Many songwriters I have talked to this fall liked the idea of writing songs of social conscience as a way of healing and empowerment in a dark time. So here are monthly song challenges that all focus on finding ways to make the world better. If we encourage each other to grapple with this difficult song form and sing together, it can only help. (If you don't like any of these ideas, then write something you think works better!)
2017 Song Challenges Songwriters Circle of Kansas City
January Song Challenge – On Their Shoulders
Bring a new song that tells one of the many stories of victories against social injustice in the last century.
February Song Challenge – Portrait of an Activist
Bring a new song that tells the story of a real world activist that has made a difference.
March Song Challenge - Newspaper Article
Bring a new song that is based on a newspaper article that you have read, (not an editorial, tabloid, blog, post, or online source.)
April Song Challenge – Sticking to the Union
Bring a new song that tells the story of a union struggle, or is a call to action for a union.
May Song Challenge - Not For Profit
Bring a new song that is about someone working for a non-profit that helps people.
June Song Challenge – Immigrant Eyes
Bring a new song that is from the point of view of an immigrant to the USA.
July Song Challenge – Can We All Just Get Along
Bring a new song that is about overcoming divisions in our country.
August Song Challenge – United Corporations of America
Bring a new song that shines a spotlight on the failings of big corporation.
September Song Challenge – Don’t Go In The Water
Bring a new song that tells of a specific environmental problem somewhere in America.
October Song Challenge – Imagine
Bring a new song that is your vision of what our world could be if things were in harmony.
November Song Challenge – Stronger Together
Bring a new song that tells of accomplishment of a difficult task by diverse people working together for a common cause.
December Song Challenge – Santa Wants Your Vote
Bring a new song that is a parody of our election process.