It’s official. The mission has started.
My plan is to record and archive 1000 songs.
A life’s work. Literally. Why 1000? Because it seems impossible, yet people have done it. Dylan and The Beatles supposedly have over 1000 recordings. “Recordings” not original songs. There are studio and live recordings. Bootleg and official.
This ridiculous goal is not so much about the number as it is the journey – as they say. I want my great-grandchildren to sort through the metadata and say “here are all the songs where great-grandpa Mike played drums.”
It will be an archive, a library of work. Some original and some cover songs. It will be a compilation that contains diversity and excellence (and perhaps a hit or two!). There will be many contributors (I hope) and they will have attribution in the archive.
We will record in many different places using many differenty type of instruments. All captured in the metadata. Each recording will be date-stamped and numbered.
In order for a recording to “qualify” it should be a complete idea and fully produced. (I already have hundreds of riffs and ideas captured in many different ways and those don’t count until they are matured into a complete song.)
The songs can be instrumental, but music contain a melody. Any old two-minute jam won’t cut it (unless it’s awesome with a melody).
This seems silly, yet feels important. This is my Mars exploration, my crossing the English Channel.
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A big thanks to Douglas Coleman for the interview on his radio show. Douglas is just getting started with a web radio program and is inviting artists to submit music and talk about their work.
You can listen to the full interview here.
Thanks Douglas and good luck with the radio show!
Wrote and recorded a little instrumental bed for this software company.
Dark and damp
The flock overhead
Blanket the sky
So open your mind
To the possibility
That this is just
From time to time
A crystal ball
Because we need to know
You’re in the middle
Yeah, you’re in the middle
It’s late December
Just a little lonely and cold
And you haven’t finished
Writing the chapter
But it’s just not really up to you
So wait a little longer for the story