The Wonder Well, a collection of eleven new original instrumental pieces and songs, continues the musical journey that began with my first six solo CDs. It features the lovely vocals of Daya on several of the tracks, and in the video above, you can hear samples of all eleven tracks from the CD.
Why Kickstarter for The Wonder Well?
First of all, Kickstarter is a fantastic site - a place where people who love the arts can make a real difference by finding projects that they believe in and helping make them happen.
As I mention above in the video, the music business has changed dramatically in the last 15 or so years. People no longer need to walk into a bookstore or music store to buy a CD. Most music is downloaded online now (often for very little), so it is much more of a challenge for artists to recoup the money that's gone into a production.
I'm not only excited about the music of The Wonder Well, but I'm also excited to be able to reach out to you, the fans, for the support of the album. I've always believed in the philosophy of patron-supported arts, and, in some ways, I think it reflects how art SHOULD be funded. Believe me, your support is greatly appreciated!
What does the money get used for?
One reason it's easier for me to make CDs than it is for many musicians is that I play several instruments myself. (On this CD I play keyboards, cello, electric and acoustic guitar, dulcimer, autoharp, banjo and sitar.) But there are a few things I can't do that really make the CD come to life, and that make it a finished, polished product:
1 - First and foremost, there are a few songs that showcase some very beautiful vocals by Daya, who has been an integral part of all my CDs. She brings an amazing magic and grace to everything she sings on, and I can't tell you how grateful I am that she sings on my CDs.
2 - A wonderful flute player, Richard Hardy, plays on one of the tracks.
3 - Leslie Chew, a 3-time Grammy-nominated engineer will be helping me mix and master the CD.
4 - Rachna Kanitkar will be helping me finish the artwork and graphics, as she has done so beautifully on my last few CDs. (That's the rough artwork you see at the top of the page.)
5 - There are several other expenses related to finishing up the CD (manufacturing, packaging, mailings, etc.).
What if I raise more than $5,000?
I'm only trying to raise $5,000 here at Kickstarter. That will be enough to pay for these five things. Obviously, that's a pretty small budget for a CD, but again, the idea is to involve you. If I end up raising more than $5,000, it will really help me promote the album to a wider audience than I've been able to reach in the past. There are also processing fees that will reduce the total by up to 10%.
What do you get?
Aside from the great feeling of supporting music that you care about, there are goodies that you'll receive for your donation. On the right column of this page, you can scroll through the different pledge amounts and see what gifts you'll get at the different levels.
Interacting with fans is one of my favorite parts of making music, and I truly hope we can connect through this project. I can't tell you how important your encouragement is to me.
Other questions you might have ...
If you have any other questions about this campaign - how it works, questions about the gifts, etc., please feel free to contact me here or through my website: www.johnadorney.com
Risks and challenges
If the project is funded successfully through Kickstarter, there shouldn't be any significant obstacles in the way of the CD being released by December. The path is relatively clear - this is one of the benefits of writing and owning the publishing to all the music. At worst, there might be a slight delay in getting final proofs of the artwork or of the mastered music. But I have a great working relationship with all the people involved, so these obstacles are usually easily overcome.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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