izaak 3

Artist Bio

Influences:   I'll get back to you on this.

I am a multi-instrumentalist, singer, music educator, and songwriter from the western U.S.A. 2020 will be my tenth FAWM.

14 Songs in 28 Days!!!

This year. 14 songs on top of this? I dunno. I've hit the songwriting slump of a decade, and I'm a full time middle school teacher now.

Still. I know how it's done. I wrote all 14 seven years in a row 2012 to 2018. How better to usher in the re-roaring twenties?



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  • @tseaver  1 week

    I've got memories of teaching middle school, fresh out of college and newly married. In the end, I found out how to love being in the classroom with the all-too-difficult tweens/teens; it was their parents (and the spineless administration) which finally drove me out of the job.

  • @s7even  1 week

    Thank you so much for taking the time to listen to my song and I REALLY appreciate the comment and encouragement. thank you.

  • @jamkar  1 week

    The intro and outro make a wonderful John Hartman style bookcase. I like the contrast of old and new as told in this ballad.

  • @johncrossman  1 week

    Thanks for the heads up on the auntie-sin, should be interesting!

  • @crisp1  2 weeks

    I'm so glad you struck an adventurous note! (I was hoping you'd pick the spy lyric...) So, just to make it even more of an adventure, I'm picking the clarinet. There are two reasons: 1) my wife used to play it back in high school and 2) you hardly ever hear them in songs anymore. I am at work right now (I'm a teacher, too, but overseas) and will finish up the lyric tonight and send it to you via email. Looking forward to this collab!

  • @bandybum 2 weeks

    Thank you so much for your lovely encouraging feedback on Magical Days and Woodland Love Song.
    Your thoughts are most welcome 😀
    Deadwood was a popular American TV show consisting of three seasons, which finished about 10 years ago. It had a fantastic cast, script and theme music. Hence the reference to your Bound to the bookcase song.
    Wishing you a magical FAWM!

  • @crisp1  2 weeks

    OMG, you can play all of those instruments? Wow! I have two really different ideas in mind for your lyric, so maybe it will depend on which one you prefer. The more traditional idea I have is about a guy who grew up in rural, wide open spaces, moved to the city, but hated it and just wants to get back to the country. The less traditional idea is a sort of non-love song about a spy -- call it "The Spy Who Wouldn't Love Me" (but he does want to, ahem, spend time with the woman he's addressing). Tell me which you prefer and then I'll choose that instrument!

  • @oldlostjohn  2 weeks

    Hi, wish you a successful tenth FAWM!

  • @bandybum 3 weeks

    Opening of You are Here reminds me of Innocence Mission - nice!

  • @elainedimasi  3 weeks

    Hey, Izaak! So good to see you here.

  • @nancyrost  3 weeks

    Looking forward to your new work -- I always enjoy your musical self-challenges!

  • @adnama17  3 weeks

    Hey now! If you're gonna do something with frickin @downburst, you doing something with me too! I've met him and he's as weird AF. Beware!!!!!!!

  • @adnama17  3 weeks

    So good to hear from you! A full time orchestra teacher? Are you insane???

    Bring it on February!!!

  • @hummingbear  3 weeks

    Happy FAWMing!

  • @downburst  3 weeks

    Let's try to do something together, somehow.

  • @fuzzy  3 weeks

    Congratulations on your tenth FAWM!

  • @downburst  4 weeks

    Izaak! I'm in that slump too, my friend. Maybe we can climb out together.

  • @rayboneor  5 weeks

    I have no doubt you'll break out of that slump! Reno? Did you move?

  • @metalfoot  5 weeks

    Well. Here's how we do it:
    (Especially trombone).

    Good to see you, sir!

  • @tsunamidaily  5 weeks

    have the best FAWM this year!