With the first week of the FAWM Songwriting Challenge coming to an end and three more weeks to go I think I’ve done pretty well so far. I’ve uploaded five new songs and I’m pretty happy with how they have turned out.
As well as giving my songwriting process a good kick in the guts I’m also using the FAWM Songwriting Challenge as a way to get some more miles on the road when it comes to using my home studio setup so I’m treating every new song as a Logic Pro X learning experience.
I can really see what Brian Eno meant when he was talking about using the recording studio as “a compositional tool.”
Another thing that will come out of participating is the creation of a FAWM album which I’ll release on BandCamp as a “pay what you want” type of arrangement. I mean FAWM does stand for “February Album Writing Month” so I might as well have an album’s worth of songs by the end of February.
With the songs themselves, I’m creating them from one of two different approaches:
From Scratch – Grabbing the acoustic guitar or piano and noodling around until a songwriting idea pops up and demands my attention.
From Prerecorded Ideas – Trawling through my WIP (work in progress) folder and opening up each file until something grabs my attention.
Either way, I’m looking for something that stops me in my track and shouts “WRITE ME.”
If you go to my FAWM profile page http://fawm.org/fawmers/songwritingzen/ you’ll find all of the songs I’ve done so far. You don’t need to create a profile to listen to them. If you have any feedback feel free to contact me.
I must say, since I started the challenge this year I have regained a lot of confidence in my solo songwriting ability. I’m also finding that my inner critic is much kinder to me and the flow of ideas is coming to me much more readily, which is really nice.
I’ve given myself a break from writing today as I wanted to get this post written, but I’ll be back into FAWM mode tomorrow.
As Pablo Picasso once said… “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”