I have been working on a project for the last couple of weeks called #100daysofmelodies. It's a part of a larger creative initiative called #the100dayproject, where along with a group of other people, we work on one thing, everyday, for 100 days. It can be anything — running a mile everyday for 100 days. Eating a cookie everyday for 100 days! You name it.
Of course, when I heard of this project, I immediately thought it would be a great exercise to tackle my own creativity and challenge myself further with songwriting. So, I set a goal. Everyday for 100 days I would work on a melody for at least 15 minutes and if possible (but I don't want to stunt my creativity) only 15 minutes and record whatever ideas came to mind. The tough part is I would share it publicly. Rough sketches of songs. Bad notes. Ill timed rhythm guitar. The whole shebang! Shared online!
So, why am I doing this? Well, why not is the more appropriate question here? Actually, I wanted the accountability. Once I made it clear on social media and told other people that I would share my song ideas online everyday, it made me accountable to let go of the fear of imperfection and the fear of whether my idea that day was lame or not, and just get it out there.
This project is really just for me. It's allowing me to focus on my creativity in a whole new way. Most importantly, I am learninglearn how to let go.
I urge you to follow along when you can at montmuse.tumblr.com. I also post 15 second snippets to my Instagram account, so feel free to follow me there.
I hope something moves you or makes you laugh along the way. Whatever it is, I'm pretty excited to see where I land at day 100. That will be June 24th!