Recommended to me by a songwriter friend, I have embarked on this adventure a couple of times. The idea is that you write 20 songs in 20 days. Just write something with at least two sections that has a melody and is at least 2 minutes long. Oh, and it doesn’t matter if it’s bad. It is still the song of that day. Even 10 songs in 10 days would be good for the songwriter’s soul.
In September 2019 I was fortunate to have 5 weeks travelling in Greece. I was there for a Poetry writing retreat, for a Swim Trek off the south west coast of Crete and for some solo songwriting as I travelled. These blogs are my musings gathered at the end of each day.
I write most days, usually in the mornings. Sometimes it is just a good way to empty my head of the jumble. Some days I do an exercise or an improvisation. Some days I just write to get my brain in order for the day. Sometimes these journal entries are something I would share.
In the last few years I realize that the line for me between songwriting and poetry writing is a rather hazy one. In my songwriting the words usually come first. Then the melody and chords. In writing poetry I am drawn in by the rhythm of syllables long and short, the cadence of consonants, soft or hard and the placement of each word on the line. I will continue to walk the line and see how things fall …