I’m excited to announce something that I’ve decided to try this fall called the Songwriting Game. I would love to have anybody who is interested in writing Christian-themed songs or is already a songwriter join me!
The best way to get better at any craft is to practice, practice, practice. Professional songwriters will tell you that they write a large number of songs that never go anywhere for every song that gets released on an album. Maybe you’ve heard of the 10,000 hour rule which says that it takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to achieve mastery of a skill.
To get more practice in songwriting, I decided to challenge myself to write a song each week this fall. While I was thinking about that idea, I ran across a songwriting club in Greensboro called the “Monday Morning 300 Club.” This is a group of songwriters who write a song each week and have to upload it before 3:00am each Monday. It is in turn based on an idea started by Bob Schneider simply called “The Song Game” where songwriters nationwide write a song a week. This group features popular modern artists like Ben Folds and Jason Mraz. You can read more about this game by following one of the links below.
So….I thought – why not create a group like this for writing Christian themed songs? I’m going to try this challenge regardless of whether I’m the only one, but it would be a lot more fun to have some others to share the experience with. And I think you could enjoy this even if you’ve never tried to write a song before.
Here are the rules:
Q: I don’t have access to any kind of recording equipment or any way to get my song on a computer, so I can’t play….
A: The point of this game is not to release a polished, mixed, and mastered track in a week (although if you are that good and have that much time, more power to you!) You can record your song on your phone and email it to me without any shame. If you want to hand me a cassette tape each week – we’ll make it work.
Q: What if I’ve never written a song before?
A: The best way to start writing songs is to start writing a song – and this game will force you to take the time to do that. I would recommend the following books which were a big help to me when I first started:
Q: My songs are not going to be that good.
A: The whole idea of the game is to get better. Even the best songwriters don’t sit down and write a hit song every time. It is a given that there will be a lot of bad songs turned in by all of us in the course of this game. But hopefully there will be some great ideas and great songs birthed as well!
If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask them – I’m sure I didn’t think of everything and I’m sure there will be things that come up along the way that have to be ironed out. But the idea here is to have fun, write some songs, and become better songwriters.
If you are interested in participating in this or have more questions or simply want to know more, just let me know. If you know of someone else that you think might be interested in something like this, feel free to share this post with them and have them contact me. Deadline for getting on board will be Thursday, July 23rd, because I want to have this settled before I leave for my mission trip to Jamaica the next day.
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