About 4 months ago, Emily Hope Price started an ambitious effort she’s calling the 365 Project. From January 4th, 2010 until just after 2011, she will be writing, recording, and posting an original song to her blog once a day, every day. Not an unprecedented endeavor, but a formidable and respectable challenge nonetheless.
The project follows in the footsteps of artists like folk songwriter Paleo–who embarked upon his own tour diary a few years back, profiled on NPR. And it all seems to be part of an interesting trend of daily challenges that have developed over the years with the permeance of social networking and blogging formats, be they in the form of daily photo projects, daily recipes, or otherwise. While the web is oftentimes a major time-suck, at the same time the very medium that encourages transparency is forcing us to be more productive as a culture. The 365 Project is Emily’s personal creative salvo.
Readers might recognize Price for her cello work as one-third of Pearl and the Beard, based out of Brooklyn and may even have caught her the last time she was in DC at The New Community Church. We got our hands on a rare recording of some of the tracks called “365 Project: The Tens” which features ten non-consecutive songs, some of which are available for listening on Price’s “New Visitor” page. AON hasn’t spotted any more of these “The Tens” albums online but they appear to be grouped by loose themes, and screen printed with a hand-folded paper jacket making them both unique and reflective of the deeply personal nature of their origin.
Have a listen to three tracks off the album and be sure to follow the project as it progresses.
Update (May 21, 2010)
Emily got wind of our Dispatch post and decided to send along an extra-special track, her cover of “I Only Have Eyes For You”.
“This song isn’t on any of the CDs I’ve released and not because it’s a cover.” says Price. “And covers count because they are intense re-arrangements which take just as much energy as a new song”.
We agree, especially when the new arrangement adds additional meaning or context. In this case, treat your ears to this sensual and contemplative version and be sure to read Emily’s thoughts on it here.