I made it!!! My songwriting challenge is finished! 12 songs in 12 months, using YOUR words. #3WFAS became such a vital part of my life in 2017! I got to learn a lot, to test my limits and to communicate with witty, inventive and wonderfully supportive people. Thank you to everyone who participated, liked, shared and supported my music! ♥ ♥ ♥
I started this challenge in January 2017 because I wanted to get in touch with you. I think that being a singer-songwriter is not only about pouring my heart out. It’s also about reaching out and creating stories for and about other people in different situations. I also started the challenge because I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and collect new inspiration - and well, YOU definitely inspired me.
Drawing 3 winning words and up to 10 bonus words every month, that was a lot of adrenaline. You guys did a great job. I ended up making songs about all kinds of topics, which was exactly what I'd hoped for. I wrote about lack of light, moving, heartbreak, university professor, dancing, cats, dietary freaks, overly confident womanizers, fear of not fitting in and Greek mythology :-) All this only thanks to your inventive words!!!
Some of them I really did not know, like honorificabilitudinitatibus :-)
Which song was your favourite? Which words did you find the most difficult? Which words did I not pick but should use them next year?
Here’s some fun facts:
✳ 5 words that were recurring almost every month: love, heart, green, smile, snow
✳ Craziest words that I’d never dream of using in a song before: honorificabilitudinitatibus, nudnik, womanizer & spatula, cog, thermocouple
✳ The most difficult thing about this challenge: time constraints!!!
A song needs to live and evolve, it needs to become comfortable, it needs to sit just right. Often it becomes complete only after many gigs and recordings. In this challenge I just had to pump the songs out when they were a few days old and record them (mostly) at home. I’m not a sound engineer but I’m getting better and thanks to the challenge I’ve learned a lot. This is just the beginning
Posted on December 30, 2017