Goodbye from 365 Songs

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We did it! Yes, we—I wrote this thing, but you read it, even if it was only once in a while. Hell, even if this is the first post you’ve ever read, you’re part of it, and I really appreciate it. I didn’t know how this project would go, but knowing that people read it made writing it every day that much easier.

You might be wondering: Did I write it every day? Yes and no. As I predicted, I played a lot of catchup, and once in a while I was even ahead of schedule. But generally, yeah, I was writing whenever and wherever I could squeeze it in—on lunch breaks, on the bus, on the subway, in my car (parked, of course). I wrote on a laptop, in a notebook, on an iPod. I wrote while my toddler napped, I wrote when I couldn’t sleep, and I wrote at 5:30 a.m., before seemingly anybody else on earth was awake. If there was one difficult thing about writing this blog, it was coming up with something interesting to say about Phil Collins before dawn.

In my “welcome” post on January 2, 2013 (see? I was already behind), I wrote this about the blog:

This is the part where I admit that I have no idea what I’m doing. I have no plan, other than to write about a different song every day. These aren’t necessarily my favorite songs, or songs by my favorite artists. They are songs I want to write about.

That mission stayed consistent, and I even added a rule that I never acknowledged on the website: I would never write about an artist more than once. And I didn’t. If I had that rule from the beginning, I probably wouldn’t have chosen, say, “Black or White” as my only Michael Jackson song. But what can you do.

Anyway, thanks again for reading, and maybe we’ll do this again sometime. Not in 2014, though. I could use a breather.

Now, for your consideration, a list of all 365 songs:


Welcome to 365 Songs

Okay, so this is kind of a crazy idea, but as crazy ideas for blogs go, this isn’t so crazy an idea. Lots of blogs have a goal like this: “I’m gonna live without plumbing for a year!” or “I’m gonna eat only papaya for a year!” or “I’m gonna be an undercover Civil War re-enactor for a year!” These blogs lead to book deals and coffee mugs. This is not one of those blogs.

I simply decided I wanted to write about music more, so here I am, committing to it in front of the WHOLE INTERNET (that’s how this works, right?) in hopes that I’ll stick with it.

This is the part where I admit that I have no idea what I’m doing. I have no plan, other than to write about a different song every day. These aren’t necessarily my favorite songs, or songs by my favorite artists. They are songs I want to write about. I’m almost positive I won’t post an entry once a day, but I can promise that it will all even out eventually; I’m sure I’ll be playing catch-up much of the time.

Anyway, let’s do this. 2013 style.