“No Intention” was inspired by lyricist Deanna Sweidel whom I have worked with from time to time in both FAWM and 50/90 Songwriting Challenges.

It’s all very simple, she writes the words and I put music to them. It’s a match made in heaven really 🙂


No Intention
© 6/4/2020 C. Stewart / D. Sweidel
(100/180-002)

No Intention (100/180-002)

V1
No intention fills my days
Each breath a symbol of the time
I try to hold onto
No intention fills my ways
Each act a symbol of the love
I cannot ever have

Ch
I must release my apprehension
Allow the flow of my dissension
To find the true comprehension
Clears my mind to truly see
Why moving on’s my own prevention

V2
No intention fills my heart
Each beat a symbol of the loss
I cannot bear to feel
No intention fills my soul
Each thought a symbol of a memory
I try not to recall

Chorus
Solo (verse)

V3
No intention fills my life
While I hold on way too tight
To the way things used to be

Chorus


Have a listen and let me know what you think either in the comments section below or, by contacting me directly.

Peace,

Corey 🙂

I thought I’d start things off my involvement in the 100 Songs In 180 Days Songwriting Challenge (aka 100/180) with a song about the current situation that is affecting all of us at the moment

Have a listen and let me know what you think either in the comments section below or, by contacting me directly.


These Four Walls
© 5/4/2020 C. Stewart
(100/180-001)

These Four Walls (100/180-001)

V1
These four walls that surround me now
Will not let me go
Coz there is no chance of escaping
Even though it’s for a little while
I will let you know
That this whole wide world’s relating

Chorus
Call it a lockdown, call it isolation
But we’re all doing our bit for our nation
This is not gonna last forever
Coz we’re all in this together
(These four walls)

V2
These four walls that surround me now
Will not get me down
Coz there a lot at stake to consider
Even though I will keep my distance
Socially
I don’t think of myself as a prisoner

Chorus
Guitar Solo
Chorus

Outro
These four walls
These four walls


Watch this space, there will be a few more songs to come yet.

Peace,

Corey 🙂

I just signed up to the 100 Songs In 180 Days Songwriting Challenge on Facebook. It was created as a way for participants of FAWM and the 50 Songs In 90 Days Songwriting Challenges to make the best use of the time spent in lockdown thanks to COVID-19.

According to its Facebook page, the 100 Songs In 180 Days Songwriting Challenge is described as follows…

The challenge is to write 100 songs in 180 days (aka 100/180). The challenge begins on April 4, 2020 and ends October 1, 2020. The second half of 100/180 will run concurrent to the 50 songs in 90 days challenge (aka 50/90) from July 4th through October 1st.

This challenge is intended to be complementary to 50/90 during this year where many of us find ourselves spending much more time at home than in other times. The purpose of this group is to provide a location for posting songs written during 100/180.

It is hoped to develop a supportive environment (similar to February Album Writing Month and 50/90) and like FAWM and 50/90, the goal is to send the inner editor on vacation, write, and have fun, no matter what the song output is.

With all that said, I’m going to post my demos on this blog as there’s no official 100/180 website to upload songs to as yet (and trying to upload multiple song links on a Facebook page can get pretty clumsy).

If you’re a songwriter with some time on your hands I suggest that you go to the 100 Songs In 180 Days Songwriting Challenge Facebook page and join in all the fun.

What better way to spend your lockdown time then writing songs

Peace,

Corey 🙂

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 🙂

Each and every Monday for 2019 I’ll be uploading a song as part of my self imposed Song A Week Challenge.

Song number 5 of the challenge is an instrumental that I call Return To North Star.

This piece of music was inspired by a collaboration between Robert Fripp and Darryl Hall called “North Star” which was from Hall’s 1980 album “Sacred Songs” in which Roberet Fripp produced.


SAW05 – Return To North Star
© 4/2/2019 C. Stewart

It’s an instrumental…


If you have any comments, feedback, encouragement or even song ideas that I could use to keep this challenge going then either comment below or, let me know here.

In the meantime, I’ve got to get a move on with SAW06…

Peace,

Corey 🙂

Each and every Monday for 2019 I’ll be uploading a song as part of my self imposed Song A Week Challenge.

Song number 4 of the challenge is “After All This Time” a song about the wonderful feeling that two people share when they are still in love after many years of being together.


SAW04 – After All This Time
© 28/1/2019 C. Stewart

V1
It doesn’t matter if I’m far away
Or if I’m right here by your side
It doesn’t matter if we’re standing still
Or if we’re running for our lives
Just the knowledge that you’re here with me
It fills my heart with pride
It’s nice to know that we are still in love
After all this time

V2
It doesn’t matter if we had a fight
And you treat me so unkind
With all the words that you said to me
Designed to make me cry
But I know you didn’t really mean it
And that gives me peace of mind
It’s nice to know that we are still in love
And that we’re both here for each other
Even after all this time

Chorus
From the first day that we met I knew
That what was one has become two
And together we can start anew
Our lives are whatever we both choose
I promise you from this day on
That I’ll be there to right the wrongs
To pick you up when you don’t feel strong
To help each other when it all seems lost

Even after all this time

Verse
I count my blessings every time I wake up
Each and every day
That you and I choose to be together
What more can I really say
Except that baby come and take my hand
So we can live our lives away
It’s nice to know that we are still in love
And that we’re both here for each other
Even after all this time

Chorus

Even after all this time
Even after all this time
Even after all this time
Even after all this… Time


If you have any comments, feedback, encouragement or even song ideas that I could use to keep this challenge going then either comment below or, let me know here.

In the meantime, SAW05 has my name splashed all over it…

Peace,

Corey 🙂

Each and every Monday for 2019 I’ll be uploading a song as part of my self imposed Song A Week Challenge.

Song number 3 of the challenge is called “Written In The Stars” a song about destiny whether it be created externally through circumstance or internally through a self fulfilled prophecy.


SAW03 – Written In The Stars
© 21/1/2019 C. Stewart

Verse 1
I was endlessly searching
For the only one to make my life complete
The one who brings light to the dark
I thought I was destined
To be all alone in this big, bad, brutal world
That was until you came along

Chorus
Coz it was written in the stars
That you would be my destiny
As I cry out in the dark
For you to make the best of me
But if we ever fell apart
Yes it would be a tragedy
But you and I, we have got each other now
You and I, in each others arms

Verse 2
Now that I have you
And you have me, two halves make a whole
You and I are now one
The forces that bind us
Can also repel, if we’re to lose our way
We’re so far away from home

Chorus

Bridge
Written in the stars
Written in the stars
Written in the stars
Written in the stars

Chorus


If you have any comments, feedback, encouragement or even song ideas that I could use to keep this challenge going then either comment below or, let me know here.

In the meantime, SAW04 is calling me to write…

Peace,

Corey 🙂

Each and every Monday for 2019 I’ll be uploading a song as part of my self imposed Song A Week Challenge.

Song number 2 of the challenge is one called Start Believing a song about self belief and the love that comes from and to that.


SAW02 – Start Believing
© 14/1/2019 C. Stewart

Verse
I spy
With my little eye
That you are hiding away
But I found you
The game is over now
There’s no more time to play

PreChorus
I don’t want you to fear what the unknown brings
Because I know the both of us can face anything

Verse
Don’t cry
Coz your tears won’t wash away
The hurt you feel inside
It’s midnight
And the promise of a brand new day
Propels you towards the light

PreChorus
I don’t want you to fear what the unknown brings
Because I know the both of us can face anything

Chorus
So come and take my hand
And I will get you out of here
Coz all you’ve got to do is start believing
In your world I know you wanted more
But there was nothing left to give
So let me help you to start believing

Verse
Now is
The only time for you
To reflect and move along
Say goodbye
To a past that held you back
And not allowed you to be strong

PreChorus
I don’t want you to fear what the unknown brings
Because I know the both of us can face anything

Chorus
So come and take my hand
And I will get you out of here
Coz all you’ve got to do is start believing
In your world I know you wanted more
But there was nothing left to give
So let me help you to start believing

Bridge (Solo)

Chorus
So come and take my hand
And I will get you out of here
Coz all you’ve got to do is start believing
In your world I know you wanted more
But there was nothing left to give
So let me help you to start believing…


If you have any comments, feedback, encouragement or even song ideas that I could use to keep this challenge going then let me know here.

In the meantime, SAW03 awaits…

Peace,

Corey 🙂

As I mentioned in a previous post, each and every Monday for 2019 I’ll be uploading a song as part of my self imposed Song A Week Challenge.

The first song written for this challenge is Every Beat Of My Heart a simple love song to get the ball rolling.

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Every Beat Of My Heart
© 7/1/2019 C. Stewart

Verse 1
Once I was stuck in a daydream
In a world where there was no way out
But you provided a way for me
To wake up from all the times I’ve been down

Chorus
But I know…
That with every little beat of my heart
I’m getting taken back right to the start
Of where it all began for us

Verse 2
I look at you, you look back at me
And I feel myself drowning in your eyes
Between us there’s electricity
A connection that I cannot deny

Chorus
But I know…
That with every little beat of my heart
I’m getting taken back right to the start
Of where it all began for us
Oh, but I know…
That with every little beat of my heart
The bond that keeps us from drifting apart
Is getting stronger because of our love

Solo (Verse)

Chorus
But I know…
That with every little beat of my heart
I’m getting taken back right to the start
Of where it all began for us
Oh, but I know…
That with every little beat of my heart
The bond that keeps us from drifting apart
Is getting stronger because of our love…

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If you have any comments, feedback, encouragement or even song ideas that I could use to keep this challenge going then let me know here.

In the meantime, I’ve got to get on with the next song…

Peace,

Corey 🙂

As mentioned briefly in my last post, I’m embarking on my own personal songwriting challenge. I’ll be writing, recording and uploading one song each and every week for the whole of 2019.

These songs are going to be in various stages of completion as first drafts but they will all be finished songs ready to either remain as is or, be revised and tweaked at a later date.

I’m doing the Song A Week challenge for a number of reasons…

  • It gives me a formalised songwriting framework and deadlines to adhere to
  • It gives me an opportunity to fine tune my home recording/music production skills
  • It will be the ultimate test of my songwriting process and my overall workflow
  • By the end of 2019 I’ll have 52 new songs in my aural portfolio to do what I want with
  • If it’s good enough for a songwriter such as Jonathan Coulton then it’s good enough for me

Every Monday I’ll be putting up the song which I had written for that previous week included with lyrics and (maybe) a video.

At the time of writing this I’ve almost finished the first song in the series. Just by committing to this challenge my creative juices are already flowing.

I’m really excited as to where this challenge can take me and my songwriting.

Now as you well know, I’ve been a very keen participant in the well known FAWM and 50/90 songwriting challenges so does this mean that Song A Week will take the place of the others?

At this stage, I’ll still be participating but whether I fully complete them or not like I have in previous years will depend on whether my participation in FAWM and 50/90 is getting in the way of Song A Week.

I’m really looking forward to showing you what I come up with. Now, to get back in the studio and finish this song off.

Peace,

Corey 🙂