Sonya Heller 17


12724 US   Jan 2012  

Artist Bio

Influences:   laura nyro, cassandra wilson,joan armatrading, james blunt, coldplay,joni mitchell, coltrane

2020...tweaking my humble studio and making little improvements to expedite recording so I can remain in creative mode with less obstacles. Simple things like long enough cables for my headphones, wireless mouse and 2nd screen setup in my vocal booth so I can work remotely.
Very curious as to which muses will come down and play with me. My goal is to remain present in my most authentic self. I have had many trials and triumphs this past year as most of us have. I hope to weave a tapestry that represents my evolution. Looking forward to morphs, collaborations and having lots of fun too! Most importantly is being in the good company of my FAWMily and feeling this amazing web of love and creativity. Have a good one everyone.
Its always mind-blowing to me how February comes upon us and we all pop up like little mushrooms getting ready to cook up a great dish. I do in great part mark the passage of time with this group especially because it encompasses the whole of who I am as an artist. It is a focused concentration and gift to myself to forgo life's everyday and move into a blessed bubble for 28 days. Something I doubt many of us get to do throughout the year. So here I am again with the usual doubts of much happening.. and then the magic starts. As always I stay open to the muses come what may.
On a technical level I have updated my recording gear... interfaces, monitors, a really good mic, new headphones and some soundproofing in the hopes of making more usable tracks. Have an amazing time everyone and may the force be with you!

I think this is my sixth FAWM!. So glad to be back. I'm going to be in the middle of moving for the whole month of February so a lot of my time will be spent between my old and new place AND my car. Somehow I'll try to make this work and have the road and the inconsistency of the month Feed the Muse. As usual I have no idea what I will come with and I'm very doubtful I'll even have anything and I say that every year.
Looking forward to hearing what you all come up with this year. Especially looking forward to collaborations and song morphing and of course the ever famous song skirmishes.
I love my FAWMily

Songs (17)

#1 The Rivers Run Dry @crisp1  30
Feb 2020
#2 Behind the Nice 16
Feb 2020
#3 away from the storm (where is she?) @ivory 5
Feb 6
#4 Flow 12
Feb 8
#5 Let Him Go 9
Feb 9
#6 Rosie 10
Feb 12
#7 Away From the Storm (where is she) @ivory 9
Feb 13
#8 Lip Sync Buzzfeed 9
Feb 15
#9 Constant Craving 16
Feb 17
#10 Second Chance 12
Feb 17
#11 She's Back 12
Feb 22
#12 Wolf River @kahlo2013  10
Feb 22
#13 Sun on the Rise 18
Feb 25
#14 To Love 8
Feb 27
#15 The Waiting Game @jwhanberry  6
Feb 28
#16 Funky Firefly 8
Feb 29
#17 North Land 9
Feb 29


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  • @candle  Apr 29

    I'm so glad I could help out. That's awesome!

    See You In The Shadows…

  • @alboe Apr 29

    Yep I’m thrilled indeed, thanks for listening.

  • @billwhite51 Mar 23

  • @cts  Mar 16

    Howdy-do! Yes - mad genius at your service! πŸ˜€
    I'm certainly willing to work with you! If you're around during 50/90, feel free to hip me up! And if you want to get a feel for how we could possibly work together, feel free to send me one of your works and let's see what we get. Thanks for listening and commenting on Headspace. Much appreciated.

  • @rosieposy8  Mar 13

    thank you so much for your lovely comments on my songs- much appreciated ! Wish I could make the comedy song go viral- I'm pushing it on facebook but just feel a little annoying haha 😁 Really enjoying writing stuff with my husband at the moment.

  • @angelinapowersuit Mar 12

    Thank you SO MUCH for your thoughtful and so so nice comments on "Dancing in Dirty Water," and "Across the Train Tracks." Really honored to receive compliments from you!

  • @ayehahmur  Mar 11

    You're welcome!

  • @heliosonorous Mar 9

    Thanks for your kind words, hope you find a few pieces that you enjoy!

  • @jwhanberry  Mar 9

    BTW she liked it a lot! πŸ˜‰

  • @andygetch  Mar 9


  • @jwhanberry  Mar 9

    A friend wanted to hear our song so I set the access to public. Should I put it back to FAWMers only or leave it?

  • @ayehahmur  Mar 8

    It doesn't matter how you record it as long as it sounds great at the end, Sonya. πŸ˜€ Hope you're feeling a bit more confident coming out of FAWM than you were going in.

  • @metalfoot  Mar 8

    Well, I need to catch up a little over here, don't I? πŸ˜€ Looking forward to hearing what you've done this year!

  • @jwhanberry  Mar 7

    Glad you liked the little spices. I tried to be gentle. I mastered it with Ozone which I don't usually do with FAWM stuff but it really makes a difference.

    As far as getting some listens I would suggest posting on the Updated Demos thread

    and, at a different time, the original skirmish

  • @ayehahmur  Mar 7

    Heya, Sonya. Thanks so much for taking the time to listen and comment on my songs! I really appreciate your thoughts, especially now we're into March and I'm trying to work out which ones are going to be keepers - so a big thumbs up helps a ton!

  • @audrey  Mar 7

    Thank you so much for the kinds about my pieces Don't Get Caught and First Day on Campus. Much appreciated.

  • @jwhanberry  Mar 6

    New demo is up.

  • @bjunker  Mar 6


  • @bjunker  Mar 6

    Fun to listen to your music Sonya! See you next year!

  • @jwhanberry  Mar 6

    I'm sooo happy you like it. I'll dress it up a little tomorrow and we can put it on the Improved Demo thread when it's done. Thanks for writing a great lyric.

  • @jwhanberry  Mar 5

    Just dropped the current version of the track. If you like it, I can do a little more production with some percussion etc. If not, we'll see what's next. So let me know. Gotta run now.

  • @jwhanberry  Mar 4

    There should be a private chat for collaborators so we're not putting our top secret business on the street. πŸ˜‰

  • @billwhite51 Mar 4

    david ackles..master of the conversational lyric.

  • @jwhanberry  Mar 3

    I think "to DISAPPEAR" is a strong ending to that verse. What do you think of leaving out "All the while..."?

  • @jwhanberry  Mar 3

    Question: Does the line "TO DISAPPEAR" go with the lines before it ending with "that hasn't come to happen" or the lines after it "All the while dreading..."?

  • @bjunker  Mar 3

    Thanks for all your music Sonya! I'm enjoying swooping in and out of each person's songs and just sampling all the really cool music.

  • @jwhanberry  Mar 3

    Hi. I took Sunday off to recover. Did a little bit yesterday but the groove I had doesn't work as well as I thought it would. I have a new idea I'll work on today.

  • @njihe Mar 3

    Hello and thanks for the leap year collab idea! I'll get my hands on it!

  • @berni1954  Mar 1

    Hi Sonya, glad you found me. I Just listened to my first "sunnymae" song, which is also a collab with Elizabeth (Wolf River). I love your voice and approach to music (on the evidence of this).

    I know to compare is to betray, and maybe it's just the title of the song that put this in my mind, but I feel there is something Kate Wolf about that track and that is a HUGE plus in my book. Now I have the joyous task of exploring your output this FAWM ahead of me. There must be so many wonderful artists we miss out on because there is just so much going on over the month.

  • @johnstaples  Feb 29

    You should really get some sleep! It is still early here in Chicago time! 😁

  • @jwhanberry  Feb 29

    OK. I think I can knock it out pretty quick. I just have to make the arrangement fit the lyric. It's just a quick beat right now.

  • @jwhanberry  Feb 28

    I'm not sure how to go about this. I have a beat I think will work. Are you going to speak/rap or do you want me to? Let me know.
    In any event you'll have to make me a collaborator on the song page. Otherwise it will get double booked.

  • @srhlmusic  Feb 27

    Hi! I'm still trying to figure out how this all works. (If I tag you in my response to you on my own soundboard will you get notified?) In any case, I wanted to thank you for your helpful feedback and encouragement. This has been a great experience so far. πŸ˜€

  • @natalieedelson  Feb 26

    Thanks for your kind words on β€˜butter and wine” -looking forward to hearing you. β­οΈπŸ™ŒπŸΎ

  • @johnstaples  Feb 25

    Thank you for trying!!! <3

  • @johnstaples  Feb 25

    Hey Sonya, can you try again? And also try clicking one of the links in the liner notes or lyrics area?

    I moved the song to another server. Been having problems with FAWM player all month. Grrr. πŸ˜€

  • @kahlo2013  Feb 25

    Oh no worries! I like short titles! Let’s leave it... I really appreciate your kindness in checking!

  • @njihe Feb 24

    Thanks for your beautiful words on my songs! <3 I have to try to scribble something but as my schedule is really tight, so it might have to wait until March. As well as listening to your new music! I'll try my best!

  • @ajna1960 Feb 24

    Thank you for the encouragement ! How about a co-write ? xxxx

  • @mikedebenham  Feb 24

    Thanks for all the thoughtful comments, Sonya. You're too kind.

  • @wolfkier Feb 23

    πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  • @karlsburg25  Feb 22

    That would be AMAZING!!! YAY. Please do get in contact. We could even do a little gig πŸ˜‰

  • @kahlo2013  Feb 22

    Wow! Thank you so much!!! That is beautiful! It brought tears to my eyes to hear it. I literally grew up on the Wolf River in Northern Wisconsin - fishing swimming rafting and canoeing - and rafting down it between the red bluffs was something I did with Karen (my now life partner/wife of 34+ years) the first time I brought her home with me 34 years ago. I feel like the river is part of my soul and it flows in my blood - and always will.... The song is about my ashes I think someday. I don’t think Karen would want that - she literally almost drowned in the river when she went flying out of the raft as we went over some falls on the Wolf - she had never been rafting or really swimming before which I did not know. But she knows how special the river is to me. Anyway that is the back story and it is so beautifully brought to life by your wonderful music. I am filled with gratitude. Virtual hugs and a million thanks!!! I love this song!

  • @kahlo2013  Feb 22

    Please! Yes! I would love that

  • @redlady8029  Feb 22

    Thanks for the the encouragement and comments on my lyrics. I really try to touch emotions with my lyrics I am glad they touched you. Thanks Again for all your wonderful encouragement.

  • @aesthetic72  Feb 22

    Thanks so much for you kind comment on Ain’t Gonna

  • @redlady8029  Feb 21

    I see your open to collaborations. Would love to collaborate with you.

  • @geronimodeleon Feb 21

    Thank you for listening,
    and for the kind words re: Roadrunner: Etude #1. Much appreciated!

  • @emplate Feb 21

    Thank you for the comment on "KÀÀrme". And thank you for the kind comment on lyrics. I often feel that they are quite hasty because of the nature of FAWM, which I'm totally fine with, but I actually sincerely feel that this one really took a life of its own, and it's no small thanks to @bamsekarhu's awesome vocals.

  • @lanasolyluna Feb 20

    Thank you for the comment on my vocals! I actually wasn’t that happy w/ them on that song since I was just improvising and with minimal FX so I am glad to hear they sound ok. I normally use a Voice Live Touch when I record/perform. It has so many nice FX that are really subtle and can be programmed to your liking. It also can loop. I have the original one but there are later editions too.

  • @erbaer  Feb 20

    Thanks for your thoughtful and encouraging comments on Morph2 song 6. I very much liked the song your did prior and listened to it many times. I finally looked at the morph chain. Quite a departure there on song 4. Almost no resemblance to the previous song. Nice work building an interesting and beautiful song from the parts at hand.

  • @porrectus  Feb 20

    Thanks for the comment on "Snapshot" I appreciate it.

  • @erbaer  Feb 19

    Here's where I went after your Morph song 5...

  • @tamsnumber4  Feb 17

    Thanks for commenting on my collab song "Who We Really Are", I appreciate it!

  • @kahlo2013  Feb 16

    Thanks for the nice comment - sometimes with my knees and hips I feel centuries old.. but fortunately my mind is fine to think all sorts of sensual thoughts πŸ˜€

  • @andygetch  Feb 16


  • @scubed  Feb 11

    Thanks for your lovely comment!

  • @andygetch  Feb 9

    So true. The twists and turns in a chain πŸ˜€

  • @haim  Feb 9

    Hi there! Have a happy fawm!

  • @ivory Feb 6

    I will friend ya on FB!

  • @ivory Feb 2020

    hi sonya!! just got ur comment! im okay with doing either! i have a lot of lyrics i haven't used and i love ur tunes sm! i can't wait for what we can create!

  • @aflinner  Feb 2020

    Thanks for your comments, Sonya! I’m glad you liked it. πŸ˜€

    I did that one with an archtop acoustic with action that’s a bit high...played that pattern a good part of the day, fingertips are still a bit tender, haha

  • @tamsnumber4  Feb 2020

    I can pm you my email address on facebook.

  • @moonraccoon  Feb 2020

    Thank you for your kind words on In the Silence πŸ˜€

  • @njihe Feb 2020

    So glad to hear from you! I think collaborating opens new doors that one didn't know existed at all. This is the best month of the year!

    If I get inspired I'd maybe like to try to write something with you... <3

  • @tamsnumber4  Feb 2020

    just an idea... One verse would be your travels to meet me, One verse would be my travels to meet you, the title/hook "We'll Meet In Harmony" and write that into the chorus and sell Harmony like a place and sing the chorus in harmony.......just an idea, no worries if that isn't good, but maybe a start.

  • @tamsnumber4  Feb 2020

    YES, I do want to work together, I think our problem is....where to start...we want the journey, but unsure of the path.....

  • @andygetch  Feb 2020

    YW. For me, collabs are indeed another way to find a song I would not have ordinarily thought of. I put morphs in that category for sure. Also seems like I get a higher pct of good ones from collabs. Lots of wondrous lyrics peeps here deserving of musification. I would be sooooo honored to collab with you one day. Maybe if you start something and get stuck, or need an added voice/instrument, or vice versa.

  • @crisp1  Feb 2020

    πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  • @kahlo2013  Feb 2020

    I am totally open to collaborations so if any of my lyrics speak to you or you have a style and or theme you want me to write to let me know! I would love to collaborate with you this year!

  • @karlsburg25  Feb 2020

    Welcome and wishng you and amazing FAWM 2020

  • @crisp1  Feb 2020

    Please take The Rivers Run Dry! I would be so honored to have you turn it into a song.

  • @sherrycanary  Feb 2020

    Hey there
    Welcome home songbird

  • @wolfkier Jan 2020

    Thanks for the warm hello! Looking forward to hearing much yummy from you! Enjoy your FabFeb. Hugs.

  • @billwhite51 Jan 2020

    got my firing pins in and am ready to go. cant wait to hear where you take us this year. sonya.

  • @peternh Jan 2020

    Thanks for the welcome message, Sonya. Looking forward to my first FAWM--appreciate the welcome! Good luck, and hope to hear some your songs starting this weekend, too.

  • @gardeningangel1  Jan 2020

    Welcome back, glad you're here! Good FAWM to you, excited to hear what you cook up in your souped up studio πŸ˜€

  • @johnstaples  Jan 2020

    Hey Sonya! Happy FAWM 2020!!

  • @johncrossman  Jan 2020

    Howdy, Sonya! It's probable that you and that wireless mouse are going to take Feb by storm, sonically!

  • @andygetch  Jan 2020

    Let's call it jazz and write it anyway πŸ˜€

  • @tamsnumber4  Jan 2020

    Hello my magical and musical sister, my heart is ready for your creations!!!!

  • @cynthiawolff  Jan 2020

    Hiya! Looking forward to 2020 FAWM..
    Cu in the trenches

  • @andygetch  Jan 2020

    Hey Sonya, I'm looking forward to more sunny fun!

  • @metalfoot  Jan 2020

    OK, NOW this is this year's wall scribble. LOL. Have a great FAWM and I look forward to hearing what you come up with!

  • @metalfoot  Jan 2020

    I know it's too early to be writing on people's walls, so consider this a really late 2019 wall scribble. Hope you've had a great year and I look forward to what you do this year!