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Halftime Assesment

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

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:

Ambient:

Other*:

* 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.

This is The Deck

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

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.