2016 was my first year to participate in the Song-A-Day challenge. I was nervous, scared, excited, self-conscious, and unsure of what would happen.
I wrote far more music that I expected, but was even more surprised by the number of songs. Up to this point, songs were hard. They normally took a long time. They needed review and editing and polishing. Songs were precious.
The time pressure of having to put something out every day cuts things to the essentials. It also gets you a lot more creative about where you draw your inspiration. I learned that songs don’t have to be precious. And there’s an endless supply of them, you just have to go find them.
My “score” for this year was 22/29. A business trip got in the way toward the end. It was still a big achievement, and several of the tracks would end up on my first album, published the following year.
I’ll be adding brief day-by-day descriptions over the next several days either to this page or as individual posts.
- Watching the World (Tiny Little Window) Ray Toler 3:40
- I Made a Mistake Ray Toler 3:03
- 42403 Ray Toler 4:34
- The Lights Ray Toler 2:54
- I Get No Sleep Ray Toler 4:54
- SYS49152 Ray Toler 3:34
- Hurt Me Ray Toler 4:06
- Take It or Leave It Ray Toler 3:26
- Olizovat (How Many Licks Mix) Ray Toler 2:47
- Seraphim Ray Toler 4:34
- No Song Today Ray Toler 1:58
- MANET Protocol Ray Toler 6:27
- Do Unto Others (Proof of Concept Mix) Ray Toler 2:56
- Inertia Ray Toler 4:04
- Fluorine-18 Ray Toler 3:47
- Zen Meditation 2 Ray Toler 7:04
- Something's Coming Ray Toler 6:13
- Prefabricated Assembly Ray Toler 4:58
- Zen Meditation 3 Ray Toler 5:52
- Music Assembly Kit Ray Toler 2:30
- Fall from Grace Ray Toler 3:44
- Songwriter CPU Overclock Meltdown Ray Toler 1:34