By Jonathan Mann
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A weekly exploration of creativity, music and the craft of songwriting. Hosted by Jonathan Mann, the "Song A Day Mann", who's been writing a song every day since January 1st, 2009.
||Getting Burnt Out||It's true! Sometimes even the making-ist of makers can feel like they've hit a brick wall. But our intrepid hosts give us insight into the world beyond that wall, where space and time cease to mean anything at all and consciousness flows freely in...||12/9/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Where Do Ideas Come From?||This week Chris and Jonathan discuss where they get their ideas and we hear a special Thanksgiving Day song.||11/21/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||We Need A Producer||In this week's episode of SOMETIMES Making, Jonathan laments the fact that we missed last week. We talk about how we've influenced other people. We try to figure out what to do to move forward with the show. All that plus Good Song Bad Song Good...||11/16/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Finesse It||--||11/3/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Doing What You Love and What Matters||This week, Jonathan and Chris try to figure out what "matters". Also, Jonathan enthustastically lays out his wish to host the first ever "Thing-A-Day" conference.||10/18/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||A SHORT MAKE: Making Stuff That Matters||We couldn't get our act together this week! So Jonathan tells you a little bit about what he's been up to.||10/12/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Routines, Schedules & Data||Chris discusses his new routine and how that has effected his daily drawings. Jonathan is collecting data and shares one of his worst song-a-days.||10/3/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Jonathan Is Sick (Again, But It's Different This Time)||Jonathan has a cold, you know, which is way different from the stomach thing he had a few weeks ago. We talk to Chris about his first Crit as a teacher, and all the work he's getting. Jonathan gives us an in depth view of how he produced his...||9/26/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Internet-ing With Meighan O'toole||Woman-about-the-internet Meighan O'toole comes on the show to discuess all things social media, internet, creativity and beyond. AWESOME!!||9/19/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||How I Write A Song A Day: The Talk||Whoa! This week totally got away from us and we weren't able to record a show. Shoot! To make up for it, we're sharing a talk that Jonathan gave last year at a gallery in Berkeley that details his exploits in writing a song a day. Fun fact: He also...||9/13/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Let's Write A Song Together||Jonathan hasn't written his song yet and he enlists Chris to help him write it on air.||9/7/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Sick Sick Sick Making Sick Sick Sick||In this episode, Jonathan has the stomach flu. The boys talk about how they make while under the influence of bacterial infections and viruses. They discuss their hatred of headphone "technology".||8/30/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Whatcha Working On?||in this week's episode, Jonathan talks about the various projects he's working and the internet superstars that inspire him. Also, Chris has some big, big news.||8/23/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Jonathan Fails At Twitter||In this episode, we can't find anything to disagree about. We talk about the differences between big projects and little projects and how making something everyday sometimes feels very small. Chris complains some more, and we try and fail to figure...||8/15/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||How To Take A Vacation And Still Always Make||In this episode Jonathan is in Hawaii while Chris is at home complaining about things he shouldn't be complaining about. They discuss how they handle their daily projects while traveling. Chris contemplates a potential lifestyle change...||8/8/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Downsides and The Dark Sides||Writing a song and making a drawing a day isn't all sunshine and roses. Nope, when it comes to constant creativity, there are definitely some downsides. We discuss these problems at length in this episode.||7/31/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||What Is Internet Fame? With Josh LaFayette||In this episode, illustrator/designer/musician Josh LaFayette, joins us to discuss his daily drawings and assorted music projects. We also chat about internet fame, twitter jerks, the worst jingle ever, good times and end times.||7/25/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Have We Made Progress?||The boys discuess the question of whether or not they've made any progress. Meanwhile, Chris continues to trounce Jonathan in the Game of Twitter Followers.||7/18/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Gear Sluts||Jonathan and Chris discuss their unfortunate and obsessive lust after gear, particularly Apple products they decidedly don't need. They also talk about a recent RadioLab episode that centered around obsessive creativity. As usual, they review a random...||7/12/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Process||Jonathan and Chris walk you through a typical day in their lives and give an insight into the nitty-gritty of their process.||7/4/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Trolls, Numbers, and a Day vs. a Week||In which Jonathan and Chris discuss why they're so obsessed with how many Twitter followers they have, the true nature of trolls and why they do a Thing-A-Day as opposed to a Thing-A-Week||6/27/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Influences and Inspirations||Chris and Jonathan discuss the myriad and disparate influences that made them the artists they are today. These include: Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Jonathan Richman, Disney's Robin Hood, Chris' Uncle's ex-girlfriend and more!||6/20/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||FAQs and Answers||Chris and Jonathan discuss the answers to various frequently asked questions. How do you do your thing a day? Why? Is this your job? Where do you get your ideas? And so on!||6/13/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Always Making: Introductions and Attitudes||In this inagural episode of Always Making, Jonathan and Chris awkwardly and charmingly introduce themselves. They talk about how they got started being creative, as well as what led them to post things every day on the internet. They hit on internet...||6/6/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Why Do We Create Things and Does Music Set Us Apart?||In which Jonathan tries to get to the bottom of his motivations for creating stuff. Also, there's a bunch of songs. Also, he talks about a beautiful video he saw online in which music is used to draw out a man afflicted with Alzheimer's.||5/14/12||Free||View In iTunes|
I have been a fan of Jonathan Mann for a few months now. I was very excited when I found out he made a podcast. This guy is one of the best around and I can say for certain the music he creates makes my day better. I highly recommend you check it out, you will be glad you did.
Inside the creative process
Whether you're a fan of Jonathan Mann or not (which I am!), there's something to appreciate in this podcast. With his earnest candor, Mann explains his relationship to music, his Song A Day project, and generally makes the listener respected and appreciated.
Loving it so far. Jonathan talks (and as I like to say, ponders) about different aspects of the creative process in a way that's interesting and relatable even if songwriting isn't your bag. I like to draw and a lot of what he says still applies. Jonathan also just sounds like a nice dude and like he's being sincere and genuine on the podcast. Hope to hear more soon :)