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February 12, 2012 » Results of the 2011 Album Composition Challenge

Back in 2009, Phil Taylor and I challenged each other to make a new album.  The idea was that neither of us were producing enough material, so we invented the challenge to force us to produce something. The result for me was The Threshold of Omniscience, which contains some of my best lyrics and songs to date.  Given the success of that, we decided to make a new challenge this year.

We added a few more rules this time around.  We had from November 11, 2011 to February 12, 2012 to make a new album of 7-10 songs.  We also made a stipulation that one of the songs lyrics had to make the alphabet with the first letter of each line, and we both chose a theme and a list of words that the other had to use in the album.

For me, Phil chose the theme “a childhood memory/childhood memories” and the following words:  glib, quid pro quo, unambiguous, dichotomy, garish, permission, strategy, illuminate, blanket, mansion.

Once the album was done, we submitted the lyrics to one another and each of us chose the other’s album title.

So, with no further ado, I am happy to announce that the videos for Within The War Without Without The War Within are now live on YouTube.  (The playlist should be embedded below.)

Take a listen and tell me what you think!

High quality mp3s are also free to download on the album page.

Featured Content

Lucky Town The song most would consider my signature song. "Lucky Town" has a way of captivating any audience I play it for ...

The Holler Wind A blistering and intriguing bluegrass/rock banjo instrumental. This is the first cut from my "Sneaky Whisper" banjo-instrumental album (also one of my best composition attempts).

Unnatural album cover

My self-deemed "masterpiece."

Listen to the entire album in lo-fi, or download the full, high fidelity album from CD Baby!