Fresh Spotless Youth 22


97202 US   Feb 2012

Artist Bio

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.

Songs (22)

#1 Cue Sythesizer 22
Feb 1
#2 Something Lighter 20
Feb 1
#3 Mission Impossible (Hallelujah!) 15
Feb 4
#4 A Bird on a Bicycle 27
Feb 5
#5 Stalling For Time 15
Feb 6
#6 What About the Fourth One? @vomvorton  31
Feb 9
#7 Portland's Okay if You Like Kazoo and Ukulele! 18
Feb 12
#8 Odysseus on the Line @vomvorton  29
Feb 14
#9 Tiny 19
Feb 15
#10 Ulysses on the Line 11
Feb 20
#11 Brave Danny with Dachshunds at the Plough 13
Feb 21
#12 The Raven (All Salve and no Salvation) 17
Feb 22
#13 I Faw Down and go Boom! 18
Feb 25
#14 Master of Antelope at the Equestrian Superstore 12
Feb 26
#15 The Grand Master of Antelope @ttg105  8
Feb 27
#16 Lady Mondegreen in the Throes of Pure Delight 1
Feb 28
#17 Danny Plays the Unplayable Piano with Predictable Results 1
Feb 28
#18 Danny Plays the Imperial Bรถsendorfer with Predictable Results 1
Feb 28
#19 Why is the Guitar Neck so Long? 6
Feb 28
#20 Maybe I Should Buy a Ukulele or Maybe an Autoharp 1
Feb 28
#21 She Said I'm Giving Off an Al Stewart Vibe (Year of the Twat) @nicolascage 5
Feb 28
#22 Lord and Lady Mondegreen @porkpincenez 5
Feb 29


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  • @beautyspot Mar 13

    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

  • @sbs2018 Mar 10

    Thanks so much for your comment on โ€œBlack Boots.โ€ Yeah, all GB - except for a bit of mixing/arranging in LP. So fun!

  • @sph  Mar 6

    Thanks for your comment. Your description of "Old Motor" being no-ironic & old-fashioned made me smile

  • @billwhite51 Mar 5

    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.

  • @audrey  Mar 5

    Thank you for the kind words about my piece Don't Get Caught. They're appreciated.

  • @dianaviney Mar 4

    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.

  • @psyt Mar 4

    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. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @bitshred Mar 3

    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!

  • @balancelost  Mar 2

    Haha, I wondered where that pinkeye came from! ๐Ÿ˜

  • @mikegtz  Mar 2

    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.

  • @mikeskliar  Mar 2

    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! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @majormajormajormajor  Mar 2

    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.

  • @billwhite51 Mar 2

    thank you for checking in on dimes and rhymes. i was putting together a new album and found that three of the songs didnt 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.

  • @ttg105  Mar 1

    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!

  • @teapot Mar 1

    Ahh, thanks for your sweet comment- so great to read ๐Ÿ˜€ hope you had the best Fawm!

  • @porkpincenez Mar 1

    Silence is best. We have only 2000 characters to begin with, and it saddens me to watch that potential diminish

  • @songoholic Feb 29

    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.

  • @aneil Feb 29

    Thx for you comment on my song congratulations on finishing and good luck with your resolve to push on with creativity

  • @erelpi10  Feb 29

    I'll have to check out those Muzak references you left me - thanks!

  • @dzd  Feb 28

    I've froleandered into what I believe is my new city.....portland, me. I'm in love, its wonderful. Hah.

  • @porkmonocle Feb 28

    We can't ALL be Pork Monocle. But we're honoured that you'd like to be.

  • @wingandwaltz  Feb 28

    Congrats on you FAWM and thanks for the fun and the good tip @rayboneor !

  • @jaegerin  Feb 28

    Thanks for your kind words on my "Starlings" song. Now I want to work the phrase "prelapsarian ballet" into something ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @dzd  Feb 28

    Haha get back to me if anything arrives..
    I'll do the same....

  • @erelpi10  Feb 28

    @rayboneor this may be the one rare incident where your wife is incorrect, because I'm also amused

  • @ustaknow Feb 28

    ! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @ceilidh  Feb 28

    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!

  • @dzd  Feb 28

    Hey thanks, its appreciated! It was a pleasurable wallow indeed!

  • @wingandwaltz  Feb 28

    @rayboneor game on!!! Shatty recording up for Wood Sprite ๐Ÿ˜

  • @ttg105  Feb 27


  • @majormajormajormajor  Feb 27

    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

  • @terrisunflowery27 Feb 27

    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 โ€œdreams of songs and songs of dreamsโ€. Glad you liked it.
    Definitely a songwriterโ€™s song that could have bunches more verses but Iโ€™m good with I got. Thanks again.

  • @scubed  Feb 26

    Thanks so much for the lovely comment!

  • @cindyrella  Feb 26

    Thanks for your comments on my Patterns song. Yes, I think it could keep going

  • @vomvorton  Feb 26

    I do but that was a full week ago! Which is like three months in FAWM-time. I remember nothing about those times!

  • @bitshred Feb 26

    Thanks for listening and the kind comments. And congrats on the win!! You did it. Heck, you did it with 4 days to spare.

  • @drumblanket Feb 26

    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.

  • @spunky4455 Feb 25

    Thanks for the great comments on our Europe collab. Doug and I have written several songs together and itโ€™s always a good time.

  • @ceilidh  Feb 25

    Thank you for your comments on Soulwood and Go Betweens!

  • @billwhite51 Feb 25

    Thank you for all your encouraging comments on my songs this year. Your work gets better and better with each song.

  • @bitshred Feb 23

    Thanks for listening to one of my many throw aways. Iโ€™ve never heard of chad and Jeremy. Sounds made up.

  • @scottlake Feb 23

    Thanks for your comment on my song where are tried to channel Belew era King Crimson. The drums were zecoops donated 4/4 track

  • @timehaven  Feb 23

    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.

  • @brandondale72  Feb 22

    Extremely gracious and thoughtful comments on my collab song "When the Water Runs Out". Absolutely made my day. Thank you.

  • @tiller2  Feb 22

    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.

  • @wolfkier Feb 22


  • @phoenixash Feb 21

    ~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

  • @kovbleu  Feb 19

    If you wanted to check out @seemanski 's no7 w/ vocals added it's up! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @ttg105  Feb 19


  • @vomvorton  Feb 19

    ...and the Captain has consented, so if you do come up with anything for Equestrian Superstore then please feel free to run with it!

  • @vomvorton  Feb 19

    Yo! If @captainvulpine is cool with it as the first person to respond then I'd be happy with anyone that's interested to mess with the bones of Equestrian Superstore. The main riff is E-C-E-A but the synth was creating the chords itself so I'm not entirely sure what's going on.

  • @ferry0123  Feb 19

    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.

  • @jamkar  Feb 18

    ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank ya!

  • @leepat  Feb 17

    Donโ€™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 itโ€™s 6th sense. Either way - thx for stopping by!

  • @toms Feb 16

    Thank you for your immensely kind comments. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @marvsmooth  Feb 15

    I've now made the song Follow downloadable -

  • @kvnwoodruff  Feb 14

    Yep! I'm over near brentwood/woodstock. PDX represent!

  • @balancelost  Feb 14

    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!

  • @degausser  Feb 14

    Thanks for you comment too! I was referring to the Branches/leaves/wire sections.

  • @vomvorton  Feb 14

    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?

  • @ceilidh  Feb 14

    Thanks for your kind comments on Spinning Fire! Glad you were able to see some of the Winter Light Festival.

  • @ttg105  Feb 13


  • @gerrybhoy  Feb 13

    Gee, I've got some listening to do, look forward to it, thanks for your kind comments.

  • @vomvorton  Feb 12

    dammit now I want backing vocals from a room of middleschoolers and all I have are these damned cats

  • @wolfkier Feb 12


  • @billwhite51 Feb 12

    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.

  • @vomvorton  Feb 12

    Worcestershire sauce is a poor man's Henderson's Relish!

    We do love those extra letters, though. They really put the UGH into donut.

  • @hummingbear  Feb 12

    Thanks for commenting on "Igniting Trees." Such an odd story I knew I had to write about it.

  • @caterwauler  Feb 11

    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. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • @matthew62  Feb 11

    Thank you for your kind comments on "Poetry Drips....." Truly appreciated.

  • @cleanshoes Feb 11

    Thank you so much for your comment!

  • @brandondale72  Feb 10

    Thanks for the kind words on my new song "Holding On". Really appreciate the visit.

  • @socaa Feb 10

    Carefully, please! They might be monitoring the connection!

  • @bitshred Feb 10

    Thanks for the very kind comments on โ€œDonโ€™t make me blueโ€. That โ€œalchemyโ€ on the word โ€œfanโ€ 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. Itโ€™s used a lot in jazzy standard type of songs. Which the feel Iโ€™m kind of going for there. But been used since Bachโ€™s time.

  • @blindkiwi Feb 10

    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.

  • @dragondreams  Feb 10

    Thank you. ๐Ÿ˜Š
    And yes! I reached season 1, episode 6 by bedtime yesterday. ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • @wolfkier Feb 10

    ๐Ÿ˜€ thanks muchly, my friend.

  • @vomvorton  Feb 9

    You have wall-of-sound email!

  • @vomvorton  Feb 9

    I've gone a LITTLE BIT wall of sound with this! Will send over shortly...

  • @ttg105  Feb 9


  • @vomvorton  Feb 9

    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?

  • @vomvorton  Feb 9

    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?

  • @vomvorton  Feb 8

    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...

  • @frey Feb 8

    Thanks for all your nice comments!!

  • @vomvorton  Feb 8

    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.

  • @vegansongs  Feb 7

    Thank you for the kind compliment on "Nathair".

  • @wingandwaltz  Feb 7

    @rayboneor I did finally record a terrible, but fair version of Hello Heyday. So there ya go, listen at your own risk ๐Ÿ˜

  • @caterwauler  Feb 7

    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. ๐Ÿ˜
    You know I love your music. Yeah, you do. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • @lanasolyluna Feb 6

    Aww thank you!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ 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!

  • @loveonamixtape  Feb 6

    YES. I cannot recommend Justin Sandercoe and his site 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: 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

  • @vomvorton  Feb 6

    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!

  • @ceilidh  Feb 6

    Thanks for coming back to Next Door and Golden Chain for the music, and for your feedback!

  • @tsunamidaily  Feb 6

    thanks for commenting on moon's over mississippi.
    you are off to a good start.

  • @owl  Feb 6

    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.

  • @midwayfair  Feb 5

    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.

  • @ceilidh  Feb 5

    Thank you for listening to the music for Next Door now that it's posted!

  • @vomvorton  Feb 5

    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).

  • @wobbiewobbit  Feb 4

    thanks - glad to be er educational! (yes I remember you saying about twat a while back now...) thanks for your comments

  • @radioovermoscow Feb 4

    I apologise profusely for getting you to look up QAnon, hahaha