The Charles Wanless Music Project's fan-favorite original tune, "Love is Free" will be recorded before Charles' departure from Arizona
My name is Charles. The picture above is one of me doing what I love more than anything. Performing music in front of people who love to listen to music. There's nothing more wonderful than that love, that collective feeling.
If you're reading this, chances are, you love it too. And if you've felt this feeling, you know how important it is - to the listener, to the musician, to the writer, to the roadies, to the unnamed faces that make ends meet.
I write you this letter in hopes that you'll help me keep this feeling going.
Since I was very young, I have struggled against financial disparities, but have never let that hinder my aspirations. Armed with only an electric guitar (and no amp) and some imagination, I learned how to play and write and sing and perform all on my own over the years. It's what I love to do, it's possibly the only thing I feel like I'm naturally good at (though I'm most certainly not the most skilled) and it's saved my life an innumerable amount of times.
My struggle against a personal fiscal wasteland hasn't stopped over the years - I still can't afford to purchase the equipment I need to make the music I want to share with the world.
But because I can't stop feeling this wonderful feeling, the feeling of turning emotion into sound, I refuse to stop.
This summer, I am moving out of the state I've spent most of my life in, and before I go, I want to leave behind a song that means a great deal to myself, and the small gathering of fans who enjoy the strummings I produce.
I humbly ask that if you can, please chip in some money so that I can make it happen.
I will be recording the song I've received the best feedback about: "Love is Free". It's a pop-infused rock tune about a plea from one lover to another, asking them to hold on to a beautiful feeling they both once felt - something we all relate to. Something much like making music itself.
This particular song means a lot, not just to myself, but to the people who enjoy it and have heard me play it live. As of now, it has yet to be heard in it's full glory - I've only performed it acoustically at shows, in my minimum-quality-maximum-heart one-take acoustic EP "First Kiss", and on this now-ancient YouTube video (ancient not just because I was an amateur at the time, but because the song has grown considerably in structure and content).
Thus, my goal is to raise enough money to record "Love is Free" professionally, at the level in which I imagine it, rather than the level that I can afford it. The studio arrangement will include another guitar, bass, full drums, keys, saxophone, and several other sounds and instruments that will turn this little love melody into a song all can enjoy.
Will you help me?
I will post on here as frequently as possible, updating you on information about the project.
A music video will be filmed to accompany the song after it has been professionally recorded. I will post the script when it's ready!
Thank you for your time, my friends. Your appreciation of music will never go unnoticed. Now please, help me in the same way by sharing this project with your friends and family.
Charles R. Wanless
Here's the way the pricing for the project breaks down:
$400 for the basic studio stuff
$250 for the video stuff
$250 for hired hands (musicians, crew, production, etc.)
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $900 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on June 4, 2012.
Apr 5, 2012 - Jun 4, 2012 (60 days)
Pledge $5 or more
A digital copy of "First Kiss" (the 9-track, homemade acoustic EP) from our Bandcamp Site, a digital copy of the finished single "Love is Free", and a thank you on our Tumblr.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $10 or more
A digital copy of "First Kiss" from Bandcamp, a thank you on Tumblr, a digital copy of "Love is Free", and a digital copy of "You Never Know" (the 6-track instrumental experimental EP Charles made when he was 12).Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $25 or more
3 backers Limited (2 of 5 left)
Digital copies of "Love is Free", "First Kiss" and "You Never Know", a thank you on Tumblr, and one of our unique, small CWMP pins (made by the wonderful Alaina Owen). These pins can't be found online, at our shows, or anywhere else. You will be one of less than 10 people on the planet who have them.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $25 or more
Digital copies of "Love is Free", "First Kiss" and "You Never Know", a thank you on Tumblr, and a personal, hand-written love letter from Charles.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $50 or more
Digital copies of "Love is Free", "First Kiss" and "You Never Know", a thank you on Tumblr, a love letter from Charles, and your name in the credits of the Music Video for "Love is Free"Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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0 backers Limited (10 of 10 left)
Digital copies of "Love is Free", First Kiss" and "You Never Know", a thank you on Tumblr, and the ability to join CWMP and the video crew during the shooting of the music video for "Love is Free" (if needed, we may use you as an extra!)Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $100 or more
1 backer Limited (1 of 2 left)
Digital copies of everything mentioned above, a physical copy of a "Love is Free" single if we make one, and YOU GET TO PLAY THE LEAD MALE ROLE IN THE MUSIC VIDEO! (This is subject to the following conditions: you must either live in the Phoenix-Metro area or be able to get there via reliable transportation, and you prior to official casting, you must demonstrate sufficient acting ability to play the role - if the crew rejects you [which is highly unlikely] your money will be refunded.)Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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0 backers Limited (1 of 1 left)
Digital copies of everything mentioned above, a physical copy of a "Love is Free" single if we make one, and YOU GET TO PLAY THE LEAD FEMALE ROLE IN THE MUSIC VIDEO! (This is subject to the following conditions: you must either live in the Phoenix-Metro area or be able to get there via reliable transportation, and you prior to official casting, you must demonstrate sufficient acting ability to play the role - if the crew rejects you [which is highly unlikely] your money will be refunded.)Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $250 or more
Digital copies of everything listed above, physical copies of any CWMP material released (this is limited to "Love is Free" singles, and any future publications of "You Never Know" or "First Kiss" - this is subject to Charles' discretion), your name in the credits of the music video, and a personal, full-length song about you or a subject of your choice to be included on the next full-scale CWMP recording. You will also forever make a mark on the very fabric of space and time, creating an existential miracle that metaphysicists and philosophers will forever ponder. Gods will bow at your whim. (And me.)Estimated delivery: Dec 2012