February Album Writing Month 2020
This year I've chosen to participate in the February Album Writing Month. This is a community driven challenge to write an entire album of 14 songs in the month of February. It was inspired by NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writing Month which is held each November. This is my first time participating. Any songs I manage to polish up and post will be found on this page.
For more information about FAWM, please visit https://fawm.org.
The first song I've completed is entitled The Darkest Day. Sometimes songwriting is like pulling a block of lead through a round hole with a pair of chopsticks. But once in a while a song seems to write itself, and all I can do is try to get out of the way. That's how it was with this one. This song wanted to be written. It needed to be written. It demanded to be written. The lyrics are timeless, yet topical. Maybe it will resonate with you.
The Darkest Day
Reflections is a lovely little piece I composed on flute and piano. I thought it sounded rather bittersweet, but my spouse Bobbie said it sounded "reflective." I agreed, and that's how it got its title. I've recorded the flute and piano, but still want to do more orchestration before releasing it to the public. So in the meantime I thought I'd post the basic chart for the song. I'm not sure this is something I'd put on the same album as The Darkest Day, but it's a completed song by FAWM standards so I'm counting it.
With less than 24 hours left, I expect this will be my last offering for this year's FAWM, for a total of only two songs. Still, I'm quite happy with that. Not only did I get two wonderful new songs, behind the scenes I've also developed a lot of new music. I have two complete song structures mapped out, just waiting for lyrics. Besides those, I've got four more song ideas I've been developing. That's all in addition to the dozens of musical inspirations in various stages of development I already had going. So even though I came nowhere near the goal of 14 songs in February, I created a lot of music that wouldn't have been made without that spark of inspiration. I consider that a success. I really enjoyed FAWM 2020 and I'm looking forward to giving it another go in 2021.
Music and lyrics by Heather Haze.
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