Ah, March at last! It's been a wild and crazy February. I've spent half the month at conferences, launched a major upgrade to Peakware.com, and still somehow managed—for the fourth consecutive year—to write, record, and upload 14.5 songs for February Album Writing Month (fawm.org). My breakneck sleep-free pace was evident in the quality of some of my songs - 8 of the 14.5 tunes were very rough sketches improvised into my iPhone, and 6 of those were recorded while driving.
That said, a few of the songs really turned out well. Here are my favorites:
Flavors was my second commercial CD, released in 2009 under the name Flow Theory. It features balanced, full-bodied jazz-, blues-, and world-influenced folk rock with delicate floral notes and lingering finishes. I provide all sounds and flow — primarily voice, guitars, percussion, and sounds captured from the world around me — and mix them all together into a hot, delightfully palatable soup du jour.
Mastermind Terrill Thompson has created a crafty book of work that flows from song to song, keeping the listener involved and interested.
— What's Up! Magazine
Whaddya know. I've just released a two-volume set titled Everything and More. This is my first outing under my own name, having previously recorded as Flow Theory, and before that Morality Rock. Everything and More is available for download only, partly as a cost saving measure, but primarily because I'm anti-stuff. There are already more than enough CDs in the world. I thought I'd reduce my footprint and lighten your load.
This page is the official Everything and More page. As such, it may be the only place where you'll see both the front and back covers:
Gosh, it's been aeons since I updated this blog. Today I dusted, swept, and mopped it. It now has a new look, partly because I was tired of the old, but also because I wanted to be more consistent with my technology blog
, and with my home page
In my previous post
, I mentioned that I was participating again in FAWM 2011. I did in fact do that, and finished with 14 new tunes. Like my music blog, these tunes have been somewhat dormant over the last few months, but unlike my music blog, their dormancy was intentional. I felt a need to separate myself from them for a while. That hiatus is drawing to a close and I now have a fresh perspective with which to finish these tunes off. I'll be mixing them down and mastering them over the next few weeks, so please stay tuned.
I also have a performance coming up. I'll be one of several artists performing at Dharmic Expressions: A Celebration of Zen and the Arts
, October 1 at the Red Cedar Dharma Hall in Bellingham. Should be a great event.
Finally, I just today released an update to Accessible Audio Player (AAP). I've quietly been working on this over the last few months, and feel pretty good about its current capabilities, both as a standalone player and a WordPress plug-in (AAPP). Check out The Official AAP Home Page
for all the groovy details.
February is international Album Writing Month, hence the acronym FAWM, as in fawm.org
, one of two web communities that I know of (the other is The RPM Challenge
) where songwriters and musicians assemble each February to crank out a bunch of fresh new tunes, share ideas and demos, and generally support one another and have a great time.
For the past two years, I've participated in both of these communities, and I compared the two in a post on my other
blog titled FAWM, RPM Challenge, and Man With Small F
In 2011, I may once again participate in both communities, but I've taken a slightly stronger liking to FAWM because it has a much more intuitive user interface, allows users to comment on specific songs, and provides motivation to assure that all
songs receive some feedback (those that haven't are flagged as zongs
until someone comments). That said, there are great people in both communities, and I'm looking forward to sharing my music, and soaking up theirs. It's always a fun, inspiring month of music making.
I'll post an update here at some point, but if you'd the play-by-play on what I'm up to musically throughout the month, check out my home pages in either community: