I’ve decided that this year I’ll be participating in the 2020 FAWM (February Album Writing Month) Song Challenge hoping to do much better than what I had done last year.

Personally, participating and completing the FAWM Song Challenge has been one to the most rewarding creative experiences I’ve ever experienced.

It has allowed me to shake off the shackles of fear and doubt and just get some songwriting shit done.

It’s kick-started the momentum I needed to get my songwriting mojo back on track and it’s (most importantly) made my self confidence and belief as a performing songwriter/artist go through the roof.

I believe that every songwriter should try this challenge out at least once in their lives and experience first-hand the overwhelmingly supporting community of songwriters, musicians and lyricists that reside within the challenge.

At the end of the day, it’s a great way to connect and possibly network and collaborate with other like minded individuals and each participant has a slightly different interpretation of what FAWM means to them.

For me, it’s a chance to really give SongMachine (my home recording studio) a thorough thrashing and along the way, learn more about the recording process and how to get the best sound possible with the recording gear I have at my disposal.

It also gives me the opportunity to go through my archives and finish off all of the random song titles, half finished verses, choruses and voice memos that I have scattered on pieces of paper, my hard drive or, on my phone.

I also take pride on using the challenge to write songs from a starting position of having nothing prepared. Those are the songs in which their existence always amazes me.

If you have any questions regarding FAWM that you want to ask, then feel free to contact me otherwise, just go to the FAWM website and sign up. It’s free to join but there’s only a few more days to go before it kicks off for another year.

I’ll also be blogging about my FAWM experiences as well so watch this space.

Hope to see you in the challenge. Good luck…

Peace,

Corey 🙂

I’ve got to say, RUSH is one of my favourite bands, definitely up there with The Police as one of my favourite power trios of all time.

To me RUSH was the epitome of the sum being greater than the parts. Each member bought their uniqueness to the mix…

There was Geddy Lee‘s amazing voice and virtuosic bass playing which was one of the reasons why I persevered with singing and playing bass at the same time in my early years.

Added to that was Alex Lifeson‘s insanely riffy licks and his well thought out and textured guitar solos.

It was however, Neil Peart‘s intricate, metronomic but groovy as fuck drumming that (as a bass player) really caught my attention. In addition to his amazing drumming prowess he was also THE BAND’S LYRICIST…

Now THAT is amazing.

Here is a great video from Rick Beato, one of my favourite YouTubers waxing lyrical about the man, the drummer and the legend, Neil Peart.

Vale Mr Peart, you will be greatly missed.

Peace,

Corey 🙁

Today is January 7th which is my birthday.

This means that today I celebrate my 49th year on this planet and because of this, I thought it would be a good time to reaffirm to myself (and the rest of the world) my primary musical goal.

And that goal is this…

“To develop, maintain and sustain a career as a songwriter, musician, producer and blogger utilising the internet as my primary tool of promotion, networking and marketing.”

Now, this goal doesn’t mean that the more traditional face to face music business related activities will get neglected along the way. No way!

I actually love the cut and thrust of getting out there and networking, securing my own gigs and using the power of word of mouth advertising to create a community around me, my music and any other projects that I’m involved with but I know that I’ll be starting again almost from scratch so the question I ask myself is “how am I going to achieve this goal?”

Well, I’ll be well on my way to achieving by doing these three things:

1. Simplifying my life

I know that I have the tendency to over-complicate and over-think aspects of my life and work which paralyses me through having too much choice.

I’ve started on the road to simplicity a few months ago by deciding that this site is the main focus for all of my musical endeavours and pulling all of my content into it. I will be having a closer look at ways in which I can streamline my online presence in the near future and (of course) it’s my intention to blog about it.

2. Focusing on my activity

As well as over-complicating and over-thinking aspects of my life I also fall into the habit of doing far too many things at once under the guise of needing to “diversify my income.”

Now, income diversification is not necessarily a bad thing in the modern music industry. I know that I need to wear a few hats to ensure that I maintain and sustain a music career however, doing the old jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none thing too much will get really boring when I realise that all I’ve been doing is running around in circles not achieving anything.

I know I can do a lot of things but I need to be mindful of what I’m really doing every time I decide to take on another job here, another role there.

Which leads on nicely to the last point…

3. Internalising my efforts

I know, I admit it, I’m a people pleaser and in the past, I’ve done anything for anyone because I wanted to be seen as the “nice guy” and would do whatever I could to protect that stance, even at the cost to myself. Well, as of today there will be no more of that.

Helping others is fine as long as it doesn’t get in the way of my own stuff.

One of the things that taking some time off from gigging has enabled me to do is give me a fresh perspective on what I will say yes and (more importantly) no to if asked.

I am first and foremost, my own client in my music business and even though I’m open to any opportunity that comes my way, if I have time spare to work with anyone else in the same capacity I’ll do so but, if I don’t, I won’t.

It doesn’t get any simpler than that and I hope you’ll understand that if you happen to be the one doing the asking.

This year is about creating and maintaining some balance in life. I’ve had my break and now it’s time for me to get back into it but this time I’ll be working smarter (not necessarily harder) towards achieving my primary musical goal.

Peace,

Corey 🙂