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.
No songs by this fawmer (yet).