Bill Wurtz musician and video creator

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Bill Wurtz
Wurtz's YouTube icon
Wurtz's YouTube icon
Background information
OriginNew York City[q 1]
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • singer-songwriter
  • composer
  • YouTuber
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • bass guitar
  • drums
Years active2002–present
Websitebillwurtz.com
YouTube information
Channel
Years active2013–present
Genre
Subscribers4.24 million
Total views486.258 million
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2016
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2017

Updated: October 19, 2020

Bill Wurtz (stylized bill wurtz) is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and online video creator based in New York City. He is known for his distinctive musical and narrative style which includes deadpan delivery and singing paired with colorful surrealist, psychedelic, and non-sequitur graphics.

Wurtz first published material on YouTube in 2013. He set up a website in 2014, presenting a catalog of music and videos he had created since 2002. Wurtz proceeded to upload edited versions of his videos on short-form video-sharing website Vine, where he gained his initial popularity. He experienced breakout success on YouTube with his animated documentaries, history of japan (2016), and history of the entire world, i guess (2017).

Wurtz has been inactive on YouTube since March 2019. He states that he is currently working on videos, but is taking longer to create them since he is in the process of learning new video editing software.[q 2]

Notable projects and videos

Vine videos

Wurtz was first known for his presence on the short-form video-sharing website Vine,[1][2] where he first gained a following in 2014.[3] He began by taking short videos he had previously published to his website and re-editing them to fit Vine's six-second restriction.[3] Before transitioning fully to YouTube, Wurtz was uploading a video to Vine nearly every day.[4] He received early attention in 2015 for the short video "shaving my piano", which was covered briefly in The Verge.[5] On April 11, 2016, Wurtz won the Shorty Award for "Tech & Innovation: Weird" at the 8th Shorty Awards; during the awards ceremony, attention was given to one of his Vine uploads "i'm still a piece of garbage".[6] His acceptance speech for the award was notably curt, as he walked up to the mic, said "Thank you", and immediately walked off the stage.[7] He has stated in a video on his website that this was directly inspired by an acceptance speech given by André 3000.[8](0:00:36)

history of japan

Alongside interest on Vine, Wurtz achieved wider popularity in 2016 with history of japan, a nine-minute YouTube video that outlines Japan's history.[9] The video covers key events of its history: "Buddhism, internal conflict, alliances with Britain, World Wars I and II, the dropping of atomic bombs and its post-war economic miracle".[10] It showcases Wurtz's quirky visual and comedic style through a mixture of fast-paced narration and animation, intercut with short musical jingles. The video was described as "an entertaining new approach to education".[11] It went viral on social media after its release on February 2, 2016, and under a week later, received over four million views by February 8.[10] It particularly received considerable attention on Tumblr[1] and Reddit.[9] As of September 12, 2020, the video boasts over 60 million views. Writer German Lopez for the news website Vox called it a "strange", "pretty good – and suprisingly funny" video. Nevertheless, Lopez noted the poor coverage of Japanese war crimes committed against Korea and China in the 20th century, particularly the Nanjing Massacre and the use of Korean sex slaves, and attributed this omission to the video's short runtime.[12] Wurtz has responded to these criticisms on his questions page, suggesting to viewers to look for other YouTube channels that cover these topics.[q 3]

history of the entire world, i guess

External video
video icon history of japan, YouTube video or download
video icon history of the entire world, i guess, YouTube video or download

Wurtz is best known for history of the entire world, i guess, a 20-minute follow-up to history of japan released on May 10, 2017.[13] Expanding greatly on the subject matter – the video took over 11 months to produce, including almost 3 months of research[4] – it briefly covers the topics of natural history and human civilization spanning from the Big Bang to the near future.[14] Like its predecessor, the video features short "jazzy" musical interludes, which were compared to Thundercat's album Drunk.[15]

history of the entire world, i guess was the top video on the YouTube trending page on the day of its release, receiving 3.2 million views on its first day, and on Reddit it became the most upvoted YouTube link of all time.[2][16] It became an Internet meme[17] and was listed at eighth place on YouTube's list of the top 10 trending videos of the year.[18] As of September 11, 2020, it has over 100 million views. Writer German Lopez for the news website Vox praised the documentary for not heavily focusing on western and US history, and successfully covering other areas in world history which may be neglected in US schools, such as powers in China, Persia, and India.[19] It has been called a "must-see"[15] and is considered to be Wurtz's magnum opus.[3][20] In 2020, Thrillist ranked the video at number 40 on its list of best YouTube videos of all time.[21]

In February 2019, Wurtz uploaded "Wild Frolicking Adventures of Informational Education", a shorter video implicitly referencing his previous history documentaries.[q 4] Wurtz's character haphazardly explains the capitals and iconography of countries before abruptly joking about the "vast spiritual emptiness of doing a video without a topic", and proceeds to visit Antarctica to search for a punishment.[22]

Music videos

After finishing the history videos, music videos became a prominent part of Wurtz's creative output. Between August 21 and December 25, 2018, a total of nine songs with music videos were released. During this time period, Wurtz worked under a two-week schedule, releasing a new song and music video every two weeks.[q 5] This was a breakthrough, since they previously could take up to 14 weeks to make.[q 6] He described the schedule as a "training exercise to increase the quality in ways I never would have found otherwise".[q 7] Wurtz is still actively making music videos and has opted to create a music video for every new song he releases, despite it slowing down his songwriting considerably.[q 8] Wurtz's "sunshine-y" song[23] "Just Did a Bad Thing" and the accompanying video were the last to be released in 2018,[note 1] and spawned TikTok videos of people lip-syncing to the opening lines; in the platform, #ididabadthing became the top hashtag of March 2019.[23][25]

Style

Wurtz has developed an absurdist, surreal style on both his music and animation.[26][27] Eddie Kim wrote for MEL Magazine that Wurtz "refuses to mimic anyone else's animation or musical style, but it's not weird for weirdness' sake alone"; he compared him to Thundercat and Louis Cole, as both employ pretty pop melodies, unexpected chords and multi-layered rhythms.[3] Geoff Carter of Las Vegas Weekly stated "Merge Don Hertzfeldt, Jenny Holzer and Thundercat and you might get someone a little bit like Bill Wurtz",[15] while Nick Douglas of Lifehacker summarized him as "somewhere between comedy and education and vaporwave."[28]

Music

Wurtz's music has been classified as jazz-pop, incorporating elements of lo-fi music, smooth jazz, funk and easy listening.[3][29] Despite that, Wurtz tends to reject genre categorization,[q 9][q 10] and does not consider himself to be a jazz musician.[q 11] Overall, his music evokes malaise, self-deprecation, and a "blurring of the lines between irony, parody and honesty".[30] This is often paired comedically with dire circumstances or sobering undertones.[31] In an interview with Genius, Wurtz stated that "it's a good... songwriting technique to write about something bad with a good sounding melody, because if you can get people to feel good about something bad, then you're bulletproof in life."[32](0:00:46) Wurtz's voice has been described as "silky tenor with range and energy".[3] Some artists have expressed admiration for Wurtz's music, including indie musicians Daði Freyr[33] and Sidney Gish,[34] fellow YouTube musician Adam Neely,[35](1:25:50) DJ and producer Porter Robinson,[36] as well as Australian singer Sia.[37]

'[Music] theory' may be fun, but it's made of liquid and has a tendency to melt. The music comes first and then you figure out how to describe what happened, although fully describing it can never be done. One of the classical composers said 'We will never understand music, but music understands us readily and instantly'.

Bill Wurtz, interview from Bass Guitar magazine[38]

Wurtz is entirely self-taught as a musician, and has not admitted to any formal training. However, it is speculated that he attended classes at Berklee College of Music;[39] in his now-defunct Ask.fm page, he made multiple contradictory references to Berklee.[40][41] Wurtz has also stated to have perfect pitch.[q 12][q 13] He has professed a cautious approach to music theory, insisting that the sound and feeling of music should be prioritized over attempts to conform to theory.[38] A writer for the student newspaper The Harbinger identified the song "i wanna be a movie star" (or simply "movie star") as an example of Wurtz subverting typical approaches to composition, opting to use a mixture of unusual time signatures[note 2] at the risk of sounding "either incomplete or too long". This is claimed as notable due to the song instead managing to "feel completely natural" and "pop-ish", despite most pop music conforming to common time.[31] Wurtz has used different programs to edit his music, including GarageBand from 2009 to 2010,[q 15] and long-discontinued Logic Express 9 until at least 2016.[43]

Videos

Wurtz's videos are typically in a lo-fi,[39] neon[1] aesthetic, and have been described as surreal[27][44] and psychedelic.[4][11] They range from "nonsensical" shorts to animated music videos,[39] and often involve deadpan humor, dancing stick figures, vaporwave-like transitions[3] and neon, sans-serif text on-screen.[26] Wurtz often follows similar patterns in his videos such as multi-layering,[4] including screenshots of built-in macOS applications such as TextEdit,[45] along with clip art images,[39] and showing himself playing "air drums", overlaying images where the drumheads would be.[46] He has stated that this basic style arose out of a necessity to publish videos regularly, and evolved naturally.[4](0:35:27) From his first video up until early 2019, Wurtz created his videos using Final Cut Express 4, a program that was discontinued as far back as in 2011.[4] [47]In 2019, he switched to the more modern software Final Cut Pro X.[q 16][q 17]

At Vidcon 2018, Wurtz answered a question about why his style is so different from other YouTube musicians. He explained that he does not watch any other creators on the platform. Instead, he simply does what he thinks is normal. "My secret is just live under a rock, and stay there," he said.[48] He states on his website that one of his most important goals is to "go my own way and deliver things that challenge and defy… expectations".[q 18] Wurtz has struggled with perfectionism, and is actively trying to overcome it by creating schedules and setting deadlines for himself.[4] In response to a fan question he explained that in the process of overcoming perfectionism he has "been forced to become an expert on carelessness".[q 19]

Wurtz is unwilling to run advertising on his videos, or accept sponsorships, even though he admitted the pressure to do so is "enormous".[3][39] He has explained that advertisements make him "uncomfortable"[4] and that he thinks they "suck".[39] All of Wurtz's videos and music are available for free on his website.[49] Wurtz receives direct fan support, which include crowdfunding on Patreon,[2] streams on music streaming services, and merchandise sales.[39][4](0:44:15) However, he does not heavily promote any of these revenue streams.[4]

Website

While Wurtz has a larger audience on external platforms like YouTube, he is still the most active on his own website, billwurtz.com.[49] It was launched in 2014 but has been described as looking like it was made in the late 1990s due to its simple design.[39] Apart from containing all of his released songs and most of his videos dating back since 2002[3] the website also features many other types of content not available elsewhere. This includes a questions page, as well as an anagram page, where Wurtz allows fans to request words or phrases out of which he creates anagrams.[50] Additionally, Wurtz has posted audio clips of musical improvisation both with vocal and vocal with music usually being piano or keyboard,[51] jazz covers,[52] original instrumental tracks,[53] as well as vlog-style 'reality' videos depicting his creative process.[54][3]

Questions page

Bill Wurtz maintains a section on this website to answer anonymously submitted questions. His answers to questions is considered an aspect of Wurtz's creative output; the style of his answers have been described as "verging on the poetic"[39] and "earnest, if somewhat loopy-sounding".[3] The first question was posted on May 10, 2015,[q 20] and has since been usually updated daily.[q 21] Wurtz used to have an Ask.fm page,[55] but he discontinued it and created his own questions page to allow for complete anonymous questions, and to avoid ads.[q 22] One answer addresses a question concerning Wurtz's personality, which has been identified as an example interaction on the questions page:[39]

10.9.18  7:48 pm   how the heck are you so gosh darn wacky

     i'm just trying to be reasonable[q 23]

Reality page

Wurtz continuously keeps an audio journal, frequently recording himself explaining his thoughts, frustrations, and breakthroughs. About three to four years after the recording date he proceeds to go through the old recordings, taking the highlights and editing them into short clips, as well as adding video elements like text and screenshots. The clips are published under the 'reality' section on Wurtz's website.[54] Wurtz started turning his audio recordings into reality videos after finishing his history of japan project in early 2016. He proceeded to take three months off all other work to edit audio entries recorded between 2010 and 2016, turning them into reality videos.[q 24] The earliest available reality video is based on an audio recording from November 16, 2010, and as of August 2019, a total of 251 reality videos have been released. Wurtz has confirmed that he is planning to create "1000s more" in the future.[q 25] Wurtz has justified the reality project by stating that it is "a way of coaxing [himself] into success at a mountain-movingly hard project" and that it keeps him "calm and organized". He also expressed that "first hand documentary materials should surely be of very high value".[q 26]

Collaborations

Wurtz is known as a solo artist, usually playing all the instruments in his songs himself. In the past, Wurtz rarely publicly recorded with other musicians. However, he has expressed a desire to start collaborating more,[q 27] stating that he "has become insanely sick of himself" and that he is "desperate to collaborate with as many people as possible".[q 28]

On March 11, 2019, Wurtz appeared on drums in a video by the cover band Scary Pockets (a band of Jack Conte and Ryan Lerman). They performed a funk cover of the song "Don't You Want Me" by The Human League.[56][q 29] On April 1, 2019, he played drums on another Scary Pockets cover, this time of the song "You Get What You Give" by New Radicals.[57]

Awards

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2016 Shorty Awards Tech & Innovation: Best in Weird Bill Wurtz Won[6]

Discography

Music videos

Since May 2014 Wurtz has published numerous full-length music videos, following the same format of his shorter videos. He made them available on his YouTube channel:

List of songs with a music video, showing year released.
[View counts accurate as of September 2020]
Year Name Views
(millions)
2014 "new canaan"[58] 0.6
"i like"[59] 0.3
"hey jodie foster"[60] 0.1
2015 "i'm crazy / it's raining"[61] 1.2
"you're free to do whatever you want to"[62] 1.6
"i don't wanna go to school"[63] 8.3
2016 "alphabet shuffle"[64] 6.5
2017 "i wanna be a movie star"[65] 3.7
"outside"[66] 5.3
2018 "La de da de da de da de day oh"[67] 10.8
"and the day goes on"[68] 6.3
"hello sexy pants"[69] 2.8
"hallelujah"[70] 1.6
"i'm Best Friends with my Own Front Door"[71] 2.3
"Mount St. Helens is about to Blow Up"[72] 6.2
"the Moon is made of Cheese (but i can't taste it)"[73] 2.6
"When I Get Older"[74] 2.0
"long long long journey"[75] 2.2
"Slow Down"[76] 1.7
"christmas isn't real"[77] 1.8
"i just did a bad thing"[24] 6.5
2019 "at the airport terminal"[78] 2.1
"might quit"[79] 8.4

Other songs

Wurtz has published many other full-length songs not accompanied by music videos. They are all available on his website,[80] and some are also available on streaming services. Songs include:

2009

  • "the song song" (released August 10, 2009)[81]

2010

  • "dance the" (July 12, 2010)[82]
  • "2010" (September 7, 2010)[83]
  • "eat bread (feel sure)" (September 13, 2010)[84]
  • "the trees" (October 14, 2010)[85]
  • "i'm about to graduate from school" (November 7, 2010)[86]
  • "fever" (November 11, 2010)[87]
  • "dream of evil" (November 24, 2010)[88]

2011

  • "murder your demon" (January 14, 2011)[89]
  • "how am i spost" (May 22, 2011)[90]
  • "Home Again" (May 23, 2011)[91]
  • "no place like home" (June 16, 2011)[92]
  • "do the thing" (June 20, 2011)[93]
  • "i love you" (June 20, 2011)[94]
  • "go to the store" (June 24, 2011)[95]
  • "(what) Love Is" (July 11, 2011)[96]
  • "Do What You Want To Do" (July 15, 2011)[97]
  • "All U Need Is Love" (August 2, 2011)[98]
  • "the world" (September 2, 2011)[99]
  • "Home" (September 9, 2011)[100]
  • "I Guess I've Got to Listen to Bob Marley" (September 23, 2011)[101]
  • "Stupid Song" (September 26, 2011)[102]

2014

  • "textin on my iphone" (February 12, 2014)[103]
  • "rabbit snakes" (February 26, 2014)[104]
  • "the future song" (March 5, 2014)[105]
  • "icy james" (March 12, 2014)[106]
  • "we could just get high" (March 19, 2014)[107]
  • "i'm in bryant park" (March 26, 2014)[108]
  • "tuesday" (April 2, 2014)[109]
  • "It's Gonna Be Alright" (April 23, 2014)[110]
  • "write a song on the count of 3" (May 28, 2014)[111]
  • "i'm confused (i love you)" (June 4, 2014)[112]
  • "this is a song for my next album" (June 11, 2014)[113]
  • "goo soup" (July 9, 2014)[114]
  • "i wanna sail you away" (July 23, 2014)[115]
  • "i can play" (September 3, 2014)[116]
  • "the road" (September 17, 2014)[117]

2017

  • "in california" (May 30, 2017)[118]
  • "i love you" (June 6, 2017)[119]
  • "got to know what's going on" (June 20, 2017)[120]

Furthermore, Wurtz has published a myriad of shorter songs (or jingles) on his website ranging from a couple of seconds to up to a minute in length.[80]

Notes

  1. ^ The song is titled "Just Did a Bad Thing",[23] while the video is titled "i just did a bad thing".[24]
  2. ^ The Harbinger displays the most prominent time signature in the song as 18
    8
    ; Wurtz, however, considers it to be alternating 4
    4
    and 5
    4
    .[q 14] Bill also states that movie star has 9
    4
    in it.[42]

References

Bill Wurtz's questions page

  1. ^ Wurtz, Bill (September 14, 2017). "If I came to new york would I be in close proximity to where you spend a lot of your time?". billwurtz.com. Retrieved July 15, 2019. yes
  2. ^ Wurtz, Bill (August 18, 2019). "Why haven't you made a video for 5 months?". billwurtz.com. Retrieved June 21, 2020. [...]it occurred to me that now might actually be the most fine time to go ahead and do what is known as the 'finalcut transition', which long story short means i have to entirely abandon the primary video editing software i have used for the last 5 years. the reason for that is because it was discontinued in 2011. [...] i always used to say, 'there's never a good time to re-learn everything i know'[...]
  3. ^ Wurtz, Bill. "[...] Why have you glossed over the atrocities Japan has committed, which are major events in Japan's history? Examples include the Rape of Nanking, the South Korean Comfort Women, and the human testing conducted on Chinese civilians.[...]". billwurtz.com. Retrieved September 10, 2020. i think there are some other channels that have the type of video you are looking for
  4. ^ Wurtz, Bill (August 21, 2020). "Is "Wild Frolicking Adventures of Informational Education" related to "history of the entire world, i guess"?". billwurtz.com. Retrieved August 22, 2020. yes
  5. ^ Wurtz, Bill (November 3, 2018). "I am humbly grateful for your uploads every two weeks, even surprising me ahead of schedule; honestly, I wasn't expecting long, long, long, journey until Thursday or Friday. This one has been my morning alarm and have given me wings each time I listen to it [...]". billwurtz.com. Retrieved June 26, 2019. i would probably call it the 2-week song schedule
  6. ^ Wurtz, Bill (October 19, 2018). "why did you have to do fewer clips and takes. Just because of the 14-day schedule?". billwurtz.com. Retrieved June 26, 2019. yes. to put it in perspective, "la de da" was done in 14 weeks
  7. ^ Wurtz, Bill (October 14, 2018). "it's ok if you don't finish the video by Tuesday [...] we (the fans) get brand new content from you bi-weekly, which feels great, remembering that it used to take 8–10 weeks to get a single music video. but what about you bill?". billwurtz.com. Retrieved June 26, 2019. that's not true [...] this is a training exercise to increase the quality in ways i never would have found otherwise [...] it's the biggest breakthrough i've had since the 5-day schedule in early 2014
  8. ^ Wurtz, Bill (June 11, 2019). "[...] keeping up with making the videos to go with the music is going to slow down the whole songwriting process, yes? [...]". billwurtz.com. Retrieved June 26, 2019. [...] ah but have you considered if you had the same passionate drive i do for videos
  9. ^ Wurtz, Bill (June 14, 2016). "is there a genre of music you don't feel confident you could actually pull off [...], or do you think you could tackle pretty much anything?". billwurtz.com. Retrieved August 3, 2019. i don't respect genre names [...]
  10. ^ Wurtz, Bill (December 2, 2018). "do you think music genres help or hinder the art of music?". billwurtz.com. Retrieved September 9, 2020. they are a fun and useful source of hopeless confusion and ambiguity
  11. ^ Wurtz, Bill (January 21, 2019). "Would you consider your style to be a sub-genre of or a derivative of jazz?". billwurtz.com. Retrieved September 17, 2020. no
  12. ^ Wurtz, Bill (December 27, 2018). "do you have perfect pitch? meaning you can name chords and notes instantly just by hearing them". billwurtz.com. Retrieved September 7, 2020. yes except sometimes the very first one of the week might take up to 3 to 4 instants
  13. ^ Wurtz, Bill (January 5, 2017). "do you think your composing process would be different if you didn't have perfect pitch?". billwurtz.com. Retrieved September 7, 2020. absolutely not
  14. ^ Wurtz, Bill (December 24, 2018). "any examples/moments of 5/4 time signature in any of your released songs?". billwurtz.com. Retrieved September 9, 2020. the main lines of movie star, i consider to be alternating 4/4+5/4
  15. ^ Wurtz, Bill (March 13, 2019). "do you use garageband? [...]". billwurtz.com. Retrieved September 12, 2020. i used it during 2009 and 2010 only
  16. ^ Wurtz, Bill (August 18, 2019). "Why haven't you made a video for 5 months?". billwurtz.com. Retrieved August 19, 2019. [...] it occured to me that now might actually be the most fine time to go ahead and do what is known as the 'finalcut transition', which long story short means i have to entirely abandon the primary video editing software i have used for the last 5 years. [...]
  17. ^ Wurtz, Bill (January 2, 2018). "Will you upgrade to final cut 10?". billwurtz.com. Retrieved August 19, 2019. i wouldn't consider that an upgrade, that would be more like switching to something entirely new. but i am still probably going to do it
  18. ^ Wurtz, Bill (April 18, 2016). "Why not take requests for Patrons that pay more than $25? A custom song for those who want it, and it pays for the electricity". billwurtz.com. Retrieved March 12, 2019. one of the most important things i aim to do is go my own way, and deliver things that challenge and defy the expectations. if that is not what you are interested in, then you should not be supporting me
  19. ^ Wurtz, Bill (October 17, 2018). "i'm not sure if you're a perfectionist or a bit anything goes. which is it?". billwurtz.com. Retrieved June 26, 2019. i have a deeply rooted and incapacitating perfection problem, and in the process of overcoming it i have been forced to become an expert on carelessness. [...]
  20. ^ Wurtz, Bill (May 10, 2015). "where has the fun gone (at bottom of page)". i will check
  21. ^ Wurtz, Bill (June 30, 2019). "do you answer these questions as they come or is there enough that you have to divide them into answerable chunks?". billwurtz.com. Retrieved July 19, 2019. usually 1 answer session per day
  22. ^ Wurtz, Bill (January 17, 2017). "why did you opt for your own question page (your own domain) rather than a site like ask.fm ??". billwurtz.com. Retrieved July 24, 2020. the reason i thought ask.fm was good was because you don't have to sign-up just to ask a question. so i used ask.fm, and it worked great. but then about a year later, someone finally told me that that's not true, you actually do have to sign up to ask a question. so i made my own. and as with most things on the site, i like this much better because i can make it exactly how i want and there's no ads
  23. ^ Wurtz, Bill (October 9, 2018). "how the heck are you so gosh darn wacky". billwurtz.com. Retrieved September 5, 2019. i'm just trying to be reasonable
  24. ^ Wurtz, Bill (March 14, 2019). "have you been recording 'reality' material and are therefore three years behind?". billwurtz.com. Retrieved August 17, 2019. it's been a part of my life for at least 8 years. none of it was ever edited/produced until 2016 when i took 3 months off of all other content to only produce reality content 2010–2016. since then, i have never been able to find a way to produce it in any sizeable quantity without it taking away devastating amounts of time from the production of other content (videos/songs, etc). in addition, i wouldn't want the production to be fully up to date, because one of the things that makes the reality section more compelling is the fact that it is edited years later when i know how the story is going to turn out. so i can make much stronger use of foreshadowing that way
  25. ^ Wurtz, Bill (August 22, 2019). "Are you ever going to do more reality videos?". billwurtz.com. Retrieved August 23, 2019. 1000s more
  26. ^ Wurtz, Bill (April 7, 2019). "what made you want to start doing the audio journal reality things?". billwurtz.com. Retrieved August 17, 2019. as a way of coaxing myself into success at a mountain-movingly hard project. in other words, if i do actually succeed in moving a mountain, the first hand documentary materials should surely be of very high value. [...]
  27. ^ Wurtz, Bill (October 17, 2018). "Hey Bill ever thought of collaborating on a song with someone else". billwurtz.com. Retrieved June 26, 2019. i never thought about it before but i am thinking about it now
  28. ^ Wurtz, Bill (March 11, 2019). "Can we expect more collaborations like the one with scary pockets? Maybe opening up the door for the Bill Wurtz "real" big band?". billwurtz.com. Retrieved March 12, 2019. suddenly within the past year i've become insanely sick of myself. and i am now desperate to collaborate with as many people as possible
  29. ^ Wurtz, Bill (March 11, 2019). "YOOOO that scary pockets arrangement was fuckin fire!!!!! ... do you know which genius was responsible for it (the arrangement not the tour)?". billwurtz.com. Retrieved August 23, 2020. the arrangement happened amongst the group within a very short time frame (about 45 minutes for the arrangement and recording)...

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  82. ^ "dance the".
  83. ^ "2010".
  84. ^ "eat bread (feel sure)".
  85. ^ "the trees".
  86. ^ "i'm about to graduate from school".
  87. ^ "fever".
  88. ^ "dream of evil".
  89. ^ "murder your demon".
  90. ^ "how am i spost".
  91. ^ "Home Again".
  92. ^ "no place like home".
  93. ^ "do the thing".
  94. ^ "i love you".
  95. ^ "go to the store".
  96. ^ "(what) love is".
  97. ^ "do what you want to do".
  98. ^ "all u need is love".
  99. ^ "the world".
  100. ^ "home".
  101. ^ "bob marley".
  102. ^ "stupid song".
  103. ^ "textin on my iphone".
  104. ^ "rabbit snakes".
  105. ^ "the future song".
  106. ^ "icy james".
  107. ^ "we could just get high".
  108. ^ "bryant park".
  109. ^ "tuesday".
  110. ^ "it's gonna be alright".
  111. ^ "write a song on the count of 3".
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  113. ^ "this is a song for my next album".
  114. ^ "goo soup".
  115. ^ "i wanna sail you away".
  116. ^ "i can play".
  117. ^ "the road".
  118. ^ "in california".
  119. ^ "i love you (2017 version)".
  120. ^ "got to know what's going on".

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