It’s the fourth of July, and that means one thing: 50/90 has begun! For those of you who don’t know, 50/90 is the longer, summer-time version of February Album Writing Month (FAWM). Ninety days of songwriting fun, collaborations, rough demos, and flashes of brilliance.
I first joined the FAWM community in 2010, but I’ve not been active for a couple of years. This summer, I plan to get back to once again stretch my musical muscles. And, more importantly, enjoy the work of the other songwriters. The FAWM community includes musicians and lyricists from all over the world, some of whom are bona-fide professionals. While no-one comes to the forums to show off, if you ask a question you are sure to get at least one very knowledgeable and detailed answer.
Not because I’m good at it, that’s for sure. Such talents as I have lie more with prose than poetry, and more with words than music. But I’m a storyteller at heart, and songs are a great way to tell stories. Also, the community atmosphere of FAWM and 50/90 make it a fun place to be. No pressure, no judgement, just songs.
In my everyday life, I try hard to get things just right. I don’t often succeed, but I try. With 50/90, although I still do my best, there’s no pressure. I don’t need to produce professional-quality, flawless songs. I don’t even have to write 50 songs – I can just have fun, and learn by doing. And that’s a welcome change.
If you want to get in on the fun, 50/90 runs from the 4th of July to the 1st of October every year. Head over to http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/ to check it out.