Good Luck to everybody who got to finish all 6 songs! I, on the other hand never got much done for week 6…. I was so disappointed not to have a nice finished submission. (Had personal interruptions plus a injury to complicate things). I did get a rough draft finished on paper for Matt Dusk. I never got the opportunity to co-write or collaborate but I’m proud of what I accomplished for my first SAC Challenge:) I have absolutely NO production skills but that can be a 2015 goal. This challenge was the best thing to happen for me for a number of reasons and I had a few of Lily’s email questions to sum up my experience:
What was the hardest challenge or hardest part of the challenge for you and why?
For me, being all alone in my area didn’t help. Even though I submitted three new songs which I’m very proud of, I didn’t realize the production of our songs was so important for getting to any level of having them considered. But I understand why now. The Radio Ad challenge was definitely a “unfinished” one. As well, I could not keep up on all the posts…impossible due to my other committments. There were so many suggestions and helpful links that I wished I kept notes of to check out in the coming weeks and fortunately I spotted the latest Resources posting being compiled by our friends…Excellent idea.
What did you enjoy most about participating in this experience?
Being a part of this SAC community was awesome. The weekly challenges were all different & we got to witness some great songs and feedback from the community. I wish I knew more people to commute with and I was a little shy approaching for help, etc. Hopefully in a years time, I will feel more confident in pursuing this challenge, given what I know now.
What is something significant that you learned from taking on this challenge? (It can be about yourself or about the challenge)
The challenges certainly made me think outside the box, and I verified for myself, that when the pressure is on as well as a time limit, it was amazing how I always came up with inspiration to make it work, on my level. However, I have new goals for this year regarding…..possibly pursuing the Berklee Music Production course, I’ve already started the Modern Music Specialization, with one course under my belt. Secondly, I want to start a writers group in my hometown and I already consulted with SAC on that one. I want to grow as a songwriter, but I need to utilize more tools so to take my submissions to a more professional level.
Would you do this type of challenge again? Why or why not?
I would love to! I especially hope to have more production skills, etc. Hopefully, I can get some new songwriter friends closer to home to come on board with me as members of the SAC….writers, a producer or two I know , or I can tackle more production on my songs. That would be so exciting for me. I will write regularly now, I do know that. I have definitely learned alot from our SAC facebook group…..The feedback given to the successful submissions in each challenge is beneficial to everybody. We were all winners in my opinion simply for pursuing this 6 week challenge and openly sharing and bouncing ideas, opinions, etc.
A huge thank-you to Lily, Debra & James for your wonderful guidance & expertise the past 6 weeks. Also, it was great meeting all you wonderful songwriters and I would love to keep in touch via our Group Page, if it is being left active, or feel free to join each others FB page if we haven’t already.
Good Luck to everybody; Keep writing.