Influences: Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Steve Earle, David Bowie, Counting Crows.
Happy 2021! May you all take care of yourselves and each other, and here’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 it’s all good. My mission is to write happy dance songs. We’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.
I’m happy to receive constructive criticism on my songs.
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.
Howdy, Richard! Thanks for your comment! Much appreciated.
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!
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
Your comment on You Didn't Read The Ending was so funny haha, thanks for checking it out and the crazy kind words 😀
Thanks for listening to my collabs with mikeb "I Want to Go Back" and "Until You" with cindyrella, I appreciate it!
Thanks for listening and commenting on The Cancel Culture Club. I'm looking forward to having more time to listen.
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 😁
Thanks for the listen and suggestion on Pay Doesn't Matter. I'll eq and boost the mando when I get to mixing.
I'm thinking this has to be worked in somehow...
Zombie All You Can Eat Buffet
At the Cryogenics Laboratory
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)
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 https://fawm.org/songs/112342/ that they posted this year is in their Bandcamp from 2019 (https://hollowcause.bandcamp.com/track/pocket-full-of-shadows). Similarly with other songs.
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
Thank you for commenting on A veces, that song is definitely going to be on the EP 😝 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
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.
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.
not seeing it. email@example.com is the address.
yes. it's a go. did you send me a demo?
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.
You don't lack imagination! How about a song that ties together all three scenarios?
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
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. 😉
And if you don't take up bass, I make guitar amps - the bass amp is not for sale. 😉
Thank you so much for listening and watching and for your very generous comment - I really appreciate it!
All cellphone through a little battery powered amp or acoustic 😁 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.
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. 🤣
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.
Thanks for the comment on 'I Want to Go Back', my latest collab with Tammy.
Thank you so much for your lovely comments on Birds and Time Blind! Very glad to hear the swearing was worth it 😂
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.
Thanks! ah you've got some new goodness too. I'll have to catch up later. It's nap-time.
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!
Glad you liked my take on "The Shining".
Hi Richard, and thanks so much for your encouragement on SnowJoy. I hadn’t thought of that idea. Might be worth reworking...
Thanks for commenting on my song Cómo 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 😀
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
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 ) 🔆.
Thank you so much for your lovely and thoughtful comment on Don’t Look Down <3
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.
Thanks for commenting on my song! I'm glad it reminded you of when your kids were younger 😀
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!
Thx for comments on Gotta Get Better..yes it does need a light hearted positive style vocal.
🤣🤣 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!
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 🤣 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.
thanks for the comment - I'm glad you spotted that lyric - particularly proud of that line!
Awwww... that is awesome!!! Thank you so much!!!! Love all the percussion and the wonderful dance feel!
Awesome! Thanks for the update! I can’t wait to hear it!
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.
Glad to hear from you, and for reading your comment on Partir, thanks! Hope you are having a musical-productive weekend
Thanks for your comment on my song cumpleaños 😀 still waiting to hear new songs from you!
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 😁
Thanks for you comment on the Red Balloon song. Appreciate it.
Glad you liked the story on the Acoustic Exquisite Corpse. T'was mine, actually. 😁
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.
Thank you for the comment on Yahweh once said.
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.
Thank you so much for the kind words!!!
I absolutely love the lyrics on Dreams of Mars! Wildly creative! Keep it up!
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.
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 😁
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.
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! 😀
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!
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.
I am happy to do a more happy disco lyric for our random collab - will send to you within next 24 hours, okay?
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!
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 😀
Demo's up for Michael Row.
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 you’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 can’t sing well at all so would totally welcome your music and vocals! Liz
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.
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.
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.
Sure, I'm up for a collab. Just need a cue mix that starts at 0 and tell me what you want where!
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
Thank you for your kind message on my song! I'll thoughtfully listen to Dreams of Mars and respond later. 😀
Thank you for your thoughts on Ensnared...that was a fun one!
Thank you for very kind words on "Can't Escape", I'll happily take a Grace Slick comparison any day!
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! 😀
We probably would. °_°
Thank you for pointing my in the right direction today 😅 Happy FAWM!
I’m not sure if it is an actual key change, but I was happy to have found something that sounded like one. I’m writing pretty much exclusively in open D these days so I never know what I’m actually doing. I find it so much easier to come up with things without the restraints of knowing what the chords are 😂
Hi Richard. Thanks for giving my "Remakes" a listen. Glad it got you rocking!
HI Richard! Happy Fawming to you too!
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 🙂
I hope you have a great FAWM.
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!
Aw, thank you so much for watching / listening to the video. Habe an awesome FAWM!!
hey sir. so happy to see you are here. let’s rock!!
Happy FAWMing to you too 🙌🏾🔆
Happy FAWMing to you too!
Thanks for your greeting in the Canada forum. I won’t have enough time this year either but I will write what I can. I will try to listen to yours.
I don't have a dropbox, but I can look into setting one up.
Re: Steely Dan Well said...you have my vote.
Steely Dan..my 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 taste😊
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
I have a set of Personus 4.5"..nice, great price. But my ears are old and i need all the help i can get...so 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
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 😀