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davidtaro

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David Taro spends most of his life in a box room in South London either doing his day job in publishing (boo!) or writing and producing music (yay!). #indie #pop #rock & #blues. Influences: the Beatles, the Stones, Randy Newman, blues (various), Tom Waits, Elton John, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, The Band, Aimee Mann that kind of thing.

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Cheers, fella. Nighty night.
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You are mighty kind. I'd be glad to sing/collab together anytime, no phone books required. I think they are rather an anachronism these days 😂
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There were lines that didn’t make the Final Cut.

Taking drugs, falling out of clubs, smoking till my teeth get high
Why, turn around jump shot, looking for the Sasquatch, man, I’ve never seen feet that size.
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Thanks for the comments dude! I was totally aiming for Groove Armada/Fatboy slim with those drums so I'm delighted you picked that out! I've lived your music this FAWM dude, every year I feel like you develop and grow and bring new and interesting flavours :)
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Thanks, David for your thoughtful comments on "Sleep Paralysis Kitten". I forwarded your comment to the lyricist. She was delighted.
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Thanks for your really kind comments on Tomorrow Will Shine, David. @cheslain always does stellar work!
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Thank you, David! Yes the title is sooo cool
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Aw...Well, let's talk about those pedals :-). I have both a Fishman Rare Earth and a K&K saddle pickup in the guitar, so there's a cable that's TRS on one end and split to dual mono on the other. That goes into a dual-channel Redeye preamp. The effects loop on the Redeye just goes to a TC Electronics tuner and an Empress parametric eq and back to the Redeye, which has an XLR out to the PA.
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" I’m imagining some of the students eavesdropping before the class started and thinking you’d lost your mind 😂" - That's about how it went, yes!

Meanwhile, @richaaaay and I had a chance to meet in person for the first time, and we used much of that opportunity to discuss your infinite songwriting merits...
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Many thanks for those really nice comments about But Anyway, David. To hear stuff like that from a talented artist like yourself is really encouraging.
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Hey David, I just wanted to say thanks for taking the time to listen and comment so thoughtfully and encouragingly on my songs. Writing good comments is truly a skill, and it’s one you’ve got in spades. You’re having quite the fruitful month yourself, but I’m not surprised by that… you’ve had quite the meteoric rise over your time on FAWM 😉
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Thanks for checking out "Oceans of Emotion", David. I appreciate your kind response to the song.
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Thanks for the feedback on ‘Conduit’. I’ve been itching to track some heavy guitar. There’s another track we put together if you wanted to give it a spin. Nine inch nails meets early Bon Jovi ☺️

https://write.fawm.org/songs/288775
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Thanks for the feedback, hope you’re having an awesome FAWM. Will drop by your profile later
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Thanks for the extended play this morning, David. The title origins thing is an interesting one. On one hand I'm reluctant to say because the whole point is to repurpose the words, give them new meaning - and the challenge has been brilliant for sparking ideas I definitely wouldn't have had otherwise.
On the other hand, I totally get the curiosity, and I guess - after the fact - it adds a layer of interest in the process.

So, yeah, here are some of the ones I remember.
The commentator actually said, "this free kick will be Doughty's business", which to my mind defuses the atmosphere around a small town dynasty of (probably) serial killers.
The self sewing quote came from the new series of Fargo, where the character, Ola Munch, who claims to be a 15th century Welsh sin eater was talking about "a man, self-sewing his own skin, scarred for life".
"Peter Cherry" was a minor character mentioned in passing in an episode of Silent Witness.
"Eyes Are Gone, Obviously" was from a scene in True Detective.
And "No-one Wants To Slap Their Meat" was something a friend said during a rehearsal. It was a reference to Scott Walker allegedly wallopping a side of beef as percussion on his last album, but of course we all just fell about sniggering like fourteen year olds reading Viz. Which is VERY different from where I took the song.
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Thanks! The pedal is a Milk Stout distortion pedal (RAT clone).
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Thanks so much David! I mean I could just tell you what is in the cases… but sometimes the speculation and imagination is more exciting than the realization. (But there is always the chance of exceeded expectations of speculation.) 😉🎶
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Thanks David , for coming back to listen to my full production of some of my song sketches , and much appreciated for your thoughtful and insightful comments , all the best mate ! Cheers Mark 😊👋
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Yes! Dorian gives me Steely Dan vibes too, I'm convinced at least some of their songs are sitting in that mode.
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😂 I kind of wish he had now!
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Thanks for your comments, David. The flutey synth you hear in The Devil in a Busioness Suit is actually a pump organ with some delay effects.
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DT, glad you enjoyed the monkey solo. The song is tagged as a list song, although, I probably should have mentioned the same in the liner notes…Will do now…Your words carry lots of weight. Reading you comment was very satisfying…Thank you sir 👍🏻
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Thanks David, I’m super pleased with any kind of association with Queens of the Stoneage! Looks like your smashing it here, are you going to release all your best new tunes as an album later in the year?
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Thanks for your kind comments on "Man on the Moon". Always good to see you. Next time you stop by, I'll put the coffee on.
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LOL! When I told my parents I wanted to major in theater, they pretty much lambasted me. So yeah, I picked English because that was the only other subject I was solid with. And I do love me some readin'! 😂
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Damn, man and I really was going for kooky and fun. I guess once you set the expectation of sinister you're stuck with it...
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...and just in case you thought I was missing in action, sir, that would be nope! 😀 Hey man just wanted to drop a line to let you know I was thinking about ya. I told @richaaaay yesterday that I'm going to set aside some listening time for some of my fav FAWMers. I've got a few collabs to go, but I hope you're doing well (and it looks like you're gonna hit 14). I'll be back for listening!
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David, my man, you are too kind for saying such nice things about Never Know a Heaven. I'm in lightly charted waters trying to rock at all, but maybe it did knock on the door of country rock. Much obliged for your encouragement.
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Thanks for your comments on yesterday's efforts! It felt great to get something out for folk to listen to. And yeah, I had Borrowed Breath, with the long ending, in mind for the last track. Makes sense doesn't it?
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Martin D18. It’s an early 40th birthday present to myself. 14 months early 😂😂
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Yep. The gear geek answer is always the way to go. Had my first ever ‘high end’ acoustic delivered yesterday so hoping to get something down using that today. New guitar days are the best
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>This is the ‘cheerful’ version?!
Yes! There's triangle, tambourine and a bell tree in it!
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Thanks, David. Yes, the vocalist did a good job on it and my friend did some fine playing and recording. I always attempt to be the weak link.
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Ahh thank you sir! 😌 One take scares the pants off me, so just glad to get through it really 😂
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:-)) Not to my ears! Or anyone else’s here for that matter, I’m sure! Keep doing what you do! :-)
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Thanks for your kind words, David. Regarding the sparse arrangement (and this also struck me when I listened to your song ‘Spinning’), I remember a conversation I had with an artist (painter) a few years back - he said the hardest judgement to make when painting a picture is when to stop, and that in retrospect his best pieces were the ones where he made that call early. I try (and sometimes fail) to keep that in mind with my music. :-)
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I caught some of the Shakespeare references (beginning, of course, with the entire title/premise) -- did he have the shark, too? (it was the ingredients I was fond of, and if it comes from there, even cooler.) In any case, the whole thing works.
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thanks David! Doggie Cops reporting for duty Officers Cheesy and Womble! (womble is the schnauzer in a jumper)
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Thanks! 🎥 🎶 After years of not being happy with the audio quality and lacking the ability to process for videos with… I got a little nicer wireless mic that has an app that it comes with that I can a little eq/verb/etc to the audio for the videos.
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Thank you, David! Programming the Woodwinds had been most fun. It's been damn hard to find the right chords for them. I'm happy for my first try, but I feel like there's a lot to learn before I continue.
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Thank you so much, David for your beautiful comments. I appreciate your support and kindness.
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Y'all who are a going through my album/exes in order with me (and amazingly, there are a couple of you!) are absolute HEROES, ha! I am finding *myself* having a difficult time at times making it through this project, but, luckily, I PROMISE, we are through the worst stuff (if not necessarily the saddest 😬) Very much appreciate your kind and thoughtful comments -- and encouragement!
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Hey, fab to see you here! Thanks so much for your comment on The Lion and the Bull, great to know the research time (almost a week!) was worth it! I'm very behind on my listening as a result, eek!
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Thanks so much David for your thoughtful and insightful words on my song ' Big ol' sun', really appreciate the positive feedback mate !
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Thanks for the lovely comments, David!
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Thank you David for your comment on "Meditation;" coming from you, that means a lot. And, after perusing your site, I am stealing a line from one of your bio shots for my bulletin board: "Music was my first love and it will be my last..."
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Ah dude I so appreciate how diligent you are with your comments, especially when you're as busy as you are! Well at least for all that work is tough right now you're still producing some grade A music!
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Useful kind of friend to have!
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You’re lovely is what you are!!!!
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Thanks for the comment. There was a Tower Bridge Quay on the interweb. Just went with it without first hand knowledge. The approximate local was relevant to the tale.
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Hey, thanks for listening to my song and for your kind words. Glad you liked it
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Was not familiar with Eric Bibb but am listening now. Love that style of music. Poolhall-ish. Appreciate the complimentary comparison. Not certain Bibb would feel the same 😜
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I’m so excited to kick it later! I’m all giddy and stuff
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Hey @davidtaro - Great to see you back! Thanks for listening to my first track, and the kind words :) Looking forward to diggin in to your tunes!
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Well from a recommendation standpoint "Love is Hell" is Ryan Adams most critically acclaimed album for sure, but I prefer "Heartbreaker" or "Demolition" personally. Then his more bluegrassy stint with Ryan Adams and the Cardinals was also great. But I just recently was alerted to some MeToo issues with him and it sounds like he's a real scumbag. But yeah same as MJ, I still enjoy the music
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I think anything past 25 is the key to happiness at this point- 30/40/50! These are the best years!
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sent you a little something
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I think the chord is a E/G#.
I’ve been trying to elbow it in for a while.
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Yeah, I’m kind of squeamish about the groundhog situations too. But I do really respect my neighbor with the shotgun. I might someday try to do a more serious song about city vs. country viewpoints. Like when I’m in the city, I’d prefer no one on the subway has a gun, but on the farm I figure the fact that most of my neighbors have guns means I can keep my doors unlocked.
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Hi David! Thanks for giving "Crumbling" a spin and for the kind words you sent my way.
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Hi David, welcome back. Looking forward to hearing your stuff. I can see you have already hit the ground running, your first song you posted is a hit!
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Gosh - I hadn't realised I was a gateway person. If I had known I would probably have been paralysed with the weight of it so it's probably for the best. Thanks for listening. As ever, the madness line probably had the least thought put into it, ha ha! It is rather insubstantial I think but I think all I'm going to have in me this time is insubstantial - it will be nice to have a go though.
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Thank you David - You Are Here was for the melodic leap challenge and I totally forgot to tag it. I can't wait to hear what you bring us this weekend!! Also have you and Nate ever collaborated? Gosh that would be awesome!
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Hi, David, So glad you enjoyed that " face of Main Street missing some teeth" line in My Grandfather's Town. (It was fun to write!) And yes, Jacob's "inner Springsteen" made an appearance, too. Thanks for taking the time.... 😀
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I just disputed the copyright thing and they sorted it out pretty fast :) I just had this vision of them taking months to get back to me and not being able to upload it! But yeah, they admitted it was a snafoo :p
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Ah, you noticed me quietly sneak in - so nice to see you here again. We all know the place would NOT be the same without you!
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Thanks for your comment David! Yes the lyrics came from my deepest inside. I am happy that I learned to play that song in guitar. Not perfect but hey its punk rock.
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Thanks is for the comment dude! I disputed the copyright and turns out, I didn't rip off an already public domain song :p
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Thanks mate! Kind words!
In answer to your question, I opened up the top of the piano and used a MXL993 condenser mic pointed in.
It helped that I kept the sustaining pedal down for the whole piano bit. It gave it a nice rich sound.
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thank you so much for taking the time to listen! i was worried the sign off was too mean, so I had to mark it as NSFW, haha. You're one of my favs, and I'm so excited to hear from you and see what you've got cookin!
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Thanks for the lovely comment David!
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Thanks mate. Bill's current situation with his wife really touched me and we need to make the most of love when we have it.

Listen to They Hate Us, not so soft really :)

https://write.fawm.org/songs/280964
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What are you working or something? Upload something now please!!!! That please was written for politeness sake but I do NOT mean to imply it’s ok if you don’t upload immediately…it is required!!! Let’s jam ASAP!
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Let the games begin....
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I've got to watch what I put in my profile, clearly everyone took that 50 way more seriously than I did, but I'll take my best shot at it. Cheers.
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Thanks, David! Looking forward to my very first FAWM!
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Thanks, David - that is helpful. Happy FAWM!
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Is it cool to send you something at what constitutes the official time/day of 2/1?
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Hi David, have a good FAWM, I probably won't be participating much, if at all, I am on my 4th novel now, takes up most of my artistic free time.
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Looking forward to hearing what you have cooking. Happy FAWM!
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Let's keep our minds open to the possibilities and let each other slip into the others mixes if possible. I've now got the idea to do a lounge act type of song, so need slinky piano, bass and drums. Assuming not your vibe.
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So looking forward to hearing your stuff, which will be epic as usual. Not sure what we could collab on, but I'm up for it this time!
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Oh yes DT!!!! Get the tile project done!
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Have a great FAWM!!
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I know the feeling - everything whizzes by these days, and there never seems to be a minute to catch your breath. Hopefully music will provide some headspace...

The Iridium is astonishingly good. It's nice to run effects into it and commit the sound to tape/DAW and not mess around in the DAW endlessly tweaking things. Freedom in limitations!
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Hey David, hope you're well! Let Feb 1st roll on and let's see what you got going on!
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Was going to pop in and say your influences are rad then noticed you have a whole fawm army of fans so I'm definitely going to check out your music this year. Happy February!
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Hey cousin, I'm more than excited for more David Taro tracks to come rolling through my speakers! :)
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Thanks for your lovely feedback on our album.
I’m very much looking forward to hearing what you come up with this year. Feels like it’s going to be a good one! ☺️
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Hello, David... Looking forward to rewinding it and rolling it out...David
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Hi David. Looking forward to hearing your music again. Hope. You have a fun and productive FAWM.
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Ahhhhh thank you! You made my whole day/month/year with your kind compliments on our Hermosa debut album. Gotta try for that sophomore album this year…
Nice to meet you!
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Wishing you a great FAWM, David!
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Same to you, dude! Looking forward to your awesomeness this FAWM! (i still listen to the salad song often and whenever I need a pick-me-up!)
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You’re too kind David. You really didn’t need to pay me anything but just so you know, I donate any proceeds to Folly Wildlife Rescue in Tunbridge Wells. 👍🏻
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Excited to see your output as well! New album born! And now some even NEWER songs. Was the album you released last year from FAWM songs?
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Absolutely, Enjoyed the album. great work
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Happy FAWMing, David! Excited to hear what you're going to blast out for us this month :)
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I think I was typing faster than I was thinking. My initial post reads like I had a lobotomy. My bad.
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Happy FAWM my man! can't wait to hear what you've got brewing.
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Hey man! What's good London? Happy FAWMing. I'm looking forward to what come up with this February. I'll be taking notes and getting ideas from ya. You know how I do. 😀
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Thanks for the greeting, David. Not sure if I'll have songs about cats, as you suggested. Probably my output will depend on finding the right words from the lyricists who walk the FAWM halls.
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Have a wonderful FAWM! Looking forward to your songs!
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Yes please!
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Hi, David! Glad to see you're back at FAWM. I have loved our collabs, and hope to come up with some worthy lyrics for you. You always come through, and it's so much fun!
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Hey, David - Welcome back. Looking forward to it!
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Hey David! Happy FAWMing to you.
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Hi David...thanks for the message...eager to hear your new creations too and have a great FAWM...👍🏼
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U2
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David! good to see you here, likewise amazing to see you in person at Ramshackle, come anytime you want, it would be a pleasure!
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Wow...your back for another FAWM...glad to hear that!!
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Hi David. I look forward to hearing your songs. Happy FAWMing!
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Ha ha, I'm not feeling very Massiv at the moment, but thanks! I'm really not sure what's going to come out this FAWM, it might be a bit weird, or it might be more of the same. We'll have to see how the leaves fall...
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David! Looking forward to hearing your songs! Have a good FAWM, too!
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Hi, David. Great to be here with you again and looking forward as always to hearing your stuff!
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That's my entire creative career you're talking about!
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Will do. Last years was a lot of fun. I'm sure we'll manage something equally... special.
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I am looking forward to your utterly enchanting and delightfully charming songs!!!
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looking forward to hearing what you will smash out this year!
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hi, great to see you back, happy fawm as well! have a great 29 days!
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I'll be at SAFO studios 17,18 Feb.
23-27 Crouch Hill, Finsbury Park, London N4 4AP. Let's stay in touch as we get closer. It'll be so cool to meet with you. In the meantime, I'll be armed and ready at the home studio.:0)
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Hi David. Happy FAWM!!!
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Hi David!
I'm really looking forward to hearing your songs this February! 😄
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Hey David! So glad to see you at the helm across the Pond. Looking forward to a collab of any kind with you. Backups, harmonies, duet??? I'm game.
Also...I'll be in London Feb. 16-22 for a writers weekend and will be free the 17th and 21st for a coffee or drink, OR an in person writing session if you're game! Have a great FAWM Maestro!
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Woo woo David! Excited to hear what you put out this round! :)
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Unfortunately not. It's booting, but I had another cryptic message some minutes ago, and checking my RAM again.
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David! Can't wait to hear your lovely tunes this year!
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Same goes here... anything you think I might chip in with just give me a shout and I'll be more than happy to oblige
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Welcome back!
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Looking forward to another year! 😉🎶
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Here we go once again.
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And we are back. I’m excited to hear what you come up with this year. Good luck!
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Welcome back David!
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