Dan Hewins: The Deck 52 songs in 52 weeks: A Deck of Songs in 2009 by Dan Hewins. A song-per-week project.

July 15, 2009

Halftime Break

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I am taking a short 1-2 week break as a halftime respite for myself. Don’t fret (not that you would), I’ll be back with more later!

Wardrobe (Mal)function

Wardrobe (Mal)function

July 9, 2009

Halftime Assesment

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So, there are 26 songs so far. I’m going back and listening to some of them again so I can asses what I’ve done so far. Here’s how I see it:

I think there are about 6 categories that these songs could fall under: guitar and voice songs, acoustic-based instrumentals, ambient, rock songs, African-influenced songs and instrumentals, and ‘other.’

Guitar and Voice Songs:

Acoustic Instrumentals:

African-influenced Songs:

Rock Songs:



* Concerning the “other” category, I’m not really sure what this thing is but I like it. If you want to get to the meat of this one, skip ahead to about 2:56. In fact, in listening back to a bunch of these songs, I’ve learned that a lot of them reward listening to the end. If you don’t you might miss something interesting.

June 7, 2009

Nine of Clubs: Special Glasses

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The Nine of Clubs is a song with a drumbeat. These drums are synthetic but they keep good time.

This song is inspired by Sonic Youth.

May 4, 2009


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I just creted a page on the site where I am offering zip files of batches of songs. The first batch I offer is a collection of all of the Spades. Check it out.

April 20, 2009

Slight delay…

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I was in Boston over the weekend. Go Sox! They beat the Orioles 2-1 in a pretty good game. It was a bit cold at the game but it was great to be there with my family. So, anyway I had planned on recording this week’s song last night when I got home. But when I got home, I realized that we had been burglarized over the weekend! My evening was overtaken by visits by the police, talking to Detectives and getting my fingerprints taken to differentiate between mine and the prints they found on things in my apartment. I didn’t have time to record it.

So, I plan to finish it tonight and post it here as soon as it’s done. Keep your blog eyes peeled.

March 16, 2009

Ten of Spades: Subway Platform: 2:45 am

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This week’s song is about riding the subway late at night. Very late at night, or maybe very early in the morning. It’s basically how I feel now, tired and overworked; but the only difference is that I’m home right now. Which is where I wanted to be in this song.

I did this one this weekend at the space. There are some differences between recording at home and at the space and they each have their advantages and disadvantages. At home, I have reason so I can do fake drums and synths and keyboards. But at the space, I have my better guitar, the ability to play it loudly, and my bass and, basically my better equipment. But the drawback is that the space is home to many bands and it’s not the most soundproofed place in the world, as you will be able to hear at the end of this song if you listen carefully. I think it gives it character. But that’s because I have to live with it.

Here’s a photo of the A Train platform at 34th Street at 2:45 am:

from flickr

from flickr

March 1, 2009

Eight of Spades: Contemplation of a City: Los Angeles

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A couple of weeks ago I took a trip to Long Beach and Los Angeles, CA. I really love California and I used to live in Walnut Creek a long time ago, when I was youg.

There is an ongoing rivalry between LA and New York, where I live now. People in each city think theirs is better and try to convince their counterparts of those facts.

I won’t get into what I think here in this post, but you can find out by listening to this song.

January 1, 2009

This is The Deck

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The Deck is my attempt to create a lot of music in 2009. The plan is to put a deck of songs together made of songs I write and songs I didn’t write, but record a version of. The songs I write will be the black cards:  spades and the clubs. The cover songs will be the red cards: diamonds and hearts. The goal is to have two decks by the end of the year. Or at least two decks’-worth of spades and clubs, because I am going to concentrate more on original songs. I’ll fit in the covers as I can (I’ll take suggestions for cover song ideas as time goes on).

Ten years ago, my friend, Michael Zapruder, wrote 52 songs in one year and I would say that that is definitely part of the inspiration for doing this. Another inspiration is that I really wanted to force myself to make music this year and something structured like this is the only way I know how.

I really don’t know what’s going to happen, how well it will work, if I fail or succeed, or what any of these songs are going to sound like. I have no set agenda of making any number of any kind or genre of song. I may or may not end up with a group of songs that could later become an album. Some songs will have vocals, probably most, and some will be instrumental. Along the way, I will probably have friends play an instrument or sing on a song or a few. I am as in the dark about what the results will be here as anyone else. So, off we go!

I will start posting the songs here very soon.

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