From the FAWM.org website:
“The FAWM challenge issimple: 14 songs in 28 days.
Ifit's inspiration you are after, then FAWM is your club. Each February, thiswebsite forges a collaborative community of musicians worldwide, from all walksand skill levels. We are taking on the challenge of writing an album's worth ofnew music during the shortest month of the year. We ‘fawmers’ are a motley mixof music professionals, students, homemakers, and folks who work day jobs butrock nightclubs. Got questions? Check out the FAQ.”
I’ve officially participated in FAWM once before, back in 2008. I say officially meaning that I actuallylogged into the FAWM.org website and shared songs with the online communitythere in ‘08.
Though I didn’t officially participate online in 2009 and 2010, I didpersonally pursue the challenge on my own.
Each year I’ve attempted the challenge I’ve always gotten at least a few goodsongs out it.
The emphasis of FAWM is on songwriting, not recording or productionquality – recording your songs is simply a way to share them with the FAWMcommunity to get and give feedback.
FAWM is a worthwhile experience even if you don’t think you’ll be ableto write 14 songs in 28 days – just do the best you can, have fun and engage inthe FAWM community, you’ll be glad you did.
Plus, it will force you to work quickly while being open to more spontaneity,which is often new for a lot of songwriters…It forces you to write what I call,“first impression” songs, meaning you capture your initial song ideasimmediately as they happen and you really don’t have time to labor over theirdevelopment…just capture it and move on to the next one. If you think you still may have troublecoming up with song ideas FAWM provides regular challenges and potential topicsto write songs about. This can be reallyuseful for any songwriter who feels they’ve hit a creative block.
Probably the best benefit is the feedback you’ll get if you participatein the online community (be sure to give plenty of feedback as well – it worksbest that way).
So, are you up for the challenge?
Posted by: Nick Venturella (click my name to link to my first FAWM song of 2011)