Influences: I'm kind of a sporadic music listener. The vast universe of music available on Spotify intimidates me, so I listen to podcasts. I've listened to a lot of Destoyer lately...and The Beths...and...
What makes you alert is to be faced with a situation that is beyond your control. --Eno
I'm pretty much a semi-amateur musician, so every situation is beyond my control. Sometimes I like the feeling of eternal beginner's mind, but I always say I'm going to get better before next February. -Danny
I will collaborate with anyone who can tolerate my louche approach to music making.
|#3||Mission Impossible (Hallelujah!)||
|#4||A Bird on a Bicycle||
|#5||Stalling For Time||
|#6||What About the Fourth One? @vomvorton||
|#7||Portland's Okay if You Like Kazoo and Ukulele!||
|#8||Odysseus on the Line @vomvorton||
|#10||Ulysses on the Line||
|#11||Brave Danny with Dachshunds at the Plough||
|#12||The Raven (All Salve and no Salvation)||
|#13||I Faw Down and go Boom!||
|#14||Master of Antelope at the Equestrian Superstore||
|#15||The Grand Master of Antelope @ttg105||
|#16||Lady Mondegreen in the Throes of Pure Delight||
|#17||Danny Plays the Unplayable Piano with Predictable Results||
|#18||Danny Plays the Imperial Bösendorfer with Predictable Results||
|#19||Why is the Guitar Neck so Long?||
|#20||Maybe I Should Buy a Ukulele or Maybe an Autoharp||
|#21||She Said I'm Giving Off an Al Stewart Vibe (Year of the Twat) @nicolascage||
|#22||Lord and Lady Mondegreen @porkpincenez||
Hey thanks for the comment. I am humbled that you find a connection to Satie. To me anyways, I can find that a little absurd! However, not knowing who Satie is, and having been listen to his compositions for the last hour, I can see the resemblance. Thanks for the inspiration, I will be setting the metronome to a slow tempo this evening
Thanks so much for your comment on “Black Boots.” Yeah, all GB - except for a bit of mixing/arranging in LP. So fun!
Thanks for your comment. Your description of "Old Motor" being no-ironic & old-fashioned made me smile
thanks for your comments on the tim hardin eulogy. im still in the rain even though i have been living in the desert for seven years and the sky is always dry. being a seattle boy ill never be able to shake off the rain tim is from eugene, not too far from you.
Thank you for the kind words about my piece Don't Get Caught. They're appreciated.
Thanks for listening and commenting on "Hollow" It was probably one of my favs this year. I was writing a lot of music with a capo on the 2nd fret! Looking forward to listening to more of your music this month.
The mystery with the "you" pronoun is exactly what I was going for. I think it leaves it very open ended and open to various interpretations. Thanks for listening and commenting. 😀
Thanks again for visiting and listening. Appreciate yah. I was thinking about retrieving a lot of the stuff I've done since FAWM 2011. (I do have a box of hard drives, but nothing saved in one place) I've never been good about archiving and saving old stuff. Long ago I used to be in/out of bands and I remember band mates saving cassette demos, newspaper clippings of our write-ups/photos, etc.. Not me. Guess I thought bigger things were coming. LOL.
But yeah, someone should make a song of the estate sale fawm songs. Maybe that could be a collab we could do next time around. I don't think we collab'ed. I think I bailed on you when you needed guitar once. Like I told erel (the girl with an amazing voice that asked little old me if I wanted to collab, I was like ME?), I don't collab much. I'm not super reliable, but I could try. And I had a bad experience with a lyrics-only person one year. But that was my fault. Anyway, thanks again!
Haha, I wondered where that pinkeye came from! 😁
Ray, the Endangered one is speaking out, being defiant while fully aware that they are being "endangered". Thanks for coming by and listening to our song.
ha, I hadn't seen that 'al stewart vibe' song title at all, something just said to me 'sounds a little bit like al stewart' for that 'faw down boom' song. glad you liked the comment! 😀
Thanks for coming back to check out the finale of my weirdo raccoon musical theater cycle. I really have appreciated your encouragement this FAWM. Now next time around we must put something down together - historically, I haven't been that good at the collab end of things but all it takes is less navel gazing, and I really enjoy your work. I confess I spent a couple hours trying to write a lead part for 'I Faw Down and Go Boom!' which was stuck in my head for days, and I just couldn't get to something I thought was worth offering. Next time.
thank you for checking in on dimes and rhymes. i was putting together a new album and found that three of the songs didnt fit..so i went back to 50 90 and pulled this one. getting ready now to dive back into listening to the fawm songs i missed hearing in february.
I realized it wasn't a mondegreen so I took it down ... it will no doubt pop up in a song sometime soon. Thanks for all your comments this FAWM!
Ahh, thanks for your sweet comment- so great to read 😀 hope you had the best Fawm!
Silence is best. We have only 2000 characters to begin with, and it saddens me to watch that potential diminish
Hi, thanks for listening and commenting on "Mother Has Gone". Yes, the man is left alone with the kid and builds a closer relationship along the way. I left it kinda vague, I know, so it's not so clear where the mom has gone, and he's left wondering. But gradually, he fills the shoes.
Thx for you comment on my song congratulations on finishing and good luck with your resolve to push on with creativity
I'll have to check out those Muzak references you left me - thanks!
I've froleandered into what I believe is my new city.....portland, me. I'm in love, its wonderful. Hah.
We can't ALL be Pork Monocle. But we're honoured that you'd like to be.
Thanks for your kind words on my "Starlings" song. Now I want to work the phrase "prelapsarian ballet" into something 😀
Haha get back to me if anything arrives..
I'll do the same....
Thanks for your feedback on Ford Galaxie! The bridge was easy because the Galaxie did it so often I had the recovery down to an art form!
Hey thanks, its appreciated! It was a pleasurable wallow indeed!
Hey, thanks for the comment and story.. that's far out. My buddy Woods, who has been in bands in West Philly for ages, fronted a band a few years back that included Joe Genaro. It was cool, you could hear a bit of influence but then the guys were longtime fans so go figure. They only kept it together long enough for a demo.. ain't that always the way. His brother Dan last I knew was copping Dave's lines after the Milkmen reformed
Thanks for commenting on The Very Best Day. Interestingly enough I was just in that place between waking and sleep when I got the words “dreams of songs and songs of dreams”. Glad you liked it.
Definitely a songwriter’s song that could have bunches more verses but I’m good with I got. Thanks again.
Thanks so much for the lovely comment!
Thanks for your comments on my Patterns song. Yes, I think it could keep going
I do but that was a full week ago! Which is like three months in FAWM-time. I remember nothing about those times!
Thanks for listening and the kind comments. And congrats on the win!! You did it. Heck, you did it with 4 days to spare.
Thanks for checking out my song "Slow Down".
I live in Hendricks County in a place called North Salem.
Maybe we can work on something together.
Thanks for the great comments on our Europe collab. Doug and I have written several songs together and it’s always a good time.
Thank you for your comments on Soulwood and Go Betweens!
Thank you for all your encouraging comments on my songs this year. Your work gets better and better with each song.
Thanks for listening to one of my many throw aways. I’ve never heard of chad and Jeremy. Sounds made up.
Thanks for your comment on my song where are tried to channel Belew era King Crimson. The drums were zecoops donated 4/4 track
Glad you understand about daughters, Ray (or Danny or whatever your real name is). Thanks. I put a demo up for it now. And I see you have some thoughts on our shared Portland-town, too. I got one I'll send your way when it's finished. Gonna have to have a listening binge on all your songs tonight.
Extremely gracious and thoughtful comments on my collab song "When the Water Runs Out". Absolutely made my day. Thank you.
Hi and thanks for commenting on "Jacob's Vision." I know of a choir that might get behind this song, if I jump through a few hoops first. Cheers.
~smiles awkwardly~ My master says to thank profusely for the comment on Requiem For Mankind. ~gazes into your eyes begging for help~ He also tells me to say that it is an exquisite pleasure to be possessed by them as well as the greatest of honors to be bestowed to any less developed life form such as us. ~any emotion disappears from my face as he enters me again~ SUBMIT HUMAN
...and the Captain has consented, so if you do come up with anything for Equestrian Superstore then please feel free to run with it!
Thanks for stopping by and commenting on 'Persian Poem'. I take pleasure in doing stuff like this, especially noticing that something -unexpectedly- works for the ears.
😀 Thank ya!
Don’t know how you do it, but each year you find the most melancholic song to comment on. Either you listen to everything and save your words or it’s 6th sense. Either way - thx for stopping by!
Thank you for your immensely kind comments. 😀
Yep! I'm over near brentwood/woodstock. PDX represent!
Thanks for listening to Peak Misery. Actually I stole that river/sea analogy from The Waterboys, but it is a good one isn't it. I had to look up the word "gyre". This is the new thing I learned today!
Thanks for you comment too! I was referring to the Branches/leaves/wire sections.
Just listening now, I've been out all morning. It sounds good, and I haven't had time to do any harpsichording or lyring so I guess post it?
Thanks for your kind comments on Spinning Fire! Glad you were able to see some of the Winter Light Festival.
Gee, I've got some listening to do, look forward to it, thanks for your kind comments.
dammit now I want backing vocals from a room of middleschoolers and all I have are these damned cats
regarding your new wave band at the troubadour in 85.. i lived there off ad on from 78-81. when i returned for a visit in 89, heavy metal haiir bands had completely replaced the folkies and punks of the 70s., chuck still had his wednesday night gig at the viper room,though.
Worcestershire sauce is a poor man's Henderson's Relish!
We do love those extra letters, though. They really put the UGH into donut.
Thanks for commenting on "Igniting Trees." Such an odd story I knew I had to write about it.
Thank you for your comments! The more pop facet in me has released many albums already, I don't think it needs more room in my musical universe for now. However, Alphane and I are indeed working on an album, that we'll probably release over the course of the year. 😀
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Thank you for your kind comments on "Poetry Drips....." Truly appreciated.
Thank you so much for your comment!
Thanks for the kind words on my new song "Holding On". Really appreciate the visit.
Carefully, please! They might be monitoring the connection!
Thanks for the very kind comments on “Don’t make me blue”. That “alchemy” on the word “fan” is a secondary dominant. That chord in F should be a Am but I play an A7. That resolves to Dm. Then I do it again and play a G7 (should be Gm) on the way to the C which is the real dominant of course. It’s used a lot in jazzy standard type of songs. Which the feel I’m kind of going for there. But been used since Bach’s time.
Haha, for the last 4 years I have lived in a murky room filled with artificial light and chained to my desk by a merciless overlord while the creativity was slowly sucked from me. All good now, time to jump in again, just waiting for my eyes to adjust to the sun shining through the smoky haze.
Thank you. 😊
And yes! I reached season 1, episode 6 by bedtime yesterday. 😂
😀 thanks muchly, my friend.
You have wall-of-sound email!
I've gone a LITTLE BIT wall of sound with this! Will send over shortly...
I guess it'd be good to have your initial version as a start point, then I can send back what I come up with?
Been strumming along to your track a bit and I definitely have some fun ideas! Did you want to make that version downloadable for me to add stuff to, or shall I start a new version and then send it back to you?
Just listened and it sounds like it'll be a fun one to jam along to! I'll see what I can come up with tomorrow morning...
Thanks for all your nice comments!!
Yo! I'm up for anything apart from singing at the moment (sore throat, resting) so guitars and synths sounds like fun! Send it over, and I will do my best.
Thank you for the kind compliment on "Nathair".
My pleasure, thank you for your kind feedback as well.
"I must warn you that you took in more than the recommended daily dose of Fresh Spotless Youth" I'm taking more than the recommend dose of my own stuff every day. 😁
You know I love your music. Yeah, you do. 😉
Aww thank you!!! 😀 I understand how it goes and we don't have time to listen to everything all at once. Enjoy and will get back to more of your songs too, also not because of reciprocity but because I enjoy them!
YES. I cannot recommend Justin Sandercoe and his site https://www.justinguitar.com/ highly enough! He is a saint of the Internet, and the Fred Rogers of guitar (I have compared his "Hey, how ya doin'? Justin here!" to the effect that hearing "Won't you be my neighbor?" has on me.) Everything on his site is free, supported by donations, and he has a TON of free courses and modules. You can jump around, or follow a course as he sets it out. He breaks down the courses and the lessons therein really nicely here: https://www.justinguitar.com/site-map.... He also offers tools to create a practice lesson for yourself, where you can set up things like "15 minutes doing scales in 3rds, 20 minutes practicing soloing in the A pentatonic, 30 minutes practicing "Old Man", etc.) He also has a bunch of really good song tutorials, I think he breaks things down really well, and he codes them with skill level, which I find really helpful to use as a guide. I would recommend checking ou
Have you heard the band Ratboys? I was listening to them in the car this morning and I thought "I bet Danny would like this band". Prove me wrong! I dare you!
Thanks for coming back to Next Door and Golden Chain for the music, and for your feedback!
thanks for commenting on moon's over mississippi.
you are off to a good start.
Here is what I think about picks! I like thicker picks and ones with something to grip! The blue star cutout picks are my favorite and I bought some "control picks" that are more flexible the further up you hold them, but I'm such an incompetent guitarist I always grab them the same way and I mainly like them for the grippiness. But I'm getting slowly better at flatpicking and leads-- the two things that have helped immensely are the concept of alternate/economy picking instead of always picking in one direction, and thinking of fast picking as slow strumming instead of having to hit each string as a conscious motion. I'm so much more comfortable with fingers (being a ukulele player first) but you can get nice jangly brightness with a pick and I like that. Plus, it saves my nails when I'm strumming.
hi, Ray, thanks for stopping by. Sorry for the troubles with the dropbox link and thanks for letting me know it's still not working. I've been including a raw link at the bottom of the liner notes (which I now realize I should move to the top), which seems to be working better for some people. If that one's ALSO not working, then ... I dunno, I might have to think of some other hosting solution, or I'll kick some extra to FAWM to host here.
Thank you for listening to the music for Next Door now that it's posted!
It is true that I have One Billion songs but only about three of them stand up to being played live by me on my own, without any backing tracks or additional musicians. I've never really been sure how to resolve this, which is partly why I haven't done any gigs for six years (also: the terror).
thanks - glad to be er educational! (yes I remember you saying about twat a while back now...) thanks for your comments
I apologise profusely for getting you to look up QAnon, hahaha