Influences: Classical , Percy Grainger, Mike Oldfield, Enya, Kate Bush, Cecil J Sharp, US Musicals, Gilbert & Sullivan. Tom Lehrer
16 March I've had to pull back from listenign and commenting, other things and duties calling. STILL haven't completed the last collab...
6 March Working on a collab wiht some lovely but demanding lyrics. Took a break and listened again to "Chicken on my way to freedom"". And realised: it marks--or perhaps it actually MAKES--the point where I feel I've finally recovered from the devastation of the crash'n'burn of having to pull the plug, after two full-time years' equivalent work, on the opera Ngurunderi (three weeks before the intended premiere, with ticket sales already running), and finally returned to sheer joy in music-making. (Putting this note here so it stays in my archiverecords!!!)
4 MARCH. I'M BAAAACK. And filled in the four place-holders with the not-much output 21-28 Feb. Gear problems. [NOTE TO SELF: revamp the ENTIRE travelling kit and have some production software other than Audacity loaded!!!] Spent a lot of time listen to lvoely downloads from the first 3 weeks and also my own output.
20 Feb 01:18 Right. At the end now. I have a couple of instrumentals to put up, and I'll put in some palcemakers for 21-28 Feb for anything created shipboard, but I'm GONE. OUT. FINISHED. NOT IN COMMUNICATION. hEH.
18 Feb 12.30am less panic now. The backlog is largely sorted after hours of bloody work, the emus that appeared yesterday morning have been persuaded to leave with a token lo-fi, and I can concentrate on the really difficult lyric I'm trying to set (thanks, Mr Wordsmith). ANd I won't need to put up 20 placeholders, but I will be putting up 5 for the nine days I'm not on the net.
17 Feb PANIC SETS IN I miscounted, as of now I only have TWO full days left because the 20th is going to be occupied with cleanup and packing up and so on. There's still a backlog to finish too.
16 Feb? What, still? At least I've been listening/reading...working now on the collabs I unwisely proposed...unwisely in that the poor lyricists and singers might not know what they're going to be hit with!
Half-past midnight? This was going to be an early night. I still have a Freedom Chicken hangover. Tomorrow! Or rather...Later today! I have five full days left and stuff to finish. I'll get into the 400s with comments and that will be that.
14 Feb 1100hrs Oh the eyestrain. And my Valentine heart is lying. LYING. I haven't GOT 28 days. Sob.
14 Feb, 0001hrs! I've made it to 14 legitimately! Now I can behave illegitimately, right?
11 Feb I've 9 days left in my FAWM and I reckon I will make it legitimately to 14 by then. THEN I'll put up placemarkers! (Despicable Me). The Flying Tadpole Travelling Blues Band is more fun than I've had since before the operatic disasters hit (on top of the personal disasters) and I freely admit I'm spending more time than I should on it.
9 Feb FINALLY a scheme for an ALBUM springs to mind. For February ALBUM writing month no less. Wow. I'll further the concept ofFlying Tadpole's Travelling Blues Band, already songs that fit and more to come.
8 Feb Getting clear of lyrics littering my desk, mainly FT. I have two collabs I want to get to because they're...difficult/demanding. Also time I got some of the instrumental stuff started. At least I'm listening a l;ot which I was afraid wouldn't be possible.
7 Feb Done a lot of listening, not much creating. Sidetracked. I'll have to pick up again. OTOH the weight is s l o w l y going down still....
5 Feb Seems to be working. Four down of which 3 are keepers, picked up the listening, and there are four/five lyric sets to fiddle with. But I'm beginning to hate this diet!
2 Feb So I'm back, and flat and tired. But there are two lyrics of my own (one FT) and a start on a musical libretto, and an Ode to Boxer Dogs also currently lacking music, so I might be able to make a showing in the next couple of days. But oh! 500+ songs already? I'm never going to keep up...
31 Jan Sigh. 11pm local time, I've been playing with setups but after garden and car work I'm just too tired to stay up to midnight....tomorrow is a write-off. I might get something done between repairing headlights and zapping 180miles north. Otherwise not till 2 Feb. Sigh.
29 Jan Well, schedules start to fall apart. 1 Feb, I have to go north, not back till late 2 February. If I start midnight local time, as usual, I might have something to post before I have to leave. But it's a long drive and I can't compose tunes while driving. Ditto the return. Also, it wipes me for continuous listening of what's popping up. Grrr. I really resent losing the start when I only have till the 20 Feb, even if that date is self-inflicted...
27 Jan Here I go. We've just spent a long stint (from before Christmas) to just now Grandparenting early teenagers.with a mere 4 days' break...I will now try to get my head together and get back into FAWMal existence and indeed practice in the next 4 days. Probably impossible...
Again, I'm only here for the first half. But this year I don't get back in till about Mar 5 so I'm going to put up 20 markers once I've reached my 14 songs, which may or nay not be filled with music created at sea. Some say I'm all at sea already, but they would say that, wouldn't they...
Tim Fatchen: nice, polite, quiet, writes serious and often soothing music, good dinner guest.
Flying Tadpole (songs marked [FT]): anarchic ratbag, writes irritating and often nasty satirical rubbish, good kennel cleaner.
You're clutching (smaller) money and you want to hear cleaned-up tracks from earlier FAWMs?? Go here:
Or Spotify: all the albums are there, search on Tim Fatchen or Flying Tadpole
FAWM and 5090 are the main part of the top row of CDs. Songs are available on iTunes, but it's cheaper via CDBaby and besides, I get more.
Broke? Starving? Some songs are on
And free videos on
Looking to license music?
|#1||You've Stolen Your Story||
|#2||Only Here for the First Half [FT]||
|#3||The Dance at the River Running||
|#4||Too Far Away||
|#5||Feed the bears [FT]||
|#6||Storm So Bad [FT]||
|#7||Hippopotamus Diet [FT]||
|#9||Cats of Utah [FT] @ponygal1961||
|#10||Got My Dashcam Working [FT]||
|#11||Trolleys Outside Our Gate [FT]||
|#12||Flying Tadpole's Travelling Blues Band [FT]||
|#13||Lost Time @kahlo2013||
|#14||Near the walled garden (piano version)||
|#15||Pink Valentine Calling Card||
|#16||A Silly Love Song @metalfoot||
|#17||Owls on the Roof||
|#18||Chicken on my way to Freedom [FT] @pearlmanhattan||
|#19||Boxer Dog Ode||
|#21||Emu at my elbow||
|#22||Dirt Coloured Glasses @fearlessflight2014||
|#23||Through Glass @stephenwordsmith||
|#24||Woodland path (Trentham Falls 1)||
|#25||Trentham Falls (Trentham Falls 2)||
|#26||The bearded priests Nasht and Kaman-Thah (Kadath)||
|#27||Mystery hung about it (Kadath)||
|#28||Thrice he dreamed of unknown Kadath||
|#29||The Postmistress (libretto) [FT]||
|#30||I'm a believer [FT] @berni1954||
|#31||The Bass of Trentham Falls - Tim Fatchen and Scott Lake @scottlake||
|#32||Stay With Me Tonight @ajna1960||
|#33||(Into the Cracks of ) the Garden Wall @the3queens||
Thanks for you comments on “Blue Jeans Baby" sung by Klaus.
Thanks for stopping by, Tim.
I prefer Marie's voice over Bones', however I can't always get Marie as clear as Bones...I really should mess with more of the settings some time.
Thanks for commenting on my collab song "Reach For The Stars", I appreciate the listen!
Hi Tim, I was approached by a company to produce some library pieces which I did. Exactly as you said, it was hard work and involved some rejection. Looking back I didn't do a very good job, but I learnt a lot. Do you have any experience in approaching libraries?
By the way, Tim, cheers for that mid-Feb soundboard nudge. You're a good egg.
Hello again Tim,
What I discovered is that if you take a small section of movie and slow it down so that it's the same length as your song, all kinds of synchronized coincidences occur between the audio and the visuals. It's kinda fun to let things fall as they may, without too much planning!!
Sorry, what did you mean about "shopping" my music?
Best wishes, how the night came
Hi Tim - Sorry I was late to notice your message re Car Bomb Alley. I did write music for that song at the time I wrote the lyrics. I just didn't have time to record a demo. Thanks for your comments!
Hello Tim, thank you for another kind message!!
I get my clips from archive.org which has lots of creative commons movies for people to legally download and use. You could give it a try!!
Incidentally I was listening to your Kadath Ambient instrumentals, very nice, and the liner notes forced me to do some research on the writer. I fell asleep with my iPad as a pillow. Best sleep I've had in ages.
Thanks for the comment on Sleep Machine. I have some time today, so I may be able to get the demo up tonight or tomorrow.
Disregard my earlier soundboard post, I misread, I now understand you meant lo fi as in low fidelity. Dyslexia lures.
It's an excellent tile! Looking forward to the animation.
Hi Tim! I got your message! In all honesty that song doesn’t really represent me that well and my style. I’m happy for it to be up until they scrub the site. But that’s about the lifespan of it that I’m comfortable with. So feel free to use the link and it will be available until fawm.org gets scrubbed 😀
Thank you for your kind commment on "I Will Eat Anything"! I really appreciate it!! Not much of a delimma, but I do have problem putting on weight! I'm actually good at finishing songs as oppose to finishing plates!!
And sorry for the mistake in "How was FAWM 2019 for you?" thread. I meant to say you were empathizing not teaching! Lol
And yeah ever since I put up my first song, I started to write quicker! Lol. But I did spent too much time on the first song! Ha, 3 weeks is too long!!
Thanks for your lovely comment! You made me smile.
Thanks for you comments on “Look Of Love“! You have such a prodigious output... Fortunately I'll have months before the next FAWM to come back & give them a serious listen.
Thanks for you comments on “Blue Jeans Baby“!
A many thanks to you, my friend. I think we're both healed quite a bit this fawm. See you in 5090!! Much love!!
It was great seeing your performance during FAWM. Till next time!
Right now I'm planning on keeping them up for a bit but if that changes I'll let you know.
Thanks for stopping by. Yuppers, it was a location specific lyric. ❄️
Hi TIm, thank you for your kind comment on my collaboration with Tammy. I love Tammy's vocals and lyrics. As I've been creating my music via computer software it would take me minutes to change the key, this is partly the reason I like recording this way, the other reason of course that no matter how loud the place is, I can still record. Not so with my acoustic piano although I love the sound of it. Tammy is a true perfectionist. To me her vocals are perfect but I understand how she feels. Thank you again for your support.
Have a great March. I'll be back listening more to your beautiful work.
Thanks for your feedback on "The Gloating Ghost!" I truly appreciate when somebody lets me know what's not working in a song. And I love your phrase "deep voodoo swamp gumbo."
Thanks for the comment on Ashes! I'm gonna upload a demo right now 😀 It's been bothering me all week that it's the only song I didn't record a demo for.
Hi Tim, many thanks for the comment on "Now you're gone". I haven't seen the doc you mentioned, but I've seen Mick Fleetwood talk before and he does have this air of regret hanging over him, so I can imagine it - and that's certainly what I was aiming for in the lyric. All the best to you.
Hello Tim 😀 Yes, you are more than welcome to 'Stay With Me Tonight'. I will add you as collab now. xx
Yo Tim, sorry about that, I just clicked the download button now, a glitch between myself and Barb. Thank you for your wonderful comments. I'm only getting time to really listen and comment now. I'll get back to you.
Thank you for your kind comments on paint baller 🙃
I hope it was a great trip!
Thanks for listening and commenting on my collab "Since We First Touched" I appreciate it!
Hi! Thank you so much for your comments! And thanks for the link to the thread – it was a good read 😉 !
I know your not here but I thought I read on your bio that you low fived an emu. How is that possible I didn't know they had five. I could see if they stretched their wing up and smacked the tip on your outstretched hand it could be classed as a high five, but a low five, that's pretty cool.
Thanks for listening and commenting on my blues piano song ' Im so glad i got rid of facebook '. I appreciate it . cheers mate !
Have a safe and wonderful journey, Tim! May you enjoy every hour of it!
Music for Touch Not the Cat is posted now along with other songs 😀
Bon voyage!! Don't worry about us envious, carping bunch...we'll just devour each other in your absence!
Thanks for the suggestion! I agree but I don’t have much free time most days so I am only on here for short spurts. (FT job+I have little kids) but I’m just glad I’m able to squeeze in 20 mins of playing time most days.
Thank you, Tim. Bon voyage!
No sweat Tim over "I'm a Believer" let me hear it when you can. March if necessary..... and I mean the month 😉
I got it all written, Tim!!! Thank you! This is just what I needed, though the brutal honesty that came through was a bit surprising. I’ll record it and post it tonight. Thi one feels like a keeper.
Yep- leave it to me! That way I have to finish it:)
Hey Tim, I think I have an idea for the third piece you sent. Campaspe Endgame. I just got through an epic piece with Pete Murphy with backing vocals galore. I would like to work on all three pieces but that is unrealistic with the timeframe. So I pick the slow dirge. Can I take the lyric in any direction or do you want me to stick to the current title as a prompt?
Thanks for checking out Reflections and for sharing your thoughts about the structure. I really appreciate the input!
Oh Tim, I think you've just given me an amazing recommendation for a relative who has MASSIVE problems with his joints! The internet provides the oil even in Germany. Thank you! 😀
I recieved the chords thanks. I'm only going to play the song at home, because I think I would enjoy singing and playing it.
Haha the crows certainly deserve it for their screams haha 😀
Thank you for the kind words on The Dancer
Tim you have my permission to do a Blues Version of "I'm a Believer"
Only conditions are send me a link to hear it when it is up and credit me on any recordings or any gigs at which you play it. And , of course, cut me in if it makes millions for you 😜😁
Thanks for your lovely comments on ‘a beautiful stranger’. Yes i often think about the living longer vs quality of life as well - it’s a very difficult one. Hope you enjoy your last few days of FAWM
Thank you for your careful shepherding of FAWM culture. Sorry you have to bow out so soon.
My crafting board on Facebook loved it, as well as some non-fawm filling friends. I think we have a hit here, Mr. Fatchen. You're amazing!!
Don't stress yourself with the challenge, Tim! You're really going for FAWM in a big way - just do what you feel like doing!
About the water problem: my dear colleague took it in good stride and was actually very grateful to finally be able to use his weird percussion thingy, which we had already tried on other pieces without success. This shows that indeed it's good to make the best of what comes your way! 😉 (However, I think he may have been less inclined to be so accommodating, had the flooding been worse ...) Be safe with your water! It's a good idea to switch it off when you're away!
Will do sir!
Ok, I'll gladly wait! Well, there is no money in it... but is there fun?
Well, I love it I now I also wish I had sung on it hahahah, it's truly awesome and dramatic and of course... funny. Do you have the score for it?
Wow, thanks a lot for you kind comments on my songs, they made my day! Gothic Metal is a variant of, of course, metal, usually having elements of doom, gothic rock and more orchestral instruments, usually vocalists of this genre sing with classical technique so it could be considered operatic as well, symphonic metal alto shares many characteristics, I'm just a crazy dude who doesn't really know how to classify his own stuff. Now I'm seriously curious to hear Wurmerdammerung.
Thanks for the clarification. And thanks for sharing what you hear. I have such a hard time hearing anything but deep grungy metal -- even with the lollypop progression -- that it's super useful.to understand that, probably due to the instrumention, it still sounds more melodic without that projection. Thanks so much for the input!
I have to admit I'm not sure what you mean by "so associated with lollypop." I think that means it's probably different than what I was going for. lol. I'd love to understand a little better how you heard the song.
Your comment was very specific which I very much appreciate. I just didn't understand it. :-
Your name looks familiar, but I can’t say for sure. FAWM is a big place though. No denying. Thanks for the comment!
Hey Tim, thanks for the great comment on my Oligarchy Part II. I know what you mean about the timbre of the voice. But then, who knows - maybe the narrator is a manipulator who will one day attain a powerful position over others? I'm glad you stopped by to listen.
See You In The Shadows…
It's nice to have a fan--thanks for listening again! Are you sure you want to take a cruise?
thanks so much! i just re-uploaded "all systems down" thanks for checking it out 😀 😀
Thanks so much for listening and commenting on my songs ! Appreciate it !
Thank you for listening to my songs and giving feedback. I really appreciate your thoughtful comments! 😀
Thanks for the suggestion on Gilgamesh. Good idea, and I might just try that when I have a bit of time to think. Thanks!
I checked my e mail, no chords
Thanks for the suggestions re Walking the Rail. I know it's got way to many words, so it needs to go fast. I'll try to just force something out. Sometimes I just need to record it, and then I get new ideas. I really appreciate the comment.
Hey Tim, thanks for the comment on my song I appreciate it.
Thanks, and I'll let you know when "The Simple Kind" vocal is added to the music.
New music is up for Tiny Home 😀
Thanks for your comment. You're right, this is a universal sentiment, unrelated to any politics or religion. It's the music of our souls being shared.
Thanks for the comment!
nice, thanks once more!
thank you <3
I play double bass better than her. That Babooshka video is an embarassment.
My word thank you I'm such a fool! I had no idea! Dammit I thought my songs were already downloadeable even last year haha.
Love me some Kate Bush!! Just don't quite have her range...
Hey thanks so much for your comments on my songs! I'm glad they were good enough for such thoughtful comments. I'll be checking out your library soon too. Just quick: On the download thing I always check 'Yes'.
But I think soundcloud is weird and refuses to give a link? I need to look into that because I really don't mind people downloading my stuff.
If it doesn't happen, that ok. I don't want to stress you out, I just love your playing. 😀
You commented, I answer. I lost my kids in cause despite the fact my son told me about the abuse from the alcoholic, violent father, i told it on to the social services, but noone cares about what happens to my kids.the boat i don't know about, I made that up
yeah, self-theft, happens to me all the time. i've thought about putting them on different albums though, otherwise it'd border on self-deception...
re:"Owls on the roof" - oh, wow, I didn't know that Powerful Owl was a species name! Nomen est omen there.
Ha ha! I can totally relate! I have bad hips and knees and my wife has a bad back and shoulders so we both fight various ailments and pain. We were quite a grumpy gimpy pair shoveling snow on Valentine’s Evening... not particularly romantic as we loaded up on ibuprofen and laid around icing our aching body parts last night.....
Awww..thanks Tim. If not for some banter on the forum between us, Pluck My Strings wouldn't exist!
Now i can get to our collab
I am so grateful that got picked up my lyrics and brought them to life. You did a fantastic job. Thank you!!!!
Thanks so much for your kind comments regarding wouldn't be nice.
Truly appreciated. Also, I relate to the bit about curmudgeonly comments. The dreamer in my head shares the room with a cynic!
Thank you so much for the great comment on Shadowspawn, Tim. I have an ocarina somewhere & should one day use it. I've been in love with the sound of the ocarina since I first heard it as a child on a great classic anime series called Space Pirate Captain Harlock.
See You In The Shadows…
Got it. There is a wall around WG. Do not touch! Happy travels.
I may nick one of your tunes for a surprise collab if that’s ok with you
Thank you Tim for your kind comments and inspiring challenges.
Hi Tim! Thanks for your kind words for "Pluck my Strings!" This is no uke - I played just three strings of my acoustic guitar. I use an old Cubase version with an ok sounding viola of the "Halion One" plugin.