A bit late this week in getting a post uploaded, but it’s been a busy few days. With FAWM preparations, a pre-Fawm party last Saturday, the songwriting of the past few days and family time so I don’t get disowned, I forgot that I hadn’t posted this week.
I hope some of you have taken the plunge, and joined us in our binge songwriting madness. I’ve been listening to a lot of the creations posted by others, as well as reading lyrics without demos, and posting my thoughts and encouragements. I’ve been absolutely blown away by the quality of music I keep finding, and even the people without the means to produce a quality demo are digging in and putting up some great music using their smartphones, handheld recorders, web cams, or whatever is to hand. Are there songs that still need polish, sure. Are there songwriters that don’t normally sing or play an instrument, but who are doing so in order to convey their song ideas at this frantic pace, sure, and that’s just awesome!
Every now and then, someone may post a song, with or without a recorded demo, and say they’d like help with the vocals, or the music, or both, and then magic happens. One or more musicians will get together and take those raw ideas and turn it into something truly wonderful.
So far, I’ve written 7 new songs, including one inspired by a song skirmish challenge. Basically, a skirmish is scheduled, and at the appointed time, a title is revealed, and everyone has 1 hour to write, record and post their song using that title. In fairness, my title was assigned to the skirmish group on Sunday, but I haven’t been on the forums, and didn’t see it until last night, but I kept to the 1 hour timeline, and oddly enough, that rapid creation has received some of the highest praise of my 02/2015 songs to date.
So far this FAWM, I’ve written some geek music, a stealth-geek song, disguised as a religious piece, a love song, a teen rant, a bluegrass snow rant, and a piece about the longing for spring. It’s been a fun year, and I’m more than happy with the results. Some of the material needs some editing and tweaking, but most of the songs just seem to need practice rather than editing.
If you’re along on this journey called FAWM, I’d love to hear from you. How’s your challenge going? Any collaborations, great song finds? Any songs you’re especially proud of, or horrified by?
Bye for now, time for more writing,
p.s. if you want to follow along on my FAWM progress, you can see the lyrics and demos here