Influences: Bach, The Beatles, The Kingston Trio, Buffalo Springfield, Pink Floyd, my baby grand piano, life long membership in various choirs and ensembles, my family & faith journey
I am a retired pastor, happily married, father of 4 great kids and grandfather of 9. I’ve been a poet and songwriter most of my life and am currently a member of the Pittsburgh chapter of NSAI. Most of my songs are on Soundcloud in "private" mode but I have made my fawm zongs public). All are copyrighted but none have yet been published. Some of my poetry in Haiga form are on instagram. I’ve never yet written music for the market..just for myself and my family. Writing a new song daily will be a new experience for me. Now in my 3rd week of fawm, and having done a couple of collabs with some senior fawmers, I'm beginning to feel like I'm part of the fawmily
|#1||Theodore' Je T'Adore||
|#3||Uncle Tom and Sara Jane||
|#4||The Joy in My Life||
|#5||My Name is Mister Adam||
|#7||Take My Hand||
|#8||Nine Little Grand Kids||
|#10||Love Makes the World Go Round||
|#12||My Kind of Kids||
|#14||Riding on a Hurricane||
|#15||I had a dream||
|#16||A Combat Vet Came Home||
|#17||The Witching Hour||
|#18||Just Love @kahlo2013||
|#19||The Best is Yet to Come||
|#20||Black & White Water Fight||
|#21||Speaking of Joy||
|#22||Witching Hour @colgoo||
|#23||Love is the Light @kathym||
|#24||The Life of Prayer||
|#25||I Had a Dream @robynmackenzie||
|#26||Zoe Princess Mermaid||
Oh that's weird! I didn't either...I wonder what happened.
Thanks for your kind words! Of the 3 songs you mentioned, "Jokivarsi" was entirely written and performed by @kembole, I just wrote the lyrics for that one. I consider myself a middling musician and a novice at recording and mixing, but after more than 20 years of both I guess something has rubbed off. @kembole is very talented and versatile, though, you should check his stuff out.
Thanks . Hmmmm. That might be a stretch for me...based on the normal flow of my life,...but...I have enjoyed FAWM so much.... Question: Does Colleen have a last name that I can mention in the collaboration (like KathyMoran or RobymMackenzie)?
50/90 is a FAWM marathon that is FAWM’s summer cousin. It runs from 4 July-1 October....the goal is 50 songs in 90 days. Lots of time for collaborations to happen as well as challenges, song writing games and skirmishes.
Thanks for the kind words!
I will hold them there in public space until 50/90, I think. And then I will make some room for new songs.
Oh cool, go for it! I’m not under any contracts currently, but that sounds like a cool opportunity!
Hi. If you have the time and inclination, I would like to hear your melody for the song. 😀
Thanks for your input on the Courageous Dirty Work. It's going to take some work to clean it up! Thanks for all of your comments and I look forward to our paths crossing again.
Thanks for your comment on “What’s Stopping Us”! I use a grand piano sound on a Nord keyboard to record, no MIDI. (Total beginner at MIDI drums and bass though, slowly learning there!)
Thank you so much for the feedback on "Devotion"! <3
Hi and thanks for the feedback on The Courageous Dirty Work. I knew I wasn't going to have time to do much with it but just wanted to get it out there to make it an even 20, a new high score for me.
It has been my pleasure to connect with you and I look forward to our paths crossing again down the line. I'll be doing more listening in the next few weeks, so I'll be popping by to listen to more of your wonderful songs. Thank you again for the collab and the melody that gave my song a double identity! Please feel free to use it if you'd like. Be well, stay safe, and all the best to you and yours.
Congratulations on 26 songs!
Tee hee! Hello again! I’m actually not Thai. I’m from North Dakota, but I’m married to a Thai man and have been living here for about five years now. It is an amazing country. I have learned and grown so much from being here. 💙🌈🌴🌈💙
Hello! Thanks for your comments on a couple of my songs. 😊 I’m in Ranong, down in the southern boondocks of Thailand. 🌴
Hi, thanks for the post on my wall! No, our church doesn’t have any sort of regular songwriting group - although I have facilitated small songwriting tables sporadically with groups of artists from our church community. But, would love to see something like that take shape in the future! Love that you’re thinking of it for your church, let me know if you hear of any good models.
Gosh, thank you, of course! And I’m always open for collabs and LOVE writing Christmas songs FYI!
Hi. Please do feel free to play "Love is the Light" and if you'd like, drop me a line on fb or pop an email to me for the zoom event. One of the good things coming out of this mess is that people get to attend all kinds of things they never normally would be able to in person! If you get to the other song, that's fine and if not, that's fine, too. I'm thankful for your having offered. 😀
Feel free to share our collab. It was fun working with you, Bill!
You absolutely have my permission for all of those things. 😀 Thanks for the collab, it was fun!
Thank you so much for your comment!
I’ve run into sudden computer trouble—aaaauuuggh! I’m taking it into the Apple store tonight so hopefully should be able to finish up our collab tonight or tomorrow.
Thanks so much for listening to “Boulevard Montmartre” and for the kind comments! Glad you enjoyed it — and congrats on crossing the FAWM finish line!
Getting to or past 14: that’s a win.
Thank you, dear sir. Feel free to do whatever calls to you. I am very flexible and accepting. And this is fawm, so there is no worry to be had about sound quality. Lord knows I am not a techie!
Thank you for your kind comment about my lyrics. Congratulations on your win!
Glad you liked me and Liz's "Snowbound Blues"
The small town where I used to live, here in the interior of Catalonia, got snowed in one year. I took my skis up to the cemetery on top of the hill and skied all the way down on the snow covered roads to the train station at the bottom of the valley. It was fun, but where in my mind's eye I had always envisioned that descent as a red or even a black slope, it turned out only to be a blue with hints of rouge 😉
Holy cow ... look at you with 22 songs! I've was tied up with a songwriter retreat and a couple of things so just saw your generous note tonight. My songs are usually fairly humble offerings, so I would gladly welcome a collab if any of them call out to you. I often, but not always, have a specific melody in mind, but am always open to a collab. I've done a number of them over time, but not in a while. I'm a bit better with words than the music, so I welcome the chance to share. Thank you for your consideration! I'm a bit behind on listening but will catch up with more of your songs in the next few days.
I'm totally wiped out and need to get some rest tonight. Be well, stay safe, and thanks again!
Glad you enjoyed my experiment with sound!!! My husband thinks it sounds a bit spooky....which I think fits the fall theme of the lyric. Thank you so much for your kind words. It’s been a treat to listen to your music.
I hope you like what I did with your lyrics....I got very experimental, but I think it works.....
I’ll take a stab at “Witching Hour” today. I am more used to setting others’ lyrics to music than the other way around. (When I do write lyrics for other people, they are often lyrics designed for a musical style I don’t perform well, or for a different voice than my own. That make sense to you?)
Hey there! Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about you. I’ve been working on a lot of collabs this year and have been trying to get to them in an orderly fashion. I’ll definitely have it done before the 28th! 😀
Collabs certainly do enhance the experience here in FAWMland. Looks like you're having a good time! Excellent!
Sorry, it looks like you must have asked first as I was in the throws of the weekend's Super Skirmish. I was not paying much attention to anything but that.
Maybe another time 😀
Ummmm....maybe not an email....Not sure how to reach you past your soundboard....My email is my (username)here at (me dot com). Let’s discuss whether we can pull together a collab this week....
YOU ASKED: "How does one go about making an album?" First let me give you a little background. While producing enough material for an album is the intention of many here, mine is just to be a part of this marvellous community of songwriters. I live in Catalunya. It's a country where English is not in common use and dubbed films and TV series ensure that the locals here are not as exposed to English as their Portuguese counterparts (where subtitles are used, rather than dubbing). Consequently, when I write songs and perform them (remember those old days) people here can appreciate my music, but most have no idea if my lyrics are any good. So, for years my production of songs was limited, as "writing songs that voices never share" is a sad profession as Paul Simon pointed out. I do write songs these days for a Ukulele Forum I am on, but FAWM gives me the freedom to expand beyond that. Getting feedback from your peers is somethign I greatly value.
Back to your question. In the old days, if you didn't have the backing of a record company, you got material together, paid for studio time and recorded the album and then paid to have it made into a physical album (record or CD). Today, it is common to bypass studios altogether. You record at home using a PC and an audio interface. Edit on a DAW (recording editing program) then use a mastering program to produce the finished album. That is then uploaded to a site like Soundcloud and then its up to you how you promote it (friends, forums, etc). There has never been a better time to be a "home recording artist" 😁. Write to my email address if you want further advice. Though I only have albums out with my band right now. I rely on my YouTube Channel to get heard. That's another possible "outlet".
NSFW - not safe for work
Congratulations on the win. The first song of yours that I commented on, you had tagged it NSFW (not safe for work). I was just curious as to why you tagged it as such considering there wasn't anything (at least that I recall) offensive in the lyrics or the demo (i.e. questionable sounds or profanity).
Collaborations are awesome fun! I will email you some ideas after I get out of Zoom church on Sunday. Thank you for honoring me with that level of trust!
Thanks, Bill, I absolutely love this tender folk ballad version and left a note on the song site liner notes! Grateful and appreciative! Thanks!!’
It would be an honor to be your first FAWM Collaboration. And I LOVE simple acoustic versions of my songs. Cynthia’s demo is amazing - I don’t know how she does it, but guitar or uke version of Just Love will be great! From listening to some of your other songs you have a great wonderful musical sensitively and sensibility! I look forward to it! When it comes time to post, just post it as your song (you can copy and past lyrics from the original). Add me as a collaborator. To do that you have to add me to your “watchlist” by taping that “watch” button on my profile page. Then when you post there is a drop down menu for collaborator and you chose me and it will add me to the song!
Hi, yes, Cynthia said it was fine if you did Just Love too! Thanks for your patience and an advance thanks for the music!
I love your style and would be more than happy to collaborate with you. I have a message out to the other person who already did a demo for that lyric to make sure she will not mind before I say yes. I think your versions would be quite different but I want to be respectful if she has a preference. Liz
Thanks for the comment on my week 1 challenge song!
No worries at all. It is hard to navigate sometimes. Have a lovely weekend 🙂
I think you accidentally tagged us as a collab as it has appeared on our list of songs. Would you mind removing the tag please. Thank you. Hope you find someone to collab with for it 🙂
Hi Bill, thanks for listening to some of my tunes and the comments. I'm up in NH so try to get some skiing myself.
Thank you for that sweet note on my soundboard. My spouse bought my Simon and Patrick acoustic guitar for me for Christmas 2006. It has spruce and maple woods and a really beautiful sound and it is the guitar I shower attention on and collaborate with for the majority of my songwriting. My sweetheart has since bought me an electric guitar and other songwriting supports (headphones, a nice mic, amp, etc.) but this guitar is my favorite. Our electric piano sometimes gets a bit jealous because piano and recorder were my first instruments, but I sing better while playing the guitar. My piano pouts, “Well, if you spent 30 minutes a day playing with me, we could write some beautiful songs together, too.” These poly-instrument relationships are hard work!
I did once fall in love with an 80 year old guitar with the most amazing tone when we visited Nashville (in the Before Times). It felt like a “Holy Guitar” to me....but I also kind of felt like I was cheating on my Simon and Patrick. It also had a steep price tag ($3000) and I couldn’t justify the cost. But she was amazing. And we had a good old time together at the store.
Thank you for your lovely comment. Really appreciate the feedback 😊
Bill, no need to ask me to listen to your music. I always return song feedback from everyone who listens to my work, or comments in my Soundboard. Part of the FAWM experience. You are having a fantastic first FAWM. I can tell you are a retired pastor....you have a real gift with crafting words.
Thank you so much for finding poetry in my songs!
Thanks for listening to Paradise and for the kind feedback!
Thanks for commenting on my song. Have a great FAWM!
Hey Bill, thank you for visiting my website and your comments on the stop motion What a Day video. To answer your question, no, I didn't execute the video but I found someone online from North Carolina who did it and I was really pleased with the final product. I'm glad you liked Hand Me My Sickle, the song I did with my Dad. There's a higher quality version coming of it coming out on my new album with a harmonica solo that my dad wrote and played. It was very special to have him play on the record with me and I'm extremely proud of that. Regarding the Dalgliesh's in Canada, I'm sure there's a connection somewhere, particularly if the spelling is the same but my roots are from Scotland. All the best, Lewis.
Thanks for your lovely comment on my first song of FAWM21! Yes it’s just me harmonising with myself, no choirs at my house as yet 😀
Thanks for the listen. Instruments were just the ol' Guild and a logic patch. Welcome to FAWM!
Hello, thanks for the note in my soundboard 😀 Yes, you might think electronica is a long way from opera... but then, genre borders exist to be transgressed, at least in my book. Happy FAWM to you!
Congrats on joining FAWM and thanks for checking out my music.
Hi! Thanks for the listens! I'm glad you're here and I look forward to hearing your songs.
Welcome to FAWM!!!
Hi Bill. Welcome to FAWM! I'm new as well.
Hope you can get your condenser mic situation figured out. Does your interface have phantom power for the mics? I don't think plugging your interface into your computer alone would power your mics but I guess it could depend on the interface.
Anyway... hope you have a great FAWM.
Welcome to FAWM
Welcome to the FAWMily! 😁