Richard Provan 8


Whitehorse CA   Jan 2017

Artist Bio

Influences:   Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Steve Earle, David Bowie, Counting Crows.

Happy 2021! May you all take care of yourselves and each other, and hereโ€™s to all of us putting the craziness of 2020 behind us and thriving in the new year.

FAWM 5 - work is demanding (fortunate to be employed) so 14 songs is highly unlikely. But itโ€™s all good. My mission is to write happy dance songs. Weโ€™ll see how long that lasts.

Update: well the combination of FAWM immersion and February being insane at work finally caught up to me 2/3 of the way through the month. Apologies for not responding to those who commented on my songs. I'll circle back to you in March, if you're still around.

I'd be happy to add mouth harp or mandolin to your song. Let me know.

Iโ€™m happy to receive constructive criticism on my songs.

Pronouns: he/him


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  • @dzdandcunfsd  7 hours

    I meant to ask you how you like your Line 6 thing? you got he pod go right? I had some amp issues a few weeks ago...well still do, but it works, anyway. I called an old friend and while we were chatting he got one of those as well. The few gigs he has done in the meantime that's all he's used through his FX loop, well and a fuzz in front of the amp, but that's basically just part of his amp and stays on. He's loving the thing, and would of laughed in your face 10-12 years ago telling him he was going to be playing shows with a line6 multi-fx and all his pedals would stay at home LOL.

  • @highmountain 3 days

    Howdy, Richard! Thanks for your comment! Much appreciated.

  • @ahasuerus 6 days

    I 'try' to be a good man. I was planning on listening to your stuff eventually but life got in the way and now I have no time because FAWM is shutting down for the year so all I can say is keep on doing what you're doing Sir, all the best to all who are important to you and have a great year!

  • @timfatchen  6 weeks

    Since you ask (!). Purely fun, the Black Hole (Part 1 will do). The ones which move me most are Cruise Ship (marked with a heart) and the very last Johnny Jones, which was very hurried and which I will want to re-work

  • @amelea 6 weeks

    Your comment on You Didn't Read The Ending was so funny haha, thanks for checking it out and the crazy kind words ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @tamsnumber4  6 weeks

    Thanks for listening to my collabs with mikeb "I Want to Go Back" and "Until You" with cindyrella, I appreciate it!

  • @yarimurray  6 weeks

    Thanks for listening and commenting on The Cancel Culture Club. I'm looking forward to having more time to listen.

  • @pvk2020  6 weeks

    Thanks for the feedback. I have always been an optimist. What goes up must come down and all the cliches. Simply, when I see the baby smilin all there are no troubles ๐Ÿ˜

  • @jmadison  6 weeks

    Thanks for the listen and suggestion on Pay Doesn't Matter. I'll eq and boost the mando when I get to mixing.

  • @johnstaples  7 weeks

    I'm thinking this has to be worked in somehow...

    Zombie All You Can Eat Buffet
    At the Cryogenics Laboratory

  • @johnstaples  7 weeks

    Hey Richard! Well, I am a bit burned out right now but if you wanna email me some stuff I'd be willing to take a listen and let ya know if I think I can do anything. johns @ reccentric . com (without the spaces)

  • @elesimo  7 weeks

    Hey, I saw your comment on @hollowcause's soundboard.

    I wouldn't waste time with them, if you look at their songs they're just posting stuff that they've already written. For example, the song that they posted this year is in their Bandcamp from 2019 ( Similarly with other songs.

  • @amelea 7 weeks

    Your comment "two, nice, friendly neighbours collabbing on a song about friendly, nice neighbours" made me laugh. I suppose you're right, great description of the song haha

  • @laotranati 7 weeks

    Thank you for commenting on A veces, that song is definitely going to be on the EP ๐Ÿ˜ Yes, for the EQ I cut the highs and lows and boosted both the "new" (uncutted) lows and highs. The reverb was after the EQ

  • @hollowcause 7 weeks


  • @hollowcause 7 weeks

    Oh hey. This is a great place - very glad it happens was super inspired, certainly did make me write more songs. I wrote even more songs, inspired from here, that I cannot share.
    Sure, I don't get along with other people. I just wasnt't ready to be alone in Maine again.

  • @tsunamidaily  7 weeks

    thanks for posting your version of seeing 2020. i'm a bit low energy at present, so i apologize if i haven't been present enough for you on this.
    thanks again.

  • @tsunamidaily  7 weeks

    not seeing it. is the address.

  • @tsunamidaily  7 weeks

    yes. it's a go. did you send me a demo?

  • @tsunamidaily  8 weeks

    i think a collaboration is capital on "seeing 2020." i haven't really "listened" to how i think it should sound. i wrote it just from a structural and rhythmic aspect. i do that sometimes. i would be interested in hearing your take on it. i always go through and make a rough sketch of how i hear it before i listen to someone's interpretation, but if i like your better, i do it that way and you get both credit and any future royalties. i would contact you with a recoding if i ever used your version and needed to get you listed, for money purposes. understand, i have never released any album, so that is merely a formality-- you might release my words to your music before i did the same and i would appreciate a heads up.
    in other words, go for it. sorry it took me so long to respond-- i had a colonoscopy (!) today.

  • @jonmeta  8 weeks

    You don't lack imagination! How about a song that ties together all three scenarios?

  • @dzdandcunfsd  8 weeks

    Thanks! I was actually going to do that one all live acoustic, which it basically is still just with a couple loop pedals..... the hardest part was just hitting one chord at a time I'm so use to playing with just one guitar/voice hahaha. Will probably do that acoustic/drum/slide sometime in the future. It grew on me after I listened LOL

  • @dragondreams  8 weeks

    Hi Richard. Thank you so much for your kind comments on my bass twiddlings. I really appreciate it.
    I'm currently "working" but I'm coming back later to take a listen in return.
    Oh, and if you DO take up bass, I can recommend the Sire Marcus Miller V3 I used on that track. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    And if you don't take up bass, I make guitar amps - the bass amp is not for sale. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • @scubed  8 weeks

    Thank you so much for listening and watching and for your very generous comment - I really appreciate it!

  • @dzdandcunfsd  8 weeks

    All cellphone through a little battery powered amp or acoustic ๐Ÿ˜ and yeah we probably have had a lot of the same experience, except I can't play a harp, but keep meaning to learn since my dog loves it. I lean more towards kazoos hahaha.

  • @dzdandcunfsd  8 weeks

    Damn, Thanks! It wasn't too hard to find a homeless guy to play that tune to, as you played it for one when I heard it. Granted I usually do better than most living on the streets, but it's nothing new to me. I'm probably too well accustomed to tent and pack life. It's been this last year under a roof with a bed to sleep in I'm finding harder to deal with. I'm getting restless. ๐Ÿคฃ

  • @sjbatavia  8 weeks

    Thanks for the kind words on Offer It Up. Yes I used a Uke for the rhythm and did a background chop with mandolin. I agree they didn't separate that well, but rather blended together.

  • @mikeb 8 weeks

    Thanks for the comment on 'I Want to Go Back', my latest collab with Tammy.

  • @theodamus  8 weeks

    Thank you so much for your lovely comments on Birds and Time Blind! Very glad to hear the swearing was worth it ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • @gm7  8 weeks

    Thx so much for the kind comments. On the Tide is Rising.
    BTW. You have "dream" theme to your music this FAWM.
    I do like Dream Of You.

  • @dzdandcunfsd  8 weeks

    Thanks! ah you've got some new goodness too. I'll have to catch up later. It's nap-time.

  • @miga  8 weeks

    I like that you call your songs your sons. I think many of us feel that way - whatever they end up being, the songs are an extension of ourselves!

  • @berni1954  8 weeks

    Glad you liked my take on "The Shining".

  • @barbara  Feb 17

    Hi Richard, and thanks so much for your encouragement on SnowJoy. I hadnโ€™t thought of that idea. Might be worth reworking...

  • @laotranati Feb 17

    Thanks for commenting on my song Cรณmo me deshago de ti. I can also hear it with full production, it is sort of frustrating but it's halfway in my opinion, I'll settle on that for february. Keep on the good songwritting ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @billwhite51 Feb 17

    hi rchard. hanks for yiur comments on your cruddy face. montecarlo is a concepr album more in its music than lyrics. it marks a return to the piano after 40 years . half of the tracks are instrumental

  • @natalieedelson  Feb 16

    Hi again Richard- Thanks for listening and commenting on heart day . Looking forward to listening to your tunes (and also to it warming up a bit more ) ๐Ÿ”†.

  • @theodamus  Feb 16

    Thank you so much for your lovely and thoughtful comment on Donโ€™t Look Down <3

  • @sciren  Feb 16

    I totally agree, attack:(rage) needs muuuuch, much more. I really have no idea what I'm doing, though. Maybe after FAWM I'll try to figure out how to achieve molten and terrifying anger. It is very much not my strong point (probably because I'm not an angry person whatsoever). The rest is easier to relate to/write around, because it's sad lol. Thank you again for following along! It means so much right now.

  • @laotranati Feb 15

    Thanks for commenting on my song! I'm glad it reminded you of when your kids were younger ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @lizbrinker  Feb 15

    @quork Thanks for noticing the harmonies in def# jam! For a song without words, that one was tough!

  • @lizbrinker  Feb 15

    @quork Richard, thanks so much for listening to Bliss, Nothing But Bliss! I was feeling stuck after the no-words song and the blues form helped me get unstuck.

  • @sciren  Feb 15

    Thank you SO much taking the time to listen and give feedback on the beginnings of my concept album. It means a lot to me! More installments should be on the way shortly!

  • @gm7  Feb 15

    Thx for comments on Gotta Get Better..yes it does need a light hearted positive style vocal.

  • @dzdandcunfsd  Feb 15

    ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ That was the gist of it! He was actually super happy when I broke out a harp(its the only thing he sings with) almost as happy when he was finally able to fully stretch again!

  • @dzdandcunfsd  Feb 14

    I've only been once post 9/11 since it's now a bit of a hassle and you can't just hop in the car or buy a spur of the moment ticket and go ๐Ÿคฃ but oh do I miss some of those shady little off the resort beach towns. I really should go get my passport renewed, didn't even used to need one of those.

  • @rshakesp  Feb 14

    thanks for the comment - I'm glad you spotted that lyric - particularly proud of that line!

  • @kahlo2013 Feb 14

    Awwww... that is awesome!!! Thank you so much!!!! Love all the percussion and the wonderful dance feel!

  • @kahlo2013 Feb 14

    Awesome! Thanks for the update! I canโ€™t wait to hear it!

  • @alg123  Feb 13

    Hey Richard! Thanks for listening and for the feedback - much appreciated. It feels good to know that something rough and raw still appeals, and it makes me look forward to refining things.

  • @laotranati Feb 13

    Glad to hear from you, and for reading your comment on Partir, thanks! Hope you are having a musical-productive weekend

  • @laotranati Feb 13

    Thanks for your comment on my song cumpleaรฑos ๐Ÿ˜€ still waiting to hear new songs from you!

  • @dzdandcunfsd  Feb 12

    I'm caught up with the show, it's probably one of the better book to video adaptions I've seen, at least so far. I'm still waiting to be disappointed, but I think that's just the cynic in me ๐Ÿ˜

  • @cicpisces Feb 12

    Thanks for you comment on the Red Balloon song. Appreciate it.

  • @bradbrubaker  Feb 12

    Glad you liked the story on the Acoustic Exquisite Corpse. T'was mine, actually. ๐Ÿ˜

  • @hornesgiftshop  Feb 10

    Hi @quork , thanks for the comment on Redcar. I'd just forgotten to include the URL. The song is up now.

  • @wrenarcher  Feb 9

    Hey Richard... thanks for taking the time to listen and comment on my little ukulele identity song. I really appreciate it. Thank you for the compliment and kind words. I'm really humbled.

    thanks again.

  • @jgoodell  Feb 7

    Thank you for the comment on Yahweh once said.

  • @dantanz1 Feb 7

    @quork Thanks for the comment! It is actually a ukulele. if I had a mando, I would have tried to play it! -Dan

  • @splittybooms  Feb 6

    First - I'm honored you two would consider me for doing anything.
    Second - you two, each year, have been very supportive of me for the 4 years I've done FAWM and 50/90. And I truly appreciate that.
    Now third...I'm just really afraid to commit to a collab right now.
    To explain myself - I've done collabs in the past, but it never fails that its a very nerve-wrecking experience on my end. Trying not to let the other person down, is the main thing. They came to me to add value, and I always feel I can't. Its stressful. So maybe I'm being a big baby, but I just already am feeling a lot of stress and I feel oddly overwhelmed this year. I'm so behind on commenting and listening. Not only that, but my output has not been satisfying.
    Sorry if I'm just making excuses. I want to make it clear that I'd be honored to work with both of you. But I just don't feel up to the task.
    So sorry, man. To @kahlo2013 too.
    If I get over this ridiculousness that I'm feeling, I'll come knocking. But please don't wait on me for this song.

  • @pitt  Feb 6

    Thank you so much for the kind words!!!

  • @katestantonsings Feb 6

    I absolutely love the lyrics on Dreams of Mars! Wildly creative! Keep it up!

  • @tseaver  Feb 6

    Thanks for the listens and comments on my songs! On "Let The Rowdy Out," I agree that it would benefit from boosting the tempo -- I'll try that when I revisit it after FAWM.

  • @dzdandcunfsd  Feb 6

    Thanks! That #slothcore tune was originally about 10minutes, but it even maddened myself to try and sit through it all I kept thinking it was finally over......nope hahaha

    It was an absolute mess to try and play with....I started with the drums, I just had to watch the waveform.... Something I couldn't of done on tape without stitching it together later, or guess I could of edited in the silence later, but where's the fun in that ๐Ÿ˜

    I got about a week jump start practicing slothcore I started as soon as I read that made up genre hahaha, I think its my new favorite one. It's delightfully fun to make. I didn't even think about just trying to slow one down, and I even have a new little pedal that does such things with pitch correction! So thanks, I might try that I'll probably do at least one or two more of those this fawm.

  • @cleanshoes  Feb 6

    Yes, and I thank you for the compliment! Thank you also for listening to If I Was a Bird. I wrote that over the summer, and have really been touched by how many people have connected to it. Best of luck with the rest of FAWM! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @cleanshoes  Feb 6

    Thanks so much for your comment on Living on the Moon! Yes, I have a condition that causes a chronic sore throat. If I'm careful (and not in the middle of a flare up) it doesn't necessarily change the sound of my voice, but I can only sing quietly and for short periods of time. Still, it's better than nothing!

  • @kahlo2013 Feb 6

    Emailed you a possibility that felt like a simple upbeat possibility for for a disco feel with salsa flare - let me know if that will work - if not I will write something else! No problem! Your music on your Mars song made me think of these lyrics.

  • @kahlo2013 Feb 6

    I am happy to do a more happy disco lyric for our random collab - will send to you within next 24 hours, okay?

  • @joshbelville  Feb 5

    holy moly I didn't even think about harp. please. Please send me a harp solo. My goal originally was to vary the two solo spots, so a guitar solo and a HARP solo would be majestic. Thank you!

  • @metalfoot  Feb 5

    I was going for trad Canadian maritime folk in style so it sounds like I hit the mark! Thanks for the kind words... and I gotta listen to your stuff ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @metalfoot  Feb 5

    Demo's up for Michael Row.

  • @kahlo2013 Feb 5

    That would be perfect! Sorry work has gotten the best of me so I just checked the FAWM site today! Thrilled to have you as a collaborator! If you want to do digging that would be cool but if youโ€™d like me to send you some other lyrics (and you can suggest a theme) I am very open to that as well. I really canโ€™t sing well at all so would totally welcome your music and vocals! Liz

  • @singn4supr Feb 5

    Thanks for commenting on my song "Flagged" and your suggestion to collaborate. I sometimes work with a co-writer who's great at finding the perfect music to my lyrics. I can plunk out a melody on piano that I have in mind, but it's not close to what it could be.

  • @atitlan  Feb 4

    From what I can see, the Pro is more of a performance machine than mine. If you've got a number of hardware synths (MIDI or CV) it looks really useful. Not sure how much you'd use features like the multitrack sequencing if you are using a DAW.

  • @atitlan  Feb 4

    Just using the Keystep (the 37 rather than the Pro) as a conventional keyboard on that one. Will try to remember to flag up when I use some of the nice sequencing toys on it. Thanks for the listen - always appreciated.

  • @b3nut Feb 4

    Sure, I'm up for a collab. Just need a cue mix that starts at 0 and tell me what you want where!

  • @gm7  Feb 3

    Re: Old Scool Blues
    I recorded it with a AT2020 mic turned around so it was not facing the guitar and I was facing a fairly blank wall...just a natural reverb and nothing else.
    Thx for the kind words

  • @katestantonsings Feb 3

    Thank you for your kind message on my song! I'll thoughtfully listen to Dreams of Mars and respond later. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @b3nut Feb 3

    Thank you for your thoughts on Ensnared...that was a fun one!

  • @wacha  Feb 3

    Thank you for very kind words on "Can't Escape", I'll happily take a Grace Slick comparison any day!

  • @mrtylerlarson  Feb 3

    Hey man! Thx so much for your feedback on my song (and reply suggestions)! I just followed you -Looking forward to hearing more of your jams! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @pumpkinhead Feb 2

    We probably would. ยฐ_ยฐ
    Thanks bro.

  • @princesssavania Feb 1

    Thank you for pointing my in the right direction today ๐Ÿ˜… Happy FAWM!

  • @majordanby  Feb 1

    Iโ€™m not sure if it is an actual key change, but I was happy to have found something that sounded like one. Iโ€™m writing pretty much exclusively in open D these days so I never know what Iโ€™m actually doing. I find it so much easier to come up with things without the restraints of knowing what the chords are ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • @berni1954  Feb 1

    Hi Richard. Thanks for giving my "Remakes" a listen. Glad it got you rocking!

  • @alg123  Feb 1

    HI Richard! Happy Fawming to you too!

  • @petemurphy  Jan 31

    Wow, thanks so much for listening to Emma's Dizzy Spells. It's very kind of you.
    Also great to see Tom Waits in your influences list. I'm a massive fan ๐Ÿ™‚
    I hope you have a great FAWM.

  • @frozenlonesome  Jan 31

    Thanks for leaving a note on the Canada forum. We were hoping to travel North last summer. Maybe we can go summer of 2023. Have fun!

  • @kovbleu  Jan 31

    Aw, thank you so much for watching / listening to the video. Habe an awesome FAWM!!

  • @sueawesome Jan 31

    hey sir. so happy to see you are here. letโ€™s rock!!

  • @natalieedelson  Jan 31

    Happy FAWMing to you too ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ”†

  • @jonmeta  Jan 30


  • @helene  Jan 30

    Happy FAWMing to you too!

  • @janeg  Jan 30

    Thanks for your greeting in the Canada forum. I wonโ€™t have enough time this year either but I will write what I can. I will try to listen to yours.

  • @complexissimple Jan 29

    I don't have a dropbox, but I can look into setting one up.

  • @gm7  Jan 28

    Re: Steely Dan Well have my vote.

  • @gm7  Jan 28

    Steely all time fav band. Just great melodies, guitars work and that solid sound! ruined one album and one CD...played to death.
    Deacon Blues! Hey Nineteen!
    You have great taste๐Ÿ˜Š

  • @pifie Jan 28

    Hi Quork, no problem.
    One is only guilty of the choices one makes and its foreseeable consequences.
    There was no possible reason for me to be hurt out because of what you wrote, so no problem.x

    Aaaannd... watchlisted!

  • @gm7  Jan 28

    I have a set of Personus 4.5"..nice, great price. But my ears are old and i need all the help i can an 6' Kail was on my radar..they may help with little things i miss.
    As least i hope so. I did see reviews that rated them very good to excellent....but would like to have feedback from an owner./user

  • @elainedimasi  Jan 28

    FAWM is such an awesome place. You can assume best intent here and not be wrong. I recall a situation where someone was impossible to deal with, toxic - but, their parent had just passed away and they were inconsolable. They should not have been on the boards but we tried to pad the ground there, you know? As for other FAWMers we may know, there was a time years ago when they would NOT drop an idea, post after post - it was wrong, per physics - I am a physicist, and I said Look That Is Not True. And then I said, "You folks should all maybe treat ___ as though they have Asperger's." Sounds like a smart post, right? But that person addressed me like "No, not exactly" with no hint of offendedness whatsoever and then carried on with another point. Which ironically is what I'd expect that end of a spectrum to maybe do! Oh, and english not their native language. So! Here we are enjoying FAWM! I love this community ๐Ÿ˜€