Happy New Year everybody!
I hope your festivities over the weekend have helped set the tone you’d like to see in 2012 (i.e. no puking), and that you are well on your way to any new beginnings you mean to invoke.
I rarely make New Year’s resolutions, as I prefer the idea of living intentionally every day. My New Year’s celebrations always include some version of setting my intentions for the year and toasting them with friends. However, I did make one resolution-type commitment this year that I am pretty jazzed about.
It began with writer’s block. There I sat, staring at the blank page with the bleak emptiness of a soul who has nothing to say. But not to worry, I know the cure. Write anyway. So I do. Except that everything I write is shite. Or so I tell myself.
“You’re saying the same things over and over” says the Critic, brandishing his cane and pursing his shriveled lips in disapproval. “That’s stupid!” “Nobody says that!” “That doesn’t even rhyme.”
But onward I go, stalwart and steadfast. “Get back ye great prune! What have you ever done? All you do is tear down, so hush.”
Thus vanquished, my critic pipes down and I manage to churn out a song. It was a pretty song. Quite pleased with myself, was I.
And then came Winter. “Your songs are always about castles, kings, towers, serpents, pirates, and phoenixes. Write about something else”.
Apparently my efforts to blast through writer’s block are still not yielding breakthrough results. Clearly I need help. But from whom?
Why, you, of course!
Yep, 2012 is going to be the Song-A-Week Songwriting Challenge, and I want you to help me.
Here’s how it’s going to go down:
I will write one song a week, every week, for the entire year of 2012. On the first Monday of each month, I will put out a call for ideas, right here on this blog, and you guys are welcome to suggest ideas you’d like to hear me write about, in the comments section. If an idea really grabs me, or I see a common theme developing from several suggestions, I will write a song based on your idea. On the last Monday of each month, I will post a recording of songs written that month and ask for your feedback and to vote for your favorites. If I’ve written something based on your idea I will give you a copy of the recording. Over time, the favorites will be developed into fully arranged songs for release on a formal album.
In this way you all can help me craft my next album in accordance with what you would like me to write about. A truly collaborative effort!
I think this will be fun, and it will really help me to have you guys part of the process. Aside from providing valuable feedback, you guys will really help to hold me accountable! Getting a new song written and recorded every week is going to be quite the trick with all the other irons I’ve got in the fire this year – a new chant CD with Thorn, my summer touring schedule, and developing music meditations and workshops for Sonic Alchemy (because songs change the world, yo!) to name just a few!
So please hold me to my word – I’ll be a better woman for it, and also a better songwriter!
And, lo and behold – it’s the first Monday of the month! No time like the present to get started. Got an idea for a Sharon Knight or a Pandemonaeon song? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks in advance for your help, I really do appreciate it. Let the ideas commence!
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