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A thousand days: Minnesota singer reaches milestone in 'songadayproject'

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The Beach Boys once said (or sang), "add some music to your day," advice one Minnesota musician has apparently taken to heart – and lived by for a thousand days.

That's not an exaggeration. On Tuesday, singer-songwriter Zachary Scot Johnson hit the milestone in his "song a day" project, which he began in 2012 with a casual iPhone recording of "Catch the Wind," a tune by 60s-era singer Donovan.

He then "set out with a goal to record a song a day, every day, for as long as he could," according to his website, which says the daily series has garnered over 31 million YouTube views.

To celebrate his 1,000th song – a cover of Sia's "Chandelier" – Johnson invited rising indie pop musician Jeremy Messersmith (himself a Twin Cities resident and a guest on David Letterman's "Late Show" last summer) to sit in and sing the lead vocal.

Johnson provides a masterful harmony and piano accompaniment as he and Messersmith perform the soaring ballad, which you can watch below:

https://youtu.be/VEJU49ZpbBg

And there could be more high-profile guests in his future, as Messersmith certainly isn't the first celebrity to make an appearance on the YouTube channel.

According to Johnson's website, actor Jeff Daniels (of "Dumb and Dumber" fame), Peter Yarrow of folk group Peter, Paul and Mary and singer Lisa Loeb are just a few of the notables who have helped him realize his ambitious project to sing a song a day.

But now that he's reached his thousandth song, what happens next? Johnson told the Pioneer Press he isn't too sure, but he suggests he's likely to just keep going.

"I really think 5,000 or 10,000 days would be a breeze," he remarked to the paper.

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