Last summer, right or wrong, I was annoyed with poetry. The majority of what I felt like I was hearing had a lot of good intentions, but not a whole lot of meat. It wasn’t engaging me. I didn’t feel like people were inviting others into a story that they could resonate or sympathize with, as much as they were trying to beat an agenda into the audience’s heads with one-liners and truth statements.
Don’t get me wrong, I love a good one-liner, and I believe in truth, but I wanted to be transported into the author’s world. I just wanted to hear a good story. After all, life isn’t a series of bullet points outlining details, it is us engaging with one another. It is our stories colliding.
So I decided to write a story. A fiction, actually: Correspondence, complete with a musical movement by Glowhouse's Alex Sugg and production by Andy Othling. I wrote a story about a daughter who’s father is a ship captain chasing a great, white whale. She’s in love with a boy who is eagerly awaiting her return from sea, spending his time building a treehouse for their home. Think Moonrise Kingdom meets Moby Dick.
Good art gets to the core of our inherent longing for something beyond ourselves - a knowledge that is insuppressible, a knowing that cannot be rationalized away. I want Correspondence to be beautiful in the way that C.S. Lewis described beauty: something that points beyond itself.
I hope that what this will come to be does that. We have been working so hard on creating this piece of art that we're incredibly proud of, and I can't wait to share it with you.
For the first time in six years of touring as a performance artist, I am Kickstarting an album. If you want to know the truth, I’ve always been turned off by the idea of it. I’ve never wanted to go the route of crowd funding. I feel like I’ve seen too many artists abuse it, and too many people taken advantage of. Maybe it's a false perception, but I wasn't able to shake it.
Recently, though, along with the thought that maybe I’m just arrogant and want to be able to say I did it by myself, some of my beliefs on the value of communal involvement in record-making have been challenged. A lot of you simply want to be more involved in the process, and for that, I'm thankful.
We have big plans that far surpass anything we've done through Levi The Poet before - vinyl, documentaries, musical scores, video and visual commentary, licensing, and more - and even though it is something new, I am asking for your partnership in seeing it come to life. So I’m inviting you into the story.
Will you financially partner with us to help fund this album? Levi The Poet is not a huge name, but it is so much more than just me, individually, and a lot of people are putting in hard work to make this a reality. We’ve put together some cool incentive packages for you in hopes of raising the support needed to make this happen. You can find out all about it, and more, here. What I’m asking for doesn’t cover every expense, because I believe in investing into this story, too. If you give above and beyond the goal, I’m putting whatever extra is made toward the physical book that I’ve been wanting to publish for years, and that will be available to you in the future, as well.
I’m not entitled to anything, but I’m asking for your help. For six years, people have loved and cared for LTP more than I could have ever fathomed possible when I started screaming journal entries too close to people’s faces all those years ago. My thanks are inexpressible. You are amazing.
I’m looking forward to bringing this to you. If you care about this, please give to it. Please share it. Please invite other people to give to it. I want this to be our album, not just mine. I want this story to be one of ours colliding.
I'll be giving updates as the campaign moves along. Feel free to ask any questions you'd like! Thank you.
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PAINTING PACKAGE: CHARACTERS FROM THE STORY
These four paintings are portraits of the main characters from the upcoming album, "Correspondence (a fiction)". They are original pieces of work on 12x12" wooden pallets. I commissioned painter Timothy Ryan Turner (instagram.com/ttimothyrryan) from Denver, Colorado for his amazing work. They are signed by him. They are the only ones in existence. The boy is already sold. First come, first serve for the remaining characters.
Risks and challenges
Part of getting vinyls pressed is making a master and getting test pressings. The delivery time frame is, therefore, subject to those test pressings, and whether they come back alright the first time.
If there happens to be an issue, the master will have to be re-made and production will get pushed back. This is pretty unlikely, but know that any delays will be communicated to you!
Other than that, this whole Kickstarter is one big challenge, and you guys can help me minimize the risk by giving to it, and telling all your friends about it!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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