With 2 days left, we are under $1,000 away from our stretch goal of $17,500!!
At $17,500, EVERYONE who donated $4 or more will get the gift of two additional songs that you won't be able to find on the album or anywhere else!
Every Day and Kimberly are some of my favorite songs that I've written. While I'm pretty proud of them, there's just no place for them on this album However, if you share this project with your friends and help us reach $17,500 you get high quality digital downloads of both songs AND a limited edition 7 inch vinyl of the two tracks!
About 13 months ago, I fell of an overpass onto busy highway traffic. And survived.
I woke up in the hospital with a broken left knee, two broken ankles, a broken right heel and calcaneus and tibia plateau fracture, some broken ribs and a broken skull. I was riding my motorcycle, and got ejected over the handlebars, off of the highway I was riding on, and landed in traffic on the highway below. Somehow I didn't die.
I woke up very confused and in pain. They told me I'd be in the hospital until maybe July. My memories of the time are very jumbled because I had a traumatic brain injury as well. I was a mess.
I remember being in the hospital thinking that I need to make this album, even if no one bothered hearing it, even if it didn't mean anything to anyone but me. If I had died without making it, that would have been the one thing I really regretted, and I couldn't stand the thought of dying with regrets.
I got transferred to St. David's Rehab on April 9th, about a month or two ahead of schedule and was supposed to stay there until June or July. I was a quick and determined learner so they discharged me on April 21st. I had learned everything I could do with the injuries that I had sustained and they couldn't teach me anything more until my legs could bear weight.
This was when things got really hard. I was basically trapped in my house. I couldn't walk, I couldn't even shower myself. I was alone a lot. NPR was my constant companion and I had a good group of friends and choir parents who made sure I didn't lose it entirely.
It's crazy to think how different things are today when 9 months ago I couldn't even go to the bathroom by myself.
I almost died. Now I want to live and make songs come to life on stage and in the studio.
When people say, "Wow, what a horrible experience", I really can't argue. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. But I did learn a lot from it. I'm healthier because of it and understanding about what limitations can do to someone. I'm more patient, and more aware of how fragile this life really is.
I'm really glad to be alive, and I've worked really hard to get healthy again so I can keep teaching and sharing my music. I played my first show a few months after the accident just after I graduated to the walker from the wheel chair. Now I can carry my own gear to gigs and recording sessions.
You can hear the demo recordings i've been working on at the high school I work at. I teach choir, history of rock and songwriting and recording.
You can listen to all of the demos HERE. I played and sang everything and the demos were done on an mbox with some cheap mics. Needless to say, these recordings are just a fraction of what I can create with your support.
I'm going to make this album.
I just have to. If this kickstarter doesn't work, I'm going to do what any sane person who nearly died but didn't would do: I'm going to clean out my retirement and make it happen. I hope I don't have to do that, and maybe I shouldn't have told you... I just wanted to illustrate that I'm dead serious about making this record.
I hope you like the songs enough that you'll want to donate and tell your friends to support this effort. $10 gets you the whole album when it's done in July. I promise to make the best piece of art I can make.
Part of your donation will help bring Ken Stringfellow on as producer of my album!
Ken has played in great bands like The Posies and REM, and he has the ability to take my album to a whole new level. You can read up on his AMAZING list of credits HERE.
I'm usually pretty busy playing on other people's albums and projects, and that's how it's been for a lot of my life. I've done a lot of studio recording, including some bass work for the Bone Thugs N Harmony album. I've also played in more bands than I can count. One of those bands, Liquid Soul, was nominated for a grammy.
Now I'm taking the time to make my own music a priority.
I think the fact that Ken Stringfellow is making time in his ridiculously full schedule to work on my album is a testament that I'm a pretty good musician capable of putting together a solid solo album.
Thank you so much for your support,
Risks and challenges
The $15,000 already raised will go towards:
-Ken Stringfellow's time for production, engineering, mixing
-Recording studio time
-Compensation for musicians playing on the album
-Mastering of the album by Mike Hagler (he did The Redwalls Universal Blues, one of my faves, and was an engineer on Summerteeth!)
-Vinyl press through urpressing.com
If we reach our stretch goal of $17,500, the additional $2,500 will go towards:
--Recording, engineering, mixing, mastering 2 additional songs not on the album.
--Pressing the limited edition 7inch vinyl of the 2 bonus tracks
--Radio air time to spread the word about the album
The record will be recorded in mid July for approximately 10 days. The demos are currently being sent back and forth for pre-production discussion, the musicians are getting together for rehearsals, and charts are being written.
-- 2 days of basic rhythm tracking
-- 6 days of overdubs with (couple of emergency days built in for good measure)
-- 10 days of mixing.
As a professional musician who has worked on many albums, I am confident that everything has been accounted for up to the point where the album is sent to get pressed. Potential delays might include a backlog of vinyl cutting at URP, but I highly doubt it.
Now that the album has officially been funded, I am exceedingly confident that everyone will be enjoying their mp3s or vinyl by the fire at christmas. But not too close to the fire, wouldn't want the vinyl to melt or warp.
- (21 days)