Hello all dear friends, family and those whom I’ve not yet encountered. I hope this finds you well!
This summer, I’m recording Light Comes In, my second album of original music, with a few selections from the American folk and ballad traditions. By contributing to this Kickstarter, you will help create this album from start to finish -- recording, mixing and mastering costs, as well as the production of the final hard-copy albums!
If you haven’t heard my first album Tides already, or care to take another listen, you can find it here:
It has been two years since I finished Tides. I’ve been writing constantly, keeping my journal close wherever I go. I've carried it with me while sailing down the Mississippi River, touring around the Northeast, riding the subways of New York and on many other adventures. The songs I want to share on Light Comes In have grown out of these experiences.
This past year, I’ve had the luck and honor of meeting an amazing woman named Eleonore Weill, a multi-instrumentalist (wooden recorder, piano, hurdy-gurdy, to name a few) and vocalist with whom I've formed a deep bond through song, long conversations and plenty of chocolate.
I’ve also continued to work with the brilliant Hannah Sassoon, who sings and plays many things (cello, piano, violin are just some), a dear friend and collaborator who played on Tides and has been a steadfast companion in my life’s journey since then. Light Comes In is in part a collaboration with these women, a weaving together of two rich and distinct threads.
I’ve come to believe our own individual healing and wellness are deeply linked to the that of the world, and music is my source of healing. We need to prioritize wellbeing in both our individual lives and as a society. I write songs as a means of better knowing myself, and I sing American folk songs as a means of better understanding my nation’s complicated history and present. In our world, music has long been a respite, a means of spiritual survival, and often a source of community and healing for people oppressed by systems more powerful than them. I know that my role in changing these systems is in part through my own healing, which is deeply linked to music. It is my intention that the songs on Light Comes In will offer the same solace and joy for you as they have for me.
These are songs of grief and light, questioning and awakening. They are songs of love and sorrow. They are songs of wandering, seeking and of coming home to oneself, no matter what you find there.
“Go where your name is spoken/ stay when you feel like standing still/ No one can guide your footsteps/ So walk where you will”
-- Go, Stay (original song)
The money raised will go towards:
-Recording, mixing and mastering the songs with the great producer Danny Blume in his studio outside of Woodstock, NY
-Paying my beloved collaborators, Eleonore and Hannah, for their precious time and energy
-Transportation to and from the studio in upstate New York
-Production costs for the actual CD & cases (letterpress image designed by yours truly, to be printed by Stumptown Press in Portland, OR)
I hope you enjoy all these visual and sonic offerings. Thank you for looking, and for your help in creating the next chapter!
Risks and challenges
The greatest challenges will be in the recording studio. The three of us are rehearsing steadily leading up to our recording dates, and Danny Blume is an experienced producer with whom I am so grateful to work. We are using a number of instruments that sound beautiful together but can be challenging to record – cello, resonator guitar, wooden recorder, harmonium, and three voices. We are leaving New York City for Woodstock to record in order to give ourselves as much peace of mind and complete presence as possible during this process, that it may be as fluid and enjoyable for everyone as it can be. We also have all had experiences in recording for various other projects that will help in this production.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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