Alex "metalfoot" 78


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 9 and under will do that to a person. 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, mainly due to a host of wonderful collaborators and the inspiration of this excellent community. Now that I know I *can* do it, I probably won't go quite as hard at it, especially with the @metalfootlings (my kids, whose account I'll be curating and running) in tow this year.

Instruments likely to be misused in FAWM 2017:
- Seagull M4 "Merlin" (in profile pic)
- Lonestar Venice Mandolin
- Simon and Patrick Mahogany Pro acoustic guitar
- cheap Silvertone electric guitar
- Rogue ukulele
- Casio Celviano digital piano
- Bach Bb tenor trombone
- pBone Eb alto trombone
- tin whistle in D

I also discovered in FAWM 2016 that I like to collaborate, so feel free to ask!

UPDATE: 19 Feb 2017:
It's odd. I don't think I'm working as hard at writing songs as I did last year, but there are way more of them popping out of my head. Probably end up doing 50 this year.

Feb 24: Did I say 50? I meant 60. Or 65...

March 2: Whee! Crested over 70 in February! (and still a few collabs to go)

Songs (78)

#1 Alphabetical 27
Feb 2017
#2 Beneficial 28
Feb 2017
#3 They'll Meet At Tilbury's Tavern @kc5 25
Feb 2017
#4 Holding On 17
Feb 2017
#5 Churlish 13
Feb 2017
#6 Dulcet 9
Feb 2017
#7 That's The Way @metalfootlings 14
Feb 2017
#8 Eccentric 23
Feb 2017
#9 Space Travel 15
Feb 2017
#10 Long Live The Vegetables @ajna1960  21
Feb 2017
#11 Roots 20
Feb 2017
#12 Negative One 22
Feb 2017
#13 Off You Go (The John Version) @jaegerin  6
Feb 2017
#14 Florid 10
Feb 2017
#15 Gargantuan @metalfootlings 16
Feb 2017
#16 Haughty 7
Feb 2017
#17 Helga the FAWM Duck @sapient  28
Feb 2017
#18 Ideal 8
Feb 2017
#19 'It's Not About The Demo' @musicsongwriter 12
Feb 2017
#20 Exhibit A (acoustic) @jamkar  10
Feb 2017
#21 Jubilant 5
Feb 2017
#22 Kaleidoscopic @metalfootlings 6
Feb 2017
#23 Lethargic 6
Feb 2017
#24 The Road to Dona Martina Dr 14
Feb 2017
#25 The Tearoom Trinity @stephenwordsmith 11
Feb 2017
#26 Under the Snow @hummingbear 21
Feb 2017
#27 I'm Sorry 18
Feb 2017
#28 Mysterious 12
Feb 2017
#29 good golden gondola 8
Feb 2017
#30 Numerous 11
Feb 2017
#31 Oblivious 9
Feb 2017
#32 Profound 8
Feb 2017
#33 Field of Dreams @bithprod 11
Feb 2017
#34 The Road Is So Long, Lord (@metalfoot Gospel version) @popmythology  26
Feb 2017
#35 The Only Home I Need @fearlessflight2014  12
Feb 2017
#36 Quirky Love Song 8
Feb 2017
#37 Stuff @brrrse  7
Feb 2017
#38 Quaint 7
Feb 15
#39 Keep On Playing Guitar @toms  16
Feb 16
#40 Rollicking 3
Feb 17
#41 Sesquicentennial 8
Feb 17
#42 Empty Page @petemurphy  8
Feb 17
#43 Terrestrial 4
Feb 18
#44 Uncouth 4
Feb 18
#45 The Pilot @levesinet 10
Feb 18
#46 Vile 11
Feb 18
#47 'That's Not What I Meant' @musicsongwriter 16
Feb 18
#48 Whimsical 5
Feb 18
#49 Ice 13
Feb 19
#50 Xanthic 8
Feb 19
#51 The Gift 10
Feb 19
#52 But Real 10
Feb 19
#53 Enjoy The Earth 10
Feb 20
#54 Yappy 4
Feb 20
#55 Diluvian Dreams 6
Feb 20
#56 Zany 4
Feb 20
#57 Niobium 11
Feb 21
#58 The Glow of Home @kc5 8
Feb 22
#59 The Day The Old Earth Shook @ajna1960  14
Feb 22
#60 Exhibit C- Exquisite Corpse @complexissimple 2
Feb 24
#61 Rock Jam 9
Feb 24
#62 Life With Young Children @jenfoss  11
Feb 24
#63 Why Won't You Listen? 15
Feb 24
#64 Bob 12
Feb 25
#65 I Can't Forget @kc5 6
Feb 25
#66 Song 61 9
Feb 26
#67 No Right @chandra83  9
Feb 26
#68 Nine 13
Feb 27
#69 Northern Lights @zecoop  41
Feb 27
#70 In A Pickle @hummingbear 14
Feb 27
#71 "Let Them Eat Steak" (final segment of Corpse F) @cindyrella  3
Feb 27
#72 Bad Ad Jingle 5
Feb 27
#73 Lost socks @jessica14  13
Feb 27
#74 Lost Socks @metalfootlings 4
Feb 27
#75 Changing Lanes @kahlo2013  7
Feb 28
#76 Pity I Will Never Clean Up My Room @rainchaser  5
Feb 28
#77 Psalm 51 6
Mar 1
#78 Little One @russiasaturn  6
Mar 1


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  • @aerlyn 2 weeks

    Hey, I'm always up for a collab! Despite my profile pointing towards rock... with just an acoustic, I'll probably end up diverting from the genre.

  • @musicsongwriter May 10

    Thank you Alex for your lovely comment on my lyric and for your kind message on my board. Yes, looking forward to 50/90 and if you feel like collaborating before please let me know. Always a pleasure to collaborate with you.

  • @musicsongwriter May 9

    Very sorry Alex for my late listening, I had problems with my computer speakers, luckily sorted. Just listened to Under the Snow. Thank you for your great collaboration with @hummingbear. It was truly amazing listen.

  • @chrishope  May 9

    thanks for that !

  • @andygetch  May 9

    No worries and backactha brother!

  • @wacha May 3

    Thank you very much for your comments on "Come Together" I find it much more difficult to point out the positive, it's nice to see my pushing myself has resonated with some folks.

  • @lvgd09 May 3

    Holy are a songwriting monster! 78 on the board in 30 days... pretty impressive. I'll be sifting though some of these over the next week or so. In the mean time I wanted to thank you for commenting on my tune "Six". I haven't even heard those tunes since...and I had to hear what you were commenting on. Oh, and now I know who to ask "what the hell genre is my tune". I swear I don't know what to call nearly everything I do. Congratulations on a tremendous FAWM. See you soon.

  • @ladyred May 2


  • @chandra83  May 2


  • @musicsongwriter May 2

    Thank you for your support Alex, I'll be back on your site soon. Sorry can't do the listening at the moment. Hope tomorrow.
    Have a great evening.

  • @madeline Apr 28

    Congratulations on finishing FAWM and doings so quite prolifically too!

  • @billwhite51 Apr 12

    Hi Alex, Thanks for listening to and commenting on Farewell My Friend. Glad you liked it!

  • @piney  Apr 10

    You are welcome. Thanks for listening! 😀

  • @oddaustin Apr 9

    Still hovering about. Thanks for listening to my manic monstrosities.

  • @zecoop  Apr 8

    I always appreciate your listens... Rob wrote a pretty awesome song... I was happy to add my little parts to it. 😀

  • @wacha Apr 6

    Thank you very much for your kind words on my track, "Jaguar".

  • @jwhanberry  Apr 5

    Glad you heard the new demo of "Sweat And Blood". I think I captured the grit the blue collar song deserves.

  • @jamkar  Apr 4

    Hey thanks for the comment on our corpse and the Peter Gabriel reference. I am flattered, and had no idea!

  • @chandra83  Apr 4

    Aww... I'm sure you're a better writer than you think! 😀

  • @musicsongwriter Apr 4

    Thank you Alex, no rush, just thought I'd check you saw my note.

  • @musicsongwriter Apr 3

    @metalfoot just in case you didn't see my reply, I've added you. It's on your list song N47. Please take the time you need. Looking forward to hearing it.

  • @chandra83  Apr 3

    I'll be be around a little bit. (Though I'm also doing Camp NaNoWriMo this month, so that will probably take up a fair bit of time... )

  • @jwhanberry  Apr 2

    Thanks for listening to "Sweat And Blood". It was my first skirmish song ever, and I was hooked! I should have a new, improved I hope, demo in a day or so. I'll let you know, maybe you'll give a listen.

  • @chandra83  Apr 2

    Thanks for all of your feedback. <3

  • @musicsongwriter Apr 1

    Thank you for both comments Alex. I've added you. It's on your list song N47. Please take the time you need. Looking forward to hearing it.

  • @snoozin  Apr 1

    Thanks for your feedback on Snow Moon. Yes, you got it. I was scratching the drum head during that section. I liked the effect and the variety. Cheers! 😀

  • @jwhanberry  Mar 29

    Glad you liked "Island Reel". I agree the world needs more 7/4. I'm sensing a 7/4 Challenge next year.
    I did contribute a bit more 7 with this tune "4-4-7" and there will be more in the future. It seems quite natural to me as if I had 7 legs. 😉

  • @siebass  Mar 27

    Thanks for taking the time to listen to "Time is a Map". Regarding giving the song time to unfold, it definitely felt that way. Once I was done, I thought, "I can't believe I wrote a song that is 8 minutes long", but I couldn't think of leaving it in a shorter state. Happy to hear I'm not the only one that feels compelled to put the piano where it needs to go, even if I don't know how 😀

  • @tiller2  Mar 25

    Thanks for all the March love and comments you've given my songs. I appreciate it and look forward to listening to more of yours very soon.

  • @chandra83  Mar 25

    😀 <3

  • @snoozin  Mar 25

    Thanks for your feedback on 'Time to Let Go'. There have been many interpretations of the meaning and I think it is whatever the listener gets out of the listening experience that is the true meaning of the song.

  • @zecoop  Mar 25

    Collaborations are definitely one of my favorite things about FAWM...

  • @zecoop  Mar 25

    Thanks... Once again. 😀 So Whatever worked out great at practice this week. We added a bridge section for Chris to solo over. I'm excited.

  • @zecoop  Mar 24

    And... It looks like Holly @lanasolyluna might be singing on that one, so I'll let you know. 😀

  • @zecoop  Mar 24

    Appreciate all the continued comments I didn't invent Casiocore so be sure to check out the others when you click on that. 😀

    Re: old Casio and Yamaha keyboards... I apply a noise reduction to every file I record from them, based on a section that I copy before I played. That takes out all the hiss and makes them sound (somewhat) modern. No, it doesn't... but it does clean it up nicely. 😀

  • @kc5 Mar 24

    You were correct in your reading of the "Glow of Home", Metalfoot.
    I don't think every one catches it though. "I taste it in written tongue" only makes sense to those who do get it.

  • @wacha Mar 21

    Thank you very much for your comments on my songs, glad you like them!

  • @zecoop  Mar 20

    Thanks once again for all your support... Infinite Game was definitely a fun song to work out. I'm looking forward to getting that one and a lot of other FAWM songs worked up as a band. We have a big list of possibilities now for our next album! 😀

  • @musicsongwriter Mar 20

    Thank you so much Alex for your great support. Yes please get in touch, it will be wonderful to collaborate again.

  • @matthew62  Mar 20

    Thanks for the kind comments on Physics. Truly appreciated.

  • @musicsongwriter Mar 19

    Thank you so much for your great comments on my music, lyrics and collaborations. Your support is very special.

  • @ballyhoot  Mar 17

    Thanks for your nice comment about my contribution to exquisite corpse c!!

  • @lissielou79 Mar 15

    Thank you so much for you comment on Rainbow. I don't often write love songs, glad you liked it.

  • @spinhead  Mar 14

    Wait, what? Looks like it's LTMM: Listen to Metalfoot March.

  • @deena  Mar 14

    Thank you! And I love the way you've included your beautiful children in fawm. The creativity in your household is so beautifully vivid and joyful.

  • @deena  Mar 14

    Thanks so much for noticing my vocals and adding my name to the list!

  • @factorytale Mar 12

    Thank you. It went well The baptism. There is now a translation for the song. Liv i tryghed.

  • @crisp1  Mar 12

    Appreciate your comment on The Freer I Feel. I really like what @wacha did with it and especially love the way she plays guitar.

  • @squeakmouse73 Mar 12

    I thought about you a couple nights ago. I was at a recording studio helping a guy out with a track he was recording, and the owner of the studio had on the wall the same brand of merlin you have. I actually got to see it and play it. Crap! Now, I want one. That's all I don't need is more instrument lust. Having said that, I just had to smile, because it reminded me of you.

  • @michaelepic Mar 10

    Thank you so much for the very generous comment you left on "Girl Bye"! I really appreciate it!

  • @chandra83  Mar 10

    😀 <3

  • @piney  Mar 10

    Thank you!

  • @ihelen  Mar 10

    Hi Alex, Your take on the sea song was my second thought and it does sound like that was the intention, now that I rethink and reread it. Thanks for providing your interpretation of it!

  • @leepat  Mar 9

    are you kidding me? you've had a busy month recording! 😀

  • @leepat  Mar 9

    thanks for listening to Wrap up Alex.
    the band has shown up!

  • @cindyrella  Mar 9

    Thanks for working with me and commenting too. I remember those days-we had 4 kids-and loving those days. My daughter sings, but it very shy about it and shouldn't be.

  • @acousticmaddie  Mar 8

    Thank you. And wow 76 😀 Awesome job. Congrats

  • @fearlessflight2014  Mar 8

    Hey there Alex, I finally put up some audio for my first song this year 'Choose Love'

  • @gvgeis Mar 7

    Thanks for dropping by to leave your comments on Little Star! I'm delighted that you like it so much. 😀 Stephen crafted another gem, and the music was intended for Erin's voice before it was even written. She hit it out of the park. I'm so appreciative of your feedback on it!

  • @visiblydistorted Mar 7

    Thanks for checking out "She Cries at Night" 😀 I appreciate your kind words.

  • @fearlessflight2014  Mar 7

    Oh I'm glad you like what I did! It's all a rush now to finish stuff, one more collab and then at least the constant feeling of letting people down will dissipate!

  • @fearlessflight2014  Mar 7

    Done!! Hope you like it.

  • @sapient  Mar 6

    Thanks so much for the lovely comment on Devastating Beauty!
    Actually, Gordon and I are thinking about working on a full album like that. If you like that sort of thing, then you might alao like our other song, Mars 😀

  • @fearlessflight2014  Mar 6

    Can I sit in the corner with you for being ridiculously over sensitive and looking for criticism in places where it has never existed?

  • @fearlessflight2014  Mar 6

    Was that a not so subtle hint that I'm a bad collaborator? Fair cop.😩

  • @crisp1  Mar 6

    Thanks for the comment on I Refuse to Die. Yes, at this point I guess it just goes into the ether. So, how do you write so much? There are a few of you for whom sleep seems to be non-mandatory during February. Looks like you must've had a ton of fun this FAWM!

  • @stephenwordsmith Mar 6

    You have no idea as to with how much joy I read the words "Heard this first on the new Wordsmith album" in your latest comment.

  • @electrocelte Mar 6

    It is actually a Scottish Smallpipe on The Reconstruction. (In the key A)

  • @majordanby  Mar 6

    Hey thanks for listening to Talk To Me Tonight, you raise some interesting insight that subconsciously are probably correct. Without giving away too much of the mystery, the song is about being ill. My songs have all a little hint of this this year whilst trying to use upbeat imagery, avoiding the negative. Karl.

    How many songs, nice work. I will have a listen today.

  • @crimulus  Mar 6

    Thanks Alex for your kind words on "Today." Agreed, I thought it'd get more comments, but right around February 15th the comments started to dwindle due to everyone burning out and/or focusing on writing their own songs. I just try to enjoy the comments I _do_ get and not worry about the ones I don't. 😀

    Thanks for listening, and WOW what a February you had! Way to go!

  • @reggiestyte Mar 6

    Thanks for tuning in to my pulp spy thriller. Write on.

  • @electrocelte Mar 5

    74 tracks!!! Oh my goodness, where do I start!!

    Yes this whole set of tunes (my concept album) is a spiral into darkness and despair. It is sort of like the Empire Strikes Back of this saga... 😉

  • @izaakalexander  Mar 5

    Hey there! Thanks for the comments, and if you really want to download Black Cards, I've enabled the download through soundcloud. I usually do that, but the extra step of going to the permissions tab sometimes gets overlooked in the craziness of FAWM. 😀

  • @audrey  Mar 5

    Thanks for the kind words on "Winding Path". Appreciate it.

  • @seanbrennan  Mar 4

    Hey, thanks for finding the good in "Forget Me!" I've had an inverse relationship with that one - I definitely still don't *like* it, but I feel more positive about it than I did when I first uploaded it.

  • @freakingsnap Mar 3

    hey, thanks for the comment. all of my tracks are live improvisations using a mini kaoss pad. it's a mini synth with some cool functions. super simple and super fun.

  • @headfirstonly  Mar 3

    Yay! Can't wait to hear what you do with it!

  • @dragondreams  Mar 3

    Awww. Thank you! 😊

  • @headfirstonly  Mar 3

    Yup, you got it in one. Zoom G3. 😀

  • @frogspawn Mar 3

    Thank you for your comments: 72 songs?? I was only able to make 14 before they locked me up again. I will force my alter ego's alter ego to come and listen to some here!

  • @teapot Mar 2

    Thank you for such a lovely comment on my soundboard!! This kind of feedback is making me feel much more positive about my songs- it is the first time I have really shared them so the fact that you enjoyed them is really special to me. Definitely see you for Fawm 2018, all the best! x

  • @reggiestyte Mar 2

    Thanks for "Marching Down South Mtn" with me and the thoughtful comments!

  • @rainchaser  Mar 2

    Ok, so I've updated "Gravity". I made the guitars louder.

  • @ihelen  Mar 2

    Thanks for commenting on my Remembrance song. Goodness - you've done 72 this time! I'm surprised nobody else has mentioned your pro status. 😀

  • @audrey  Mar 2

    Thanks for your great comment on 'Christmas Memories'. I appreciate it.

  • @chandra83  Mar 2

    Thanks for your feedback on "No Right" ... and of course you may!

  • @rainchaser  Mar 2

    I turned down the volume of the rhythm guitar a bit like -1 db. However I did heavily panned it to the right 100%. So, that could be it. I will also try to boost the guitar solo too.

    Regarding Matt Blick's tickets, I'm underwhelmed that almost no one payed attention to his thread
    I know you and me contributed to his thread, but no one else did! I'm also the only one that used the "tickets" tag. >.> And you can tell by now that I was REALLY interested in that thread! Why did it have to die? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    Okay I'm really bad at this Darth Vader thing...

  • @rainchaser  Mar 2

    Thanks for stopping by on "Sitting On Gravity". What guitar parts were you referring to that was too low in the mix, were you referring to the guitar solo? Yes those tickets are slowly coming naturally like the minor 4 chord. But I still feel that I want Matt to analyze how well I used those tickets as those tickets have inspired me to write more songs!

  • @andygetch  Mar 1


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    Check out my friend @gregscheer. He did a 14 psalms project. You can also find him here:

  • @khowie  Feb 28

    Wow! 70 songs. Great job. I got 6 in. February turned into a busy month that hampered my participation. But I had fun. Thanks for your comments. 😀 I enjoyed listening to your songs

  • @alphanerg Feb 28

    You are getting a lot out of 2 hours a day! I am jealous 😀

  • @alphanerg Feb 28

    Holy crap how do you have so many songs done!?

  • @alphanerg Feb 28

    Thanks for your comment on "Killed by Kicking a Partly Eaten Hobbit Corpse", that 80s feel is exactly what i was going for, so i guess i nailed it.

  • @fearlessflight2014  Feb 28

    Hey there Alex. I sent a lyric for you to peruse via slack private chat. Let me know if it will work for you...

  • @kahlo2013  Feb 28

    Wow! That sounds cool! Love wher you took the music!! Thanks! Fine to post!!!

  • @electrocelte Feb 28

    Oops double post, sorry.

  • @electrocelte Feb 28

    I certainly appreciate all the defending comments that were posted. But I kind of stormed out of there, without a chance to thank you guys. Oh well... I'll send everyone else a more personal message eventually 😀

  • @electrocelte Feb 28

    1) @metalfoot thanks for your support in the Bagpipes thread in the forums, dude. I must admit I was really REALLY put off by his nonsense. I mean really, what an ass. I appreciate your attempts to keep it positive, light-hearted and friendly. Unfortunately I was too busy making music, doing gigs and living life to even look back at that thread until what's his nuts posted his crap. His opinion really means nothing to me, but I think the timing of having to read all of that and seeing him carry it onto his own Page was a bit much. Anyhow, everyone has the right not to like bagpipes or any other instrument for that matter, but being a massive KNOB about it is really no fun. Even after being told it was not appreciated, he left it up there. What more to say really. 😏

    2) Thanks for your kind words on the NCE promo... was happy to make this funny thing for Clio.

    3) 68 tunes... that's just right off the charts, padre!

  • @keithbarrette  Feb 28

    "Synchronize calculators"