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 2019
#2 Hydrogen 36
Feb 2019
#3 The Polar Vortex 22
Feb 2019
#4 Calm Before The Storm 19
Feb 2019
#5 It's a Plus 14
Feb 2019
#6 I'll Never Get Tired of You 9
Feb 2019
#7 Meadow Full of Snow 8
Feb 2019
#8 Not Junk 18
Feb 2019
#9 Summer Day @hummingbear 32
Feb 2019
#10 A Vortex of Selection - Acoustic LoFi Corpse 1 @corpsecorps 21
Feb 2019
#11 Hate @srcoops 18
Feb 2019
#12 Helium 33
Feb 2019
#13 Can't Fake It 25
Feb 2019
#14 Time and Space 13
Feb 2019
#15 Maybe @deannasweidel 11
Feb 2019
#16 My Shoes (Are Walking Out The Door) @andybalham 14
Feb 2019
#17 Chicken, Beef, or Fish? @jibbidy34  22
Feb 2019
#18 Lithium 23
Feb 2019
#19 Happy Birthday (to Kelly) 19
Feb 2019
#20 The Matchmaker 13
Feb 2019
#21 Snowscape is gettin me down @pearlmanhattan  10
Feb 2019
#22 Beryllium 13
Feb 2019
#23 The Dead Are Riding Tonight @igg 13
Feb 2019
#24 Confusic @stephenwordsmith 10
Feb 2019
#25 A Silly Love Song @timfatchen  17
Feb 2019
#26 Another Late Night @tjeff  8
Feb 2019
#27 Boron 12
Feb 2019
#28 Carbon 16
Feb 2019
#29 One Early April Day @cindyrella  10
Feb 2019
#30 Nitrogen 11
Feb 2019
#31 Lord, Please Come and Take What's Yours (metalfoot version) @popmythology  12
Feb 2019
#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
Feb 20
#37 Don't Stop @adnama17  6
Feb 20
#38 Fluorine 6
Feb 20
#39 Torpor @sueawesome  4
Feb 21
#40 Another Trip 5
Feb 21
#41 The Death of Opportunity @stephenwordsmith 13
Feb 22
#42 Time and Space @pearlmanhattan  12
Feb 22
#43 Holding the Space @jaegerin  5
Feb 22
#44 Neon 7
Feb 22
#45 Another late night @sph  5
Feb 22
#46 Don't Know You Anymore 10
Feb 23
#47 Wrong Track 9
Feb 23
#48 The Door 15
Feb 23
#49 Fortunes 5
Feb 24
#50 Sodium 5
Feb 24
#51 Head To Toe 9
Feb 24
#52 The Problems of Love (Reverse Acoustic Corpse 2) @corpsecorps 3
Feb 24
#53 Where Have You Gone, My Love? @ohwell123 4
Feb 24
#54 Gimme A Straw! @hummingbear 9
Feb 25
#55 I Found You @khowie  4
Feb 25
#56 Wriggle Them Fingers @ajna1960 13
Feb 25
#57 The Pigeonhole Principle @cnidaria  4
Feb 26
#58 Unturn The World @crisp1  11
Feb 26
#59 Magnesium 5
Feb 27
#60 Your Friend Al 5
Feb 27
#61 Easy Shed @andygetch  6
Feb 27
#62 February in Manitoba 6
Feb 27
#63 The Treasure of Today @srcoops 5
Feb 28
#64 Time and Space @jamkar  11
Feb 28
#65 I Don't. (Tape 15) @fourtracktape 8
Feb 28
#66 The Blight on Hannegan's Field @kc5 3
Feb 28
#67 Reminders of Regrets @kahlo2013  7
Feb 28
#68 Silicon 8
Mar 1
#69 Who I Really Am 12
Mar 1


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  • @cherok40  May 23

    Thanks a lot for listening! It was a crazy challenge but fun to do.

  • @sunnymae  Apr 8

    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  Apr 1

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

  • @yam655 Mar 26

    Thanks for the song comments!

  • @gemhughs Mar 23

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

  • @ustaknow Mar 19

    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 Mar 17

    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 Mar 16

    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  Mar 15

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

  • @leepat  Mar 12

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

  • @musicsongwriter Mar 11

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

  • @sunnymae  Mar 11

    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  Mar 9

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


  • @johnnyjustice Mar 9

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

  • @msculli1  Mar 9

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

  • @msculli1  Mar 9

    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  Mar 8

    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 Mar 6

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

  • @jwhanberry  Mar 3

    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  Mar 3

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

  • @chandra83  Mar 3

    Thanks. <3

  • @ceilidh  Mar 2

    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  Mar 2

    Hi Alex, thanks for listening to my Monkees tribute!

  • @dragondreams  Mar 2

    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  Mar 2

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

  • @darcistrutt  Mar 2

    Nice high tone Sir!

  • @hanke7 Mar 1

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

  • @jonmeta  Mar 1

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

  • @jaegerin  Mar 1

    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 Mar 1

    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  Mar 1

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

  • @hummingbear Mar 1

    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  Mar 1

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

  • @jamkar  Mar 1

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

  • @kahlo2013  Feb 28

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

  • @mikeb Feb 28

    Thanks for the listen and comment on my Elvis song!

  • @infilktion Feb 28

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

  • @siebass Feb 28

    @metalfoot it will be a March surprise! Ha.

  • @trilby Feb 28

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

  • @kahlo2013  Feb 28

    Please I would love that!

  • @kc5 Feb 27

    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 Feb 27

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

  • @srcoops Feb 27

    Any luck on Treasure?

  • @jibbidy34  Feb 27

    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 Feb 27

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

  • @andygetch  Feb 27

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

  • @zecoop  Feb 27

    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 Feb 27

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

  • @kc5 Feb 26

    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 Feb 26

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

  • @jamkar  Feb 26

    Gonna take a crack at time and space.

  • @jwhanberry  Feb 26

  • @ohwell123 Feb 26

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

  • @musicsongwriter Feb 25

    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 Feb 25

    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  Feb 25

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

  • @hummingbear Feb 25

    You get dibs on an Irn Bru song.

  • @aprilm  Feb 25

    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 Feb 24

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

  • @ajna1960 Feb 24

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

  • @paulharrison  Feb 24

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

  • @hummingbear Feb 24

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

  • @coolparadiso  Feb 24

    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 Feb 23

    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  Feb 23

    (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  Feb 23

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

  • @andygetch  Feb 23

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

  • @elesimo  Feb 23

    @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  Feb 23

    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  Feb 23

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

  • @fearlessflight2014  Feb 23

    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 Feb 22

    Thank you Alex for your suport and your kind comment.

  • @rainchaser  Feb 22

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

  • @sph  Feb 22

    Thanks for the lyrics!

  • @ohwell123 Feb 22

    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  Feb 22

    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  Feb 21

    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 Feb 21

    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  Feb 21

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

  • @ohwell123 Feb 21

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

  • @dutch1967 Feb 21

    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  Feb 21

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

  • @dutch1967 Feb 21

    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 Feb 21

    Yes, I would be really interested in collaborating!

  • @spingo  Feb 21

    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 Feb 20

    Thank you for your kind comments on milkyway

  • @ceilidh  Feb 20

    Music is now posted for Saturday Night and other songs!

  • @ohwell123 Feb 20

    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  Feb 20

    go for it metal!!

  • @fearlessflight2014  Feb 20

    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  Feb 20

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

  • @jmadison  Feb 20

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

  • @gflatminor  Feb 20

    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 Feb 19

    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