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Two song writers challenge themselves to record and share a new original song every week for one year.

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Two song writers challenge themselves to record and share a new original song every week for one year.

    CJAD Montreal interview about 52 song project

    CJAD Montreal interview about 52 song project

    Thanks to Abe Hefter and producer Sarah Deshaies for having us on CJAD 800 AM in Montreal to talk about 52 song project. Here's the audio of the interview, which took place the evening of December 30, 2011 right after they played our last song, It's over, the end.

    • 4 min
    Song 52: It’s over, the end

    Song 52: It’s over, the end

    Friends, thanks for sticking with us throughout this journey. It's been a long time since this stupid crazy thing began, and we've had a lot of fun. But all good things must come to an end, and this is the last 52 song project song. We hope you like it.
    Song

    Discussion
    CHRIS: Steve and I had planned to get together this week and spend a few days working on an epic final recording to send this project out. Unfortunately, Steve got sick and wasn't able to make it. The result is that I descended into my recording cave feeling a lot of pressure to create something special. We'd never planned the final song in advance, and I wasn't sure what I was going to do.

    I sat at my keyboard cycling through ideas. I started and rejected about five song attempts before settling on this one, then set to work on fleshing it out. This is the result.

    I like that it clearly goes on too long at the end. The singer keeps saying "it's over, it's over" but refuses to let it finish. That's kind of how we feel today. Happy and proud the project is finished, but sad, too. We'll miss these songs, and this way of connecting with you every week.

    Thanks again for listening and sharing. Maybe we'll find ways to revisit these songs in 2012. Until then, here's hoping you have a very happy New Year!
    Lyrics
    It’s been a long time
    Since this stupid crazy thing began
    We drank a lot of wine
    But now it’s coming to an end

    Cuz I got what I need
    And you got what you can
    We’ve had some good times
    And now we need time to mend
    So get out of your mind
    Cuz there’s no need to pretend
    It’s over, it’s over, the end

    Baby you look fine
    And you’ll make a lot of happy men
    Baby I feel like lyin’
    But I won’t go down that road again

    Cuz I got what I need
    And you got what you can
    We’ve had some good times
    And now we need time to mend
    So get out of your mind
    Cuz there’s no need to pretend
    It’s over, it’s over, the end
    It’s over, it’s over, the end
    Credits
    Words and music: Chris Tindal
    Chris Tindal: Organ, vocals
    Steve Salt: Nausea, general malaise

    • 4 min
    Song 51: In an instant

    Song 51: In an instant

    Well, it's officially Christmas Eve Day, and I know I am late. I have battled with this song for the past 40 hours. I have complained before about technology, so I will bite my tongue now. The good news? I think I won this battle. I may even have won the war. Listen.


    Song

    Discussion
    STEVE: This one started with tech battles, but I finally figured it out. By this afternoon I finally figured out how to connect my Digidesign 002 Rack with an evaluation copy of Reaper DAW. Yes, I know, first world problem.

    But then, I had a lot of fun. While I am not necessarily going to miss the pressure of putting out a new song every week, I will miss the creative side and finally hearing a song as the finishing touches are put through. Apart from the songs that Chris and I have collaborated on, this one was my favourite to put together, though I am not sure why.

    This observation begs the question: What shall 52 song project become in 2012?

    On to the last one.
    Lyrics
    Wait, it's only the moon on her face
    It's not like she's going away
    Take all of the time you can take

    Her eyes are exploding stars
    If you stare too long you will miss them
    Fade to black but their gravity pulls you in

    Times change, oh well

    I kiss your lips
    I sing your song
    Over and over

    It's not too late
    It's not over

    Wait, it's far from the fears that you face
    There are no more tears to erase
    Take all of the time you can take

    We're here for only an instant
    If you blink too long you will miss it
    Afraid to break but gravity keeps me whole

    Times change, oh well

    I kiss your lips
    I sing your song
    Over and over

    It's not too late
    It's not over

    Wait, take all of the time you will take
    Credits
    Words and Music: Steve Salt
    Steve Salt: Guitar, vocals, programmed drums, bass, organs and cello

    • 1 min
    Song 50: Advent song (live)

    Song 50: Advent song (live)

    Last week, Steve sang about Christmas. This week, Chris sings about advent. Sorry folks, there's no escape. Also, in a 52 song project first, this week's recording is taken from a live performance. We hope you enjoy it.
    Song

    Discussion
    CHRIS: If you ever wonder how long we spend per song (or even if you don't) I want to tell you that simply to open this file, edit the start and end points, save it and convert it into an mp3 took 30 minutes. This song project would have been a lot easier if I'd invested in a new computer.

    Anyway, I can't think of a worse way to mark the death of Christopher Hitchens than to share with you this song that I wrote at the request of my minister and performed in church last week. It's based around Mark 1, which was the reading last week, and it was sandwiched between two short sermons. (You can listen to that full segment--the two sermons and the song--here.)

    And, being late for work, that's all I have to say about that.
    Lyrics
    Listen closely now
    To all the wrong sounds
    Trying to hear

    Listen closely now
    The lost will be found
    The far will be near

    She’s been calling in the wild
    She’s been calling in the wild

    Listen closely now
    Straighten the path
    Make way prepare

    Listen closely now
    The one you would search
    soon will be here

    She’s been calling in the wild
    She’s been calling in the wild
    To prepare for meek and mild
    She’s been calling in the wild

    Listen closely now
    Credits
    Words and Music: Chris Tindal
    Chris Tindal: Guitar and vocals

    • 2 min
    Song 49: Tom’s Christmas

    Song 49: Tom’s Christmas

    Tonight's song started out with a talk with a good friend of mine. We talked about greed, love, the demise of humans... you know, the usual stuff. Being a spiritual man, my friend then proceeded to touch upon Christmas. I talked about life being a collection of human relations, and he reminded me of all the people who will go through Christmas, and many other days this year, alone. And so it was that Tom, a fictional and yet all too real character, appears in my head. This is the story of Tom's Christmas.
    Song

    Discussion
    STEVE: Listen, I am not trying to be a downer. I am just saying, let's remember that Christmas is another day, that there are many around us that are alone, and that it is ok to reach out. Also, listen: it is just after 2 am on Friday morning, and I just enjoyed a wonderful festive dinner with my colleagues. I really want to make these last 4 songs really count, and I hope this one touches the heart, but forgive the amateur quality of the recording - my ProTools is still not up and running and, well sheesh, I am just zonked.

    I am in agreement with you, Chris, let's make the last couple count... I hope we can hang out soon to tackle the last couple of songs together! Crazy that this is almost over, another year is almost through. And I am really proud of our 52 songs. Something to hold on to!

    Today's song is simplistic and straight up. There is a percussion of beer bottles filled at various levels tuned to the required tones, there were two mics set up in the kitchen, and then we just went with it. The reverse audio is just hoopla in the hopes that you pay attention early on.

    Off to bed... and be sure to say hello to Tom this year, whoever they are.
    Lyrics
    Tom's Christmas was all alone
    And that's the way it was for twenty years
    He worked his heart out on his job
    But he lost his love, yes he lost his love

    And his presence was his present and that's all he had

    So let's not forget Tom, he's no less or no more than us
    So let's give and forgive and remember that it's love that's the gift in the end

    Tom's Christmas was all alone
    just like every other day since his soul mate disappeared
    And he wakes up and he goes to sleep
    And there is no Santa Claus and there never was

    Until tonight when you stopped and you asked how are you

    So let's all wish Tom a Merry Christmas and a good day
    And let's give and forgive and remember that it's love that's the gift in the end
    Credits
    Words and music: Steve Salt
    Steve Salt: Guitar and vocals
    Erin Burney: Beer bottles and vocals
    Chris Tindal: What concert were you at tonight? Totally jelly. Let's rock the last three songs together, if possible. 'Night.

    • 1 min
    Song 48: That’s what they say

    Song 48: That’s what they say

    Sit down at your piano without any ideas. Start with Bennie and the Jets (or this Ben Folds song, doesn't matter either way), then, casually glance at a tweet that places the hint of The Simpsons' fake Michael Jackson "Lisa it's your birthday" song in your head. Make up words that kinda hopefully sound cool and maybe mean something to someone. Finish writing and recording the whole thing before you notice any similarities in the melody to The Simpsons' song. Finish with a polyphonic slow build to give the illusion of substance. Realize there are only four songs left and freak out.
    Song

    Discussion
    CHRIS: In Cuba, apparently a "rum and coke" is called a Cuba Libre. The drink is also called that at a small Cuban restaurant in Toronto's west end, where they cost $8 and go down quick. And then you get back from your friend's birthday dinner all full of Cuban sovereignty juice and sit down to write and record a song and this is what you get.

    I think "their words can't hurt me anyway / at least that's what they say" is a clever enough lyric. Not sure if there's anything to the rest of it. But meh it's fine.

    Except seriously now, four songs left! Let's make these the best four songs since Four Songs, amirite? (Steve, we need to find some time to get together and put some effort into this, yeah?)
    Lyrics
    God you’re back again
    Tempting me with words I’m too weak to defend
    No ordinary friend
    With benefits that have to end

    But their words can’t hurt me anyway

    The messages we send
    A grownup game of make believe and let’s pretend
    Just when I think I’m on the mend
    The seams all start to burst and bend

    But their words can’t hurt me anyway
    Their words can’t hurt me anyway

    At least that’s what they say

    Wrapped up so tight we might break
    Bless my soul I’m on the take
    It’s these feelings I can’t shake
    It’s these feelings I can’t shake

    Break my bones, break apart
    Break the rules break my heart
    It’s these feelings I can’t shake
    It’s these feelings I can’t shake
    Credits
    Words and music: Chris Tindal
    Chris Tindal: Piano and vocals

    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

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Jasonqb ,

Great songs

First, I love the whole idea of the 52 song project. Second, the songs are wrote and produced locally in Toronto, Canada. Third, the songs are fun, heart felt and simply super to listen too!!

Great job guys looking forward to the rest of the year!!

52 song project ,

Good start...

Pretty great start to the project. If you like what you hear, please leave a rating or a review, we'd love your feedback! And visit the website for more info.

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