izaak 4

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?


2/26 Update:

26th !? What !? February isn't what it used to be. I think my students are prepared for festival, but I'm not sure about my FAWMing. 14 seems pretty impossible at this point, but I hope to fill a few of my commitments here at the wire. It might go skirmish style. Wish me luck.


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  • @hazzard Mar 2

    thank you for your comment on "simple" - yes, i love choral music, and Whitacre is my favorite composer- you hit the nail on the head with that! also love Lauridsen... and randall thompson, benjamin britten, rene clausen... so yeah. clearly i've been influenced, lol! i'm hoping to get more into choral arranging. thanks for your encouragement!

  • @kahlo2013  Feb 22

    My synth of yours and John’s song for the anti-syn challenge - I could not begin to emulate your gorgeous music

  • @natalieedelson  Feb 21

    Thanks for your kind words on shady tree and yisssssssss I am a big admirer of Nick Drake’s music- Pink Moon is my favourite record of his because it is so unadorned.

  • @tseaver  Feb 10

    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  Feb 10

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

  • @jamkar  Feb 9

    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  Feb 9

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

  • @crisp1  Feb 6

    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 Feb 5

    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  Feb 5

    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  Jan 31

    Hi, wish you a successful tenth FAWM!

  • @bandybum Jan 30

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

  • @elainedimasi  Jan 30

    Hey, Izaak! So good to see you here.

  • @nancyrost  Jan 26

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

  • @adnama17  Jan 26

    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  Jan 26

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

    Bring it on February!!!

  • @hummingbear  Jan 25

    Happy FAWMing!

  • @downburst  Jan 24

    Let's try to do something together, somehow.

  • @fuzzy  Jan 24

    Congratulations on your tenth FAWM!

  • @downburst  Jan 17

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

  • @rayboneor  Jan 16

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

  • @metalfoot  Jan 16

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

    Good to see you, sir!

  • @tsunamidaily  Jan 14

    have the best FAWM this year!