izaak 16

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. 2017 will be my seventh FAWM.

14 Songs in 28 Days!!!


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  • @metalfoot  Mar 24

    Yeah, sorry, that's all me singing. Just not great at this mixing gig yet when I multipart! Thanks for listening to The Glow of Home!

  • @matthew62  Mar 24

    Thanks for your kind comments on I'm Attracted to You.
    Much appreciated.

  • @fearlessflight2014  Mar 21

    Thanks for dropping by again! Glad you like out of my kitchen!

  • @ihelen  Mar 15

    Thanks for commenting on my Remembrance song! I know... I really should dig those instruments out. My former violin / orchestra teachers would be disappointed if they knew. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • @fearlessflight2014  Mar 14

    Thanks for dropping by If It Rains. I like that one! ๐Ÿ˜€ will listen to another while I'm here.

  • @rayboneor  Mar 10

    Gosh, thanks for all the nice comments. I hope your vaccinations were up-to-date. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @johnnyjustice Mar 10

    Wow thanks for checking out "Priscilladonna" -- that song came together in a matter of 2-3hours and I ended up really, really loving it. Thank you for your confidence โ˜บ

  • @leepat  Mar 10

    Hey, thanks for your astute comments on Wrap up! Much appreciated! and nice to meet you ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @audrey  Mar 9

    Thank you for listening and for your great comment on "Christmas Memories". I also really appreciate your offer to sing the tenor and possibly bass parts to help me complete my recording of it. I am currently in the process of tweaking a couple of spots in the score and I have to clean up that ending. I rushed to finish it for FAWM. I will get in touch with you once I've finished all the changes. It would be wonderful to include your voice on my recording. Thank you so much.

  • @scubed  Mar 9

    Thank you so much for your very kind words on "I'm Almost Home"! I really appreciate it. I'm going to let the song sit for awhile before I start tinkering with it - maybe I'll like it better when I listen with fresh ears. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Congratulations on a successful FAWM!

  • @gvgeis Mar 7

    Thank you so much for your comments on Little Star, Izaak! It's not of Schubertian caliber, but it's certainly a little effort in that spirit. If nothing else, it modulates and shifts moods not too disjointedly. So. I'm thrilled that you like it - thank you!

  • @reggiestyte Mar 7

    Thanks for "Bird Watchin'" with me.

  • @sherrycanary  Mar 6

    Thank you for high praise on the Tim's song Key Kid and on my song It Wasn't Me , a skirmish success story.
    Means a lot coming from you.
    I am so glad you finally came to my page to listen this year!

  • @gemhughs Mar 6

    Thanks for the comments on my songs. I did do some experimenting with vocal recording tempos on the the last piece "Girls Like You" and I kind of like the way the vocal turned out. I recorded the vocal at a much slower Bpm (say 100 Bpm I can't remember) and then had to speed it back up to match the song. The result had an accidental vibrato effect on the vocal which I found not at all unpleasant. I must experiment more. โ˜ฎ&โ™ฅ

  • @djohnson Mar 6

    Thanks for listening Izaak! "What are you doing beyond the frame" was actually a line taken from a book, though I don't actually remember which... It was part of a songwriting challenge.

  • @rockhopper Mar 6

    Thanks for stopping by and listening! Really appreciate the comparison to Jackson Browne -- he's definitely a songwriter I admire.

  • @metalfoot  Mar 5

    Trombones!!! I mean, thanks for the download! ๐Ÿ˜

  • @metalfoot  Mar 5

    Too kind, good sir. Thanks for listening to No Right. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @andrewjtaylor  Mar 5

    Thanks so much for taking the time to listen to 4 of my songs, @izaakalexander! And the comments were fantastic. Thanks so much for your thorough and thoughtful consideration in every comment left.

  • @atitlan Mar 4

    Thanks for your comments on my octets and for the reminder about phrasing that allows brass (and woodwind) players to breath - very easy to overlook when you're playing samples.

  • @hazeyjohnii  Mar 4

    Thanks for commenting on Under the Ground, I appreciate it!

  • @hmorg Mar 3

    Thanks for your comment on "Harhailija"! I suppose blending the bass and guitars together into a distorted mess by using a clipper instead of limiter when mastering really made the sound big this time, haha.

  • @djevans53 Mar 2

    Thanks Izaak for your comment on Right Down Sally's Alley. Interesting your comment about my natural rhythm tendency.

  • @auditasum Mar 2

    Thanks so much for your comments on La Sirena! @ofishell and @violetwhim mostly learned their parts from scratch recordings I did, and changed the melodies here and there to suit their voices. I do have it in mind as something that could be performed. It would only require a few people, as you said. I've written other fairytale retelling songs based on Loteria (El Corazรณn, which I still want to turn into a short musical as well https://soundcloud.com/kathrynhoss/el...), so I'm thinking each act could be a different fairytale. Again, thanks for your input!

  • @reisupstudio  Mar 1

    Thank you so much for listening and commenting! I'm so glad you liked Memory Care and your comments were so heartfelt. I'll do the same for you tomorrow!

  • @reisupstudio  Feb 28

    Wow! Congrats on all that writing!! Thank you for your comments on my Memory Care lyrics. I got a chance to record it today. I hope you like it! Until next FAWM...farewell!

  • @reisupstudio  Feb 28

    Wow! Congrats on all that writing!! Thank you for your comments on my Memory Care lyrics. I got a chance to record it today. I hope you like it! Until next FAWM...farewell!

  • @jbp123 Feb 28

    Looking forward to hearing the synthesis. Sorry to give you so little time!

  • @miltz  Feb 27

    Thank you for the very nice comments on The World Will Not Be Saved by Beauty and Fuck This Parade (especially this one, as it's one I wasn't sure about, so I was glad you thought it worked).

  • @jbp123 Feb 25

    I've just finished the song but have to go out now! I'll post it as soon as I get back, which will be in a few hours.

  • @jbp123 Feb 24

    Hey. Sorry I've been off grid for a while - I've been super busy. I'm working on the song at the moment. If I don't get it done tomorrow I'll let you know.

  • @adnama17  Feb 24

    Wait! ๐Ÿ˜

  • @adnama17  Feb 24

    Two ahead. Just an observation!

  • @w1n Feb 22

    Thanks Izaak, must admit that I had to Google the musical theory terms, but I finally learned about hemiola. My knowledge of musical theory is rather lacking. But never to late to learn something new.

  • @tjeff  Feb 22

    Never mind, I just saw the link to your email address!

  • @tjeff  Feb 22

    I would love to take you up on your offer Izaak - how can I get the pdf to you?

  • @meriamber  Feb 22

    Thank you so much for leaving such a lovely comment on my song! It's awesome coming from such a talented musician as you ๐Ÿ˜

    If you ever wanted to collab, feel free to drop me a line!!

  • @tomslatter  Feb 21

    Thanks for the kind words on my songs, it is most appreciated!

  • @squeakmouse73 Feb 20

    Excellent? Why, yes, you are, sir. Don't forget that!

  • @stephiesongwriter Feb 20

    So many great song titles!

  • @hmorg Feb 19

    Thanks for the comment on "Slowly"! What wonderfully expressive choice of words!

  • @dunwich  Feb 19

    Thanks for the comment! When I sit down to write and record with FAWM, I have sheets of paper that list most of the modes (inc. melodic minor variants) along with chords that suit them. So when I have no idea what to do next, I pick a chord or mode that I've not worked in recently, and see where it leads me!

  • @thebschip Feb 18

    Thank you for listening and commenting on the tunes, especially for the positive feedback. I look forward to hearing the rest of yours at my next break!

  • @kahlo2013  Feb 18

    That is a fun idea!!! I will do that!!!

  • @musicsongwriter Feb 18

    Thank you so much Izaak for your beautiful comment and for sharing your thoughts on my collaboration with Tasha. We are hoping to have the demo later. I absolutely love Tasha's lyric and I just heard waltz while reading them. Her lyric is singing and dancing and I feel it has so much emotion in it, I was so happy to create something as I felt instantly connected with every word there. Thank you again for your support. Regarding the strict tempo, it works wonders especially in collaborations but I still go by my free spirited piano. Thank you for supporting it.

  • @tjeff  Feb 18

    Great suggestion to pan the vocal harmonies to get some separation, will definitely give that a try. Recording everything on an IPad w/Cubasis for now, and really a beginner at the DAW aspect. In fact, just realized that Cubasis has some cool onboard midi sounds so will be experimenting with those now.

  • @susyblue  Feb 18

    Thank-you for your comments! I think we were listening to each other's song at the same time ๐Ÿ˜€ Haha you're right definitely no click tracks... I always start righteously start off with one then throw the headphones down ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @tjeff  Feb 18

    Hi again Izaak, and big thx for the mention - it is really awesome that you are enjoying my work! Such an encouraging gesture!

  • @yam655  Feb 18

    Congratulations for making it to the Century Club! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @squeakmouse73 Feb 17

    Thank you a million for your encouragement, and hellos.

  • @tjeff  Feb 17

    Thanks SO much for your comments on some of my songs!! And for introducing yourself too. I have a close friend that lives in Ogden, UT. And yes, trumpet has been my primary instrument -- my sort-of secret dream has always been to write songs & sing but fear, procrastination, blaah, blaaah (you know) always got the best of me. So I'm unbelievabley happy to have broken through that a bit. Anyway, heading out this morning on a long drive to Colorado but will definitely have a listen to what you are up to as well. All the best!

  • @hamiltonpoolhall  Feb 15

    Hey, thanks for your comments on my Bach effort. I seem to always write at least one self-referential song every FAWM; it's usually my ace in the hole around song 10 or 11 but I've played that card early this year it seems ๐Ÿ˜€. Glad you enjoyed it!

  • @ihelen  Feb 15

    Thank you for commenting on my spring and lantern songs! I'm glad to have eased your hatred for Carol of the Bells as well. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It's wonderful that you teach orchestra - your students will always remember the experience and it's a fantastic one. (I've been in orchestras in high school and college.) Your multitude of talents (instruments and genres) is apparent in your pieces. I'll be looking forward to hearing more songs from you!

  • @vaticanvamps14 Feb 12

    (Regarding: We Are Quiet Men) Brother thank you so much for that touching comment. It really meant a lot to me and I mean that. I'm so glad that the song meant something to you and spoke to you. I'm grateful. I will try and figure out how to make it downloadable and I'll let you know. I'm still a newbie to FAWM. Much love

  • @oldlostjohn  Feb 11

    Hi Izaak, thanks for your kind comments. I thought I'd already said hello, but apparantly not. Well, that has now been remedied.

  • @natalieedelson  Feb 11

    Oh and thanks also for listening to " here we go" my first attempt at frailing guitar .

  • @natalieedelson  Feb 11

    Thanks for your comments on "crevasse" the product of coming back from vacation to a solid week of minus 30! ๐Ÿ™looking forward to hearing you

  • @adnama17  Feb 11

    I see we are tied. I shall rectify that this weekend...

  • @poptarthero Feb 10

    Thanks for the comment! Sonic Youth is certainly the reason I do those crazy things, Silver Rocket and The Diamond Sea where very inspiring to me.

  • @sherrycanary  Feb 9

    Thank you for listening to my French song and political satire and all the nice comments. Glad you fibally made it to my site.
    Been a fan of yours for quite a while!

  • @fearlessflight2014  Feb 8

    Hey there Isaak, just a little note to say my uke whistle song is up. http://fawm.org/songs/68918/

  • @visiblydistorted Feb 7

    Hey, I'm just about to record the melody for the lyrics I want to use to collab with you. I'll be posting them shortly. "Can't Wait for Spring" - If you want to communicate over email while we collab, that's fine by me ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks!

  • @jamkar  Feb 7

    Great! Can't wait! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @reisupstudio  Feb 6

    The Genuine Article is sweet, and the instruments are full of surprising and jazzy twists and turns. I think the melody in the chorus feels like it's close to where it needs to be but needs to be pinned down a little firmer.

  • @reisupstudio  Feb 6

    El Mundo is neat! I like how you keep the song moving in different ways. Intriguing. I especially like the wood winds with guitar. Feels like a nice warm ride on a boat.

  • @billgcaldwell  Feb 6

    Thanks for the comments on Come on Sun, I was never a long haul trucker, however I have driven extended hours and know the feeling of trying to stay awake especially just before dawn. My worst time however is around 4pm keep nodding until all of sudden wham I am absolutely wide awake.

  • @reisupstudio  Feb 6

    Thank you for your comments! I'm excited to listen to yours this morning!

  • @jamkar  Feb 6

    Hi Isaak! I was looking for just the right horn player for the song "Give Us this Night". If you hear something, and have the time, I would love to hear you.

  • @fearlessflight2014  Feb 6

    I will I promise, I was just getting a little frustrated at responding to comments on embryonic lyric fragments, so I locked em up til I get a bit more TIME!

  • @adnama17  Feb 5

    OK boys, it's on! @izaakalexander and @tcelliott, godspeed. Send it back to me when you're done and I'll post them when both of you are done.

  • @seanbrennan  Feb 5


    Thanks for dropping by and commenting on "The Wildest Dream!" Believe it or not, I really don't listen to Andrew Bird. You're not the first to recommend him to me; I'm just really flaky about seeking out new, recommended artists. I guess it's time I give it a more concerted effort!

  • @hanley  Feb 4

    Hey, thanks for the awesome comments, much appreciated! Will get round to checking out your stuff soonโœŒ๐Ÿป๏ธ

  • @adnama17  Feb 4

    Izaak! We should probably collaborate or something, yes? Want some lyrics to toy around with???

  • @visiblydistorted Feb 3

    Hey, let me know if/when you're ready for some random collabs ๐Ÿ˜€ We were paired up in the forums! Muahahaha! *excellent*

  • @levesinet Feb 3

    Ah, I'll write the notes too, for the melody. It's going to take a while though. I'm using a different tool for that purpose.

  • @levesinet Feb 3

    You've got a deal, my friend! I'd love to hear a real trombone in the foreground.

    Btw I had to use quite a lot of compression to make the mix sound loud. It's a horrible mix. HAHA
    If this backing track sounds weird it's because it has no compression. Also many flaws in various parts become more evident. Honestly I didn't have the time and energy to write the piano for every measure...

    So if you manage to play it, I'd love to get a copy of the trombone track so maybe I can use more time later to adjust all my stuff going on in the background, really basic stuff like the length of individual notes.

  • @ofishell  Feb 3

    First and foremost, thanks for the comment on my song...to be compared with They Might Be Giants is high praise, indeed, so cheers!

    Good luck with the teaching...they've got a great teacher; your first entry is proof of that! Such talent! You've certainly got my respect! Looking forward to more!

  • @hamiltonpoolhall  Feb 2

    Hey Izaak! Great to see you here again! Looking forward to hearing your songs this year.

  • @barbara  Feb 2

    Thanks for the D/L!

  • @brownium  Feb 1

    Looking forward to your insanity again this year. Saw your troubles on the drumming thing - this is a real basic intro, but did you check out the tutorial I created? http://wp.me/p8bZiR-13

  • @riverbear14 Feb 1

    Hi there and thank you!! She and I met at an open mic. She can play everything... It was tough to pick one cd... so many good albums out there. You are on my watch list now. We start tomorrow.. yay!

  • @tomslatter  Jan 31

    Thanks for the comment, Izaak. I hope I'll find time to take part properly! Looking forward to hearing your new songs too.

  • @alboe Jan 30

    Have a great FAWM.

  • @orinoco  Jan 29

    Good luck this year Izaak!

  • @jamkar  Jan 29

    Looking forward to you newest and freshest ideas Izaak!

  • @adnama17  Jan 28

    IZAAK!!!!!! How's it? How's the fam?

  • @vomvorton  Jan 28

    14 (or more)! I'm gonna go all out this year to celebrate my first decade as a FAWMer! Looking forward to hearing you play every instrument again this year!

  • @downburst  Jan 28

    Welcome back! Are you in the US again?

  • @headfirstonly  Jan 28

    Hey Izaak - let's do this!

  • @pipewrench67  Jan 28