Saturday, July 5, 2008

50 Songs in 90 Days!

The other day I ran across an online songwriting challenge: To write 50 songs in 90 days. It runs from July 4th- Oct. 1st. I signed up.

The rules are pretty simple. Write 50 songs in a 3 month period. If you want to make them available for others to hear on line, you can. All you need to do, is post the title. So, yes, ultimately, you could just write down 50 bogus titles, and pretend that they're songs. If you want to be a cheater, I guess you can be. (But who wants to be a cheater? And who does it really cheat anyway?) There's no grand prize at the end, other than the songs that will be written.

I'm beginning with the best intentions: To write daily. To write lots of songs in a short period of time, knowing what many of them are going to be for no one else to hear but me and my dogs.

I figure it will lead to all sorts of things. I might try out some new genres I've never written in before. I think I'll be looking for things to write about constantly. This will be a very different method for me. I typically write when inspired, I don't have to look for a topic. Just to show up daily facing a blank page EACH day sounds a little scary. And if it sounds scary, well then, it's obviously a challenge I should take on!

So watch out. If you come across my path in any way over the next 3 months, I may just write a song about you. It might be an instrumental, it might be a parody, I guess it could even be a love song!

To track my progress, or to wish me luck, or read more about it, you can click HERE.


Monica said...

At 2:00 AM, while feeding the new baby, all I could think about was the pressure to write 50 songs. I've never written one, not even just the words, let alone the music!

Anyway, I was trying to channel my inner creativity and come up with song titles to inspire you. Of course, they were all baby-related, but I think they could apply in life also. Here's what I remember:

1. Tiny Parts Melt Big Hearts
2. When Does the Crying Stop?
3. Sleep Deprived Confusion

So, I don't have words to any of the titles, but I'm expecting all three on your next CD!

Good luck in your quest for inspiration.

kerri said...

Thank for the inspiring titles! I actually DID write a lullaby today because of this comment!

Monica said...

I see you are up to 18 songs. Keep it up! You are beating all the other contestants on your page. Great job!