Influences: Billy Bragg, Don McLean, John Doe, Johnny Cash, Nick Lowe, Cole Porter, Aimee Mann and Jason Isbell
This is my first foray into FAWM-dom -- loving my Fawmling experience so far. I live outside Washington, DC, and would love to collaborate with others in the area and beyond. Been a bassist and guitarist since I was a teenager, but only really got serious about songwriting a few years ago after attending Steve Earle's songwriting camp (and subsequently Richard Thompson's Frets & Refrains). I'm a regular on the Social Distance Cafe's weekly online open mics (Join us! socialdistancecafe.com), and I'm looking forward to sharing my songs with live audiences again (soon, I hope!).
Here's my more pretentious "official" bio:
Springfield, Virginia, based singer-songwriter-bassist Pete Rafle is an alumnus of Steve Earle’s Camp Copperhead and Richard Thompson's Frets & Refrains, where he has had the privilege of honing his craft under the tutelage of Dar Williams, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin, Richard Thompson, and Sloane Wainwright.
|#1||Ships of Sand||
|#2||Drum Me A Dance||
|#3||Cascadia Subduction (There's Always Love)||
|#5||Frog Sex Party!!||
|#7||We Only Get So Much Time On Earth||
|#8||The Birds of Galway Bay||
|#9||King Ornette Ade||
|#10||I Can't Read Your Mind||
|#11||Kil'd By Several Accidents||
|#13||You’re Not Alone||
thank you 😀
Thanks for the very generous comments, Pete, on "If Anybody Cares" and "Pardon My Love".
Hi Pete, Beth's flute arrangement is just great! Thinking of getting the guys in my jazz band playing the lines but I'm afraid it won't translate too well to trombone and alto sax.
Thanks for listening to my songs "I Am Frankenstein" and "Amelia", I appreciate it!!
Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments! Definitely gave me some great stuff to think about 😀
Hi. Post CLIFFHANGER - excellent!
Oh! Thank you for adding ‘Already Leaving’ to the recommended songs thread! That was one of those songs that came out in a rush and felt whole, yet still feels massively confronting to share here. I’ve been encouraged to hear that it feels relatable and real to most folks and not melodramatic. Am looking forward to having a listen while I’m here!
Thanks for your comment on Knut:-)
You're a great storyteller!
Done it, Pete. 14 lyrics - and one has become musicalised! Waiting for your take on one or another 🙂🙂
Originally it was "at school"! I'll have to change it back after FAWM.
I work for a public university, so I didn't want it to sound too fact-based.
Hi Pete. Thanks re SIMPLE LOVE. Glad you like it, I was really pleased with writing something that wasn't just dark but hopeful too maybe. Follow your urge re a tune, would love to hear what you do. Love your Café performances btw. You get better and better I'm still battling with holding one tune together on guitar! Getting there though
Thank you so much for the appreciation and kind comments on 'Let It Go' 😀
Thanks for your kind words on my recent collab "Love is the Light"
Thx for the kind words on 'Sweet Ear Whimpers'. It was fun piece to do.
You're very welcome!
I've always heard that when you cry while writing a song, you know it's something special. I've had it happen a couple of times over the years, and both of the songs turned out to be ones that other people found deeply moving.
Thanks so much for your very kind comment on my skirmish song, “Pushing Upward (Roll Down the River)”!
Welcome to FAWM! I’m glad you’re having fun. I love your musical influences, BTW, and I see you’ve had songwriting workshops from some of my favorite songwriters.
Thank you very much for your comment on "A soup without potatoes"
that means a lot to me - enjoy this meal 😉
thank you for the comments on "Layers vs Skin". I use Band in a Box for my demos. This allows me to work quickly at getting something usable. I love it!
Thanks for the kind words on “Just Like!”
Thanks for encouraging me on the found audio piece. It’s not my usual style! Definitely try it, and I’ll keep an eye out for the result.
Hey Pete, Thanks for the nice feedback re: my RT song. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on Frets & Refrains... I'm hugely interested in attending, just trying to justify the cost and time away from family, etc. Sure sounds like amazing fun!
Thanks for putting “Sweetheart of Abstraction” on the recommended list.
And thanks for comments on the bass. I posted that after midnight on a work night, and just forgot to do a bass part. Which is sad, since more than anything else I AM a bass player.
So the commenters on the first day probably didn’t hear bass on it at all.
Thank you very much for your feedback and your very thoughtful ideas about the evolving story of mermaid and crayfish! Very helpful 😉
P.S. there is an @ too much in your facebook adress...
Thanks so much for your lovely comments on my two girls (hairy and less hairy). Much appreciated and wishing you a happy FAWM!
Thanks so much for your comment on Puff Pastry Dragon!! If only every BakeOff challenge was in pastry, I’d be a choux-in! 🤣
Thanks again! A chamber choir.....has much potential, I love that idea.
Thanks for the comments Pete! It’s a real compliment comment coming from you. I love your lyrics! I don’t usually do storytelling songs but Jonny Got His Fun was a fun one. Looking fwd to hearing more from you!
thanks for listening and commenting on my latest song!
Hi Pete. Thanks for the tip and the welcome. Looking forward to having some fun with fawn 🙂
Thanks for checking out my tune Pete!
Excited to see more from you as well! Thank you so much for your kind words and for taking the time to listen to my songs!
Hey Pete, thanks so much for your comment on my 14x14! Good point re those words in songs... who knew it would ever have been possible?!!
Thanks so much for taking the time to comment on Fixer Upper. Big choruses are a goal for me this year, so I'm glad that came across!
Thank you so much for listening to my first fruits and breaking down the key and dominant chord. I knew that I was using a B (and notes around it) for the verses, and I knew that I was going to F# (and notes around that), but you've helped me see the relationship to those two "main" notes. Looking at my guitar, I see how the F# is the 5 chord from B. That's making sense now... even though I went DOWN from B to F# when I played the bass line. Thanks again. I'm -starting- to see how pieces go together.
Hey Pete, welcome!
I was blown away by your song and am really looking forward to hearing more of your stuff! Be sure to also comment on songs and throw some thoughts on the forums; the community is 50% of why FAWM is so great!
Welcome and Happy FAWMing!!
Welcome to FAWM!!!
Welcome, and happy FAWMing!