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shoeman
11-30-2007, 09:04 AM
Some of you Fixxtures, we know what you do musically.
But do repeat that for us here, if you please?

Then there are others, we're not aware of your special musical talent.
Do you sing? Write songs? Play an instrument? Anything?

Don't be shy, OK?
Step right up and tell us how you rock the world!!


My thanks in advance!!


John

:)

Bash
12-01-2007, 01:18 AM
When in school, I sang in every chorus available, including a girls barbershop quartet (and no, we weren't called The Fixx). Loved the close harmonies (I sang the "baritone" part, so I got to do all the awesome 6ths and 7ths). Not too many solos - a little shy - but I did sing the national anthem in front of 8000 people at a basketball game once.

These days, my singing is mainly in the shower...good clean fun. :)

http://www.bashful7.com/singer.gif

rockerchic
12-02-2007, 03:52 PM
Love the arts of all kinds -
Not so much these days but played the flute and oboe in the concert band, marching band, orchestra, and jazz ensemble. I was also drum majorette way back in Junior High School. Yep - a band geek! I was really good on the oboe so much so that the teacher had asked me to take private lessons and try to pursuit getting into larger orchestras. My parents never gave me the chance that I deserved so it never came to fruition. However, when it came to my younger sister they let her move onward with her musical success leaving me with a little animosity. She began on violin but the teacher needed someone on double bass and after approaching her, she picked it up and played it like a pro. She went on to pre-college at Julliard. Went around the world on tour with the Youth Symphony Orchestra ( now you can see why I was mad as that should have and could have been me too!) She decided she wanted to be a music teacher and then later changed her major to performance. At the suggestions of her instructors, my parents spent thousand for the double bass and she gets sent to Peabody Conservatory at John Hodgkins University and continues to wow all those that hear her play. Gets in a high rank of Principal Chair in their orchestra. Dad was allowing her to trial a $10,000 bass and she dropped the frickin' thing down the steps when she suddenly had a nervous breakdown and decided that the life of a musician was not for her. She cracks it and dad is stuck paying a large fee for the repair. She never played ever again! What a waste of talent, time, and money! She also played and excelled on electric bass. I tried to learn guitar so that we could bring our love of music together and maybe jam together for fun but but my fine motor coordination seemed to be uncoordinated and uncooperative!
Me and the arts : I was involved in the Spirit Squad in high school in which I designed the banners for the football games and had to be the cheering section in the bleechers.
In my twenty-somethings, tried different forms of dance - Hip Hop, Modern, Ballet, and African Dance. My Hip Hop instructor was a dancer/choreographer for M-TV when they had the Grind and I forget the name of the dance program but the one with Downtown Julie Brown. I tried to track his whereabouts recently and believe he has gone international. If anyone has ever heard of L.T. Dance Incorporated, that would be him. He'll never tell what the L.T. stands for! Let me know if anyone has heard of him?

preciousstone75
12-03-2007, 07:55 AM
Oh yeah- Downtown Julie Brown's show was Club MTv.


Well, let's see. . .

First joined a middle school chorus when I was 10- I went from being an alto at the audition to a tenor at the first rehearsal! Got into our church youth choir when I turned eleven and also began playing the piano (which I continued until I was fifteen). From twenty-five until last year I was in our adult choir. We're always trying to sing around the house and it's part of my job, only all children's songs are mostly soprano. I can hit about four ranges and can even do a mean Steve Perry (I love singing Open Arms doing karaoke).


How's that? Since this isn't about art and writing, I have to stop here.:love: My family is full of musical talent that I don't have the time (or space) to fill, but rest assured, I got enough nephews, nieces, and cousins for backup singers and a few bands!

Beached Male
12-03-2007, 07:33 PM
Musical talent? The ribbed fish with a short stick...
BM

F1xx F@n4
12-08-2007, 11:49 PM
Yes I was a musician at one time. Recorded a bunch of songs in the studio back in the 90's. Had studio musicians work with me. My music never made it big on the radio and I never toured either. This is what hats I wore: Lyrics, Music, Keyboards, Singer, Producer, Arranger, and Album Cover/Graphic Arts Designer. You can hear one of my songs here:

http://www.fiascobros.com/music/generation.mp3

This is what my album cover looked like:

http://www.fiascobros.com/albums/a-horizons.jpg

:rolleyes: :confused:

F1xx F@n4
12-12-2007, 06:30 PM
I guess I shouldn't have said anything. Looks like I scared you all off now. :confused: :rolleyes:

Carrie
12-12-2007, 11:51 PM
On the contrary; I just ran out of time to listen to the song before, then forgot to look up the thread again. I really like it; it has that New Wave sound, without giving up on guitar rock. Am I wrong in hearing some Saga and maybe Depeche Mode influence? Kudos to the guitar player, at any rate, and having a girl in the mix is another point scorer for me - there are far too few females in rock to suit me. Interesting lyrics too. It's too bad that something like CDBaby that Cy used wasn't around when you all worked on this.

Of course, I love the album cover, being partial to Red Skies, and not just the song.

By the way, your sig is too stinkin' cool...I'm horribly jealous not to have thought of it. :p I've got a new idea for one in the works, but may keep this one a bit longer...

Del_Duio
12-13-2007, 05:52 AM
Hey everybody!

I've been playing bass for almost 15 years or so, and drums on and off for about 12. I can manage to play some FIXX songs on bass but some are trickier than others.

Been a big fan of the Fixx since oh maybe 1996 or so when my friend got me a greatest hits CD. Since then I have 2 live CDs (Real Time Stood Still & the King Biscuit one) and just recently saw the reissue of Phantoms for cheap and picked it up straight away.

I always wondered how a song as good as Our we ourselves? could have been the 10th track on any album. After listening to this incredible album, I soon knew why. ALL of these songs are 4 or 5 stars in my opinion, but my standout favorites off the top of my head are:

Less Cities,
Our We Ourselves?
Phantom Living (<--what a closer!!)
I Will
Wish
Lost in Battle Overseas
Sunshine in the Shade

I mean really, I should just write the whole track listing down here now. Lose Face took a couple of listens to I admit, and if not for the incredible drumming on In Suspense that one might be a question mark too for awhile.

Some of my other FIXX favorites from other albums I've heard are Red Skies, I Found You, Lost Planes, Deeper & Deeper, Secret Separation, Calm Animals, Driven Out, Stand or Fall, One Thing..

I really have no idea why these guys aren't way bigger than they are. I guess that just goes to show the flaws of the mainstream audience's ear, at least to me.

Oh, and Cy is an awesome singer and Dan K Brown rules!!

I think that's it haha.

fixxed
12-13-2007, 09:18 AM
Well... A few years ago, I bought a mandolin, with the intention of teaching myself...

Started off well, but I had a ganglion cyst developing in one of my wrists, so I stopped... :(

I had the cyst surgically removed, but I was still in pain; turns out my line of work at the time (computer tech support for 4 years or so) gave me carpal tunnel syndrome in both wrists... Arrrgh!

Due to poor ergonomics in the workplace (which my former managers ignored, even at my requests for an assessment) I also developed 'medial epicondilitis' (either golfer's elbow, or tennis elbow -- I can never remember which one it is...) in both elbows!

Since then, I've had an assessment, got a fantastic mouse (check it out at perific.com) and a great chair, and most of my problems seem to be fading. I hope to get back to the mando within a few months... :)

For now, though, I play a wicked CD player! ;)

F1xx F@n4
12-13-2007, 10:32 AM
Originally posted by Carrie
On the contrary; I just ran out of time to listen to the song before, then forgot to look up the thread again. I really like it; it has that New Wave sound, without giving up on guitar rock. Am I wrong in hearing some Saga and maybe Depeche Mode influence? Kudos to the guitar player, at any rate, and having a girl in the mix is another point scorer for me - there are far too few females in rock to suit me. Interesting lyrics too. It's too bad that something like CDBaby that Cy used wasn't around when you all worked on this.

Of course, I love the album cover, being partial to Red Skies, and not just the song.

By the way, your sig is too stinkin' cool...I'm horribly jealous not to have thought of it. :p I've got a new idea for one in the works, but may keep this one a bit longer...

Thanks so much for the response. Well I was influenced by many bands actually. Depeche Mode, Enigma, Kenny G, Billy Idol, Modern Talking and Joe Satriani. There's a little bit of everyone in them. The guitar player was my engineer. He's also the studio manager that runs the studio. That song was recorded at Fiasco Brothers Studios. If you go to: http://www.fiascobros.com, you'll see who he is and what he looks like. His picture is posted on there. I had a female in the song only because the song pertains to both genders. Yeah I wrote the lyrics one summer day back in 1996 thinking about my grad class therefore Generation X. The song was titled Generation. Well actually internet was still fairly new in 1996 at the time I was recording. Well it was supposed to represent that there are New Horizons past the sunset. Another day has past and turned to night to explore the unknown beyond us of tomorrow ahead. I thought people might get a kick out of my signature. I have more songs recorded as well if you want to hear them but they're not on the internet. I can send them by email if you like. Let me know. :confused:

Carrie
12-13-2007, 04:52 PM
F1xx F@n4, I'd love to hear more, but give me another month or so - I should have a new computer by then with a much faster connection. The trick will be remembering to ask you!

Del_Duio, welcome! Phantoms is one of my faves too.

Fixxed, hope the recovery goes well!

And you all are so talented...no musical talent here! But I do write well and make nice birthday cards ;)

msmith1
12-13-2007, 10:56 PM
When I've sung, I'm a 2nd soprano...but that's been some time ago.
I can paint, draw, write, and bellydance. Trying my hand at music again.
Due to JWO's inspiration, I decided to learn guitar. Acoustic and electric. I'd wanted to learn when I was little, but my Dad always said "No, not unless you practice every day until your fingers bleed and bleed!" Well, I'm not gushing blood from my fingertips...but I am learning...slooooowly, but surely!
Kim:)

fixxed
12-14-2007, 08:43 AM
Carrie, thanks for that! :)

Because of this thread, I picked up my mando last night for the first time in a long while... Practiced scales and arpeggios for about 45 minutes... Seemed to be pain-free!!

Of course, it hit me about an hour later, with sharp pains coursing through my right wrist... But it felt like it was worth it!

musegirl
12-14-2007, 10:44 AM
What a fun thread! It's very interesting to learn the musical backgrounds of fellow Fixxtures.

At this point, I would say my chief musical talent is listening. ;)

I took guitar lessons from the second to the eighth grades and sang and played in church for a few years. I'll also cop to chorus roles in a few musicals.

Lost touch with the guitar over the years. Keep saying I'd like to pick it up again. Maybe get an electric. One day...

F1xx F@n4
12-15-2007, 03:59 PM
I would please like everyone who reads or writes in this thread to listen to my song and give a short description on what it means and feels to you. Thanks. I like lots of feedback. :confused:

Fixxed07
12-15-2007, 06:46 PM
I have been a choir geek, a principal 1 st soprano in my HS choir. I love to sing but my singing as of late is in shower or to the radio. This time of year, my voice seezes up and I tend to have problems vocally. I like to go to Karoke bars and belt out once in a while though. I do like the idea of playing guitar. I like the drums too and percussion. Stewart Copeland is my Hero. My left arm does not allow trad grip though. I have never recorded anything. Someday would be nice though if I could work out my vocal issues. I like dancing and sports too. I cant draw worth a damn. I do need to write. Good therapy.

Del_Duio
12-17-2007, 01:02 AM
Oh, I can't believe I left out Woman on a Train!

The next album I want to get is Reach the Beach, if I can find it anywhere. I've seen Shuttered Room for sale before but never Walkabout. I figure I should get the classics first before trying anything more recent.

Does anybody know if they have a live concert DVD available that's not the exclusive 2nd stage one? I always look when I go into music stores but never find anything. It'd be nice to see these songs performed live until I can go and see them in person.

Thank you!

F1xx F@n4
12-17-2007, 10:15 AM
All I know is the 1011 Woodland dvd. I don't know if they have any others. :confused:

fixxed
12-17-2007, 11:26 AM
Originally posted by Del_Duio
Oh, I can't believe I left out Woman on a Train!

The next album I want to get is Reach the Beach, if I can find it anywhere. I've seen Shuttered Room for sale before but never Walkabout. I figure I should get the classics first before trying anything more recent.

Does anybody know if they have a live concert DVD available that's not the exclusive 2nd stage one? I always look when I go into music stores but never find anything. It'd be nice to see these songs performed live until I can go and see them in person.

Thank you!

They put out a VHS tape WAAAAAAAAAAY back in the 80's -- it was a concert in St. Petersburg, Florida on the Phantoms tour... "The Fixx Live in the USA".

When I ordered it soon after it came out, it was on backorder for 6 months, and I had almost forgotten that I had ordered it, so I was pretty excited when I received the package in the mail!! :D

I recently recorded it onto DVD, so I could watch it over and over without ruining the tape. (First time I watched it from the DVD copy was on a big projection screen, almost 8' wide... I almost cried!!! The bulb has since burned out, so I can't do that again...)

I've never seen it for sale on DVD anywhere...

fixxfanatic
12-18-2007, 05:32 PM
I love hearing about everyone's musical talent and interest because music has been a huge part of my soul my whole life!!! My dad was a music prodigy as a child, and met my mom who was also a talented musician. They built a business in the music industry and today there is a display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum about my father's contributions to the industry.

For little ol' me, my parents taught me how to read music before I could read words. I played piano (a mediocre player) and clarinet (I was awful at that). But I studied vocal music for 17 years. My minor in college was Musical Theatre. My very first voice coach is now an opera diva, appearing regularly at the Met in NYC, and the Lyric in Chicago.

Today I mostly just sing at church with our Praise Team at contemporary services. Of course I'll belt it out anytime I hear a Fixx song!

shoeman
12-21-2007, 07:22 PM
Shoeman a musical marvel?

Hardly-Har-Har!!
:laugh:

But my thing is vocals. I don't read music, instead just memorize the note-sequences and practice them. Like Poohkie B. and fixxfanatic, I sing in church; can handle either lead or bass, usually the lead part. On the way to church services, I warm up by singing along to The Fixx!! You oughta hear that.......









Or, maybe not.
:rolleyes:

fixxfanatic
12-21-2007, 08:00 PM
:laugh:

LOL Shoeman!!! The weird thing is that songs by The Fixx are some of the only pop songs you could probably sing in church and not offend most of those listening....nor have to bleep out half of the lyrics!!!

F1xx F@n4
01-08-2008, 03:51 PM
Ok I uploaded all my songs to Rapid Share. It has a 90 day limit though. But here they all are. Enjoy!

http://rapidshare.com/files/82314161/The_New_Horizons_-_01-Generation.mp3.html
http://rapidshare.com/files/82314162/The_New_Horizons_-_02-Cyberworld.mp3.html
http://rapidshare.com/files/82314163/The_New_Horizons_-_03-The_Party.mp3.html
http://rapidshare.com/files/82314164/The_New_Horizons_-_04-Autumn.mp3.html
http://rapidshare.com/files/82314165/The_New_Horizons_-_06-The_Wind.mp3.html
http://rapidshare.com/files/82314166/The_New_Horizons_-_07-Alone.mp3.html
http://rapidshare.com/files/82314167/The_New_Horizons_-_08-Music_City.mp3.html
http://rapidshare.com/files/82314168/The_New_Horizons_-_09-The_Waterfalls.mp3.html
http://rapidshare.com/files/82314169/The_New_Horizons_-_12-It_s_Hard_To_Say_Goodbye.mp3.html
http://rapidshare.com/files/82314170/The_New_Horizons_-_14-Music_City__Remix_.mp3.html

F1xx F@n4
01-12-2008, 02:23 AM
I guess I scared all of you away now. :rolleyes:

fixxed
01-14-2008, 09:10 AM
Hi F1xx F@n4,

I downloaded the MP3's but have not had a chance to listen to them -- except for Generation, which you had listed previously... I thought that that song was musically tight, and I liked it, but didn't get much of a chance to really listen to it...

I'll let you know! :)

fixxed
01-25-2008, 03:24 PM
F1xx F@n4, I was finally able to listen to your MP3's today (at work -- so not too loud...) and here are some rough impressions:

The musicians were tight, they did a great job! Could benefit from some "Rupert Hine" production influence, IMHO... :tup:

The male vocals (although not the musical style) were reminiscent of "The Twins" (not "The Thompson Twins") -- well done! The female vocals were also easy to listen to. :tup:

I couldn't get involved in a lyrical assessment here at work, what with "work" and all that involved... :angel:

It all sounded good to me, although I think a little more polish would put it over the top (as I said, "Rupert Hine" production influence). :tup: :tup:

Thanks for sharing! :cheers:

STUART
01-25-2008, 04:32 PM
Only just got on to downloading again and RapidShare is only allowing 1 track at a time as it's a free account, just listening to Music City and I'm impressed, first impressions of the voice is that I thought I was listening to Morten Harket! Gonna get the rest and burn them if you don't mind.

F1xx F@n4
01-27-2008, 06:50 PM
Wow. I'm glad you both liked my songs. I'm impressed here. I couldn't even afford Rupert Hine, although I did have him in mind at the time I was recording. Yes apparently since it is a free account, you can only download 1 track per hour it seems. Sorry about that. I guess I should have bundled them altogether. No, I don't mind at all Stuart, as long as you don't sell them or claim credit for them, otherwise I give full permission. I am the sole owner of my music so I can do as I please with them, since the record companies and radio stations had their opportunity and it was their loss not mine. :rolleyes:

Moontoad
01-31-2008, 07:29 PM
Hi all,

I'm an electronic musician, although perhaps "composer" or "producer" would be more appropriate because I can't play any instruments, I do everything with a mouse.

My music is weird scientific interest electronica - I write computer software that generates music from the formulae of Chaos Theory - the mathematics of Nature.

A link to my most popular track, all generated direct from Chaos Theory with the exception of the drum loops...

http://omegaville.com/oc/chimera_v2.mp3 (http://)

Even though this isn't remotely similar to The FIXX I should say that there is a link that isn't obvious. It was hearing Rupert's keyboards that inspired me to go out and buy my first synthesiser.

Hugs to all,

Phil.

jay_ducharme
03-10-2008, 06:22 PM
I'm another long-time fan new to this site. I've seen the band in concert several times. What have inspired me most about The Fixx are the rich lyrics, socially charged and sometimes poetically oblique, powered by innovative music.

Back a decade or two ago, I wrote prolifically and performed around the New England area. I had attempted to be a one-man Fixx with an acoustic guitar. I mostly received strange looks from the audience.

In 1993, I finally acquired the technology to record my songs the way I imagined them. The last recording I made was an homage to The Fixx, with most of the songs inspired by various Fixx songs. In fact I made a recording called "The Fixx Correlation" that I gave to the musicians who worked with me, so they could get where I was coming from.

Those of you who are curious can find the songs here:

http://www.karenandjay.com/jaysongs/Waves.htm

One of them, Still I Walk, has a pretty straightforward derivation. :)

The songs of The Fixx have been and continue to be a wonderful source of inspiration for me (especially the Walkabout album). Thanks for all the years of great music, and I look forward to many more.

:cheers:

Carrie
03-11-2008, 10:52 AM
Thanks for sharing! I can definitely relate to your words, and enjoy the music and its influence :)

Your voice reminds me a lot of Al Stewart's...you've probably heard that before!

Welcome to the board; hope to see you again soon.

Doctor Roger
03-11-2008, 01:02 PM
Music runs in my family. I was the lead singer in my high school rock band, covering Lynard Skynyrd, Cream, etc. Then I lost my voice in my 30's. Now I can just introduce bands and work the crowd.

My mother was a singer in Bob Hope's USO Army show. Her brother, my uncle Jack, was in Jackie Gleason's orchestra, I used to see him on TV as a child. His son, my cousin George, is now a professor of music at NYU, and he's the conductor of the Riverside Philharmonic Orchestra in New York. So it's all around me, but I lost it.....

Great to read all about your talents !

Dr. Roger

jay_ducharme
03-11-2008, 06:46 PM
Originally posted by Carrie Your voice reminds me a lot of Al Stewart's...you've probably heard that before![/B]

I've been told a lot of things, but never that one! That's quite a compliment, thank you.

I've slowly been building myself a new studio and will gradually return to writing and producing again. And I'll be lurking around here, too. :)

TatGirl
05-01-2008, 07:20 PM
I run in more of a classical direction, having had a public school education in band playing clarinet mostly, also bassoon and oboe, a little sax. I haven't kept up in awhile again, altho I played a few times in the church we used to go to years ago (before the pagan broke free...) :D

A year or two ago, hubby Mark talked me into "bang(ing) on the drums [all day]" altho I'm not very consistent. I just got done struggling with a couple tough semesters at school, prepping to someday get into an x-ray tech program, so everything else has pretty much been on hold. But I just took a music appreciation course, during which we listened to an interesting clarinet solo piece that renewed my desire to pick back up the old 'licorice stick' and get the chops back into shape, as well as beating the skins with my honey!! (well, hmmmm -- don't know how 'family friendly' that sounded!! ;) )

The really talented one in the family is Mark, however. If only I could convice him of that..... He's been playing guitar & keyboards (primarily - he has done some branching out as well, a bit of sax and the drums as well, also ocarina and who knows what else!) He's a VERY talented song-writer and is getting ready to release an awesome summer song from his former band, Earthbound (www.onlinebands.com). They've actually been un-formed (?) for lots of years, but he & his friend who is also a former member took a song Mark wrote and reworked it so they can release it. I can't wait til it comes out!! It really paints a great pic of what we've been waiting all this long long is-it-ever-gonna-end winter!

And my son is very active in the punk scene, having had several bands in the metro Detroit area...he just informed me tonight the current one will be in studio this weekend!

Ok, I guess I made a short story long -- again!! :D

Ta! :wave:

ironmos
05-11-2008, 02:08 PM
Well kind of a stranger here. Hello to everyone. I love singing and The FIXX does come out natural to me.

I first listened to the band with "SECRET SEPARATION" in the late eighties but it's just up untill a month ago that I came to posses their entire music collection, so I'm sort of rediscovering the band at the moment.

By the way, I'm looking for: "Taking the long way home" lyrics,but so far no luck.

Can anybody help me out here please ?

Cheers

Asuka
05-18-2008, 02:48 AM
Well...i would have to say i formerly played guitar. Church (in the day when i was in it), high school jazz band, garage band, for myself...

Despite the fact that i really wanted to get back into it, i never seem to have the time. What time i do have seems to be focused on lab work or errands or who knows? where does the time go?