Just uploaded the first song for 52 of 28. Worked on it most of the day, and I’d be lying if i said it wasn’t frustrating. But by the end i was feeling pretty good.

<a href="http://rushmorebeekeepers.bandcamp.com/track/if-i-left-the-stove-on-52-1">if i left the stove on (52-1) by rushmore beekeepers</a>

trying not to be too paranoid these days
but that’s harder than it seems
it’s nothing anyone says
it’s nothing anyone does
just the way i see things
and i could stay up all night
and listen to records
and i might not feel any worse
and i might not feel better
don’t know why these words come out
don’t know why some don’t

trying not to wonder if i left the stove on
or if i locked the door
what will i say to the people i meet
will i turn off the lights ‘fore i go to sleep
and did i lock the door
and i could stay up all night
but it would still slip away
the sun may not shine
but it’s still another day
maybe that’s what keeps me going
maybe that’s what keeps me going

So I decided I need to do something more with music, and I want it to be an ongoing project, something that will keep me thinking creatively. I’ve considered the rock-opera / folk-opera, but I’m just not sure I can pull that off. (I did write one in high school, but we won’t talk about that.) I’ve wanted to write more, though, and what better way to start my 28th year than with a song project?

Butch Hancock had his tape-of-the-month, Paleo had The Song Diary, so why not? It’s fairly reasonable to assume someone (in this case, me) could write and record one song a week. Of course, four a month and fifty-two a year sounds a bit more intimidating. But one week at a time.

The first song is written and will be recorded and available by saturday. Then I’ll be down to fifty-one! Unless I decide to keep the project going, but don’t get your hopes up.

Rushmore Beekeepers’ fifth release, Throwing Mud At Your Streetlight, has hit the shelves (figuratively speaking)! Amanda Hawkins (ahhh-design.com) designed (and printed, cut, and sewed) the insert and cover art, which was stenciled and stamped by Carrie and me. It was recorded, like most RB albums, over the course of a few years and, for the first time, all across the Great Southwest: Las Cruces, NM; Las Vegas, NV; and one song recorded at Greene Means Go in Phoenix, AZ, with Sam Greene of flyaway tigers.

All together, Throwing Mud, we’ll call it, has sixteen songs and one blank track; two bonus songs (you know I love bonus songs) are alternate takes from 2004’s Maybe By This Time Next Year: “Gallery Opening” (a song I meant to include but lost somewhere) and a band-sounding “Gravity’s My Best Friend.” It features live favorites “What It’s Like To Be Sad” (aka “The Zombie Song”), “Some Bad Words,” and “Like A Pirate’s Hat” (the last two are originally Like Winter Weather songs — remember them?), and some other songs I love just as much.

<a href="http://rushmorebeekeepers.bandcamp.com/album/throwing-mud-at-your-streetlight">hands out to the sun by rushmore beekeepers</a>

You can buy it at http://rushmorebeekeepers.bandcamp.com in its name-your-price digital version or as an old-fashioned CD, which includes an immediate download to hold you over. (I should note the digital version doesn’t have the two bonus tracks, but I’ll post those as free downloads soon, I promise.) I plan to put some of my “classic” material on bandcamp also, and perhaps some free songs (if you’re good), so check back!

As always, thanks for reading, listening, and just being you.

Zach

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