Inspired by my time on an Arvon writing course, and in particular by Boo Hewerdine’s advice, I have decided to set myself a project. I call this project The Postcard Project. Every week until the end of 2016 I am going to write a song, the starting point of which must be a postcard. That’s 14 songs. I am expecting the song to usually be drawn from the image on a postcard, but it could just as easily be about the place the postcard is from, or a message that is written on it.
Here’s where you come in. Although I already have a good collection of postcards, on display at home and in various drawers, I am going to run out at some point, and I would like surprises and support. If you would like to send me a postcard to be turned into a song, please get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org) to ask for my postal address. There is no pressure to include a message, as the front of the postcard is the key thing I need.
Although I won’t share all of these new songs publicly straight away, I will make a promise to share each one with someone; family, friends, fellow songwriters. Because until a song is shared, it doesn’t really exist in the world. I’m sure there will also be some collaborations along the way – so let me know if you want to have a postcard party (!)
Wish me luck! This is scary but will doubtless be a fun task.
Anna Hester ♩ ♪ ♫