On Finishing What I Started

The Deluge, John Martin

On January 1st, 2013, I decided not to continue substitute teaching and to write, record and perform music as a full-time career.  I set some goals for myself so as to be able to measure how things were going.  One of the goals I set was to write and record 52 songs this year.  For the first 16 weeks I was consistently cranking out a song every week.  Then came summer, with all its busyness, and after spending time out of town in Minnesota, Seattle, and a 5-week stint in Europe, my song-per-week regimen had come completely undone.  I was still fairly consistently recording new songs over the summer, but I wasn’t making up for missed weeks.  And now I’m significantly behind.  I had started thinking it was unrealistic and had pretty much decided that I had already written plenty of songs and wasn’t going to stress the 52-song goal.  But a couple friends reminded me of the importance of accomplishing goals in keeping momentum going with my music and so with 29 songs down, 23 songs to go, and only about a month and a half to finish, I’m going to try to do this.  Some of the songs may be a little rough, (I plan on re-recording a lot of this year’s songs anyway) but with renewed resolve, I’ve decided to commit to finishing this project.  I’d like to thank you for your support and interest this year.  Get ready for a deluge of new songs!