There's no serious reason to do this at this stage in my career. There aren't a dozen boogie-men lurking behind the door waiting to steal my music. (Jewish music is a SMALL niche, after all, and it's kind of like working in the bicycle industry; hardly any of us are doing it to rake in the big bucks because there are none to be had.)
That said, there is a certain satisfaction in getting the song down on staff paper, a feeling of completion that comes when I've inked the last page and signed my name that just recording the rough demo alone doesn't provide.
I LOVE making handwritten manuscripts. I love the deliberateness, the care required, the way that I must consciously slow down my brain in order for the sheet to be very neat and legible. I love the task-oriented nature of hand-writing music manuscript. I always have, since my early days composing simple duets for my high school band-mates and longer compositions for my college music theory classes. There is such a sweet, simple beauty to a handwritten manuscript that I can't replicate in a Word program. The process of doing it by hand is part of the beauty. Of course I enjoy writing new songs, and the satisfaction that comes from finally getting a song where I want it to be after playing it through its many versions time and time again. But writing out the chart holds a joy all its own for me, and I never tire of it.
Handwritten manuscript is no longer The Way It's Done in contemporary Jewish music. Now, if you want your song to sell, you have to get it publisher-ready, using one of the widely-approved software programs like Finale or Sibelius, so that anyone wanting to include your song in a published collection can just pop in the pdf file and be done with it. Paying someone to do it for the Shalshelet festival last year was one thing. If I want to self-publish a collection of my songs that will be entirely another, a lot of money and a lot of work. For now, I'm content with the delicious feeling I get when I've done it all by hand.
I have three songs ready to go for a third album.
Whenever that happens.