Week 10 Challenge - Short Song

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Keep it under two minutes. Examples: “Mercedes Benz” (Janis Joplin), “Eruption” (Van Halen), “Welcome To the Working Week” (Elvis Costello), "The Letter" (The Box Tops).

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Combined a skirmish with this challenge. Ouila!


Is there an equivalent for lyricists (short of imposing a caveat that any demo should be no longer than 1:59)?

@Stephen Wordsmith
I would say 100 words or less. Or perhaps under 160 syllables. My song was just under 2:00 and I crammed around 125 words in there, but as a lyricist, you'll need to leave more room for the performer's vision.

60 words, 77 syllables, 1 fewer good soul:


@Stephen Wordsmith I would suggest to write fewer lyrics than you would normally do. Reuse the same lines or pair them to similar lines, use existing words in the lyrics to create new lines(very useful in show tunes), and repeat verse 1. All of the above that I mentioned should limit your word count. Smile

It's short, all right. *19465.

That reminds me. I had this idea of doing bunches of short songs with videos to post up on Instagram. I think the limit there is one minute. (Actually, I was initially thinking Vine, but the idea of six second songs is kind of ridiculous).

I think a few of my songs fit this criteria, but I wrote this one for the challenge - 85 seconds.


Well, I am on official vacation this week, so, barely do anything "normal" routined... so, or but, this came to mind to do. I think if I was really happy all the time, I may not be a musician, or it would only be stuff like this : )


I wrote this earlier in the challenge - it's just over a minute:

I've recorded another that is also just over a minute. But it's going to be my 50th song posted, and I have two ahead of it to post.
It was fun to comment on the songs in this thread - and it didn't take long at all.

Thank you Nancy for the challenges! You are a real inspiration! Here is my music for under a minute:

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Mine is a silly short song in honor of ny brubner's burtnay. Its 1 min. 9 secs. Napnay Burtnay! http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/19517

1m 9s for mine - *19562 - "No Shortage of Rope"

http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/19571 Mind Storms.

I min 34 secs.

5090 (90 days past due, no interest to pen : )


Just over a minute long, and it's also my 50th song:

1:41 - pour your love .... *19520! Enjoy!