Influences: I'm kind of a sporadic music listener. The vast universe of music available on Spotify intimidates me, so I listen to podcasts. When I do listen, it's indie pop/rock stuff, like Destroyer and Phoebe Bridgers. I also think Jacques Brel was a genius who could have performed music in any genre in any era and made it great
What makes you alert is to be faced with a situation that is beyond your control. --Eno
Musically speaking, most situations are beyond my control. Sometimes I like the feeling of eternal beginner's mind, sometimes I don't.
I will collaborate with anyone who can tolerate my louche approach to music making.
|#1||Okay, fine (Let's Call it Art)||
|#2||Just You Wait and See||
|#3||The Drum Major's Feet||
|#4||Ain't This Just Like Me?||
|#5||Nervous (Frozen, too)||
|#6||Vélodrome d'Hiver (Every Which Way)||
|#7||Is it art? (Do you have sufficient information?)||
|#8||Dilettantes & Charlatans (What Can You Do?)||
|#9||Built for Love (Une Conversation Chez Michaud)||
|#10||Lovers and Haters of Daylight (Unite!)||
|#11||I'm Already Shaking My Groove Thing||
|#12||Emma's House (All Things Always Change)||
All ears hear all things. Thank you, my friend!
dont know how that collab would work, but the idea could spark something....lets give it a go in july,
Hi Ray. Thanks for he note. I really ejyed your work thtus year as well. I am predisposed to he sttyle in which you work but tthere are so few who can pull it off. You coninually amaze me both lyrically and in melody. I also like how you never get bogged down in tired structures. for myself, I got so sick of wrutung the same old stuff on guitar that i had to either hang it up or find a new way. returning to piano after 40 years gave me a boost, but i need to practice and study if im to keep it up. im looking forward to your next batch of songs.
Forgot to say, "epistemological house of mirrors" is a great turn of phrase and spot on. That's where we're at.
Thanks, i’m glad you liked the song and recognized the protagonists. truly sorry about your mom though.
Danny, I'm sure I'll be fine. If it was fresh spotty youth, that would be different. I shall be completing my tour of your work shortly.
I don't really do the comment reciprocation any more, I just listen to stuff that I like. I absolutely meant it when I said your 'Built for Love' was my favourite song I heard all FAWM!
I heard about that doc, it sounds interesting but I haven't watched it yet. For some reason I spend March trying to watch movies from as many different countries as possible but I'll put that on the slate for April!
Hi and thanks for the kind comment on Sandcastles in the sky- My one touch recording? I use a keyboard arranger -Korg PA3x . It has presets that I can tweak with the instrument sounds, rhythms etc, "styles" I choose and then record an mp3 while playing my chords and singing live for quick demos..the machine has an autofill and learns my song ..it adds flourishes. The korg is my backing band ( band in the box) " the cellmates".
thank you for the kind words on "blue line blues" - I really love the older Cocteau Twins drum machine weirdness stuff, so I try to capture a little bit of that.
Merci beaucoup! I'm afraid there is no bigger conceptual plan behind other than the joie of inserting Rimbaud and Balzac in the Wild West. On the other hand, I believe there's always some interest in crashing opposing worlds. And - of course English is a language! Except, maybe, in the extremest circles of French snobbery. 😀
Yeah, it pushed my limited mental capabilities running the Century Club list this year!! 😀
No problem, though!!
I enjoy giving back to this awesome community!
By "throwaway" I don't mean "of little value", but something that doesn't *seem* especially valuable because it's a set phrase that everyone knows, but actually *is* valuable because the context gives it new meaning. I could have chosen my words better.
Thanks. But it was as much my fault as anyone else's. Prolly more. I know it is sometimes risky to suggest any changes to something folks love.
Thank you for your nice comment about my song! But just so you know, I run with a marsupial gang that can kick a raccoon's butt all over town!
Thanks for the comments/song shoutout Danny! I’m dealing with the aftermath of a family emergency that happened on the 27th so I may not be able to come back and listen as I’d planned but maybe once it all settles down.
Ha, thanks for the comment on my meta fawm! And for all of them this month.Congrats on another win! You did it!
Thanks for all your great comments. Let me know when you unlock "Parasol"!
Hi - thank you for listening and commenting and enjoying the word Skronky! It's a common word in our house 😀 I've no idea what janky is but I'll look it up!
Mice and men yes 😀
Thanks for the comments on "Friends in High Places" Danny, I have added a rough demo if you are interested. And yeah, it would be hard to travel around France without sampling a meat morsel or two, although there are a lot of other dilemmas there. I have had some andouille in Normandy, I really wish I had not inquired what was in it.
Thanks for listening to my patheticness! I used a free drum plugin on this one:
I played in a basic beat for the first couple of mini-songs on a usb midi keyboard and then mostly edited those couple of patterns for the rest of the "song". And then I put various effects on it to make it sound crappier because sampled drums always sound too clean to me.
Congrats on the trophy. I'm sure it will look great in the den.
Thanks so much for your kind comments on Francis and I'm so sorry that you have experienced that pain. I'm sure it's a different but equally intense grief for Dads. My husband hasn't been ready to listen to this song and may not be for a very long time. Excited to listen to your songs after reading your artist bio. I live in eternal beginner's mind. 😀
That line just popped into my head ('time to be handsome'). I went along with it. Glad it did something in your head as well, I think that is. Thanks for your comment!
Funny that, so did I! 😀 Thanks so much for the constant support, warms my cockles!
I'm hoping to make time for just one more b4 end of month. Maybe. After I do or don't get that done I'll come listen to a few more of yours.
Some of that word salad ranting surprised myself 🤣. It's best at double speed and reversed, and still barely fit in roughly 7 minutes. I might write some actual lyrics for it later.
Ray, thanks again for checking out The Dingbat Story. Glad you found that it stuck together cause I wasn’t fully confident about this track.
The vocal samples seem so dated with the old process. Just realized I used samples from the same film a couple years ago on a track I called Puffy Juice Title.
Thanks for your kind comments on Let's Face It.
🤣 Thanks! I still haven't listened to that podcast yet, I need to, I really like his interviews especially, and I've had this as a screename for years and years, there's people I've known over a decade that still randomly get it at times so don't feel too bad haha.
Thanks for checking out "Sail", a.k.a. the first happy song I've written in who knows how long haha. It's so hard to write happy stuff without it coming out cheesy!
Ha ha thanks for you comment matey and the lyric basically is a journey through part 1 of my life (20s 30s) and part 2 which is the last 5 years in my 40s reflecting on every way i thought i should be, was actually not helping me in life, (starting point is the walls come crashing down on this perceived happy/normal life) . Hope that kind of makes sense. Cheers loads for the comment matey
thanks for you comment on ostinato rubato- i think the leaning in is what i had in mind when recording of orchestral teachers saying triplets are played "slow-as-you-dare" not "quick-as-you-can"
Thanks for the comment on hypocrisy.
interesting article on cancel culture, but not much on the southern culture that us being cancelled. all ths blather about the klan, when they have not been a force in southern culture in nearly 50 years. the klan has become, like the nazis, a symbol of hatred that is raised like a flag by small groups of crackpots. these neo-hate grouos are neither nazis nor klansman, but frustrated, disaffected members of the lower woirking class, spread all over the country, not indiginous to the south.the southern culture that is being cancelled is remnants of a history that has been and is being drastically revised by northern academics . history is always told by the winners, so it will be accepted that he civil war was fought to free the slaves. never mind that the civil war had been in progress for two years before the emancipation proclamation. never mind that war was declared not on slaves states alone, but on the states that had seceded from the union for economic reasons . the martyrs of that war deserve their monuments, and the people shoud be able to fly the flag their ancestors died beneath. perhaps it woulld be a smart idea to design a new confederaee flag though, one than isnot misconstrued as a symbol of slavery a senator should not be dismissed because he has a book by robert e lee laying on a table in his office. the neo liberals are trying to create a race war in an america that is still healing from the wounds of its racially divided past. i grew up in a racist america, when the FBI not only murdered fred hampton in cold blood but the seattle police murdered several lesser known black panthers. times have changed, and most of the younger people do ot know the horrors of racism.. so lets tell the politicians to shut up and let racism continue to die a natural death, not use it as a ruse to get more votes on account of being one of the moral ones on the high ground.
Also am a huge Jacques Brel fan, and Scott Walker accordingly! Keep up the fantastic tunes.
Came back for two more listens of Built for Love before I go to bed. I think I might have a problem.
You're welcome! That one really did a lot for me, keep up that good work!
Champion of Something is still here, due to me never deleting anything on my web server: http://vomvorton.co.uk/music/5090/2012/VomVorton_ChampionOfSomethin...
From 2012! I can barely believe it.
I sent you an email with some links.. Here is one to Hookpad..
Thanks for giving this a try..
Thanks for stopping by Auburn. Yep, Stephen knows how to turn a phrase. His work is a total joy to accompany. I will keep chamber instruments in mind, if there's ever a "real" recording.
feel better soon! be well an safe
Between the ice storm, the power outage, and the flu-like symptoms, there won’t be much listening or music-making for a while. On the plus side, I got my second dose of covid vaccine today
Thanks so much for your comments on Here I Go! 😀
Thanks for your kind words!
Thanks for your very nice comment on my Different World song.
Thanks! I would feel remiss if I didn't mangle up a genre a little bit even if it is a brand new one 🤣
Ha! Funny you should mention it. I was very (very) reluctant to post that particular one. Thanks for the always (always) kind words.
Thanks for the comment.
I would never say bad things about Klaus. Truth is I just needed a rhyme for mouse, but you probably already knew that 😉
You must be better than you think! Or pretend you think 😀
LOL at the index finger in the air. Commenting on that song is kind of a trap for men! 😀 Thanks for your comment, catching up on listening today in Tokyo and looking forward to your tracks.
If you got thru the Zong Filter, you must've been wearing a mask! Thanks for stopping by and taking a listen 😀
Justin is fine, friend. My musical moniker is an identity crisis with no end in sight.
Thanks for the comment! That was fun.
Thanks for your feedback on "Eat. Spend. Die."! I had a blast on this one.
I was impressed how easy the lap steel samples were to use - if you play the note hard, you get the bendy sound, medium hard it's the normal note and soft gives the harmonic, so I was able to put together that track (which I think sounds pretty authentic? but then I'm no heavy lap-steel listener) quite quickly! Now I just need more songs suitable to use it on.
Thanks for checking out my song Cascadia Subduction! Really appreciate your feedback!
Hi fellowThomas! I really dig the fact that I can let people easily choose a pronunciation on my name, really easy to get along with everyone.
Oh and thanks for commenting, that was awesome!
Hey, Ray, not sure if it's just me, but all the soundcloud links to your demos are giving me an error that's a dead link. Other people have listened already though so maybe it's temporary.
Ha, I didn't realize he was playing that on his podcast this week! Nice surprise. Glad you enjoyed the re-listen!
Thanks for the great feedback on my song. I appreciate it!
Thanks for your kind comments on "The Devil's Rain"!
the banging came from workers on the street outside and, rather than let them ruin the take i played aling with them
All programmed drums so far, but I do still have the snare / cymbals gathering dust in a cupboard so I may drag them out at some point. Have used a real guitar amp on all three songs so far though so that's progress of a sort!
I seem to have lost my inspiration but not for a lack of trying. I'll keep banging my head on the desk, maybe record the sound.
Thanks! That slothcore tune did originally clock in at about 10 minutes. I think I'll just make it a 2 or 3 parter though. It might be my new favorite genre 😁 John Cage is a newish discovery for me. I've really enjoyed what I've heard so far.
Flaming Lips did a 24 hour song some years back, performed it live once, with rotating pee breaks for the band, but it played on 😁
thanks for sharing the verse lines...here is my poem of the day, maybe ill use it in song. when he was a young guy / his toes were black with fungi / his wife was much older./ with stretch marks across her shoulders
That was a "Latin percussion" track from the YouTube, along with a cello drone (also from YT) and bass, guitar and piano from me. I can't play drums!
Alas yes! It's about our wonderful prime minister 🤮
Thanks so much for the feedback on my song! I appreciate your time!
thanks for listening to In You. there us no free association. Everything is a a real image from the city. a lot of it is looking through the bones of the present archtecture at what used to be, for example. the ballroom where all the counterculture bands like cream, the doors, pink floyd, gratefil dead, etc played,,, has been remodeled into a live theatre venue. when i was there to review a christmas carol, i peeked around and looked behind a curtain and saw that was were the stage was,,,so i imagined someone at that play getting a glimpse through time and seeing jim morrison doing his snake dance.behind that curtain
Hello fellow Portlander! Thank you for listening to my latest single. I really appreciate it. Happy FAWM to you!
Hey, Happy FAWMing!
thank you for listening to monecarlo. glad you approve f my new sound, i hope it will open up some new musical territitory ot at least free me from those tired guitat chords
Thanks very much! God I miss playing music with other humans in real life! Happy FAWMing 😀
Hey there! Thanks for making me feel welcome! Portland dadstyle dudes unite!
Well Ray, I appreciate that sincere apology! And I'd like to apologize for that foul smell I emitted when I rolled over on your porch. Hope I didn't get any onya!
ill probably have to write some lyrics to liven up my boring instrumentals. looking forward to more fun and excitement from you.
It is what it says on the tin
Hello, Portland. I shall be listening to all of your creations.
Some really fine tunes you made during 50/90 this year btw, looking forward to hearing what you'll come up with during FAWM.
Thanks for the listen, glad you liked it. Hope you have a great FAWM.
Always room for cowbells! 😁
Hi Danny. 😀
Thanks for visiting! Looking forward to your "beautiful lunacy" as well!
Hi Danny. This time I come without expectations or promises. Lets see where it goes 😉
Huh, you shouldn't listen to me when I say stuff like that, I'm pretty full of shit usually. Anyway, I will always listen to your songs. I admire whatever it is you're doing so much.
Bring it, my friend! Wishing you a great FabFeb21! Hugs.
Hi Danny! Welcome back.
Ha ha i love it and defo up for some collabs. Good to see you matey
“You gotta laugh at that one,” sticks with me into the cold months. I let the windows down, at least long enough for the chill to get too loud.