izaak 14


Barcelona Spain   Jan 2011


Artist Bio

Influences:   For my influences, just look up what I've been listening to on last.fm.


I am a multi-instrumentalist, singer, music educator, and songwriter from the western U.S.A. I'll be FAWMing from Catalunya this year, so I'm limited to voice, mandolin, guitar, and software instruments. 2018 will be my eighth FAWM.

14 Songs in 28 Days!!!

After some deliberation I've decided to try to write seven pairs of songs for this year's FAWM. Seven in my native English and seven translated to the Spanish language and morphed appropriately. I would love strong criticism of my Spanish if you're able, since I'm a beginner. Especially if you can spot flaws in the grammar or the prosody of my lyric.


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  • @fourtracktape Mar 20

    4-Tracks for the WIN!! Second year in a row, actually... Thanks for listening to a bunch of them. 😀

  • @riverpatriot Mar 17

    Sorry I never responded--life got busy and I didn't log back into fawm for a while! The demo sounds fantastic and I'd be happy & honored if you posted it for download.

  • @barbara  Mar 11

    Yes, your elaboration definitely helps me to see what effect you were pointing out. I will put myself in the modal camp, then, squarely. I think songs from the Joan Baez Songbook had a formative effect on what feels right and interesting to my ear. Bright and cheery is the hardest thing for me to achieve musically. Thank you for taking the time for the deeper explanation, and for the other listens!

  • @aaronnathans Mar 10

    Thank you for taking the time to listen to my songs and commenting.

  • @barbara  Mar 10

    Thanks for sharing those thoughts about my collab with Nancy. I didn't know I was doing a bVII; can you point out where it occurs? I have learned to find the sounds I want, but I don't do it as a theory-based choice, but more from experience. I'd love to be able to name it when I hear it.

  • @jibbidy34  Mar 8

    Congratulations Centurion Soldier! You wrote 100 comments for your fellow FAWMers!! You made this place even better. You took your time to listen to other people's songs and you have 100 thank you's from all of them and from me! Here’s your badge. Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!

  • @nancyrost  Mar 7

    You should get another 4-track machine and join the fun next year! As long as people are quick to mail, it can be done from anywhere. There were participants in England, Netherlands, Finland, and Japan as well as the US this year, several transatlantic tapes, and one that even crossed three continents!

  • @quork  Mar 5

    Thank you for your comment on “Things They Don’t Tell You in tne Bible”. The dog vocalizations came from my puppy who was tired of me not playing with her. At times they were spot on.

  • @audrey  Mar 4

    Thank you so much for your kind comments on "Rocky Shores" and "Blueberry Island". I really appreciate it, and yes, I would love to have you sing the bass and/or tenor part of a future choral piece I write. I don't do 50/90, but I'll definitely be back here next year. I've watchlisted you, so that I don't forget. Thanks so much for the offer.

  • @jpt  Mar 3

    Thank you for your comments on my song, As to the 50/90 challenge, if you would like to collaborate, I am open to having some fun. Bluegrass, Americana, Folk, is my typical realm but open to exploring other genres as well. Let me know!

  • @pipewrench67  Mar 2

    Congrats on 14.
    Thanks for the comments.
    You would not have heard me sing in that range before, I don't really do it much anymore, I think I may have done some exquisite corpse stuff in that range. What I used to be able to do forever only lasts a short while, before the voice starts to give, up there, the vocals were the 2nd take and already notes were starting to crack.

    I don't remember if you do 50/90 or not, I tend to write less there and collaborate more. Maybe we could some longer song exploration, longer compositions, variations on themes.

    Edit; missed the mention of 50 90 in your comment. sorry.

  • @tamsnumber4 Feb 28

    Congrats on your trophy!!!!

  • @hornesgiftshop  Feb 22

    Thanks a lot for your comments. Much appreciated. All the best.

  • @dani312 Feb 21

    Hey thanks for the comments on my collab with 9000 miles! We have indeed done lots of playing together and its so great that it shows through the collab. 😀

  • @coffeeinthesink  Feb 20

    Hey Isaak just wanted to stop by to say thanks for all the great comments. They are all appreciated. I'll be watchlisting you for sure!

  • @phoenixash Feb 19

    Hello, thanks for your kind comment. Ummmm in my opinion, and it's just my opinion I think in portuguese this would sound a little melodramatic and tacky, but I have a tendency to think this with Gothic music in portuguese. Although I'm not looking to collab right now it would sure be fun to do something together in the future

  • @tjeff  Feb 18

    Hi izaak, I really appreciate you mentioning my song on the suggested song thread!!

  • @moonraccoon  Feb 18

    Thank you for your kind words regarding Tiger 😀

  • @sherrycanary  Feb 17

    Hey, thanks for listening to my songs. You are right, as straight as I try to sing, I can't hide from myself 😀

  • @fonte  Feb 17

    Hey! Thanks for your thoughtful comment on my skirmish song, much appreciated. I can see how they can be useful in breaking that deadlock!

  • @jenniferlevenhagen  Feb 16

    Thank you for such thoughtful comments on a handful of my songs! I really appreciate it. I'll check out some of yours really soon, too! También, buena suerte con el idioma....es más facil que inglés, pero, nada pudiera ser más facil que el idioma de su niñez!

  • @wacha  Feb 13

    Thank you for your kind words on "Lady Jane" I had done a fair amount of research on my own about Jan Fonda and took notes when I was listen to the podcast about her. I had intended on putting more facts in the song but it was hard to do without making it feel like I was singing Wikipedia.

    Her personal life, career and activism could become a deep well of ideas.

  • @fiddlerblick80 Feb 11

    Hey, so glad you liked it!
    It should be downloadable...let me know if it isn’t and I’ll send you the wav file.

  • @pambowen1 Feb 10

    Thanks so much for the thoughtful and encouraging comments on "Broken Cookies." I appreciate the time and consideration. 😀

  • @metalfoot  Feb 9

    Exploding Teacups is my mini rock opera album for my primary theme for FAWM this year. I might be at 22 already but yeah, I still have about half the story to go there... I'm tagging them all #explodingteacups so they should be easy to find.

  • @metalfoot  Feb 9

    I like the fact that the periodic table gives me a lot of writing material. LOL -- thanks for the listen!

  • @dutch1967 Feb 9

    I seem to be getting repetitious...

  • @dutch1967 Feb 8

    Thank you for that great comment on Tiger.

  • @berni1954  Feb 7

    Hi Alexander - Benvinguts a Catalunya!

    How long have you been here? I have been here 32 years this September! It'd be great to meet up with a FAWMer - though I do know one already "Choan" is the proprietor of Ukecosas.es the ukulele specialist shop in Barcelona. Send me an email to berni (at) capellades.net to take our contact beyond this site.

  • @riverpatriot Feb 7

    Please feel free to use the lyrics if you think they'd work for you! Would love to hear anything you come up with

  • @jonmeta  Feb 6

    Thanks for listening in rainy (they tell me) Barcelona. Better than snowy Aragon. Good ears with the "gospel piano" comment: my 7 years in the city gospel choir obviously rubbed off. I don't play the piano anymore, I attack it. I'm looking forward to more bilingual efforts.

  • @tjeff  Feb 6

    Hi Izaak! Great to hear from you, I really appreciate your comments. Hope you’re well!

  • @scubed  Feb 4

    Thanks so much for your lovely comments on "Under the Desert Moon"! I'm so glad you enjoyed synthesizing my song with Colleen's - I loved what you came up with! )

  • @jibbidy34  Feb 4

    Thanks @izaakalexander I have now written the Anti song and will record & post tomorrow. Thanks for the nudge!

  • @shortdan  Feb 3

    There were only two corrections my partner would make:

    'Porque nosotros están aquí' should be 'Porque nosotros estamos aquí'


    'Muchas posibilidades existan' should be 'Muchas posibilidades existen'

    Other than that, all good! 😀

  • @pipewrench67  Feb 1

    Hello Izaak Looking forward to your angle this year.

  • @sparkie76 Jan 31

    IKR? Going to be ACE OF SPADES. Good luck.

  • @alboe Jan 31

    Tomorrow's the big day, I hope you'll have a great FAWM.

  • @brrrse  Jan 30

    I enjoy reading your forum posts so much. Thank you for being here!

  • @oldlostjohn  Jan 29

    Good to see you again too, have a good FAWM!

  • @jonmeta  Jan 27

    Isaak, I'll be happy give you my input with Spanish (not Catalan, though!) and lend you my home studio space sometime if you want to make the 2 hr train journey.

  • @tseaver  Jan 27

    Looking forward to hearing your tunes! My Spanish isn't good enough to critique anybody else's, but I'll enjoy hearing yours just the same. Mandolin FTW!

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  • @mkd  Jan 22

    Thanks for the welcome - looking forward to it!

  • @tan482  Jan 21

    What a location for your FAWM 2018! Can't wait to hear what you come up with!

  • @downburst  Jan 20

    Catalunya! You lucky dog. How do you manage that?

  • @colgoo  Jan 20

    Yes! Can't wait to hear how Spanish music inspires your next album!

  • @andygetch  Jan 17

    Hi Izaak!

  • @adnama17  Jan 16