You may recall that I’d just finished a publicity tour for my psychological suspense novel, Deja Vu at the Blue Diamond Saloon at the end of 2019 before starting FAWM on February 1st. Well, during the tour, I’d written a poem about the book here.
FAWM 2020, my third FAWM (February Album Writing Month), is over and I survived – lol! From various EDM subgenres to Rock to Blues to Disco, I managed to create 16 songs, including 1 collab, and a poem that was completely rewritten by the time it made it to the finals with some music.
Here’s a playlist of my 10 favorite songs for FAWM 2020.
In my last post, I was debating whether to FAWM (February Album Writing Month – write 14 songs in 28 days) or not. After all, I really need to finish editing draft two of my wip. But today is the last day of January. Tomorrow is February 1st. What will I do?
The first thing I’m going to do is “suit up and show up.” The other thing I’ve come up with for a little more direction than just showing up (which can be powerful) is to edit one chapter a day (seems doable) and write half a song a day. The latter is where I must trust that by showing up, the half song will come to me.
The real trick is not to over think. “Analysis is paralysis” as they say.
I’ve been gearing up for FAWM (February Album Writing Month) by immersing myself in tutorials, both on Logic Pro and Ableton Live. I’ve even been test driving the new OVOX by Waves, released at NAMM in Anaheim. I was thinking that now that the Blog Promo Tour for DejaVu at the Blue Diamond Saloon ended at the end of 2019, I’d be free to focus on music.
Well, since that tour, I’ve been noticing a resurgence in book sales. So now I’m wondering if I should finish my wip and skip FAWM this year. There’s so much pressure putting my music out there and in the middle of this in-between period, waiting for our new house to be built, I’m not sure I’ve got the energy for it. Writing may be more appropriate this year. But I’d hate to miss out – the FAWM music community is pretty awesome. And I’d like to create some new music.
It’s that time of year when we start looking back over the year to see how we did in whatever we’d hoped to pursue or accomplish at the stroke of midnight New Year’s Eve the year before.
So, as I start to look back on 2018, I realize there were many firsts for me musically. And while February may have brought my second FAWM, July through September enticed me to try my first 50/90 (write 50 songs in 90 days challenge). During that time, I even took on the challenge of trying out Ableton Live 10 (Standard Version). I’m now upgrading to Suite with so much more to learn yet.
All of that was so much fun, making friends and sharing music with other musicians, I couldn’t resist participating in my first Rocktober (Rock cover songs done your way) in October. Now I’m counting down to the next FAWM, looking forward to meeting up with some of my new friends, to see what they’re doing musically, and to see how far I hope to come by February.
Listening to some of the songs I wrote/produced this year, one of my favorites is Pop the Clutch:
During FAWM and 50/90, it became clear, without a doubt, that my music focus is EDM. The community has now come to expect this sound from me. So I created a playlist for the top songs I wrote and produced during the 2019 50/90 and FAWM challenges (scroll to see entire list):
Another song I wrote for FAWM this year is now live on Spotify: I Want To, a bit experimental in electronica. Hope you like (add me to your playlist) and follow me.
(This is just an excerpt. To hear the entire song, log into your Spotify account to play it.)
One of the Electronic Dance songs I wrote for FAWM 2019, part of the “Everybody Lies” album in progress, is now available for streaming on Spotify. Hope you like (add me to your playlist) and follow me.
(This is just an excerpt. To hear the entire song, log into your Spotify account to play it. )
Thanks for your support!
Today is the last day of FAWM (February Album Writing Month) 2019 and I finished all 14 songs. Songwriters have different goals for FAWM but it’s a time to experiment, get creative, try different things.
This was my second FAWM and it went a lot better than my first. I’m making progress – yay! I noticed that I did a lot more EDM than before and I’m thinking that’s turning into my strong suit.
Here’s my playlist for FAWM 2019.
Worship in the waiting they say
These words I recall lying awake
Writing, singing, working all day
Are distractions I welcome but only delay
The peace to panic transition the nighttime obeys
We’re not alone in our fears
In our struggles and overflowing tears
When our strength seems to disappear
When we’re down on our knees
Begging please please
Like writers writing fiction
Seeking love, loss, and friction
Musicians share their heart and their stories
For answers that give Him the glory
Remember the truth and the blessings
In trials, tribulations, and second guessing
As Mary pondered the love of her life
After Good Friday comes the Easter Sunrise
Worship in the waiting conquers the fear in the lie