Alyxander James 16


Chicago US   Jan 2018  

Artist Bio

Influences:   Queer folk musicians (and queer folks in general), the songwriting communities at the Old Town School of Folk Music and the Rocky Mountain Song School, my mental health, and so much more. Dar Williams, Danny Schmidt, Ellis Delaney, Joe Stevens, Steve Dawson, Mary Gauthier...the list goes on.

Pronouns: they/them/theirs

Hey, FAWM friends! I’m Alyx.

I’m a white, queer, transmasculine/non-binary human with Harry Potter glasses, fabulous hand knit sweaters (yes, I knit the sweater I’m wearing in my profile pic), and a surprisingly curly beard. I write songs, and have been doing so off and on for most of my life. I write most of my first drafts with a fountain pen, because it makes me feel fancy. I’ve turned out to be a better guitar player than I ever thought I could be (which is to say: I play passably), and that’s mostly what I write for, but sometimes when I get stuck I reach for other instruments. I live in Chicago with my partner, @fecknom, who is also a musician.

I'd be hard-pressed to name a single genre I don't like at least *something* from. Most of what I write is folky, but I enjoy listening to everything from classical music to death metal.

2020 will be my third FAWM! This year I’m focusing on this 78 Songs project I’ve been “working on” for about four years with little success. I’m trying to write a song for every card in a tarot deck, and up until this year I had maybe half a dozen done. I decided to use this concentrated songwriting time as a catalyst to get some traction on this project. So I’m starting with the 22 cards of the major arcana. Since there are 22 and I only had the first one done, I started working my way through a week or so ago. I'll have a link to the six I wrote pre-FAWM up soon.


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  • @otterchaos Feb 29

    Would be lovely to keep in touch this year while we wait for the next one! Drop me an email at 😀

  • @dzd  Feb 24 that's a personal challenge! hahah
    up to 21? very nice! I'll browse a few, but watched ya to come back for this 😀

    Good Luck! (very non-sarcastically)

  • @mariekevinkmusic  Feb 23

    I haven't commented on all your individual songs but I just want to say I am really enjoying your progress with this project. Some really nice songs in there. I don't know how you manage to write so many songs of good quality in such short period of time.

  • @cathymc  Feb 19

    This is an intriguing project! (I thought writing 24 rune songs two years ago was tough enough) Looking forward to listening to all the songs!

  • @otterchaos Feb 18

    Thank you for your kind words. 😊 I'm at the end of a full time PhD, plus two jobs. Just about reached the end of my tether, haha! Getting this song out of me helped.

  • @hazzard Feb 14

    thanks for your comment on rose colored! i thought about the nonbinary or trans perspective a bit while writing the song, wishing to be something you're not, or not identifying with norms- there is shared space on this venn diagram! i am SO impressed with your productivity, I haven't been able to keep up as much as I want to but I hope to listen to more of your songs soon. <3

  • @autoclamp  Feb 13

    Mary Lucia for the win!

    I'm not sure what brought you to Chicago, but hopefully the -25 degree windchill in Minneapolis today will increase confidence in your decision. Best of luck with FAWM (looks like you're almost there)!

  • @otterchaos Feb 11

    I was sold immediately upon seeing your song titles. I remain sold after bingeing all of them in one trot. Absolutely marvellous!

  • @ablaze Feb 9

    Omg what a cool concept with the tarot cards I love it

  • @yam655 Feb 7

    Thanks for the comment on "I don't menstruate." I was more nervous with that one than I've been with anything I've sung in a long time. It's a serious subject matter, unlike a lot of my stuff.

    I want to give you encouragement on your Tarot song project. You can do it!!

    Last FAWM I was sort of working on my own Tarot song project. You're going to be close enough that 50/90 in July may help you finish up -- if you don't finish before then! 😉

    For me, I sort of treated it like a single-card reading. I cleared my mind, focused on the card, opened up my mouth and discovered the lyrics and melody at the same time.

  • @ggallagher  Feb 5

    Thanks for your comments on Bear in the Trap. Also a friend of mine and I were talking about Tarot cards today and creating songs based around them. Obviously we should meet up and share tarot songs sometime.

  • @wacha  Feb 3

    Thank you for the very kind words on "Gretel".

  • @kovbleu  Feb 3

    Thank you so much for commenting on "This Promise" - I so appreciate the listen! 😀

  • @wacha  Feb 3

    Thanks for the listen and comment on "Home"!

  • @songwritingzen  Feb 2

    Thank you for your comment on "What If We Are All Alone." Good luck FAWMing 😀

  • @pokerowan  Feb 2

    I got your back with the trans interpretations 😉

  • @wurzelfrau Feb 2

    Big non-binary high Five 🙌🏾
    Good to see you here 😀 Excited for your tarot songs!

  • @slosilver Feb 1

    Let’s get FAWMing.

  • @ginomakesmusic Feb 1

    "influences: my mental health" BIG same. Wishing you a wonderful FAWM this year, and thanks for the comment. Hopefully you might be able to check out my other song, part of my own Big Project™. Cheers!

    edit: you totally did while I commented, and that's magic. You even said cheers too, so double cheers!

  • @pokerowan  Feb 1

    Great to see you again! Happy FAWMing 😀

  • @auditasum Jan 31

    A most happy FAWM to you too! Looking forward to your songs as well. 😁

  • @haim  Jan 31

    Hi Alyxander! Have a great fawm there! Gonna be an interesting year.

  • @cairobraga Jan 28

    hey cutie! so happy to see you back as well.

  • @arose  Jan 27

    Hey! I also just started playing the mountain dulcimer last year! Looking forward to hearing your songs!

  • @heidiserwer  Jan 25

    Hi Alyx! Looking forward to a fun FAWM 2020!

  • @coolparadiso  Jan 23

    Looking forward to where your musical journey has taken you!

  • @kellylog99 Jan 21

    Happy fawm! Im so happy i discovered your page.

  • @jamkar  Jan 21

    Dulcimer is cool. Hope to hear some!

  • @gardeningangel1  Jan 20

    Hi, your tarot project goal sounds intriguing. Excited to hear what you come up with. Good FAWMing to you!