The Fabled Canelands is a record of most of the songs i wrote from 2005 to 2009. The title song came last, a kind of meditation on the high cost of living out of balance, after reading Alan Eckert's Frontiersmen, and some James Lane Allen excerpted from The Reign Of Law. The song kept evolving over the next year and a half of recording, unlike the others, which knew pretty instantly what they wanted to say.
What's that you say? You want facts, not literary criticism? O.k., I have already spent around $2500 in time and money on this project. I have been lucky to work with two of lexington's finest recording engineers: Otto Helmuth, and Tony Miller. I thank my cohorts in the Swells, along with Anna Hess, James Friley, and Fred Sexton for their inspired performances. I thank Whitney Baker for bringing James Baker Hall's wonderful poem to my attention, and for inspiring the melody, along with Patrick O'Keefe, to That First Kite. There are eleven songs with eight or nine making the final cut. Seven of them are ready to be mastered and the final two need to be re-recorded which should happen by thanksgiving.
The money i am requesting from you dear lover of music is a very conservative estimate of what the mastering of eight songs and pressing of an initial number of cd's will cost. I am paying for the final mixing and re-recording of the final two songs, along with all other printing and incidental costs.
I am so excited about this record and i have gotten such a great response from everbody who has heard the roughs. The Fabled Canelands, out jan/feb 2011 with your help!
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