Max Bemis, mastermind behind Say Anything has decided to write custom tailored songs for fans if they submit him a paragraph or two about any topic, problem, situation they wish. The official message doesn’t mention price but a personalized song is going to run you a cool $150. That seemed kind of steep the first time i read it, (I still have a 5 year old’s conception of money) but considering that that’s the same price as numerous box sets and waaaay less than any of the fine art I’ve tried to buy (blogging doesn’t exactly bring you the finer things in life) it seems downright reasonable especially after Bemis promises he “won’t be writing any crappy songs.” Considering the time required to write a song and record it, not to mention sifting through all that mail I’d say this move is definitely on the sincere side of the spectrum but I’m not too sure about the whole “changing the music industry” claims.
Here’s the official message.
In an effort to minimize the gap between music listeners and performers, take up time on warped tour, and find some solution for the fact that anyone can download any of his gosh-darn albums for free, Max came up with a predictably crazy idea in a haze of sleeping medication.
Max has decided to open the door for a limited time to Say Anything fans to submit ONE to TWO paragraphs about an issue they are having, a serious problem they are going through, or even something they just felt should be written about. If you are selected, Max will take two to three days to deliver an acoustic, full length actual Say Anything song based on your experiences and what you submitted! Each song is 100 percent written by Max for YOU, the buyer.
No two songs will be the same. It will also be named after you. Songs can also be written for special situations like anniversaries, engagements or the death of your dog.
And here’s the video where Max explains the project himself. It’s worth a look.