The Songwriting Challenge. Why?

I’ve always played and sang songs written by others for fun, never believing I could write anything worthy. The “Professional Musicians” have captured my emotions and feelings and concerns, etc in their songs already, why would I write my own when someone else has done it already, and so brilliantly? And that was the thought that shook me. I am on a creative recovery mission after all, why be intimidated? I felt this is a perfect opportunity to see what I can do with songwriting. Maybe nothing, given I’ve never written a song before. But, maybe something. Wait, of course something. The effort alone is something! I will have written a song – badly or not too badly- it doesn’t matter, it’s something new and exhilarating for me; it’s an untapped creative channel I didn’t think to explore. That’s what matters.

The challenge has no end date, I’ll do it as long as I can- which may not be long because to come up with a song every week, writing it and fitting it to a melody and chords, might be a kind of delusional madness, but if I don’t set that bar it won’t get done, and working out a song each week means I can’t overthink my efforts. I just want to see what comes out.

My sympathies go out to those who actually endure long enough to view and listen to these cringe worthy videos.

Cheers, for your patience.