Alex "metalfoot" 69


Manitoba CA   Feb 2016

Artist Bio

Influences:   Good music of all genres! FAWM.

I am a song lover of all genres, but especially enjoying wordplay and clever tuneplay in all forms. Despite the 'metalfoot' username, I do not usually write the metal. More... um... folk/kids music. Having 3 kids 11 and under will do that to a person. Having said that, I routinely surprise myself, so any musical genre is possible...

The whole "metal foot" thing refers to a metal plate permanently inserted in my one foot after a particularly awkward fall which broke a bone in my foot into three pieces. Ouch. But that was 15+ years ago now...

FAWM 2016 was my first go-round and I managed a quite decent 36 tracks (18 for my main album, theme "Winter Sports"), mainly due to a host of wonderful collaborators and the inspiration of this excellent community. FAWM 2017 was ridiculous, with a total of 70 tracks during FAWM (26 for my main project, "The Alphabet of Adjectives") and a few late collabs for a final tally of 78! In 2018 I created a fictional album called "Exploding Teacups", a made up story about exploding teacups. The idea was suggested by my kids. With collabs and other songs, I ended up with 76 total songs.

For FAWM 2019 I'd like to start on "Metalfoot Sings The Periodic Table". I have, however, joined a local theatre company and we have a series of performances Feb 1-2 and 8-10 so I might be a little slower starting than usual. Likely a much lower total this year as well.

It sounds like the @metalfootlings (my kids, whose account I'll be curating and running) are wanting to give this another go this year. So that will be fun for them and me both. Maybe we can even convince MrsFoot to jump in! 😉

Instruments likely to be misused in FAWM 2019:
- Seagull M4 "Merlin"
- Lonestar Venice Mandolin
- Simon and Patrick Mahogany Pro acoustic guitar
- cheap Silvertone electric guitar with Zoom G1xON effects pedal
- Rogue ukulele and/or Uke-and-Play ukulele (though that one technically belongs to the footlings)
- Casio Celviano digital piano
- Bach Bb tenor trombone
- pBone Eb alto trombone
- tin whistle in D
- various percussiony things I find around the house

I like to collaborate, so feel free to ask! I believe in communication before, during and after the collaborative process. My basic assumption is that I'm making music just for the fun of it-- my real life job will not permit the time necessary to make music even a side-career-- so I'm not looking for any commercial or professional results.

My FAWM output is a musical sketch-pad of sorts. I'm not usually posting polished works but rough or intermediate drafts of where the songs might go.

When FAWM isn't on, @andygetch and I co-moderate a FB group started by @brownium called Song Skirmish, where you get to write a song, skirmish style, each and every week to keep the songwriting muscles sharp. Come join us!

Songs (69)

#1 Behind The Mask 28
Feb 1
#2 Hydrogen 35
Feb 1
#3 The Polar Vortex 22
Feb 1
#4 Calm Before The Storm 19
Feb 1
#5 It's a Plus 14
Feb 1
#6 I'll Never Get Tired of You 9
Feb 2
#7 Meadow Full of Snow 8
Feb 2
#8 Not Junk 18
Feb 2
#9 Summer Day @hummingbear 32
Feb 2
#10 A Vortex of Selection - Acoustic LoFi Corpse 1 @corpsecorps 21
Feb 3
#11 Hate @srcoops 18
Feb 4
#12 Helium 32
Feb 5
#13 Can't Fake It 25
Feb 5
#14 Time and Space 13
Feb 6
#15 Maybe @deannasweidel 11
Feb 6
#16 My Shoes (Are Walking Out The Door) @andybalham 14
Feb 7
#17 Chicken, Beef, or Fish? @jibbidy34  22
Feb 8
#18 Lithium 23
Feb 8
#19 Happy Birthday (to Kelly) 19
Feb 9
#20 The Matchmaker 13
Feb 10
#21 Snowscape is gettin me down @pearlmanhattan  10
Feb 12
#22 Beryllium 13
Feb 12
#23 The Dead Are Riding Tonight @igg 13
Feb 13
#24 Confusic @stephenwordsmith 10
Feb 13
#25 A Silly Love Song @timfatchen  17
Feb 14
#26 Another Late Night @tjeff  8
Feb 14
#27 Boron 12
Feb 15
#28 Carbon 16
Feb 15
#29 One Early April Day @cindyrella  10
Feb 15
#30 Nitrogen 11
Feb 16
#31 Lord, Please Come and Take What's Yours (metalfoot version) @popmythology  12
Feb 17
#32 Coming Out The Pie Hole 15
Feb 18
#33 The Secret... 15
Feb 18
#34 Sunshine @zecoop  28
Feb 19
#35 Oxygen 12
Feb 19
#36 Stirs @chandra83  7
8 weeks
#37 Don't Stop @adnama17  6
8 weeks
#38 Fluorine 6
8 weeks
#39 Torpor @sueawesome  4
8 weeks
#40 Another Trip 5
8 weeks
#41 The Death of Opportunity @stephenwordsmith 13
8 weeks
#42 Time and Space @pearlmanhattan  12
8 weeks
#43 Holding the Space @jaegerin  5
8 weeks
#44 Neon 7
8 weeks
#45 Another late night @sph  5
8 weeks
#46 Don't Know You Anymore 10
8 weeks
#47 Wrong Track 9
8 weeks
#48 The Door 15
8 weeks
#49 Fortunes 5
7 weeks
#50 Sodium 5
7 weeks
#51 Head To Toe 9
7 weeks
#52 The Problems of Love (Reverse Acoustic Corpse 2) @corpsecorps 3
7 weeks
#53 Where Have You Gone, My Love? @ohwell123 4
7 weeks
#54 Gimme A Straw! @hummingbear 9
7 weeks
#55 I Found You @khowie  4
7 weeks
#56 Wriggle Them Fingers @ajna1960 13
7 weeks
#57 The Pigeonhole Principle @cnidaria  4
7 weeks
#58 Unturn The World @crisp1  11
7 weeks
#59 Magnesium 5
7 weeks
#60 Your Friend Al 5
7 weeks
#61 Easy Shed @andygetch  6
7 weeks
#62 February in Manitoba 6
7 weeks
#63 The Treasure of Today @srcoops 5
7 weeks
#64 Time and Space @jamkar  11
7 weeks
#65 I Don't. (Tape 15) @fourtracktape 8
7 weeks
#66 The Blight on Hannegan's Field @kc5 3
7 weeks
#67 Reminders of Regrets @kahlo2013  7
7 weeks
#68 Silicon 8
7 weeks
#69 Who I Really Am 11
7 weeks


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  • @sunnymae  1 week

    Hey metalfoot!
    thanks so much for dropping by and taking a listen to 15 candles and Borderline! Every recorded and remix the letter and I'm really happy with some of the changes. BTW...I am blown away by your output!! You must be up 24 hours a day. I'm inspired. Thanks again.

  • @dreamscuba  2 weeks

    Thank you for your feedback on "That Funky Feeling"...Much appreciated.

  • @yam655 3 weeks

    Thanks for the song comments!

  • @gemhughs 3 weeks

    Thanks for you comments on “Blue Jeans Baby" sung by Klaus.

  • @ustaknow 4 weeks

    I left you a comment on your coffeehouse thread, and the what to do with comments thread. I didn't quote you in, so that you don't have to live with a long text on your "fawm" board 😀

  • @electrocelte 4 weeks

    It’s a 3/4 March but the sixth bar in part one is actually 4/4 😆. Thanks again for your kind words, Metal!

  • @electrocelte 5 weeks

    THANK YOU for listening @metalfoot. Yes this one took a while to do mainly because I needed to go record the chorus (and other vocals) in my car somewhere quiet. Lol. I don’t think the neighbours would appreciate the madman next door screaming expletives about a moth. 🦋

  • @oaksnprairie  5 weeks

    Thanks for listening to Wintry Mix. I'm enjoying your elements songs--your chemistry teacher would be proud!

  • @leepat  5 weeks

    aw, thanks for a million songs! my finger aches from scrolling down to your soundboard 😁

  • @musicsongwriter 5 weeks

    Thank you Alex, awesome. Looking forward to hearing it.

  • @sunnymae  5 weeks

    Hey Metalfoot!
    I really appreciate you dropping by to listen to my Tunes. It is much appreciated. I've enjoyed catching up on so much great music this past week. I hope a bunch of us stick around for a little while.

  • @jwhanberry  5 weeks

    It's incredible. All those songs and...


  • @johnnyjustice 6 weeks

    Alex, your obviously a god, are you on streaming services?

  • @msculli1  6 weeks

    Wow over 700 comments and 68 songs. You're doing a fine job.

  • @msculli1  6 weeks

    Thanks for the comments on Young Command, Crisp Contact, Crazy Web and Scented Ford. I'd like to take credit for the chord sequences, but I frequently just use the first 4 or 8 chord letters I see in any words written on a nearby piece of paper. Anything to save more time for making the music. Thanks again.

  • @mkd  6 weeks

    Aw thank you for your comment on finish line - it was a nice way of pulling the end of fawm and the end of life focus into one song...

  • @musicsongwriter 6 weeks

    Hi Alex, no problem at all, I'm always happy to wait and happy to collaborate any time. Have a nice March.

  • @jwhanberry  6 weeks

    I'm sorry to inform you that we don't have a graphic for


    Maybe next year that will be in the budget. Good work.

  • @arose  6 weeks

    Thanks again for all of your comments, no need to apologize at all! Wow - 68 songs this FAWM! Impressive!

  • @chandra83  6 weeks

    Thanks. <3

  • @ceilidh  7 weeks

    Thank you for the comment on Hay-on-Wye! And for the info on post-FAWM access! That will give me more time to listen to everyone else's music!

  • @rickamorphis  7 weeks

    Hi Alex, thanks for listening to my Monkees tribute!

  • @dragondreams  7 weeks

    Thanks Alex. 😀
    Me and the gargoyles had a blast with that lounge jazz vibraphone thing.
    I have a couple of students coming for some guitar coaching today, then I'm back here for a listen-fest. And you, dear sir, are top of my list. 😀
    Have a great day, whatever you end up doing.

  • @ceilidh  7 weeks

    What? This is my first FAWM, so I wasn't sure how long we had access to the site after March arrived!

  • @darcistrutt  7 weeks

    Nice high tone Sir!

  • @hanke7 7 weeks

    Thank you for your kind comments on this century is ours!

  • @jonmeta  7 weeks

    Alex, thanks for listening to the far-from finished choir piece. I’ll let you know when it’s done.

  • @jaegerin  7 weeks

    Thanks for commenting in Ode to Joy! Weirdly, I hadn’t even noticed that it scans - at least apart from the last line. I included the reference as it’s the anthem of the EU - this is probably about as political a song as I’m gonna get!

  • @teapot 7 weeks

    Thanks as always for such lovely comments during Fawm! I appreciate it so much. I will catch up on my comments soon. I have problems with my eyes at the mo, so it's been tricky to look at screens at all. Well done for getting so many songs done!!!

  • @mkd  7 weeks

    Aw, thank you for commenting on my zong - I feel like you really look after me here, thank you!!

  • @hummingbear 7 weeks

    Thanks for the note. Thank you, kind sir, for bringing my words to life, year after year. They would be still (silent) on the page without your help.

  • @ceilidh  7 weeks

    Thanks for letting us play together in your sandbox!!! Not faking it!

  • @jamkar  7 weeks

    I got some music up to Time and Space Alex. Let me know if your hear somthing else. Thanks for inviting me in!

  • @kahlo2013  7 weeks

    ALEX!! LOVE IT! A thousand thanks! I added to the liner notes!

  • @mikeb 7 weeks

    Thanks for the listen and comment on my Elvis song!

  • @infilktion 7 weeks

    Yes, I just joined song skirmish. I want to write more songs this year and writing along side others is always fun! - Natalie

  • @siebass 7 weeks

    @metalfoot it will be a March surprise! Ha.

  • @trilby 7 weeks

    Thanks for the comments! I like you're suggestion for Through Fog; perhaps even combining the two approaches would yield something pretty unique.

  • @kahlo2013  7 weeks

    Please I would love that!

  • @kc5 7 weeks

    Hah! Thanks....I didn't even consider that because I wasn't thinking in those terms. 😝 Thanks for bringing it to my attention and thanks for the comments on my song. I think yes, it still needs some re-working.

  • @kc5 7 weeks

    Yippee!!!! Guzzle that ol' ginger tea!

  • @srcoops 7 weeks

    Any luck on Treasure?

  • @jibbidy34  7 weeks

    61!!! Blimey you’ve been BUSY! Haha - thank you for listening to Midnight 42. My throat is still quite sore but that song had to come out. 😀

  • @larryw 7 weeks

    Thanks for the comments on Priests and prayers - it probably wasn't how I envisaged it either!!

  • @andygetch  7 weeks

    I would love to musicate the SPAM song! Edit: Wow I added the music Feel free to put easyshed back as collaborator LOL

  • @zecoop  7 weeks

    My fourth vocal of FAWM... a record since 2011, lol. Granted that last one took a total of two minutes to write and record, but still...

  • @srcoops 7 weeks

    If you are looking to add any additional songs, you might like The Treasure of Today.

  • @kc5 7 weeks

    Thanks for your comments on Jesus is Not Your Genie. Would ya hurry up and get better, man! We've got some collaborating to do! Haha... no. seriously, hope you feel better soon.

  • @marthie 7 weeks

    There’s a bunch of kids prayer songs I did meant for different ages. We’ll see what they say...

  • @jamkar  7 weeks

    Gonna take a crack at time and space.

  • @jwhanberry  7 weeks

  • @ohwell123 7 weeks

    Thank you for your comment on Balsamic Moon! I greatly appreciate it.

  • @musicsongwriter 7 weeks

    Hi Alex, just saw your comment on Running. Yes please, will be lovely to collaborate again. Hope your voice comes back soon but no rush. I'm always happy to wait. Take care.

  • @ggallagher 7 weeks

    thanks for your feedback on 222. Yeah it was interesting writing on guitar vrs piano. I think just the fact that with guitar I could write from the couch or from the bedroom versus having to sit at the piano in the office made the process slightly different. Also writing on a new instrument meant that I went to what sounded good first and then looked at the theory afterwords which helped me break out of my usual patterns. I'm at the point in my piano composition where I tend to like the things I have in my toolbox and FAWM is a good time to just play with new tools, ya know?

  • @skylermf  7 weeks

    Thanks so much for the nice comment on my song I’m Still Here and on my soundboard! You rock!

  • @hummingbear 7 weeks

    You get dibs on an Irn Bru song.

  • @aprilm  7 weeks

    Thanks for checking out Victorian Door! I see you are as prolific as ever! Wish I could say the same. Oh well, this year life got in the way

  • @ajna1960 7 weeks

    Of course I want a collab !!! Facebook pm me 😀

  • @ajna1960 7 weeks

    I'm here now !!! My challenge is 14 songs in 4 days 😀

  • @paulharrison  7 weeks

    Thanks for your comments, Alex, on "Writers Block." I'm glad you enjoyed it.

  • @hummingbear 7 weeks

    "FAWM is educational," sez the man who sings the Periodic Table.

  • @coolparadiso  7 weeks

    Yes after 2 lines i thought oh oh its the boys from Leith. Then i thought no its very different. I think music will be fun

  • @rbmarty000 7 weeks

    Thanks for your comments. Yes Georgian Bay is a bit of heaven.. especially years ago when ordinary folk could afford to have a shack on a rock.

    Boy you write a lot.

  • @sueawesome  8 weeks

    (I can’t wait to catch up with your stuff.. my ears are in so much pain though.. I will soon.. I just need a good chunk of time.. someone’s been prolific)

  • @sueawesome  8 weeks

    aww thank you, alex
    that’s so sweet of you

  • @andygetch  8 weeks

    no worries. I can even post a corpse placeholder if needed 😀

  • @elesimo  8 weeks

    @metalfoot thanks for your comment on my version of "Lord, please come and take what's yours"! I deliberately avoided listen to your or Deb's version before writing mine, since I didn't want to be influenced.

    When I read Daniel's lyrics I usually hear a melody right away, and it's interesting to hear the song with different melodies! 😀

  • @candle  8 weeks

    I've enjoyed listening to all of your work this year. Get some rest. There's still plenty of FAWM ahead of us! And thank you for your great comment on Tenoc Jortep. If I figure out the message, I'll let you know.

    See You In The Shadows…

  • @andygetch  8 weeks

    Sending you an email with Calum's last 10s on acoustic lofi corpse 2. You're up last and I stitch.

  • @fearlessflight2014  8 weeks

    It was a good one- I had too many ideas. I still may get a song out of what I started, it just won’t start with D.

  • @musicsongwriter 8 weeks

    Thank you Alex for your suport and your kind comment.

  • @rainchaser  8 weeks

    Thank you for your kind comments on my Not A Cover song, "All Night Long (All Night)". I really appreciate it!

  • @sph  8 weeks

    Thanks for the lyrics!

  • @ohwell123 8 weeks

    Thank you for the lyrics!
    I am really sorry for not emailing you earlier.
    Should I work on the music and send the instrumental to you to record the vocals on?

  • @crisp1  8 weeks

    I don't know how you do so many songs, Alex! But, of course, you may "songify" Unturn the World. Looking forward to it.

  • @sueawesome  8 weeks

    I just saw you posted the song! it never came up in my feed and I can’t understand why. the comment appeared in my feed but I assumed it was posted on my original and I hadn’t read it bc I’ve been sick and trying to catch up on my watchlist peeps.. I added my two cents in the liner) thanks Alex 😀

  • @spinhead 8 weeks

    One daughter out of three married, and it was one of the hardest things in my life. When the littlest one gets there, it's just gonna be wild good fun.

    p.s. you can stop now. crimenently.

  • @crisp1  8 weeks

    I can't tell you how many times I've listened to that song!

  • @ohwell123 8 weeks

    I don't mind either option, whatever is most suitable for you.

  • @dutch1967 8 weeks

    O but I got that Alex! You were very clear. It was I that thought the lyric addressed MY playing.
    I have the same thing going on with guitarsolos that you do. In my head I can whip Jimi, Eddie, Slash, Clapton, even Ry... then I pick up a guitar and it goes, squeeck-kerploink. Ha!

  • @jamkar  8 weeks

    Thanks Alex! So kind of you to comment on Rodeo. I will most certainly give you a notice when it is completed!

  • @dutch1967 8 weeks

    Thanks for your candid feedback on Cheques. I'm so used to playing with guitarists that know where to put a note, a bend, a glide, I never really bothered learning to do more than the Johnny Be Good double stop thing. But not all songs can take place in the Louisiana evergreens... I better start studying.

  • @ohwell123 8 weeks

    Yes, I would be really interested in collaborating!

  • @spingo  8 weeks

    Thanks for all the comments and everything. And if any of my stuff doesn't make sense, it's because the parts that aren't cheap rhymes or puns is just pure gibberish with no particular intent!

  • @hanke7 8 weeks

    Thank you for your kind comments on milkyway

  • @ceilidh  8 weeks

    Music is now posted for Saturday Night and other songs!

  • @ohwell123 8 weeks

    Hey! Thank you for letting me know that the link wasn't working. I realised that I accidentally set the song to private so now it's public. Please let me know what you think!

  • @sueawesome  8 weeks

    go for it metal!!

  • @fearlessflight2014  8 weeks

    I’m glad you like the arrangement on Milky Way. I took some risks with the extensions and by the time I got to the lead my voice was so tired from trying to get some of those strange intervals in tune.

  • @sph  8 weeks

    Hi Alex, rolled the random collab dice once more: if you have some lyrics for me...

  • @jmadison  8 weeks

    Hey thanks Alex! I appreciate your comments on To Know. 😀

  • @gflatminor  8 weeks

    Thanks for listening and the kind comments to Bird in My Window. It took me about 20 years of listening to Mississippi John Hurt to develop my feeble fingerstyle.

  • @stephenwordsmith 8 weeks

    Do your worst! Er, your best! Er, have at it!

  • @aneil Feb 19

    Enjoying your stuff! If you have time, wont you have listen to my debut album

  • @aneil Feb 19

    Enjoying your stuff! If you have time, wont you have listen to my debut album

  • @alonetogether Feb 18

    Thanks for listening to my Fake It challenge! It was a really great idea! 😁

  • @rainchaser  Feb 18

    Thank you for commenting on "I've Heard It All! Say It Again!!". I really appreciate it! I'm glad you enjoyed listening to the song!!

    And congratulations on winning on FAWM!

  • @kc5 Feb 18

    Hi Alex, Yeah. I think you hit on the button exactly what the struggle is with Soul Seed. I've got more thinking to do on this one. Thanks for your insight.

  • @jwhanberry  Feb 18

  • @jaegerin  Feb 18

    Yeah would still love to do a collab too! You can have a look at the lyrics I've got up so far, or it might be fun to try and do some kind of joint write.