I'm Parthenon Huxley and thanks for visiting my Thank You Bethesda Kickstarter page.
I hope you enjoyed the above video by Owen Kelley. P. Lo Green says hello.
Thank You Bethesda is my first album of new music since 2007. I started recording it over three years ago, never suspecting it would take this long. But now that it's done, I am thrilled with it. Like Sunny Nights, Deluxe, Purgatory Falls and Kiss The Monster before it, TYB took on a life of its own in the studio. It tells a story.
Part of that story is Bethesda MD itself, where I relocated after living in LA for 18 years. I didn't know that profound personal changes would take place after a move back East, but my new song "Luckiest Man" could only have been written here. It's been an eventful few years, for sure. Funny thing is--I actually wrote the title song years ago, in Los Angeles, long before I ever set foot in Bethesda. Hmmmm.
If Bethesda was fated to be part of my life then so was my East Coast engineer/co-producer/partner in crime Mark Williams. Without Mark and his Bethesda-based Suckerpunch Studio TYB would still be a bunch of song ideas on my iPhone. Dude rules.
So now it's time to get this new music out there. What to do? In the past I've recorded for record labels like Columbia, Universal and many indies, and normally I would reach out to a label to produce an album like Thank You Bethesda. But as many of you know there is no normal in the music business anymore. Luckily, we have an alternative.
Thanks to Kickstarter, you and I can become partners/co-producers and function much as a record label would. By pledging anywhere from $10 to $4500 you'll enable me to polish, manufacture and distribute Thank You Bethesda. Not only will you forever be a part of a potentially award-winning album you'll also be rewarded for your commitment. This is truly a cool, internet-era innovation.
Your pledges don't have to cover the cost of recording the songs, because I've already done that. I used the best studio in the DC area, paid the best musicians and took my time getting everything right. It was worth it! When you listen to Thank You Bethesda through real speakers or real headphones you will think, "Oh, yeah. I remember when music sounded like this." Nothing against Garage Band and mp3s, but...there's a difference!
I'm seeking $8200. What does that pay for? After Kickstarter and Amazon take their fees, the funding will go to my mixing engineer (Mr. Williams), a brilliant mastering engineer in LA named Gavin Lurssen, and finally a top-quality manufacturer who will turn my recordings into the finished album you will enjoy for years. If I can swing it I'll also do a limited run of vinyl.
The Fun Part. When I designed the pledge rewards I tried to put the fun into funding. Depending on the dollar amount of your pledge, your rewards could include custom videos, one-on-one phone conversations, concerts in your living room, the chance to place your name or your picture on the CD package itself...I'm even offering to re-write and re-record vocals on original tracks from Thank You Bethesda to make them about you or a loved one. You could create a song titled "Thank You Rebecca" or "Bob Is The Greatest Thing." I'm sure you'll come up with some cool ideas!
The Thank You Bethesda Kickstarter campaign will only last 30 days, so please choose the rewards that will make you happy and pledge to be my co-producer today! I really, really appreciate your support. Are you with me? (We can do this!)
P.S.: Here are some notes about the album….
Super-talented friends contributed great performances to my songs. Gordon Townsend (The Orchestra Former ELO Members) drums; Dan Rothchild (Beck, many others) bass and backing vocals; Rusty Anderson (Paul McCartney) guitar; Daniel Clarke (K.D. Lang) keyboards; Mark Williams (Jonasay, others) drums, guitar; Rob Miller (Hooters) bass; Nic Pierone (Zappa) keys; Jon Mudd, Cal Everett, The Life Over Faulty Bridges Choir, BG vocals.
Here are the titles: Thank You Bethesda, Angeleno, Luckiest Man, Buddha Buddha, Love Is The Greatest Thing, A Feeling That Won't Fade Away, Beautiful, Long Way To Go, Rollercoaster and Turn The Soil. There's also a wacky bonus track. If you know my stuff, I think you will love Thank You Bethesda. If you don't know my stuff, I think you will love Thank You Bethesda!
The new recording of "Buddha, Buddha", a song many of you know from 30 (!) years ago, is faithful to the original in spirit but closer to the way I've played it live over the years. I'm stoked to include it on TYB!
For those of you who don't know my stuff, here are some honors I've received:
Creative Loafing Magazine 1988 Album of the Year: Sunny Nights. Audities Magazine 1995 Album of the Year: Deluxe. Just Plain Folks 2006 Tribute Album of the Year: Homemade Spaceship. 2010 Rock Composer of the Year in Costa Rica. Four Top 20 hits. "I Loved Everything" #1 on Rolling Stone magazine's Exclusive Download Chart.
Lastly, some of you may know me as the guitarist and singer for The Orchestra (Former ELO Members) and a contributor to The Orchestra's album No Rewind. You've been great supporters of The Orchestra over the years and many of you have also bought my albums from my home site. I hope you'll pledge your support to this campaign for Thank You Bethesda!
Risks and challenges
I have about 30 years experience making records, so there is very little risk with this project being completed. Few things bring me more joy than a finished album. Granted, there can be slight delays with mixing and mastering and manufacturing because of busy schedules, etc., but my vendors and I are ready to go. The booklet for Thank You Bethesda will need to be modified based on the number of people who elect to get their name and/or picture included but I'm ready for that, too.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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