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.

516 W1: Wanderlust

Write a song about traveling (or wanting to). Examples: “Fast Car” (Tracy Chapman), “On The Road Again” (Willie Nelson), “We Gotta Get Out of This Place” (The Animals), “Come Away With Me” (Norah Jones).

222 W2: Transform a Nursery Rhyme or Folk Tune

Write a new song that incorporates elements of a nursery rhyme or folk tune. Examples: “Hillbilly 401K” (Farewell Angelina - chorus melody from “Shortnin’ Bread”), “Take It Off” (Ke$ha - hook from “The Streets of Cairo”), “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived” (Weezer - intro from “Simple Gifts”), “Symphony No. 1” (Gustav Mahler - third movement uses melody from “Frere Jacques”), “Tunnel Vision” (Kodak Black - samples “El Parecido”).

218 W3: Inanimate Object

Write from the point of view of an inanimate object or other unusual viewpoint. Examples: “The Lighthouse” (Nickel Creek), “City of New Orleans” (Steve Goodman), “Wrecking Ball” (Bruce Springsteen), “I’m Just a Bill” (Dave Frishberg).

287 W4: Finishing Something

Write a song about a finishing. Examples: “The End of the Innocence” (Don Henley), “Dance Me to the End of Love” (Leonard Cohen), “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” (Bob Dylan), “The End” (Doors).