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

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.


  1. Awesome project, Dan. I can’t wait to hear all of your tracks, and of course the inevitable “Best of 2009” album for the holiday season 🙂

    Good luck with the experiment. I’ll send you some coffee 🙂

    Comment by Alan Pinstein — February 26, 2009 @ 11:02 pm

  2. Please send tea. I don’t drink coffee! But really, thanks. I hadn’t thought of the Holiday compilation yet. But let’s take things one step at a time.

    Comment by hewins — February 26, 2009 @ 11:44 pm

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