Letters Through Your Door: A Children's Album by David Gibb
About a year ago I wrote a song called Letters Through Your Door, and it was a song about how much I enjoyed receiving post when I was a child, something that I always found really exciting when I was little. And when I finished the song I realised that actually this song was probably not for adults, but for children. I’ve been working with children in storytelling workshops, song writing workshops and other creative activities for the last few years now, and I really think I’ve developed a sense of what children want to hear in music and what they enjoy in song writing.
I’ve also been playing on the English folk scene as David Gibb and Elly Lucas for some years now, a genre of music that has, at its core, a passion for storytelling. Our music has always had a real sense of fun and playfulness and it seemed to me that the obvious next step was to make an album just for children, called Letters Through Your Door: a fun, silly, sing-alongable range of songs that would be influenced by a wide variety of world music and include a mixture of original and traditional songs. So far there’s a song about dragons, an unruly dog, and swimming at the seaside. I’d really love for this album to be appealing to both adults and children, as I whole heartedly believe that good music is for everybody. I want this to be an album that people of all ages and backgrounds can enjoy.
What will it look like?
Something else that’s important to me is how the album will look when it’s finished, and a fantastic children’s illustrator called Pippa Curnick has agreed that if the project goes ahead she will do the album artwork. I really want this album to be more than just something that stays in the car or on a CD rack collecting dust: I want it to be something that is really exciting to hold, to look at and treasure, and that people will value as an object.
Of course I know that a warm feeling might not be enough for you to decide to invest in this project, and that’s why I’ve come up with a whole host of rewards for doing so. These range from a simple digital download of the finished album, to a signed hardcopy with loads of extra goodies and your name in the sleeve notes, and even the chance to have me come and play special private concert for you and your family and friends. I truly believe that this could be something really special and it’s something that I’m determined to make a success of. I would appreciate any help you could give. Thank you for your time.
Risks and challenges
As with any project, there are a few difficulties that may arise over the course of time. The recording schedule for the album will be tight, and because of the wide range of styles of music I wish to incorporate there will be lots of guest musicians. This will add further strain to the schedule, so it will be important to try and work as efficiently as possible when in the studio so as not to over run.
In terms of the actual release, there is little risk involved. I run my own record label (www.hairpinrecords.co.uk) and we have a distribution deal with Proper Distribution (www.properdistribution.com). As long as we organise the release date well in advance there will be no risk of the album being delayed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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