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My Best of 2017

2017 was a great year for songwriting. I wrote more, by far, than any other year in my life. I can only hope that 2018 will be pretty good too. We'll see.

I participated in three online songwriting challenges. February Album Writing Month aka FAWM is an annual event where the goal is to write 14 songs in the 28 days of February. This was my third year and it was a blast. 50/90 is a related event that goes from July 4 to October 1. 50 songs in 90 days is the challenge. Though I have submitted a couple of songs in the past, this was my first year of real involvement. I wrote 25 songs. is a weekly challenge to write a song.

All of these involve what we call "skirmishes" At a given time the moderator posts a prompt or topic. You have one hour to write a song and post a demo recording. The next hour is spent listening to and commention upon the other participants songs. Sometimes on weekends there is a "super skirmish". That's when there is a skirmish every two hours all day long. Most, but not all, of these songs are from a skirmish. If I like the song I'll dress up the demo later. That's what you have here. Not radio ready but, I think, listenable.

These challenges involve people from all over the world and are great fun. As I write this, FAWM will be starting in less than 2 weeks. I'm getting excited.

Here are some of my favorites from 2017's FAWM and I have a few from 50/90 but they're not yet in listenable shape. Maybe when FAWM is over.

Click the Play button Play Button to listen. Click the microphone button to see the lyrics as well.

If you just want to listen to all the songs you can use this playlist. It should yield a .m3u file that can be used by many players such as Windows Media Player, iTunes, Quicktime, VLC Media player and many others. Does anyone remember WinAmp?


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  Sweat and Blood
This is the product of a skirmish. Apparently "blood sweat" has something to do with a hippopotamus but not with this song.
  Friday's Talkin' To Me
Another skirmish song. This one's about Friday afternoon.
  Fast Lane Hero
Been there, done that, no thanks.
  Already Dead
My favorite of the batch. Back to younger days and simpler times. Volume up!
  One Eyed Jack
Skirmish song about a playing card, or so they thought.
  Portrait Of A Time
Soothing acoustic countryish.
  Doggone Lonely Blues
Kingwood Kowboy (Larry Jones) is an amazingly prolific lyricist. I've put music to several of his songs and they're always fun.(
  Turn The Page
Skirmish song redone.
  Horns Of A Dilemma
A bit of Island vibe though I'm far from there now.
  Island Reel
This little ditty in 7/4 is just a sketch to be extended real soon now. ;)
  Beer Song
This electronica experiment turned into a pub anthem. Who am I to argue. Cheers!
  Road Trip
Sounds like fun to me.

Jump ahead to 2018

Thanks for listening.

JW Hanberry, GuitarSlinger

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