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I am doing well on FAWM

my FAWM tracker

The songs are coming along nicely. Here’s a pic of the tracker I am using. A tweak of some lyrics and then I should have some demos to share. I am really having a lot of fun with these songs, especially my homage to Blue Monday vs The Walk.

I am just about on track for completing 14 in 28 days. I managed to record some vocals, and once I have finished the lyrics to the others I’ll get them done.

Hey, how is FAWM going?

narrative assembly

Hey, how is FAWM going?

I’m glad you asked. Usually, at about this time, I am falling behind and already considering quitting. However, so far things are going really well.

I began with a concept in my head. I wanted to pay homage to my late 70s early 80s musical soundtrack. In particular the music on Fiction and Factory records. That’s basically The Cure, Joy Division, New Order, Cabaret Voltaire, Section 25 and a few others. I came up with a name for the concept ‘Narrative Assembly’ can you see what I did there? And, well, it has been going very well.

I am ahead of schedule and I’ll soon be sharing the music. I must admit, I seem to be having far too much fun for a challenge, reimagining the sound that Martin Hannett and others crafted way back when. So much fun in fact, that I’m off to play some more…

and if you are doing FAWM and want to play along or follow, I am here.

To FAWM or not to FAWM

mic and guitar… that is the question.

But it is nobler of my soul to be exactly who and what I am. Therefore, I will FAWM.

I songwrite, therefore I am.

February Album Writing Month begins

It’s February, which means the annual songwriting-a-thon, FAWM. One month, February, in which music types attempt to write 14 songs before the month ends. However, as this is a leap year it is 14.5 songs. How I’ll measure half a song I’m not sure, but if I get that far I probably won’t care.

I managed to come up with the first song today, so off to a good start. FAWM isn’t my primary focus for the month, far from it. I have several projects bubbling away. If you want to be the first to know what is going on, and also get music to keep and download you can become a supporter on my Patreon page. It costs a tiny, tiny amount and will leave you with a nice warm glow.

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Now back to writing the next 13.5 songs…

Stonemouth

Last year I read Stonemouth by Iain Banks. I also took part in, and completed, FAWM (February Album Writing Month – 14 songs in 28 days) as a creative challenge. The two events are linked by the first song I wrote.

journal page stonemouth

Inspired by the beginning of the novel it takes a snapshot of someone standing on a bridge. Why are they here? What is in their mind? Will they jump? The novel is much more than one event at a bridge and comes highly recommended. It has just been turned into a TV mini-series by the BBC.

I thought I’d take a little moment to tidy up the mix and then share the song. In the end the vocals needed redoing, and tidying up became more of a major undertaking. But here it is in all its – glory may be an overstatement – newly glossed veneer, yes that’s better.

Stonemouth

Standing on the ledge of the bridge
I see the water down below
Standing on the edge of the bridge
I see my troubles disappear like mist

Standing on the edge of the bridge
The briny tang marks the estuary
Standing o the ledge of the bridge
It’ll take this bitter taste so far, so wide

Can you see me falling down, down to the water
Can you see my body go, down to the tidal flow

Standing on the ledge of the bridge
I see my future narrowing
Standing on the edge of the bridge
One small step for man to help mankind

Can you see me falling down, down to the water
Can you see my body go, down to the tidal flow

Isn’t there someplace I would rather be
Than standing here among the iron scenery
Waiting to drown, yet drowning in misery?

Standing on the ledge of the bridge
I see my future down below
Standing on the edge of the bridge
Release my soul in to the undertow

Can you see me falling down, down to the water
Can you see my body go, down to the tidal flow

You can get  Stonemouth the novel from Amazon. It begins on a bridge, with someone standing on the edge…

It’s February, it’s FAWM

My FAWM folder... the songs are multiplying

February means it is the February Album Writing Month. That means 14 songs written in 28 days. I had an idea. So far I am getting a few ideas down and my Logic Pro folder is beginnign to grow. links to the demos will be here soon.

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