The challenge runs from July 4 for 90 days, and the aim is to write 50 songs in that time. Originally a Yahoo! group, the challenge group moved over to FAWM a year or so ago, although it still has a presence at Yahoo!
I’ve attempted the challenge several times in the past, and have never achieved 50 songs. However, I have always come away with a bundle of songs that I wouldn’t have otherwise written, so I don’t see it as a failure.
Of course, the secret to success is to suspend any critical filters you might have. It doesn’t matter whether what you write is good or not, as long as you write. I find that in doing this, I end up with a decent proportion of songs that are good, a number of which I now include in my repertoire. If any of you have heard Lodestone (“Magnetic poetry, it is your friend”), I Hear The Rain, Dark Moon Rising, or The Lives of Others, then you have heard one of my 50/90 songs.