In February of 2018, I engaged in what I called "FAWM Squared". Instead of fourteen tracks, I improvised fourteen 14-track albums. Having met my goal, I celebrated by making another album. Then to help the community reach a song milestone, I made two more fourteen-track albums.
At one time, I was going to try writing 1026 songs over the year. With my February output, I've totally proved I can do so much more than that. My passion is in writing, though, so I've refocused my efforts there.
Am I doing 50/90? Hell yeah. It'll be listening to songs with my kids and sometimes writing a song (or album) during skirmishes. Since 50 tracks is barely more than 3.5 fourteen-track albums, I can basically hit 50 without trying. (I've thought about cranking out 50 ~3 minute songs on the first day, just to see if I can, but I know I can so it doesn't seem like a challenge.) If I'm _really_ not trying, maybe I won't hit 50 at all. Who knows?
I know I'm not done with songwriting. I have acoustic guitars and really would like to learn to play one day. The goal with the improvised songwriting was always to do it with a portable instrument of some kind at some point.
Plus, I've realized that fifty 50-track albums is only slightly less than two 14-track albums a day for 90 days. I did FAWM Squared, now I really want to do 50/90 Squared. (Not this year, and probably not next, but eventually. It's on my list.)
Also: I shared some of my songs at a local filk circle, and I had fun, so this year I'll be focusing on more songs I can similarly share.
Update 2018-07-02: I had an epiphany about my creative endeavors that I'm still coming to terms with. I'm definitely hitting 50. I might explore the notion of an improvised album as a short story told in verse.
Update 2018-07-04: I've mentioned the "A Strand of Hair" album. Here's the cover: http://yam655.com/project/2018-50-90/A-Strand-of-Hair-cover.png Progress on the album is on-going. 11 of 14 songs have a rough draft, but I'll be revising the words and re-recording them as-needed. This should be released on Bandcamp before 50/90 is over. (First the album cover was created, then it was named, then I wrote the songs.) The album is so-named because the original photo started with a picture of my hair. Also: Evil hair that kills is a reoccurring theme for me.
- I have first drafts for the entire "A Strand of Hair" album. Song number 3 was inferior, though the basic story in it is sound, so I'll probably do a 3in10 specifically focused on that story to find a better version. The album after this is currently slated to be "Plain White Sugar", and it is supposed to be modeled after a short story. (That is, outlined like a short story, but not based on an existing story.) I just need to create the outline for the album/story.
- Album idea: "Put the crap back in crapcapella". It is possible I have more songs drafted for this album than for my "Plain White Sugar" album. Can I polish a turd? (Sounds like a song!) Update: currently 6 of 14 drafted.
- New album: "41 songs about turning 41". By some estimates there are 12 drafted for this. I kind of want to overshoot so I can thin some things out.
|1||A song about dreaming about selling songs||5||1 week 6 days|
|2||A Strand of Hair||2||1 week 5 days|
|3||A Strand of Hair (Bertha Betty Mayer)||3||1 week 5 days|
|4||The Fuzzy Beard||3||1 week 4 days|
|5||Priceless Poop||4||1 week 2 days|
|6||Find the time||7||1 week 2 days|
|7||Chance Encounter||3||1 week 2 days|
|8||Rainbow Glory||6||1 week 2 days|
|9||Heat Wave||unpronounceable||8||1 week 2 days|
|10||Your Country||4||1 week 2 days|
|11||School||1||1 week 2 days|
|12||Locked||6||1 week 1 day|
|13||Silly Beard||6||1 week 1 day|
|14||Out of Earshot||3||1 week 1 day|
|15||Table||3||1 week 1 day|
|16||Mouth Meat||1||1 week 1 day|
|17||Feet Meat||3||1 week 1 day|
|18||Banana Marker||2||1 week 11 hours|
|19||The Author to Her Book||2||1 week 10 hours|