Influences: Robert Burns, Ry Cooder, Leonard Cohen, Jennifer Warnes, Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Dylan, Sting, Daryl Hall, Paul Simon, Anthony Phillips, Burt Bacharach, Antonio Carlos Jobim. Lithuanian: Keistuoliu Teatras, Vytautas Kernagis, Gytis Paškevičius, Rebelheart, Hiperbolė
This is my first FAWM and my first attempt to present my songs publicly.
Born in the Midwest USA but lived most of my life on the West Coast. Always loved music and songwriting, but never formally studied.
Walking The Rail was my first collaboration on a song ever. @cts, with his vocals and music, did a brilliant job bringing all that history of my childhood and adolescence into current focus. I appreciate that he took the time to work with a neophyte like myself.
What an incredible experience this FAWM has been. Although I haven't met people personally, I feel I've connected artistically, and spiritually, with many of you. In the process I learned a lot about myself. Thank you all so much.
DAW: Apple MacBook Pro+Apple Logic Pro X+UA Apollo Twin Duo
Mic: Primarily a John Bonnell modded Rode K2
Also a match pair of Lauten Torch ST-221 tube condensers
Midi: Novation Launchkey 61
Bass: Yamaha RBX170
Guitars: 1969 Ramirez classical; 1975 Guild 12 string; 2004 Goodall RGCC; 2008 Epiphone Emperor Jazz
Accordion: old Meteor
|#1||Language of Heartbreak||
|#2||Choose The Way You Fall||
|#5||Ice Skates (aka Winter Wine)||
|#6||Hugging The Shore To Shelter||
|#7||Nectar (aka Familiar Brew)||
|#8||It Only Takes A Moment||
|#9||Walking The Rail||
|#10||A Tree Fell||
|#13||Time (Come January)||
|#14||The Way Of The Hero||
|#15||Another Day, Only My Song||
|#16||Walking The Rail (Demo Version) @cts||
Thank you for your comment on "A Crabber's Life". Just from watching the show over the years, I know the loss of a crew member is every crabboat captain's fear and nightmare. Seeing how the stress and lifestyle ages even the captains up in the wheelhouses over the seasons is quite sobering. My condolences to your friend.
Thank you so much for your kind comments on Avalanche of Love. You're inspiring me to move forward on this one. I will repost and give you a listen!
I just wanted to stop by and say thank you for your encouragement and for participating in FAWM. I’m sure we will create more tunes together down the line.
Thanks for the song comment, no relationship to any pharmacists as far as I know!
Thanks for the comments! Way to go over 14 this year! I'm going to give you a listen. Cheers!
Hi @saulius Thanks so much for spending so much time listen and commenting on my songs. I'm very grateful.
Specifically on the subject of funerals - I guess one thing i find interesting about them is that in each culture they are based around a common structure of Things You Do At Funerals, which acts as a scaffold to help support every one who has to be there. And sometimes even that doesn't quite work. But we're all only human and we can sometimes choose the wrong option under pressure, so try not to be hard on yourself for that
Thanks again, mate.
Thanks for the kind comments and support. I'm glad to hear you are enjoying the music.
Very cool - I would love to hear that. I live outside Kalamazoo now, but grew up in Stevensville. My son lives/works in Berrien Springs. That's a beautiful area! I hope you had a great first FAWM!! 😀
Thanks for your kind comments on two of my songs!! I appreciate that you took the time to listen!!
re..your comment on how do i get in... the genealogy of genetic resurrection
I listened to a few of your songs now. As a German I don't care very much of English lyrics, but they all seem very deep and thoughtful to me. I like the calmness and quietness of your musical accompaniment. This is classical singer-songwriter-stuff! Your voice reminds me a bit of Al Stewart whereas the music - especially the guitar work - brings the contemplating moods of some early Anthony Phillips works to me. And I especially like the fragileness and softness of your voice. To me it sounds very honest!
Greets and sorry for my bad English,
Congratulations on the win, Saul. You're very welcome regarding our collaboration. Thank you for thinking of me and trusting me to put your life story/journey to music. It looks like FAWM has been a rewarding experience and I hope you continue to be a part of this great community.
I record to my iPad. I like the idea of on-board analogue emulation, but haven’t seen anything about Apollo Twin and iPads. Unfortunately it looks like it wouldn’t be an option.
i no longer perform, as i live in peru where few people speak english, and most prefer the traditional music of their native villages to the sort of thing i do.
thank you so much for your many perceptive and understanding comments on my songs. i am looking forward to listening to more of your songs this month.
Thanks for the very personal comment on Into the Storm. Congratulations on a successful FAWM!
Thank you so much for your kind comments!
I love WI also and I keep reminding myself that our spring and fall will make up for winter...especially the particularly brutal one we’ve had so far. That is, if it ever ends 😉.
Hey hey - I didn't collaborate at all on my first FAWM and I think only on one song on my second, but I met folks and I interacted with people online too, and either I or they started asking to collaborate. The main thing is that people on here are largely lovely and friendly and know that collaborations don't turn out exactly as they'd imagined (although often they turn out better). I'd say just try. You'll find out what works for you. Well done on finishing your first FAWM. It's a great achievement.
I'm glad you enjoyed Fractals of the Living God. Scott's music and vocals are so beautiful!
Thanks for the complement. I adore Joan Baez. Waves from down I5 about half an hour. ...i'm glad we're done with the snow, how about you?
Thanks for your kind words on ‘Not My Kind Of Day’..... yes the song kind of sums up a time in my life so it was very easy to emote for me, on guitar and vocal. BTW the guitar used was my Gretsch 6131 Jet Duo with TV Jones pickups..... was just the perfect vibe for the song...... it’s like a Strat but not as chimy, easier to control. I have had my most profound moments with that guitar.
This has been an amazing ride. I was completely tapped out this morning - the muse had left. So I went to the FAWM FB site, wrote exactly that, and complete strangers immediately gave me an idea and nudged me back to work. Thank you, FAWM community.
Hi I see Craig is going to try and help you out. You can't really go wrong with him.
I'll look out for a demo of your song if it works out.
Also, thank you very much for your kind comment on my soundboard. Really I don't deserve it, but I'm very glad you enjoyed the music.
Best of luck with your first FAWM and welcome to the community!
Hi! It's not so much business as it is I feel like I've been struggling to try and write/produce and comment since we had a death in our family two weeks ago. The residual of that still lingers. However, I've downloaded your lyrics and I'm seeing if I can make this work for you. What's the best way to connect with you once I have something in place?
Thanks for your amazing comment on "Super Fine". I spent years trying to capture the sound of that era and after over 20 years have just started getting what I think is close.
Your comment gave me a real lift! Thank you!
Thank you for your comments and your lovely note on my soundboard. Unfortunately, we have some confusion about Ontarios. I live in Midland, Ontario, Canada, which is approximately 4100km from Ontario California. But if you are ever up in the Georgian Bay region of Ontario, Canada, I play several open mics in the area.
Hi there Holy Cow. So glad you found FAWM and decided to join us. Thanks for checking on my R&B collab.
Welcome to FAWM. Are you playing on releasing at least one song in Lithuanian?
Hey! Thanks so much for your comment on After It All, I'll have to revisit it. Happy FAWM!
Ha! Thanks for that awesome comment on Skid Row.
Hey, thanks for your insightful comment on "Chemical Men." Good point that beer is a chemical--I've just edited the lyric to add that point. Thanks!
Thanks so much for your kind comments on my song Avalanche, Cheers Greg
Hello, thank you for your nice comment. To answer your question I play all the instruments myself, I play the drums in on the keyboard. I think Pat Metheny has said about this before as well, when you play all the parts yourself there can be this weird synergy sometimes that you don't get playing with other people.
Hi, thanks for comment! 😀
thanks for your lovely comments on Avalanche. Cheers Greg
thanks for the comments on my collab 😀
Thank you so much for your kindness. That's so kind of you. <3
I feel like maybe people hear first, then listen? I mean hearing is just kinda sensory stimulation whereas listening requires a conscious effort? I get what you were going for, tho
Hey thanks for popping over and listening to my songs. I appreciate it.
When I get a moment in my hectic schedule I'll bend an ear to your tunes.
Hi, thanks for all your kind words, I am very honored. For FAWM yes, I am alone writing, playing and recording all the parts myself.... perhaps going a little over the top with the full blown production approach. I am not actively playing out right now..... My band Nova Cafe (which was just two of us at the time) released an album a couple of years ago (its on Itunes), and we pulled some musicians together and played a few shows in Seattle, but it was too much work keeping that going with 8 people, so we have decided to strip it down to a 4 piece and just started working on rearrangements and new material. I live in Edmonds BTW.... (avoiding the weather.... although it is beautiful isn't it?)
Thanks, friend. Much appreciated. I'm going to try and keep moving forward with FAWM.
Thanks for listening and for your comments. Hey, my mother's parents both came to the USA from Lithuania! Let's share kielbasa recipes! joking Enjoy FAWMing.
what you described seems pretty much exactly like the Finnish winter too, darkness and cold, then some immense beauty, then back to darkness and cold. Now it's at least wet too! Thanks for the comment. 😀
Thank you for liking my song. Adding your songs to my playlist for a FAWM listening marathon. Hope you're having a good FAWM time 😀
Thank you for your kind comment on The only one living.