Writing a song a day, every day for a year

Listen to this story from All Things Considered on National Public Radio – The Year of Musical Thinking, A Minute At a Time.

All Things Considered, June 30, 2008 – Today, composer David Morneau finishes off an ambitious yearlong musical project. And to celebrate, he’s doing the same thing he did every day for the past year.

Morneau, a doctoral candidate in composition at The Ohio State University, has been writing (and posting online) one 60-second piece of music daily during the past 12 months. He tells Robert Siegel that he started what he calls 60×365 to force himself to be creative.

“I kind of hit a creative block with a couple other projects I was working on at the time,” he says, “so I was looking for a way to try some new things, and also for a way to sort of develop a little more discipline in my composing life.”

Morneau’s 60-second compositions took all different forms. On “String Cheese,” he took the sampled strings from Apple’s GarageBand software program, and mixed that sound with the oft-sampled drum solo known as the Amen break.

Read and/or listen to the rest at the NPR website.

You can find David Morneau’s blog here.

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4 Responses to “Writing a song a day, every day for a year”

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  2. Corinne C Says:

    While it’s a great idea to give ones creativity a jump start – a 60 second pastiche is not writing an entire song (lyrics and music)

  3. songwriterstipjar Says:

    Amen to that. Taking lyrics out of the equation makes it a whole ‘nother animal, and a much easier task for me. That’s why I co-write with someone who is strong in the lyrics department. Maybe I should also start writing some instrumental pieces.

    Thanks for writing. I couldn’t agree more, plus I like the sound of the word ‘pastiche.’ I’m going to m-w.com to look it up now.

  4. Briepelry Says:

    Very nice!!

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