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.

617 W1: What’s In A Name?

Use a person’s name in the song title or chorus. Examples: “Jolene” (Dolly Parton), “The Wind Cries Mary,” (Jimi Hendrix), “Mrs. Robinson,” (Simon & Garfunkel), “A Boy Named Sue,” (Johnny Cash), “Mickey,” (Toni Basil), “What's the Frequency, Kenneth?” (R.E.M.)

200 W2: Do Re Mi

Write a melody that only uses the first three notes of a scale, for the most part. Examples: “Free Fallin’” (Tom Petty), “What Makes You Beautiful” (One Direction), “Water Under the Bridge” (Adele), “Lucky” (Daft Punk feat. Pharell), “Don’t Start Now” (Dua Lipa), “Courage” (Celine Dion), “Mary Had a Little Lamb”

203 W3: Word Painting

Write music & lyrics that reference each other. Examples: pause/break on the word “stop” (“U Can't Touch This,” MC Hammer), high or low notes in the words “high” or “low” (“High & Dry,” Radiohead; “Friends in Low Places,” Garth Brooks), key change on the word “change” (“Man in the Mirror,” Michael Jackson), etc.

159 W4: Add Or Skip A Beat

Insert or delete a beat from the occasional measure; for example if the song is in 4/4 time, throw in some measures of 5/4 or 3/4. Examples: “Don’t Let Me Down” (Beatles), “Jóga” (Björk), “Heart of Glass” (Blondie), “I Love Rock & Roll” (Joan Jett), “Say A Little Prayer For You” (Burt Bacharach), “Before The Lobotomy” (Green Day)