Well, week three of the 50/90 Song Challenge has been a difficult one and not for the reasons you might be think. The difficulty hasn’t been with coming up with new song ideas but with the actual electrical system of my house.

Something keeps on shorting out the electricity to the half of the house where my recording studio resides hence I haven’t been doing much recording this week but I have done enough in between the shortages to upload two more songs to the 50/90 site which currently takes my tally so far to eleven songs.

Now, these electrical issues have made me realise something…

It’s made me realise how we, as songwriters can be so reliant on technology to make our songwriting easier whereas nothing beats the good old pen, paper and acoustic guitar.

No electricity needed here.

Using this old school method, I do have five more songs on paper ready to be recorded and with the electrician coming over today to fix the issue I’ll hopefully have my recording studio back online and the house fully electrified again sooner rather than later.

If you want to check out what I’ve done so far just head on over to my 50/90 Song 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.

Right now, I’ll be picking up the acoustic guitar again and playing me some “waiting for the sparky” blues.

Peace,

Corey 🙂

After completing the second week of this years 50/90 Song Challenge my tally is nine songs so far. I was kind of hoping to hit ten songs by this time but I’m still pretty happy with the pace I’m setting at the moment.

I wanted ten songs to be the magic number because to make this challenge seem a little easier to swallow, I decided that instead of looking at 50/90 as a 50 song marathon, I’ll be writing five albums of ten songs each.

Plus, by doing this I will also be able to release a five volume set of songs on BandCamp and that would be very cool indeed.

When it comes to taking a big goal and breaking it down into smaller, more manageable goals, I’m reminded of the old saying…

Q: How do you eat an elephant?
A: One bite at a time.

What I have also noticed this last week is how easily I’ve been able to slot in my songwriting and recording into my daily routine and this was one of my biggest fears coming into the challenge.

I’ve found that once I’ve set the goal(s) in place, planned ahead a bit and started building the momentum around it, my ability to manage my time had become sharper and more acute. All of a sudden I was able to clear little chunks of time for myself here and there and over time, these chunks added up to completed songs.

If you want to check out what I’ve done so far just head on over to my 50/90 Song 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.

Right now, I’ll be trying for song number 10 and for the rest of this week… We’ll see how it goes.

Peace,

Corey 🙂

Today (Tuesday, July 11th) marks the end of the first week of the 5090 Song Challenge and so far I’ve completed and uploaded five songs to the 50/90 site.

What has amazed me about this first week is that only one of the songs is a stripped back piano/voice composition and the rest are full arrangements. I suppose that’s an indication of the amount of time I’ve had to write and record these songs so far as I know that some weeks will be much tighter than others.

What I’ve also noticed since getting back into song challenge mode is that I’m more aware of what is going on inside my head and what is happening out in the real world. I’m becoming more open and sensitive to the next possible song idea, no matter where it may come from.

Who knew that a song challenge could have some pleasant side effects such as this.

If you want to hear what I’ve done so far you can go to my 5090 Song Challenge Profile Page and if you have an idea for a song I should tackle, then let me know as I need all the help I can get.

Now, I’m off to find my next song idea.

Peace,

Corey 🙂

I don’t know whether I’m a glutton for punishment or not but I’ll be participating in this years 50/90 Songwriting Challenge.

For those of you that have no idea what I’m talking about, the 50/90 Songwriting Challenge (also known as 50/90) requires the participant to write 50 songs in 90 days starting from July 4th until October 31st.

50/90 has been likened to a marathon for songwriters and if I do the math, I would need to write one song every 1.8 days to complete the challenge in full.

I reckon I can do that. I am however going to approach 50/90 a little differently compared to the FAWM Songwriting Challenge I completed in February.

This time around, instead of doing complete band arrangements I’ll be stripping my songwriting creation process back to a more acoustic vibe to ensure that the songs don’t get bogged down in over-instrumentation.

The more limits I place on myself the more I’ll be able to write and besides, if time permits I can always go back to the songs and embellish them later on. It’s important that I make the song idea-recording-uploading process as efficient as possible.

50 songs in 90 days is a daunting task and I am going to have my work cut out for me but there’s nothing like a goal or a deadline to get my creative juices flowing.

I’ll be posting weekly updates on my progress just like I did with FAWM and by the end of it, I’ll have a new bunch of songs that I can release online through BandCamp. I might even need your help to choose the best ones.

Let’s not get too ahead of myself here, the task at hand is that I’ve got 6 days to prepare for 50/90 and once it starts there will be no stopping me from getting to my goal.

50/90 will be the ultimate test of songwriting endurance for me. Yes, it’s a challenge but it will also be a lot of fun too, as the 50/90 website clearly states…

“During these 90 days, participants will encourage each other, collaborate, give and gain feedback on their new creations and push themselves to practice and refine their skills in songwriting. Whether long time vets of songwriting or picking up the pen for the first time, participants will grow their skills in making music… and just might have some fun along the way.”

That’s what I intend to do… I’ll be putting all of my songwriting knowledge to good use and allowing my songwriting process to do its thing and who knows, there might even be some cracker songs written along the way.

Wish me luck guys,

Corey 🙂