FAWM USSS

Wanna discover some amazing new music from unknown (for now) singer/songwriters? I’ll be writing a series about my dozen or so favorite FAWMers. They’ll tend toward the swingabilly stuff I write and play myself, so if you’d like to discover classical, jazz, rap, metal, virtually any genre of music, give the FAWM jukebox a whirl and give yourself the gift of a brand new favorite artist.

Each article will have a link to their FAWM profile, which has links to their websites where you can dig into past FAWMs and other music they’ve written.

Next up: the February Album Writing Month Unknown Singer Songwriter Series, or FAWM USSS (and you know how I’m pronouncing that, right?)

300 by 10?

March 12, 2012 will be this blog’s 10th anniversary. I built it by hand way back then; better tools these days.

I had hoped to write post #300 for the 10th anniversary. Should have been easy; when I first thought of it I had 14 months (=64 weeks) to write the 57 posts it’d take to get there.

Then, I spent almost a year doing nothing here at all.

Now it’s less than 90 days out. Can I write 57 posts in 90 days? Only if I streamline, stop fussing so much about perfecting the details, and just share my intense fire for music.

Counting down. It’s on.

Inherited the Music

I make mix CDs for our drives through the mountains (or wherever we’re driving through.) My daughter, 6, has realised that she can have almost anything she wants on her MP3 player.

And I’ve realised that, when she says at the beginning of every single song “Oh, you have to put this song on my MP3 player this instant!” she’s not just talking. She knows the songs, she loves the songs, she wants the songs.

She may grow up to love music almost as much as I do.

Vinyl Art on Fire: Groovy Portraits

M ixed media: I love running across the stuff hanging in a gallery where the artist has photos embedded in acrylic with gardening implements painted garish colors and a bucket of dirt with a live plant growing in it. (I made that up; don’t go looking for it.)

Daniel Edlen has created an ebook which even I, an avowed ebook ignorer, couldn’t ignore.

As you’ll note in the sidebar, Daniel paints original works of art on, well, original works of art. Paintings of the artist on their own vinyl album.

Now he’s created a multimedia ebook, with images of his work, his comments on the music, and videos to accompany it all.

And it’s free, because that’s how Daniel is.

If you love music or art or just like to see something you’ve never seen before, this will touch you.

Charlie Cheney’s Music Exam (Filters)

nd one more show with Charlie. Too much information. No; not here. That’s what the show is about.It used to be that you’d read Rolling Stone or get music suggestions from the DJ on the radio. But now that there’s far too much music even to hear it all on the radio, let alone discuss, how do you filter out all the noise and zero in on the music you’ve never heard of, but want to hear?

And one more show with Charlie. Too much information. No; not here. That’s what the show is about.

It used to be that you’d read Rolling Stone or get music suggestions from the DJ on the radio. But now that there’s far too much music even to hear it all on the radio, let alone discuss, how do you filter out all the noise and zero in on the music you’ve never heard of, but want to hear?

Charlie Cheney’s Music Exam (Social Networks)

wo more shows with Charlie (it’s been two weeks; it’s a weekly show. Coincidence, or design?)On the December 8th show we talked about social networks. In this one, you get to hear me completely blindsided because I hadn’t gotten Charlie’s email telling me what we were talking about so I hadn’t done my homework. I realize I don’t really sound like a blathering idiot. I only felt like one. (My fault, not Charlie’s. Charlie is a gracious and entertaining host.)

Two more shows with Charlie (it’s been two weeks; it’s a weekly show. Coincidence, or design?)

On the December 8th show we talked about social networks. In this one, you get to hear me completely blindsided because I hadn’t gotten Charlie’s email telling me what we were talking about so I hadn’t done my homework. I realize I don’t really sound like a blathering idiot. I only felt like one. (My fault, not Charlie’s. Charlie is a gracious and entertaining host.)

As always, no autoplay, please. Click the little button. Yes, that one, the pointy triangle thing.

I Guess I’m Floating, Too

erhaps not, but it would be fun.Daughter Rush keeps sending me fun new music. She finds some of it through some terribly not confused people at a blog called I Guess I’m Floating.

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Daughter Rush keeps sending me fun new music. She finds some of it through some terribly not confused people at a blog called I Guess I’m Floating.

Severely eclectic tastes, subtle humour, and the occasional typo. (Dent May is so fun, but his ‘diddys’ are really ditties. Ah, well.)

I’m tempted to follow them meself, but it’s another excuse for Rush and I to connect, so I’ll leave it to her.

For now.

Opening Pandora’s Box

ately I’ve been listening to Pandora a lot. A demonstration of the value of The Music Genome Project

Lately I’ve been listening to Pandora a lot. A demonstration of the value of The Music Genome Project®, Pandora allows you to create your own radio station based on a single artist or even a single song.

Using a database of 400 different aspects of descriptions of music, it matches up music in their files with the artist or song you’ve chosen as the seed for your station. The consistency is impressive.

But that’s also the drawback.

You’ll be introduced to new artists, certainly (it’s how I discovered the chewy goodness of Maggi, Pierce and E.J. But since every song is carefully chosen to match existing criteria, you won’t stumble across gems which are fundamentally different from what you’re already listening to.

I keep making new stations (you can have as many as you want) and seeing how far I can stretch it before it breaks. From the perspective of “if you like X, you’ll probably like Y” I haven’t found anything better.