Hello friends and supporters and funders.
I continue to be very excited and happy about the HERRINGBONE CD, and while there's nothing snagging the project up or anything that in any way is putting the project in question, I have to report that the entire thing is simply taking longer than I had ever wanted or hoped it would take. This is because I am trying to juggle a few other things, and because I'm pretty much doing all the coordinating of it myself, and that has made things move at a much more leisurely pace. But we have gotten over a hump, I think, and I wanted to give you a more detailed report of our progress.
I am really happy with the way the recording sounds. It really is a cool recording and there won't be many other cast albums like this when it's done - it's really got its own thing going on. Scott Lehrer and Leon Rothenberg at 2nd Story Sound did a brillant job recording the concert live at Dixon Place, and it is a combination of honest, spontaneous and live but also pretty clean, and a very faithful recording of Tom, Skip and Ellen's wonderfully eccentric show. We all seem to be in agreement that it plays very well as a "radio show" even though it's only me playing all the parts. I hope everyone else enjoys following the characters and the story as much as we think they will. It's a tall, tall tale with some memorable characters and really great songs.
I went into a very detailed editing process with Scott, Leon and MD Dan Lipton, all guys I have worked with over the years many times. We put a lot of care into cutting the recordings of the two performances and dress rehearsal together seamlessly, and the result is the best of all possible worlds. I am proud of the loving work everyone did. The band (Ben Campbell, Rich Huntley) sounds great, and Dan is in particularly rare form on the piano. Skip's score is probably the hardest piano score I've ever worked with, and over the years I've found it extremely difficult to find pianists who can actually play it at all, let alone with the musicianship Dan brings to it. Dan is doing the piano equivalent of what I'm doing in the show as an actor playing multiple roles - in his two hands are the different instruments of an orchestra rolled into one piano score. There's some extremely difficult fingering throughout (yeah that's what SHE said, BAM).
After we got a mix that everyone loved, which took a while 'cause of everyone working on other projects and me traveling and Sandy and all that, we took some time and care to do the track-breaks, and with a live musical performance that's really tricky. We don't want people not being able to pull just the songs from the score, but we also wanted the play to have a strong identity, too, especially because the whole motivation for the CD is to honor bookwriter Tom Cone's memory.
So now that is done and the whole shebang is going to be mastered, which is a process I STILL don't understand. Scott has tried to explain this to me numerous times wearing various costumes and drawing whimsical diagrams, and I am still not sure what it is. But I do know it's a necessary technical part of this process, and the final one in the process of making a recording.
Mike Croiter at Yellow Sound Label has been great, and we are really excited about the packaging, it's gonna be kind of awesome. I won't say too much about it, but I am really liking working with Asaf Shurafa, who designs a lot of CD packaging for Mike, and we have a really cool concept. Asaf is knee deep in that now. This is a part of the process that I particularly love.
The mastering should roughly time out with the package design, and then the project will go to manufacturing, which I am told isn't a long one.
So, obviously I'm asking for your patience once again. I hope you can keep hoping and trusting that we are working on this and that the CD will be done soon.
It's important for me to say I don't take lightly that each of you gave the money to pay for this from your hearts and that, for the record, I would never "take your money" without doing my part of our deal. I am still overwhelmed that you all gave; it is a wonderful, full, supportive feeling tied directly into some of the things I love most about being on the performer end of the performer-audience relationship.
My plan is to get the T-Shirts out before the new year. In order to make this happen, we will need everyone to fill out the questionnaire we are going to email you through Kickstarter asking for your mailing information. We will probably ask EVERYONE to fill out the same questionnaire to keep things steamlined, so if you wouldn't mind, please let us know what your T-Shirt size is, even if you DIDN''T buy a T-shirt, so we can have it on file. I am slowly rolling out the "Twitter poems" so please be on the lookout for yours if you paid for one!
I hope this finds you warm and safe, and surrounded by one or two things that make you smile. I am deeply grateful to you for your support, and even though it's taken way longer than I had hoped, I promise I will not let you down. happiest of holiday seasons, friends.
As always, this is from BD, myself. Kickstarter always encourages participating artists to write frequent updates, especially the kind that explain where we are with things. They have this thing called Kickstarter Academy or something like that, that teaches you how do things just right, which I followed pretty closely until I got a little overwhelmed and inundated. So I am pretty sure I flunked out of the tutorial program! But I am coming back like a 13th Grader returning to high school meeting all new friends like a loser to update you all and to tell you that I did not run away with your money and go on vacation or anything.
The recording of the concert, which was wonderful and we are very proud of, has been mixed and in the super ending final process of being signed off on by me. It is then going to be ready to go straight to mastering, and soon in the midst of this process we will have a firmer date on when we will be getting this sucker pressed and out to you all who are waiting for it. I am excited about this, I just have been really inundated with other life and work things and haven't had time to dedicate to this properly. It is the ultimate in artistic self-generation, it's all wonderful and empowering, but let's face it, it's also all ME, and when I don't get it done it just doesn't get done.
The T-Shirts are sitting here in my office and thank you all who ordered rhyming Tweets who filled out the questionnaires, those are coming too. I have broken the ice again and updated you, and so i am really going to keep updating to at least let you know where we are in this process. Aside from time ticking by astonishingly fast, there is nothing shady or wrong with the project! I just have to push everything to the finish line, and I appreciate your patience with me.
This whole thing could not have happened without you, and I am tremendously grateful, those who have written inquiring where we are with everything have been extremely gentle and diplomatic, and I really appreciate that. As I have said before, I am really really proud of the recording and I can't wait for you to hear it. It was a wild, empowering, fun, and thrilling-but-scary kind of experience that I would do all again, having learned so much.
The first thing I'd like to start working on is the rhymes, which should start rolling out soon. The goodies should be next and then the actual CDs should be on their way too. I promise to update accordingly so as to not leave you all in the dark again!
Have a blessed and bountiful Autumn. Even if you're in California!
I will write more later. I am at Dixon Place in the dressing room.
I was at home a few minutes ago, when we officially became fully funded.
You are all so great. I am overflowing with gratitude, and a new relaxation can now enter the performance tonight. I am too full of love and thankfulness even for exclamation points.
Today's dress rehearsal was awesome, and I learned a lot about how this amazing "live concert-theatrical storytelling-public recording studio" medium that we are creating here works. The CD will be haunting and document all of our work (especially Tom's) forever beautifully. It really is a neat show to be performing like a Radio Play.
I will write more later. Our first funders were Richie Jackson & Jordan Roth, who were the pioneers of this whole campaign. Mercedes Benz deserves a special nod, as does Steve Bozeman, who generously met our goal with a very generous pledge less than an hour ago.
But each of you is in my heart right now as well, all 300 of you. It's a tight squeeze but it's warm and chocolatey in there, and I hope you are all okay with it.
love, love, love. xobdw
p.s. It's my understanding that Kickstarter campaigns often surpass their goals. I don't wish to be greedy, but as in all art projects, no "surplus" would go squandered or unused or wasted. I already have ideas about how I could upgrade our CD packaging design if we make a little bit more. We will let the chips fall where they may.
HERE IS WHERE WE ARE:
3 DAYS LEFT
If you know anyone out there who is on the fence, or likely to forget to make a pledge before the deadline, by all means this is the time to encourage them. We're now looking for a little more than $9K. It was only last week when $35K seemed completely undoable but I took a gamble and figured, ya just have to go for it. Now I am full of determination. Let's do it!
At Relatives Day at my son's school, I arrived harried and sweaty and thinking about a million things. But there he sat, in his chair next to all his classmates, each of whom had also proudly constructed visual aids to go with their reports on various inventions of Ancient China. As each parent filed past, he calmly explained the principals of his chosen invention (the sundial) and proudly showed the model he had constructed of three different kinds of sundials, tracking its evolution . He was so prepared, and so quietly proud. And I thought, that's what I need. To breathe, and remain centered, and put what I have learned and created out there. All of us at HERRINGBONE are gradually reaching that point. We are all excited to archive our work and to put it out into the world, with a young person's patience, calm and innocence. And I know that as the grown-ups finally file past, I will be very proud of all the incredible work that is going into this endeavor that will surely make Tom Cone, the father of the piece, pleased as punch and smile from above.
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