I’m tempted to start with the numbers, but Project 194 isn’t about numbers, it’s about faith, and love, and other things that aren’t always measurable and quantifiable.
Elizabeth Gilbert (the author of The Signature of All Things as well as another little book you may have heard of called Eat Pray Love) showed up in my Facebook feed this morning with this fourteenth-century Sufi poem:
Even after all this time,
The Sun never says to the Earth,
“You owe me.”
Look what happens with a love like that.
It lights the whole sky.
There’s a part of me that feels, after forty years of setting words to music (and vice versa) and sharing my creations with the world, like I’m owed something. Acclaim. Attention. Remuneration. Respect. I’ve gotten enough recognition to keep me going, but when I’m honest with myself, I realize I don’t do it for the recognition. I do it because I have to. Just like the sun’s nature is to shine, it is my nature to make songs, and having made them, it seems wrong to keep them hidden away.
“No man lights a lamp and sets it in a hidden place or under a bushel but over a lamp stand, that those who enter may see its light.” That’s a Gospel truth (and the seed of a Godspell lyric). I began Project 194 as a way to let my light shine, and it is gratifying to hear from those who have seen its brightness.
This is the perfect moment for a reprise of “Have A Little Faith,” the song from A Tiny Miracle that I posted fifty days ago on Day 24 of Project 194.
Now for the numbers: Google Analytics tells me there have been close to 400 sessions where someone spent a meaningful amount of time on the site, an average of over seven minutes per session. That adds up to 48 hours – two full days, round the clock – of people on the site, listening to my tunes. It’s a far cry from the streaming statistics of a hit song like Uptown Funk, but considering my intention, I feel a glow of accomplishment when I consider these stats.
One of the more surprising facts I gleaned from Google Analytics is the international profile of my readers. Obviously, most of my visitors come from the US, but any guesses about the country with the second-largest number of visitors? Brazil, of all places, with more than twice as many sessions as the third-place United Kingdom! Bom dia, Brazil!
The site has also generated a bit of coverage, including the Philadelphia arts blog Phindie.com and the industry site musicalwriters.com. It’s been great to be noticed by these outside sites, and I hope to get more coverage like this as the marathon continues. After all, I’m only a little more than third of the way through my 194 days, and there’s a lot more songs every bit as good as the ones I’ve posted already.
If you’ve enjoyed your visits here, tell a friend to check out project194.com or post a favorite page on Facebook or Twitter. I’m grateful to everyone who visits and keeps the music playing!