“There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium; and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, not how it compares with other expression. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.”
- Martha Graham, godmother of modern dance
jake the dog, coolest dude.
A DAO is a living, breathing collection of humans. Humans are messy. This is all up for debate and subject to change.
Song A Day NFTs are for governance.
Since 2015, artists of all kinds have been experimenting with various ways of expressing digital scarcity. We have things like 1 of 1s, open editions, 10,000 PFP projects, and limited runs of generative art.
The common element is that digital scarcity is something that we impose on our work; it's not a naturally occurring thing.
I often think about how, someday, I'll spend my last Hanukkah with my parents. How many more do we have left? How many more nights will I put my kids to bed? How many more times can I tuck them in and give them hugs and kisses and sing to them?
Song A Day NFT achieves digital scarcity through time. I will only ever write one song a day. I wrote 2000 songs before Ethereum was invented. I wrote another 1500 before I learned about digital scarcity. All of these songs will soon be NFTs, and starting in late fall/early winter of 2022, as I enter my 14th year of Song A Day, I will be releasing each new song as an NFT, every single day.
I can't tell you how many Song A Day NFTs there will be because I'm missing one crucial detail: I don't know how long I will live.
I was living in Berkeley, CA. My work on the Mario Opera had ended, and my time as GameJew was coming to a close. I was making a living doing odd songwriting gigs, and I was looking for something new to throw myself into.
the mario opera
me, as gamejew, singing to miyamoto
On January 1st of 2009, I set out to write a song a day for a month. 31 days went by and I decided to try for a year. Since January 1st of 2010, it's been indefinite.
I've kept this project going through everything life has thrown at me, the good and the horrible: Through the death of my grandmother, through my marriage to the woman of my dreams, the birth of my two kids, hospital stays, health scares and more sick days than I can count (including 4 awful bouts of food poisoning).
Song A Day is a creative outlet, it's a diary, and it's the basis of how I've made my living for almost a decade and a half.
The goal of SongADAO & Song A Day NFT is to finally, after 14 years, make Song A Day self sustaining financially.