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November 19, 2008


NaSoAlMo ::: National Solo Album Month

Make An Album This November

National Solo Album Month is a fun, free annual competition in which musicians write and record an entire album during the month of November – all by themselves. It was inspired by NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, in which writers attempt to write a novel during the same thirty days.

NaSoAlMo favors enthusiasm and perseverance rather than perfectionism. It’s meant to encourage musicians and would-be songwriters to silence their internal critic for thirty days in order to inspire and maximize productivity. The albums are likely to be hastily written, off-time, and out of tune; the main objective is to just do it.


I signed up to this on Monday night. I had had a bad evening and needed something to distract me.

I’ve decided to try and complete an album before the end of November.

The production values will be low, the songs won’t be polished, some of the singing will be out of tune, the instrumentation will be minimal.

But it will be done. The album will be called “One By One” because that’s how I’m approaching it : one song at a time.
Each song will be written and recorded as it will appear on the album. I’ll write about whatever comes into my head [this could be dangerous!]

My rules: album must be minimum 29 minutes long, it must be finished by the end of November, compose and record each song in a 2-hour session alone in my studio.

I’ll post the whole thing online on December 1st

This’ll be challenging because I’ve got a lot on between now and the end of the month.

In December I’m doing a trip to London and will be playing a radio session for NEAR FM on December 11th. Of course we’ve got the inevitable Christmas parties to attend – something I’m looking forward to – we need a bit of cheer.

Last night (Tuesday) I wrote & recorded the first song “One By One”.

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