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So. My event is over. And I made it!

My goal was to write 5 singer-songwriter songs and 5 a cappella songs. And here they are:

Singer-Songwriter songs:
People wander in the streets
Happiest song on the planet
Watered out
Butterflies and clear blue skies
No room for thoughts

A cappella songs:
Rollinโ€™ (Soul-ish)
Toba Ngue (African-ish)
Soil, Sun, Water, Time (folkish)
Foolish Pride (weirdish)
Circling (musical style)

I’m happy that I posted everything on YouTube. I’m grateful to all the persons helping me with this and supporting me by leaving comments. I think I’ve proven that I can write a song in a week (now what can I do with that new knowledge?). And I’m happy that I now have some material to use for either my own a cappella choir or my own singer-songwriter person. ๐Ÿ™‚ It has taught me that you can force yourself to be disciplined. And you can force yourself to be creative (even with music). And that motivation is a wonderous thing…

Sigh. That was fun. And I’m glad it’s over. Now what am I going to do every weekend?

Let me know which one is your favorite and why!

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My fifth entry of my own 10 songs in 10 weeks challenge. Created with not enough time. But there anyway. ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s about my times when the world seems unfair and I feel invisible. I have my times. Fortunately, they’re don’t define my life, but I would be fibbing if I would say they’re not part of my emotional scope. This song is a description of how I feel in one of my ‘water-darkened-states’.

Watered out

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For my fourth song of the 10s10w challenge, I crawled back into the familiar skin of influences from other continents, languages that don’t actually exist and playing with rhythms and funny measures. It’s my dream to start up an a capella choir someday (wanna join? contact me!), which will have all the elements I miss about Kayu (my old worldmusic band) combined with the bliss of singing with a bunch of people using pleasant or intricate harmonies (or both).

Recipe to my a capella dream:

– me
– fun people who I can relate to (musically and personally)
– original music (written myself or together)
– playing around with rhythms and measures
– playing around with languages or even languages that occur through music
– playing around with harmonies
– playing around with voices and percussion

There will be more songs like this (and this one will evolve into a song that feels right)!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OCss6r4LhU

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Here’s my third song of the 10 songs in 10 weeks challenge. After some people told me the first song was a bit serious, I resolved to write the happiest song on the planet. And here it is!

I am happy I rediscovered the ukelele. It’s a wonderful instrument and easier to play for me than the guitar because I can reach everything. In my next holiday, I’ll make sure to bring along this tiny 4-stringed piece of joy!

Enjoy!

Watch ‘Happiest song on the planet’ on YouTube

Lyrics:

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My first song of 10s10w is posted on the site and on YouTube, exactly on time. Although it’s hard work, and although I didn’t really feel like making 9 more, this one was fun to do, and I guess I’m still going to do it!

The song was inspired by the ‘Where’s Waldo’ books (which I love because of the hours of fun it creates and the rich experience you get). Don’t know how, but the idea just hit me in the shower. And I connected it to the notion that I think every person has a story worthwhile telling.

Watch my song here:

People wander in the streets

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Today I started.
I woke up.
I thought about melody lines.
I thought about more melody lines.
I wanted to write something a capella-y in a 7/4 measure.

It didn’t work.

The reason was that another song idea was slowly pulling at me and was ready to explode.

So I got my guitar (still in bed).
I started messing around.
And before I knew it, I had a melody line and a guitar part.
Nothing feels better than the ‘before I knew it’-part.

10 songs in 10 weeks, we have now officially started! Bring it on!

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I have challenged myself to write 10 songs in 10 weeks, the first weeks of 2011. I will also be forcing myself to put them on this blog and on YouTube, no matter how crappy they are. This will be a big step for me, because I’ve always been too critical of my own songs to post them anywhere. Now, there’s no turning back. I will have to do it.

I know it’s possible. It’s also a lot of hard work. To motivate myself to do it, I made an event out of it on Facebook so other people can join in. To my great surprise, people are accepting my challenge! To me this proves a couple of things:

– The power of new media. Within a couple of hours, people knew what I was up to and felt compelled to leave a message.
– People are insane enough to accept this challenge together with me. I’m not complaining. I love insane people.
– I really enjoy motivating people, something I never knew before.

So. I will build yet another website. I will motivate all others who are supporting me in this endeavor by doing it themselves. I will try to get the conversation going and to share the experience with others. I will also try to use other people’s input in my songs. And I will post a lot of songs in the beginning of next year. I’m already looking forward to it.

If your inner composer wants to be challenged, check the following website:

10 Songs in 10 Weeks

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