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jerrypettit

@jerrypettit
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2012

Update for 2024: Actually, doing more than dabbling now. FAWM has been life-changing. Having some limited "success" on SPOTIFY with some of my songs. Have a good FAWM folks!

Update for 2023: So far, covid-free...BUT got that darned RSV thing and it has hung around for the last 6 weeks or so, so don't expect my vocals to be quite as...mellifluous.

Update for 2022: I'm still alive! "Heartbreak is my brand™"

Update for 2021: Had a successful 50/90 (my second one completed!), so FAWM should be a piece of cake, right? Hope to stretch my wings genre-wise, per usual. Looking forward to listening to the rest of you.

Update for 2020: Health problems, including NO VOICE so far (writing this on 2/6). I've written lyrics for 6 songs while I wait to recover, so I THINK I'll eventually get my usual 14 in. Stay tuned...

Update for 2019: I'll be putting out my 3rd album (pop) shortly after FAWM 2019 closes, and a 4th (country) album later this year. Going to try and do about half my usual "country" fare this time around and half R&B. FAWM has been life-changing! Good luck to all!

UPDATE FOR 2018!! I have an album out now--all proceeds go to KIVA.org to provide microloans for educating women in developing countries.

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@mikeb
Thanks for the comment on 'Hometown Harbor'! Yes, one take on the vocal - not my normal, which is usually up to 6 takes, with the 3rd and 4th being the best!
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Thanks for your comment on the Metamorphosis song! I made a diagram!

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Thank you for all your comments!
For me, the key to improv/"sound design" is embracing the unpredictability and loss of control. I often have no idea how my pedals are going to interact when I turn a knob; sometimes it feels like I'm riding a bucking bronco.
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Thanks, Jerry, for your “Around Midnight” comments. I’m trying to do 31 songs in July. Getting close!
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Lovers Park is in miraflores, the expensive section of lima where most of the expatriates live. Kelly sent me a postcard of it back in 2008 and most o the lyrics are culled from what she wrote on the back of the card. The sculpture is an original by Víctor Delfín, who lives near the park
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Thank you for stopping by for :Rose Coloured Glasses". The AI generated vocals and music were with Udio.
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Thanks for the comment on 'With These Hands'. The Kornbluth story is the same name, I read it from Gutenberg.org (free e-books).
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Thanks for listening to "It's Our Call", Jerry. I appreciate your kind comment.
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Thanks for your kind words on "Same Angels" -- I've been thinking about trying some open mics. So far I only play at church and the occasional Filk Festival. :) I appreciate the encouragement. I think of myself as a better writer than performer.
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Thanks for commenting on Restraining Order. Marriage or divorce never entered into my thought process when I created the potential lyric. Just something I saw with those two words that seem to light the creative fire. Thanks again!
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Hi, Jerry, Thanks for the nice comment on Sing a Song of Love and Loss. My post is an experiment in seeing how a variety of musicians would use the same lyric to create different songs. I hope more musicians will join in with their own interpretations.
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No, I did not put a lot of work into the vocal. It's a present with the voice Solaria. Very minor tweaks. Solaria is a well-designed voice. Most of the others are not as well designed.
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Thanx for your comments on Love Is A Simple Song.
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thank you for your comment on everybody needs somethng not to believe in, but dont take it seiously as a history lesson. there is no relationship between the presidents and the lines connected to them. i wrote all the verses first and then thought of names to attach to them. common names seemed to trite, so i settled on the idea of going down the list of presidents from washington to lincoln, then fast forwarding to the 21st century ones. i dint put any liner notes on the song becaue i wanted peole to make connections of their own rather than explain that there was no political intent, only vague political inderences that would be different for each person who listened.
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Your comment on "Peter, Sew Your Shadow On" was a real mood-booster. Thanks for the kind words!
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Thanks for reaffirming the simple approach in "Love is a Simple Song". Just a double-tracked guitar, bass and a hint of piano.
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Yes randomness is a friend. Thanks for listening to "Forest Spirit's Rebuff".
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Where did I learn music production? Besides having a propensity for it (musician/DJ/sound engineer family), using computers since the late 70s, working in Silicon Valley capped off with a "modern musician certificate" from Berklee online (Coursera), which included songwriting, musicianship, and the technology of music production. And from there, I keep up my studies through Groove3 and SonicAcademy. So much to learn and I'm excited that all that hard work is starting to show. Thank you so much, Jerry!
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i had a similar thing happen that made me feel i was losing my mind. i woke up late at10"30 and wondered by it was still dark outside. I ran downstairs and nobody was there, I went outside and all was quiet. I checked all clocks and they all said 10.30. I wondered if the world had ended or if i was dead. Then I checked a clock downstars that was on military time and it read 22.30,and I saw what the problem was. it was actually 10.30 at night . I had fallen asleep in the afternon and slept 7 hours. I then wondered what i was going to do with the rest of the night, as I was wide awake, so I put on a movie and fell back asleep util 5am.
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Thanks, Jerry, one of my brethren in BIAB! Our instruments never get stolen from the van, the bass player never goes to rehab, the guitar player isn't a total diva and the drummer never runs off with our girlfriend, right? Thanks for the listen, man.
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Thanks so much for your kind words on "The Day After You" - I've not found the time to listen back to any of yours yet to comment but I will when I get the chance.
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Hi Jerry - I think it probably is something to do with the browser at your end, but it's important that we get reports like this because it focuses attention on ways in which we can improve the site's back end to make this sort of stuff less likely to happen. So the guys are going to work on a way of supporting more file formats (OGG, VORBIS, FLAC etc.) by transcoding to a standard mp3 file format that Beto knows is reliable; he has a plan! It might take a while and it might not be done by the end of 50/90 this year but FAWM next year will benefit. This should also fix the issues with badly encoded mp3 files which have been cropping up this summer. So thanks for letting me know about what was happening.
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Hi Jerry. Thanks for stopping by.

Sometimes, I wait for a while for a collaborator to come by and then two come along at once. Well, this time, four came along at once, and that was enough to get a bandwagon forming.

There's always been a place in FAWM/5090 for everyone putting their own spin on the same lyric (the year I started, there was one that had the same lyric, melody *and* chords - and the versions still sounded completely different), so it looks like what I had originally intended to be a cobweb-clearer has become this year's Explore the Core challenge. I shan't complain.
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Hi Jerry - that's weird; I've checked the playback on my system and it's playing fine. Can you give me some details on what operating system and browser you're using, please? OS build number and browser version numbers are useful too, if you've got 'em. I'll let Beto and Burr know about this, because there have been some really weird bugs dropping out of the woodwork recently (such as Bandlab's new free mastering service screwing up people's mp3 files so that playback dies after three seconds...)
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Hi, Jerry, So glad you follow Gwyn Jones so you could see our song, Cat In The Attic. I thought he did a wonderful job conveying the heartbreak of Miss Casey. Thank you for your generous comments.
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Oh, wow, Jerry--you are too much. Your kind words about How I Wish have me all aflutter. Thank you, sir, for lending an ear and saying such nice things. Means a lot coming from an artist like yourself.
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Thanks for breaking me out of Zong-jail with your comment on "Dirty" -- I wouldn't mind hearing some other songs about dirty folks. ;)
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Ah, Jerry - thanks for your kind comments of "Waves of Lost Passion". Cindy's words are always great to work with.
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what happened to the school? in the middle of the second verse, it wnt lank and a warning this video is unavailable popped up. are you going to repost it?
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Hey Jerry. Apparently there was an issue with the encoding. It's fixed and you can take a listen at your convenience. Maybe I'm having a so-called Mandela Effect moment, but I thought you weren't recording until August.
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Thanks for coming to the latest prayer meeting at "Pray for Us", Jerry. I appreciate your always positive comments.
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I’m digging up photos on the internet. The photo on “Once Upon A Time” was AI-generated.
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i had the same problem with sandy beaches. finally had to listen to it on my phone. several other embedded songs have the ame problem. yesterday sandy beaches played two seconds and stopped. then i rebooted and it was fine.
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Thanks for your comment on "Baby, I'm Your Man" — I think it counts as a collaboration, but not 50-50. I wrote only the lyrics for the first stanza based on slack chat conversation, and the rest was out of my hands. 🤘🏼🙂
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Jerry, thanks for the nice comments on "Chances". Interesting you mentioned the volume sounding low. I have pretty basic recording abilities and I struggle with getting the volume right. I appreciate the nice comments on the song!
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Thanks for your comments on “Secondhand” and “Secret Family Recipes” -- I've had some pretty good microwave burritos in my day, so you may still be a chef. ;)
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Hey, Jerry. Thanks for the encouragement on Fast Time or Slow Time. I think the town, Union City, that lady was telling me about is sort of in both Indiana and Ohio and apparently, at one time, one of the two states recognized daylight saving time and the other didn't. Here's an old article about the confusion:https://www.nytimes.com/1983/04/24/us/confusion-time-resumes-today-in-union-city-indiana-ohio.html#:~:text=Most%20counties%20in%20Indiana%20decided,time%20from%20April%20to%20October.
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Glad you're not caffeine deprived, Jerry. Thanks for having a cup with "Morning Coffee With You". Your turn to bring the cookies next time.
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lee says anyone who calls her the nurse babe is alright by her!
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just so we are clear :-) i have 20 more done im just posting 1 every 2 days and stockpiling for my travels! and allowing your bit of glory . i really am tryng to only do 50 this year, but you never know
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Thanks for checking out my lyrics. I enjoyed your humorous comment!
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Thanks very much for your enthusiastic comments on "I Pray", Jerry. And, yes, I watch your country's divisive politics from a safe distance and wonder when sanity will return to the red-hatted crowd. (Should I say red hated crowd?) Luckily, I live close enough to look over the fence but far enough away that the far-right vigilantes won't reach me. Since the arrival of Trump as a "politician" I have refused to visit your fine country. I wait for better times to return.
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I'd take a photo of the day Jerry had more songs than Coolparadiso :-)
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Thanks for your comment on "Satan, No" — and may we all encounter less Satan in our relationships!
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Keep your shirt on, Jerry. A new song is 75% in the can. Have a cup of coffee in hand when it breaks today.
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Many thanks, Jerry. Lucky me to get material like @mctown & @vaughan lay down. Just gotta ride their wave.
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the book was the basis for the paul newman film hud, but the grandpa was the main character in the book. when newman was cast, of course the script was devised to make hud the central character. the title is a biblical passage referring to the four horsemen of the apocalypse, the particular one being pestilence, which in both book and movie is the hoof and mouth disease which destroys grandpas cattle, in my song the title refers to the girls prayer that her husband be spared the pestilence the horseman is bringing, and has a ring to it of the passover signs on the jewish houses when the angel of death killed the first born the pharoah refused to free the jewish slaves.
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Jerry, I’ve heard that, too, about mixing in monitors but was never a fan. Besides, if my cats hear me, they will find me in my studio and demand to join in - lol! My dad was a big lover of settling into his recliner with his headphones on listening to his favorite music! Why not give yourself the most immersive experience?
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Thanks for travelling "Three Roads Down" with Cindy and me. CIndy puts out some pretty strong lyrics and I'm glad to nab some when I can.
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"Screamie Birds 2.0" - love it! Thanks so much for the appreciation!
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Thanks for your comment on "Boo Hoo, Baby" — my real name is in my profile description for all to see. 😉 It’s Jenny Selig.
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Thanks for your comment on "It's Hard to Start a Fire in the Rain" and my melody skills. Actually, I feel like I struggle with melody. It’s much harder for me than lyrics. So your comment is encouraging.
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Hi Jerry, thank you so much for your comments on "Quicksand" I really appreciate it. It's a wonderful feeling when a song comes together as quickly as this one did
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Bless you and thank you, Jerry, for the super nice comment about Names On a Wall. Can't wait to dig into your material.
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Hi Jerry, the prompt was from skirmish and it's an American spelling of Pyjamas:) Thank you for listening 🎶 and commenting 😀
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Jerry, Congrats on your success with Spotify. And thank you so much for your comments on @jeff9's and my collab on Names On A Wall. I thought he did a wonderful job turning my "words on the page" to a beautifully moving song.
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Thanks for your kind review of "Impressions". It was a fun write and I'm glad it made a good impression on you.
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no change in the technical set up, just singing differently this year, less emotive, more lyrical. the more delicate vocals make the distant echo more prominent. i always use it but it usually gets buried in the loudness.
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Hi, thanks for giving my tune a listen. I can see how taking a step back might be needed for your music. We’re pretty steeped in politics here as well, but not to that degree. My wife works closely with campaigns she believes in as a volunteer and is more than a little outspoken. Hard to avoid concerns when there are so many to choose from, and music’s my therapy. 😂
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Thanks so much for your kind words on “Breaking!”
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Thanks, Jerry, for the welcome and praise on “A Man Like You.” But, you missed my first song. Hopefully, you’ll circle back at some point. Thanks, again. Much appreciated!
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Home for 2 weeks then off again!
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Highly highly recommend writing a rap song. Thanks for your comment on Barbaric!
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Thanks for visiting "A Simple Line" and being so nice, Jerry.
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Hey, Dabbler... onward.
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Have a great 50/90!
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Good to see you again Jerry!
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YOU ARE BACK!!
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Greetings, Sir Jerry. Have fun!
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Hi Jerry, wonderful to hear about your success on Spotify. It wasn't so for me but I'm happy for you :) Have a great 50/90 :)
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