FAWM2018 | 02 Face It

Erin played a last minute gig at Kelly’s Logan House Friday night. It was Gable Music Venture’s songwriter showcase, which they have brought back after a long break. It was a really fun night with some incredibly talented artists.

Wrote this Saturday afternoon as part of a skirmish (1 hour writing challenge where everyone uses the same title/theme/topic). Could probably use another verse and definitely some better production, but I’m happy with it. 2018-02-03.

“Face It”

He had a face only a mother could love
Spent his time reading books and getting shoved
We were best friends for three summers,
But now he’s gone

His look and sound didn’t fit this town
So instead of gettin’ torn down
He headed out on his own
Forged his own road

Chorus
You see him on TV; He’s just a memory
Of who you could’ve been by now

Now he’s always being written about
Your buddies wonder if he’ll show up
But a reunion isn’t a reunion if you never had union

Chorus

So maybe next time you’ll be better
Maybe next time you’ll write that letter

FAWM2018 | 01 True and Dear

First day of FAWM 2018! Trying to blog about it this year more than the past few years.

Thursday was a long day. I wanted to add some harmonies and other instruments to this. I didn’t finish writing and recording this rough demo until 1:30am though, so I didn’t do that. Also I forgot how to sing at the end of the bridge, oops.

Simple song. Somehow this landed in a weird space between country and worship. 2018-02-01.

“True and Dear”

What if we cursed for the last time the day our child was born
Only feelings can outlast time, so let’s no more live in scorn
This could be, a great reality

Chorus
So let’s love like we’ve got nothing
And run like we have to
And sing songs that sound like
Everything that’s true and dear

And when I wander through the earth, but still come home to you
Every challenge we face; grow stronger each day
What we create, is who we truly are

Chorus

Bridge
Time and space move on
But we stand still like the steel
That holds this building up
Forged in a fire; attraction always burning brighter
Than anything else that we will ever know

Chorus

So let’s love

[FAWM-Blog 2016] Leap Year

This year I completely failed at February Album Writing Month. The goal is to write 14 new songs in 28 days and I only finished 4. In the past I’ve blogged about this challenge and I’ve enjoyed most aspects of the process (2011)(2012). It’s a tough but rewarding month.

I don’t know where exactly I went wrong this time around. I’ve never had issues like this in the past. I took the first day off work, I made time, I had the home recording studio set up, and yet I failed. Motivation probably had a lot to do with it. We haven’t been playing many shows lately, so my desire to try new material has waned. Also, I haven’t really learned many new techniques or scales or playing styles or instruments, so I’ve been stuck doing the same few guitar tricks for the past several years and feel a bit bored, like I’m just repeating myself. Another thing is that I bought a new guitar on sale at the end of January that I was really excited about trying and writing with. It just didn’t live up to my expectations and wasn’t great, so I returned it. That really slowed me down and was somewhat depressing.

Creating isn’t about perfection, it’s about the process.

Hopefully in 2017 I force myself to just sit and finish each song, regardless of how bad or weird each one seems at first. I also miss collaborating.

Better luck next year, I guess. Hopefully future Michael reads this and gets motivated and doesn’t fall into the same rut.

South of the Border – Looking back

Andrew and I wrote this song, South of the Border, five years ago today, on 2011-02-04.

It was a part of February Album Writing Month. That session was one of the most organic and natural writing sessions I’ve ever been a part of. We planned to write a song and record a demo in a few hours, and we did it. We wrote out the ideas and the structure and then filled it in. We also checked a map to make sure the geography we mentioned was correct.

This is how Battleshy Youths played it:

This is how The Honey Badgers have played it:

(Featuring Emkeev & Shane Palko)


I also saw in my Timehop this morning that I first did FAWM seven (!) years ago. I remember living in Gilbert Hall at UD (which doesn’t even exist now) and struggling to use Pro Tools and get a decent sound. I was too worried about the audio and not worried enough about writing decent songs.


Life is so much different now. This FAWM it has been hard for me to focus on music. I’m still hoping to write the fourteen (and a half) songs this month, but I want them to be good. If I worry too much about that, then I won’t finish. I should just push myself to write constantly and hope that a few turn out to be decent. I think I just motivated myself.