Video above by Paul Curreri.
After making three CD’s ( http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/BradyEarnhart ) and teaching college English for ten years, in 2011 I came down with an MS-like neurological disease that even the Mayo Clinic was unable to diagnose or treat. I lost about half my eyesight (still can’t drive or read normal-sized print), got too shaky to play music in public, and had to start using a walker just to get around the house. I slept about sixteen hours a day. I had to stop working. With no diagnosis, there was no sign that I would ever get better.
Then, around Thanksgiving 2013, I started experiencing an equally mysterious surge of energy. I started sleeping more normally and wanting to listen to the news again. The most important thing was, for the first time in three years, I started writing and playing guitar again. It wasn't just being able to do these again that excited me so much--it was the fact that I finally wanted to. I'd wanted to want to for so long. My dad took care of me down in Florida for three months, and over that time I finished enough songs for a new album that I'm calling Last Time I Promise. I've already begun recording at Jeff Romano's studio here in Charlottesville ( http://www.jimmydogstudios.com/ ), but this is an expensive undertaking. I'm doing it as simply and environmentally responsibly as I can--using biodegradable packaging, for instance, and putting the lyrics online this time instead of printing a booklet--but I'm not skimping when it comes to quality. (Guest stars include John D'earth and Jay Starling, among others whose names you might not know but should.) Having been unable to work since 2011, I need financial help to pull it off. (All things told, the CD will cost around 10,000. to produce, but KS rules require you to reach your stated goal in order to receive any money at all, so I'm being cautious and setting mine at 5,000.) Please collaborate with me today and give what you can to help a high-quality independent musical project get off the ground. My deepest thanks!
Risks and challenges
I'm getting better every day but still can't walk very well, read a book, drive, or teach. For me now, writing and recording music are more than recreation--they're a way of putting my life back together as I start to re-enter the world. I know I'll finish this album eventually by hook or by crook, but without you on my side it could take years. Please help me stand up again as soon as I can. Thanks!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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