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.
Twelve years and 852 miles in the making, singer-songwriters Nancy Rost and Eric Agner have released their first record, Violet Cusp. Rost, a singer-pianist based in Madison, WI and Agner, a singer and bassist in Washington, D.C. have been co-writing long distance since 2008. Their songs, expansive and energetic, span the genre gamut.
Demos from years past: http://soundcloud.com/fawm-standup/
And cowrites with @pfoo from the last few years: https://unredeemedsevenths.bandcamp.c...
|#3||Mildly Scary Nightmare @lastnightilie||
|#4||Monster Suit @nancyrost||
|#6||Weird (Tape 17)||
|#7||Painted Ladies @lishie5000||
|#9||Better Than You @russiasaturn||
|#10||Area 50 (Tape 7) @fourtracktape||
|#11||So I was walking down King Street last Saturday (Tape 13) @pfoo||
|#12||Made Out of Love||
|#14||Turkey Shirt @pfoo||
|#15||Pick it up @pfoo||
|#16||Cathedral Rave (Tape 10) @fourtracktape||
|#17||Round and Round @nancyrost||
|#18||Give me (Tape 12) @fourtracktape||
|#20||Black Summer Moon||
|#21||Fishing Rain @nancyrost||
Thanks for your lovely message. I really enjoyed the open mic and it was great to see people such as yourself who I have noticed on FAWM before. Thank you for being so welcoming!
As for the songs, I put music to a couple of them at the time (Although never recorded/ posted them because I have never really felt comfortable singing. Perhaps that will change someday, we shall have to wait and see) and am going to work my way through the rest of them. So at some point, they might exist, who knows.
Thanks for your comment on Feels So Dumb a week ago - I just logged in to FAWM for no reason and it was lovely to see. I'll try to get round to listening to yours tonight, but I am so distractible I may forget.
Thanks for the comment on Dust. I have to thank FAWM for pushing me in the direction of improvising songs In FAWM 2017, I planned to record songs that were partial completed with either lyrics. melodies, or both, but when it came to putting them to paper I just could not produce anything that I liked and was not enjoying the process. So to get the creative juices flowing I just set up microphones and pressed the record button and let stuff flow out. Not only did I find it enjoyable, I found that I could be happy with the flaws, mistakes and out of tune singing. Where as with the songs in my head and fingers, I was searching for a perfection that was just not possible and was always re-recording, re-writing and rearranging the songs to the point that I was not longer engaged with them. Now I just plug in, play and record and then see what happens. Most times it does not work, but when it does, it is a wonderful feeling of freedom of expression without limits.
Thanks for the comments on "Thanks for the Ride", I think you tapped into some of the confusion inherent in the lyrics, also I think you're the only person who's commented on the ending, I appreciate that!
Thanks for the comment on my song: No Junk-Just Funk
Yup, there really is a place called Redemption Tattoo. I know nothing else about it, but when you're a songwriter and have to write 14 songs quickly, how could you not claim that concept?! (now I wonder if they want to hear the song!) Thanks for you rcomments.
Aw thanks for the feedback. Yes, I will never understand how some people value a relationship so little that a friendship that comes along is just allowed to turn into something more. That is both a choice and the arrogance of thinking you can have it all but not making a choice. A weird contradiction, choosing not to choose.
So great meeting you at FAWMstock.
Can't believe I am just coming by now. I had a rough Feb, so I wasn't active for the most part. Good now, bad timing
I had been looking forward to doing a collab with you.
Next year...or hopefully at FAWMstock again!
Thanks for the kind words on my song about the TV Jr. 😀
Thanks for the listen and comment on my song - 'low tech' - necessary when my computer recording system went belly up the first week of FAWM!
It's okay, I think I was doing both, so I can see how it could get confusing 😀
Thanks so much for your comments on, "Across the Train Tracks." I may have used the word, "bellow," a bit loosely in order to personify the cello, more about the emotion it expressed rather than how it literally sounded. And no, I was referring to an actual violin/cello duet that I witnessed across the train tracks on my subway ride (NYC). Thanks again!
Yeah, FAWM can be a crazy busy place. See you at 50/90!
thank you so much for your comment on "clearly" - i wasn't sure if the lyrics worked, but your read was pitch-perfect and made me feel so much more confident in the song!
Well dang, dude. I guess I need to get to listening!
Hey thanks for the comment on Get out of your skin. Since the playing and lyrics were improvised, i never really thought that there was any sort of message. I have been thinking about change and going out of one's comfort zone, and I will now get down to learning this little song and flesh out the lyrics. Thanks so much for your insiight
It's "pain". Thanks for listening and your kind words man!
Thanks so much for listening to "Chronic". It is truly a high honor to be deemed "punk AF". 😍 I'm glad you enjoyed my delightful and charming personality!
Thanks for your comment on Hope. I am totally impressed by how many songs you've done. I hope to listen to more in the coming week.
Thanks for checking out Raspberry Overcoat. You definitely get it.
Funny! thanks for your comment! you should definitely check out a shorepound near you soon.
Just finished up Tape 10 and will send it over. I'll probably give you a quick mix of what we have so far so you can prepare for the last track. It has a spacey sounding synth, spacey sounding vocals (and I think she added some guitar too after the vocals) and I played drums.
I just did a quickie remix and raised up your guitar a little (and moved it over a little) so it could be heard better. Good one, you two!!! That was fun.
Thanks for the feedback on "Overcast"! Trying to grow each day!
Appreciate your online dating advice!
Thank you for your comments. 😀
Thanks for checking out my Trouble song!
Thanks so much for your kind comments!! Yes, I agree I went a bit overboard with the marimba sound 😂 - you are definitely right about that! I always get carried away when I find a new sound in my DAW 😊. Thank you so much for listening!
Hey thanks so much for your comment on my collab with Nancy!
Hey Eric, thanks for the ideas! I'm looking into both of them 😀
Thanks so much for your comments. You know, I bought a digital recorder that can handle multi-tracks. I promised myself I would learn how to do multi tracks, but I'm so chicken. (For what reason, I don't know.) It's not a really obvious process, and I had to figure it out by experimenting. Time to learn!
I'm glad I helped! I agree that offensive music is a bland option.
Thanks for your kind words- and words of encouragement, too.
Oh I see. Having a slow month. Thanks for listening 😀
Hey there, appreciate the kind words and our mutual love of REM. Rock on!
It's not autobiographical!
Thanks for the kind comment on my song lyrics, Waylaid. The plan is to get myself to 14 well-formed songs and then I'll be posting as many music demos as I can. Cheers!
Que sera sera!
Thanks for the listen and the mixing advice. I'm a technical caveman with my home studio, and the mixing sound I get (muddy) is so much worse and different than the final product. Someday I'll figure it all out, after I learn to speak Spanish.
Thanks so much for listening to Calcium!
Sent you an email. I can also send you the track raw if you prefer.
Thanks for sharing your inner dialogue on "Bridges are for Crossing". Funny. There's a lot to explore with bridges and I believe that's my first lyric about them! (What can compare to Bridge Over Trouble Waters" and all that....hard not to think about that one...)
thanks for commenting on santo cello. i'm going to do a whole series of experimental instrumentals based on my rudimentary cello skills.
keep having fun!
Roger that! Stay tuned!
Hi! I have several little piano tidbits that I could sent you, but can't decide which direction to go. Please choose one from each of the following categories and let me know your choices:
Major or Minor
Fast or Slow
Busy or Chill
Sustain or No Sustain
Thank you. My song is definitely political, and highly flammable. I read somewhere that he was late meeting THE QUEEN of England, because he couldn't find his favorite hairspray.
Eric, thanks for your kind comments on "Play With Me."
Heh. I'm not sure ANY of my ambient music is at all sweet 😀
Thanks for your kind words and encouragement 😃
Thank you so much for your encouraging words and for your comment on 'West of Here'! Will hopefully have a few more tunes in me before the month is out. Happy FAWM!
Hi Eric, Thanks for the comment. I will try and get a demo posted before months end. Maybe start it on Bandcamp and let you put base to it. Just not sure how Bandcamp works, haven't set down figure it out yet. I do use Cakewalk.
Hello! Thanks for swinging by to comment. I will be back to listen and comment as well!
Thanks for your comment on Instruction Manual! I think the “supposed to have” is part of the huge lie that we all presume is true, until we actually have our first kid, and then it takes a year or so to learn the scary truth - that we’re all just winging it, and so did our own parents!
10 minutes is about right. But you know me REALLY well by now...
No problem! Actually, seeing the bones of your image link as a dropbox link was eye-opening to me. I've never put an image into a post before, partly because I didn't think I had a way to direct link to any images. But I have dropbox!! Duh. And I've been straightening out my mp3 links for two years. I figured it might be the same principle and gave it a shot. So with our two half-understandings we've create a whole!
And yes! I predict lots of piano this year. You want in on the action?
Thanks for commenting - looking forward to hearing what you get up to this year!
I’ll send you some lyrics and a melody this weekend. Can you and Patti have some fun with it? Awww yeah.
Thanks for the message, fellow "local"! I'm excited to see what your creative brain has in store for this month. 😀
Dude your stuff is great 😀 I'm singer guitar player. Never collaborated before so you will have to guide me through it. I struggle with lyrics and I have realized I need to plan out the song before diving in and smashing out some chords and running into a big old dead end..
That is all kinds of cool. Can't wait to check out the entire project. This is the one you did with Nancy, correct?
Got your message. I’m not often in DC with nothing to do or much time to do it in but I might could maybe make something work. The real question is how sketchy is your neighborhood and how much parking do you have. Last thing I want is to get beat up for my gear as I’m walking down the mean streets of DC. lol (I’m a bit of a weenie about the city.)
Getting psyched for FAWM! I'll be watching for your songs.
Hello, hello! Are you ready for another round of FAWM?! Here's hoping! Have an awesome one!
I wish you good fortune in the carnage to come.
Hey Mr. Eric! Good to hear from you and looking forward to hearing your digital and analog mucking about...that is what we do here, right?
Always love your songs and recordings! I do hope we'll see each other in person again this year.
Heya, thanks. Yeah, I'll play Write Real Soon on next week's Pre-FAWM show. I couldn't find an option to download it from the Soundcloud link you sent. so is there any chance you could email the track to me please? My email should be in my profile on here, but if not, it's heatwave_radio (at) yahoo (dot) co (dot) uk
Cheers! Hope you have a great FAWM.
Good to see you back again, too! Looking forward to hearing what you cook up this Feb!
Hey! I would definitely love to collaborate on something. If you lean more rock, that would be a great direction to go. I still love folk and it's what I'm used to composing/singing, but rock is generally my go-to genre for listening, so it seemed fun to branch out this year. Want to exchange emails?
So excited to find you on here!! I play upright bass too.
Hey, good to hear from you! I am excited about FAWM, for sure. I'm looking forward to hearing what you come up with this year!
Eagerly awaiting the release of your next album! 😀
Hey there! Who's turn is it to do what exactly. 😁
Hey Eric! Likewise 😀 thanks for saying hi!
You both get better every year...
I’m not doing four track this year but will listen to them all.
Have a good FAWM yourself, looking forward to hearing some new tunes by you.
If said opportunity pops up I say let's go for it!
I second that with enthusiasm!
aaaah dang, the "other" bay area! well in any case, you're on my watchlist. see you when the clock strikes feb 1!
good to meet another bay area fawmer!
Here it comes... Can't wait to hear your music and get some tapes done! 😀
Bonjour, mon ami! 😁
thanks for your comments on bows and such. who wouldn't listen to someone whose handle is standup that has a picture of you playing an upright as an avatar?
have the best FAWM this year
I hope you have a great FAWM!!
Your music is always interesting!!
Here's to a great FAWM!