music video dir. Albert Birney
Since January of 2009, Jonathan Mann has written and recorded one song everyday.
During the month of June, 2011, financed by a Kickstarter campaign in which he raised $13,000, Jonathan changed his process by collaborating with other musicians every day of the month. Thus was born June-A-Day, live-streamed on the internet, and culminating in 30 unique songs.
In the past Jonathan had tried to rework and fine-tune some of the best songs written over the course of his normal Song-A-Day life. Although these studio recordings sounded better in terms of fidelity, he felt that they lacked a sense of spontaneity that comes from writing one new song daily.
For June-A-Day, in an effort to take advantage of both fidelity and spontaneity, Jonathan brought musicians into the studio that would complement his songwriting skills. The core team (in the studio everyday) was: Thomas Hughes and Nick Krill of the Spinto Band who engineered and produced the record, and Matt Payne (of the Glowing Stars) who provided string and horn arrangements. In all, 19 people
contributed (some in the studio and some remotely) to the songs. This diverse group of people added everything from their voice, to the sitar, mbira, bass clarinet and banjo. For a complete list of June-A-Day's collaborators, go to: www.bit.ly/sadjune
The vision behind June was to celebrate the milestone of Jonathan's 1000th
Song-A-Day song, which fell on September 28, 2011. In addition to musical collaboration, Jonathan reached out to his loyal followers for their opinion. From July 1 to July 15 fans from around the world were given the opportunity to vote for their 12 favorite songs from the month of June. Thus was born Song A Day: The Album, which will be released in a celebration of music, friendship and collaboration on September 28 in San Francisco, California.
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