richaaaay 14


New Hampsh US   Feb 11

Artist Bio

Hang'n out in the hills of Vermont & New Hampshire playing guitar and crafting music. Interested in collaborating with anyone who can actually sing (vs me...). Just trying to have fun and get better.

I’m very open to critical feedback. I’m new to writing lyrics and I’m very limited in vocal range and ability. As a result I try to lean on, what I hope to be, guitar playing that’s interesting enough to glue it all together.


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  • @wolfkier 5 weeks

    care to help a little?

  • @katestantonsings 7 weeks

    Thank you so much! Your comments mean a lot! 🎶#tit4tat

  • @katestantonsings 7 weeks

    Hey!! Wolf sent me this way. Ready for some #tit4tat? You were kind enough to leave a message for me. Now it's my turn😀✌️🎶

  • @gm7  7 weeks

    Thx for comment on Gotta Get Better. Yes programmed drum. I don't know a drummer who can lay down a few tracks for me...someday maybe.. Love your tele stuff.

  • @gm7  7 weeks

    Yo...#tit4tat I'm good for listen to 4...maybe more if i get time.
    looking forward to it.

  • @gnashattack  8 weeks

    Hey hey, I'm absolutely horrendous at the titting and the tatting, but I repay all listens with a listen.

  • @gnashattack  8 weeks

    Thanks for the listen on "Bubble Bath!"

  • @danvaillancourt  8 weeks

    The ebow is super fun! There are some other guitar sustainers out there too that are fun. I have an instrumental called "fauxbow" that uses two different guitar tracks with two different sustain devices.

    Also, you don't need a separate preamp to do that trick, should work any 1/4in input on any interface or even a solid state guitar amp, PA, etc. Fun trick! Let me know if you try it out. 😀

  • @kadmad202  8 weeks

    Hey Rich - just wanted to say that you are a real find! I came late to your party this FAWM, but will be looking for you next February. Have so enjoyed listening to all your songs (and collabs) - great guitar playing, and you have no need to knock your voice. It conveys all the honesty and feelings your lyrics so artfully express. Keep pressing forward!

  • @davidtaro  8 weeks

    Hi Rich. Just read back one of your comments re Davy Knowles. Realised I didn’t recognise the name... how have I missed this dude? He’s amazing! And also 7 years younger than me 😭. Thanks for the tip-off anyway. Hope you’re still enjoying the post-FAWM listening party!

  • @serene123  8 weeks

    Hey thanks so much.. yes I've got better results when recording guitar and vocals separately. Using Ableton and still very much learning. Interesting to see what people are.doing! I've just got a condenser mic.. I haven't got my head around the different types of mic yet

  • @wacha  8 weeks

    It was a pleasure listening to your songs, thanks for a great #tit4tat!

  • @wolfkier Mar 8

    having fun yet? 😀

  • @eargoggle  Mar 7

    Hey, I don't know, since you're a guitar guy you might like 'It's Easy' or 'Crocus' or 'Emily', those have a lot of guitar...'Sugarcoated Love' is 12 string so that's like 2 guitars! But anything really.

  • @seppo Mar 7

    Thanks for tittaags 😄
    Yes, drums are programmed, had no chance to record real drums in the middle of the night at home 😄

  • @eargoggle  Mar 7

    Hey! I just realized I forgot to use the #tit4tat tag but oh well, really enjoyed checking out your stuff, some great guitar playing! I love it. Happy you found this place and have settled in, look forward to hearing more music of yours!

  • @radiobenedetto  Mar 7

    Really enjoyed listening to your stuff, man! We share some guitar tastes in common I think. Definitely have a listen to Johnny Got his Fun as I think it will be up your alley. And for something guitar centric but a little more Django inspired check out Heed.

  • @radiobenedetto  Mar 6

    Liking what I'm hearing so far! Since you're partial to guitar maybe you should do Johnny Got His Fun and Heed for your next 2. Those are the most guitar centric ones.

  • @seppo Mar 6

    I suggest to start from casters of the universe 😄
    If you like mellower stuff, maybe "leftovers" and "captain of the. .." and "mama said.."
    others are mainly bassgrooving. "Dadastik" is funkier and "last man.." is just pure mindbubbling what was put together in 45mins.
    Depends what you like.
    As label says, it's mainly about the bass 😀

  • @wolfkier Mar 6

    Hey you want to send out first tit4tat feelers to new members @driftwood1 and @sepo I think you might get some yummy listening in...

  • @radiobenedetto  Mar 6

    Thanks for the guidance. Guess, I'd like some feedback on Slipped and Read the News, Carousel, Fascinator, and Till the Final Sashay.

  • @radiobenedetto  Mar 6

    Thx for hitting me up for the #tit4tat. I'm down to go 4 with you. Sound good?

  • @wacha  Mar 6

    I'm definitely up for some #tit4tat!

  • @timfatchen  Mar 6

    Vocal range and ability is my nightmare too: I console myself with the realisation that if I _don't_ sing it, it won't happen at all.

  • @tamsnumber4  Mar 6

    Thanks for listening and commenting on my collab song "Fades Away" with mikeb, I appreciate it!

  • @nuno  Mar 5

    Thanks for the Reverb info. Your production sounds pretty good to me - you have good instincts (and ears). There are always things to learn from what other people are doing, and different approaches. That's what makes FAWM so great.

  • @nuno  Mar 5

    That is what it sounds like, I have a lot of keyboards and modules etc, and I found it very frustrating to keep repatching things when I had a mixing desk, and I wanted to get everything in cleanly. So I have a Presonus 24 input desk and the equivalent digital stage box, then two MOTU interfaces 16A and 24i, which also have 5 Behringer ADA8200 interfaces plumbed into their ADAT optical inputs. The Presonus units and MOTUs are all networked together (AVB protocol) and the 16A has a thunderbolt interface that brings me 128 channels directly into the MacBook. The whole system gives me 128 input channels and up to 96 outputs. It's a bit insane, but it's served me well through FAWM to just pick an input channel and play. The mic has been going straight into the desk this year, but I do have an ART Tube interface that can give a bit of boost, which I've used in the past.

  • @nuno  Mar 5

    Thanks for answering the mic question. The Rode definitely suits your voice very well. I've considered the NT-1A in the past. I use the Studio Electronics SE-1. My set up is a tad complicated as I have 128 input channels networked over multiple interfaces, the path from the mic is pretty clean though. I think I need to invest more time in to improve the source material by just singing more and strengthening my voice. If I can get it to sound half as good as your recordings I'd be very happy. Thanks again. 😁

  • @nuno  Mar 5

    It's been so much fun - thanks again. I'll be looking out for you next FAWM.

  • @dancrook Mar 5

    Rich thank you for your comments and encouragements throughout Feb as I was uploading- it was much needed and they often came just at the right time!

  • @serene123  Mar 5

    Hi there.. thanks.. was kind of hoping no one would listen to that song.. agree.. didn't do a good job of recording this.. not sure how you do it... Do you use a daw? I had one mic for both vocal and acoustic guitar and didn't position it well I think.. ideally I guess I need a line in to the guitar or two mics. Yeah sorry it was just rough recording late at night and I wasn't confident with if! Thanks though for commenting.. hope you are well and enjoying March? Spring getting underway here in London though still chuffing cold!

  • @electrocelte  Mar 5

    In CRASH he kind of slammed into my band logo and engine caught on fire! Speed kills!!

  • @coolparadiso  Mar 5

    Enjoyed my listens, some great humour, some clever lyrics, a bit iof absurdity all amongst some lovely guitar work! Thx for sharing! I wont miss you next time, you are on my watch list!

  • @coolparadiso  Mar 5

    Thx mate i will get onto yours soon . You missed the best guitar one! Thats the very first one ha ha!

  • @coolparadiso  Mar 5

    Try any 6 that are not tagged skirmish

  • @nuno  Mar 5

    Hi - totally up for Tit4Tat - I've got 7 to trade if you are up for it. Congrats on making it to 14 - any you would recommend, or shall I just roll the dice? 😁

  • @wolfkier Mar 5

    @nuno on #tit4tat. From what you said in some of your responses to mine, you gonna like a few of this guy's tunes! Tell him I sent ya! 😀

  • @coolparadiso  Mar 5

    Sure. How about 6! Will do them my evening! About 8 hours away

  • @scottlake Mar 4

    Yes the pup is Penny. Circumstances were real. Middle of the night letting her out to do her business. The number of cars is the typical number for this coal train according to a newspaper article on the topic in the local paper. Same with the load per car. I didn’t make the numbers up and when I said 110 car coal train aloud, I knew I had to use it as the lyrical backbone.

  • @wolfkier Mar 4

    ps. and so do your songs! 😀

  • @wolfkier Mar 4

    It gets better the longer you keep coming back. 😀
    And don't forget 50/90 on July 3.

  • @bradbrubaker  Mar 4

    Glad FAWM has been a positive experience for you!

  • @mikeskliar  Mar 4

    Fawm started in 2004 with just four people. I joined in 2006 when it was about 70 people, i think? , the neat thing was that everyone pretty much listened to everyone else's material so it was one big family. The next year also had that intimate feel, and after that it started growing at a fast rate. Bandcamp is a great site for musicians to put up whole albums, either for free download or 'pay what you want' or a specific price if you wanted. You can add artwork, lyrics, etc too and I find it alot more user friendly and easier then soundcloud. My existing bandcamp page (it'll take you to my most recent album, but earlier ones are on the side panel and click 'more releases'- theres like 12 of them!) is at

  • @sapient  Mar 4

    Oh, I love talking process. It's one of the reasons I love FAWM so much. I cannot write a song without recording it. And in recording it, I strive every time to learn that litle bit more about how to make things sound good.
    This year was a big year for working with other people's vocals and really trying to get the right balance of EQ, delay and reverb to let my collaborators shine. There are some tracks where I feel I just didn't get it right and one or two where I punch the air 😉
    So yeah, if ever you want to chat about recording, I'll be there...

  • @mikeskliar  Mar 4

    thanks again for all the comments- wanted to let you know that i'm putting the 'best' of my 2021 fawm songs (with a little polishing, etc) together as an album I'll upload to bandcamp soon. (I have a thread about these projects on the forum, you should do this yourself if you haven't, its a great way to figure out 'what songs work' and get to the next level, plus you get a nice souvenir/time capsule of the whole thing ...

  • @sapient  Mar 4

    I'm so impressed with your work here. You maybe get the sense that your style is not one that I would not normally listen to, or try to write, but man, you are the MASTER of the sweet little meloidic riff in a fingerpicking pattern. I love those skills! 😁

  • @electrocelte  Mar 4

    Compared to the two other collabs it really had a different feel. And it was a relatively shorter piece. I took 2-3 days and tried to come up with something. I really was at a loss for words (unusual for me) so decided to use the KISS (keep it simple stupid) method, and just let the groove carry the thing, punctuated with some quirky word imagery. I do like the ethos that less is more and all that. It’s really fun to play with!

  • @ferry0123 Mar 4

    Re: Identification. I actually am pretty pleased with the overall sound quality here too. And I'm not really sure how long I worked on it. Somewhere between 8 and 12 hours I think. But it helped it started with a skirmish, cause it always (the few times I did a skirmis) makes me focus on 'proving' I can write a song in an hour. I really can't but it helped me to not overthink too much, which is a bad habit of mine. All in all I worked at least 6 hours on it. What helps (working in a DAW) is to have a template that proved its value before, sound wise, with settings and plugins that suit your style.

    Re: Ancient times. I got a lot of samples stored in my computer. Lots of drum samples, but also samples of, in this case, steel guitar samples. Someone once has played and recorded those for general use, and I just tried if chords in those various samples corresponded to my chords. I had to slice parts to make that happen. Ideally, of course I would have a steel guitar myself and I'd be a great steel guitar player..but I'm not..never played one 😀

  • @sapient  Mar 4

    Hey, yes, sorry, I had a bit of a productive month!
    I woul dbe very happy if you picked anything with a heart on it, or one of the ones with fewer comments. I try to be sensible with tags soo, marking the difference between the metal and non-metal tunes for folk whjo have a preference 😉
    And I'll be back for a few more of yours in a bit - I really enjoyed them!

  • @ferry0123 Mar 4

    Re: Lay lo-fi. I had a guest over at my apartment and we discussed how technology, however unevitable, is not all in line with the days that used to be with VHS tapes, cassette desks and record players. Lay lo is also a life style to me, taking part in society yet not too much. I got the idea to combine the two (lay lo/ lo-fi) cause there is an overlap in the two. The song 'Handsome' isn't actually as lo-fi sounding as I thought it did. So I understand you didn't understand why I said what I said 😀

  • @electrocelte  Mar 4

    When it comes to Surf Jerk, don't mean to be cynical but sometimes, even after a very long time, change happens. Fights aren't always physical altercations, they can often be differences in opinion to parenting, views of how you plan for your future, or why she needs to have 186 cats in the house. These are all just fictional examples of course. LOL

  • @electrocelte  Mar 4

    Socrates said it best... know thyself. This doesn't work though when you have a man cold and insist to your GF that you don't need a COVID test. Thanks for listening @richaaaay

  • @ferry0123 Mar 4

    Thanks for the talks and the favors! See you around.

  • @ferry0123 Mar 4

    @richaaaay Thanks for taking the time to listen to all my fawm 2021 entries! I really appreciate it. I took your advice and listened to Marco and a song with a heart attached to it. I see this is your first, so welcome! I'll listen to more of your songs later and I'll answer your questions too!

  • @kenmattsson  Mar 4

    @richaaaay Thanks for busting the zong on @moonraccoon's take on my lyrics. I think he was pretty faithful to my initial thoughts upon writing the lyrics to Michael Row, but took them to another place, just at Metalfoot and Berni did with the other two versions of the song!

  • @nahlej381  Mar 3

    Just finished Marco it was a delight. I’m a mole person. I don’t leave the house lol 85% accurate anyways. So whenever u wanna trade some tunes I’ll be here in Indiana practicing so I don’t feel like a damn fool when we do something lol

    Glad to have “bumped” into you on the digital highway, traveler!

  • @nahlej381  Mar 3

    O if u get bored before next year, feel free to reach out I’m active all year and just signed up for 5090.

  • @nahlej381  Mar 3

    I look forward to future collaboration! I really enjoyed your tunes! You’re a great player man. U got the licks and know when to use em. Thanks for titting tats with me! I’m still working on the phrasing there.

  • @nahlej381  Mar 3

    Hey thanks for listening! On surf jerk @electrocelte wrote the lyrics but he said it was fictional accounts. I laid the basic track drums bass guitars, @djtjb played some super cool key parts then we sent it over to Jeff who wrote the lyrics and added some more keys for the 2nd half. Everyone on this track really helped make a buncha parts work well together

  • @nahlej381  Mar 3

    Haven’t heard much on Surf jerk desensitized by design, and loiter world but !!!epic!!! stardust and don’t breathe seem to be fawmer faves

    Whatever works for me lol and ya I was planning on checking your collabs out next!

    Sorry I’m zero help.

  • @sapient  Mar 3

    Absolutely! Let's do it! 😃
    Will visit tomorrow. I look forward to it!

  • @nahlej381  Mar 3

    Tit4tat indeed my friend

  • @ferry0123 Mar 3

    Sure! I'm in 4that 😀

  • @oaksnprairie  Mar 3

    I’m glad you liked my not so blues. The “pauses” between verses actually have some bass notes—when I mixed it, I set the bass too low. Novice on the multi track recording stuff. It was great hearing your tunes, and I look forward to hearing you next year.

  • @mikeskliar  Mar 3

    Thanks - “punching down“ and “cosmic dance of the human animal“ are probably two fairly “guitar heavy“ songs you could check out. I will check out Marco and another one of yours later tonight!

  • @mandolinda  Mar 2

    Hi. I have listened to many of Lizbrinkers songs, and she has generously given me advice about how she records. I am not tech savvy, started playing music 5 or so years and started writing last year about this time. But I am enjoying the ride here on FAWM. I didn’t really know what to write songs about, so I wrote about my life experiences from young to now a great grandmother.
    Corn as high as an elephants eye is from the musical Oklahoma, as most of the references in Party Pieces are from stage musicals or well known plays.
    I am learning things from this Tit4tat, by listening to music that I have never come across in my lifetime. It’s nice to hear.
    Thanks for listening to my songs.

  • @ericdistad  Mar 2

    Congrats on hitting 14! It looks like you had a great month!

    Thank you for your kind comments on my songs!

    I'm happy to talk about the origins of FAWM anytime. 😀 (The trick is usually getting me to shut up. 😀 )

  • @wolfkier Mar 2


  • @wolfkier Mar 2

    oh set the pan back to middle on the tracks if you could.

  • @wolfkier Mar 2

    put the mic in your face closer. 😀
    It won't be too pretty but if you could send me 4 tracks of any song you've done this way, vocal, rhythm guitar, leadguitar, bass. All equal lengths so I can line em up easily in my DAW, I'll send you back an MP3 and it might ring a bell, light a fire.... let's see.
    My email is on my profile. Send 4 seperate emails, one for each track if the files are super big.

  • @wolfkier Mar 2

    so there's nothing in the middle to hold you up... think on that a little bit... get closer to the mike, project through it to the listener maybe... step by step, you'll work it out. Maybe I can help a bit, but your vocal tone, lovely guitar style and conveyance of ideas would benefit. Pleased to make your aquaintance, my new friend. ....

  • @wolfkier Mar 2

    Ok, I think we're 4 for 4 anyway right now. We'll do the other 3 later or tomorrow with pleasure. Drums? depends. I have an electronic kit, or I program, or I loop, samples, or all of the above. Sometimes there's more dedicated drum tracks on my songs than vocals. LOL. I like me some boom cha boom 😀

  • @wolfkier Mar 2

    oh and welcome, as well, to FAWM from me! 😀

  • @zecoop  Mar 2

    I tried to be helpful and nice, regardless of past history. From his first post on Valentines Day, it was pretty clear he didn't get FAWM and was a complete jerk. Don't know if you saw that exchange, but it got really ugly towards a lot of people. All because he was mad that the site was pink and he had a heart profile for one day. "FAWM doesn't deserve my songs" hahaha - ok! (most of that thread got deleted by the mods)

    At least he inspired a song! 😉

  • @rgarlin Mar 2

    Dig your style! - Rschel Garlin

  • @wingandwaltz  Mar 1

    @richaaaay o, and I just saw your other generous comments, THANK YOU!

  • @wingandwaltz  Mar 1

    @richaaaay thanks for your kind words! Emberly was played capo 2 and key of A chords. Didn’t mean to tease! 😂

  • @davidtaro  Mar 1

    So... I checked out @hamiltonpoolhall as suggested and MY GOD. His stuff is so up my street it's practically living in my house. Thanks for the heads up! Oh, and just spotted that lovely comment from @hbusse below - everyone on here is THE BEST 😀

  • @hbusse  Mar 1

    Re: @davidtaro ’s Emmanuelle - I know, right?! So many talented people on here! 🤯❤️

  • @pvk2020  Mar 1

    Thanks. And, yes, Idaho is pretty nice. Lots and lots of people moving here. Have fun making music.

  • @zecoop  Mar 1

    First FAWM?!? Wow, you really got the hang of this place! Great music and I'll be back for more, I am sure. I really appreciated all the nice comments throughout, as well. Welcome and sure hope to see you again next year!! I'll be here all March too - As always, I listened to and commented on tons of songs, but hardly scratched the surface!

  • @wobbiewobbit  Mar 1

    thank you so much for your comments this FAWM they have been really motivating and your last comment now has brought a tear to my eye. thank you so much. i will get round to some more listening of your stuff. commenting continues for a bit so stick around! glad you had a great first FAWM and congratulations on your WIN! first time yay! 😀

  • @mandolinda  Feb 28

    I have enjoyed listening to your songs too. I am glad that we can continue listening in March. I have only skimmed the surface. By the way, “fudge nuggets” was in my Expletives song.

  • @mikeb Feb 28

    Thanks for the comment on 'Fades to Gray'!

  • @steffan  Feb 28

    Ahhh! Thanks for all the kind words this year! Wishing I wouldn’t have bugged out the past few weeks but, such is life... definitely looking forward to hearing more from you as a catch up on listening!

  • @dragondreams  Feb 28

    Hey Rich.
    So glad you enjoyed the insanity of the House Party. We tend to be a fun bunch to hang out with! 😉

  • @dock  Feb 28

    Thanks for your comments and for enjoying my crazy song/collab.

  • @davidtaro  Feb 27

    Thanks man, really kind words, hugely appreciated! There's no way I'm forgetting our 2022 collab! And stay in touch on Soundcloud if you can - remember, I'm following you too*...

    *this sounds a lot creepier than I intended.

  • @jendistad  Feb 27

    Rich, There is a FAQ (which I admittedly haven't looked at recently), located here:

    To answer your question about March 1, you are right. You won't be able to post songs anymore. You will still be able to edit your song posts. (I believe some Fawmers will create song posts as holders so they can upload their demos after the closing bell.)

    People will still be able to comment on songs, and chat in the forums. Though, it is common for activity on the site to drop off starting March 1st. (Some people need to deal with real-life stuff they've been putting off for a month; some people need a break from FAWM and songwriting.) Let me know if you have any other questions. 😀

  • @lizbrinker  Feb 27

    Thanks so much, @richaaaay . You didn't think My Heart Skips A Beat was lacking in the juicy guitar lick area? Thanks for everything. I think you're swell.

  • @tukayandryan  Feb 26

    Thank you for the lovely comments on our songs. It means a lot 😊

  • @davidtaro  Feb 25

    Thanks Rich! Really kind words. Next year, if we make it to next year... do you fancy some sort of collab? I’m thinking blues, lots of guitars... 😀

  • @hamiltonpoolhall  Feb 25

    whaaat, you know Tim?? So glad to make your FAWM acquaintance! I have been an even worst citizen than this year, but have so appreciated your comments on various songs of mine and from the first one of yours I listened to here I am sure I am going to enjoy all that you have posted as I pivot into listening mode.

  • @serene123  Feb 25

    If I could play guitar like you!!! You make it sound effortless ugh

  • @serene123  Feb 25

    Thank you.. feeling a tad heartbroken having let it all out in that song.. and my sister texted to say it has her bawling 😭😭

  • @jendistad  Feb 25

    HI! Welcome to FAWM! 😀

    So, I saw on Eric's page that you were curious about how FAWM got started. Some of the basics were covered in the forum thread, "I Remember My First FAWM......"

    You can skip to the comments by @burrsettles, @ericdistad, and me. 😀

  • @oaksnprairie  Feb 25

    I’m glad you enjoyed Downstream. I hope your snow is melting like ours is, I don’t think I’m going to make over to shovel.

  • @berni1954  Feb 25

    Glad you liked "The Faerie Ring" Thanks for your positive comments.

  • @pabrizzer Feb 23

    didn't click that hph was Mr Hamburger - i really love his work - my comment re John Prine was about the number of people taken by covid - john deserves the songs - so do the other 499999 (+ now i guess) - it (covid) did not 'just magically go away'

  • @mrtylerlarson  Feb 23

    RE: FAWMBLUES Hey Richaaaay!!! Thx so much for taking the time to listen and leave a comment on my track! I appreciate you! 😀