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Tim Fatchen

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2007

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Influences: Classical , Percy Grainger, Mike Oldfield, Enya, Kate Bush, Cecil J Sharp, US Musicals, Gilbert & Sullivan, Tom Lehrer

Tim Fatchen: nice, polite, quiet, writes serious and often soothing music, good dinner guest.

Flying Tadpole (songs marked [FT]): anarchic ratbag, writes irritating and often nasty satirical rubbish, good
kennel cleaner.

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You're clutching (smaller) money and you want to hear cleaned-up tracks from earlier FAWMs?? Apple Music, Amazon, SheetMusicPress...
Or Spotify: all the albums are there, search on Tim Fatchen or Flying Tadpole

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http://reverbnation.com/timfatchen
http://reverbnation.com/flyingtadpole

And free videos on
http://youtube.com/flyingtadpole

Looking to license music?
https://www.audiosocket.com/artists/379
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21 FEB 2024 Having forgotten to wear gloves while polyurethane glueing a nose to a stair so that the carpet can be laid so that the stairlift can be put in so that the patient can be got up and down stairs regardless...the keyboard, guitars and whistles all scream at me "HAVE YOU WASHED YOUR HANDS?". Well, yes, but the skin will have to wear off first. Still, bones are knitting, oncologist is happy (as much as oncologists ever are) and general health improving, so grateful for small mercies.

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Thanks for spinning "Can't Go Out And Play Today" - I’m glad you enjoyed it!
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I’m so glad in the face of everything that muse is being kind! I’m glad you like the song. I’m going to work on the other piece you sent me in the weekend
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17 FEB 2024 A real oddity for me this FAWM: I haven't much time free at all, at all, and the pressures (as opposed to the stresses) won't let up until after FAWM, although everything is going as well as can be hoped in the circumstances. But I'm still on checking medicals/pain conditions every four hours day and night, as well as reorganising lives and housing to cope now and down the track (eg, yesterday was stairlifts...!). So the creating remains an escape.

But...the creating is so..easy...is that the word?

Occasionally, I'll sit down and something will come out almost instantaneously and close to perfect. Not often--I generally have to work at crafting the music.

But not this FAWM. Everything seems to have come into being one-shot, nothing more needed (other than post-FAWM polish, everything needs that!) The only exception is the ukulele stuff where I can't actually play three of them simultaneously. Yet.

So perhaps the spontaneity is a Karma Kompensation...
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Hi Tim, thanks for offering to do I Feel You, @taracraig had already claimed that one. I think I had put that in my liner notes but that may have been after you read it. Thanks for sharing that the lyrics stirred you….
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Thank you for the listen, and the tip about Pond5! I've just signed up as a contributor and now waiting for my ID to be verified. 👍
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Oh Tim. I've only just read your messages from late January. My heart goes out to you both. ❤️
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Oh no, I just read your comments about your wife. I'm so sorry to hear the news. Fingers crossed that she beats the odds and has much more time left than 2 years. Sending good vibes from Massachusetts.
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Thanks for listening to and commenting on "Parallel Lives"! I appreciate it!
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Thanks for taking the time to listen to the Animals.
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Thanks for the listen and comment on 'Get Ready'!
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15 FEB 2024 I hope we're starting to emerge from the current pit and return to something resembling a normal life for a while. Immunotherapy has started for Deborah and one can hope for a long reprieve after the broken bones have repaired. (mind you, second time round, not recommended for anybody. I tried shouting in rage at the universe but all i got was magpies carolling back!)

In the meantime, I'm still using creation as a safety valve and I'm never going to catch up on the listening, I regret.
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12 FEB 2024 After rude comments about using the electric pole saw on an acoustic busker, Karma stepped in and the polesaw died in mid-branch prune.

Trying to at least create, not listening or commenting very much at all sadly, everything a bit daunting here.
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I finally got one of ours done! It was behemoth that took some wrangling and it still isn't quite right but one must move on.
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Tim
I hope we do something this FAWM.
I gave enough to one of my collaborations as his time is limited.
Happy to see that you are doing something beautiful and positive.
Hugs
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11 FEB 2024 Swings and roundabouts: the decreasing pain curve and the ascending painkiller curves appear to have crossed, so now I need a string to keep the kite from going higher. A bit disconcerting to say the least but we'll work through it, and it does indicate that the immediate issue is on the mend, hooray. And no, I didn't use the pole chainsaw on the busker yesterday, it's electric and he's not, and the cord isn't long enough anyway...
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Consider it done. Adding you as collaborator and looking for a Demo Updated thread in the forums.
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10 FEB 2024 Life remains a leetle full. At least lyricists send me stuff which keeps me sane and which will appear at some point. In the meantime, well, attack the garden with the pole chainsaw but no, not the busker on teh footpath, no...
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Thank you for your warm comment re: the lyric of 'Israel and Gaza' - I appreciate it! . This is the first I'm going to your page this Feb., so I just saw what 'circumstances' you're referring to, and I'm sorry to hear... hope your loved ones' time is much longer and better then whatever predictions they're making, and all my good thoughts from here on the other side of the planet. and of course a belated thank you for all that encouragement you gave me those many years ago here!
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07 FEB 2024 Ah well, press on. No way through the bad news but to wade through the bad news and spin off or listen to some music on the way. Haven't done much listening but gee there's some good stuff here on FAWM. Message to self for tomorrow: don't read the paper in the morning. Rake the leaves up or play a ukulele instead....
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Thank you Tim. Yes I will let it marinade, the song is too complex to handle it during FAWM. I don't have any spicy chords, just triads. No 6/9/11/13 flavours. There's a modal key change I'm not happy with, but I don't know if I need a passing chord cause inserting one there kills the rhythm.
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Tweak what you must! 😀
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Hearing something jazzy/showhall for this lyric. https://write.fawm.org/songs/285430 -- could be a collab if you like?
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Hey there Tim, I have one of the songs almost there in terms of lyrics, form and melody, and some solid ideas for the other one. I’m working all day today and tomorrow however, with gigs tonight, Friday night and Saturday night so realistically I wont probably pull anything together until the end of the weekend.
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Awfully kind of you to make time to hear our song "One Day." Hope all is as well as it can be, friend.
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Tim, thank you so much for your comment on "The Day That You Dropped Me" -- I'm glad to know those lines struck you as true.
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04 FEB 2024 Not so good situations, worrying. Or at least, more so that usual. Looks like more heavy piano if nothing else...
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Thanks so much for the kind comment on "Just Begun"!
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Aw Tim, thanks for taking a peek at my Spirit lyric. Hope it made you smile, your gin song full out made me laugh!
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Thanks for letting me know what stuck out to you in "Burnt Toast, No Toaster!"
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Hey Tim, I know you are time poor, but if you happen to doodle out a bit of piano impro that you think would suit my sensibilities, I’m all ears. Having a slow start.
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02 FEB 2024 I have a World Ukulele Song written but not recorded, and too brain-dead to learn it enough to get it up now. At least I'm listening. But another day, another challenge outside FAWM.
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Hi, thanks very much for the comment on "The Day That You Dropped Me!" Sad songs are my happy place, maybe? ;)
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Thanks for stopping by "F-F-FAWM" - saddle up, it's time to go!
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01 FEB 2024 I've actually got one song and one skirmish up in the first 2 hours. To my surprise. And listend to some of the commenters and skirmishers. But it's midnight and I'm on the medications run (and 4am. and 8am) so I'm having a gin, delivering the painkillers and going to bed. I'll comment on the others in teh morning.
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Thanks for your comments Tim. I joined FAWM in 2010 and my first skirmish was yesterday. Crazy. I am a slow learner.
I have a funny story from yesterday. I finished some customer escalation calls at 20:30 (I’m in Singapore) and thought I’d give the skirmish a go…it was going well, until I plugged my bass in and there was no sound. I haven’t figured the problem out, but at the time, I just grabbed another bass and used that to meet the 1 hour deadline. I’m now hoping to join a skirmish that will take place on Sunday morning (for me)…let’s see
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Tim, I'm so sorry about Deborah's illness! I hope her pain eases soon and that she gets those two good years. And I hope you're able to escape into your music in between your responsibilities to her. Sending warm thoughts your way.
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20 minutes? Genius!
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Thanks for the kind word on "They hate us" and they do, they really do hate us
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28 Jan 24: Bad news up front. I can't fully participate this year. I will be creating music because that's an escape but I can't be listening much and there won't be much reply.

Reason: Deborah my partner of 53 years and wife of 50 has terminal lung cancer, detected between Christmas and New Year, currently (27 Jan) in considerable pain from bone cancer--radiotherapy just finished and on the mend for that--but not a long prognosis. We may luck out and get another couple of good years; it's not an immediate death sentence, but there's a lot to do and I'm full-time carer.

As is the way of such things, situation should ease up as much as it's ever going to after FAWM (!)

So to my extended FAWMily, love and regret I can't fully launch in.
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Would love to collab with you. Tim. No pressure however.
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Maybe that cbg piezo would work in a Tahitian uke too 😎
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Sending you love and hope you can enjoy FAWM in some way or another this year xo
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Hey Tim... Hang in there. We'll still be looking out for you
Russ 😀
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Im so sorry to hear about your love’s illness and suffering. That’s just the worst. Biggest hugs from sleepy central VIC.
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So sorry to hear about your lovely Deborah, my heart goes out to her and you as you walk this path. Big hugs from Canada <3
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Happy FAWM 2024!
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Just know we are here to listen and appreciate your works Tim. Wishing you the best.
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Whatever you do this year I know your fawmily will just appreciate that you’re here when it works for you. I hope Fawm will be a refuge from stress and a distraction when you need it. My thoughts are with you and Deborah.
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Sorry to hear, Tim. Praying for you.
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You have my sympathies for your situation, Tim. We'll all look forward to whatever you're inspired to do.
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Sorry to hear about Deborah. Sending you virtual hugs
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Nothing I can say can make it any better, but just know I'll be listening to you and wishing you and Deborah all the mercy you can find as you go on this rough road together. May there be light and love.
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Hi Tim, I am lost for words and despite the fact I lean towards pragmatism over prayers, I am still sending all my best wishes and strongest healing vibes your way.
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Here we go again Tim! Have yourself a great FAWM.
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Tim, I'm heartbroken to read the news. I'll count it a privilege the times I do see your name on my screen, and I'll understand when those are few. Wishing nothing but the best as you embrace and endure the worst.
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Tim, I am so sorry to hear this! 💔 Sending well wishes and healing light to your wife and to you and your family. Music is therapy and good respite. Spend as much as you can with her though. Hugs!
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So sorry to read your news.
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So sorry to hear Tim. Wishing Deborah moments without pain. May the love between the both of you bring some light in this difficult time.
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Tim, I hope that you get some hot out of making music in a difficult time. I saw a video you did on the Tahitian ukulele and it was cool.
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Hey Tim, thanks for being a mod on FAWM. Here’s to a FAWM brimming with creativity, joy and unforgettable musical moments. Have a blast and FAWM on!
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