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.
Hey, FAWM friends! I’m Alyx.
I’m a white, queer, transmasculine/non-binary human with an increasingly impressive 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. (Last May I picked up the most gorgeous octave mandolin, and I'm hoping to give her some airtime this year.) 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.
2021 will be my fourth FAWM! Last year I focused on writing songs for all the Major Arcana cards in a tarot deck. This year I haven't decided if I'm going to pick a tarot suit to write for, or if I'll pick another theme, or if I'm just flying by the seat of my pants.
|#1||Creativity is Infinite||
|#7||Lights in the Dark||
|#8||If By Grace||
|#10||In These Bones||
|#14||Our Love Will Carry You||
|#15||To Be Real||
|#16||When It Snows||
|#17||Lights In The Dark @thelowestbitter||
|#18||I Can't Stop||
Hi Alyx.... *wave wave wave*
Just stopping by to say hello and to say thank you...
so, so very much for making my first FAWM so amazing and wonderful and memorable. I am truly humbled by the amount of acceptance in this amazing community of songwriters and musicians and so glad I was introduced to your music by way of this site.
So, I also wanted to let you know I have a demo up for one my lyrics-only songs I posted right at the end of FAWM. Hope you have a little time to listen. I think I may have figured out some of my recording issues but I need to keep working at it to make sure it wasn’t just dumb luck. Annnnd... in this demo, I’m not whispering and feeling like I’ve taken some steps toward “finding” my voice.
Thanks again so much.
Hope you and yours are well.
It *is* art! Thanks for the listen and comment!
Congratulations on your FAWM finish and then some! 🏆 I look forward to listening to your newest tunes!
Thanks for your comments on Pine Needles. I love pine trees too. Congrats on your FAWM finish! I've got some listening to do and look forward to checking out your newest songs this week.
16 songs, so sorry I’ve got some listening to do. Job interview later then I’m back in.
thank you for your comments on several songs! i see you are a machine and keep creating songs ! I want to hear them all
Absolutely understand that conflict. ❤️
And in my mind, that song is your creation and remains so regardless of whether or not you let me add bits to the FAWM demo iteration of it.
It's working now 😀 Turns out the link was using %20 instead of underscore between the words in the filename.
Hi Alyx, thanks for your kind words on Lost and Found - I'm trying to fix the link, I'm not sure why it's not working since I'm using FAWM hosting and it plays in the hosting site. Will let you know once it's playing.
Thanks for comments and the heads up that track "breathe deep" wasn't playing all they way through. Re-bounced and re-loaded, thanks again!
Thank you so much for your comment on “It’s Okay to Change the Way We Think”! I’m honored to have Mister Rogers and Pete Seeger associated with a song, lol! That’s such an apropos pairing to describe what I was aiming for, and I always get a Pete Seeger vibe when I play this!
Thank you for your comment on “3 AM Fears.” I’m glad you enjoyed it!
Thanks for the kind words.
Thank you for the kind words on Han's Falcon!
Thanks for the comment on Children of the Universe! I’m so excited to be doing FAWM this year, and looking forward to hearing what you’ve got in store too!!
Thank you for your feedback on “Unfortunately Embodied.” Chronic pain solidarity, yo. 💖
Hey thanks for your comments on John Prine. I don't think there is a higher compliment for a song like that 😁
Pretty busy today, but, I'll make a point of coming back to listen to more of your tracks next I can 😁
Sending warmth 😁
Okay I’ve just sent you an email with the potential collab track in it. Hope it sparks something!
Hey Alyx! Thanks for the comment on that lyrics-only song of mine. So I wanted to let you know...
*alert! alert!* we have a demo. I say again... we have
Thanks again for being so encouraging. I can’t tell you how important that has been for me.
Thanks for listening Alyxander. 😀
That’s impressive going! I am on an 11-6:30 shift this week so fully planned to have time pre work to do fawm but nope, still incapable of getting out of bed!😂 I use the wee hours instead!
I hope your Imbolc was a bright day in a dreary winter!
Alyx, Over the Moon is on Netflix. It tells a beautiful story of grief and love and family, with the central myth of the Chinese goddess of the moon. There is a dance party on the moon. That's all I need to say!
Thank you for your kind words on my first song (...Justice).
Thank you for saying my tune would fit in a space western. Gives me a totally new idea of it.
Hello! thank you so much for listening to "Mesmerized".
Thank you for the welcome!
Good to see you again this year!
Hi Alyx! I'm excited to hear your new music this month!
I'm back and I'm super excited for your new songs! <3
Hey! I hope you are doing well! I am looking forward to your creativity!
same to you! happy fawm :3
Likewise! I hope you have a fruitful Feb!
Alyx! I am literally in the process (3 songs in) of writing songs for the Major Arcana. Great minds!
Hey Alyx! I miss seeing you around OTSFM. Looking forward to listening to your songs!
Thank you for the welcome! I’m getting increasingly excited about sharing my work, thanks to nice folks like you reaching out with encouragement! 💖
You bet I'm around this year! 😀 Glad to see you'll be posting too. Looking forward to hearing what you've got to share, and best of luck and skill!
Good to see you back too, hope you have a great FAWM!
Thank you for the welcome! I'm so unbelievably excited for this whole thing!
Thanks for the welcome! 😀
I am back! so excited!
I'm glad you're back too!! Looking forward to your tarot songs.
hey QT! so great to be back and have you back as well. can't wait to shake airwaves with y'all. <3
hey heyy Alyx!
soooo excited to hear your music this FAWM!!
Hi Alyx! Thanks for reaching out and saying hi on my soundboard. I signed up just a couple of weeks ago and I've found it's definitely what you describe... enthusiastic and supportive along with really encouraging, funny, honest and just... like I've found a familiar tribe.
Been listening to a song on your SoundCloud and your partner Ethan's (@fecknom) as well. Wow... really nice.
*hits watchlist button*
It's great to see you back, too. I hope whatever you end up making, it is enjoyable. 😀
Hey there! May your FAWM be inspired. 😀
Halloooo Alyx! Your fountain pen sounds FANCY, I wish I could write with one without covering my entire body/cloth in ink😁I hope you have a fabulous FAWM!