Now I know that – in large part – all songwriting contests are designed as income sources for their sponsoring organizations. But that doesn’t stop thousands of hopefuls, including myself, from entering. Nor should it.
Thus, I’ve decided to challenge myself and enter a songwriting contest for a very specific event. This contest isn’t the general kind where you enter whatever you’ve already written in the appropriate category. No. This contest is specifically designed to find the “theme song” for an upcoming event. It’s for a non-profit organization. They do good work. And … it’ll be a tremendous challenge for me as still a fairly new songwriter.
After all, if you don’t set goals for yourself, you never accomplish anything. A truism that just happens to be true. And my songwriting process can – at times – be very lengthy. But by having this contest before me and committing to composing a song for this very specific topic, I will be forcing myself to be a productive songwriter.
I realize that, in the end, the song I write for this contest may not be an amazing tune. It may not even be noteworthy. It might even suck. But it will be a song. And it will have been created by me within a specified (and very short, I feel) time period. And THAT is the goal I am trying to achieve. Will I “win” and see my song chosen for the theme? Well … certainly not if I don’t at least give it a go and do my best.
I’ll share some updates on this process as I move forward. If nothing else, it’s bound to be interesting.