tuneslayer2018 17


Shoreline,WA 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.


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  • @elsahay  Mar 21

    I'm organizing a FAWM concert in Seattle on May 5. Let me know if you are interested in participating. More info at

  • @janeg  Feb 26

    The first time I saw you, you were in a wizerd's robe and point hat. Might have been purple.

  • @markg  Feb 24

    Funny, it was just the other day I told the Matt and Russel jokes.

  • @rbmarty000 Feb 15

    Yes.. let's do another one.. I liked what you did last year.. I played it at an open mic.. They loved it. A little sad though..

  • @mikeb Feb 2019

    Thanks for the comment on my lyric - I wasn't planning on uploading any lyrics-only songs to FAWM, but rather busy this week and this is a little out of my usual style.

  • @pearlmanhattan  Feb 2019

    Yes sir, I am feeling what you've composed. Feel free to proceed... or let me know how to 😀 YAY, I'm excited!

  • @jessi14  Feb 2019

    Just dropping by to say "Hi"! I love "Alice's restaurant", the music in to movie just struck such a chord with me. It felt like coming home. Happy FAWMing!

  • @pearlmanhattan  Feb 2019

    but since you shared, I have to share a link too... this is my jam today:

  • @pearlmanhattan  Feb 2019

    Thanks for the link to Blind Blake - I needed something to clear my head of all this ballad writing I'm doin. Hugs to ya. You're keeping warm in this snowpocolypse, right? Stay toasty, my friend!

  • @cindyrella  Feb 2019

    Yeah, once my husband came up with it, I had to do it! Too much fun!

  • @mikeskliar  Feb 2019

    welcome back!

  • @cdwoodbury  Jan 2019

    Good to see you here. I look forward to what February will bring.

  • @ericdistad  Jan 2019

    Hey Tuneslayer! It was great to meet you at Conflikt too! I'm glad you liked our music!

    Titular was built by FAWM founder - Burr Settles - @burrsettles - along with the rest of the Muse tools that are in the menu.

  • @pearlmanhattan  Jan 2019

    Apparantly, according to the website, they won't be streaming this year. Have fun. It's just not a good environment for me. Hugs

  • @nuj4x Jan 2019

    2019 is the year to slay some tunes, tuneslayer?

  • @janeg  Jan 2019

    Thrilled that you are still interested! I'll send you a PDF by email that might help explain how the dialogue goes. So far, I've done it alone a few times just trying to change my voice. If you add music, you could post it as one of your 2019 FAWM songs.

  • @pearlmanhattan  Jan 2019

    Pearl is fine 😁😁

  • @pearlmanhattan  Jan 2019

    Good to see you, friend. I was BriarRose McDougal. I won't be at Conflik this year. No funds or childcare. Have a good time.