Influences: (in no particular order) Beethoven, Mozart, Dvorak, Miles Davis, Coltrane, Dizzy, Count Basie, Henry Mancini, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Aaron Copeland, Lennon & McCartney, Tom Petty, Randy Newman, Billy Joel, Leonard Cohen, Ray Stevens, Ray Charles, Elvis, Kris Kristofferson, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Marvin Gaye, Lucinda Williams, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon, Leiber & Stoller, Donald Fagan, Walter Becker, Frank Zappa, Sting, Bob Dylan, John Hiatt, James Taylor, Carly Simon, Chrissie Hynde, Harry Nilsson, Prince, Eric Clapton, Schubert, Elton John & Bernie Taupin, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Bruce Springsteen, Patrick Leonard, Bryan Ferry, Rod Stewart, Michael Jackson, Bryan Adams, Peter Cetera, Jewel, Robbie Robertson, Kevin Gilbert, Susanna Hoffs, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Tom Waits, Burt Bacharach & Hal David, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Jackson Browne, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Neil Young, Neil Diamond, Jimmy Webb, Max Martin, John Fogerty, David Bowie, Brian Eno, Rodgers and Hart, Brian Wilson, Mick Jagger & Keith Richards, Richard Carpenter, Pete Townshend, Buddy Holly, Woody Guthrie, Ray Davies, Jeff Lynne, T. Bone Burnett, Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, J.D. Souther, Alison Krause, Elvis Costello, Van Morrison, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Rush, Dave Grohl, J.J. Cale.
Eighth year of participation and I'm particularly looking forward to this year's FAWM for several reasons. I have been playing in a new band since shortly after last FAWM and I am playing guitar and keyboards in a band for the first time (I've been a bassist and a drummer in various bands over the years). I am hoping that my playing has Improved somewhat in the past few months and that this will translate into more sophisticated compositions and quicker demo production. Another reason I'm stoked this year is because the band I'm in wants to do originals as well as the classic rock covers we do. I am hoping we can write some songs that this band can perform so we can see what the public thinks of our work (rather than just family and friends). I will again be co-writing with my lovely wife (we got married during last FAWM) and I'm looking forward to continuing to develop our work methods.
Born in North Dakota. Grew up in Washington State. Lived most of my years in Southern California (Orange County) with a two year stint working in the Land of the Noonday Moon (Alaska). Last year I relocated back to my old stomping grounds in Central Washington.
Recap of my sordid musical past :~)
Piano lessons as a youngster (hated them but regret that now). Trombone in grade school. I got a chance to assist the high school band director each summer with new 4th grade students during a camp to prep them for the school year. Learned to play a bunch of instruments with the 4th graders (no pressure) including tuba, baritone, french horn, trumpet, clarinet, and drums.
Played in the concert band, marching band, stage band, pep band, and jazz choir (bass) in high school and had a blast. (Band geek anyone?)
Spent several years jamming and sitting in with a several bands (here and there) in So Cal. I am currently playing guitar and keyboards in a classic rock band in Central Washington. I play drums, bass, guitar, and keys relatively well and I enjoy writing and recording. I like to play and do musical mad scientist stuff (previously in the little bedroom studio I like to call the Sonic Dog House - the Sonic Igloo when I was in Alaska - now a basement bunker studio). I have done location recording and the first year's FAWM tracks were recorded in Matt's rumpus room behind the Orange Curtain with my mobile rig.
Some FAWM history:
2009: First FAWM and we did it! I had the privilege of collaborating with some dear friends and great musicians for FAWM 2009 (Julian Spenis). We had a blast and I think we created an awesome album!
2010: Disappointing finish (actually no finish at all) due to technical difficulties associated with living and working at the top of the world (Barrow Alaska). Next year I'll submit early and often to dodge the "cosmic block."
2011-2013: Unable to FAWM due to health issues, returning to school (completed doctorate in psychology), and life in general distracting me from the creative process.
2014: 15 songs this time (with the late addition of one collaboration with another generous FAWMer), Back collaborating with my musical pals again (this time as Fishy Scnitzel) focusing on capturing simple ideas simply. I also used a couple of new instruments that I had been wanting to play more (ukelele and banjo) as well as some other tools I had wanted to try out (a synth program on my phone and Garage Band on my iPad).
2015: Fourth year of FAWM and completed seven songs this year (all on my own - no collaborations materialized) so if I double my productivity (or halve my sleep time) I should be able to get 14 done next year, no sweat!
Major goal for FAWM 2015 was to increase my own output over last year's creations. My plan was again to use the KISS method (keep it simple stupid). Again focused on getting ideas down rather than more polished demos. There were again lots of one-take creations, however, sadly there were no stream of consciousness pieces this year (no collaborations). 😞
2016: My first year of completing 14 songs by myself (with one awesome collaboration). It was a very productive month and I realized I could get in the zone and be working on several concepts at once. I actually "worked" at songwriting this year and the output shows the value of that. I utilized lots of different instruments and tools and created a varied musical landscape.
2017: Only completed three songs this year due to a massive relocation. After more than 30 years in Southern California I moved back up north to Washington state in February 2017 to be nearer my family. I was happy to get done what I did and I was able to develop a great portable recording setup that is light and nimble.
2018: Completed 14 songs with my new songwriting partner/fiancee. We got married during FAWM and even wrote a song on our honeymoon. My wife had never written songs before so it was fun watching her find her voice (both lyrically and literally).
So what’s happening over there with the yarimurray team? Looking forward to hearing your music!
Oh good! I’m glad! It’s nice to hear that married life is good and that your team is back again! It should be a good one again this year!
Hi there! Are you back again this year?