This marks the fourth time I'll be making the attempt. Despite participating in FAWM, various on and offline songwriting challenges, and generally turning life into songs on a near constant basis, 50/90 has eluded me thus far. Will this be the year? Tune in to find out.
If you wouldn't mind helping a fawmer/50-90'er out, I'd appreciate a daily vote in a contest I've entered. I'm trying to win a trip and a spot on the performance schedule for the Island Hopper Songriter Festival, in Ft Myers, Florida at the end of September. Voting is daily, through September 9th, and uses your Facebook User ID as authentication to limit voter fraud. If you're already logged into Facebook on your browser, it's just two clicks each day. The link to vote is here:
You'll figure out pretty quickly that I'm primarily an acoustic americana singer-songwriter. That said, I do veer into other arenas from time to time. During this past FAWM, i pulled a jazz and a blues tune out of somewhere, and EDM's even made a rare appearance. I'm going in without a plan, and without a safety net, so we'll see where things land come October 1st.
Looking back to a time when I was a FAWM & 50/90 virgin, I can honestly say that doing these challenges has strengthened my lyric writing tremendously. Joining groups like GYAWS has had me working on production more, and playing out live has had me working on my enunciation and stage presence. My weak link is that my instrumental skills, while improved, haven't kept pace with the rest of the progress. That said, if you're looking to collaborate, I'm usually up for it, provided I have the time. If you're interested, hit me up.
Oh, and for feedback, if you want to leave more detailed responses, with suggestions for improvements or alternate approaches to a song, feel free. If a song's horrible, and posted anyway, it's because my inner editor is tied up in the closet, not to be released until October. I'm usually aware of horrible, so don't be afraid you'll hurt my feelings. Tell me what you really think, ideally without profanity, death threats, or thrown rotten produce. We can't get better if everyone's walking on eggshells being overly polite.
Given all that, happy 50/90 2016, let the games begin!
I'm in the semifinals for the State Fair Superstar competition, so for the next month, songwriting will be on an as inspired basis, while I work on honing the various potential competition performances. My semifinal performance is on 9/2 at 5:45pm Eastern, in Novi, MI. If anyone's in the area at that time, and wants tickets, I have a few to pass out. Hit me up if you're interested. If I advance, top 5 finals are on 9/3, and the top 3 perform a full show on 9/4.
|1||Stitch In Time||18||9 months 4 weeks|
|2||Can You Guide Me||6||9 months 4 weeks|
|3||It's Summertime||8||9 months 4 weeks|
|4||Bouncy||4||9 months 3 weeks|
|5||Nosedive||5||9 months 3 weeks|
|6||Photo Finish||3||9 months 3 weeks|
|7||Life's Big Highway||8||9 months 3 weeks|
|8||Hell Of A World||6||9 months 3 weeks|
|9||Poison Apples||8||9 months 3 weeks|
|10||What Would You Do||2||9 months 1 week|
|11||I Will||2||9 months 1 week|
|12||No Pokeballs||4||9 months 1 week|
|13||Alone||2||8 months 3 weeks|
|14||You And I (Working Title)||3||8 months 3 weeks|
|15||One More Show||2||7 months 3 weeks|