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,