Wait, so what's happening? You're recording a live album?
Let me explain.
Swing music. When it comes to making your feet dance, there's nothing like it. The life - the vitality! - it brings to the table is unparalleled.
Over the years, the recording process has undergone drastic changes. When the first swing albums were recorded, they frequently used just three - or even one - microphones to pick up the sound from the full band. As time went by, more sophisticated processes were developed, leading bands to mic each individual instrument. While this creates a very clean sound, that's not the swing music I'm going to record.
With the help of Gabriel Klein, Sam Hunter, and Brook Sutton (owner of The Studio in Nashville, TN), Megan and her Goody Goodies are embarking on a journey to record a LIVE ALBUM in the style of the old big bands we know and love. We'll experience the nitty-gritty of calling solos, responding to the crowd, trading bars, and all that jazz (no pun intended)... all live in the studio with you.
It sounds like the recording process is going to be... different.
Well, it is! My goal, from the get-go, has been to record an album like Artie Shaw Live at Cafe Rouge or Sinatra at the Sands.
From using vintage ribbon mics to capture the warm sound of those earlier recordings to arranging my musicians in a way that creates a more unified sound, there's a lot that goes into this. I've been lucky to snag the talents of Nashville's Sam Hunter and Gabriel Klein to produce this album for me, and we've spent a lot of time listening to tracks, researching old techniques, and figuring out ways to combine the best of the 30s/40s sound with today's modern recording process. Will it be different? Yes. Will it be amazing? Abso-freaking-lutely.
So dance party?
You got that right! Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 10th at The Studio in Nashville.
We're renting out The Studio on Charlotte, a favorite spot for Swing Dance Nashville live band dances (and one with an excellent wood floor), and we're excited to be recording this album with you, our friends and dance family, in the room with us.
Think of it as an event - and as part of making history. Will this be remembered in history books? No way! Will your presence be remembered by me for the rest of eternity? ......is that even a question?
Think of it as pre-sales - you are essentially ordering this album in advance, with the understanding that this album will be the best thing you've heard since you got snowed in with your husband and made him watch murder mysteries with you (......is that just me?)!
We've chosen Kickstarter primarily because it's all-or-nothing. If we don't meet our monetary goal, it's not the right time for us to make this album - we'll put it on a shelf and revisit it in a year or two. That means there's no risk for you as a backer.
Who's on the record?
It's been a goal of mine since I started bandleading to have a primarily women's band. Although we're not ALL women, I am delighted and honored to announce that of the eight musicians on this record, five of them will be women.
The CD, "Come and Get It, Honey," will feature bandleader and vocalist Megan Lange on vocals, Danielle Knight on clarinet, Jason Knight on trombone, Charles Kay on saxophone, Annie Erbsen on guitar, Stacey Glasgow on drums, Gideon Klein on double bass, and Libby Pascoe on piano.
Although the band has gone through many iterations over the course of its time, this lineup is, by far, the most exciting and compelling group I could pull together. Each musician brings a unique sound and energy to the tunes, and I cannot wait to share that sound with you.
Where can I get more of the Goody Goodies?
For information on shows, videos, photos, news, and all things Goody Goodies, visit meganandhergoodygoodies.com!
Let's chat about this. We have some cool rewards, and our vendors are ready and waiting as soon as I get them the material. T-shirts will be printed by SwingThreads, a favorite dance event screen printer here in the Southeast. Palomino Records, up in Louisville, KY, will be pressing our vinyls. We'll be working with We Make Tapes to reproduce the CD, and we have a local printer just outside of Nashville, Busy Bee Printing, who will be printing our posters for us.
As mentioned, this will be a LIVE recording hosted at The Studio in Nashville, and that is obviously one of the most exciting reward levels - we'd love to have you come out and join us for our recording! We promise it'll be danceable, and we'll even offer a brief swing dance lesson prior to the recording's start just to give you a foot up (in case you need one).
Merch designs: check out these cool shirts! We'll be offering the shirt both in dolman and crew cuts, and Next Level Apparel shirts are always SUPER comfy. And below, we have three poster designs - still being tweaked, but we're off to a good start. As designs are finalized, I'll be updating images to show the final posters!
Risks and challenges
If we are not able to reach our funding goal, we will not receive the money that has been pledged. This means there will be no CD and we will have to figure out if this is the right time for us to record and if a CD is a financially viable option for us.
If we are funded, there could be other challenges. There could certainly be delays, since we are using a lot of different services and contractors to produce our CD - this is a multi-step process with lots of components that have to come together to deliver a completed CD project.
We're lucky to be working with a lot of local vendors we trust, so we don't anticipate many problems... but you never know!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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