Alyxander James 19


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 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.

Songs (19)

#1 Creativity is Infinite 37
Feb 1
#2 Bernadette 17
Feb 2
#3 Henrietta 8
Feb 3
#4 Feel Everything 7
Feb 4
#5 My Voice 13
Feb 4
#6 Without Hiding 16
Feb 5
#7 Lights in the Dark 7
Feb 5
#8 If By Grace 17
Feb 7
#9 Good Enough 10
Feb 8
#10 In These Bones 8
Feb 9
#11 Adventurer's Blessing 16
Feb 10
#12 So Peacefully 7
Feb 11
#13 So Fast 3
Feb 12
#14 Our Love Will Carry You 7
Feb 13
#15 To Be Real 7
Feb 15
#16 When It Snows 4
Feb 17
#17 Lights In The Dark @thelowestbitter  8
Feb 22
#18 I Can't Stop 5
Feb 22
#19 How Colorful 7
Feb 27


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  • @wrenarcher  Mar 5

    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.

  • @iwilleatyou Mar 2

    It *is* art! Thanks for the listen and comment!

  • @mikeskliar  Feb 28

    welcome back!

  • @heidiserwer  Feb 27

    Congratulations on your FAWM finish and then some! 🏆 I look forward to listening to your newest tunes!

  • @heidiserwer  Feb 17

    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.

  • @majordanby  Feb 17

    16 songs, so sorry I’ve got some listening to do. Job interview later then I’m back in.

  • @estebanlartigue  Feb 12

    thank you for your comments on several songs! i see you are a machine and keep creating songs ! I want to hear them all

  • @mistermann  Feb 8

    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.

  • @caseewilson  Feb 7

    It's working now 😀 Turns out the link was using %20 instead of underscore between the words in the filename.

  • @caseewilson  Feb 7

    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.

  • @taracraig  Feb 7

    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!

  • @argenstock Feb 7

    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!

  • @ineloquentsd  Feb 6

    Thank you for your comment on “3 AM Fears.” I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  • @porrectus  Feb 6

    Thanks for the kind words.

  • @infilktion Feb 6

    Thank you for the kind words on Han's Falcon!

  • @argenstock Feb 6

    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!!

  • @ineloquentsd  Feb 5

    Thank you for your feedback on “Unfortunately Embodied.” Chronic pain solidarity, yo. 💖

  • @dudachris Feb 5

    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 😁

  • @thelowestbitter  Feb 5

    Okay I’ve just sent you an email with the potential collab track in it. Hope it sparks something!


  • @wrenarcher  Feb 5

    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.

  • @stephentanner Feb 4

    Thanks for listening Alyxander. 😀

  • @judypie  Feb 4

    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!

  • @ineloquentsd  Feb 3

    I hope your Imbolc was a bright day in a dreary winter!

  • @leslie  Feb 3

    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!

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  Feb 2

    Thank you for your kind words on my first song (...Justice).

  • @bradbrubaker  Feb 2

    Thank you for saying my tune would fit in a space western. Gives me a totally new idea of it.

  • @katmtl Feb 2

    Hello! thank you so much for listening to "Mesmerized".

  • @shiveringgold Feb 1

    Thank you for the welcome!

  • @cathymc  Feb 1

    Good to see you again this year!

  • @heidiserwer  Jan 31

    Hi Alyx! I'm excited to hear your new music this month!

  • @wurzelfrau Jan 31

    I'm back and I'm super excited for your new songs! <3

  • @kahlo2013 Jan 30

    Hey! I hope you are doing well! I am looking forward to your creativity!

  • @alonetogether  Jan 29

    same to you! happy fawm :3

  • @frenchcricket Jan 28

    Likewise! I hope you have a fruitful Feb!

  • @leslie  Jan 28

    Alyx! I am literally in the process (3 songs in) of writing songs for the Major Arcana. Great minds!

  • @dianezilla Jan 28

    Hey Alyx! I miss seeing you around OTSFM. Looking forward to listening to your songs!

  • @ineloquentsd  Jan 28

    Thank you for the welcome! I’m getting increasingly excited about sharing my work, thanks to nice folks like you reaching out with encouragement! 💖

  • @ginomakesmusic  Jan 28

    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!

  • @thelowestbitter  Jan 27

    Good to see you back too, hope you have a great FAWM!

  • @saoirse Jan 27

    Thank you for the welcome! I'm so unbelievably excited for this whole thing!

  • @outinpublicdrummer  Jan 27

    Thanks for the welcome! 😀

  • @ggallagher  Jan 25

    I am back! so excited!

  • @auditasum  Jan 25

    I'm glad you're back too!! Looking forward to your tarot songs.

  • @miga  Jan 23

    @alyxanderjames Thanks for the welcome and a very happy/productive FAWM to you as well!

  • @cairobraga  Jan 18

    hey QT! so great to be back and have you back as well. can't wait to shake airwaves with y'all. <3

  • @kellylog99 Jan 18

    hey heyy Alyx!
    soooo excited to hear your music this FAWM!!

  • @wrenarcher  Jan 16

    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*

  • @yam655  Jan 16

    It's great to see you back, too. I hope whatever you end up making, it is enjoyable. 😀

  • @tawny249  Jan 15

    Hey there! May your FAWM be inspired. 😀

  • @judypie  Jan 15

    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!