Hey folks. I know it’s been a while but things have been hopping. My Catholic upbringing burdens me with a certain amount of guilt at neglecting my site for so long so here’s what I propose. I have a number of projects in mind and boundless distractions keeping me from them. Why don’t I enlist the help of you folks reading this? Let me detail three projects I have in mind. At the end of the post, you vote for the project you’d like me to do and I deliver. It’s that simple. You vote, I follow through and we all enjoy the fruits of my labor. Ready? OK then…
Project 1: A Tune A Day
I will write one new tune every day for a month. By tune I mean a fiddle tune, an instrumental, being roughly one 8-measure “A” part and one 8-measure “B” part. I’ve done this once before so I know that I’m capable of it. Not all of them will be winners–be advised!–but I will conscientiously write the best tune I can each day. If you write a topic suggestion as a comment on the blog I will write a tune around it. I will post the results in audio or video format each day with a short note about the process.
Project 2: A Song A Week. You Get Me Started…
I will write one new song–lyrics and melody–per week for one month (to start!). I’ve never done this so I have no idea how it will turn out. Could be interesting. I’m sure I can come up with something though and we can all enjoy–or laugh at–the results. In the best improv tradition, one of you will need to post or comment with a suggestion each week: a subject, theme, noun, idea, color, verb, what-have-you. I will build the song around that. Want me to write a song about you or someone (or something!) you love? Post it. I can’t give you writer’s credit but I’ll be sure to immortalize you as my muse.
Project 3: Book Me and I’ll Write The House A Song And A Tune
Sounds self serving doesn’t it? Well, I admit that it gets me out of the house and playing but here’s what I’ll do. If this option wins the poll, you have to contact me either by commenting here or through the email address on this site. You get 10 or more friends together and throw a house concert party. I’ll come and play 2 sets of music. No, it won’t be free: I’ll play for a suggested donation of $10 or a freewill donation. But I will write a song and a fiddle tune dedicated to the house or hosts or whatever you choose. I will honor as many bookings as I receive requests. This could be a great gift for someone you know or a great way to immortalize your party. It’ll be your call and I’ll work with you. Upon request, I can even supply a recording of the song and tune as a gift. If I have to travel outside of Minnesota, I will, but I’ll be looking for help with expenses then!
So here’s your voting mechanism. I will begin this project, whatever it winds up being, after Thanksgiving. I start working on Monday, November 29, 2010.