CD sales declined 20 percent in the first three months of this year. At the same time, more and more musicians are taking the do-it-yourself approach — some are taking this concept to the extremes.

Last Sunday, the songwriter Paleo finished a marathon project. Every day for a year he wrote, recorded and posted songs on his Web site. Paleo hasn't just been writing songs in his bedroom. During the last year, he drove more than 50,000 miles and played more than 200 concerts. Along the way, he wrote the lyrics and played his guitar in his van, backstage, whenever he could find a moment. He calls his project a song diary.

(Soundbite of song, "Woman Like Me")

Mr. DAVID "PALEO" TRACKANY (Singer/Songwriter): (Singing) Woman like me, woman like me, I like you…

AMOS: On May 8th of last year, Paleo hosted one of his most upbeat songs, "Woman Like Me," while he was in Lutz, Florida.

(Soundbite of song, "Woman Like Me")

PALEO: (Singing) Woman get me. Woman get me. I get you.

AMOS: Three days later in Washington, D.C. Paleo's mood darkened.

(Soundbite of song, "Let's Talk Clifftops")

PALEO: (Singing) One, two, three (unintelligible) way…

AMOS: If these songs are autobiographical, then it's been a rough year for Paleo.

Another musician called Podington Bear will release a mere 156 songs this year.

(Soundbite of song, "Fantasy and Denouement")

AMOS: Three times a week, Podington Bear uses a laptop and keyboard to record and podcast atmospheric electronic tunes. This one whirs, buzzes, shimmies and clicks like music for an airport walkway in the future.

(Soundbite of song, "Fantasy and Denouement")

AMOS: Samples from just two do-it-yourselfers logging in and creating music day after day. To hear a tiny fraction of the music of Paleo and Podington Bear, visit

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Deborah Amos.


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