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  • @mikeb Jan 16

    Hello New Englanders! I moved out of Mass just over a year ago, but still nearby,
    Attended the Mass FAWM-over last year before everything shut down.
    I will be organizing a FAWM-over Zoom virtual open mic in March, stay tuned for info!

  • @markg  Jan 17

    MarkG checking in

  • @ddubbles Jan 23

    checking in as well:)

  • @kiffa Jan 25

    North Shore here. Planning on giving FAWM another go after a decade-plus-long absence!

  • @gbg2016  Jan 30

    Greetings from the northwest corner!

  • @colgoo Jan 30

    YES! I am so IN! Sunday mid afternoon would work best for me for a Zoom FAWM-over party. Or, we could see if a weeknight evening would work better for folks.

  • @mikeb Jan 31

    I run a regular Zoom open mic every other Wednesday (until I can start hosting the in-person one again in Methuen), and attend a few other weeknight ones, so I think a weekend will be best. We can discuss it in early March!

  • @kenmattsson  Jan 31

    Arlington, Mass. here. Glad to represent. 2nd FAWM but hopefully the first time to finish! Really enjoying meeting everyone.

  • @mikegtz  Feb 2

    Mike G here and checking in from Uxbridge, Mass. Come visit me at @mikegtz and I will also come to visit you. Good to see some newcomers. This is my 13th year!

  • @nateger Feb 2

    Hi everyone! I'm with the folks in Sudbury. Glad to be here with y'all

  • @robotkitten  Feb 2

    Cambridge here!

  • @e3eddy Feb 2

    Hi everyone Newton here my first time doing this!

  • @antlion Feb 2


  • @kevo Feb 2

    First ever FAWM from Plymouth, hey everyone! 😀

  • @jacobwakeup Feb 2

    Greetings from Rozzie!

  • @klyma Feb 2

    hey youse and all y'all

  • @kerriwinter  Feb 2

    Hi folks, Somerville resident here, 2nd FAWM and looking forward to getting a bit more involved in the community this year!

    @mikeb is it appropriate to ask for details on your zoom open mics?

  • @mikeb Feb 2

    @kerriwinter - send me an email, or find me on FB for details!

  • @gregthehero Feb 2

    my best bud lives in Medford, had a great month over there summer 2019 : )

  • @kerriwinter  Feb 2

    @mikeb awesome, thanks, found you on FB.

  • @mikehex  Feb 2

    Representing Southborough, happy to be here

  • @bethdesombre  Feb 2

    Here in Wellesley. Presumably FAWM-over will be virtual this year, which should help with scheduling . . .

  • @kerriwinter  Feb 4

    Hey folks, so I'm in a meetup co-writing group hosted by @unpronounceable. Pre-pandemic we met up at the Somerville armory, now we're on Zoom. I'm guest hosting a meet-up on Feb 13 and would love if any of you would like to join! We will introduce ourselves and share a bit, then break into pairs with some prompts to write songs. you can sign up there!

  • @colgoo Feb 5


    I have put the event on my calendar. Thanks for sharing!

  • @itoarazi Feb 5

    Hello from Worcester!

  • @joiamook7 Feb 9

    First timer...brookline mass, Glad to join!! keep me posted!! i need a song writing group in my life--folk, blues...

  • @colgoo Feb 25

    @mikeb @markg @joiamook7 @bethdesombre @itoarazi @kerriwinter @mikehex @mikegtz @gregthehero @klyma @kevo @jacobwakeup @antlion @e3eddy @nateger @robotkitten @gbg2016 @kiffa @ddubbles @kenmattsson

    Hey, everyone! Last week of FAWM....Anyone want to host our virtual FAWM-over party? I am thinking a Sunday mid afternoon in March would be good, since that is usually when we do them in person.

  • @itoarazi Feb 25

    I can't host, but will pop on!! I actually have an album coming out that day!!

  • @kerriwinter  Feb 25

    @colgoo I'd be happy to host if someone can give me their zoom credentials lol. Or, I can co-plan. caveat that I have never been to one such so not sure what planning or hosting means.

  • @kenmattsson  Feb 25

    I have a Zoom account that can host people. Just have to schedule it at a time I can be there.

  • @eas3637  Feb 25

    You know I'm in, Ken!

  • @nateger Feb 25

    I'd love to join!

  • @mikeb Feb 25

    I will be glad to host, but need to look at what might be available for a date at this time.
    Possibly the 14th.or 28th.

  • @kenmattsson  Feb 25

    I know I couldn't do March 14th in the afternoon as I have a conflict. I can host in the afternoon on any other Saturday or Sunday in March. Granted, if we can do any evenings, that is also available, such as a Friday evening. I know for many of us our schedules are not as packed with events given the circumstances.

  • @mikeb Feb 25

    A Friday evening would work much better for me in March!

  • @kenmattsson  Feb 25

    Best Fridays for me to host would be March 5 or 12. I could do the 19th also if need be. I'm hosting my own Virtual House Concert on 3/26 so can't do that date.

    And, yes @eas3637, I hope you'll be there!

  • @klyma Feb 26

    Following this. If it comes together and I'm available, I'll see you there.

  • @nateger Feb 26

    @kenmattsson Those dates work for me!

  • @kenmattsson  Feb 26

    I know that @mikeb was originally setting this up, and I want to make sure that everything is good with him. I just need to supply the Zoom room and be able to be there myself. Right now I'm guessing that March 5th or 12th will work for most people (as we don't have to get out of our houses.) Do we want to have a vote or just choose one and let the date be what it will?

  • @unpronounceable Feb 26

    5 or 12 should work for me. I need to note I'll likely be watching rather than participating; it's a difficult time for me during that period.

  • @mikeb Feb 26

    @kenmattsson - I am good with someone else doing the hosting duties! I host open mics every other week, plus guest host another weekly open mic on a semi-regular basis, so its easier for me to NOT host!

  • @colgoo Feb 26

    5th or 12th work for me....

    Tagging everyone else so that they see this and can weigh in:
    @mikeb @antlion @markg @bethdesombre @ddubbles @e3eddy @eas3637 @gbg2016 @gregthehero @jacobwakeup @joiamook7 @kiffa @kenmattsson @kevo @klyma @kerriwinter @mikegtz @mikehex @nateger @robotkitten @itoarazi

  • @colgoo Feb 26

    Also, if this were in person, I would bring an assortment of treats and a tall pitcher of water....feel free to create your own party atmosphere at home....I might even put on my contacts and makeup with a dressy top over my pajama bottoms.....

  • @markg  Feb 26

    Friday is difficult for me so probably won’t make that day

  • @bethdesombre  Feb 26

    Hey all -- my schedule is ridiculous and unreliable, so make a plan, and if I can be there I will.

  • @nateger Feb 26

    The 5th or 12th works for me too.

  • @mikeb Feb 26

    @markg - what days DO work for you? Same question for others!

  • @markg  Feb 26

    For me Sunday is best. Also Thursday or Monday nights.

  • @kenmattsson  Feb 26

    Would it help to put together a Doodle poll or something like that that people could fill out, or just state your preferences here?

  • @mikehex  Feb 26

    I'm in the same boat as @bethdesombre, Schedule is bonkers, let me know when it is and I'll do my utmost to be there

  • @kenmattsson  Feb 27

    Okay, so here are some suggestions for times I can host a get together. Please vote as to the times you can make it:

    * Friday, March 5 7:30 p.m.
    * Saturday, March 6, 1:30 p.m.
    * Sunday, March 7, 1:30 p.m.
    * Wednesday, March 10, 7:30 p.m.
    * Friday, March 12, 7:30 p.m.
    * Thursday, March 18, 7:30 p.m.
    * Friday, March 19, 7:30 p.m.
    * Saturday, March 20, 1:30 p.m.
    * Sunday, March 21, 1:30 p.m.

    Hopefully one of these will work for the most people.

    Tagging everyone on this post:
    @mikeb @antlion @markg @bethdesombre @ddubbles @e3eddy @eas3637 @gbg2016 @gregthehero @jacobwakeup @joiamook7 @kiffa @kenmattsson @kevo @klyma @kerriwinter @mikegtz @mikehex @nateger @robotkitten @itoarazi @liz561 @leslie333

  • @markg  Feb 27

    Thanks @kenmattsson
    Here's my order of preference:
    Sunday 3/7 or 3/21
    Thurs 3/18
    Fri 3/19
    I'll keep an eye on the list to see what works best for most other people. Best wishes to all.

  • @mikeb Feb 27

    Out of those choices, only the 3 Fridays work for me.

  • @eas3637  Feb 27

    Thanks, Ken! I can be flexible.

  • @liz561  Feb 27

    Ken, any of those work for me except March 18th. Looking forward!

  • @kiffa Feb 27

    I could make most of those work. March 6 is maybe the only one I'd rule out, as I will be busy turning half a century O_O .

  • @markg  Feb 27

    Can do Friday 3/12 if that’s the consensus

  • @kenmattsson  Feb 27

    It's looking like March 12th is the best date for those who have responded. I say let's plan on that date and make it happen. I'll set up a Zoom meeting and post it here.

    Ken is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

    Topic: Massachusetts FAWM After Party
    Time: Mar 12, 2021 19:30 Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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    Just tagging everyone so you see the Zoom link.
    @mikeb @antlion @markg @bethdesombre @ddubbles @e3eddy @eas3637 @gbg2016 @gregthehero @jacobwakeup @joiamook7 @kiffa @kenmattsson @kevo @klyma @kerriwinter @mikegtz @mikehex @nateger @robotkitten @itoarazi @liz561 @leslie333

  • @gubna Feb 27

    Anybody here friends with Derek from 6S?

  • @colgoo Mar 1

    Looking forward to our meetup on the 12th.

  • @mikeb Mar 1

    tagging @tamsnumber4

  • @mikegtz  Mar 1

    Zoom share on Friday, March 12th, 7:30 pm. Ok, got it! By the way, please tag @nancihobson to come and join us on the 12th.

  • @bethdesombre  Mar 2

    Drat. Won't be able to join you as I'll be stuck in a completely unappealing online conference I don't want to be at. If there's ANY way to sneak away for a bit I'll try to drop by, but it's unlikely. Have fun! Next year in person (or Jerusalem. . .)

  • @mikeb Mar 8

    Bumping this up for this Friday's Zoom party!

  • @kenmattsson  8 weeks

    So, for any Massachusetts FAWMers who are still here, remember that our FAWM After Party is tonight at 7:30 p.m. You can look earlier in this thread to see the Zoom meeting info.

    Also, I'm hosting, but I've never been to one of these before, so I figure that I'll get a list of the people who show up who want to play. Figure it will be an organic event.

  • @kiffa 8 weeks

    I'm planning on showing up but I won't be playing anything live. Looking forward to it!

  • @mikeb 8 weeks

    As people enter the room, the 'windows' will appear in the order they enter to the host, except that to each person(including the host), they always appear as the 2nd window, top left - you can drag the windows around into any order, though. , which makes it easy to keep track of who goes next.
    Everyone should have 'Original Sound Enabled', automatic volume turned off, echo cancellation on.

  • @kenmattsson  8 weeks

    Thanks for all who came and performed! We heard some great songs and met some great people.

    @mikeb @kiffa @colgoo @liz561 @kerriwinter @robotkitten @nateger @markg

  • @kiffa 8 weeks

    @kenmattsson @mikeb @colgoo @liz561 @kerriwinter @robotkitten @nateger @markg

    Thank you Ken for hosting, and to everyone for sharing your wonderful music, as well as your heartwarming encouragement. I had felt weird about playing a recording when everyone else was playing live, but you all put me at ease and said things that I really needed to hear, and I appreciate it. I'm going to make an effort to check out all of your FAWM compositions (FAWMpositions?) before the site goes into hibernation.

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