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Patrick SheaBy Patrick Shea
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Patrick SheaBy Patrick Shea
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About

The Story

My name is Patrick Shea. I'm an elementary school teacher in New York City, and a musician.

Three summers ago, I set two goals for myself: read Moby-Dick, and write a new song every day. Moby-Dick is such an amazing book that those two goals very quickly became one goal: write a song about every chapter of Moby-Dick.

I recorded and posted one song per week to a blog -- http://callmeishmael.org -- which pretty quickly gained a sizable and regular following, and got a lot of attention on the web, as well as from The New York Times and WNYC's (NPR) Soundcheck. You can check out links to the latter two below.

This past summer -- three years, a marriage, and a baby daughter later -- I recorded and posted my 136th and final song about Moby-Dick, but I wanted to continue the work somehow. I got a band together, and we started playing shows around NYC. I also met a designer named Zach Mattheus, and an illustrator named Lauren Kolesinskas, who want to help me make the project into a book.

The Book

I want to create a cohesive experience of the project in book form. That means one package, which includes:

  • all eight albums of music from the project;
  • a book containing the full text of Moby-Dick, and
  • the lyrics of every song, and
  • corresponding endnotes that annotate both the text of each chapter and each lyric, giving insight into how my thoughts on the book influenced the writing of each song, and
  • illustrations of some of the songs, so that you can see the Moby-Dick that I see while you hear the Moby-Dick that I hear; all produced into
  • a beautiful, well designed, high quality hardcover book, that deserves to contain the work printed on it.

Right now, I plan to print the book myself, with your help and support.

The Project

The best way for you to get a sense of the project is for you to experience it for yourself, along with some of the press milestones along the way. So, please take some time to listen and read:

The People

I'm incredibly lucky to have found two amazingly talented people to make a book with:

  • http://zachmattheus.com/ -- Zachariah Mattheus is an independent art director and graphic designer with a penchant for the telling of great stories. Over the past 10 years has worked with Warner Music, Sony Music, Vox Guitars, Bloomberg, NYC Ballet, HBO, Showtime, GQ and Rolling Stone and with artists including Keith Richards, The Stooges, Tim Buckley, Delaney & Bonnie and The Doors.
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/melt_alaska/ -- Lauren Kolesinskas was born in Connecticut, graduated from Pratt, and lives in Brooklyn. She enjoys drawing lots of things, some of them mutated, and has worked on a wide range of projects, such as graphic novels, album covers, story-board/concept art, set decoration, and editorial illustration. Past clients include Pfizer, Fox Studios, and Jenkem Mag, among others.

The Money

This is a really big project, and so this is going to be a really big book -- 900 pages big. Plus, we want to make the book beautiful and artful in and of itself, using high quality materials and classy design. Plus, we're adding new content; new annotations/comments by yours truly, and new illustrations by Lauren; and we need supplies for the design and layout, primarily toner and paper. I'd also like to fix the website up to match the design of the book. And I'll need to pay for the digital distribution of the music itself, because every book sale will include the download of eight albums of music.

If we exceed our goal, things get even more exciting. We can find someone to turn the book into an interactive, multimedia iBook; we can do more illustrations; we can print a bigger run of books, which will bring down the cost per unit, and therefore bring down the sale price of the book. And if we really exceed the budget, the sky's the limit with a deluxe vinyl boxed set edition, in full color. In other words, we will put every penny we raise into making the project better. The more money we raise, the more awesome things we will do with it.

The Thanks

Many, many thanks in advance to everyone who supports this project!!! You are making my creative dreams come true.

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    A cd-r of me performing any 5 songs acoustically, with a personalized thank you message; OR I will create and record an original arrangement of your favorite sea chanty, with a personalized thank you message; OR I will write and record a song about any book you want, with a personalized thank you message; AND be listed as a Patron in the books and on the records, an autographed early release of the book including a download of "Call Me Ishmael; volumes 1-8," a limited edition t-shirt for patrons, a signed limited edition poster, and a download of "The Best of Call Me Ishmael."

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    Be listed as an Associate Producer in the books and on the records, AND I will bring a band to perform a set of Call Me Ishmael songs at your house (we can come up with the set list together)(over 200 miles from NYC, you will need to pay for transportation and hotel); AND an autographed early release of the book including a download of "Call Me Ishmael; volumes 1-8," a limited edition t-shirt for patrons, a signed limited edition poster, and a download of "The Best of Call Me Ishmael."

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    Be listed as an Executive Producer in the books and on the records, AND I will bring a band to perform a set of Call Me Ishmael songs at your house (we can come up with the set list together)(over 200 miles from NYC, you will need to pay for transportation and hotel); AND an autographed early release of the book including a download of "Call Me Ishmael; volumes 1-8," a limited edition t-shirt for patrons, a signed limited edition poster, and a download of "The Best of Call Me Ishmael."

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    My personal copy of Moby-Dick that I used to write the songs, with all my notes and thoughts (I don't really want to part with this, even for $10,000, but I will if it means getting this project made); AND be listed as an Executive Producer in the books and on the records, AND I will bring a band to perform a set of Call Me Ishmael songs at your house (we can come up with the set list together)(over 200 miles from NYC, you will need to pay for transportation and hotel); AND an autographed early release of the book including a download of "Call Me Ishmael; volumes 1-8," a limited edition t-shirt for patrons, a signed limited edition poster, and a download of "The Best of Call Me Ishmael."

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