Alex "metalfoot" 53

@metalfoot 

Morden Canada   Feb 2016


Artist Bio

Influences:   Good music of all genres! FAWM.

I am a song lover of all genres, but especially enjoying wordplay and clever tuneplay in all forms. Despite the 'metalfoot' username, I do not write the metal. More... um... folk/kids music. Having 3 kids 10 and under will do that to a person. Having said that, I routinely surprise myself, so any musical genre is possible...

The whole "metal foot" thing refers to a metal plate permanently inserted in my one foot after a particularly awkward fall which broke a bone in my foot into three pieces. Ouch. But that was 15+ years ago now...

FAWM 2016 was my first go-round and I managed a quite decent 36 tracks (18 for my main album, theme "Winter Sports"), mainly due to a host of wonderful collaborators and the inspiration of this excellent community. FAWM 2017 was ridiculous, with a total of 70 tracks during FAWM (26 for my main project, "The Alphabet of Adjectives") and a few late collabs for a final tally of 78! Current plan for 2018 is to create a fictional album called "Exploding Teacups", a made up story about exploding teacups. The idea was suggested by my kids.

It sounds like the @metalfootlings (my kids, whose account I'll be curating and running) are wanting to give this another go this year. So that will be fun for them and me both. Maybe we can even convince MrsFoot to jump in! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Instruments likely to be misused in FAWM 2018:
- Seagull M4 "Merlin"
- Lonestar Venice Mandolin
- Simon and Patrick Mahogany Pro acoustic guitar
- cheap Silvertone electric guitar with Zoom G1xON effects pedal
- Rogue ukulele and/or Uke-and-Play ukulele (though that one technically belongs to the footlings)
- Casio Celviano digital piano
- Bach Bb tenor trombone
- pBone Eb alto trombone
- tin whistle in D
- various percussiony things I find around the house

I like to collaborate, so feel free to ask! I believe in communication before, during and after the collaborative process. My basic assumption is that I'm making music just for the fun of it-- my real life job will not permit the time necessary to make music even a side-career-- so I'm not looking for any commercial or professional results.

My FAWM output is a musical sketch-pad of sorts. I'm not usually posting polished works but rough or intermediate drafts of where the songs might go.

Songs (53)

#1 Starting Over 31
3 weeks
#2 The Tea Party 26
3 weeks
#3 Cutlery 16
2 weeks
#4 Superspy 14
2 weeks
#5 My FAWM 15
2 weeks
#6 I Saw Your Face 21
2 weeks
#7 The Thing About Music 24
2 weeks
#8 Hope Springs Eternal @adnama17  15
2 weeks
#9 I See You @chandra83 10
2 weeks
#10 Be There Soon @crisp1  10
2 weeks
#11 I Ordered A Pizza (a capella) @odilongreen  17
2 weeks
#12 Hangin' It Up @srcoops 9
2 weeks
#13 Greenstone Carver @stephenwordsmith  12
2 weeks
#14 The Grumpy Neighbour 13
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#15 The Bell 8
2 weeks
#16 Exploding Teacups 19
2 weeks
#17 The Miracle @srcoops 7
2 weeks
#18 What's This Joy Thing Anyway? @stevenwesleyguiles  22
2 weeks
#19 The Unexpected Day Off 15
2 weeks
#20 My Friend @jibbidy34  37
2 weeks
#21 A Box of Teacups 11
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#22 The Prime of Your Life 12
2 weeks
#23 Lady Corner 14
1 week
#24 Opera 9
1 week
#25 Herding Kittens 9
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#26 Deer Hunting 12
1 week
#27 My Voice 15
1 week
#28 Nope 30
1 week
#29 Sloppy Love Song 9
1 week
#30 Sweet Pea 16
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#31 Ash Wednesday 10
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#32 Jesus Feeds Us @pambowen1 6
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#33 After The Willows @sueawesome 7
1 week
#34 So Long, Oolong 10
1 week
#35 I'm So Cold @ajna1960  11
1 week
#36 Feel The Groove @dragondreams  15
6 days
#37 Living My Best Life @lapetitekiwi 5
6 days
#38 Whither Music? @zecoop  16
6 days
#39 Hey Burr 16
6 days
#40 Within Your Sight (Psalm 54) @stephiesongwriter 6
6 days
#41 Take it Slow 14
6 days
#42 Oh Please! @jibbidy34  9
4 days
#43 Winter Games @robinh  5
4 days
#44 Luge @hummingbear 2
4 days
#45 Open Up The Love Gates @cindyrella  8
3 days
#46 Wishing For Summer @zecoop  19
3 days
#47 Preparing For Tea 12
3 days
#48 Birthday... x10 @jibbidy34  12
1 day
#49 Fast & Slow @chandra83 1
23 hours
#50 The Bobsled Ride of Lost Love and Peace @corpsecorps 5
21 hours
#51 Quite Naturally @andygetch  2
19 hours
#52 Yuck! @darcistrutt  ZONG
3 hours
#53 Come Sleep @kahlo2013  1
1 hour

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  • @srcoops 7 hours

    Thank you for your willingness to collaborate with me. Your creative and skillful music gave life to my words. I enjoyed the finished products very much. This being my first venture with Fahm other than collaborations with my son, I appreciated the kind words and encouragement you gave me. I hope to be back next year.

  • @andygetch  20 hours

    test #1 for our collab http://files.fawmers.com/FAWM_18/andy... let me know if you like it ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @spinhead  1 day

    Glad you liked my word choice on Roads and Rainbows. It almost wrote itself, but there were a few ibexes to tame.

  • @ericdistad  1 day

    Hey Alex - thanks for the great comment on Sorry Old School. I agree on the Avalon Hill rebuttal. ๐Ÿ˜€ And there were so many games I could have mentioned. The funny thing is one of the spoken "asides" in the song is me saying "Seriously Parents, how do you do it?" talking about Candyland. (It got pretty much swallowed in the mix).

    Oh, and in case it's useful, I'm edistad on BGG. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @hummingbear 1 day

    Luge away!

  • @robs  1 day

    Hi Alex, I emailed you the lyrics for the Lyrics First Exquisite Corpse. Success!

  • @kahlo2013  1 day

    I would love that!!! And no not tonight! Time to sleep tonight! Thanks!

  • @andygetch  1 day

    Digging those shade of 'You Know My Name Look Up The Number'. Well done!

  • @carmenmorgan13 2 days

    Thanks for the comment on the Perfect Jade Bra! It's a little more, ah, open so I really appreciate the feedback. And love. Both, really. Attempting to make an electronic mix on Music Maker Jam app, though the voice will have to be separate cause I think my input for mics is messed up.

    Holy toledo, you are almost to 50! That's freaking amazing! You rock man.

  • @sph  3 days

    Sorry, I thought my Email adress would be visible. Corrected this now

  • @rainchaser  3 days

    You're welcome! How's your cold? Is it getting better? Congratulations for 46 songs! Wow, I can make that possible with 50/90!! Lol

  • @wacha  3 days

    Thank you for your your Kind words on "I'm Okay With That".

  • @mishykatz  3 days

    Thanks for listening and commenting on Give More...You are a wonder!

  • @cindyrella  3 days

    Of course! I was hoping you'd consider it. ๐Ÿ˜€ and thank your daughter for her wonderful job on Little Bear!

  • @mkd  4 days

    Thanks for your comment on Sleep Song, made me grin! How are you at #43 songs already?!?! It's alright, I can see all your amazing collabs and skirmish songs! Stunning output!

  • @cindyrella  4 days

    Thanks for you comment (and I think it is a prayer really) on my song and I can't wait for Little Bear!

  • @ballyhoot  4 days

    Yep fixed!! Thank you!! I have today off so perfect timing. Iโ€™ll get my part done this afternoon hopefully and send to the next vict....ur.... performer....

  • @ballyhoot  4 days

    Hi thanks for the acoustic corpse link but I canโ€™t seem to get it to work. At least on my phone it wonโ€™t work. I get some kind of error saying it canโ€™t find the file at that address.

  • @seemanski  4 days

    Falsetto or not it sounded good in my ears ๐Ÿ˜

  • @aeye 4 days

    I hope you like your listen through the album. I was just looking at your posts and holy crap 41? I'm not sure we could do 41 for FAWM. haha

  • @tjeff  5 days

    Hi Alex, thx so much for your listening & comments on my collab with bithprod. All the best!

  • @jibbidy34  5 days


    EPIC achievement Quintessential Hero!! You are the unsung hero of FAWM and we LOVE YOU. You took the time to write 500 comments (500!!!!!!) and listen to all those songs (how are your ears btw?)! Thanks for your almighty contribution to our community. You have 500 thank youโ€™s from your fellow FAWMers and from me! Excellent work and keep bustingโ€™ those zongs!!

  • @soulbird 5 days

    thanks for your comments on septemvberblue (please please please please) I rather think it's going to end up getting G to write her own tune to fit all the 4 verses she sent me and me having to think up a new verse or two !

  • @loveonamixtape  5 days

    Hey there! Thanks for pinging me -- I haven't forgotten, just been traveling and, quite frankly, struggling a little (starting with lyrics used to be how I write, but I guess not so anymore, so it's been a little harder to write lyrics-only.) I think I've got a lyric for you almost done, though! Tomorrow's my birthday, but should be done with it for you on Monday!

  • @khowie  6 days

    Thank you for listening to our song and the encouraging comments. I've behind on listening and commenting in the forums but the great thing is that we have been writing. ๐Ÿ˜

  • @klaus 6 days

    Hi Alex. Thank you for commenting on A Pinhole Through the Veil. You said " it makes me feel all the sad and depressing emotions." and that really makes me glad. ๐Ÿ˜ž

    EDIT: Not really, of course. Joke is a joke, but there are limits, even for anti-Klaus. ๐Ÿ˜ž

  • @stephiesongwriter 6 days

    @metalfoot oh thanks for the commenting info! I didn't realize!

  • @kahlo2013  6 days

    Oh my I have gotten too far behind on your songs....I have some catching up to do!

  • @drivebylovefest 6 days

    thanks so much, you feedback is a real treasure.

  • @tan482  6 days

    Thanks for stopping by to listen to my waltz and for your lovely comment ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • @zecoop  6 days

    "I'm gonna slow down this FAWM. I'll probably only just get 14. It'll be nothing like last FAWM... "
    ๐Ÿ˜

  • @tseaver  6 days

    Thanks for the comments on my "Thar She Blows!" tune. I think I've fixed the MP3 URL.

  • @klaus 1 week

    Hi Alex. Thank you so much for your kind and understanding words on Body and Ghost. And Congratulations on your Win...and your Double-Win too. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @carmenmorgan13 1 week

    Just want to keep around spreading the musical love. I have found that my conversations for my work and life in general have been very focused on being supportive with well-placed critiquing. It's like I'm practicing every dang day. And hey, the best way for me to learn is to listen to what everyone else is doing. So thanks for being inspiring!

  • @carmenmorgan13 1 week

    That's a really good point. I have not explored the Classifieds yet, and I also didn't know that there was a high amount of metal musicians. I get so caught up in the idea that I have to do everything, even if I don't have to.

    My background is some classical, tons of musicals, and jazzy stuff. Played violin, so I can do harmonies and lead, but beyond that... not much knowledge. And hey, your barbershop can outlast your metal punk side. Your pizza cover is delicious, I mean delightful. lol

  • @carmenmorgan13 1 week

    It is really awesome that I've finally found communities to write with. For the longest time I either wrote alone, or with my boyfriends. Between this and NaNoWriMo, I finally feel able to really dig into what I've always done: write and be myself.

    As for the Reactive Activism, what I imagine is something along the lines of metal. Unfortunately, I know and have access to only a few instruments. So I need a way to find that metal feel that works well with my voice. I'm a mezzo-soprano, so I can do lower, but I've never tried metal before.

  • @carmenmorgan13 1 week

    Thanks for commenting on my "Sleepover Hangover"! I think you are right, it is ripe for a sultry background. Which works well for me, cause I love singing soulful things.

    In the meantime, holy toledo! You are on fire with your music. This is my first year, and had no idea what to expect from the FAWM family. It is also awesome that your kids are taking part too. Keep up the awesome work.

  • @tuneslayer2018  1 week

    Thank you for commenting on "Cabin In The Snow." BTW I love the bit above about the footlings. Kids are great when it comes to music. I still have a song in my repertoire called "Batman's Really Cool" that's based on something my grandson put together when he was 4. If it ever sells a million copies his share of the songwriters' royalties will put him through college . . . and he can wave hi to the flying pigs as he heads off to school.

  • @nateger 1 week

    I'm glad you enjoyed "Fluffy Pink Kitties"! It came after the Godzilla song so I imagine a giant pink kitten destroying Tokyo. Also, it's so inspiring to see your prolific you are. Way to go on 34 songs!

  • @darcistrutt  1 week

    Thanks for the support! Iโ€™m hoping to make 14 before the end! Youโ€™re very prolific! Wow!

  • @dianaviney 1 week

    Thank for your nice comments, on Whiskey Love song. I am looking forward to listening to yours. Thanks

  • @mkd  1 week

    Thanks for your comments @metalfoot! Will you be continuing your teacup saga? I keep checking in...

  • @sueawesome 1 week

    so much control in your voice on that one!! (I guess with the long lines you don't have much of a choice haha).. I think it turned out great and part of the melody was what I heard in my head.. so that's totally weird and I'm still pondering

    thanks as usual for trying them out โœจ

  • @mkd  1 week

    Hey @metalfoot, just wanted to thank you again for boosting my confidence yesterday - have done 2 songs from nothing today and am over the moon! #backontrack

  • @jessica14 1 week

    Hey Andy! I am so late for the party, but you are rocking it! That's great. I will just be hanging out for now due to a pesty flu. Will be doing lots of listening:-)

  • @oblivionratula  1 week

    Can't remember if I acknowledged your comment on "Experimental AF," been illin' and busy with real life. I appreciate the post-apocalyptic comparison. It sure was a fun track to do.

  • @stephiesongwriter 1 week

    Yes would love for you to send me lyrics!

  • @mkd  1 week

    Thanks for your supportive words in the forum. Iโ€™ve only done two of the five with the pedal, but yeah, Iโ€™ll move away from it for the next ones I reckon. I have a clear 4.5 hours tomorrow so fingers crossed Iโ€™ll have renewed enthusiasm then! Anyway, thanks.

  • @aflinner  1 week

    Thanks for your comments on my songs this year! Sorry I've fallen behind on my own commenting up to this point, trying to catch up now. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @cts  1 week

    Congrats on the win...above and beyond! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @stephiesongwriter 1 week

    A collaboration would be fun! Let me know what sort of song would be good to work on together.

  • @sueawesome 1 week

    of course alex! it would be interesting to see if others do it too since there's so much room to take it in more than one direction

  • @visiblydistorted 1 week

    That was a lot more expedient than I'd imagined. thanks.

  • @pambowen1 1 week

    If you are half-tempted to musicate "Jesus Feeds Us", then let me tempt you some more. LOL. Thanks for taking time to read, comment, and consider. I appreciate it!

  • @jibbidy34  1 week


    WHAโ€ฆ? You are just too cool for school Quadracool Champion!! You took the time to write 400 comments (400!!) and listen to all those songs (ears doinโ€™ ok there?)! Thanks for your almighty contribution to our community. You have 400 thank youโ€™s from your fellow FAWMers and from me! Excellent work and keep bustingโ€™ those zongs!!

  • @robinh  1 week

    re: EPYX Winter Games, you're on! Hit me with some lyrics ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @guatecoop  1 week

    Holy mother of our Lord....28?!?! Wow, I have some listening to do. I appreciate your comment very much. How are the kids doing on FAWM? I need to check that, too! My listening has been lacking this weekend.

  • @dragondreams  1 week

    We loved 'em! It took me a while to regain possession of my iPad afterwards though! ๐Ÿ˜
    Thank you too for the time you've spent listening to my offerings. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @rainchaser  1 week

    I guess that's the only bad thing about FAWM is that it's always around the flu season. I got hit hard last FAWM too! So far I'm good. But I did got sick in the middle of January and thankfully it's gone. I took a flu shot in late January just in case I wouldn't get worse in February. Anyways, i hope you and your wife and kids to get better! It sucks being sick, and the worst ones is the the sore throat. Btw congratulations on reaching 14 songs!!

  • @jibbidy34  1 week


    Whatdayawantamedal? Well youโ€™re getting one!You are SUPERB Tripletime Trooper! You took the time to write 300 comments and listen to all those songs! Thanks for your almighty contribution to our community. You have 300 thank youโ€™s from your fellow FAWMers and from me! Excellent work and keep bustingโ€™ those zongs!!

  • @jwhanberry  1 week

    Don't hurt your head. Your sick enough already.

  • @fearlessflight2014  1 week

    Wow!! Double FAWM already??!

  • @whispermouse  1 week

    Yeah, hopefully the identity of "The Voice" wasn't TOO direct ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks for the prompt!

  • @wobbiewobbit  1 week

    thanks for your comment. i often do skirmishes and get stuff out of it, but i always run over time even when i feel i am really rushing and skirmishing good, i'm only talking and extra half hour or so and i think when you are posting a demo there is loads to do that takes up time so i like to exclude that "admin" but keeping within strict hour doesn't get it done enough for me. like the mistakes in the demo - feels to rubbish to put out. i feel a bit sad that it's up there now.

  • @leah0k  1 week

    That's a good idea - I should try to sing the kitten herding song to my kidlets tonight and see if it does the trick. Bedtime has been a challenge with the wee one lately ๐Ÿ˜

  • @stephiesongwriter 1 week

    Keeps me sane, too.

  • @treble  1 week

    Thank you so much for your message on my skirmish song Bodies & Bucks! Will let you know when I post music for it.

  • @stephiesongwriter 1 week

    Thank you for all your encouragement! And WOW you have been so busy writing!! I have a LOT to catch up on! Can't wait to dig in!

  • @cynthiawolff  1 week

    Hi Metalfoot...
    I did not find your FB message

  • @reisupstudio  1 week

    thank you for your comments @metalfoot !! i just added a little demo recording. having a little too much fun!

  • @tuneslayer2018  1 week

    Thanks for commenting on "Lady Corner". Yeah, as I was writing it the similarities to "Piano Man" weren't lost on me.

  • @jorh 1 week

    Thankyou for your kind words on my song ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @marvsmooth  1 week

    Hi Alex *waves*

    Iโ€™m almost back to health I think, but this surprise flu (we got a vaccine as well, go figure) has really done a number!

    Looks like youโ€™re doing wonderfully ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @amusia 1 week

    Good to see you here too! I am enjoying the Exploding Teacups saga.

  • @cts  1 week

    Send it my way! You know where I live! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @izaakalexander 2 weeks

    You're a machine, Alex! Twenty-two already!! I'll go listen to a couple now. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @musicsongwriter 2 weeks

    Hi Alex, yes, will do my best.

  • @loveonamixtape  2 weeks

    Hey there! Looking forward to our collab! Let me know your preferred communication means for collabs and how you wanna go about this!

  • @tseaver  2 weeks

    Thanks for the comment on "Don't You Wanna." I've just uploaded the demo.

  • @spingo  2 weeks

    Thank you for the kind words from you and the -lings!

  • @jacobeverettwallace  2 weeks

    Now that you mention it, I seem to recall some late night Slack chat last year where we may have talked about our professions. Maybe not? Lol.

    Fun fact on "Deep Gray"-- the temp doesn't change. ๐Ÿ˜ The verses are kinda back strummed and there are halftime parts. It's a weird one. Haha.

  • @sherrycanary  2 weeks

    Holy shit!
    21 demos!!
    I just came by to say hey ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @jmadison  2 weeks

    My wife shared 'Cutlery' with a lady she visits at a local nursing home. It brought her quite a bit of laughter today.

  • @acousticmaddie  2 weeks

    Thanks for the compliment:) Its just passed midnight in sweden a perfect time to add a ghoststory to fawm:)

  • @srcoops 2 weeks

    I would be happy to have you collaborate with me on The Miracle

  • @tinattd  2 weeks

    Thanks for the comment on These four strings. True confessions - I was too lazy to walk over to the amp and dial up the vocals hahaha

  • @ladyred 2 weeks

    Thanks for your comments. <3

  • @mkd  2 weeks

    Yeah, the autoharp featuring is pretty cool... itโ€™s not an instrument Iโ€™m particularly au fait with, amusingly!

  • @siebass  2 weeks

    Fair point on the pitch shift; it DOES sound unnatural, but sometimes that's what I'm going for ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @mkd  2 weeks

    Sorry to read youโ€™re all poorly-sick! Hope you and yours all feel better soon! (Youโ€™ll be pleased to know I donโ€™t have a slot in my concept album dedicated to this particular facet of family life...)

  • @siebass  2 weeks

    Oh, also I meant to let you know, for pitch shifting, in audacity, it is a simple highlight of the audio you want to change (Usually I will ctrl D to duplicate to a second track first), and then the effect is change pitch. You can get some fun doubles this way, or demon/chipmunk effects without affecting the tempo or speed of the phrase. Quite handy!

  • @siebass  2 weeks

    Thanks for checking out the bathroom song. Everything from the vocal samples to the lead vocal were done in the tub or sitting on it. Even the mixing was done while sitting on the edge of the tub, not that comfortable while you are in the zone, but it felt appropriate.

  • @srcoops 2 weeks

    Thank you for your kind words in regard to The Miracle. I appreciate your interest.

  • @jmadison  2 weeks

    The story isn't over? Sweet! I'll patiently wait for the next episode. EXPLODING TEACUPS!

  • @pambowen1 2 weeks

    Thanks for taking the time to comment on "Let Me Pour for You." I am so glad you liked the bridge! Let me take a look at some of your pieces. Congrats for already winning FAWM after only 7 days!

  • @mom23gals  2 weeks

    Thanks for your comments on Paper Dolls -- agree that having kids keeps us young, and makes us feel old, all at the same time. BTW, my absolute favorite part of FAWM this year is hearing the songs that the MetalFootlings come up with. I taught preschool/kindergarten for a long time, have a doctorate in early literacy, as well as musical passion -- so their compositions, musically and lyrically/linguistically, are an absolute joy. Kudos to you for encouraging and celebrating their creativity and talents. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @oblivionratula  2 weeks

    Thanks for the comments on Mother of Swords. There's one part in particular ('night has fallen full') where I feel like I'm ripping off/channeling/paying homage to John Denver's Poems and Prayers and Promises, melodically, but never thought of Neil Young. Singing is something I definitely need to practice more (though, at my age, if you don't got it, I don't know), so a comparison like that is encouraging. Thanks!

  • @spirulence  2 weeks

    You are welcome! Your songwriting is magical fun! I'd actually like to put "Not Aliens" on a self-released album - maybe we can have a discussion on Facebook about how you'd like to split any potential revenue? I made $5 off the last album.