This will be my first album in 7 years and it will be my 7th album and 7 is a real fancy number when you look at it mythologically. It's the number of the Muse, otherwise known as Creativity and Love and Romance and all that juicy stuff of life. And that is just what this album is all about.
It's been a road, as some of you know, my late husband, rock writer, Paul Williams, became ill and passed away last year. He left behind our little family, i.e. myself and our 13 year old son. What would Paul want for us? He'd want us to continue to pursue our passions. So Alexander is diving into technology and physics, and I have spent the last few years writing new songs.
My first album, Who's Gonna Save The World, came out on Rhino in 1988 and was followed up by the Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group) produced, Naked Movie Star. Those first two albums got me a lot of attention and took me on tours around the U.S. and Europe with cool artists like The Smithereens, Billy Bragg and John Doe, Marshall Crenshaw and Keb Mo, Alex Chilton and Camper Van Beethoven. Doing shows with bands like The Violent Femmes, X, The Butthole Surfers, Weezer and Cake. Getting into trouble and making music alongside some of worlds finest.
By my third album I'd really come up with my own kind of sound, something I'd been looking for and it was quite influenced by the music of Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys, with some Lou Reed and Patti Smith vibes mixed in. That album was Garage Orchestra.
In some ways this new album is a follow up to Garage Orchestra. I'll have appearances from some of the GO's original stellar players (Renata Bratt and Randy Hoffman) and the music will have a bit of that made-in-the-garage-orchestral sensibility. And like G.O. it will be an album informed by feelings of desire and love and the wild ride of the creative path.
But these songs are all entirely new, and, If I do say so myself, some of the best songs Ive ever written. And the sound has grown into a new more mature place especially with the inspiration of co-producer David Schwartz. Altogether we have about 12 or 13 songs to record and mix and master and post to online selling sources. Plus! we will definitely be making a limited amount of physical CD's.
If we can go above and beyond our goal I can make CD's with a really cool cover and hire someone to help us get the word out to press and music blogs. It's the way of things now; you and I dear Patrons ARE the music companies.
I am really excited about making this new music. Some of it we've already recorded! Four of the songs were made in the studio last year and some of you helped me fund those sessions. Those 4 songs, once they are mixed, will be a part of this 12 song album. With your help now, we can finish it and make it a CD and get it out into the world.
You know that feeling when you are doing what you've been brought here to do ("mission from god"). For me, that's writing songs and recording them and sharing them with you. Now, with your assistance...Let's make this thing happen!
Risks and challenges
Some of the issues this album and fundraising campaign may alight upon is the fact that the holiday season is almost upon us. Hopefully that won't be an issue for some of you friends and fans.
Once we raise the dough and get through the holidays we musicians will be able to hit the studio and make the great work; which is the true mission that lies before us. If you were a fan of my work in the past I think you will really love this new album, the songs are actually some of the best I've ever written....Friends new or old with your help -let's make this happen!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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