Influences: This year, my influences will probably be varied. I became a fan of Kings of Leon's last 4 albums (and disappointed in their first couple as I picked them up in thrift shops). So I'll probably go there but seriously need drums to pull anything off like that. I will probably do some DCFC-like songs this year. The War on Drugs - I would love to rip-off some of the mastery of the gauzy two-chord songs this guy has done. Fantastic. Also love Sufjan Stevens Carrie and Lowell/Seven Swans/Michigan kind of beauty.
This is my 13th FAWM. It was in my 1st or 2nd FAWM that I started the idea of FAWMku in January, to get the creative juices flowing. It has taken on a life of it's own and that makes me happy as a very small way to give back to this great community.
I am up for collabs - I play guitars, bass and keys and sing. Collabs will be with lyricists that have 'safe for work' lyrics.
Some of my collaboration capabilities that are not so common here on FAWM:
I have added B3 to several FAWMer's past offerings - if you don't know what that is, you probably aren't looking for it - which is cool.
Synth leads and beds
Maybe drums using EZ Drummer.
Freestyling acoustic piano and singing to lyrics without music.
Other stuff like that.
I made a promo video for FAWM 2019, if you would like to see it or share it... https://youtu.be/xP5_fKoScHw
Collab 'dance card' so far:
@w1n (see below)
@hummingbear (see below)
@standup (see below)
@mikegtz (see below - mrow!)
Riff-challenge (done - hear 10 Riff GO!)
Not a Cover (done - hear Truly Madly Deeply)
Week2 Chromatic (also in 10 Riff GO!)
Week 3 Perspective (hear The Bass of Trentham Falls
Week 4 Instrumental Hook (hear Open Up)
|#1||Dreams, they Creep @standup||
|#2||Fractals of the Living God @hummingbear||
|#4||Lucy With The Mysterious Sideways Eye||
|#5||Get It Through Your Heart @nancyrost||
|#7||10 Riff GO! - Scott Lake||
|#8||Please Open The Trunk, Sir||
|#10||Truly, Madly, Deeply @w1n||
|#11||The Unfulfilled Paleontologist||
|#12||I Like You @mikegtz||
|#13||Beverly's Beloved Brown Burst Flat Five String Bass - Scott Lake||
|#14||The Bass of Trentham Falls - Tim Fatchen and Scott Lake @timfatchen||
I'm certainly no expert having only read the bible casually and certainly no more than once through. But the concept of "fearing god" as a requirement is present in the books of Luke and Peter.
And the whole book of Revelation is chock full of fearmongering, right? The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, rivers of blood, plagues, scary beasts eating people and on and on. And this is presented as a factual series of events that are coming soon. Sounds like some pretty strong fear tactics to me! 😀
I view the gospels as an interesting set of documents written in Greek between AD 66 and AD 110 and later transcribed, translated and edited multiple times down through the ages by humans. I don't consider them historically accurate as they include no evidence for their claims. Regarding fear vs. freedom, the bible overall, even the new testament, uses plenty of fear to try and keep adherents walking the path! But I understand that you are free to choose the parts that resonate with you. What I don't understand is modern trump-evangelicals who are willing to throw out so much of what their book says in order to support this guy!
Thanks for the listen and comments on "The Gloating Ghost!" To answer your questions: I didn't use a backing chord track; I can usually keep my voice on pitch without accompaniment-- keeping on tempo without accompaniment is another story... I didn't really have a concern about the alligator line, but I think your German Shepherd alternative would work well too; I'd just need to do a slightly different growl in the background. 😉
Thanks for your comment on my song, "I've Heard it All! Say It Again!!"! I really appreciate it!! The chord that ends on the verse parts is Ab which is a bVI chord in the key of C major.
Hey Scott! Thanks for your comments on Jesus Don't. Although I am not a Christian, I grew up in a devout Christian family where they took His teachings very seriously and I learned a great deal from them (and Him) about how to live a good life and treat others well.
Thanks for the collab offer but I will fine-tune the lyrics and then do a new recording adding more instruments and release it. But that all needs to wait while I catch up on real life!
Thanks again and I am delighted to know there are still Christians who follow Jesus rather than the Golden Calf!
Funny story, you may hear more of that motiff in a future FAWM project when the Explorers return 😀. We've kicked around the idea of doing something film/print wise with the world of Sibir ( the other half of us ,Manoptic, has a whole world written of it with places, people, etc. So we'll hopefully have a few stories to tell from it in the future)
Just off the ship and finally able to listen. Scott, the Bass of Trentham Falls worked out really well, one shot or not 9well hell the original piano was one shot but don't tell anyone!) And the reverb gave a whole transparent-water-curtain feel to it! Good stuff, eve it is us saying it ourselves!
Their names are Chevy and Buka.
Thanks for your comment on don't ask me Scott - I think I've figured out the panning issue, I think it's from the 'stereo enhancer' that I put on the mix bus, seems to be moving some things too much that are only slightly panned! This is what comes of FAWM mixes 😉
Thanks for the comment on Golden Hour. I'll send you a chord chart - after I figure out what all those chords were. A lot of it was just moving pieces of chords chromatically and seeing what sounded good.
Now that was fun! Thank you thank you, Scott.
Hi... Man, really sorry I got buried in real-life-duties. But yes I'm happy to collab with you. I'll try to find time later or tomorrow to send you a click track. 😀
Thanks, I'll look for the email. Do you mind if I share it with a few friends from church? (I assume since you post to Soundcloud, it's OK, but wanted to make sure.)
Thank you so much for your compliment.
Made me smile. 😃
And now I’m listening to raising sand.
Ha ha! Wish I'd had those animal pics before I retired. I don't know what you mean by "played to a click" but feel free to download my bra song and add drums etc. Have at it. (I did not save the original tracks however, so you'll have to guess the bpm - sorry!)
How disappointing! I've got the Realistic version of the Casio SK-5 and I *think* it's exactly the same apart from the branding. But until I find a real one to compare with, I may never know!
Thanks for your comment on Long Time Gone. I’m new to BIAB but I’m fairly good at audio editing (sadly crap at mixing and know nothing about fx and eq). So if there is weirdness in the real tracks I just edit it out. There is always weirdness somewhere.
Going cartoonish is fine Scott. Should be a fun listen.
Scott, just replied via email letter. Hopefully all set for you. Update-I can't seem to get my demo out of there so just replace it with yours when you are done.
Scott, I did do an MP3 this afternoon and I can send it along if needed,
Scott, I sent you a MP4 file. Do I need to make it MP3 for you? I also sent the chording sheet. Thanks in advance if you can be of assistance,
Heyyyy! Sorry for the delay in my response! I've had a.. prolematic start for the year so I haven't been that sharp. 😀 anyways, I'm actually going abroad on Sunday, so the collab will have to wait till next year – but I'll be happy to engage in it then!
Well, here I am learnin' stuff. Interesting.
kerranging? do guitars kerrang? guess when factoryhorse plays 'em they do.
Scott, that could work for me. Let me try and come up with a new song, with chord markings in an attached document and a click track behind the song. Be in touch soon. Is your email email@example.com?
If you still want to try a collab/add-on-top over instrumentals, there are three which will appear on teh 20th as I flee. @fearlessflight is looking them over but won't have hers done before I put the three up, so just check with her too? Feel free otherwise! (cleaning up the shambles)
Scott, could you put me on your dance card for collaboration? Lyrics or music work for me.
Hey Scott thanks so much for the listen and comment - I double checked the panning this time! The chords were made by using a 'chord' setting on my synth, set to minor so basically every note plays a minor chord which makes it sound like I can play crazy chord arrangements (which I can't!). It was just fun messing around with that sound.
You don’t need to tag me as a collaborator (unless I get off my butt and DO something with it). You’ve done ALL of the work. 😀
Feel free to mention my name in your song post.
Hooray, another Casioite (?) in the making! It's really worked well for me.
Thanks, Scott. It's in C.
Thanks for your comment on Hat.
Thanks for your comments on Drosera! I didn't double track the guitar; I just used a GarageBand stereo treatment on a single track to make it sound that way. 😀
Hey Scott! I'd be happy to play some bass on Lucy. Just set up the drums and whatever else you want to have in it, I'll give it a shot!
Thanks Scott. All the notes for that piece I pre-selected, but they get chosen randomly and there's a bunch of modulation going to all the voices, to provide variation and evolving changes..it pretty much just does its thing based on randomisation and slow LFOs
Thanks for the comment on 'Box of Rain', yes this was fiction!
Scott, surprise collab is fine but please don't use Walled Garden, Lori Citro is working on that. There will eb 3-4 instrumentals pop out in the next 3-4 days for more choice. (!)
Cruising: on MV Astor (q.v.) to Tasmania from South Oz, then back around the SA Gulfs. Did this in FAWM last year, and I will be taking computer and small (2octave) keyboards but not back till 5 March, and no itnernet access (that I can afford, anyway!) Pure indulgence.
read your comment on hitting the wall. Please get some more music to these before i disappear, hmm?
Cool! You could send it to the email on my profile; ogg or even mp3 would work. I used a 120 bpm click.
Hi Scott, I'm not sure I understand your question right, but I guess it can be done in any number of ways, including the classic blues formats. One of my personal favourites go A A B B A, where the A lines are longer and the B lines are shorter, rather lika internal rhymes if you count bars. Actually, the first line doesn't have to rhyme with anything as long as line two and five do.
Restructuring going on at my job and it's a crazy workload at the moment, quite exhausting, but I do have a couple of drafts and hope to have something recorded by tomorrow.
Hey Scott thanks for your kind comments - it's entirely possible that something is not right with the panning as I didn't mix as such, apart from tweaking as I went on. I didn't notice anything at the time but will check and have a listen and hopefully correct for future 'mixes' !
Thank you, Scott. If you'd like to add bass, that would be great. Let me know if you need anything from me.
Thanks for letting me know about re-recording. In the end I'd like to download it, but no rush or pressure. You really did a terrific job and I do appreciate it.
Hi Scott, thanks for the comment. I’m not from Colorado. I think that picture came from a file from my wife’s phone, lord knows where she snapped it.
Hi Scott. Thanks for stopping by and appreciating my song. I would LOVE to collaborate with you in playing it. I'll re-record it and send you a click track + chords so you can play with it 😀
Hi Scott I've been bedridden for most of the week, so sorry for late answer, what you have done sounds promising so feel free to continue (if you want to)
Superb, Scott. Blew. Me. Away. Thank you so much! Could you email me a sound file for me to keep? (address on my profile) On SoundCloud for copyright you could just use Nancy Gunderson. So grateful at the way you brought these words to life.
I unlocked it on FAWM but didn't alter the "not downloadable." It's OK with me, wasn't sure if it's OK with you nor do I know how that works with SoundCloud. Ball's back in your court for that.
Can't access the google drive doc. Post it as a locked song and since I'm a collaborator I have access and can listen? Then unlock so others can listen?
Finally got that organ part downloaded. I had the day off due to a cold, so I dropped the organ part in. Sounds good, thanks!
Thanks for your comment on my worship/doubt/faith song. 😀
I totally agree. People I most respect struggle with doubt and faith. I think it means we are seeking. It's still really hard though, isn't it?
If you're thinking about the EDIT 1 EXPORT 1 file, I have downloaded it. If you've sent me anything newer, then I havn't received anything.
Thanks for your kind words on my tune. Looking forward to hearing you 🙌
Can't just download it, apparently. Got an "Access denied -- need permission" message. Maybe you need to approve the transmission?
Do you use DropBox? That's what I've had success with.
OK, wrapped up a couple of things. I'll download it and drop it in!
That is very interesting, Scott, and you're absolutely right, the Stockans live in Stromness, and are still responsible for Stockan's oatcakes (which imho are the best oatcakes, bar none!). Luckily, it's now possible to buy Stockan's oatcakes even out here in the civilised world (or as we refer to it in Orkney, "sooth").
Well, i'm sure there are probably more Orcadian descendants out there in the new world than there are Orcadians living in Orkney, there seems to have been a lot of emigrating and travelling in Orkney's history. 😀
Thanks for the comment! I like your 'Curses' 😀
Thanks Scott! Yeah, I live and die by the mantra 'the one who works fastest, gets the gig' - and it's true. If you can deliver a polished track in an afternoon or an evening that's ready for broadcast, you're gonna be first to get the call the next time a track is needed in a hurry. It has drawbacks though - you're always the guy who gets called at the last minute and has to work in a hurry... It's a catch 22.
The file hosting stays "live" (meaning you can upload new files to it) until shortly before the next challenge (50/90 or FAWM). So, if you got file hosting now, you'd be able to upload new files until mid-June. The links to the files you've uploaded remain active after that, you just can' upload new files to that account anymore. Each challenge that you choose to sign up for file hosting you get a new account, and the same principle applies. Let me know if you have more questions. 😀
Yes, Scott, a link to SoundCloud would work well. I'm so excited to hear what you do! (But no pressure on the timeframe, whatever works best. I won't hold my breath and turn blue or anything.)
Yes, feel free to use the chord progression! I'll be interested to hear what you come up with.
Hi Scott, I definitely don’t have a chord chart. I remember in the verse there’s a ii - V - I at the end of the phrase... I might be able to sketch something out tonight.
I liked your promo video, very educative! It's true songwriting is more like painting! Happy FAWMing!
Hi Scott. Happy to see you here again.
Thanks for checking out "Dreams Creep" -- a B3 part would be fun. If you have a minute, I'd love to drop it in. Do you need me to send you anything? I'm working in Pro Tools.
U got m@il sir
Hi Scott, thanks for commenting on Play. There'll be a song that could do with a bit of B3 down the line, I'm sure. Will get back to you with charts and stuff when I get there. Thanks for the most generous offer!
Thanks for listening to my song! The chord progression in the chorus is: Dm - Em - F - G - Am - Bb - F - Em
Some B3 would be perfect, I'll let you know if I get it down in a better key.
Thanks! Yeah, I am totally into the 70s Prog rock, but lots of modern non-prog stuff and it kinda comes out in different ways. Thanks again!
Hi Scott. Thanks for listening and commenting on Mandolin Blues. Yes. I like 'grace' better. I didn't think of that when I was writing. But, as you say, it's semantics at this point. I do want to record those vocals better, though. I'm not sure why they came out like that.
Really? I'd be honored to have you musicate "Fractals." If things need shifting or re-writing to be singable, let me know. Have at it!
I didn’t actually paint but am purging for a move this year. Thanks for listening to my song.
Dude, I *LOVE* the Lester K pedal. That thing is amazing sounding, and is easy to use on the fly. I've put Casio keyboards and guitars through it too. Just a fantastic pedal. 😀
Listening party in March sounds great. My kids demand a lot of time and energy, so I have a hard time doing grown-up social things, though. I don't want to say yes now and flake later, so consider me a "maybe," please. Thanks!
Hey Scott! Thanks for your nice words. Let's see if we can collaborate on a German song. I'll give my best to make it possible. 😀
JD these days, but you got it!
I'd rather not give my deadname, so let's give some clues instead and try to make it fun:
1. I joined in '06 - I'm part of the furniture
2. I love post rock and dotted 8th delay
3. You're correct about the UK
4. I jump between pop-rock, instrumental and electronic stuff
5. I had one song last year and it was called Jaguar and had a big ol' riff
This... might help?
Suffice to say you are already familiar with my output under an old name. Looking forward to hearing what you have!
Ah, welcome back, Sir Rockstar_not. Always glad to see you here. I could try to work out how long I've been doing this, but I don't have enough fingers. Have a great Feb.
Right on. Will see about the photos. Good to hear from you again. Been too long.
Hey bud. I'm back. Hope you are well.
Thanks for your kind words on my video. That bokeh is an effect in Wondershare Filmora 9. 😁
My username refers to my first name and surname (nothing to do with a Jules from the FAWM early days 😀)
I believe I heard it a long while back, and loved it if it's the one I'm thinking of - I'll have a listen this week! I only *really* know his latest album, which I also loved, but I need to delve into his back catalogue really.
Yes, Matt's Tickets are great! Thanks for the reminder
Actually this profile pic is a bit out of date, it's quite a bit larger and has different modules now, but I like the pic 😀
Good to see you back Scott!
Hi Scott - Yes, I'm sure he would. And he'd be *all over* samplers and synths!
Cheers Scott . Yeah it turned into an anthem based EP. I gonna try and sort myself with garage band on the iPhone . By some fluke I uploaded a demo to soundcloud just now . No idea how I did it but need to get familiar with garage band on phone so I can take part 👍🎸🎶
Hi, Scott, yes, a iv chord - one of my favorite cadences. A good ear! And your open(?) chords tune reminded me of the 90s. A Chris Cornell vocal would be good with that one 😀
Thank you Scott. I guess it is because I sang so many John Denver songs when I was learning guitar in my teens.
Conor oberst and Colin melody both seem to be applied tastes when it comes to their singing voices. I love both of them but for different reasons. Both incredible songwriters though. Phoebe Bridgers is what really drew me to the Better Oblivion Community Center project if I'm honest even with my history of loving Bright Eyes.
Hey Scott, well I dropped our mutual friend Papa Bear a quick line, perhaps we can convince him to participate just by force of numbers! 😀
Have a good fawm!