I started with crapcapella: lo-fi a-capella recorded on the devices on-hand. This past FAWM, my goal was simply "Not Crapcapella". I mostly achieved that.
This year's 50/90's broad goal: sheet music for everything.
They're not proper lead sheets without chords, but I'm letting that slide to start to get in to the sheet music habit.
July overlaps with Camp NaNoWriMo. Last July, I totally failed at Camp NaNoWriMo and wrote 60 songs in July. I then also failed at 50/90 by insufficiently commenting on other's tracks.
This year, I'm doing a single project for both Camp NaNoWriMo as well as the July section of 50/90. I'm writing a musical. The basic idea of it is along the lines of the stories where girls find out they're father's are elves from fairy and they need to go off and save the kingdom. Except, instead of elves, they're cats.
This is made easier by the fact that Camp NaNoWriMo now allows you to track your progress by "hours". I've selected that I'll be working on it for 30 hours.
My 50/90 output is expected to be lyrics, and possibly links to PDF sheet music, but few -- if any -- demos. I'll be tagging things "sheet-music" when they link to sheet music. They'll be letter-formatted, so there may be extra whitespace on A4 paper, but the US size will never scale down.
The end result of July should be both a songbook as well as a libretto. The songbook might not have all of the chords at the end of the month, but we'll see.
As to the following months? I kind of want to try an album-a-day at least once. But, you know, with sheet music.
I'm also thinking of trying my hand at adding instruments (or sheet music) to some random crapcapella songs I encounter, just to practice my skills. Some of this depends on the changes I'm making with my odd little music software. I've been distracted planning for a website, and not made forward movement with it yet.
Regarding the musical... A problem I ran in to was that when July 1st came around and Camp NaNo started, the first thing I did was spend 40 minutes and record an improvised version of the musical. Suddenly all the songs were written before 50/90 was started. I couldn't post any of them.
Well, maybe I could post them, if I got the sheet music done and they'd changed enough to be new songs, they'd qualify.
But... While I've created more sheet music this month than ever in my life, the process is currently arduous. There are software solutions I can employ to make it easier, but that will take time. I've got a workflow and a model of the process, though, so I should be able to create software that makes things much, much faster.
There's another issue, though. While I have been more successful with songs than with stories, my passion is with stories. Last April, I turned songs I had written in to short stories and it was really fun.
Plus, my daughter kind of prefers either instrumental music or a-capella but doesn't really like vocals with backing tracks. She's my biggest fan, and she doesn't want to listen to the stuff that takes me the longest to make.
So... I'm changing my goal for 50/90. I'm returning to my crapcapella roots, but focusing on "story seeds" that I can expand in to larger pieces of fiction. I may do some 3in10s and posting all three as a single-unit to help minimize my song count. I may do longer 40 minute 12 song sets, like I did when I improvised the musical and also posting it as a single song.
Folks curious about the story involved in the musical, the rough draft libretto is on my site: http://yam655.com/project/the-cat-princess.html
While I did get the first song turned to sheet music, it hasn't been posted yet. Eventually that page will have the full songbook available, too, but the time-frame for that is currently up in the air.
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