2009 Songwriting Resolutions. What Are Yours?By Don • Category: Songwriting Articles
Have you made yours yet? If the muse has exerts some control over your life then there is no doubt you have at least given it some passing thought.
My 2009 Songwriting Resolutions
- Song quota. I will write at least four songs per month in their entirety and record them.
- CD. Complete strangers are asking me for copies of my CD’s – of which I have none. I will complete an EP of my half-dozen original songs for distribution and sale at shows.
Now it’s your turn! Out of ideas? Here are a few resolution ideas to get 2009 started right – whether you have songs or not:
Ideas for Resolution … If You DON’T Have Songs
- Crank out songs. Jonathan Coulton’s Thing A Week Project and Ari Hests 52 Project. These guys put out a song a week. It helped their songwriting immensely. The group Bishop Allen put out an EP every month for a year. Think you could do something similar?
- February Album Writing Month (FAWM.ORG). This project that happens February of every year
- Collaborate. Kompoz, Jam Junky, Songfight.org, and others provide opportunities for you to get together with other songwriters regardless of geographic location. Give it a shot!
Ideas For Resolutions … If You DO Have Songs
- Record songwriting demos. Contributing author Cliff Goldmacher has written some phenomenal articles for Blogging Muses offering real world tips on demo recording and the strategies you should employ.
- Play out live more. Test your songs at open mics. Try an open mic tour. Get some other musicians together and put together some live song arrangements.
- Host a SongPull. Songpull.com has some great tools and exposure opportunities for those of you looking to network and share songs.
- Enter a songwriting contest. While winning a songwriting contest doesn’t necessarily validate you as a songwriter, it is a tremendous opportunity for networking and exposure.
- Selling Songs. TAXI, Broadjam and others offer channels where they match your songs with the needs of filmmakers, ad agencies, and soundtracks.
- Get your songs up on iTunes. Tunecore is currently making it possible to get your songs on iTunes for under $25. How cool is that? It involves some paperwork and jumping through a few hoops, but it’s a New Year. Make the resolution!