doing some of your musical lurking on my corner, and for listening carefully and commenting honestly. I appreciate that, including “this could be better if...”, from songwriters I admire, of which you are one. I wish you were writing more for FAWM, but everything has its time and place.

    Your comment about the stop and go structure of “Count on Lonely” made me reflect on how to incorporate instrumental fills to communicate / echo the emotions between the lines. I just watched a live version of Dylan doing “Not Dark Yet”, and the fills are half the song and half the attraction of the song. And he does them all, and the solos, himself, with Clapton standing next to him playing rhythm!

  • @mdavisto  Mar 4

    Hey @paulhenry. Yeah the fade was totally a FAWM constraint. Didn't need to be any longer for FAWM, but yes, the album version will conclude.

    I'm tickled that you're listening to TAZ. It's a stupid comedy podcast that all of a sudden transcends it's genre. It spends a whole lot of time being irreverent and silly, until it suddenly doesn't.

    Don't suffer through it: if the jokes and tone are not for you, it's not going to get better. For me it works partly because the story eventually "gets good", and partly because it takes a long time to get to that point, so that by the time the tone gets dark, you are heavily invested in the characters.

    I love Merle because he is a fuckup who tries hard not to be. He drinks hard, and he's a terrible cleric, and a failed husband, and a pretty shitty dad, but, he really tries not to be. And throughout the series, he makes surprising and powerful choices that are hard, and also loving. Like, if there's a grenade that needs diving on to advance the pl

  • @richard Mar 3

    Hey man! Thank you so much for those lovely, personal words on my music. I'm happy you took the time to comment. I have already written the music for all the songs and they're recorded as well but I'm recording and writing another album at the moment so Fawm kind of suffered from my "real life work" But as soon as I take a few hours for some quick editing and mixing the songs should be up here as well. Thank you! 😁

  • @arthurrossi Mar 2

    Paul! Thank you soooooo much for the magic that you added to "My stupid human soul"! You really gave those lyrics a soul... I like the tweaks and the melody is absolutely wonderful... thoughtful... addictive... I love it so much. Your vocal delivery suits the mood of the words and the music beautifully... Thanks so much for having given me the honor (again)...

  • @kristian  Feb 28

    Please don’t hesitate to give me «nitpicks» 😀 always strive to produce better!

  • @mdavisto  Feb 27

    At the point when I wrote that comment, you had made comments on the non-Favourited tracks in our selection only.

  • @jonmeta  Feb 27

    Thanks, Paul. I've missed your first-class songs (which is pretty much all of them, based on past FAWMs) this year. I have a few of yours downloaded from past years, and I don't download a lot. Good to see you here.

  • @mdavisto  Feb 26

    Thank you for your comments. In response to your 4 points on State of the Art, the people responsible are:

    1. @sciren
    2. @sciren
    3. @sciren
    4. Me.

  • @aesthetic72  Feb 24

    Hey! @mdavisto suggested we connect because you are into jazz and show tunes. 😀

  • @mdavisto  Feb 23

    .... so you're specifically listening to the stuff I *don't* like?


  • @mdavisto  Feb 2018

    You're absolutely right about Hush Hush, thank you for providing the kind of honest feedback that most fawmers won't.

    While I appreciate (and even concur with) FAWM's ethos of encouragement rather than criticism, there's a point beyond which it's less helpful.

    So what you are hearing in that track is two things. One, I am literally mousing it this year, as my controller keyboard is dead.

    Two, we were waiting on a vocal part from someone who was just too busy with life to come through for us now. Absent that, we just faded it out. It'll be a different beast in its release form.


  • @boyatheart  Feb 2018

    Thanks for the comment on my song!

  • @candle Jan 2018

    Hi Paul,

    Here's a link to the Buzz homepage:

    The program is Tracker Based, though it has moved well beyond that technology, even though the basic composing interface is still tracker based (Pattern & Sequence Editors with a whole lot of Hex code). I find it very inspiring to use, but then I've been using Tracker software since the early '90's (Soundtracker & Impulse Tracker mostly). If you're unfamiliar with Tracker Workflow, it may seem very foreign to you. Glad I caught your interest tho.

    See You In The Shadows…

  • @arthurrossi Jan 2018

    Hey! Nice to see you will be here again! I wish you a wonderful February!

  • @mdavisto  Jan 2018

    Hey my man. Good to see you here again.

    Yeah I share your feelings about not forcing the 14. They may happen, they may not. I'm looking forward to being quite silly and having fun.

  • @igg  Jan 2018

    HI Paul! Welcome back....I'm in one piece and eager to start....

  • @mdavisto  Jan 2018

    Hello. You here this year?

  • @stuartbenbow  Jan 2018

    Welcome back, happy Fawming!