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ANNOUNCEMENT: My 2011 musical project

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.

This entry was written by NeiloMac, posted on December 27, 2010 at 10:34 am, filed under 52 weeks of music, music, recording and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.


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