It began as a lark
As a game I guess
To see if I’d win
At solitaire chess
Those are the opening lines for song #59 in this set of 60 one-minute songs, but as I read them now I realize that they are as good a description as any for my reasoning in writing a suite of 60 very short songs. (To be precise, they’re not al all exactly one minute long—some are a bit short some a bit longer.)
The idea really did begin as a lark, sometime in 2009 when Twitter was coming to the fore. I wondered what the musical equivalent of a 140 character tweet might be? So I wrote maybe 10 or 15 songs, abandoned the project, wrote some more, abandoned some more, and so on.
The more I wrote, the more ridiculous the idea—music to tweet by—seemed. The problem was that the initial inspiration, like most initial inspirations, was a half-baked idea at best. But the idea kept gnawing at me: something was telling me I had something there that I needed to explore. Besides, I liked several of the songs.
And then, about 3 years ago, that what the project was missing was a broader dramatic structure.