February Album Writing Month is coming…

A few months ago I participated in the 2012 50/90 Challenge, to attempt to write and record fifty songs in ninety days. Although I “only” managed 36 (!) due to various other commitments, I really enjoyed taking part, and I was surprised that not only could I keep up a fairly high rate of songwriting—albeit not quite high enough!—but (if I say so myself) some of the songs really weren’t too shabby…

I haven’t got around to doing much reworking/re-recording of the better songs from 50/90 (beyond writing extra verses for a couple of them, and some experiments in the studio), but it’s on my “copious free time” list.

In the meantime, I’ll have to set the old aside for a bit, as in two weeks from now, it’s time for… FAWM 2013! February Album Writing Month is the “parent project” which spawned 50/90—whereas the latter required fifty songs in ninety days, the aim of FAWM is to pen 14 songs in 28 days. If you like: to use a sporting metaphor, FAWM is the 400m to 50/90’s 1500m 🙂

From 50/90, I know I can keep up the songwriting pace over a shorter period, and am pretty confident I can reach the target. I developed my song-generating “workflow” during 50/90, and since that time I have acquired a couple of new additions to my mobile recording kit, which I’ll be relying on quite heavily to make demos wherever I get the opportunity. (I also hope the technical quality of my FAWM demos will be an improvement over the 50/90 ones, which were recorded on a couple of different setups—now, I should be able to use the same “rig” for everything.)

As with 50/90, I’ll be updating my FAWM artist page (not yet available, as the FAWM site isn’t open yet at time of writing) on a regular basis, and you’ll be able to follow me on Twitter and like my Facebook page to keep up with my progress. I may even post here at intervals, if I can somehow find time between writing songs!

Stay tuned for more news as it breaks…

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