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 🙂

Tuesday, February 21st marked the end of the third week of the FAWM Songwriting Challenge and my completed song tally so far is eight.

I do have an instrumental that’s almost finished and a couple of other half finished songs plus a collaboration in the pipeline however, the last couple of weeks has been a real struggle to find the time to finish and upload my songs.

The main reason for this time issue is that I made a pact with myself this FAWM to only upload songs that I have recorded and mixed through SongMachine, my home studio setup and having a song finished on paper is vastly different to a full studio arrangement.

It also requires a lot more time to sit in front of the computer and record/mix the song.

My first weeks output was the direct result of having more time on my hands than normal. I could sit down in front of my computer, flick the switch and start something from scratch and complete it in one sitting.

Lately I’ve been trying to make time by grabbing 30 minutes here and there and starting a few song ideas on the go to see what will stick.

What I’ve learnt in week three is to really pay attention to my studio workflow. I’ve also been experimenting with creating song templates in Logic Pro X which has the potential for making things a lot easier for me in the future.

I will get to my target of 14 songs, I just need to pull all of my song idea threads together and pull in some serious studio time. A FAWM 2017 online release is depending on it.

You can hear my latest songs on either my FAWM Profile Page or on SoundCloud.

Now to get stuck into some more songwriting.

Peace,

Corey 🙂

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.”

Peace,

Corey 🙂

I reckon, the best way to stimulate your songwriting process is to have some sort of goal, challenge or deadline to achieve and one of the best ways to do that is to tackle the FAWM Songwriting Challenge which is kicking off tomorrow, February 1st.

FAWM stands for February Album Writing Month and the concept of this songwriting challenge is very, very simple…

Write 14 songs in 28 days.

You can either do the challenge by yourself or, you can collaborate with the hoards of other songwriters that you can connect with through the website.

I’ll be tackling FAWM again this year.

For me, FAWM is a great opportunity to put all of my songwriting ideas, knowledge, techniques and processes into action. It’s also a fantastic exercise in chasing down inspiration through doing the work rather than waiting for inspiration to knock at your door by doing nothing.

Now, in the past (I’ve participated since 2008) I’ve found FAWM a very difficult challenge to complete but this time I reckon I have everything set up to take FAWM head on.

My home recording studio is ready, my collaborators are ready and my songwriting process is ready to tackle the extra workload needed complete the tasks at hand.

I’ll also be blogging about my progress and uploading the songs I create for FAWM so watch this space.

Peace,

Corey 🙂