WHAT HAPPENS IF WE EXCEED THE $6000 GOAL?
MORE MUSIC WILL GET RECORDED AND RELEASED!
Every additional $1,000 means another fully produced song or 2 additional songs with guitar/vocal will be included on the album.
Why has it been so long?
After more than 20 years away from playing music professionally, I am picking it up again with a collection of songs I've written about people that went missing or were somehow taken from us. The subjects of this song cycle include Amelia Earhart, Everett Ruess, Percy Fawcett, Giordano Bruno, DB Cooper, and even one about yours truly. Several other songs are in process. I never know for sure which ones will turn out okay for public consumption, but I'm going to have at least eight songs ready before this is all said and done. I'm fortunate to have the steady and talented hand of Mark Hallman on the helm of this project. Mark has produced and/or worked with Carole King, Dan Fogelberg, Eliza Gilkyson, Ani DiFranco, Sara HIckman... the list goes on. His studio here in Austin, The Congress House, is hallowed ground, and it is magical to sit and record there, where so many notable talents have previously made musical magic.
Why the wait? The short version is that when I moved to Boulder from Los Angeles in 1992, I started working corporate jobs to support myself, and after I started a family with Eliza, that was simply the responsible thing to keep doing. But I never stopped playing at home—I aways got a little bit of practice in every day. But my songwriting pretty much fell by the wayside, and years went by without any public performing whatsoever, except for a song in a 2nd grade classroom or a school function of some sort.
I dearly missed it. I missed the music, the camaraderie, and sharing it with others. But I had no plan. Then around 2011 I wrote "Amelia."
I thought maybe this theme of people gone missing might be interesting. Within a year or so I finished "Dan Cooper," about DB Cooper, who had hijacked a plane in Oregon, where I lived in my teens and 20s. Then I spent a couple years researching and writing "The Place I Call Home," about Everett Ruess. Then Percy Fawcett's "The Way To Z" and Giordano Bruno's "The Price of Truth" followed. Each song required substantial research before the songwriting even began. Along the way I recorded "Amelia" last year, before I had met Mark Hallman. You can listen to that finished track below. I'm accompanied by Scott Laningham on drums, Mitch Watkins on electric guitars (and solo), and Matt Bissonette on bass. Here's the complete song:
I've recently finished an obliquely autobiographical song called "Missing," And like I mentioned, several others are in various stages of coming to life. It takes time. Like Stephen King says, writing is like excavating fossils.
During all this time I've been working full time and even running a business, so music hasn't been my day job. I've written on many a late evening, while I was walking the dogs, while swimming laps, and when I could get home for a half hour for lunch on a work day. Weekends and vacations have been good windows of opportunity. Writing is a lonely job, but bringing a new song to life is an amazing experience and worth the wait.
So now I want to share all of this new music with you. Maybe you're a dear old friend who knows me from high school in Corvallis, college at OSU or PLU, from the "A World More Bright" album, or from shows I did "At My Place" in Santa Monica or up in the mountains in Colorado. Or maybe a friend shared this page with you and we've never met. No matter what, I really appreciate your interest and your help in bringing this project to life.
The Production Budget
With the goal of $6000, I will be able to record four more songs, which will be mastered together with my existing recording of "Amelia," and release a 5 song EP. Recording and mastering costs are $1000 per song, and CD duplication is $1100. This leaves a small remainder for photography and design after Kickstarter fees. If we raise more than this goal I will update you here as to the stretch goals that would all me to record 8 or 10 songs instead of just 5.
Thank you so much for being part of my project. Let's do this!
Risks and challenges
There are really no risks involved with completing the project, unless my Kickstarter campaign fails to reach its goal and doesn't get funded. Six songs are written, one is already recorded, and three additional songs are in the process of being written. So if I'm fortunate enough to have the budget, I'll be ready.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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