Influences: Sufjan Stevens, Darren Hayman, Iron & Wine, David Kitt, Beatles, Paul McCartney, Jack Johnson, Keaton Henson, JJ Cale, Peter Hammill, Martin Newell/Cleaners From Venus, Lisa Hannigan, Anthony Phillips, Mike Oldfield, Brian Eno, Sigur Rós, Jake Thackray, Tim Hardin, Harry Nilsson, Tom Lehrer, Van Der Graaf Generator, Yes, Kinks, Kraftwerk, John Foxx, Divine Comedy, Young Marble Giants
General bio-type stuff: my name is Tim Walker (or "T.A. Walker", artistically, but you can call me Tim 😉 ), and 2020 will be my fifth FAWM. My songs from 2017, 2016, 2014 and 2013 are all available as albums on my Bandcamp page (see the link in my profile, that has no logo 😝 ).
I'm a guitarist/multi-instrumentalist, composer and songwriter, with fingers in the metaphorical pies of prog, folk-rock, singer-songwriter, electronica, comic songs, ukulele and whatever else floats my musical boat.
I use my initials for my "stage" name, as there are a couple of other "Tim Walker"s in the creative space (e.g. a journalist on "The Independent" newspaper, a classical guitarist and a singer-songwriter in New Zealand!), and it sounds a bit "artistic" anyway (e.g. "JJ Cale").
Although I've been playing guitar since 1987, and have been composing and recording almost as long (check out my Bandcamp site for some bits), I've never really "pushed" myself out into the world with my music for various reasons (mostly confidence). Ironically, now I'm past the realistic age of "making it" in music, I don't feel such pressure to do so, and I can just enjoy what I do!
I think "my" FAWM for 2020, will be a bit different from previous years'. Before now, I've treated each FAWM as its own album project; for various reasons, I'm approaching 2020's as a songwriting exercise, to hopefully generate some material I can work on for a new project for this year. The demos will likely be less sophisticated than I have produced in previous FAWMs, but hopefully they'll still be worthwhile to listen to!
All the best, everyone 😀
Hi there! I notice you left some comments for people in the comment section of your own songs. Unfortunately, even after tagging them, these comments won't be seen. Your best bet for getting someone to see what you have to say in response to them to to reply right on their Soundboard.
OK, I’m calling it: despite making the demos for songs 10-12 (though I haven’t had time to mix and upload them), I’m not going to be able to make the 14-song goal. I had to spend all afternoon of the 29th on errands, and now in the evening, I’m comatose. Will upload 10-12 ASAP if I can do so before the deadline; otherwise, I'll be uploading what I've done to my Bandcamp page, within the next few days. Thanks for all your help and support, without which I wouldn't even have got this far - you're the best!
Three "short songs" uploaded in one burst... and somehow I've got to come up with five more in 48 hours! The guitars are getting bored (sitting on the sidelines while the ukuleles have all the fun), so I should invite them onto the field...
I did two more songs last night (the first of my “eight short songs” mini-project), but couldn’t get them to our Mac to mix them. I may end up uploading these in “bursts” over the next few days!
Maybe I've changed, or my circumstances have... but I don't remember FAWM being this difficult to keep going with, when I did it a few years ago? I usually hit the "mid-challenge 'dip'" around the 8th or 9th song, but even the 2nd was tough this time... and I have 12 to go. Head down and plod on...
And you! Go get 'em. I'll be back to listen.