From 1985 to 2004 Jacob Wren wrote songs. Lots and lots of songs. Then he completely stopped. At the time not very many people heard them. Every Song I’ve Ever Written is a project about memory, history, things that may or may not exist, songwriting, the internet and pop culture. On this site you can listen to, and download, these songs.
In a way, because hardly anyone heard them, these songs don’t yet exist. If you are reading this, we would like you to consider recording your own version of one of these songs, changing it, making it your own, then sending it to us. We will post every version we receive.
There will also be performances and events. Karaoke nights will allow anyone to sing the songs Karaoke-style, with Jacob playing guitar behind them. Solo performances will feature Jacob performing all of the songs in chronological order (it takes about five hours.) Band Nights will feature a series of local bands in different cities performing one of Jacob’s songs each. After each version, Jacob will interview the band about what it was like to cover the song, and the band will interview Jacob about what it was like to write it.
We are not doing this because we think these are the best songs ever (we hope at least a few of them are good.) We are doing this because hardly anyone heard them at the time, and we are wondering if there is some new, strange way to bring them out into the world. In doing so we hope to raise a few questions about what songs mean on the internet, about what songwriting is actually like today, and also take a sidelong glance back at the recent past.
If you have any questions or comments feel free
to email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Concept, songwriting, performances: Jacob Wren
Website Design: Uniform
Website Programming: Bruno Cloutier
Recording: Radwan Ghazi Moumneh (hotel2tango)
Artistic Consultant: Patricia Boushel
Technical Director: Mathieu Chartrand
Co-production and residency: FFT-Düsseldorf
Wunder der Prärie Festival &
Baltic Circle International Theatre Festival-Helsinki
Presentation and residency: Usine C-Montréal