In June I embarked on a journey that I anticipate will lead to my best work yet. I'm calling it, "The 100 Song Project."
The goal of "The 100 Song Project" is simple. I will write 100 songs before I release my next album.
When the project is complete, I will hand pick the best songs to record my first full length album.
I'm planning to break the project down into 8 songs a month (9 songs for three months) for a year. Keep in mind, this is the plan, but it's not set in stone, I'm going to let it happen the way it happens.
The idea for the project just popped into my head one day. I was trying to figure out how I should go forward after releasing two EPs (short albums). I heard that before one of his albums, Stevie Wonder wrote 100 songs (100 songs!) and that's when it hit me. I had to do the same.
(Now, the story about Stevie Wonder was told to me by someone in the music industry, but I couldn't find any record of it online, so it's unconfirmed, but even if it is a legend, I can still draw inspiration from a legend.)
After mulling over the idea for a while, I attended the 2012 New Music Seminar. Desmond Child, legendary songwriter, spoke about those times when he meets new artists and asks them how many songs they've written. They usually answer something like, "twelve, and maybe five more half finished."
He then ran off these stats from his career...
Desmond Child's Songwriting Stats
Total Songs Written - 4,000
Songs Recorded by Artists - 1,500
Top 40 Songs - 70+
#1 Songs - 7 or 8
You can see that it took 4,000 songs written to get 7 or 8 #1 songs.
I wrote 8 songs in June, and I'm picking the project back up in September. It's already been a transformative experience and I've only done one month!
Wish me luck, and let me know what you think in the comments.