52 Weeks

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52 Weeks

My goal: write a song a week for a year.
Awhile back I heard a story on NPR about David Morneau, a composer who undertook the making of a song-a-day for a year.

Here’s the story: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=92038722.

And here are the compositions.

The story and the following quote by Dennis Báthory-Kitsz were all the inspiration I needed.

I believed that productivity and excellence are not mutually exclusive, nor do they belong to the past alone. I believe that our ability to “be Mozart” (meaning any prolific composer) today is inhibited by lack of demand on our inherent productivity. In other words, the more we do, the better we get at it and the more new ideas we have. Humans are problem solvers, and for composers, it is the blank page that is to be solved.

So that brings us here to you…and me.

52 Weeks
My intent, over the course of the next year, is to write a song a week. Every week. 52 weeks. Will they be good or great? Will they stink? Will I quit after the first month? It’s hard to say. Let’s find out together.

The details are being sorted. I’m sure they won’t be polished songs, but they’ll certainly be a great start on the next CD.

Your role is to listen and comment. Let me know what you like and don’t. Let me know which songs you think deserve more attention and which deserve being sent to the recycle bin.

I assume the whole project will take the form of a podcast from stereoreel.com. So charge up your iPod and stay tuned.

Caleb Nei is the Worship Arts Director at Emmaus Church in Berryville. He also teaches at least 40 piano lessons each week, is a member of the band Stereoreel, plays piano jazz at a couple of restaurants when Stereoreel isn’t playing, has three children, one wife and loves where God has him. He has a degree in church music from Huntington University and has studied jazz at Shenandoah University. He has no additional hobbies because he’s one of those people who have been able to get a job doing what he’d do for free anyway.

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