by Christopher Ward
Hope you enjoyed week 1 of the S.A.C. Songwriting & Blogging Challenge 2014. I look forward to hearing some of the songs that were written. Let’s move on to week 2 which is about growing a songwriter’s antennae.
The best lyricists are the most observant ones. No matter what they’re doing – riding the bus, eating breakfast, reading the paper – their writer brains are always ticking and when an idea presents itself, they don’t let it get away. As an assignment in honing your powers of observation, head out into the day with your antennae up – on your own, cell phone out of sight – and let an idea find you. It could be a sign in a window, a bit of overheard conversation, a headline.
After watching the video below, spend 10 minutes a day for the next 5 days in 5 different places, i.e. subway, take-out counter, coffee shop, etc., and turn on your antennae. Jot down some song ideas based on each of those 10 minutes. Then, at the end of the week, choose your favourite and write a song.
Deadline is March 3 – Please post the following in the comments below:
1. Link to your blog
2. SoundCloud recording of your song.