One of the first lessons that every type of artist learns is that it’s important to practice your craft every day. This, apparently, is advice that Berkley, California singer/songwriter Jonathan Mann has taken to heart. Our favourite Kickstarter project this week is Mann’s incredibly ambitious Song-A-Day — an ongoing effort that is nearing its final goal of 1,000 consecutive, unique songs. Jonathan Mann started the Song-A-Day project on January 1st, 2009 and, since then, has gone on to fulfill the nearly impossible expectations he set for himself by writing and recording an original number every day. On September 28th, 2011, Mann will have reached the 1,000 song milestone that signals the end of his work — for now — and has taken to Kickstarter in order to bring the entire affair to a suitably celebratory finish.
The songwriting and recording to date has mostly been provided entirely by Mann himself — whether he’s singing about having food poisoning or chronicling his baby niece learning to walk — but, this June he’s looking to bring his ongoing work to a triumphant end with a little help from his friends.
Mann has stated before that he’s been unable to recruit other musicians because, well, he has no money to give them. Writing a daily song is a time committment that most professional musicians can’t afford to embark on and, because of this, Song-A-Day has usually been a solo affair. Now, however, Mann is looking for some help from his fans so that he’s able to bankroll a full band of collaboraters for the month of June. By using these donations the month will yield thirty days and thirty more original songs written and performed by a group.
Jonathan Mann’s Kickstarter project is looking for contributors that can help support his work by allowing him the money required for properly capping off the finishing run of his years of effort. As mentioned before, funds will go toward paying musicians to take a month off from their day jobs. It will also be used in the recording and production of a ten-track album that rounds up the best of the Song-A-Day catalog and refines it into a properly mixed and mastered release. Some of the money will also be directed toward gear rental (microphones, pre-amps, etc.) and travel expenses necessary for getting all of the musician’s in one place.
For the materialistic among us, there are plenty of rewards on offer. Signed copies of the finished album, one-of-a-kind polaroids from the studio sessions, a personally suggested Song-A-Day entry (pledgers come up with the topic, Mann makes it happen) and even freshly baked cookies are all available. The different pledge levels each provide something original and worth the donation for fans of the artist that want to lend their support while still netting some cool swag for doing so.
To donate to Song-A-Day by Jonathan Mann, head over to the Kickstarter project page by pressing a mouse button on this link. Song-A-Day will be funded on Friday, April 29th at 2.53pm EST (if a total of $10,000 or more is raised). Check out Mann’s past and present work by visiting his official page, Song-A-Day page — Songatron, YouTube channel or Twitter feed.