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:

[avatar] [avatar] Under Desert Skies by @mikeb + @lyricslinger 6
[avatar] Bang Or A Whimper by @mikeb #lonelygear #endoftheworld 4
[avatar] Be Alive by @mikeb #synthpop #dance 10
[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 7
[avatar] [avatar] I Just Can’t Figure by @mikeb + @geoff61 11
[avatar] Lonely City by @mikeb #eleanorrigby #mandolin 11
[avatar] Sad State of Affairs by @mikeb #independence #mandolin #america #americana 12

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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. 😬

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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 Justin’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 😏

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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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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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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!