In my time spent exploring the internet, researching songwriters and reading independent musician blogs, I have occasionally come across something known as the 100 songs in 100 days Challenge. With this floating somewhere in the back of my mind, I sat down on Monday with my guitar, coffee and iPad. I had just finished the successful run of A Man Walks Into A Bar, performed at least 15 shows in 3 weeks, and was yearning to write some fresh material. I wrote a song that I was happy with in about 30minutes.
Then it hit me – why can’t I do this every day? Sure, there’ll be plenty of mega flops… But I’m bound to stumble onto some gold every now and then.
The 100 Songs in 100 Days Challenge has commenced.
With an exercise like this one, there are many ways to cheat and reach the 100 songs mark in a smaller amount of time. There are some guidelines that I need to follow in this exercise:
- A maximum of 1hour to write lyrics, melody, structure and record song.
- No lyrics can be written in advance. Everything must be created within the hour.
- No more than 1 song per day. Don’t want to burn out.
- Song must be uploaded on same day that it was written.
Here’s the Soundcloud playlist with every song that I have written for the challenge so far:
Check back to my Soundcloud page every now and then to see how I’m going. If I make something that you love, please let me know! This could be a whole new album that I’m writing in the next 3 months.
I’m also going to be putting a survey up every 10 days to find the best of song for that run. Be sure to vote and have your say.