tuneslayer 24


Shoreline_ US   Feb 2018

Artist Bio

Influences:   Lots: Gilbert and Sullivan. Tin Pan Alley. Pete Seeger and folk music in general. "Old-timey," mountain music. Top 40 Radio, especially of the 1960s and 1970s. Stan Freberg, Homer and Jethro, Tom Lehrer, Allan Sherman Weird Al Yankovic and other artists you'd be likely to hear on Dr. Demento. Country and/or western. Classical from Renaissance to early modern. Filk. The blues. Jazz. Or, as I tell people in workshops and the like, if it goes in here (points to his ears), sooner or later it's likely to come out here (points to his mouth, then wiggles his fingers). Oh yeah, and special mention to Arlo Guthrie, especially "Alice's Restaurant," for reasons I'll happily explain if we ever meet in person.

Been reading music almost as long as I've been reading English. Grew up playing the recorder, took up the banjo in adulthood and progressed into filk (science fiction folk) music. Won the song writing contest 2 1/2 times at Conflikt (a Seattle-area filk convention); that and $6 will get you a latte at Starbucks.

I especially like taking familiar words or phrases and looking at them from a different angle. Example: using the phrase "Freedom isn't free" in the context of a breakup song instead of a political mantra.

Songs (24)

#1 Let's Get This Party Started 5
Feb 1
#2 As I Was Walking Along 8
Feb 1
#3 Joe the Baker 3
Feb 2
#4 Yeah Yeah Yeah 3
Feb 4
#5 Honeybee, Honeybee 10
Feb 4
#6 Amy's Grandmother's Song 6
Feb 5
#7 Borrowed Time 7
Feb 5
#8 Slug Fest 12
Feb 6
#9 Slow Sad Tango 12
Feb 6
#10 The Last Of The Wild Horses @rbmarty000  6
Feb 14
Feb 15
#12 Koala Cay @rbmarty000  2
Feb 15
#13 Let's Have A Yard Sale At The White House 8
Feb 16
#14 Memoro De La Lago/Memory Of The Lake @kenmattsson  6
Feb 16
#15 The March of the Procrastinators' Union, Local 33 10
Feb 17
#16 Fly Me To Cancun 4
Feb 19
#17 The Game's Afoot 4
8 weeks
#18 Funny Thing Is 3
8 weeks
#19 Limelight and Wine @rbmarty000  1
8 weeks
#20 I Can't Write Like Leonard Cohen 11
8 weeks
#21 The Comic Book Psychiatrist 6
7 weeks
#22 Everyday Superpowers 12
7 weeks
#23 Let's Wrap Up This Party 3
7 weeks
#24 How Can I Not Be Grateful? 4
7 weeks


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  • @rbmarty000  6 weeks

    Congratulations on the trophy.. It was fun writing with you.. keep in touch

  • @kathym  7 weeks

    Thank you for your thoughtful comments on "Waltzing With Sorrow". I really did meet my ex that way, with him sitting one table closer to mine each day until he was sitting next to me. I will be revisiting my songs and appreciate each and every comment as I develop them, so your input is truly appreciated, tuneslayer!

  • @wylddandelyon 7 weeks

    Ah, well, "If we had superpowers--oh wait, we do!" would be a different song!

  • @gb9  7 weeks

    Thank you for the kind comment on 'Gucci', that was a tough prompt to work on, but she, as ever saved my day!! 😀

  • @berni1954  7 weeks

    Glad you liked my Cohenesque "The Parting"

  • @jgoodell  8 weeks

    Thanks for the comment on Fanfare for Data. Wow 19 songs, impressive!

  • @rickachu Feb 22

    Thank you for the listen and the kind words ❤

  • @estebanlartigue  Feb 19

    thank you for your feedback in my collaboration for the esperanto song Mi Scias Kun Koro !

  • @coolparadiso  Feb 18

    Easy to import zecoops drums into Biab. Email me if you want to know!

  • @porrectus  Feb 17

    Not a fan of MLP in principle. God bless Wikipedia.

  • @rbmarty000  Feb 17

    Thanks for unzonking me.. lol..

  • @stephenwordsmith  Feb 17

    Ka mate! Ka mate... engari i etahi atu ra!

    (I will die! I will die... but some other day)

  • @spazsquatch Feb 16

    I certainly wouldn't go bragging about Canadian politics, I just like a big place for friendly neighbours to hang out.

    I'll take a stab at those lyrics sometime in the next 12 days. Wow, it goes by fast.

  • @rbmarty000  Feb 15

    Hey there Tune Slayer.. I hope you like our latest collab.. Koala Cay.. Thanks so much..

  • @spazsquatch Feb 15

    Oh brother, I hear you.

    While we are at it, let's put a nice porch swing from Olympia to Oshkosh. We'll throw the beers over on this side to keep them cool, if you can handle the BBQ. 😉

    Any objections to my grabbing those Murder Hornet lyrics? I'm feeling a 50's sci-fi garage-surf rock vibe that would be right up my ally. Dick Dale and a theremin.

  • @kenmattsson  Feb 15

    Okay, it was a good challenge and I wrote a bunch of Esperanto lyrics. Go to to see them. Up for the challenge?

  • @kenmattsson  Feb 14

    So @tuneslayer, if you write lyrics in Esperanto, I'd definitely collab and write the tune and sing it. I can sing in it pretty well, but I'm not as proficient in writing in it, especially poetry/song lyrics. Let me know if you're interested. I do sing the song Tiel La Mondo Iras.

  • @rbmarty000  Feb 10

    Wow great.. Yes I was introduced to Hookpad though FAWM several years ago, and use it a lot . It is great for getting the lyrics into a tune or or visa versa. The lyrics automatically hook to the notes. Some adjustment is sometimes needed using the (-) if it won't divide a word, but simply paste the lyrics into the lyric section and then see them populate the song. adjust them as needed for scansion etc. I have the paid version, hookpad +.. I think 49 per year or you can buy the 149 version, but I used it a great deal to sketch out the tune and for lyric writing.
    Looking forward to what you are doing with The Last Wild Horse.. feel free to adjust the lyrics etc. I'm not a stickler on keeping them if the song can benefit from something better. Cheers

  • @rbmarty000  Feb 9

    lol yes.. Cay is correct of course.. Let me work in your llyics.. thanks

  • @scubed  Feb 8

    Thanks for the nice comment on “Sorrow’s Waltz”!

  • @rbmarty000  Feb 8

    Wanna collab on a song I have an idea and first verse..

    Koala Key

    Don't you wish you could escape this dark and cold.
    You know there's more to life than growing old
    I know just the place to be
    on the Coral Sea
    and we'd live where all Ko-al-as roam free.
    Why don't you come there with me.

  • @rbmarty000  Feb 8

    Ya.. nice to see you too.. you are doing well with 9 .. I gotta get going.

  • @coolparadiso  Feb 8

    I don't really like playing favorites but maybe episode 4 and 13 are not to be missed! 4 because you wouldn't know Dan Razza a professional musician and a bit different and 13 because Marthie who you probably know has a very different approach and its a fun interview. Lots of great others but those 2 might be a good start.

  • @coolparadiso  Feb 7

    Here is the Link to mine

    or I think this might be even more direct for you its the mp3 you click and download

    Other podcasters I know are Gslade (he was on mine as well)
    Callum Carlisle spanish rocks!
    Marvsmooth not sure the name

  • @ajna1960  Feb 7

    Thanks for the heads-up re the skirmish title error ! Those numbers swirl in my head !!!
    Re: my 16 songs so far: 1 is a duplicate (I had no control over it lol), and there are only 6 so far with demos. I consider myself to have reached 14 when I have 14 completed demos ! But I'm well on the way ! Thanks again.

  • @coolparadiso  Feb 5

    the crackling distracted me slightly - re connected all the leads and "she gone"

  • @scubed  Feb 4

    Thanks for the generous comment on “Without You”!

  • @berni1954  Feb 2

    Thanks for the link.

  • @pearlmanhattan  Feb 1

    Hello my friend! Happy fawm

  • @ericdistad  Feb 1

    Have a great FAWM!