Song of the Week thoughts…

A year ago I started writing and producing a song a week. When I began I had no time frame in mind, I just wanted to make myself write and record more. I am not sure what week it was that made me think that it would be a year. Maybe week 12 when I thought “This is fun, I could do this for a while”, or week 23 when I was thinking a lot about mortality and what we leave behind. But I think it was week 37 at New year, when I thought “this has been an amazing experience but I think I will need a break soon”.

So week 52 is here and I have 51 songs (read here why 51) to show for it. Some are keepers, some I never want to hear again but I hope most are of reasonable quality.

So now I am going to chose 12 to remix and master to create a ‘Song of the Week’ CD. I have already been playing with the artwork and here’s what I have so far with a great pic from McKinnon Photography.

I have chosen most of them already but am open to changes and I want to get the CD released by June. I have planned  CD release on 25th Sept at Joe’s Garage in Courtenay, BC.

So what I have a learned?

I have learned that I am not the only person out there doing this. Here are the others I have found so far…

Developer Music
Jonathon Coulton

I have learned to get good ideas down quickly and to follow through and finish them, which has been useful when seeing music placement listings. ‘Happy’ came from a Taxi listing looking for songs with the word ‘Happy’ in them, due the following week. That song ended up in a Royal Caribbean web ad.

I have learned that if you put kids in front of the TV you can get recording done during the summer holidays.

I have learned that I have amazing family and friends who have supported me and haven’t appeared bored at all 😉

Mostly I learned that I love a deadline and I am sad to be finishing this project, but (as is the case with me, ask my husband) I have already moved onto my new thing, the thing being a looper, which should be in the store this week. I can’t wait how to master the Boss Loop Station RC – 50XL and gig with it!

Thank you to all who have stayed or joined my email list, who have listened via twitter, facebook etc and who have passed my music on to others. I appreciate it more than you will know.

So for now, that is it for ‘Song of the Week’ until the next time I get restless….

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6 comments

  1. What an amazing accomplishment! I could barely make it to 26 weeks, and that included some serious filler. I guess now’s a good time to rethink your approach to songwriting and arranging and try experimenting a bit without the stress of a deadline.

  2. Congratulations Helen,

    What an incredible feat, not only to have been able to accomplish what you set out to do but to have done it so well.
    I can’t wait to be able to get my hands on the ‘Year of’ CD when it’s released. Sure you don’t want to consider adding all 51 songs?

  3. Very inspirational… and very well-timed (for me). I was just beginning to roll up my sleeves, realizing I need some kind of self-imposed deadlines, thinking maybe a song a week would be doable… and then I read your post.

    What led me here was a tweet from a Twitter friend who suggested I listen to your songs… after she’d seen a tweet I sent via Blip.fm with a link to a Pomplamoose song… who I’d heard on YouTube because of my daughter.

    I love the way we’re all connected these days. Well, everything’s always been connected… we just have more technology helping us out now.

    And congratulations on the 51 songs, by the way… since it’s not all about me.

    Ramblingly Yours…

    Joe

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