I had to post my song a bit late this week because as soon as I had the song ready to go, I discovered the copyright registration website was down for maintenance.
I don’t know if anyone would actually be interested in stealing my music, but because I’ve heard horror stories about such things, I’m making sure to register everything with the copyright office before I post it anywhere just to be safe. Technically speaking, you already own the copyright to any creative work as soon as you create it, but from what I understand more solid proof is often required in the event it actually comes down to suing someone.
I’m not registering each song individually, though, because that would cost too much money— there’s a $35 fee to register a single song, and a $55 fee to register a group of songs (to which there’s apparently no limit to the number of songs). So, partly in order to save money and partly as part of my strategy for this project, I’m trying to record the basics (i.e. with just voice and one instrument) of as many songs as I can, both so I can get them all copyrighted and so I can take more time to polish them.
I’ve also decided I’m going to try to get more feedback on songs before I consider them finished. I recently joined a songwriting forum where people have offered some very helpful feedback on the songs I already posted, so I’d like to take better advantage of that resource. To that end, I think I may be re-purposing my SoundCloud page for the purpose of posting “unfinished” songs for feedback.
Anyway, I’m not going to write too much here about my plans for the project. Honestly, there’s been so little response to it so far that I’m not sure if anyone cares (except my mom, of course). I sort of feel like I’m just throwing things out into the void. I suppose I should expect as much after neglecting blogging for so long, then suddenly reappearing to do this completely different thing that most of my old readers probably don’t relate to, even if they do still bother to check up on me.
I know it hasn’t been very long, but I’m beginning to think that something like this is probably not the best way to get recognized for my music. I still plan to stick with the project since I’ve committed to it, but I’m definitely thinking about other strategies that might be more effective.
In the meantime, here’s my song for this week! This is a children’s song I wrote for the summer camp of the kindergarten I work at. I actually did sing it with the kids at camp, and they all loved it! It was great fun. I’m going to post the YouTube video here so I can show you the artwork I did for it as well. I didn’t actually draw this for the song specifically, but for the certificate we gave the kids at the end of summer camp. This is why I love my job: I get paid to sing songs, draw pictures, and play with adorable children!