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Between March 8th, 2008, and June 20th, 2011, I wrote and recorded 45 songs which spanned three concept albums - Cult, A Year in the Life, and Passersby - and shared them in Facebook Notes (with recordings available for download on Mediafire.com). These were the days of Facebook chain notes and status updates that required "is," and everyone could just tell that Facebook was about to really blow up; I would leave my mark before it got too big, and I'd do it by posting some songs in Notes.
When I went to college, I forgot most of those songs - though I didn't forget about them - and my pace of writing dramatically slowed. Over the next few years, Mirror Image became my sole creative outlet, serving as a place for both newly-written songs and for old Notes songs that I felt deserved new life (and full orchestration).
Since then, my creative energy has been dedicated exclusively to new projects, exclusively to looking into the future. Lately, it seems that the only reason I've been interested in looking to the past has been to plunder the best of it and toss the rest down the memory hole. I think I needed to work this way for a while; the path to being a better artist is to keep on making new stuff, after all.
Recently, though, I've come to feel that the path to being a better person - that is, happier, more fulfilled, and not packed to the gills with constant existential dread - is to sift through all of the "stuff" that has already accumulated in my life and see the story it's been trying to tell. When I run toward the future, I am also running away from the present before I even understand it fully. When I run toward the past, however, I open myself up to understand both the present and the future more deeply.
It is in that spirit that I introduce The Facebook Songs, a weekly series in which I revisit one of those 45 high-school songs. Sometimes I will try to do something new with the song, and sometimes I'll leave it as-is, but no matter what, I will be learning about myself and about my songwriting process. My hope is that everyone who follows along with the project will learn more about themselves too.
Here's the content schedule, plus a couple of notes about my hopes and dreams:
- A new song will be posted every Monday - that's lyrics AND the original recording AND reflections from me in 2017 - on The Facebook Songs blog.
- A new recording of that song, possibly with a new arrangement, will be posted every Friday on Facebook and YouTube.
- In between, I'll be posting video clips, audio snippets, and blog text as I develop the song.
- In my dream world, this development process is a conversation between myself and any interested party.
- In my dream world, my Facebook page becomes a hub for collaborative art-making.