Every February since 2006 I’ve participated in February Album Writing Month. (I joined up during FAWM’s 3rd year.) While I do sometimes write songs during other months, the bulk of my nearly 200 songs have been written during these episodes of shared mania.
Hundreds of participants commit to writing a full album, 14 songs, of new material during the 28 days of the month. Sort of a NaNoWriMo for songwriters, though with less emphasis on embracing low quality; it’s more like accepting it without actively chasing it.
Some of my very favorite music has been written by my fellow FAWMers during this month of madness. Here are four examples:
|Fiji (Matt DiVito)||Quickly (Resonance)|
|Dear Noreen (Phil Henry)||Pig of Lovliness (oddbod)|
Whether or not the styles are your cup of tea, the songwriting is as good as most of what you hear on the radio or elsewhere. Better, I think.
I’m still working on making better recordings, which these chaps have mastered. But I’m proud of my lyrics, confident in my songwriting.
And ready for February.