50 songs, what does that mean to you?

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The legend and lore is that this challenge sprang from a conversation between professional songwriters about doing 50 pitch-able songs in 90 days. Writing a song a day or two is certainly acheivable for someone doing it 40-50 hours a week, like someone working full time for a publishing company. The irony is that the publishing company would own the songs and would probably not like them being posted on a publicly accessible website in raw form.

For me, I profess to be a songwriter but do not aspire to pitch songs, get cuts, or dive into any similar aspects of the music business with the notion that I could earn a living from it. I spend maybe a few hours a week between challenges, and usually up to 10 or the occasional 20 (like if there is a superskirmish weekend) during the period of a challenge. 2016 I finally achieved my personal 50/90 goal of 50+ solo demos (not counting collabs or chain-writing games like a morph, etc.) with words and music. I need to relisten but feel like I at least like half or more of them, and there is material to work with.

So for me, this year my goal will be to write and post 50 songs I like. I tried that in 2015 and ended up posting a lot of half-written not so well liked songs (that became zongs) in a mad rush at the end. Trying for 50 songs I like again this year with my recent approach of theme based writing. Not sure what I will do what the ones I don't like yet, maybe another late posting so the site gets song count credit, knowing the songs will likely be zongs.

I like almost all the songs I post for 50/90, FAWM, and the Facebook skirmish group. I can think of only two times over the years when I have written a complete song and not posted it because I didn't like it.
Not quite sure what my goal will be this year. I've already proven to myself a few times that I can do 50 solo demos. I imagine once I get started, I'll want to finish with 50 - that's just the way I am.

For me, in "this" context of "just writing"..., I'm going to guess that I might "like" 1 in 10 in the initial warm up, ramp up which changes to nearly all by the end.

For me, this makes sense in that it may align with other thoughts here in that, the more one writes, more of what they write has an anchored, focused usefulness, so to speak.

However, the free-form "just writing" produces lines of lyrics that then may become other "songs".

Actually, for me, I will use a line of lyrics in other songs. How many times has "a heart of gold" been used, --as brief ad hoc pop-music example (not that this needs explaining). I think some may get hung up on self-plagiarism. I don't. There are many great covered songs, as example (?), that are complete self contained versions, imo (i.e., "Proud Mary").

I know, 2017 FAWM, I did "version" some songs as then new (I just could not get started, --then continued well, after). I loved the Feedback. For me, it was so very helpful. Additionally, the versions changed so much, they were not versions (esp. after FAWM), -- derived from?, yes... but, as we write... we derive from a notes, thoughts, song-book of orphan lyrics, imo.

50 pitch-able songs in any context... OK. However, for me, that's more "Jingle-house" work, or backing/sound track work, et al. *There's nothing wrong with that!

For me, "art" is art... and happens (for me) by accident. I revisit a song a year later and "then" I see what I meant and know so much more how well to engage it, play it, relate to it. Or, someone hears a song of mine and goes on and on about it, --not the one I thought would get attention at all. It's why we (imo) really do need to allow folks to hear and critically feedback. We don't see our own gems some times, -- I don't.

-- But, that's just me :p

@Chip Withrow to clarify, I feel like I need to like a song well enough to play it for other people, like at the Greenmarket or singer songwriter circle. So many times I have taken posted FAWM/5090 songs with the intent to play them, then pulled back from it. That hesitation tells me the song needs more work. I'm glad you like so many of the songs you write. @nutation All true. Especially the feedback. In the last year I have had a fair number of partial writes that I did not post. I am in a prompt based song a week writing group. In the last year including 5090, NaSoAlMo, FAWM and the song a week group I wrote about 200 ( a lot of quick writes and experiments). I felt that my creative well was very empty. Meanwhile I felt like it was time to take it up a notch. Since FAWM 2017 I have been rewriting and editing more before posting a song idea in the song a week group. I still have leftover edits to do on some past songs, and find myself tweaking some of my better songs. This is a shift in my songwriting approach. We'll see how this 5090 goes.