Although beloved by some of music's biggest names (Bon Iver, Death Cab for Cutie, Ben Folds) and praised by the likes of NPR, the Onion AV Club, and Daytrotter Clem Snide has managed to stay mostly below the radar for over a decade. After many soured relationships with various music industry middle men Clem Snide is now truly an "indie" artist.
Refusing to give up and always looking for new and exciting ways to create and connect with his fellow human beings, songwriter and leader Eef Barzelay began reaching out to fans with an offer to write them a "personal song", (which would be rendered in a simple home recorded solo acoustic fashion). The result of this year and half long experiment in co-creation has been most fruitful and has led to over 100 songs to date.
Almost counter intuitively the more songs he would write for others the more energy and inspiration he found to make his own songs (that's why he's content to keep the price relatively low at $200) And so subsequently Eef amalgamated the melodic and lyrical themes of love, devotion, and surrender and created a dozen or so new songs which he plans to record with K.D. Lang and Ben Folds producer Joe Pisapia and some of Nashville's sexiest players some time this summer.
The money raised by this campaign will go towards the recording and promotion of "Songs for Mary" and also hopefully expand this process of blurring the line between artist and fan.
Here's a video Eef made for one of the first personal songs he wrote:
And here's one made by some proud parents with the song Eef wrote for their fresh new baby:
And one where he took a poem sent to him and made it into a song:
- (30 days)