Welcome to February, the runt of months. Just four weeks until March -- four boring, bitter weeks of Valentines and Presidents and groundhogs and Sri Lankan independence. Thanksgiving and Christmas and National Novel Writing Month are all more than half the year away. If only there was a way to use this shiftless month for good!
Well (bet you didn't see this coming), there is. thanks to the dedicated New Hampshirites behind The Wire (not the TV series or the UK magazine), February is RPM, or Record Production Month, a call to action to all you would-be troubadours and rock stars waiting for an excuse to commit your ideas to tape, "just because you can."
"This doesn't have to be the album, it's just an album.
Remember, this is an artistic exercise. Just do your best using what you
have in order to get it done," explain the moderators. "Springsteen's haunting classic Nebraska was a demo he did at home on a
crappy machine. That album is fricking awesome."
The details: ten songs or 35 minutes of all-new material, whichever comes first (we're looking at you, Sleep acolytes), delivered to the contest headquarters in Portsmouth, New Hampshire (see the RPM site for the address). NPR's All Songs Considered will be following the progress of New York's Son Lux, so you can check your progress against that of a seasoned pro.
What are you waiting for? Sign up now and get your own blog on the RPM site, where you can join the 1349 (and counting) contenders, from Bloodshrapnel to Jasper McDoogle and His Blue Pants. It'll be March before you know it. Get cracking.
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