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.

333 W1: Clothing

WEEK 1: Clothing. Write a title/chorus that involves an article of clothing. Examples: “These Boots Are Made For Walking” by Nancy Sinatra, “Long Black Veil” by Lefty Frizzell, “Green Shirt” by Elvis Costello, “Raspberry Beret” by Prince.

247 W2: Chromatic Tune

WEEK 2: Chromatic Tune: Write a song around a chromatic melody or riff. Examples: “Creep” or “Just” by Radiohead, “Make Me Feel” by Janelle Monaé, “Sophisticated Lady” by Duke Ellington, “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen.

290 W3: Perspective

WEEK 3: Perspective. Write from a literal or symbolic perspective. Examples: “I Can See For Miles” by The Who, “Both Sides Now” by Joni Mitchell, “From A Distance” by Julie Gold, “Rearview Mirror” by Pearl Jam.

198 W4: Instrumental Hook

WEEK 4: Instrumental hook. Build a song around a particular instrumental melody, sample, or groove. Examples: “Sure Shot” by Beastie Boys, “Young Folks” by Peter Bjorn and John, “Bittersweet Symphony” by The Verve, “Glory Box” by Portishead.