Got an update for ya on my “Write 50 Songs in 12 Weeks” goal.

I’m about 5 weeks in, and I’ve written around 14 songs. Now, if my math is right, I should have written around 20 or 21 by now to be on track to hit my goal. That means I’m roughly 7 songs behind.

But that’s the beauty of setting big, hairy goals. If you fall WAY short of your goal, you still end up with something awesome.

I could stop now, and I already have an album’s worth of songs. AND, contrary to all you naysayers out there, the songs are actually pretty good. None of them sound “forced.’

After a week of writing nothing (I was sick, and then out of town, and also lazy), I wrote a new song yesterday. My whole life I’ve heard people talk about how therapeutic songwriting is. I knew what they meant, but I never really experienced it myself.

This songwriting goal could not have come at a better time. I really needed to write a lot of songs. I’ve got things I need to express and process, and so far songwriting is a huge part of that for me.

Anyway, this new song is one of those you’ll probably never hear. It’s very personal. But writing it and singing it is good for my soul.

It reminds me of why we do what we do in our studios. Why we obsess over gear and technique. We want to capture those soul-moving musical moments.

I suppose that’s why HSC exists…to help you do that.

Keep at it.

Joe Gilder
Home Studio Corner

P.S. This month’s song over at Dueling Mixes is one of those “whew, that’s powerful” kinda songs. To hear it (and try your hand at mixing it), join here:

  • ironman2819

    I think… (at least I was) under the impression that if one were to try to write arrange record mix and master 50 songs in a very short time it would sound forced. I think that perception was based on your previously demoing how to mix down a song in an hour and your discussion of finishing a project or many projects (songs) that have been laying around or just simmering….

    I am not saying that writing 50 songs in 12 weeks isn’t pressure but I believe we kind of thought you were talking about talking about going from inception to just short of production.

    Some songs for me can be recorded in 20-30 minutes, especially if you write songs in the DAW as opposed to pen and paper etc… Others took literally years between the first idea for the song and getting it completed in tracking and mixing and ready to master.

    …and yes they are personal, very personal… and (imho) they should be if they are going to be any good. No matter how many one writes in any specific amount of time. 🙂

    • Haha. I never said anything about recording 50 songs. All I ever said was I set a goal to WRITE 50 songs in 12 weeks. 🙂

      • ironman2819

        Well… considering name of this site is Home Studio Corner and your main topics (other than productivity in general) are recording, mixing and mastering and not called Songwriting Central… it really was automatically implied whether you said anything specific or not…

        • Okay, well I can’t be responsible for everyone else’s assumptions, right?

          • ironman2819

            No, but you can open your mind, exercise some humility and drop the snotty above it all attitude.

            • I’m sorry, Thomas. I guess I’m just trying to understand your point?

              • ironman2819

                my point is… you 94.9% of the time discuss recording, mixing and mastering…. whether or not it involved tools, productivity, management or choices…. You have classes on these topics, you offer products on these topics, you offer memberships based on these topics…. roughly 5% of the time you talk about marketing, acoustics and motivation and then .1% of the time you talk about writing songs.

                That’s counting your videos, articles, podcasts and webinars….

                This isn’t home songwriting corner is it?

                • No it’s not songwriting corner. But wouldn’t you agree that you can’t do anything if you don’t have a song? If you were paying attention, you know the purpose of writing these songs was to produce enough good songs for my next album. That’s entirely recording-related.
                  Also, I talk about things like my kids, TV shows, and zombies from time to time. I think it’s reasonable for me to talk about things I’m interested on my own website, right?

                  • ironman2819

                    Wow… what an asshole you are!

  • frank

    Hi Joe, would be a real insight to this whole recording thing if we could hear a rough recording ( just you and guitar ) No polishing/editing. get your video/cam thing up a play a couple.

    Cheers Frank

    • While I don’t know if that really applies to recording, I’ll probably do something like that soon.

      • ironman2819

        But you have actually done such a video before, he can just go into the archive to see it… It might even have been a presonus demo… from december I think.