A little over two years ago, I cracked the problem of how to write a song: let go of the idea that it needs to be a perfect, precious jewel, such as Paul Simon or Joni Mitchell might produce. As I put it at the time: “write a bad song. It doesn’t matter. Just write a song.”
So, needless to say, in the intervening time, I have written absolutely no songs at all.
2017 is the year this is going to change. I have made a new-year’s resolution, and I am putting it out there in public so I can feel the shame if I don’t keep it up. I am going to write a song every week. I don’t expect them to be good songs. Most of them will be bad. Some will be very bad. It’s likely I may never play most of them to another human being. But I am going to get it done, and get used to getting it done. (And who knows? Along the way, I might accidentally write a good one.)
My plan is to record the songs, but only for my own consumption unless I get lucky and strike gold. The point of the recordings is not really to have a record, but more to stick a post in the ground for each song and say “This is done”. At the end of the year, I will grit my teeth and listen through all 52 songs, and see if any of them are presentable.
The first week of the year ends on 7th January, of course. This year, that is a Saturday, so the goal is to get a song in the can by Saturday each week.
What am I going to write about? It may not be easy to come up with 52 themes, and I am sure to repeat myself. But here are a few:
- Love song
- Memory/forgetfulness song
- Political satire
- Political protest
- Story song
- Praise of local countryside (these always go down well at folk clubs)
- Comic song
Any other suggestions?