Influences: rock punk indie country bluegrass western swing blues other
I've been doing FAWM for a long time, and it’s part of my life. There are many who have done it longer than I have, but I’ve done it more consecutive years than most.
Again in 2019 my plan is to start FAWM with an open mind, and a notebook with a few one-line or two-line scribbles. And I may not open the notebook. I’lll take what comes and write whatever I feel like. No master plan.
In January 2018 I released a 6-song EP (songs mostly from FAWM and 50/90 in the last couple of years):
I'm mostly a bass player as anyone can tell from my guitar 'solos'. In my 20s I lived in Athens GA, and played a lot of original music. I still love original music more than anything and keep writing songs. I play in bars a couple nights a month. I have kept my day job.
Here's a tiny garden of half-baked FAWM demos: http://soundcloud.com/fawm-standup/
Also on soundcloud: A collection of quick demos, mostly skirmish stuff done for the Facebook Skirmish group in the months between FAWM and 50/90.
There are two playlists on the other SoundCloud page, one for singer/songwriter type stuff:
And one for synthy stuff:
And these lists are just a fraction of songs I’ve written.
I've dreamed lately of being a clumsy, messy, careless person. Maybe that will be a theme.
|#1||Dreams, they Creep @scottlake||
|#3||This too shall pass||
|#6||I'll write real soon||
|#7||Favorite Sweater @adnama17||
|#8||The Distant Shores of Lake Parima||
|#10||Dr. Elixir @pfoo||
|#11||All the Best to You||
|#12||Roll Out the Green Carpet @fourtracktape||
|#13||Break it Down||
|#14||Under Her Hat @ductapeguy||
|#16||Opals of Mars @pfoo||
Thanks so much for your comments on run baby run. Yeah I did switch up the bridge and chorus but you know.. just got to do your own thing sometimes. Glad you thought it worked 😀
The Boxer 4-track has been remixed... You'll probably dig it. 😀
Thank you, sorry so late, for your wonderful comments on Club Midnight, my Meta FAWM song.
Some songs here do make you smarter 😀
Thanks for the insight. YouTube is its own thing, but you also probably know that by now.
Thanks for the feedback and suggestions on the tune! And thanks for the guidance on commenting.
Hello, thank you for commenting on my song earlier!! Yes, I eat meat too but bullfighting just turns my stomach. I watched a few movie clips before making my own video, and it was pretty depressing. I spend a lot of my time making jokes and getting people to laugh, but my music is quite dark. I guess it's a way of balancing things. Anyways, thanks again!!
Haha... My phone seems to have its own mind about what to say.. I was going to say you two are a good team but hey... 😂😂
Thank you for answering my question. The reason I ask this is because there are two songs from a band I liked that used that technique in those songs.
On Barrow - I've been finding it hard to get the songs written, I have 4 of the planned 10. So I'm not sure what the timeline would be, but some killer upright bass would be desperately appreciated. I copied the email link above. Would it be cool to get in contact with further details and other demos not from this year?
On Phobos - Yep, 'twas I who sang all those tedious harmony vocals.
Thanks for listening/commenting on my song! I appreciate it!!
Thanks for your comments on "Closing Doors". I think you are right about the ending and I might rethink that, and have a look at the vocals too.
I didn't comment on any of your songs in Feb. What the..?
I guess FAWM does that when you back arrow
I didn't comment on any of your songs in Feb. What the..?
Oh, I agree, Paula is absolutely hilarious! (This was for her own podcast, which has that name.) Thanks for listening!
Thanks for you comment on my last song, I will take your advice! I felt like something was 'off' about it.
Thanks so much... The bass line on Steaming was my 70's Roland RS-202 String Synth. It really only does one thing but it does it well, lol. I used my fuzz pedal on the Casio bass notes on one of my other Casio songs this year. I dunno man... I think you'd have a blast with them. And they are cheap (and small). 😉😂
Thanks for the comment on Hole in my pocket. The guitar is actually a ronroco, which is a tenor charango. It's a family of chordophones from South America. I stole mine from an uncle, who I believe got it from a friend who travelled there years and years ago. Thanks for the lyrical comment as well. I haven't quite figured the meaning completely.
Congrats on the win, my friend!
Cheers man, yeah It was indeed done live to cassette, I've done a couple of tracks like that this month using this beast I picked up second hand last summer.
I didn't even have a fresh tape at first, until yesterday I was taping over an ELO mixtape! 😂
Thanks for a great collab. I had no idea that our track was going to be your #14 finish line song. Yay Eric!
Hey Eric, I'm gonna be out of touch for the rest of FAWM, so I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all your awesome music this February!!
Hey, yeah, I was pleasantly surprised at how well the SM57 worked on the viola, too. I did eq the dry viola part a bit, mostly brought down the upper mids/highs a bit. But the signal going into Kurt's eurorack didn't have the benefit of the eq and it sounds fine, too. Think I may need some kind of outboard eq at some point.
Awesome feedback on Mess it Up. Thank you! I'll work with Jess to clarify the story better. I think we're close!
Thank you so much for your comment on The Mellow Road. That pedal sounds like something I'd love to play around with.
See You In The Shadows…
Thx a lot for the Sedona recommandation. Had a nice evening looking on places there on google. So I really hope I someday can travel to US.
Thank you, Eric. I really appreciate your thoughtful comments on Gated Community. The thing I struggled most with was balancing sympathy and disapproval. You got that, and I'm glad.
Thank you for your kind words on Cloudbanks. I am glad you enjoyed the vibe!
See You In The Shadows…
Thanks so much for the comment on everybody's right. Yeah there's some thing about that song that are maybe a little half cooked in terms of lyrics. I went ambiguous. But I guess I tend to do that a lot so I didn't think much of it.
The time change I can see throwing some people off. Overall I'm happy with it but it's totally understandable if it doesn't sit right with some people.
Thanks again for the support!
Thanks for your kind words about 75X. I am really glad you caught the 60's pop song references. Love hurts, but it makes for great songwriting material!
I totally understand your comments about free time. It wasn't always that way for me... I was so much like you... but now I'm an "empty nester" and free time is a bittersweet consolation.
You nailed it Eric. That chorus is kickass. Do you want to set a melody and arrangement and if you want I can add some BGVs or supporting instruments?
I appreciate the comments on "14th Servitude", in addition to appreciating the fact that, as someone who's played in bars a lot, you get it! I'm a DJ, in addition to a musician, and I have definitely seen my share of things. I'll check out some of your stuff a bit later, when I can! Thanks again!
Thanks for you comment on Blue Velvet- so good to feel that someone really got it! It’s definitely about control. It uses a dubious narrator device - she’s obvious wants to control the anonymous jacket wearer and the choruses are her fantasy world. When she doesn’t succeed in keeping him she wants to haunt him- classic narcissism.
thanks for the comment on the 'sports gene' song- as for technical stuff- I had one condenser mic picking up mostly vocal and some guitar, and had the guitar pickup (the one factory installed in the guitar, which is a Taylor 814) go straight in to a second channel, at the same time--- panned the tracks a little bit to get some separation- also recorded the lead on the same taylor, combo of mic and direct in at the same time as well.
I think living as close as I do to Delaware, I'd have to have a pretty good excuse NOT to go to FAWMstock again 😁 This time I'm definitely breaking out the small drum kit though, even if I have to use brushes.
I have lost my mind. Seriously. Have you seen it? Ignore everything after the green light. Good grief!
Thanks for the comment, glad you enjoyed my tape playing.
Abridged production notes:
Four tracks of Yamaha PSS 470 were recorded.
Probably only two tracks (silly boy forgot to mix down) played back on Marantz with speed and pitch adjustments throughout.
Then, for fun, I just played with the pitch and speed of a tape loop I made a while back for extra texture.
Next time I do something like this, I'll try to set up a camera and record the process. Thanks again!
Hi!! Thanks, as always, for your thoughtful, constructive comments! Yeah, my original idea was to definitely milk that easy to love/easy to leave line, but the story kind of got away from me. Probably needs a sequel (or a rewrite, ha!)....
I'm so behind with listening and commenting, but I look forward to catching up this week while I'm traveling!
Now this would be a challenge... Track one person records, each following person had to flip it and record their part, lol. Maybe I'll try that on my own first, haha
My post got cut off, again.
Anyway I was saying the looper is great because it's easy to record a loop or two and then start tweaking my Eurorack stuff. I like to use the "reverse" effect on my looper, and Kurt usually has something going backwards in his signal chain, too, so you end up with some pretty interesting and unexpected results.
Hey, yeah, the morphagene was in heavy use, as well as Intellijel Rainmaker that Kurt has. That thing is blowing my mind! Clouds also makes an appearance.
When I'm working solo, and sometimes with Kurt, I use a looper pedal just like you're describing -- I play a bit, record into my looper, maybe create a 2nd loop (I have a dual looper pedal), and then go from there into my Eurorack. I don't have a Morphagene, but I do have some other FX modules.
I don't think Kurt was using a sequencer on that one, I think the glitchy stuff is probably from a random source (he has a SSF URA).
I have gotten out of the habit of using the looper, for the most part, when I'm working with Kurt, because we have found that it works best if we are each focused on one role, rather than trying to do 3 or 4 things at a time. I will sometimes use the looper, mostly if I want to layer sounds from 2 different instruments (I was doing this with viola and Mandolin the other day).
When I'm using it, the looper is
Thanks for the comments on '24 Hours to Midnight' - yes, you are the only person to figure out (at least in comments) that the singer is on death row!
Indeed, the guitar could be discerned as bright - it's a Taylor 310ce. I usually record it with an LDC mic, plenty of 'air' with that, then I will smooth off the EQ curve, but for this mix I didn't EQ at all, just put a light compressor on the track.
I got a bit of an idea for a couple verses in the Googledoc. See if they speak to you and try a verse of your own or take a crack at the chorus. Tag. You're it.
Thanks for checking out my lyric, I appreciate it!
Thanks! Appreciate the listen and comments. The drums are all over the place on purpose, and if I were to redo the song is probably have less constant change. But it was fun and educational. All the 'different' sounds were the 57 track with different compressors. The really distant drum sections were the 57 with a setting from Ferrox. Others were Camel Crusher, Blockfish and Rough Rider.
Thank you for your comment on I Remember When, so glad it works despite it’s Britishness! - reflection on the past and all the good things in your life definitely fits with looking at end of life emotions and mindsets. I am keen that the concept isn’t automatically a depressing one!
Got it, thanks!
Can you get me your address for Tape 5? I guess I'll leave drums and bass to you guys. 😉
Tried again. I will try dropbox tomorrow if it doesn’t work.
Sent you a downloadable link to the B3 track
Thanks for the review of Here. I have to play some catchup now. Thanks again.
Got it I think:
Intro: I vi V IV
Verses: I vi IV ii V
Chorus: IV I V IV
Bridge: vi V IV V
Ending: IV I IV ii V
Thanks for listening and your thoughtful comments on Monotony. Much appreciated.
Re: a coat with $20 in it.
At Christmas, a friend of a friend used to load a new winter coat with a $20 and a bottle of whisky. He would go downtown and offer it to someone down on their luck.
I got the google doc and I've been trying to add to it. Been a bit dry the past couple days.
I will take your cue and see what I come up with
Thanks for commenting on Coleoid, and being interested enough that you looked it up! LOL I really appreciate the listen. 😀
OMG - YES, I remember!! Thanks for finding me, and can't wait to give some of your stuff a listen. I'm headed for a road trip for the next week, so not sure how much I will be able to participate, but I am so hooked. Love hearing lots of different music I wouldn't encounter any other way. So glad we connected!
If you can tell me the tempo and have an mp3 with a click on it, that’s all I would need. I would send back an mp3 with the organ part with the same start time and you drop it in.
Hi Eric. The solo you heard in "I'm so glad you're here." was not my tele. It was the same uke as the rhythm. Acoustic-electric Malala tenor, plugged into Roland micro cube. On solo I boosted the volume and reverb.
Yes to collab. How bout we start from blank page and conversation either via Skype or blank shared Google doc?
Hey Eric. I think I met you in Delaware at Fawmstock. Look forward to listening.
Thanks for listening + your kind words- looking forward to hearing your tunes!
Thank you very much for your nice comments. I think you are right about the guitar and cello harmonizing a line in the end, but I guess I was in a hurry to get my first track posted here... (I'm a fawmling). 😀
Thanks, Eric. 😊
The Nashville guitar was indeed recorded with the Beyer (as were the bass and the two electric guitar lines). I think the shimmer came about because the acoustic has a piezo bridge and I was running it into my bass amp, so the mic was picking up the amplified as well as the acoustic sound of the Nashville guitar. And my living room is lined with stringed instruments and bodhrans so it has a pronounced reverb.
Glad you enjoyed it. Makes it all worthwhile. 😊😎
Thanks for listening to Prepping for Sundown. You’re spot on about the character — no judgement. Everyone gets ready for bed in their own way.
Thanks for listening! The SM57 (really a 58) was for vocals, the amps are all simulations.
How's about you cook me up a rather upbeat instrumental in a girl friendly singing key. Trying to keep it positive this year.
Thanks for your comment on Bucket List (Bucket rhymes with fuck-it! 😂). I agree, not the best approach the character is taking, but one many might choose, and one I found myself exploring.
That's so cool that you lived in Athens, GA! I love R.E.M. a lot so I can imagine how lively the music scene was back in 70s-80s.
Thanks for your comments on Rise. Your critique is well received.
Thanks for the great comment on my Flying Saucer song!
See You In The Shadows…
Thanks a ton Eric! I agree too... I was actually meh about the song (especially the B part), until I sat down at the Hammond and came up with some alternate melodies to play off the guitars - then I was suddenly really happy. I appreciate the listen! 😀
Hey Erick...crank it up 'n let 'er rip!
Headline: Police Step Up Patrols in Northside!
But first - you read that something terrible has occurred at the Silver Twilight Lodge. Where the building stood, rumors speak of an open doorway and a crystalline green glow.
As for the sole remaining member of the Lodge - well, you always thought that guy reminded you of a vampire. Looks like you were right.
Anyway, the Northside streets and locations are looking pretty quiet.
Official word is, it was the police. But the Graveyard might hold a clue to a different story.
alright. hands are warming up!! peace, love and songs 💓
Looking forward to 4 tracking with you and Patty agin...some of the most interesting songs...
I added another tape, so that we could get the band back together... I start, then Rob, then you and Patti. I always love our songs. 😀
Hi!!! Happy FAWM!!! It was great to meet you in person last July!
Hi have a great FAWM! 😁
Hey, I'm hoping to be around this year. I have a newborn son now so I am trying to figure out how to juggle things! I need to come up with a concept or theme or something.
Another collab would be fun. I'm throwing ideas into the grab bag waiting for February to begin.
Pleasure to meet you as well - I’m in the Shenandoah Valley area in Strasburg.
Haha, yeah But I am really in a heavy lack of time this time so I will be proud if I come up with 5-6. Happy fawm to ya,
Cheers Mr. Standup.
Hi! I'll be tuning in to hear what "clumsy, messy, and careless" sounds like, lol! I'm sure that will be fun!
Heya. Thanks for the disc. Let's do Fawm.
Right on, I’ve always wanted to pick up a Gizmotron! Totally can’t wait to hear what you do with it! 😀
Hey man! Just checking in to bid you a fine howdy-do and all the best this FAWM!
Have a great FAWM!
It's going to be awesome... We'll get some started right away for sure! Can't wait to hear all your other music!
Wooop FAWM 2019!
I hope I actually finish something for you to listen to then!! Last years effort was embarrassing. Good to see you back.
Awesome - can't wait. 😀
Hey Eric! Looking forward to your tunes! 😀
Have a fantastic FAWM!!!