I completed FAWM for the first time this year and adored it, but it involved becoming completely obsessed with songwriting and left no time for anything. 50/90 seems like too much for me - I barely kept a job and a wife through FAWM, so I didn't want to get into that state for three straight months... but, maybe, just one month? Come on boss/darling, it's only one tiny little month...
FAWM is too infrequent for me and I write better with an audience (real or imagined) so I'm just here to get 14 songs done, hopefully by the end of August, and then I'm out of here. It's too addictive to stay longer.
-- MINI BLOG --
16 Aug (5): Five songs, no demos. What's up with me? I don't have as much time this month as I did back in Feb, when I was obsessively recording everything as I went, posting it as soon as I could, and watching like a hawk for new comments. Ah, who am I kidding? I didn't have any time in Feb, either...
21 Aug (6): All we need is to convince ourselves of the impossibility of writing enough GOOD songs to get to our quota. Then, it becomes easy to reach the quota. Yes, this is me deciding to go for 50 songs..
22 Aug (9): Three songs today. With nine under my belt, I just need to write one more every single day for 41 days, and I'll WIN THE GAME.
29 Aug (12): I was doing pretty well for a few days there but I've fallen behind a little. I made the mistake of liking some of the songs I wrote; now I'm starting to want to make an effort. This is an obvious problem. But at least I finally set up a Soundcloud exclusively for FAWM and 50/90. Now all my demos can be streamed! It's a miracle!
31 Aug (15): Still 3 songs behind but I'm going strong. Next week I have a couple of evenings when I'm on my own so I might be able to catch up then... I will try to write another something at lunchtime today.
4 Sep (18): I can't believe I've been able to keep up this well. I'm constantly doing the maths: 29 days left (including today) and I have 32 songs to write. If I can just take a day out of life to write 5 or 10 songs, I'll definitely make it.
11 Sep (21): Okay, yes, today was a good day - 2 songs posted and another gestating - but this week was a BAD week. I didn't "feel like" songwriting so I didn't write. Now I've got 21 days to write 29 songs. That ol' fashioned gung-ho optimism is starting to fail me.
14 Sep (25): HALFWAY THERE! I'm still a week behind the song-a-day average for the remaining time but things are speeding up now, it's starting to feel a bit like FAWM felt for me - obsessive, sleep-deprived, and fantastically creative. And exciting as hell.
19 Sep (26): And BOOM. Laryngitis. I began to lose my voice on Friday 15th and now it's totally gone. Last year I got laryngitis at a songwriting workshop and just stubbornly continued to sing through it, and since then I've never been able to hit a high note with quite the same purity of tone... so I am SILENT until I feel 100% better. It was super fun while it lasted, guys.
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