Introducing Conspire To Smile
A Video Welcome From Reid Genauer (Assembly of Dust/Strangefolk)
Conspire To Smile A "Concept" Album
Spinal Tap (the mockumentary rock movie) is like a religion to me. It's such a crushingly accurate parody of rock bands. Making a "Concept Album" is a rock cliche fit for Spinal Tap. Humorously Conspire to Smile is actually a concept album of sorts.
The Concept Is Simple:
- Social Media amplifies our stories
- Regrettably, most of the stories we "seed" are negative or inane
- The good news is social media amplifies positive stories as well
- Songs are little stories, "seeds" of goodness
- Help me change our social narrative and our future for the better by Kickstarting #Conspire to Smile
Yours In Face Melting Soft Rock
- Reid Genauer
"If You Get Confused Listen To The Music Play" - Robert Hunter
I'm Reid, father of three young boys, folk-rock singer in Strangefolk and Assembly of Dust and entrepreneur. In aggregate, I'm the sum of my stories, a curious seeker and a stemwinder of a man. When I get confused both on stage and off, I quite literally listen to the music play. I believe we are more alike than different, and that music can simultaneously deliver wild freedom and a sense of comfort that comes from belonging to it. Join me in the act of summoning our collective lore to be shocking, positively shocking. #ConspireToSmile.
The Range of Conspire To Smile Rewards
I have set up the rewards as "packages". The most basic one is the Conspire to Smile Album. From there each reward package builds on the previous one. The packages are named for the featured reward but they include a list of rewards. I have given details and samples of most of the media below. Be sure to check out the full details of each reward "package" on the rewards sidebar. Use the Kickstarter native messaging platform if you have questions or shoot me a direct message via my Facebook page. - Reid
The Album - "Conspire To Smile"
14 songs about love and positivity . 2 Originals (Strangefolk and Assembly of Dust) and a collection of inspired "retold" songs. The idea was not to make a collection of bad covers of good songs but to rather to create strong musical retellings of wonderful ideas.
Listen to the first rough tracks below:
Reid Genauer & Folks "Conspire to Smile" Album Tracks
- Conspire To Smile - Strangefolk
- Amplified Messiah - Assembly of Dust
- Hey Jude - The Beatles
- Let Love Rule - Lenny Kravitz
- Love The One Your With - Crosby, Stills & Nash
- I Can See Clearly Now - Johnny Nash
- People Get Ready - Curtis Mayfield
- One Love - Bob Marley
- Not Fade Away - Buddy Holly
- The Weight - The Band
- All You Need Is Love - The Beatles
- What’s Going On - Marvin Gaye
- This Land is Your Land - Woody Guthrie TBD - voted on by fans
Live HD Concert Video - Assembly of Dust
Live From Terrapin Crossroads (2 Sets)
By way of providing an example of the richness of the rewards beyond the album here is a sample of the Assembly of Dust HD Concert Video
- The Music: 19 Songs (Two Sets From Phil Lesh's Terrapin Crossroads)
- The Audio: 24 Channel multitrack audio mix
- The Video: 9 camera HD video shoot - looks fantastic on an HDTV
Solo Acoustic Album - "We Are All Fables"
We are All Fables" is a studio recording of me performing 12 songs solo acoustic These are raw recordings of the material that will make up the album - no mixing thus far - just a man and his voice, all but naked except for a well-loved Martin guitar.
KIDS AUDIOBOOK - "Sandles or a Suite"
10 poem Audio Book. Download lyrics and illustrations. Written and read by Reid Genauer. Illustration By Alan Close
STRANGEFOLK LIVE ALBUM:
The Palladium Theater - 1999
Listen to the first mixed and mastered version
The Palladium show was a peak in our touring years during the 90s. Ben Collette who manages Phish’s studio, the Barn as well as his own Tank Studio happens to also be Strangefolk's archivist. He has a ton of material and felt like "this was the one". Ben is hard at work mixing the soundboard recording and the audience recording to make what is called a studio "matrix mix" which has the crispiness of a board recording, energy of the live room and sonic richness of a professional recording studio.
ROLL YOUR OWN RECORD
Chose 10 songs and Reid will go into the studio and record a custom solo acoustic album for you.
DINNER AND A CONCERT AT REID'S HOUSE
Join me (Reid) for dinner and a solo acoustic performance in my living room. See rewards for details.
SWAG: Pins, Posters, Stickers & Shirts
Your Life Is A Song: Written By Reid
I will interview you and write a brand new song that tells your life story or whatever parts of it you feel compelled to share. Here is an example of a song I was commissioned to write about Ted and Jan Williamson about thier first date and their life together
Private Concert In Your House
Have Reid solo acoustic or the full Assembly of Dust band in all its face melting glory at your house, office or yurt.
Listen to Reid's Kickstarter Private House Concert at Doug Buckley's House in Kings Cove Massachusets, June 201, Below:
Music Is An Attitude
Music is an attitude and a way of being much like mood. It can manifest itself in small nuanced touch points in your day or in large life-changing shifts in the way you engage the world. Start by being resolute about something small. I envision the age-old ripple effect whereby each of us contributes just a few drops of positive social sentiment and those drops spread out into never-ending concentric circles of broad smiles. Make a resolution first to conspire to make yourself smile and then to touching two people and commit to becoming the good thoughts that follow.
Conspire to Smile is an album intended to change our collective "attitude" for the better, to infuse social media with positive sentiment. It's also a shared conviction that we can tap into the reciprocal nature of music and the richness of our community to draw strength & comfort at a time when so many of us desperately need it. The shared lore that binds us is only as strong as the emotional investment we make in it. Like the US Economy, songs are only as strong as our shared belief in them. Each of us plays a role in the bolstering of that belief, the collective listening, and retelling. By conspiring to smile through music we can simultaneously support one another and shift our shared story towards positivity and possibility. Sentiments are contagious and so too is music. The album is currently being "assembled" around the country by some two dozen of the finest musicians (and people) I know, including all the current members of Assembly of Dust and Strangefolk. Streaming previews will be released on a rolling basis starting today via Soundcloud, YouTube, Facebook and the like. The full album download will be available for free later this spring. (May 1st Target.)
These Folks Are 11's
" These Go To 11"- NIGEL TUFNEL
The Folks: The process for making this record is truly collaborative. It brings together the talent, charisma and sweeping spirit of some two dozen musicians. These are people with loud awareness and screaming guitars. People with old souls and ancient Stratocasters. They're people who by definition go-to-11 and if you're reading this - so to must you. I have a deep affection and admiration for this collective of musicians, my co-conspirators, my friends, whose imagination and creativity moves me and soothes me. A partial list in alphabetical order : Aaron Maxwell, Adam Terrell, Andy Herrick, Dave Diamond, Elliott Peck, Erik Glockler, Grahame Lesh, Jason Crosby, Jennifer Hartswick, John Leccese, Jon Trafton, Dan, Lebo" Lebowitz, Luke Smith, Marc Friedman, Nate Wilson, Ryan Montbleau, Scott Law, Scott Metzger and more.. - you lay the dust
Be A Leader Not A Listener
“Try Not to Become a Person of Success. Rather Become a Person of Value.” -ALBERT EINSTEIN
This project is a call for leaders. My bet is even if it's not the first word you would use to describe yourself you are more a leader than not. As you assess if you want to be a part of Conspire to Smile think back to Einstein's words - about being a person of value. Or Hunter's quiet wisdom in suggesting we focus on music as a source of calm. This is not a purchase but rather a planting. Its a sowing of the spirit. It's the orientation of a true north that music affords us. The belief that Rock & Roll can simultaneously deliver the wild freedom of going to 11 and the sense of comfort that comes from belonging to it. Join me in my aspiration to"double bounce" the musical trampoline and in my adventure to personal authenticity and solace. Above all remember "if you get confused to listen to the music play" and Conspire to Smile.
In keeping with Einstein's quote, I strive to be a "person of value" to contribute, and music is one of the ways that I do so. Those two quotes more or less sum up my inspiration for organizing this Kickstarter. It's my aim to actualize the notion of being a person of value by using the "true north" of music to help myself and others orient in a time of unusually overwhelming confusion. On a lighter note, music is the minds trampoline and the world is way more fun when you're bouncing.
Current Events Require #ConspireToSmile
"A person is but the product of their thoughts. What they think, they become." -MAHATMA GANDHI
I think Gandhi was right so I've devised two plans.
- Plan A (Fear): Hide in a bunker in Montana with lots of canned pears and every Grateful Dead bootleg ever recorded.
- Plan B (Hope): Be a person of value. Make things better through shared music, imagination, and the confidence of community.
As tempting as the bunker is - I've opted for Plan B, to become hope - code name #ConspireToSmile. Be Shockingly Positive!
Believe In Song
All news is by definition bad news. No one would tune into CNN if the headline read "Sunny in California". Its hard to fathom but in fact, everything we depend on from the arc of civilizations to our simple songs are just different kinds of stories made up by people. Regardless of whether or not you chose to make a financial contribution, commit to paying the idea of Conspire to Smile forward with a savage conviction. I'm not suggesting a wholesale change in how we think and act. There are very valid reasons to be bummed out. From the day-to-day grind to global affairs. That said if we can change the amount of productive thought in our day from 1% to 2% that is 100% increase in positivity. I ain't no Einstein but I'm pretty sure that's a sh*t ton of "freed" energy that can be used for fixing the things in our lives that need attention rather than wallowing in them.
This is How I Will Use The Money We Raise
Conspire To Smile is absolutely not a project about money, fame or glory. Each of the musicians has donated his/her time and talent. Instead, this is a well-intentioned, organized attempt to do something other than wallow. That said it takes some bread to pull it off. All told we are creating a veritable mountain of digital media and a little bit of merch from contributors all around the country. It will be used to help us collectively tell a better story.
The Breakdown of Costs
While a few of the items may give you mild sticker shock I figured it was a good filter of someones personal intent. Again this is about a planting of the spirit and not a purchase. That's how I and my fellow musicians are oriented and it seems to me that's how the larger group of participants should align as well. My reckoning is that it's more reasonable to ask a little more of the people who believe in me, in my friends, and fellow musicians. To lean into those who are truly inspired to conspire through the strength of our community rather than ask a casual passerby for a buck just for for the hell of it.
Break-Even Project Costs: $50K
These are the production costs associated with creating media for the entire 'Conspire to Smile' project.
- Audio Recording: $10K
- Video Recording: $10K
- Promotion: $10K
- Printing & Production: $5K
- Staffing, handling, help & logistics $5K
- Taxes & room for error (yes this $ money gets taxed) $10K
That's the scoop folks. Thanks in advance for your consideration and enthusiasm
Keep Me Safe and I'll Keep You Wild
In Face Melting Soft Rock
￼- Reid Genauer
PS: I find Kickstarter pages kind of hard to read if you want to look at the rewards on a simpler page you can check them out on my website
Risks and challenges
There are not a ton of risks. The most obvious one is not fully funding the project. Mainly its execution risk of just getting it all done and getting the word out the project. We kept all of the "rewards" as simple as possible to avoid the complexity of production and the cost of the postal service so we might ensure they are easy to deliver to our supporters. There are a ton of logistics which is why we could use some volunteers. But this shit is happening one way or another. Bet your ass on it. #WeWillRemain
- (45 days)