Influences: Many. Lately, Marty & Carole Rainone (The Rains). Mike Debemham. Mdavisto & sciren. zecoop. Kent Ford. David Lerner. Arthur Rossi, oddbod, igg, justbecky. More to come. . . .
In order to get through this horrible first month of 2021, I've decided to declare it to be, in fact, the last month of 2020. So I'll be wishing you all a Happy New Year on February 1st.
I spent the last year and a half recording all the songs I've written that I still like. I make a lyric video of one of them every month and post it to YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/user/paulhenrys/videos). I think they have value.
Just before lockdown, I upgraded my upright from a high school grade plywood Palatino to a solid wood A&G. Then all my gigs evaporated and I had no one to play it for. So I hunkered down and upgraded my fretted bass from Ibanez to Epiphone. Then added a new DAW (Bitwig Studio on Linux).
My wedding anniversary is on the first, so as usual, my FAWM actually starts on the 2nd.
This will be my last FAWM. Sigh. I'll do my best and try to come up with a decent 14 over the 27 of month 2. But the emphasis on quantity is not doing me any good. I want to learn to sit in the audience for a while. I'm looking forward to hearing what my faves come up with.
Thank you for listening. I could have been singing in C for all I know. I just grabbed a key and went with it. I just arbitrarily assigned the song a key of D because if I were playing it on my banjo, that's the key I would use.
Thanks. 😀 Esperanto is pronounced pretty much the way it looks if you keep a couple of differences between its alphabet and English in mind. I have an MP3 up now so you can hear how the song goes.
Paul! I would like to thank you very, VERY much for the wonderful blues-song you made of "Eloise"! I absolutely love the changes you did and the music is sooooo awesome! Your voice is fantastic on this one... Thanks so much for this honour, my friend! It is always a great pleasure to me...
Thanks for your kind words on "Moon", Paul. And thanks for making it to the end! You nailed the goal, let's hope I can make it happen when I take this thing into the studio. 😀
Thanks very much for your lovely comment on “Mary Patten”!
Paul, thanks so much for your comment on "Eloise"! I would look very forward to it! 😀
Thanks for the kind comments as always! I’m disappointed to see you plan to make this your last FAWM—surely the other 11 months could be for polishing and editing?
I do not know Peter and Lou, I hadn’t even heard of them but I see they have a Wikipedia page and everything!
Thanks very much for your comments on "Hold me in your heart".
Your USP is that you've never encountered the term USP. Treasure your innocence.
Oops! Didn't mean for "bad, dumb shit" to reference the song, actually. A testament to what all-nighter linguistics will get you. I've edited to get rid of the perceived downtalk.
Thank you for your note the other day! Those overlords are The Teletubbies, who are a little displeased that you don't know them by name. And yes, I'll reach out if (when) I find something for upright. Thank you!
...oh, and by the way... I just noticed I am mentioned among your influences... I would like you to know how much I do appreciate this and that this is such a great honour for me, sir!
Hey! I am so happy to see you (and hear you) here again! Have a wonderful FAWM-time!
Hey Paul, great to see you back again. This is your last FAWM?! Oh man...
Hi Paul! Thanks for the nice soundboard note, and I look forward to hearing your songs this year.
Just 1 week till FAWM!
With all the turmoil since last FAWM, & especially since November, it's hard to feel quite as amped up about it.
"Unnecessary creation" just feels a little less necessary than usual.
But...the artists (music & video creators, especially) are arguably the most influential modern-day philosophers, & every day/week/month/year we spend honing our craft is a day/week/month/year invested in our contribution to culture.
Hope you have a great Feb./FAWM, no matter how you spend it.
Hi Paul, thanks for the thread shout-out (Andy Warhol quote) and, based on your bio, I hope you find a way to refill your creative well!
Welcome back sir. May it be a fruitful one!
Hi, Paul! I'm excited for this FAWM, and for hearing your songs!
My setup is not very complex. I use Ardour as my DAW, with mostly open-source plugins: EQ10Q for equalizing, Dragonfly Reverb, and the Ardour builtin compressor are my goto plugins. I also use the OvertoneDSP suite of plugins (commercial) to add some color and warmth to some of the tracks, as well as for mastering.
For synths I use mostly ZynAddSubFx, and the FluidR3_GM.sf2 soundfont for orchestral instruments, usually strings or piano.
I've used Bitwig in the past, and I love it and miss it! I started making music with Ableton, and after a while I switched to Bitwig because it seemed really interesting. Lately I've been revisiting some of the projects I did on Bitwig back in 2016 and it's been fun. 😀
You too, Paul. See you in the new year.
Hope you find a way to beat FAWM into a shape that works for you. I'd be sad to see you go.
If this truly is to be your last then make it a memorable one