Weekly Challenges

During February, FAWM issues weekly challenges based on simple constraints (compositional, lyrical, or thematic). These aren't required, but might help if you are stuck, plus it's fun to see how others interpreted the challenges differently. NOTE: You can pitch "unofficial" challenges in this forum.

561 Week 1: Dreams

Write a song related to dreams. Examples: “1999” (Prince), “Enter Sandman” (Metallica), “Sweet Dreams Are Made of These” (Eurythmics), “Moonage Daydream” (David Bowie).

Tag it #week1.

129 Week 2: Transform a classical piece

Transform a classical piece. Examples: “Because” (Beatles, based on Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata), “A Groovy Kind of Love” (The Mindbenders, based on Clementi’s Sonatina in G major), “Could It Be Magic” (Barry Manilow, based on Chopin’s Prelude in C minor), “Never Gonna Fall in Love Again” (Eric Carmen, based on Rachmaninoff’s Adagio from Symphony No. 2).

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110 Week 3: Smells

Write a song about a smell. If you compose instrumental music, let a smell inspire you. Examples: “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee” (Cranberries), “Summer Breeze (Seals & Crofts), “Dead Skunk” (Loudon Wainwright III), “Incense and Peppermints” (Strawberry Alarm Clock).

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50 Week 4: No Chord

No chord. Include a section without harmony. Examples: “Black Dog” (Led Zeppelin), “Tell Me Something Good” (Rufus), “Tom’s Diner” (Suzanne Vega), “Da Da Da” (Trio).

Tag it #week4.