Recording 12 new songs written during two years wandering the world singing songs & writing essays. I'm feeling inspired & untethered!
We've reached the funding goal, now let's see if we can get a full pressing funded!
I'm so thrilled and emboldened by your support. And I think it may be possible to raise enough to fund a commercial pressing! I checked Discmakers and there's a special for 1000 CDs in Digipacks for $990 if ordered by December 31st. As I write this we could make that happen with just $500 more. Every pledge helps but there's only one day left. Think about it: I could write you a song about any topic you like, I could play a show in your home, you could use my songs in a film and you'd be helping me reach an even wider audience.
And, really, just for coming by this site and offering your support, you've made me very happy!
I'm recording my sixth album this month, mixing and mastering the first week of December and I hope to have limited edition CDs and downloads ready by December 18. I need your help to complete it.
The past couple years I've traveled a lot around North America and even to India (where I got play a concert with Indian classical musicians in Kerala!). I also started writing and publicly reading more prose. It's been really exciting!
Obviously travel, expands your emotional and rhythmic palette. But the prose has helped in a couple interesting ways. One, of course, is simply in structuring stories. And the second is that a lot of this writing has been memoir, which has really liberated my music from my journal. So I've been able to delve into the characters in my songs in new ways. The songs are often still close to my life, and intimate in detail, but now, when they veer into fictional directions, I'm so much more open to the ride! And that applies to the music as well where I'm just falling more deeply in love with melody, harmony and rhythms that transport me to places even further away from my suburban bedroom! I'm really looking forward to getting the recorded version of this vision out to you! HOW I'M DOING IT:
This is the fourth album I've produced on my own and this time I've been given access to an amazing home with a studio in it through the end of the year. The catch is that it's basically just a live room where guitar maestro, Ted Norman, would teach and compose. (If you read up on Ted you can only imagine how amazing the energy is here!) Your pledges will offset rental costs for equipment (microphones, preamps, monitors, etc.) and fees for engineering, mixing and any musicians I bring in. I'm hoping that most of this will be done at a reduced rate (for instance, since shooting the video a friend offered me a loan of some of the microphones I was planning to rent so I'm asking for less then you'll hear me say on the video.) But I want this to be the best sounding recording of my career, so it will take a reasonable financial investment.
Back in my old days as a staff writer at EMI they used to give $500 per song for a demo. I'm going to get this done at a bare minimum of $150 a track for masters! Ultimately the goal is to raise $5000 for a full physical release ($2000 for replication, $1000 for promotion -- my "day job" is design, so there's little expense there). If we reach that goal this time, great! This campaign, however, is for the recording, mastering, the digital release (complete with digital booklet) and the special edition CDs that will be your gifts at various reward levels, which I've budgeted at a modest minimum of $1800.
The fun part of Kickstarter.com is that you get to participate in the project from the beginning, through works in progress videos, demo and live recording packages and other personalized rewards at different levels. I may write you a song, sing in your house, or write a letter to your friend telling them how generous you are to support independent artists. This is all designed to be a fun way to interact with the music and even create some groovy personalized holiday gifts. But the catch is that none of this gets done if we don't reach our funding goals. Your credit cards aren't charged a cent if the pledges don't reach the funding goal. So please tell all your friends. Share this video on Facebook, Twitter, and wherever else you think it will engage people. Please stay involved with the project and let's make this the best album of my career to date. GRATITUDE:
Oh, yeah, the project title comes from a newer song of mine called "One Step (Everything Your Heart Desires)." The chorus is "Every little thing your heart desires / Starts with one step followed by the next / Every little thing your heart desires / Starts with one step, don't neglect the rest." I'm totally committed to this journey and grateful for all of you on it with me whether it begins now or it's been since the first Clues 45" I did when I was 16!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Nov 11, 2010 - Dec 9, 2010
Pledge $5 or more
Access to the backers videos. These are videos made before each tracking session, basically a run down of the tune acoustically to get me in tune and keep you up on the progress! There may be cases of "morning voice," but that's part of the fun! Also you'll get a free single song download of your choice from any of my previous releases.
Pledge $10 or more
A free download of the album the moment it's ready, access to the backers videos and a free single song download of your choice from any of my previous releases.
Pledge $15 or more
You'll receive a numbered, limited edition CD of the album, the download and a handwritten letter thanking you. Plus everything mentioned in the previous categories. (If you're an international supporter, please add an extra $4 per CD.)
Pledge $15 or more
NEW: In January you'll get (1) the fancy, shiny CD that surpassing my goal will allow me to produce, (2) the download next week, (3) a thank you letter and (4) two single song downloads from any of my previous releases. FEEL FREE TO CHANGE YOUR REWARD IF THIS SOUNDS BETTER TO YOU. (Please add $4 for shipping internationally.)
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I borrowed this idea from my friend, J.Wagner, because I loved it. If you pledge $25 I'll send you the CD with a handwritten letter and also send a second copy of the CD to a friend of your choosing with a handwritten letter describing how cool you were to chose them out of all of your friends to receive this gift. You'll also get the downloads mentioned above
Pledge $25 or more
NEW - FOR YOU & A FRIEND UPDATE: Kind of like the other new reward, but in this case, in January you'll get (1) the fancy, shiny CD, (2) the download next week, (3) a thank you letter and (4) two single song downloads from any of my previous releases. And I'll send a second of the fancy shiny CD to a friend of your choosing with a handwritten letter describing how cool you were to chose them out of all of your friends to receive this gift. FEEL FREE TO CHANGE YOUR REWARD IF THIS SOUNDS BETTER TO YOU. (Please add $4 for shipping internationally.)
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Everything in the previous category plus free admission to both of you to my holiday show at Genghis Cohen, December 18th or a live show bootleg if you can't attend.
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A collection of demos for the album, handwritten lyrics, plus all in the $25 category. Or take the "You're on the list" reward: a year's guest pass for two to all my shows, plus all in the $25 category
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Your own private concert. I'll do a one hour set for you and your guests in your home anywhere in the Los Angeles Metropolitan area. (Other arrangements can be made for further travel.) Plus everything in the $25 category.
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Name the topic and I'll write and record you a song. I've been doing this sort of thing through gift-of-song.com for a while now. I love doing it. Also everything in the $50 category.
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The guided "Good Day in L.A." tour! We can do all or part of the following: (1) Coffee at the Farmers Market, (2) A clear morning hike to see the snow capped mountains and the sea. (3) A bike to the ocean by the L.A. river, (4) A show or workshop at the World Stage in Leimert Park, (5) And, as I can't guarantee hummingbird sightings, we'll find something sweet at the Alcove in Los Feliz or Urth Cafe in West Hollywood. Plus all in the $25 category.
Pledge $500 or more
INDIE HELPING INDIE: Free sync license to use any song on the album for your film (plus everything in the $25 category).
Pledge $999 or more
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INDIE HELPING INDIE #2: I'll score your indie film, give you sync licenses to 2 songs from my album and list you as executive producer.
Pledge $1,000 or more
MASTER CLASS & CONCERT, plus executive producer credit! Wow! First, a huge thank you, plus a two hour house concert, and up to six lessons for you and/or a person of your choosing. I'll teach you about the odd chords I use and why, plus the rhythms and picking techniques. We can also talk about songwriting concepts and even indie marketing. I'll share some what I've learned over the past 14 years. You'll also have your name on the album as executive producer, plus the letter to you and your friend!