February Album Writing Month (FAWM) is winding down. I have 13 of the 14 songs written and have started the 14th song. Several important things have happened this month as a result of attempting to write 14 songs in one month.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
The first and most important is that my wife, Sònia, has noticed that I'm a lot happier guy this month. Apparently something about writing music makes me feel good.
The second is that I have gotten a lot better at coming up with songs, figuring out harmonies for them, and recording them. The time pressure is the thing. I think I normally try doodling with the guitar and singing a little, then I realize that what I'm doodling with could go off in four different directions. So I get flustered trying to decide between the options. When you have to write a song every two days, you just go ahead and develop the first idea that comes into your head.
The third is that, of the 13 songs so far written, I have three that I really, really love and another four that I think are good enough that they should be developed further. There are a couple that I am actively embarrassed about.
The fourth is that I am absolutely exhausted. The idea of getting up at 5 am tomorrow to go write music makes me ill. Part of me wants to give up at 13. Except I won't. I actually have *two* days to complete that last song.