A Song a Week challenge
I've been so content in one half of my music lately. I'm working with some amazing people on the current release and the next few releases. And my current single is racking up views on youtube faster than I expected – check it out
But underneath all that has been the knowledge that I hadn't taken a new song to completion in about 10 months. That song being 'I'm better than your boyfriend' and before that I can't even remember the last song.
I have many a voice memo of an idea I sung to my phone in the car, or a chord progression i was unmotivated to sing to.
And I started to wonder, have I recorded my last batch of songs?
Dramatic, I know. But I'm sure anyone who's gone through this knows what I'm talking about.
I know how to phone it in, and write a song on command, it's not the writing that's hard for me… It's liking what I write that I struggle with. So I've been reluctant to commit to anything and say, unequivocally 'I believe in this song and these lyrics' as I've been able to do with songs in the past.
So I've been searching for something to get me out of this rut. One of my best friends has really serious cancer, its an emotional goldmine of a muse. But I can't go there, it's too close to me right now, I can't step back and really express what it all means to me. Instead I find myself just singing things like “you have cancer, and that fuckin sucks” which we both know, from me, would be a weird song.
Alas, I've continued to struggle finding inspiration to write.
Then my dear friends Rob Deez and Kenny Eng were discussing a weekly songwriting challenge, and it piqued my interest immediately. Every Tuesday night a topic is chosen, by the next Wednesday it has to be completed and uploaded to soundcloud or you owe the other two a 6 pack of beer (stakes are even higher because they live in the US so I'd have to deliver the beer online)
This to me was a perfect way to get writing, and be held accountable for seeing even the crappiest ideas through to the end. The worst that will happen is ill get better at writing or ill owe them lots of beer. So I jumped on in. And the 3 of us are in week 2
The topid of week one was – Elevator/Crush on a Co-worker
Here are our entries
Rob: LF8R Music
Kenny: link coming soon
This weeks topic was – Soul/Giving up
Kenny: link coming soon
Rob: Just Keep Swimming
So, now I'm even accountable to you, the audience, who will be aware each week of my failures or successes in the art of songwriting.
Wish me luck, and I hope you like at least 33 percent of the songs. Hot tip – I hate fries are cooking but I've gotta let you hear it, thems the rules.
Hope you're all smiling.
See you with next weeks song.
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