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    A few weeks ago, I sent out this e-mail to a particular circle of friends:

    Hi there, everyone.

    If you're receiving this e-mail, it means that you're a friend with whom I've exchanged music at least once or twice in the last ten years. It also means that I know you to be a person who holds opinions about music, possibly passionate ones, and that I trust your opinions (even though they may not align exactly with mine). In other words, you are the people with whom I'd consider starting a project that involves music.

    So here's the idea. Many of you know that for most of the last ten years I have made "end of year" mixes and lists trying to capture small and idiosyncratic snapshots of what the year in music looked like. I've been thinking, this year, of doing something "big" for the end of the decade, but couldn't decide exactly what I wanted to do, especially given the usual limits of time and energy. Then today it hit me: what I really wanted to do is something that wasn't just a solo project, but rather something that was collaborative, something that would involve the people who (in one way or another) who helped to define what this decade's musical landscape looked like for me.

    So here's the plan.

    I have acquired a blogspot domain with which we can play—http://aughtmusic.blogspot.com. From June 1, 2009 until Jan 1, 2010, I plan on posting at least few tracks a week (as MP3s) to this blog, along with short appreciative write-ups. I don't intend on writing them all myself, though, or even choosing all the tracks—that wouldn't be very collaborative, would it?

    So here's how you can help out:

    1) Pick a song you like.

    2) Write a short appreciation of it. By "short" I mean that around a paragraph is fine, but longer is OK too. [Note: I'm intending to proceed chronologically, starting with a few weeks devoted to songs / tracks released in 2000, and moving forward from there, finally wrapping up with 2009 around the end of the year. So for now, I'm only collecting write-ups for tracks released in 2000. I'll let you know when we're getting ready to move on to 2001.]

    3) Send me the appreciation in an e-mail, and attach an MP3 version of the track. [If the track is too long to fit comfortably as an attachment, or if your e-mail client balks for some other reason, touch base with me—we can work something out.]

    4) Repeat as desired.

    That's it! I can host the file and handle the back-end leg-work of turning your write-up into a blog post.

    Collectively, you form a very eclectic group, but this seemed like a good way that we could all share our opinions with one another, enjoy some camraderie, and end up with a nice collection that celebrates a decade of good music. What say you?

    The project is currently underway—you can check it out here. I've been pleased enough with this project's first phase that I'm expanding my call for participation. So if you're interested, drop me a line here or through the usual channels. (The intake of entries for the year 2000 is now closed, but I'm accepting write-ups of stuff from 2001 until June 21st.)

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    Wednesday, June 03, 2009
    8:36 AM


    Hey Jeremy,

    I'm almost completely settled with the move. I'm hoping to start making regular contributions to this blog starting next week.

    There may be a sprinkling of Decemberists' material once it gets to 2005...so be warned.
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