mikeb

he/him

This is my 1st 50-90. (4 FAWMs history)

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Got my first guitar at age 15, never looked back (but may have left it in the closet for a few years along the way).
6 self-released CDs of various styles of music. Now I just call it 'electric-acoustic folk-rock' when people ask what genre.

Play guitar, uke, keyboards, bass, Merlin (ask!), and whatever instruments I can fake things on (mandolin, harmonica, violin). I use Reaper for recording (willing to do collaborations).

Friend me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mike.birch.965
And 'like' my artist page: https://www.facebook.com/mikebirchmusic/
And 'like/follow' me on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2335h7eE1s5RDOAb0Zv3Mi?si=0QGEp_XTTbOnai0Zcfw9Ag

Along with my collaborator and friend @tamsnumber4 I run a monthly songwriter meeting, Songwriters of New Hampshire Group (SONG) where we discuss songwriting and bring songs for suggestions and critiques in a casual songwriter circle format.

Songs (20):

[avatar] Something Somewhere by @mikeb #rock_opera #short 1
[avatar] Still Alive by @mikeb #rockopera 2
[avatar] Alone by @mikeb #rock_opera 7
[avatar] On To Hollywood by @mikeb #bluesfeast22 #acoustic #songskirmish #hwlalv 11
[avatar] Music Can Make You Happy by @mikeb #not_rock #piano #rock_opera #waltz 3
[avatar] Paper Man by @mikeb #rock #political 5
[avatar] Wondering by @mikeb #indie_rock 6
[avatar] Rock Opera Instrumentals by @mikeb #instrumental #rock_opera 2
[avatar] So Far (young Billie's song) by @mikeb #fuc #rockopera 5
[avatar] Last Summer Moon by @mikeb #skirmish #songskirmish #lonelygear #summermoon 7
[avatar] [avatar] Under Desert Skies by @mikeb + @lyricslinger 7
[avatar] Bang Or A Whimper by @mikeb #lonelygear #endoftheworld 6
[avatar] Be Alive by @mikeb #synthpop #dance 11
[avatar] We Might See Some Rain by @mikeb #piano #climatechange #rain 4
[avatar] [avatar] Lonely and Blue by @mikeb + @lyricslinger #blues 14
[avatar] A Life of Unfulfilled Dreams by @mikeb #fuc #lonelygear #iloveshortsongs 13
[avatar] On the Far Side of the Universe by @mikeb #rockopera #psychedelic 8
[avatar] [avatar] I Just Canโ€™t Figure by @mikeb + @geoff61 12
[avatar] Lonely City by @mikeb #eleanorrigby #mandolin 11
[avatar] Sad State of Affairs by @mikeb #independence #mandolin #america #americana 12

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@andrea

Following! Sounds like a lot of work, but it will be worth it. I hope all goes smoothly and you enjoy each step of the way. Good luck :)

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@markg

Thanks for the listen and comment. Hope to see you soon again.

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2112 is well worth a listen, although it is very much a creature of its time; I think the preposterous nature of the original lyrics eventually got to the band. By the late 1980s Geddy was singing the lines "We are the priests / Of the temples of Syrinx" as "We are the plumbers / Who have come to fix your sink."

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@jeff9

Many thanks, Mike.

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Hi, Mike. Thanks for leaving a comment on Bye, Bye, Prima Donna.Glad you liked the song. I felt very privileged when Cheslain agreed to work with me on this one. I love his interpretation.

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Glad you liked my take on Liz's "The Stolen Land"

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@jeff9

Thanks, Mike! Great to see the rock opera evolving.

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Hi, I appreciate the comment you left on "Spaces Between Us".

Actually, I spoke to a mutual friend (who's playing on the friend's record). Contrary to my earlier thoughts, her decision not to include me on it is not necessarily because of me at all, but more that she had a plan in mind and was aiming to stick to it. It seems that the material for the album didn't require a keyboardist (e.g. myself).
Oh well. Yes, music is good for catharsis.

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Mike! Glad you liked the treatment that Tuesday Gray gave my lyrics on Criminy, Jake! I was VERY pleased with what she did, so I'm glad it resonated with you, too. Thanks for the listen and comment.

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You are very welcome. Thank you for your kind comment on mine.

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I admit it was a bit of a click-bait song title. There are a lot of little prairie ghost towns that were built along no-longer-existing rail lines.

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paper man could be about johnson, nixon, bush, ckinton, trump, or any one of the many peruvian presidents for whom prison was and is a retirement home..not to mention the dozens of alpha crooks worldwide throughout history. not to mention the tens of thousands of white collar criminals whoi have destroyed or concealed incriminating evidence.

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Hi, Mike. I'm glad you enjoyed I Call Myself a Gardener. Yes, this is a song that presents the good things about gardening, and how surprisingly satisfying it can be. There was no room for those critters that you mentioned! Not in this garden! :)

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You are very welcome. It was a pleasure. Thank you for your kind comment on The North Wind and the Sun. I love this fable because it represents the wind as angry and unkind and the sun is happy and kind. Kindness wins. Love this.

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@geoff61

Mike, I'm sorry to hear that :-(

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Hey thanks Mike. We set the vocal back as per your suggestion. Works better now!

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@jeff9

Many thanks, Mike, for checking out my old school number made from @stephenwordsmithโ€™s Hot Chocolate lyrics.

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@andrea

Thanks, Mike, for the helpful information ๐Ÿ˜€

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@andrea

Thanks for your honest and thoughtful comments on Open the Door. I was uncertain about using 'you' in the chorus, so your advice is very helpful. I will make that change ๐Ÿ˜€

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@geoff61

i think it comes from the state of the world right now Mike :-(

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@andrea

Thanks for checking out I Am Undefined and Wake Up Charlie. I appreciate your kind comments.

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Thanks Mike for your comments on my Xylene lyrics. Not sure about the chemical accuracy of their content but hopefully will make for a fun song

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Hi, Mike. I liked your description of Bonnie & Clyde: A bluegrass ballad destined for prison! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Thanks Mike, glad you liked World in Flames

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@nadine

Thanks for your comment! I look forward to finish this draft with my collabs!

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@andrea

Thanks for your kind comments on my collab with @jeff9, I'm Always on the Defense.

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@jeff9

Hey, thanks a million, Mike, for the very kind words on I'm Always on the Defense!

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Hi Mike,
Thanks for your comments on Under Desert Skies. Look forward to seeing what you come up with

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@jeff9

Thanks kindly for the like on Vibrant Green Heaven, Mike. Maybe a tiny bit cheesy, but I think maybe I am, too. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

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@geoff61

thanks Mike re your comment

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Thanks Mike for your comments on Kicking Cans

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@jeff9

Thanks, Mike. Always great to hear your encouraging words.

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Thanks :)

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Thank you for the encouragement on Come Back!

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@oswlek

Thanks, Mike. I appreciate you giving "Tea" a whirl.

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@jeff9

Thanks, Mike, for your comments on Justinโ€™s Predator and Prey. My billing on that one should be limited to the fine print.

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@andrea

Thanks for your comments. The inspiration for Niagara's Fall was based on the lyric challenge for the Riffing Challenge in the Muse. The challenge was to write about a historic place or person, or landmark. I decided I wanted to write about Niagara Falls and the story just popped into my head. Nothing personal that would make it more interesting ๐Ÿ˜

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Mike, Glad you like the addition of the drums to But I Did. We all had a good time with this one! Thanks for your comments.

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@jeff9

Much obliged, Mike.

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I added another verse

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Yeah, a typo and yeah, I'll think of a couple more verses.

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@nateger

Hey Mike, in response to your comment, I do like the words as they are. They were what felt true to me in the moment. Thanks for the listen/read

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@nadine

Thanks a lot for your comment, Mike! Though being a prog lover, I just discovered King Crimson last year. That's super complex music!

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Thanks Mike. Look forward to hearing what you come up with for my Lonely and Blue lyrics.
Simon

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Thanks for checking out "Look Sharp"!

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@nateger

Hey Mike, the link to my newest tune should be fixed!

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@jeff9

Thanks for the nice ping, Mike. Yep, Normandy is for the Muse "Riff History" challenge.

Yeah, "Blows Against the Empire" is totally epic and burned into my brain. I can listen on repeat to the slow, instrumental part of the second half of "A Child Is Coming" with Jack Casady's orgasmic bass tone and licks.

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Hi, Mike. I liked your "humor-hiding sadness" comment on I Hate Love. I agree it was fun to hear Jeff do an alternative version of this song. He's pretty amazing.

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@jeff9

Hey, Mike. Thanks for much for the kind comments on "Wish It Was Me" and also on my attempt at another one outside my usual countrified box with the alternative version of "I Hate Love". That lyric by @greengrassgirl had so many stylistic possibilities that I just couldn't resist doing it a couple of different ways.

Still digging your "Lonely City". It's kind of stuck in my head from yesterday.

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my first jobs when i moved to boston were on harvard street at village fruit and then at bernsteins furniture. then i got into a head on collision on huntington avenue while delivering furniture and i moved to cambidge to begin my shortlived career in theatre management.

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we were naighbors. i was at 15 glenville in 81 and 82

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@crisp1

Thanks for the comments on The Ballad of Pete and Eddie. I think you're right about what sound would go well with it!

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Hi, Mike, Thanks for listening to When Love Ends. I'm glad you liked the treatment that Eric gave to the lyrics. I was very pleased with how he imagined the song.

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where were you livimg in allstpn? i was there 81-83 one block from harvard and comm aves.. then moved to cambridge where i managed the harvard square theatre for 2 years before moving over to the orson welles.

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@toms

Thank you for the kind comment, Mike! I have 3 Gretsches, including one of those basses. All lower cost student models, all good. :)

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@markg

Happy FAWMing!