I mentioned on Twitter a few weeks ago that I had decided on what my big musical project for 2011 was going to be. Well, the time has come to announce my evil plot…
Neil-o-Mac’s 52 Weeks of Music!
What I’m planning on doing is writing, arranging & recording a new song every week during 2011.
Why am I doing this? Simple, really. I haven’t really done anything new in 2010, and I need to get the creativity going again.
One of the reasons I’ve been so lax in making new music is that I’ve been holding myself to what’s probably too high a standard. I need to just *make music* and finish what I start. A finished song that’s maybe not as good as my usual is still more of an accomplishment than a half finished idea sitting in my Cakewalk Projects folder.
This is by no means a unique idea – head over to Mac Mufasa to see the work of a fella doing pretty much the same thing. I have to say, I love the song title ‘Mac Gestures Made Me A Better Lover’. Wish I’d thought of it. 🙂
No, it’s not a unique endeavour, but it should be fun to see how my songwriting and recording chops develop over the coming year.
As far as releasing the songs, I haven’t fully decided yet. I’ll probably release the individual tracks on Bandcamp on a ‘pay what you like’ basis, and maybe do a series of monthly EPs or quarterly albums on iTunes. I’ll probably stick the songs on YouTube as well, seeing as a lot of people consume music that way.
Thoughts, guys ‘n gals? How would you prefer to consume my tunes? Any musical styles/lyrical subjects you’d like to see me tackle? Any of you want to collaborate on something? Hit me up at Neil (at) neilmcdougall (dot) com, tweet me (@NeiloMac) or leave a comment here on the blog.
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