SAC Song Challenge Week #1 – Matt Dusk

1.  Your Name:

Glen MacNeil
2.  What was the hardest challenge or hardest part of the challenge for you and why?

The hardest part of the challenge was the two co-writes I had. I believe the long distant communication through emails made it extremely hard to express ideas to each other.
3.  What did you enjoy most about participating in this experience?

I enjoyed creating brand new songs. I get excited about writing new songs and this challenge allowed me to be a part of 6 brand new song ideas.
4.  What is something significant that you learned from taking on this challenge? (It can be about yourself or about the challenge)

The most significant thing I learned is that I can step out of my comfort zone and into unfamiliar songwriting territory.
5.  Would you do this type of challenge again?  Why or why not?

If you would have asked me this last week I don’t know what I would have said. But now that is over, I know I am going to miss the weekly challenges. So I would say yes I would probably do it again.
6.  Your link to your Matt Dusk submission.  Please include lyrics on your SoundCloud page.  If one of your collaborating partners is submitting the link to your song, you can refer to their posting (ie. See link from ____________).

The Matt Dusk submission was a co-write with Rory Pike. The song is called ‘Hot Hot Hot’


SAC Song Challenge – Week #6 Radio Edit

Writing for radio…edit for radio…3:30 in length. All these things scare me! That’s a good thing. Again, this challenge is living up to it’s name. These past six weeks have been very challenging. This week was especially challenging because I was away. I wasn’t too concerned because I had some ideas on the go before I left. What resulted is a guitar riff driven song that reminds me of something The Eagles and Santana could have collaborated on! It was fun putting this track together under the wire for the challenge. The song is called ‘Guilty Conscience’. I hope you enjoy it.


Guilty Conscience (c) Glen MacNeil 2015

Up and down spinning all around

Crashing like an ocean wave

Maybe you will never know how my heart aches

So much time has come and gone

With no way to get it back

Whether it is right or wrong

It’s right on track

Oh my guilty conscience screams

Never to be set free

Never to be set free

We take care of what we can

Leave the rest to someone else

I pray your path is paved with gold

You deserve nothing less

I rolled out with the morning tide

Like a leaf on the wind

I can’t make any promises

I won’t break your heart again


SAC Song Challenge #4 Edgy Country Pop Song

This week was a lot of fun! I was contacted by Shannah Hook-Cunningham to try a co-write. I was excited someone got in touch to do a co-write since it was the main reason I got involved in this challenge.

Shannah presented her idea to me and off we went. A flurry of emails started and we were on our way! The most challenging thing about this week was not being in the same room with my co-writer. It was tough to exchange ideas over email but in the end we got through it and created a song. We didn’t totally agree on the final sound of the song in the end but agreed it was all good.

I had a blast writing with Shannah and hope we can write together again down the road.

Week #4. Over and out.



SAC Challenge #3 – Writing For Advertising

I must admit I was a little scared of what week #3 might bring. When I read the post and realized what it was I felt a sense of relief. The challenge was posted on Monday and I had my song done by Tuesday. The idea came fast to me. I immediately pictured a little guy (and of course it could be a little girl) getting up in the morning. He/She gets himself/herself dressed, ties his/her shoes (which is a really big deal to him/her!) and then heads outside to explore in his/her backyard or front yard to explore the world. I tried to keep the feeling of the piece very light and fluffy (just like the cloud).

This week’s challenge was extremely fun for me. I enjoyed writing this little piece of music. I hope you like it and maybe it even brings a little smile to your face.



SAC Song Challenge #2 – Pop Song – Female vocal – 13 to 18 yr. old demographic

What a crazy week. This challenge pulled me way out of my comfort zone. I’m a folky, country, singer/songwriter type of writer at the best of times. This challenge was scary but one I was willing take on. This is the exact reason I took it on – to write some new songs. So I did. I wrote a pop song. I have two teenage daughters who listen to tons of pop music in the house so that definitely helped. I ended up with a song called ‘I Wish’. It is a moment-in-time type of song. The sharing of a kiss between two young people on a summer night that feels just right. They don’t want the night to end.

So there you have it. A new song. A new challenge coming up very soon for next week. Bring it on SAC!




SAC Song Challenge 2015

I took this challenge to, well, challenge myself. I write mostly by myself. I am always looking to find a co-writer I gel with. Two heads are definitely better than one. So far I’ve connected with two other writers and things are moving along quite well. It’s a little strange communicating through messages but it’s working well so far. Two songs are already in the works and I’m hungry for more. ‘Write every day’ is what they say but I wonder if ‘they’ have full time jobs?? 🙂 This is very challenging but that’s ok. I signed up for this. Hopefully soon we’ll have a snippet of a tune or two to share. Til then…keep writing ‘they’ say…