So, I decided. I'm going to begin work on an album. It's going to be called "Blood Year" and I'm going to write it over the course of 2010. Why? I don't know. But here are the basic principles of what I'm intending to do and what I need your help for:
This is an album about the calendar year
I will write 12 songs, one for each month of the year. Each song will not necessarily be ABOUT the month, but it will try and reflect the spirit of the month. Some will be more direct than others. They will all be meaningful to the month for me.
I will publish as much of the process as is reasonable
For each song, I'll record a demo of a draft of the song, some video of early rehearsals with the band, a video with the band performing the song, a decent quality demo of the song with some instrumentation, and eventually a final recorded version (probably).
This will be a non-profit album
I'm going to try not to spend a dime or make a dime on this album. Soon, I'm going to start giving away The Wrecker for donations to see if I can stir up a few dollars to begin with. If I sell any more hard copies of The Wrecker I will put the money into this. I might have a yardsale. I'll sell final version of the songs on iTunes. The preliminary versions will be available for download with an option to donate. Any money from sales of songs or donations will go into making better recordings or paying people who helped. If I sell a few songs, I'll spend that money full-scale recordings. If I sell a bunch, I'll print a hard copy. If not, not.
I will ask for help
If you can help by giving feedback, or making graphics, or adding a track at home, or telling people, I would appreciate it.
That's it! The January song is almost finished. February and April have ideas I'm working on. March is done.
Let me know what you think,