We are about to enter another year, a new decade of the century, and I’m both nervous and excited. Excited because this year I spent a lot of time writing songs, and in 2020 I’m finally gonna put them out there. Nervous because I’ve uploaded only one original song so far, and that too in December 2018. I’ll have to produce all the songs myself and I’m just hoping I’ll be able to produce like I’ve imagined them in my head. So I decided to make a list of songwriting resolutions, and I’m all determined to follow them all throughout the year. With that being said, I’m sharing my songwriting resolutions with you all. Hopefully you’ll get inspired by it, make your own resolutions, and by the end of 2020 we’ll all be better songwriters than we are at present. Fingers crossed! Let’s dive into it.
Setting realistic goals for 2020
I spent the last year randomly writing songs, without any goals and schedule. I just wanted to enjoy the whole process as of now. Also, I was unsure of how I’ll get the songs produced, until I started learning music production a few months ago. So by the time I’m writing this, I have around 6 songs that I’m confident about uploading. The goal is to release all of the six songs by the end of the year; that means I have 2 months to work on each song, which would be more than enough I guess. Since I have a deadline set for each song, which is relatively longer but a deadline anyways, I’ll hopefully learn to properly manage my time and schedule. I highly encourage you to set some goals for the upcoming year so that by the time it ends, you’ll be able to see progress. If you’ve just started writing songs, your goals can be to write a certain number of songs, finish the half-written songs, and likewise.
Performing more gigs
Last year I performed only twice – at an open mic, and at a private birthday party; and that’s an extremely low number. Just a few days ago I was watching an interview of the singer-songwriter Alec Benjamin, and he said when he started putting out songs, his goal was to perform at least 200 gigs that year. Doesn’t matter if it’s in a parking lot, someone’s living room, or any place, he was determined to perform 200 times that year, and he actually did. This got me thinking that I should at least perform 20 times this year, be it anywhere. It helps in many ways. It helps you overcome nervousness, build confidence, build an audience, connect with other artists, etc. So I’m definitely gonna do it in 2020, and if you are a singer-songwriter, this should be on your songwriting resolutions list too.
Learning Music Production
I can produce music myself at this point, but there’s still so much to learn. Since I’m gonna produce my songs all by myself, I’ll have to make sure that they sound great. For that, it is necessary to play around with the DAW everyday. Therefore, I’ve decided to dedicate a good amount of time in music production. Getting into music production might be a good choice for you as well, if you are a singer-songwriter. The reason being, even if you can get your songs produced by someone else, being able to do it yourself always helps. There can be certain things in your head that you want in your songs, but you are not able to explain it to the producer. In such cases knowing a bit of music production makes it easier for you. Also, if you are familiar with a DAW, saving melodic ideas for your songs becomes a lot easier.
Finishing all the unfinished songs
I have a decent number of songs completed, but the amount of unfinished songs is a lot more than that. I’ve decided to dedicate two evenings for each of them until I finish them all. One thing I noticed last year was that unfinished songs can be completed only when you sit down with one thing in mind – that you have to finish it. That’s all you need to do. After that it’s easy. There’s no specific time to do it; just pick up one song, sit down, and don’t get up till you finish it. Trust me, once you sit down to write, words will start flowing. You don’t have to wait around for inspiration – both when finishing a half-written song, and writing a new one. You just have to make up your mind everyday and sit down to write; lyrics will start flowing. So what are you waiting for? Finish all the unfinished songs during the first month and move forward with new ideas. If you’re stuck somewhere, archive it and move forward with another song.
That’s pretty much it. Completely executable list of songwriting resolutions for the new year! Make your list according to your goals, follow them throughout the year, and you’ll see huge amount of progress by the end of 2020. Happy New Year and Happy Songwriting!