Pearl Manhattan 45


Tacoma, WA US   Dec 30

Artist Bio

Influences:   The Jazz greats, the ballad singers and piano men of the 70's and 80's, Janis Joplin, John Williams and everything I hear.

My pre fawm write:


Born near the crossroads in the midst of the US Civil Rights Movement and raised on the great music of the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's, currently full time caregiver to my disabled son and hoping to support my retirement with my music.

This is my 4th FAWM but my first as Pearl Manhattan. Previously known as BriarRose McDougal,

My first pre-fawm write
Discography on Amazon:
Music for Things: Armadillos After Dark
Music for Places: Armadillos After Dark
Time to Let You Go: Pearl Manhattan

Discography on Spotify:
Music for Places: Armadillos After Dark -

Music for Things: Armadillos After Dark:

Time to Let You Go: Pearl Manhattan:

Collaborations? Sure. Talk to me first, please.

Songs (45)

#1 Freedom of my Soul 24
7 weeks
#2 Polar 19
7 weeks
#3 No Storm Comin' 13
7 weeks
#4 Somewhere To Go 11
7 weeks
#5 Purple Meadows of Bledmoraz 9
6 weeks
#6 All Your Junk 15
6 weeks
#7 Flames of Song 8
6 weeks
#8 Snow Pants 16
6 weeks
#9 Headstone 7
6 weeks
#10 The Good Kind of Trouble 6
6 weeks
#11 Cute Little Paw Prints @tuneslayer2018  8
6 weeks
#12 What I want @thetau  11
6 weeks
#13 I Can't Fake It Anymore 16
6 weeks
#14 I'm a tough Momma 4
6 weeks
#15 The Taste of You 7
6 weeks
#16 Over 3
6 weeks
#17 And an actor unadept @moonraccoon  3
6 weeks
#18 A New Perspective 9
5 weeks
#19 Chorale and Caprice 3
5 weeks
#20 Chicken on my way to Freedom 4
5 weeks
#21 Snowscape is gettin me down @metalfoot  10
5 weeks
#22 Vanity Amnesia 6
5 weeks
#23 Chicken on my way to Freedom [FT] @timfatchen  30
5 weeks
#24 Lyin' To Me 5
5 weeks
#25 Bad Treatment @thetau  7
5 weeks
#26 Hymn for the Spring 3
4 weeks
#27 Pachelbelian Future 13
4 weeks
#28 Unpleasant Reunion 3
4 weeks
#29 DBD: That's What I Love (Now a duet with female vocals!) @bradbrubaker  7
4 weeks
#30 Forgotten child of an absent Father 7
4 weeks
#31 Talkin's sposed to help 1
4 weeks
#32 Happy is a Tall Order @bithprod 8
4 weeks
#33 Damn Baby @thetau  8
4 weeks
#34 DBD: Restless Confession (Now with female vocals!) @bradbrubaker  6
4 weeks
#35 Time and Space @metalfoot  12
4 weeks
#36 Struggling to Love @jorh 6
4 weeks
#37 Advice for my Children (The Don't Song) 13
4 weeks
#38 Under His Spell 15
4 weeks
#39 Back it up, Baby 8
4 weeks
#40 If I only had the Key 10
3 weeks
#41 That's Okay 8
3 weeks
#42 Safe Harbor @stevenwesleyguiles  14
3 weeks
#43 She Shed? He said. @easyshed 13
3 weeks
#44 Touch Me - Four-Track Tape 2 @fourtracktape 8
3 weeks
#45 Toy Soldier @ianuarius  10
3 weeks


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  • @elsahay  1 day

    I'm organizing a FAWM concert in Seattle on May 5. Let me know if you are interested in participating. More info at

  • @bradbrubaker  1 week

    Oh no! Feel better!

  • @bradbrubaker  1 week

    Checking in again. Hope you are well!

  • @bradbrubaker  2 weeks

    Uploaded. Thanks again!

    Any interest in these?

    The person who initially said yes seems to be gone in March. So I'd love to have you if you're interested. πŸ˜€

  • @timfatchen  2 weeks

    Listening again to "Chicken". I've just realised it actually marks--or perhaps it actually MAKES--the point where I've finally recovered from the devastation of the crash'n'burn of the opera and returned to sheer joy in music-making. Thank you so much for your gift of lyrics! i said in the liner notes that I hadn't enjoyed making a song so much for years 'n'years. Now I realise why! xxx

  • @edwardsmusic 2 weeks

    You left me a message saying you would record some vocals for "Communication Lost". I haven't received anything. If you're still here, do you still want to do it?

  • @jimwood150 2 weeks

    Thanks for letting me know that I can purchase your music on Amazon!

  • @ustaknow 3 weeks

    Cont. from below:

    Checking out a collaboration, - I'm somewhat familiar with metalfoot's work - so I looked there for musical diversity-capabiilty, flexibility, prosody with unlike souls πŸ˜€ so to speak. A+ on that one. Good for you.

    So, generally speaking, and me not knowing anything about you, - great directions.

    Additionally fyi, - I connected easily to "Hello Ego" in regard to sonic resonance/reaction, - how executed. I feel that regardless of the lyrics, durng a song, - if the performer physically feels the lyric/word/note/modulation as sung that may be communicated as well in the demo (fake it if you have to, I do). It's also good muscle memory for a consistent reproduction of the song. So, - when a child "runs into the road", the voice then has a feel if even not a shout. We all know "that" feeling, - use it. Again, modulatiing up into a high Falsetto octave jump from speaking voice -- appears as capable for you to do. If I were you, I'd work on that. You'll make folks pee their pants from chills if hearing the potential correctly. You're holding back, -don't. I'm not sure I'm communicating that correctly, but as well as I may.

    I hope that's meaningful for you, Happy 2019!

  • @ustaknow 3 weeks

    OK Pearl, here you go. Total stranger reviews can have a special use, value (or none) - for me they've been the most helpful. One gets that or not. I've tried to develop communications around that, but, this is not "school" πŸ˜€ But, I do get tired of mom telling me how wonderful I am though? Ok, so...

    I started with "Hello Ego". Your transition at 2:29 is a great segway, the vocals are effective; - it's a very relevant song.

    I skipped over the "Skirmishes" as much as possible (don't know anything about them, sorry). I know you can - play and sing from, "Hello Ego"!, so was looking for your lyrics alone, in your context, end to end, as much as possible. In many I hear what I might describe as matured, "ethnic" influences in the vocal modulations. I see a thoughtful structure/feel in melding lyrics/melody.

    As I poked around I started to hear a nice "falsetto" range (what I call it, don't get technical on me πŸ˜€ if that matters). I know how the classically trained can be πŸ˜€ Anyway, I heard on occassion it combined with some potential vocal "Texture" - as I hear it; there's potential there for some good well recorded tracks if focused upon as a tool in the track; as I put/describe it, and if you studied at all, this may make sense - vocally, as I hear you, just practice pushing some air/support behind your lyrics. I think a fully loaded "facial mask", however, just short of a "Belt" and you'll be in a nice spot with your vocal dynamics, in that upper range. You're on pitch, always a good thing πŸ˜€ As I do, consider writing down your intended sung melody note of the chords. My lead sheets, you'd find, e.g. "A a", over the, Lyric-word, of/on the chord change. It helps me in a number of ways. -- A-chord, a-of the triad sung.

    Moving on, - "A New Perspective", great song. (cont. -->)

  • @splittybooms  3 weeks

    You bet!
    I'm actually looking forward to 50/90... even though I admittedly experienced some musical burn out this FAWM.
    I'll see you over in the FB group! Looking forward to making something with you!

  • @dasbinky  3 weeks

    FYI, re: the FAWMStock thread, no worries at all about upsetting anyone. πŸ˜€

    Speaking from experience, planning these things is a nightmare. (Worth it, but yikes.) It tends to take a critical mass of locals in one place to attract a similarly motivated mass of locals from somewhere else, and then once enough people agree, other people start joining the fun. It's luck as much as anything else, but it takes a ton of effort and planning to get that snowball rolling. The first FAWMStock was just a few people deciding to drive to a big house party Toronto, and a few other people agreeing to join at the last minute.

    I wish you luck if you try and get one going on the west coast somewhere. I might try to make it! πŸ˜€

  • @splittybooms  3 weeks

    That's awesome...and I agree with everything u said about him and his fam.
    Started watching his vids little over a year and half. Definitely gives back to the music community with so much wisdom and advice. Learned a lot from him.

  • @splittybooms  3 weeks

    Hey so this is random - I was watching a video of a guy I follow on youtube - Curtiss King; a vid of one of his songs called "Chief Called". I'm scrolling down the comments and I see "pearl manhattan" and I'm like....I know that name! And sure enough, I click it and its YOU! lol
    Small world, even on the internet lol
    Just thought that was a cool little random thing that happened πŸ˜€

  • @treble  3 weeks

    Thanks so much for your kind comments on my skirmish effort Right at Your Side and thanks for the BRILLIANT PROMPT!

  • @wacha  3 weeks

    Thank you for the kind words on "Within the Veil" your prompt sent me a pretty good creative direction.

  • @jorh 4 weeks

    Haha I thought you might have πŸ˜‰ wow it sounds great!! Your vocal really captures the emotion, and I’m loving the β€˜I promise you this’ part. I’m a killer for a bit of piano. More than happy for you to post this seen - thanks for collabing with me again πŸ˜€

  • @bradbrubaker  4 weeks

    No worries, regarding the tune that is out of your range. Looking forward to the other one. πŸ˜€

  • @jorh 4 weeks

    I would love you to set β€˜struggling to love’ to music - a country-waltz ballad sounds really intriguing, I can’t wait to hear it!! We collaborated on β€œremember me” a few years ago and it was fab πŸ˜€

  • @bradbrubaker  4 weeks

    Sounds good! Thanks again!

  • @bradbrubaker  4 weeks

    Hello! You wrote: "the latter one [That's What I Love], three recording ends after three Male part in the verse, you want me to just double the first verse chorus or does it end after the verse?"

    Sorry, I don't quite understand what you mean.

  • @bradbrubaker  4 weeks

    Thanks so much! You did great! I've posted it!

    Any interest in tackling any of the other tunes? No hard feelings if you're too busy, but I figure it can't hurt to ask. πŸ˜€

  • @jwhanberry  4 weeks

  • @cherok40  4 weeks

    Thank you for listening and your kind comment! Much appreciated!

  • @misterd 4 weeks

    Thanks for listening to mu ukulele novelty song-' he's a turtle man '. Cheers

  • @nancyrost  4 weeks

    Van the Cat sends purrs! \^. . ^///

  • @timfatchen  4 weeks

    Who's amazing, you say? You are! That chorus! Of COURSE it had to happen!

  • @timfatchen  4 weeks

    I see "Chicken is now the most commented song for both of us! This late in February! What a snappy happy collab! THank you! (74 plays so far on soundcloud)

  • @dragondreams  5 weeks

    Thank you. πŸ˜€

  • @ericdistad  5 weeks

    @pearlmanhattan - in the 16 years of doing FAWM, I think your comment on Today Is A Good Day To Buy may be my all time favorite! πŸ˜€ Thank you!!

  • @larryw 5 weeks

    Hi thanks so much for you comments on This is not Consent - i'll remix it after FAWM and finish it!!

  • @timfatchen  5 weeks

    I'm getting so confused I no longer know whose in bed and who's up, because my own hours are all up a wattle. Pearl, I know we had chats in teh long-ago FAWMs and I liked your stuff, but Chickens was just...unbelievable! It's been a hoot the whole way, even the 20 bass guitar takes! I think it's come out great! So thank you too!!

  • @tuneslayer2018  5 weeks

    Hey Pearl, yeah I kind of took a week off to deal with Snowmageddon. I see you've been busy while I was out.

  • @bradbrubaker  5 weeks

    Sounds good!

  • @bradbrubaker  5 weeks

    Awesome! Thanks for your interest in possibly lending me some female vocals. When you have a chance, give a listen to "Restless Confession" or "Another Dying Dream" and let me know if either fits your range. πŸ˜€

  • @timfatchen  5 weeks

    I'll email you the first draft so you can hear where I mean! Ignore the metronome, I seem to have done so. Oops, can't...

  • @timfatchen  5 weeks

    Pearl, chickens... another verse would be nice to fit in before " I hear the calls" or after "right of way"? If not it's okay, I'll use isntruments (running verse bridge chorus verse bridge chorus instr bridge choruschoruschoruschorus...) I'm recording draft now for fear I forget but it'll take half a day to persuade the FTTraveliing Blues Band to get its act together

  • @seanbrennan  5 weeks

    Oh, I'm glad I found you again after I took last year off! Looks like you've had one powerfully productive FAWM so far, can't wait to see what else this year brings.

  • @crisp1  5 weeks

    Thanks for the kind words about Bit of Peace and congratulations on "winning" FAWM so quickly and on commenting so prodigiously!

  • @standup  5 weeks

    Tape 7 tracking: 9505 5104 7075 9042 0700 84

  • @kahlo2013  5 weeks

    Hi, I posted a lyric if you want to try it. Totally up to you.

  • @kahlo2013  5 weeks

    I have an idea for a lyric to overlie the taste of you ... if you want me to try let me know and I can try to layer it on for a new song if you email the mp3

  • @jwhanberry  5 weeks

  • @zxcvbnm  6 weeks

    Thanks for your comments, I need to spend more time in Biab, so much that I don't know...yet!

  • @treble  6 weeks

    Thank you so much for your kind comments. I used to be at UW, hope you're doing well there. I'd love to collab. sometime (I'm better at lyrics than music), but never have, so I'd need some guidance. But sure, and thanks for asking!

  • @reisupstudio  6 weeks

    Thank you for my whack pack prompt! I will sleep on it!

  • @fecknom 6 weeks

    Oh thank god! Thanks for your feedback on that thread. I spent a long time editing it, but I'm from Minnesota, so I can never tell if I'm accidentally being passive aggressive.

  • @hummingbear 6 weeks

    glad - the word was glad - brain + finger glitches
    must be all the snow

  • @hummingbear 6 weeks

    I'm like you like my zombie PSA. First year here after writing a couple songs from a bear's POV I realized I was writing a musical. (It was a young male bear, people assumed that of me. Doesn't matter.)

  • @tuneslayer2018  6 weeks

    Yay, glad you like what I've done so far. I'll see about putting together a demo so you can hear what I have in mind and translate it to Band In A Box. No promises when, real life is starting to intrude. (Or I hear rumors we might get more snow later this week and I could end up being cooped up at home again with nothing to do but make music. Awwwwwwww.)

  • @rickcannon 6 weeks

    Could you hit me with an address to send the tape along once I’m done with it? Email is in my profile details. Thanks!

  • @tuneslayer2018  6 weeks

    That's quite the pair to draw to πŸ˜€

    Yeah, not only did the grandkids get a snow day today, they closed our office in South Lake Union for the day. First time that's happened in the 3+ years since I started working there. So it's a good day to stay warm, relax, maybe crank out a song or two, and figure out why Audacity is stubbornly pretending my microphone doesn't exist. Hugs to you and hope you're staying warm, dry and well.

  • @tuneslayer2018  6 weeks

    Thanks for checking out Diamond Ring Blues. I envision it being in a style similar to this:

    I really wish my fingers could get the hang of picking; not only would I have access to a lot of banjo styles, I'd love to be able to play like Blind Blake. But then so would almost every guitar player out there who isn't actually Blind Blake.

  • @zxcvbnm  6 weeks

    Thanks for your comments on my song. It took me while to realise who you are, great to see you back!

  • @treble  6 weeks

    Thanks so much for your comments on Too Much Junk. That late night TV gets a lot of us LOL.

  • @treble  6 weeks

    So you actually know the Meadows of Mt. Rainier. Lucky us to have seen them. Thank you for your comments on this skirmish song.

  • @treble  6 weeks

    Thank you so much for your kind words on my skirmish song Storm Warnings. I find it challenging to create good images within an hour, but love the challenge.

  • @postcardhelicopters  7 weeks

    Hi, Pearl!

    Thanks for giving my song a spin. It looks like you've hit the ground running. Here's to a fruitful FAWM for us all!

  • @kovbleu  7 weeks

    Thanks for the really nice comment!! πŸ˜€

  • @bithprod 7 weeks

    Anything goes! Surprise me! πŸ˜€

  • @bithprod 7 weeks

    Couldn't resist.... A quick sketch, perhaps it can be used for somehing.

  • @bithprod 7 weeks

    Happy is a tall order! πŸ˜‰ (Hey, that's an interesting title, by the way). I actually enjoy making music as well, so I'm always happy to contribute.

  • @bithprod 7 weeks

    Well, I'm a terrible singer, but I'm always willing to try.

    Lyrics or music first? I think I need some sort of starting point. Everything I write these days is dark and depressing stuff that would scare even Nick Cave or Tom Waits. πŸ˜‰

  • @klaus  7 weeks

    Nuq daq yuj da'pol...Heghlu'meH QaQ jajvam!

  • @ayancia 7 weeks

    Hey I'm here! WOOHOO! I think I've got everything like...half set up. This next weekend should help a lot.

  • @tuneslayer2018  7 weeks

    I have to apologize, I didn't find out until I got here that Kevin Wiley couldn't be here so streaming was cancelled. Anyway, see you in February!

  • @tuneslayer2018  8 weeks

    Happy birthday Pearl!

    I know circumstances preclude your being at Conflikt this weekend, but I just got hold of the program book and it says that the concerts and the like will be streamed at -- so hopefully you can join in on some of the fun, if only from a distance.

  • @hummingbear 8 weeks

    πŸŽ‚πŸŽπŸŽˆπŸŽˆπŸŽˆπŸŽ‰ Happy Birthday!

  • @thetau  8 weeks

    Well, hello again -
    my bluesy friend.

    I see you've been very busy this last year, very productive and with a great expansion of your talents, and skills. This year let's plan to put together an ALBUM of our earlier unpublished songs, you and I. Plus, of course, write a few more to Add to the list. You've got my email. Let's work out the details.
    Russ πŸ˜€

  • @jwhanberry  8 weeks

    Happy FAWM 2019. Hope you have a great one. See you in a skirmish.

  • @nuj4x 8 weeks

    It's going to be a great FAWM this year, but only if you're here in full force! It's great to see you back! You know 😁

  • @max  8 weeks

  • @petemurphy  Jan 21

    Hey, thanks. I hope you have a fun time.

  • @nancyrost  Jan 20

    I'm gathering mailing addresses for the 4-track challenge. Please email me yours (click through my profile) and I'll get you on the list. Thanks!

  • @kahlo2013  Jan 19

    Have an awesome FAWM! I look forward to you music!

  • @fuzzy  Jan 19

    Haha that's quite a cover!
    I like your lounge jazz version.
    That song is infinitely malleable.

  • @valeriecox  Jan 18

    Hey. Thanks for the info on the tuning wrench. If my drum key doesn't work (I like multi-purpose tools) then I'll have to order that.

    Have a great FAWM!

  • @atitlan  Jan 18

    From your description that probably makes me just a few days younger than you.

    Good luck with this year's FAWM!

  • @elesimo  Jan 16

    Happy FAWM! Love the new name! πŸ˜€

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  Jan 16

    Can you point me to samples of your jazz vocals? Do you have a playlist of some of that?! I'd love to hear more of it. And, WOW!! BiAB has improved a ton!! Holy cow! Is it as simple as just putting in the chords? Now I'm super curious. πŸ˜€

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  Jan 16

    Welcome back! Also, WHOAH! Just checked out your youtube channel! Love that vintage vibe you have going! So so cool!

    Are you doing the arrangements on those old-timey jazz numbers on the youtube channel? I need to talk to you!! TALK TO MEEEEEEEE!!!!

  • @hummingbear Jan 15

    Hey Pearl, here's some Sweet Sixteen cake just for you! 🍰

  • @postcardhelicopters  Jan 14

    Hi-dee-ho, there!

    Here's to another year of music-making πŸ˜€

  • @metalfoot  Jan 14


  • @andygetch  Jan 14

    Hi T!

  • @tuneslayer2018  Jan 4

    Pearl it is then. Bailey, Joplin and Manhattan . . . you're in good company.

  • @tuneslayer2018  Jan 3

    @pearlmanhattan !!! Nice to see you as always. Sorry to hear you won't be at Conflikt but life does interfere. (Do you go by Pearl these days, or should I call you something else?)