As November has ended, I thought I’d give an update on my attempt at NaSoAlMo 2012. While I managed to write plenty of music that would have fulfill the length requirement, getting it recorded or shaped into an album proved to be more difficult. That being said, I made good progress on completing my new psalter and I have ideas for at least four albums that I’d really like to do next year. I have recording sketches for several piano pieces for one disc, and ideas for several other pieces. I think my problem this year was a lack of focus on one project. I have too many good ideas! I even came up with a new idea for another Christmas disc today! While I didn’t complete an album for NaSoAlMo 2012, my plan is to produce three or four next year.
For years several years, my wife has participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Thanks to the DIY Musician podcast, I discovered that there is a musical equivalent: National Solo Album Month (NaSoAlMo). The goal of NaSoAlMo is to write and record a solo album of original compositions lasting at least 29 minutes during the month of November. While I’ve been kicking around a couple ideas for albums for a while, the challenge for me for NaSoAlMo is that it is a solo album and all the music must be written during that month. The other ideas I’ve been preparing require a chorus and/or other instrumentalists so will not fit the guidelines. Even so, I think I should be able to put together at least a half-hour of music and record it in one month. Check back for updates as the month progresses!