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2015 S.A.C. Blogging & Songwriting Challenge Wrap Up

March 22, 2015
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Creative Commons License. Photo by Andrew Hurley

The 2015 S.A.C. Blogging and Songwriting Challenge was the first of its kind.  Every week industry professionals issued challenges that allowed our 121 participants a taste of life as a professional songwriter.  Those who committed themselves 100% to the task found that songwriting took over their lives, consuming their thoughts and time.  For many it was a taste of the life they aspire to live.

We are grateful to each of our professional mentors, Rob Wells, Heather Gardner, Ron Irving, Jordan Howard, Vincent Degiorgio and Cara Heath, who not only issued challenges but also provided personal feedback to a handful of submissions vetted by our songwriting coaches.  The response from the industry was so positive we were able to give participants a choice of taking on two challenges in the final week.  It is generous of them to have taken the time to nurture the next generation of songwriters.

We are also grateful to our songwriting coaches, Debra Alexander and James Linderman who lived in the trenches with our songwriters.  Our coaches shared advice on lyrics, chord structures and collaboration, going far above and beyond what was expected, fuelled by their genuine desire to see our participants succeed.  For many of our songwriters, the help these coaches provided defined their experience of this challenge, opening up new tools and techniques to apply to their craft.

We would also like to thank Barb Sedun for arranging a real life pitch to Matt Dusk (to be posted below), along with Matt himself and his management team for their willingness to give our emerging songwriters a chance to present him songs that would expand his sound for his next album.  Having a real opportunity like this has been a game-changer, increasing the intensity in a way no other challenge could.

Lastly, we must thank all of our passionate participants.  Everyday the Facebook group was full of positive feedback and constructive criticism as many songwriters shared their work in progress, often times in genres far outside their comfort zones.  So much zeal. So much love.  By the end of the first week, the group began to feel like a summer camp of sorts, with new friendships forming that we hope will continue long after this challenge is history.

So, we end with where we began.  It is time to submit your song for Challenge No. 1 issued by Matt Dusk. Please post the following below by Tuesday, March 24 at 11:59pm:

1.  Your Name
2.  What was the hardest challenge or hardest part of the challenge for you and why?
3.  What did you enjoy most about participating in this experience?
4.  What is something significant that you learned from taking on this challenge? (It can be about yourself or about the challenge)
5.  Would you do this type of challenge again?  Why or why not?
6.  Your link to your Matt Dusk submission.  Please include lyrics on your SoundCloud page.  If one of your collaborating partners is submitting the link to your song, you can refer to their posting (ie. See link from ____________).

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  1. March 23, 2015 12:35 pm

    Hello…it really feels like I am crossing a finish line.
    Here is the link to my final post with all the feedback Lily requested: http://scottanthonyandrews.com/final-reflections-of-the-sac-challenge/
    Here is the link to my final song (revised) “I Don’t Do Lazy Like That”

    Thanks and good luck everyone!

  2. March 23, 2015 4:24 pm

    Although I didn’t officially take part in the S.A.C. challenge, I did sign up for it, and I am a S.A.C. member. Unfortunately, I didn’t get beyond the waiting list. Next time!

    I hope you won’t mind terribly if I submit my song for Matt Dusk. Thank you!

    Blog — https://www.facebook.com/notes/steven-hardy/sac-challenge-2015-week-1-blog-writing-for-matt-dusk-update/10153192325041000?pnref=story

    Song — Stranded https://soundcloud.com/samsamba/stranded

  3. March 23, 2015 5:19 pm

    HI Lily,

    I hope I’m posting this in the right place. I have answers for your questions in my blog, I think. It’s not simple, but it’s what I wrote.

    Meanwhile here is the song for Matt Dusk, “Dancing with the Girl Inside”. Having lived with it on and off for six weeks, I have no perspective on it at all – hope it’s what he’s looking for!

    All the best to you, Lily, and to James and Debra, all the Challengers and especially all the Challengeristas and Challengeristos – it’s been quite a ride.

    David

  4. March 23, 2015 5:20 pm

    “So in Love with You” by Thérèse Patton, February 12, 2015

    The 2015 SAC Songwriting and Blogging Challenge has been an incredible experience. I have made a lot of “firsts” throughout this challenge. I wrote my first blog, posted my first song on Sound Cloud, written six songs “on demand”, recorded a song in a professional studio, publicly shared my thoughts and songs, and lived to tell about it.

    My biggest challenge was collaborating, or lack of it – I was worried no one would want to work with me, so I didn’t reach out. I was also nervous to post my songs for feedback. (I realize my songs would be stronger with help from the group and judges.) So, I put that part of the challenge aside and just focused on writing. Next time, I’ll post my songs right away and invite feedback and collaborators! No more fear!

    I look forward to another challenge next year – I’ll be waiting to register! It felt good to be part of a music community.

    Final Blog: https://theresepatton.wordpress.com/
    Matt Dusk Submission: https://soundcloud.com/therese-lyrics/so-in-love-with-you

  5. March 23, 2015 8:28 pm

    Well this it. The finals task.
    Hope Matt likes my son

    https://wordpress.com/post/84624296/24/

  6. March 23, 2015 8:29 pm
  7. March 23, 2015 8:53 pm

    My wrap-up blog post with answers to the questions above is here (it’s the same post as my for my holiday song, just reposted here):
    https://whogivesapop.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/sac-songwriting-blogging-challenge-week-6-2/
    …and my song pitch to Matt Dusk:

  8. March 23, 2015 10:51 pm

    Six songs in six weeks – I did it! And I even like some of them.
    Here are a few observations in response to Lily’s questions about our Songwriting Challenge experience.

    I do think I needed to be better prepared with respect to the technology I’d need to participate fully. A large chunk of time I had set aside for songwriting was spent surmounting technological obstacles, due either to lack of proper gear or lack of knowledge. I wasn’t expecting that and found it frustrating. I did get some good advice from fellow songwriters in the challenge that helped me (almost) catch up.

    I started off trying to read everyone’s posts and listen to everyone’s songs. I soon realized that there was not enough time to do this each week so I listened to excerpts here and there. Maybe 100+ songwriters is too big a group to really interact with everyone.

    As much as each new challenge seemed like a shock – What?! I’ve never written a [fill in the blank] song before – it was also freeing to be able to write for someone else’s voice, try on someone else’s perspective, imagine songs in different settings. It allowed me to stray from my usual earnest folk song style. Instead of drawing from personal experience, I could play make-believe, be a different persona and see where that game lead me.

    Listening to other participants’ songs was both stimulating and intimidating. Such talent! And so many interpretations of the same challenge. Meeting fellow songwriters – both virtually and in person – was a big bonus for me. Thanks for the long-distance collaboration, Todd Wandio, and thanks for visiting Elora, Mikalyn & Michael. I have appreciated the words of advice & encouragement from both James and Debra, our songwriting coaches, as well as other participants.

    Would I do it again? I found it more time consuming than I expected and had trouble keeping up with the challenges alongside my work schedule. I might do a similar challenge if I had an arrangement with a friend who could do the recording/mixing for me and I’d be able to focus on the songwriting and performing.

    I wish my fellow songwriters many visits from the “song fairy” and continued creative success. I’ll watch for your names in liner notes, movie credits, Juno nominations…

    Julie Corey

    And my Matt Dusk submission – Wake Me Up Slowly:

  9. Sean Bertram permalink
    March 23, 2015 11:07 pm

    Wow. What an amazing 6 weeks. I’ve learned so much and have had an absolute blast! Here’s my pitch for Mr. Dusk along with my blog. I went for the ballad choice and switched over from guitar to piano on this one. I hope you all enjoy “Life in Black and White”.

    http://seanbertram.tumblr.com/post/114462713262/s-a-c-challenge-2015-the-summation

  10. March 23, 2015 11:18 pm

    Well it’s been a wonderful stretch. That’s is what a challenge should be. I will comment further when I post tomorrow for the Matt Dusk submission.

    I am submitting the holiday song and as well as an option for the Radio Ready song, the one I originally was going to submit for Matt Dusk.

    Good luck to everyone. It has been incredible listening and learning from the pros to the novices. I especially want to thank… and I know I am not alone, Debra and James. They were dedicated, sensitive and and sensible in their judgment. They actually made a difference in the way I now approach songwriting. That is huge for me. I have more confidence – thanks to them and many others too. I will miss the buzz but will hopefully stay in touch and keep creating with others too. I will post more tomorrow.

    If anyone drops me a line cuz they are coming through Montreal. I will gladly go out for a brew with you.. cheers

    blog post

    https://rbmartyblog.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/week-6-christmas-song/

    Holiday song

    Radio ready song (optional)

  11. March 23, 2015 11:52 pm

    Hi Everyone! My name is Gordon Wong and I answered the questions in my blog:

    https://hookmachinemusic.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/sac-wrap-up-questions/

    Song Pitch for Matt Dusk- ATM

  12. Loralei Ells permalink
    March 24, 2015 1:00 am

    Hello Fellow Challengers
    What a wonderful six weeks. I had a change to co-write with songwriters I wouldn’t have normally met, and songs were written. I’ve always enjoyed co-writes as I have found input can take an idea somewhere you hadn’t imagined. There should be several of these challenges during the year! I’m ready for the next one tomoro! Let’s make songs happen!

    Matt Dusk Song https://soundcloud.com/lormel27/thats-when-ill-be-over-you
    Blog & Lyrics https://lormel27.wordpress.com/2015/03/22/matt-dusk-lyrics-thats-when-ill-be-over-you/

    • Loralei Ells permalink
      March 24, 2015 2:09 am

      Lily Cheung, Please delete this posting as the soundcloud link doesn’t work. I reposted below, and everything works fine there. Thanks.

  13. Loralei Ells permalink
    March 24, 2015 1:53 am

    This is the correct posting for the Matt Dusk submission. The links on my previous posts didn’t work but have now been corrected, with the lyrics on the soundcloud link.
    My biggest challenge has been figuring out Soundcloud, attachments, and Workpress!

    Hello Fellow Challengers, What a wonderful six weeks. I had a change to co-write with songwriters I wouldn’t have normally met, and songs were written. I’ve always enjoyed co-writes as I have found input can take an idea somewhere you hadn’t imagined. There should be several of these challenges during the year! I’m ready for the next one tomoro! Let’s make songs happen!

    Song and Lyrics https://soundcloud.com/lormel27/thats-when-ill-be-over-you-1

    Blog https://lormel27.wordpress.com/2015/03/22/matt-dusk-lyrics-thats-when-ill-be-over-you/

  14. March 24, 2015 10:34 am

    Michael Proudfoot here.
    I’ve gotta say the hardest part of these challenges in general for me was my frustration at not being a better musician and not being able to get the sounds in my head down on (the metaphorical) tape. But more specifically, the hardest part of the challenges is when I was working by myself and not having feedback from others.
    I’ve realized how much I enjoy writing with other people – the creative part of course but also hearing what I write performed by amazingly talented people.
    Of what I learned from this challenge, more than any one big moment, it was an accumulation of little things. Writing pop songs taught me more about precision and meter in lyrics, listening to what others did with the same challenge opened my mind to other possibilities, I was tested to up my game in production. That and more.
    I had such a good time doing this, I would do another in a heartbeat. The personal connections alone were worth the sleepless nights and anxiety.
    And here is my Matt Dusk song submission. In this piece, my co-writer and I have created a fictional alter-ego who also is seeking to make some changes in his life.

    And a link to my blog:
    https://uponblocks.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/thats-a-wrap/
    Cheers,
    M

  15. Kathryn Jean (Alexander) permalink
    March 24, 2015 12:51 pm

    The SAC Challenge has been a wonderful experience for me…here is Matt Dusk song…Love Romancing You 🙂

  16. March 24, 2015 2:29 pm

    Thank you Debra, James, Lily, and everyone participating for an incredible 6 weeks!

    Here’s my final blog where I’ve answered all of the questions:

    http://teapetrovic.tumblr.com

    And my song pitch for Matt Dusk:

  17. March 24, 2015 2:36 pm

    Hello everybody 🙂

    1. Name

    Scott MacKay

    2. What was the hardest challenge or hardest part of the challenge for you and why?

    The hardest part of the challenge for me was having limited time and having to release stuff that wasn’t perfect. You always want to put your best foot forward but in this case, some weeks you had to put a foot forward that maybe didn’t have all the laces tied up 🙂

    3. What did you enjoy most about participating in this experience?

    I enjoyed writing for other people. It was liberating writing in different styles and knowing that the song wasn’t for me, taped the mouth of my inner critique. Meeting other songwriter’s was also a highlight for me. I now know a handful of co-writer’s that I can work with both when writing for myself and for other people.

    4. What is something significant that you learned from taking on this challenge? (It can be about yourself or about the challenge)

    When time is tight, go with your gut. You don’t have time to question things when you only have a week to complete something. Sometimes things are better done imperfect than not done at all.

    5. Would you do this type of challenge again? Why or why not?
    Definitely. It pushed me outside my comfort zone and I met so many great like minded individuals.

    6. Your link to your Matt Dusk submission.

    • March 24, 2015 2:39 pm

      Meet Me On The Moon – Scott MacKay (w/Brooklyn Bochach)

      There’s a big ol’ moon
      Shinin’ in the sky
      Up there all alone
      Just like you and I.

      Whatdya say
      We get away
      Leave this world behind
      Meet me on the moon tonight

      There’s no gravity
      Nothin holdin us down
      When we’re together girl
      We’re weightless anyhow

      Whatdya say
      We get away
      Leave this world behind
      Meet me on the moon tonight

      I wanna give you
      All that you deserve
      You make me feel
      Like the last man on earth

      There’s no air up there
      How are we to breathe
      You take my breath away
      Yet my heart still beats

      Whatdya say
      We get away
      Leave this world behind
      Meet me on the moon tonight

      There’s a big ol’ moon
      Shinin’ in the sky
      Up there all alone
      Just like you and I.

      Whatdya say
      We get away
      Leave this world behind
      Meet me on the moon tonight
      Meet me on the moon tonight
      Meet me on the moon tonight

      Written by: Scott MacKay, Ben MacKay, & Michael Proudfoot

  18. March 24, 2015 4:52 pm

    Well we’ve come to the end.

    I did not manage to finish the song from week#1 for Matt Dusk. However, I did complete the rest of the songs in the writing challenge. I’m happy with what I’ve accomplished all the same. I learned a lot in the process about myself and my ability to write. Next time I do this I will be better prepared with proper recording equipment and I will schedule more time for writing and editing.

    Thanks for the opportunity.

    Here are the answers to Lily’s questions:

    1. My name is Donny Sawchuk.
    2. The hardest part of the challenge for me was simply carving out time to work on writing each week.
    3. I enjoyed being forced to write while participating in this experience. Without the specific task and deadline, I would have excused myself for being too busy to write.
    4. The most significant thing I learned from taking on this challenge is that I can write on demand by simply sitting down and writing. I don’t need to wait for motivation to come. It doesn’t matter if I feel the most creative in the morning, I can still write in the evening after work.
    5. I would do this type of challenge again to improve my writing for a specific target genre/artist/etc.
    6. Sorry no song for the Week #1 challenge from this guy. ;(

    Cheers, Donny.

    Don Sawchuk
    Building community one song at a time.

  19. March 24, 2015 4:56 pm

    Here is my final blog for this challenge. Our Matt Dusk link will be on Mikalyn Hay’s post/blog. I have to thank all of my great co-writers – working on this Challenge has helped me forge ahead through some very difficult events going on in the background.

    https://guitarvydas.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/rock-mafia-is-the-model-of-the-future/

  20. March 24, 2015 5:12 pm

    Hey Everyone!

    I answered all the questions on my blog entry below:
    Blog -> http://www.braedenmitchell.com/?p=611
    Song -> https://soundcloud.com/braeden-taylor-mitchell/bad-habits

    Thanks to everyone involved in this challenge, and I hope to continue to connect with many of you through out this year!

    Take care,

    B

  21. March 24, 2015 5:49 pm

    My name is Leanne Lapa. The hardest part of this challenge for me was creating enough time and space that is required to do both writing and recording. While it is something I do regularly, I found I still wanted and needed more time for each of the songs.

    I really enjoyed having new challenges and in some way, having deadlines. It provided me with some additional structure to continue momentum in this practice.

    Something significant that I learned is the ongoing need to collaborate and the importance of relationships. I know the areas in which I need others to step in and help so that I can do what I do best/better. I also know that people are more committed to “buying into” what you are doing when you have a relationship with them. And these relationships take time and a commitment back, something I suppose is true in all aspects of life.

    I would do this kind of challenge again because I think we all benefit from being stretched and put outside our routine and comfort zones. It worked those muscles I’m trying to get at and I think by the end of this I nearly have a songwriting six-pack!

    After a crazy few weeks of strange events I am having to submit this song the best way that I can. My blog outlines how it all came to be this way – regardless I am presenting two versions of my song. The first is an older version with more production, the second an extremely rough and somewhat truncated newer version reflecting the re-writes. Please find them at:

    and

    My blog can be found at https://leannelapa.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/tie-it-up-with-a-bow/

    Cheers and good luck to all of you! Please stay in touch!

  22. Adri-Anne Ralph permalink
    March 24, 2015 6:24 pm

    Here’s the link to me & Gordon Wong’s song for Matt Dusk, ATM: https://soundcloud.com/adrianne_r/atm-pitch-for-matt-dusk-sac-week-16

    And the Wrap-Up Questions are in my Blog post (scroll down) here: http://adriannesoundslike.tumblr.com/post/114527551786/back-here-again-full-circle-sac-week-1-or-6

  23. March 24, 2015 7:00 pm

    Here is my ballad for Matt Dusk, ‘Luxury’: https://soundcloud.com/officiallyahi/luxury-demo/s-3qxxp

    And here is my final blog post, including my answers to Lily’s questions: http://ahimusic.com/#!sac-blog/sac-challenge-week-1-final/

  24. March 24, 2015 8:26 pm

    Oh how the mighty have fallen… https://kathrynberrymusic.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/come-on-in/

  25. March 24, 2015 8:34 pm

    Thank you to all the people who made this possible. It was a great honor to be among you! Special thanks to my collaborators, to Debra, James, Lily and the generous time given by each person who set the challenges each week. We made it. Kinda… https://kathrynberrymusic.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/come-on-in/

  26. March 24, 2015 8:36 pm

    Matt Dusk Challenge – Co write with Glen MacNeil

    Week 6 blog was posted with the week 6 challenge

    The hardest part of the challenge would have been the pop songs. Not my genre and I am at an age disadvantage as much as I protest and pretend I am not. I bridged the gap for the radio song by co-writing with my daughter. I am also now listening to more pop music. Not bad.

    The best part of the challenge in addition to all the learning, and participating with such talented people, was the opportunity to write a song to suit a request. I have always sat at the piano or with a guitar and songs happen. I had always wanted to know if I could write based on a requirement. I am generally happy with my results, except for that pop song which was 30 years too late.

    I learned lots of technical skills around songwriting and production. The most important thing I came to understand were my own strengths and weakness’s . Prior to this challenge I did not know what they were. I believe my strength is in the music composition side. I find it relatively easy to compose melodies and chord progressions. I also write lyrics fairly easily but that is where I stop. I have not taken the time or invested the time to go after the line by line and really make something out of them. Something I need to continue to work on.

    I would definitely do this again. To great a learning opportunity to let pass by.

    Thanks to SAC for sponsoring this challenge. Special thanks to Lily, Debra and James or making it happen. Was an awesome ride!

  27. March 24, 2015 8:57 pm

    Peter Bugden
    What was the hardest challenge or hardest part of the challenge for you and why?

    Finding time. I pretty much spent all my free time on this challenge for the past 6 weeks. I usually ran out of rope before I was able to perfect songs or hone production to a acceptable level. This was due to trying to do too much: gigs, other musical obligations, a job (you know that bread on the table thing) plus a Berklee Online course. Oh well…it all worked out…said the exhausted man.

    What did you enjoy most about participating in this experience?

    Getting feedback on my work. Hearing so much high quality original music. Extremely inspiring and invigorating experience…

    What is something significant that you learned from taking on this challenge?

    How to swallow my ego and write for the pure sake of writing and making music; to live my writing for a short time. And of course to see others doing the same thing.

    Would you do this type of challenge again? Why or why not?

    This was my first challenge, I would clear my calendar in a heart beat to do it again. It has allowed me to stretch myself as a writer. You only get better at your craft when that happens.

    The Matt Dusk song got sacrificed for an A in my on-line course…sorry Matt

  28. March 24, 2015 9:01 pm

    Matt Dusk Challenge – Co-write with Glen MacNeil

    The hardest part of the challenge would have been the pop songs. Not my genre and I am at an age disadvantage as much as I protest and pretend I am not. I bridged the gap for the radio song by co-writing with my daughter. I am also now listening to more pop music. Not bad.

    The best part of the challenge in addition to all the learning, and participating with such talented people, was the opportunity to write a song to suit a request. I have always sat at the piano or with a guitar and songs happen. I had always wanted to know if I could write based on a requirement. I am generally happy with my results, except for that pop song which was 30 years too late.

    I learned lots of technical skills around songwriting and production. The most important thing I came to understand were my own strengths and weakness’s . Prior to this challenge I did not know what they were. I believe my strength is in the music composition side. I find it relatively easy to compose melodies and chord progressions. I also write lyrics fairly easily but that is where I stop. I have not taken the time or invested the time to go after the line by line and really make something out of them. Something I need to continue to work on.

    I would definitely do this again. To great a learning opportunity to let pass by.

    Thanks to SAC for sponsoring this challenge. Special thanks to Lily, Debra and James or making it happen. Was an awesome ride!

  29. March 24, 2015 9:15 pm

    OK…We made it!!!
    Here is my Final Blog…
    https://megsrathwell.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/sac-week-6-final-song-matt-dusk/
    and my song…Circling the Light.

  30. March 24, 2015 9:35 pm

    Thank you SAC. Final submission. Over and out!

    https://glenmacneil.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/sac-song-challenge-week-1-matt-dusk/

  31. March 24, 2015 9:36 pm

    Here is my song for Matt Dusk. https://soundcloud.com/melfarrimond/lovers/s-S0s1C

    Imagine it sung an octave lower! My final blog is at http://www.melfarrimond.net and I’ve also copied it below. Thanks, everyone! It’s been a blast!

    SAC Songwriting Challenge completed!

    Hi! Mel Farrimond here. I made it to the finish line! Somebody bring me some water…

    The hardest part of the challenge for me was the recording/production part. Though I have recorded in a studio, I have never tried home recording…other than when I was a kid and would record my voice to cassette, play it back and sing a harmony while recording the whole thing on another cassette. Those were the days! So I finally got a Mac and introduced myself to Garageband. I figured it’s a start, and this challenge got me to that start line.

    I most enjoyed the fact that this challenge made me be as disciplined as I could be, time-wise. My schedule is very full. I’m a university prof and it’s a busy time of term. And when not teaching, I’ve been shoveling… but I did my best to write and record the songs in the time I had.

    I learned that my songwriting can be pretty same-y. The challenge helped me explore different genres and gave me snippets of ideas I will pursue in future songs. I also learned that a bit of pressure helps me focus. I think I actually knew that already, but this was a reminder.
    I would definitely do this type of challenge again. I’m all for anything that gets me in the songwriting groove.

    So thank you to the wonderful SAC, to Lily, Debra and the adorable James (we go way back…). I have learned a lot in the past 6 weeks and it was a wonderful escape from the winter blahs!

  32. March 24, 2015 9:58 pm

    Michael and Mikalyn Hay

    2. What was the hardest challenge or hardest part of the challenge for you and why?
    Getting the time to get the songs done to our satisfaction – writing was fun and getting them worked up into melody was great too – the challenge was my limited production skills and getting it recorded decently.

    3. What did you enjoy most about participating in this experience? – Co writing and meeting everyone in person and online.

    4. What is something significant that you learned from taking on this challenge? (It can be about yourself or about the challenge) – great songs are not easy to write and not easy to record – but great songs are great regardless of the recording and production

    5. Would you do this type of challenge again? Why or why not? – of course – brings light to dark days of winter!

  33. March 24, 2015 10:02 pm

    Mikalyn Hay – second song for Matt Dusk consideration – I wrote this song last week with my friend who was not in the challenge so I am not sure if can be considered but here it is for fun 🙂 – if not thats okay

  34. March 24, 2015 10:17 pm

    Matt Dusk, I love your music, we met years ago in Montreal after your concert and I have a photo of us! Thank you so much for the challenge.

    I answered all the questions in my blog, posted below.

    http://amsforartmusicsongs8.blogspot.ca/

    Here are two songs that I am proposing. I hope the first song, Hockey Eyes, will help you train your eyes to always achieve what you want, and the second song, Fantasy Land, will help you reflect on how to make a better world, or at least pray on for peace!

    Thank you to James Linderman, Debra Alexander, Lily Cheng and SAC!

    Song Pitch #1 Hockey Eyes:

    Song Pitch #2 Fantasy Land:

    My blog: http://amsforartmusicsongs8.blogspot.ca/

  35. March 24, 2015 10:22 pm

    Rosanne Baker Thornley | rbt

    What was the hardest challenge or hardest part of the challenge for you and why?
    Pressed for time. Having to let it go without the time I wanted to completely finesse the song. Having to settle on quick vocal performances and production solutions. And … laryngitis. Need the singer in me say more? ☺

    What did you enjoy most about participating in this experience?
    Working to different challenges and criteria – pushing to find the right song to answer the ‘ask’ and knowing that there was a looming deadline that I had to deliver to. I know – ironic. Mind you, I will revisit most of the songs to rethink, rework and re-record from a place of calm. I also enjoyed the camaraderie and working with my peers in this group. And interesting to see which songs gained attention and some insight into why. Also loved .. loved the sense of release I had getting the songs written, recorded, done! In the can! Breathing for a bit, then into the frantic rush of the next song ahead of me. And of course, happy to have 6 new songs that wouldn’t have been found if not for the challenge. That’s pretty cool, no?

    What is something significant that you learned from taking on this challenge? (about yourself or the challenge)
    Confirmation of my love for the intensity and satisfaction of songwriting / music and in being 100% immersed.

    Would you do this type of challenge again? Why or why not?
    Sure. It pushes me to new perspectives and to write songs that would not be found otherwise. Also, I have discovered some great songwriters and great voices in the challenge who add light, energy and inspiration to my life.

    Thanks S.A.C.

    – rbt

    http://www.rbtsong.com/tell/

  36. David O'Reilly permalink
    March 24, 2015 10:25 pm

    1. My Name:

    David O’Reilly

    2. What was the hardest challenge or hardest part of the challenge for you and why?

    The hardest challenge for me was the childlike ad one in week 3. It was really out of my comfort zone!

    3. What did you enjoy most about participating in this experience?

    I enjoyed the challenge of getting a song completed in just one week.

    4. What is something significant that you learned from taking on this challenge?

    I learned that when I’m under pressure to write lyrics, I’m much more productive

    5. Would you do this type of challenge again? Why or why not?

    Yes I would do this challenge again because it really gets the ball rolling with regards to my lyric writing

    6. Your link to your Matt Dusk submission.

  37. March 24, 2015 10:30 pm

    1. Don Ablett

    2. The hardest part of the Challenge was to connect in a co-writing way with other participants. I thought that I would have had plenty of time to do that, but it just didn’t work. If I have the opportunity next year, I will make that a priority. I think that I lost out somewhat because of this.

    3. Where do I start? This entire experience was fantastic. The best part for me was the stepping way outside of my comfort zone in a timed process. I hadn’t worked this way before and I really enjoyed it.

    4. I learned that I can write some pretty decent material under strict time conditions. I didn’t know that I had this in me and I am very glad to have found it!

    5. I would absolutely do this challenge again. It is a fantastic process to get the creative juices flowing. There is also an incentive to learn how to make your process and production better.

    6. My submission is at https://soundcloud.com/don-ablett/staircase-1

  38. March 24, 2015 10:39 pm

    Here’s My blog with questionnaire answers, and sound cloud link for Matt Dusk. Thanks everyone especially Coaches James Linderman and Debra Alexander. Also thanks to Martin Clark and Shira Katz for playing piano on my songs. https://laurajburnsloveletterstogod.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/sac-challenge-final-submission-for-matt-dusk/ https://soundcloud.com/laura-j-burns/measurements-by-laura-burns-c-2012-2015-piano-played-by-martin-clark

    • March 24, 2015 11:24 pm

      SAC Challenge final submission for Matt Dusk
      Sometimes my blog doesn’t open properly, so just incase, here’s what I wrote for the questionnaire.
      MARCH 24, 2015
      Your Name

      Laura Burns

      2. What was the hardest challenge or hardest part of the challenge for you and why?

      Overall Tecnical diffuculties recording and mixing multiple tracks. Often the files made yellow exclaimation point error alerts. This was the most difficult ongoing problem. A combination of outdated GarageBand, and my own poor technical recording skills.

      3. What did you enjoy most about participating in this experience?

      I liked many parts of the challenge. I enjoyed learning new things about songwriting. I enjoyed meeting other songwriters online, both the coaches and fellow Challenge participants. It felt so great to get positive feedback on some of my songs, and on my voice. And it was such a wonderful surprise when I realized that James Linderman had made a recording of my song with him playing piano! 🙂

      4. What is something significant that you learned from taking on this challenge? (It can be about yourself or about the challenge) I learned that I can write a song fairly fast when I need to. I realized that I need to get recording lessons. I realize that I probably should have collaborated earlier in the challenge.

      5. Would you do this type of challenge again? Why or why not? Yes, I would do this type of challenge again, hopefully with more knowledge of how to navigate challenges.

      6. Your link to your Matt Dusk submission. Please include lyrics on your SoundCloud page. Here’s the song I wrote that I’m submitting to Matt Dusk. For this version of my song Measurements, fellow SAC challenge bro Martin Clark graciously played piano, Thanks Mr. Clark!

      https://soundcloud.com/laura-j-burns/measurements-by-laura-burns-c-2012-2015-piano-played-by-martin-clark . Here’s one of me other versions of the song just incase (because I had some tech difficulty with the other track at one time.) https://soundcloud.com/laura-j-burns/measurements-by-laura-burns-c, P.S. I wanted to post Mr. James Linderman’s recording of my song, but maybe I’m not allowed to use a coaches version? It doesn’t seem to be on James Lindermans soundcloud page ay more. Oh well, thankful that Mr. Linderman made that recording, it made me smile. 🙂 Laura

    • March 25, 2015 12:17 am

      Here are my lyrics:

      Measurements
      Melody and Lyrics by Laura Burns © 2011-2015

      Chorus

      Does the world want to measure me…
      hight width and size?
      does the world want to rate me…
      my smile my wit my eyes?

      Verse

      Well by these measurements
      I don’t measure up
      well by these measurements
      I might as well just give up
      But You my Father You my God measure in a different kind of way
      Like someone who loves me
      in all my insecurity
      So I’ll use Your measuring tape instead.

      (Alt. pre chorus and 2nd chorus)

      So I’ll go with you
      and Your measuring tape will be my escape …

      from this world of measurements
      hight width and size
      from this world of measurements
      my smile my wit my eyes
      And I’ll use Your measuring tape instead.

  39. March 24, 2015 11:08 pm

    Here we are, at the end of the challenge. What a terrific six weeks!

    I’ve answered the questions regarding my impressions of the challenge, within my blog for this week. All the info can be found here at:
    http://allisterbradley.tumblr.com/post/114550719564/6-songs-in-6-weeks-one-more-ride-across-the

    And here is the full-band recording of my song submission (note that my blog also includes a guitar/vocal arrangement of the song, for fun):

  40. Donald Delano permalink
    March 24, 2015 11:14 pm

    1. Donald Delano

    2. What was the hardest challenge or hardest part of the challenge for you and why?
    For me the hardest part was probably finding the time to do the challenge and getting myself into the mindset of a songwriter once I did have the time so I could focus on the writing. I find myself often to be at my most creative in the evening but I am rarely able to work on song writing in the evening because I live with my wife in a small studio apt and my recording computer also serves as our entertainment centre for Netflix and such. I find that I really have to be alone for writing so that makes it hard. That said I know there are always things I could have done, gone for a drive and parked the car somewhere and wrote etc.

    3. What did you enjoy most about participating in this experience?
    I enjoyed the camaraderie of being connected with over a hundred other songwriters and learning from their critiques and comments of my songs as well as theirs. I enjoyed hearing what others came up with for the same challenge and being amazed, and sometimes jealous, of their results. Hearing the work of the others definitely inspired me to try to work harder and that is one of the main reasons I joined the challenge along with having a deadline that I had to stick to and to be challenged to come up with something in the limited time which I know is what professional songwriters like Rob Wells and Ron Irving etc do all the time.

    4. What is something significant that you learned from taking on this challenge?
    (It can be about yourself or about the challenge)
    I learned that I can write lyrics when I have to, not great ones (yet), maybe not even good ones but that is always my weakest link and the one I want to work on the most to become a better songwriter. I learned that even though a challenge might be to write an explosive pop hit and knowing I can create a decent musical bed track to begin with that maybe it’s better to come up with the song concept/idea or a title or something that sets the direction first as it is more difficult I find to write to a track that sounds good and maybe has a decent melody (topline as they say nowadays) but to try to fit words in that work and have a sense of prosody is difficult. Maybe it , like most things gets better with work but I think if I had to do it all again I’d try to start more from a title or concept then at least I have a target when I start to create the musical bed.

    5. Would you do this type of challenge again? Why or why not?
    I’m not sure if I knew in advance that a challenge would be similar to this one if I would participate. I think this challenge was mainly intended for songwriters who are writing for the current pop market either for themselves as the artist or another artist and that is not really what I want to do at least at this point. I was really hoping for a more organic challenge I guess similar to what I saw of last years Christopher Ward challenge where I would be challenged to write from a title or to write a song about a current newspaper story or to take a song I like and re-write it from a different perspective but the songs would all be ones that I would sing as my aim is to be a singer-songwriter or a writer as part of the group I play in rather than writing for top 40 pop or country singers. But of course there is something to be learned from anything so…of course I would do it again, and again, and again.

    I would also like to add here a huge, thanks to Lily Cheng and all at the SAC who put so much into running this challenge, it was amazing and I’m looking forward to doing it again. Thanks also to all the industry pros who took time out of their busy schedules to submit challenges and provide feedback on some of our songs. Thanks to all my fellow participants for their feedback and their songs, you inspired me and I wish I could have connected with more of you, all the best. And last but not least thanks to Debra Alexander and James Linderman for being our amazing coaches and providing us all with insight and constructive feedback on our songs in progress and for having a great sense of humour and making the challenge so much fun.

  41. March 24, 2015 11:16 pm

    “Blue” by Heather Meori – SAC Challenge: Week 1 song – for Matt Dusk

    1. Your Name: Heather Meori

    2. What was the hardest challenge or hardest part of the challenge for you and why? *Production challenges – I love to write, write, write, even under the gun so to speak – getting the songs outta my head and into production land the way I want to hear it – on a budget!

    3. What did you enjoy most about participating in this experience?
    *Getting to hear everyone’s soul placed on social media. One challenge interpreted in 120 ways and then reinterpreted again by those providing feedback and compliments/suggestions – amazingly cool!

    4. What is something significant that you learned from taking on this challenge? (It can be about yourself or about the challenge)
    *I learned that learning to write for ‘others’ doesn’t mean not being true to oneself. The results can be tweaked, patted and hugged but the real essence of it has to be true and from you, in order to really be effective. Trying to write only to ‘please’ others will end up in songs you are not only unhappy with but your soul may dislike you in the morning. Be true to your own art and you will totally go out with yourself again next week.

    5. Would you do this type of challenge again? Why or why not?
    *Absolutely! I’d sign up tomorrow if I could.

    6. Your link to your Matt Dusk submission:

    PS: I am grateful for all the beautiful music we created together and separately. It reminds me how precious life and its adventures, inspirations, people, (SAC)challenges, and moments captured in music are.

  42. March 24, 2015 11:17 pm

    Larry MacLean

    Hardest challenge was trying to write for genres I know little about in a short time frame.

    The experience was stressful, but in challenging way .

    Learned that you have to stay calm and wear many hats to get things done.

    I would attempt this challenge again and try to plan much more time to engage socially.

    Week 1 submission ” That Perfect Fit ”

    https://soundcloud.com/larehard-1/that-perfect-fit-by-larry-maclean

    https://larehardmusic.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/week1-sac-challenge-in-the-6th-week/

  43. Skye Weste permalink
    March 24, 2015 11:24 pm

    No song for Matt Dusk, but here is my final blog with the answers to the Challenge wrap-up questions. Many many thanks to everyone who made this Challenge such a wonderful experience for me to be part of!

    http://skyeoftheweste.tumblr.com/post/114552037215/last-day-blog-answers

  44. March 24, 2015 11:31 pm

    And now it’s over…. Thanks SAC!
    https://sac2015challengewithkristentclark.wordpress.com/week-6/

  45. March 24, 2015 11:31 pm

    The entry I just posted says “Please Note: Your comment is awaiting moderation.” I don’t recall seeing this, with previous posts. If I have done something incorrectly, please message me on Facebook, so that I can fix it – Thanks!

  46. March 24, 2015 11:31 pm

    Joe Stanton here, the toughest part of the challenge for me was demo-ing. I was not prepared to record quality demo’s and got caught short there. The best part was writing every day. The biggest thing I learned was probably working with pro tools, and I’ve learned I’ve got a lot to learn. I would definitely do the challenge again.
    Thanks SAC

    Link to Matt Dusk pitch:

    Blog link
    http://www.joestanton.com/blog/

  47. March 24, 2015 11:33 pm

    Hey all,

    My name is Kapil Ghai, and I must say this challenge was the most fun and exciting. Although I enjoyed it the most I also felt that it was the hardest. I enjoyed this challenge since it helped me put my best foot forward however, it was also hard because it made me very cautious of my writing at the same time. What I learned most from this challenge is that, patience is a virtue. Patience doesn’t come easy for me, but sometimes its good to just wait things out. I had a great time doing this challenge and hopefully one day I can do it again! Below is my submission for the Matt Dusk challenge, my song is titled “Hide it All”.

  48. March 24, 2015 11:33 pm

    Here is my Week 1 Matt Dusk Submission.
    I’m going to post all the answers to the questions on my blog.

    Sending good vibes…
    DC James

    song: https://soundcloud.com/danielcjames-1/try-my-love
    blog: http://danielcjames.com/2015/03/25/mission-accomplished/

  49. March 24, 2015 11:33 pm

    I’m going to try posting each link separately, to see if that works better …

    http://withaturnofphrase.blogspot.ca/2015/03/week-one-reprise-song-for-matt-dusk-sac.html

  50. March 24, 2015 11:35 pm
  51. March 24, 2015 11:38 pm

    What an awesome challenge this has been. I have so enjoyed listening to everyone’s songs (well, as many as I could get to). Talent everywhere in this SAC group.

    For Matt Dusk, I had the chance to co-write in two different groups. So here’s my blog post, and links to both songs.

    1. “Unspoken”….R&B vibe….co-written with Maryjane Viejo, Michael Nowak, and Roger Beckett.

    2. “I Forget to Breathe”….Latin vibe…..co-written with Michael Holland, and Dave Stanley Daoust.

    http://thoughtsandoddsandends.blogspot.ca/2015/03/sac-challenge2015week-6the-matt-dusk.html

  52. March 24, 2015 11:38 pm

    These three separate posts do not says “Awaiting moderation”, so whatever is the difference, it seems to have worked. Sorry if the separate posts cause any inconvenience!

  53. March 24, 2015 11:42 pm

    Angela Saini- I made it! 🙂

    What was the hardest challenge or hardest part of the challenge for you and why?
    Time. Time. Time. Just like last year, being a self-managed active performing artist is a full-time job. (Several, actually) and writing quality songs takes time, let alone recording a demo of a completed song in a week. I found the technology of my recording software also challenging, but got through some of my difficulties and learned some new production skills in the process!

    What did you enjoy most about participating in this experience?
    New songs! The main reason I wanted to do this challenge again was to end up with some new completed songs. Having a deadline really creates an incentive to finish and complete whole songs. I have tons of songs in various forms of completion and for me the finishing process (particularly writing a bridge or outro) I find is the last thing I get around to.

    What is something significant that you learned from taking on this challenge? (It can be about yourself or about the challenge)
    I learned how to work faster. I didn’t have time to second guess or ponder parts or harmonies. I feel I can now make decisions faster in the demoing process. I wouldn’t have got to that point if I didn’t have to have a quick turnaround.

    Would you do this type of challenge again? Why or why not?
    For sure. I have grown a ton and have some new songs that might make their way to my next record! 🙂

    Here is my song for the Matt Dusk Challenge, called “Diamonds in My Life”

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    Blog post: http://www.angelasaini.com/blog

  54. March 24, 2015 11:42 pm

    Submission for Matt Dusk

    with a great deal of help and vocal talents of Michael Kelly Cavan..

    I will be looking forward to next years challenge. I hope it will be as much of a learning and humbling experience as this one was. Many thanks to Debra and James and all of my new fb friends and music lovers. never bflat. cheers

    https://rbmartyblog.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/submission-for-matt-dusk-caught-in-a-rhapsody-of-love/

  55. March 24, 2015 11:46 pm

    Here comes my Woman….Joyce Grennan Dave Stanley Daoust

  56. March 24, 2015 11:46 pm

    one – North Easton

    two – The hardest part : Time

    Writing a song, recording, collaborating, producing, mixing sometimes, finessing, and then letting your work go even tho you wish you could spend a bit more time on it. At the end of the night when the clock is giving you the hairy eye-ball, you have to accept that this is the way it is and a deadline is a deadline.

    I found myself writing in airports, in long car rides, in between a ski trip and a conference. I found myself in mid lyric being pulled inside by my brilliant little minions who need help on their passions. Time is my nemesis sometimes. I love and loathe it. Conflict…hmmm…interesting.

    three – Most Enjoy :

    Strengthening my abilities as a writer in a very talented pool of Canadian artists. Each week I listened and read as much as answer two would allow. I heard new ideas, i felt the energy of the other writers, I watched new friendships form, revelations revealed, I saw many new people open doors and push the boundaries of their own limiting beliefs. Some brilliant pieces of art came out of this challenge and working under the watchful eye of a counting clock fired me up.

    four – Significant Learnage

    Their was a vault of information waiting to be broken into at the beginning of this challenge. More than 130 masked robbers stormed the banks of creativity and unleashed a wave of original music onto the Canadian Scene. I learned that for success to happen within this industry, it will take more than just a good song. It is persistence. It is taking yourself and what you want to do in life seriously. It is networking, keeping an open mind, helping others as much as possible. Be humble, and take in the many different aspects of a collection of people as diverse as this clan here. I learned more than I can write in the minutes left before midnight o’clock.

    five – Re-Challenge

    I love every challenge that comes my way. Hard to say no to a challenge that asks me to do what I love for opportunities and growth. Every human has 6 basic needs. Certainty, Variety, Significance, Connection-Love, Contribution…and my favourite…GROWTH. Hell ya I would do this challenge again…and again…and again.

    six – BLOG : http://abeautifulcrash.blogspot.ca/2015/03/after-dusk-settles.html

    seven – SUBMISSION : https://soundcloud.com/rosannebakerthornley/baby-i-was-made-for-you/s-z9zCu

  57. March 24, 2015 11:49 pm

    1. Michael Nowak

    2. What was the hardest challenge or hardest part of the challenge for you and why? The Matt Dusk challenge was probably the hardest one, since it was both wide-ranging in its reference material and also difficult to write for an artist who is in the process of changing their sound and/or image.

    3. What did you enjoy most about participating in this experience? Writing for different styles made me come at the songwriting process differently than I normally might. I realized the pop song I wrote would work really well as a country song, but it wouldn’t have been as good if I had approached it from the beginning as a country song.

    4. What is something significant that you learned from taking on this challenge? I enjoyed the blogging more than I thought I would. And, there are lots of great writers across this country working hard at their craft, and it was a pleasure to be among them for six weeks being creative together.

    5. Would you do this type of challenge again? It would depend on what else was going on around something like this. There were times when I (and my family) got stretched pretty thin in the midst of juggling work, songwriting, demoing, life commitments, and personal care (i.e. getting more than 5 hours of sleep a night).

    6. https://soundcloud.com/michael-nowak-18/unspoken

  58. March 24, 2015 11:51 pm

    My Name is Pat Canavan
    2. The hardest part of the challenge for me was keeping on top of the songs with the way my life has been going on all around. It is a fantastic way to maintain focus. One major challenge was cutting the tip of my index finger with a table song the week before the challenge started. (Sheesh – I have pictures and it wasn’t pretty)
    3. I enjoyed listening to other peoples approaches to the same perimeters. There are many great songs and songwriters in this challenge!
    4. What I learned in this challenge is how dynamic the range of music can be pulled from within to meet the requirements.
    5. I would do this challenge again. It was like digital Band Camp!
    6. My link to my Matt Dusk submission is here https://soundcloud.com/patrick-canavan/just-west-of-eden-matt-dusk . The link includes the lyrics.

    Next time I think I’d like to reach out a collaborate with others. I know that I will be contacting some writers afterwards and do that very thing. Thanks for the possibilities!

    https://soundcloud.com/patrick-canavan/just-west-of-eden-matt-dusk

  59. March 24, 2015 11:52 pm

    The most challenging part was trying to sing period, let alone in a woman’s, teenagers, childs,and rough around the edges country dude. But that what challenges are for.
    The ancient Romans didn’t believe that creativity came from within. They thought that there was an entity that followed you around that would whisper ideas into your ear. I kind of like that idea. Interestingly the name given to that entity is “genius”.
    To me the genius’ where the other writers who pulled out all stops and came to the challenge with some amazing works.
    I also had difficulty keeping up with the production end. I think next year I will be better prepared in that area.
    I look forward to next year’s challenge, but in the mean-time my wife will have to suffer some more of the banging on the piano and howling to some unheard tune into the mic.

    Thank you again Debra and James. I hope to see you at a S.A.C function soon.

  60. March 24, 2015 11:53 pm

    Ahhh……we’re done…..Matt Dusk tune and blog link below……ahh…..sad…happy….tired…:)

    Answers to your questions:

    1: Judy Marshak

    2: Hardest part was finding enough physical hours to get it all done AND coordinating with cowriters. I felt that a couple times our product was less than we would have liked because we wound up having almost no time to work together.

    3: I enjoyed discovering the joys of collaborating, especially when I felt I had luckily come across someone who I really clicked with. It was a revelation, and i don’t think I can comfortably go back to being totally solo any more. I loved the second set of skills and eyes and ears. I also enjoyed the push, the creative fire, the community support, the feedback, the challenge of writing for a purpose, ….sigh….i enjoyed it all….

    4: I learned that i flourish in a cowrite situation, something that I had approached with trepidation. However i also learned that cowriting with strangers is a gamble, and from now on I will make sure I know the person just a little before i dive in. I learned that it’s important to at least like them and feel a sense of open communication.

    5: I would absolutely do this again! I grew and flourished and wrote some tunes i’m really proud of and learned a truckload of stuff, (particularly in the world of production, which formerly was my iPhone in the bathroom).

    6: Link to Matt Dusk tune and blog – http://judiblueyes.tumblr.com/

  61. March 24, 2015 11:54 pm

    Glenn Pattison
    So it has been fantastic last 6 weeks thanks you Lily Cheng, Debra Alexander and James Linderman and all others involved!
    hardest part of the challenge probably for me lyrics
    What I enjoyed most was after uploading at 11:55 pm and then listening to all the songs uploaded.(also the fact I got a push to write a lot of songs 🙂
    I was truly enjoying the coaches
    Would i do this challenge again? Yes Yes Yes – I loved it

    My song for matt Dusk

    my final blog
    https://www.reverbnation.com/page_object/page_object_blogs/artist_98745?blog_id=13749305

  62. Katy Carswell permalink
    March 24, 2015 11:59 pm

    My blog entry:
    http://thekatherinegracejournals.tumblr.com/post/114552970517/march-24-2015-11-50-pm

    My song:

  63. March 24, 2015 11:59 pm

    Down to the wire. The long distance, collaborations has been a journey. Here it is! Week #1 Pitch for MATT DUSK:)

  64. March 24, 2015 11:59 pm

    Loved this song idea, had to get a rough demo in under the wire: http://juliemahendran.com/blog/final_blog__songwritingblogging_challenge_2015/

  65. March 25, 2015 12:00 am

    Thank you Matt, Barbara, and the SAC – this was soooo much fun, I can’t even express it!
    My song is at https://soundcloud.com/michael-holland-11/i-forget-to-breathe
    My blog is at http://wigglytoesmusic.com/matt-dusk-would-like-a-cool-song-and-here-it-is/

  66. March 25, 2015 12:00 am

    Week#6 Wrap up with blog link! Thank-you!

    http://millionairemindintensivejourney.blogspot.ca/

  67. March 25, 2015 12:10 am

    Not sure if I left my link at the right place, but here it is again – I am Michael Holland, this is a cowrite between Lucy LeBlanc, Michael Holland, and Dave Stanley Daoust, and the mix of the song is at:

    and the blog is at:
    http://wigglytoesmusic.com/matt-dusk-would-like-a-cool-song-and-here-it-is/

  68. March 25, 2015 12:25 am

    http://joycegrennan.com/2015/02/16/week-one-s-a-c-challenge-2015/ Under the gun here on the West Coast as we are three hours behind and lose three hours of working on this song. Oh well. The link for the song being uploaded to SoundCloud is on it’s way. My co-writing partner on this song who is singing it – is having computer problems.

    • March 25, 2015 12:45 am

      Both Dave and I wished we had more time to work on this song.
      1. Joyce Grennan
      2. What was the hardest challenge or hardest part of the challenge for you and why?

      Finding the time to cowrite with other writers schedule was the biggest challenge and the lack of time.

      3. What did you enjoy most about participating in this experience?

      Thinking outside of my comfort zone and getting to know more about Matt Dusk and other songwriters.

      4. What is something significant that you learned from taking on this challenge? (It can be about yourself or about the challenge)

      Always a never ending learning experience when it comes to writing and music. I found out that I need to release some emotional blockage before writing lyrics.

      5. Would you do this type of challenge again? Why or why not? I would do this type of challenge again, loved it. It was a pleasurable learning experience.

      6. Your link to your Matt Dusk submission. Please include lyrics on your SoundCloud page. If one of your collaborating partners is submitting the link to your song, you can refer to their posting

      HERE COMES MY WOMAN

      (c) 2015 by Dave Stanley Daoust and Joyce Grennan

      White table cloth red rose in a vase

      Candle lite dancing bottle of champagne

      My Funny Valentine playing soft and low

      Waiting for my lady to come home

      CHORUS:

      Here she come here she comes

      Here comes my woman

      Like the Sun Like the Sun

      Like the sun she comforts me

      Soothes my soul like a ray of sunshine

      She gets me she does it every time

      Here she comes here she comes

      Here comes my woman

      I just got a message she’ll be here soon

      Five minutes and she’ll light up this room

      She’ll walk through that door with a great big smile

      Her Grace and tenderness…. Oh how I love her style

      CHORUS:

      Here she come here she comes

      Here comes my woman

      Like the Sun Like the Sun

      Like the sun she comforts me

      Soothes my soul like a ray of sunshine

      She gets me she does it every time

      Here she comes here she comes

      Here comes my woman

      Bridge

      She’s the key She completes me

      REPEAT CHORUS

  69. March 25, 2015 12:52 am

    Oh no…I apologize. I just realized, during my race against time to post my song, I forgot to include my answers page. Here it is:

    BERNADETTE SAQUIBAL

    1.
    Bernadette Saquibal

    2.
    The hardest part of the challenge was time management and allowing myself to be ok with letting the work go. I was accepted into the Challenge late, but then also, adding the challenge into the mix of having a daughter, and then visiting family in another Province during the last week made things extremely challenging. Everything worked out though, but it was definitely under great pressure:) I did what I could and had to be ok with letting my work go as it was completed. In a way this was a good thing too because I did not have enough time to overanalyze and attempt to change over and over.

    As if it the writing wasn’t challenging enough, I also decided to invest in my own recording gear and push to do things on my own for the first time. I figured I might as well go all the way and come out a changed songwriter. Well…this is definitely what occurred. It was extremely frustrating and still is, but everything works for reason. The trip to visit my nephew in Calgary would never have been feasible should I have never learned how to do my own vocals, etc.

    3.
    There are too many factors that I enjoyed the most about this challenge, but to name a few:

    a) The community takes the cake first and foremost. The amount of dedicated time, care and feedback we received from the coaches was invaluable. I did not know what to expect joining this Challenge, but the amount of support, creativity, empowerment, education, collaboration and love amongst the group was overwhelmingly beautiful. This alone was worth the while.

    b) The amount of work put into allowing songwriters of Canada to grasp a taste of the true industry was amazing! I feel that there is not enough education, workshops and support in songwriting where I live. I have searched for programs and mentorship for awhile now, and therefore, this has changed me as a songwriter forever..AND

    c) The feedback, time and care that the professionals who were pitching gave the participants was amazing as well. Getting raw feedback from people actively involved in the songwriting industry makes a future in the craft more realistic and tangible.

    4.
    The most important thing I learned about myself happened early on in the challenge. I joined the challenge as a singer-songwriter, but then realized how much the writing is actually what I’ve been in love with. It may sound crazy, but I love singing and performing, but I recently just figured out the WRITING comes first.

    I have more passion in writing music as opposed to being a vocalist or a touring musician. I could never figure out this conflict in me for years. I am a very driven person and could never understand why I was never highly motivated to just perform. This challenge helped me find clarity. Ironically, understanding the love I have for being a lyricist & songwriter, has full circle allowed me to love getting into singing again.

    Now that I realize that I perform and sing for an audience simply because I LOVE to as a form of expression, as opposed to wanting to be famous or make money, puts me at ease and motivates me to do so more often.

    I figured out who I am as an artist. This challenge has been a pivtal point of my life and my craft.

    5. I would do this type of challenge again most definitely!

    6. https://soundcloud.com/bernadette-saquibal/bernadette-saquibal-invincible-sac-songwriting-challenge-week-1-matt-dusk

  70. March 25, 2015 1:00 am

    My oh My, this was the medicine I needed to kickstart my creativity into action. Deadlines…..that’s what it was all about. Giving us all a reason to get up and GO! This week, no I mean DAY, was a bit scary since I was so into writing and arranging the Christmas song, I forgot that Matt’s song was due today. After a few digital bugs and head banging, I squeaked out the last of what I had left and chose “simpler” as the program wouldn’t let me edit anymore. I think it was telling me that “I” was overloaded.

    Now for Lilies Questionaire:

    1. Melanie Magnifico

    2 Hardest part or challenge is forcing the creativity to rise above within a time limit and feeling (unskilled) to present a professional product. It would be interesting to have this challenge done using only acoustics such as one guitar, (maybe a bass guitar as well), or a piano, or accapella. I wonder how that would sound. More songwriters would be on an even ground with none of our fluff…hee hee.

    3 I enjoyed co-writing since I’ve never done that, but also that I HAD to write and create. The timeline was difficult with long distant co-writing.

    4.I didn’t feel so alone knowing that all of us were in it as a group of songwriter’s across canada. I felt the camaraderie.

    5. I would do this again and would feel better prepared knowing how this works.

    YOU ARE THE ONE FOR ME

    V-1
    YOU KNOW ME FROM THE INSIDE OUT,
    I DON’T NEED WORDS TO KNOW IT’S TRUE
    I’M RUNNING MY FINGERS THROUGH YOUR HAIR
    A SIMPLE GESTURE OF MY LOVE FOR YOU
    REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME I SAW YOU IN A CROWD OF 10,000
    MY HEART DROPPED ONTO THE FLOOR
    AND WHEN TWO SOULS MEET WITH A LOVE LIKE OURS
    HEAVEN OPENS UP THE DOORS

    CHORUS:

    YOU ARE THE ONE FOR ME, AND I WAS MADE FOR YOU
    GUIDED BY ANGELS, YOU FOUND MY SOUL
    YES YOU ARE THE ONE FOR ME, AND I WAS MADE FOR YOU
    GUIDED BY ANGELS I FOUND MY WAY HOME……..

    V-2
    I FEEL MY HEART POUNDING NEXT TO YOU,
    IT’S THE DRUM BEAT OF OUR LIFE IN PERFECT TIME
    ITS THESE MOMENTS THAT TAKE MY BREATH AWAY,
    I WANT THESE MEMORIES TO BURN DEEP IN MY MIND
    CAUSE I’VE BEEN CHASED BY THE GHOSTS OF MY PAST FOR FAR TOO LONG
    BUT WHEN I MET YOU, IT WAS THEN THAT I KNEW I HAD A PLACE WHERE I BELONGED

    CHORUS

    YOU ARE THE ONE FOR ME, AND I WAS MADE FOR YOU
    GUIDED BY ANGELS, YOU FOUND MY SOUL
    YES YOU ARE THE ONE FOR ME, AND I WAS MADE FOR YOU
    GUIDED BY ANGELS I FOUND MY HOME……..

    BRIDGE

    DON’T LET THE WORLD TAKE YOU AWAY
    FROM WHAT YOU KNOW IS TRUE
    NO MATTER WHERE YOU GO I ‘LL BE RIGHT HERE
    IF YOU FIND THE ROAD YOU WALK UPON
    GETS HARDER AND YOU FALL
    I’LL JUST PICK YOU UP AND WHISPER IN YOUR EAR

    CHORUS

    (written March 2015, recorded and performed by Melanie Magnifico)

  71. March 25, 2015 2:01 am

    Thank you Matt Dusk and SAC!

    I posted my song pitched for Matt Dusk and they are not showing up, I posted it at around 10 pm, so I am posting it again!

    I have two song pitches for Matt Dusk, and if he can only look at one out of two HOCKEY EYES is the first, and if time permits, FANTASY LAND is the second.

    I made another blog specifically about answering questions 1 to 6 above and on my final week’s work to make these two songs.

    Enjoy them! Thank you to everyone: James Linderman, Debra Alexander, L. Cheng, SAC, all the professionals that issued the challenge, all songwriters in the challenge. xoxo

    FROM SHIRA KATZ
    TO MATT DUSK SONG PITCH
    FIRST CHOICE:
    HOCKEY EYES

    FROM SHIRA KATZ
    TO MATT DUSK SONG PITCH
    SECOND CHOICE:
    FANTASY LAND

    MY BLOG:
    http://amsforartmusicsongs8.blogspot.ca/

  72. March 25, 2015 4:51 am

    1. Your Name: Dean Sawatzky

    2. What was the hardest challenge or hardest part of the challenge for you and why?
    The hardest part was the velocity of things.. getting a song to a state I was happy with, then recording it to a level I was happy with, creating artwork, posting it online and blogging about it and then doing it all over again!

    3. What did you enjoy most about participating in this experience?
    The community, the people, the comments, the songs… and the mentors! you are all such and amazing inspiration to me! I feel very blessed to have been counted in your midst these weeks!

    4. What is something significant that you learned from taking on this challenge? (It can be about yourself or about the challenge)
    Discipline! Discipline! Discipline! having a focus and a disciplined approach, means writing with purpose! not just noodling on my guitar and hoping inspiration strikes. writing with purpose and on purpose!

    5. Would you do this type of challenge again? Why or why not?
    Yes I would, need a bit of a break now, but would definitely do again.. a year seem a long time to wait, maybe a fall challenge!

    6. Link to your Matt Dusk submission.

  73. March 25, 2015 2:17 pm

    HI all. Sorry this is late, and unfortunately my creative sucking vampire of a day job prevented me from being able to complete this challenge. However, I still wanted to complete the questions. This has been a wonderful experience, and has given me some writers to work with, and some ideas to improve my writing. Thanks and all the best.

    1. Your Name: Craig McIvor
    2. What was the hardest challenge or hardest part of the challenge for you and why? The hardest part of the challenge was time management. I have a wife, 3 kids and have my own company. Finding an hour here and an hour there (especially to record) was quite challenging.
    3. What did you enjoy most about participating in this experience? I really enjoyed collaborating. This is the first time I’ve done so. I had someone else write the lyrics and melody on my music twice, and it was really interesting how much doing this changed the song from my original idea.
    4. What is something significant that you learned from taking on this challenge? (It can be about yourself or about the challenge). I need to work on my lyric writing. I have found some books and courses by Pat Pattinson that I’m dying to dig into now that the challenge is done.
    5. Would you do this type of challenge again? Why or why not? Absolutely 100% yes. There is no down side, as I now have 6 new songs in my library.

  74. March 25, 2015 5:36 pm

    why is my original post still awaiting moderation
    https://soundcloud.com/larehard-1/that-perfect-fit-by-larry-maclean

  75. March 26, 2015 11:57 am

    Hi, I hope this is read. I know I am very late in posting.

    I gave it my 100% and yes songwriting has been consuming my mind. Many, many times I was in my studio creatively playing and recording the past six weeks, but unfortunately it was really ONLY in my mind!
    I did complete six songs in six weeks which is the goal I set for myself. I even got four of them in officially. I am impressed with myself and when it comes down to what is really important I can say to myself, “I successully completed my challenge!”

    The answers to the questions.
    1. Doug Taylor
    2. Time management- with my wife, three kids, work, cover bands and sport activities (March Break) I had a lot of very little sleep recording in the wee hours.
    Really, however, it was a very hard thing for me to post my songs knowing people would be judging them.
    It was also very hard because I have never done music sharing before and had to learn through trial and error.
    3. Hearing the talented artists we have in Canada and getting postive feedback from them! Connecting with so many amazing writers and performers!the first time I have let anyone outside my circle of friends and family hear my material. It was so good to know I am involved with such a well spring of inspiration and creativity!
    This is the first time I have let anyone outside my circle of friends and family hear my material and the experience has lead mewant to keep do it more and more!
    4. I need to really improve the production of my songs as that is the tipping piont. When I heard the sound quality of most of the submissions I honestly felt I had no chance. I need to upgrade my recording equipment and by more profiecient on the production side .
    5. Absolutely, it has given me confidence and courage as a songwriter This process has taught me how to work through discouragement and not let that get in the way of writing and recording more material. It helped me realize that it is in the creation of the song in itself that is priceless and it is a gift to be able to share it with others to experience.

    Thank you for that gift.
    Grateful,
    Doug Taylor Band

  76. March 26, 2015 12:53 pm

    Here is the link to my final blog entry for the challenge. Sorry, no music to sooth your urban ears. http://www.toddwandio.com

  77. March 28, 2015 11:23 am

    Hi Everybody, I never got my songs for Week 6 completed but I certainly enjoyed this Challenge and being a part of this wonderful community. I forgot to submit my Week 6 blog. Good Luck to everybody to got to finish….We were all winners in my opinion no matter what level we did or didn’t reach throughout the past 6 weeks. Thank you so much Lily, James and Debra for your support and guidance!
    https://ballenblog.wordpress.com/2015/03/26/sac-songwriting-challenge-blog-week-6/

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