As of today (Tuesday, September 5th) there are 26 days left before the 50/90 Songwriting Challenge finishes for another year and to date, I have 34 songs completed and uploaded onto the 50/90 site which is 7 songs more than this time last week.
Talk about a flurry of creative activity. This means I have 16 songs to go before I hit the goal of 50 songs by October 1st.
16 songs in 26 days… Yeah, I can do that.
One of the best things about participating in the challenge is that you get to chat to and network with other participating songwriters and lyricists from around the world. It’s a great way to keep yourself motivated through the giving and receiving general encouragement and constructive feedback on each others songs.
On one of my songs I was asked the question… “How do you get a song this produced under this kind of time pressure?”
I suppose the simple answer to this question is something called “workflow.”
You see, before I started the 50/90 Songwriting Challenge, I made sure that SongMachine (my home studio) was set up in such a way that at anytime, I could walk in, flick a switch and be ready to record within five minutes of booting up the computer.
My recording process is also pretty streamlined too, with all of the instruments and microphones I need in easy reach and because I play all of the tracks, I can work quickly and efficiently but this is the major benefit of doing these songwriting challenges. For me, I get an opportunity to practise my songwriting and recording/production processes.
Yesterday I was having a listen to all of my 5090 recordings and I was really noticing the quality of my production values increasing. It’s still not where I would ideally like my recording skills to be at but I’m getting close and I’m happy about that.
I suppose that is what I’ve learnt from the last week… That I can really do this recording thing and safely say that recording/producing music is another string that I can proudly add to my bow.
If you want to check out what I’ve done so far just head on over to my 50/90 Songwriting Challenge page and if there’s a song idea you’d like me to tackle for the challenge just let me know and I’ll see what I can do for you.