Last month was February, therefore time for the internet challenge February Album Writing Month.
Guess what that entails?
As you may or may not know, my music degree is Jazz Composition, which to be fair I haven't done much with since graduating from Middlesex 7 years ago. T'other half and his band colleagues in Jacqui & Geoff have done FAWM for the past few years and find it quite enjoyable, so this year I thought I'd give it a go.
How hard could it be?
Actually....bloody tricky. Finding time to sit down and write, finding inspiration, not editing and rewriting to the nth degree as time is at a premium. In some cases I used techniques from Uni to build my pieces, collecting tone rows from some of my twitter followers.
In other cases it was more organic, taking earworms and random happenings in daily life and turning it into a song. The latter were often melodically and harmonically much simpler, but also catchier.
I managed 5 songs during February, some collaborations, some just me. Songs with me singing lead vox. Songs about chins.
Here are the results - let me know what you think!
If you're looking for some sort of music challenge, give it a go. You've got 11 months to prepare.
See you next year, FAWM :)