03 Jun Announcing ‘Can’t Live Forever’
Back at the beginning of 2013, I had a number of realizations about my habits as a songwriter. The big issues that became clear were a dependence on inspiration, that I was reaching the limits (and growing tired) of my “wheelhouse,” and I was only writing with and for myself. Last year was an exercise directly against those habits as I sought to be more disciplined, explore other genres, and co-write with other songwriters. I wrote close to 75 songs and pieces of music, and by the time 2014 showed up I was ready to do something with them.
Initially the plan was to release a three song EP every quarter, and at the end of the year collect them into a full-length album. But as I started recording the three songs that I felt were most ready, I started to wrestle with whether or not they belonged, stylistically, on the same release. Cue artistic angst. My wife has all the good ideas, and she solved my issues with a simple suggestion: “Why don’t you just release one song per month? It’ll take the pressure off and you’ll have an even more frequent output.” Cue huge sigh of relief.
So without further ado, this is what Can’t Live Forever is all about:
– Free music. The first Tuesday of every month, I’ll release a new song. They will be free to stream and/or download through outlets like Spotify, SoundCloud, and Bandcamp (where you have a ‘pay what you want’ option), and available for purchase through iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play. More on “why free?” here.
– Creative transparency. There are many blogs on creativity and productivity out there, but very few that I’ve come across dealing specifically with songwriting. My goal is to start with a minimum of 4 blogs per month exploring various aspects of songwriting, including the general creative process, commentary on specific songs (both my releases and songs that are important to me), and independent record making. I hope to be as transparent as possible, offering you a window into my experience as a songwriter.
– Collaboration. Expect more co-written songs in the coming months, contributions from multiple collaborators on every release, and featured artwork on releases by various photographers & designers. Community is essential to making a project like this successful, and I’m immensely grateful to everyone involved and want them to benefit from this. Hopefully you’ll find another new favorite artist through it!
– Time. Thematically, I’ve found myself thinking and writing a lot about time. Can’t Live Forever borrows its nom de projet from a song of the same title (coming very soon!), and most of the tracks on deck deal with the same questions and ideas. As short as life is, I don’t want to miss out on anything – or drag my feet on my desired future, especially regarding career.
So there you have it! Thank you for listening, for reading, for sharing with your friends, and for supporting my music in whatever way you may. I’m looking forward to the next 12 months!