What's this project?
Challenging times have always needed song & laughter, whether it's Fred & Ginger movies in the depression, Tom Lehrer and The Smothers Brothers during the Vietnam War era, or comics like Stephen Colbert, Ellen de Generes, and Sarah Silverman today. In that tradition, for the past 19 months, I've channeled my frustration into a weekly comedy song inspired by current events and fans are requesting a greatest hits album. So I've put together this Kickstarter project to produce it.
Here's this week's video, combining Harry Reid's latest remarks with my secret desire to impersonate a glassy-eyed-fashion-model-pretending-to-play-a-musician-in-a-rock-video . . . . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBJFosBNS8k
And here's the video from the song I've chosen as the title track, "If My Uterus Were A Gun" (imagine the double dose of badly spelled hate mail I got on this video!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLTtuDFLaxg
Why do you need backers?
Recording albums is scary and expensive, and I'm a free-lance musician and working mom without the funds to do this alone - so I'm asking for help. Plus crowd-funding helps me publicize the project in advance, creating more of a market for it. And a recording of these projects will help me get my songs out there, maybe as an opening act for political comedians - thus making me an overnight success after 34 years. (I can't lie about my age, my kids are too good at math! But I'm actually proud to be - just barely - in Kickstarter's 2nd oldest demographic group.) My backers will also help me select the songs I include (I have over 80 from which to choose) and will be part of the recording process as I post updates, give them sneak previews, and send them the more entertaining bloopers.
How will you make the album?
I'm inviting backers to vote on their favorites, so I can pick 15 songs to re-record in the studio. And I'll build on my experience creating 3 comedy albums, 7 albums of kids' educational music, and 8 children's musicals, starting with my own Logic Pro studio and finalizing with my fantastic team (recording engineer John Hoy, graphics by MZdesignz, www.mzdesignz.com).
Check out these projects and more at www.laurenmayer.com.
Can I see & hear some more samples?
Sure - here's another recent video, having some fun with an attempt to boycott Girl Scout Cookies:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yy7J9GV-YXg
Here's my idea of a theme song for Downton Abbey fans . . . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mdt0JmGj6to
Audio track for "It's A Scary Time To Be A Jewish Mother"
"Hormone Hell" from my first album, Psycho Super Mom (the joys of menopause while your kids are in puberty):
"Nine Words (They Tried To Kill Us, We Survived, Let's Eat)" from Latkes, Shmatkes, comedy songs for Chanukah
What will this campaign pay for?
Studio recording costs money. As does duplication - some of my fans are old enough to like actual CDs, not just a digital file. (Actually, many of them are old enough to remember vinyl before it was retro-cool, but I digress.) I'll keep costs down by doing my own basic tracks and working insanely fast.
And here's a 'before-and-after' look at a song from one of my previous albums, so you can see what a difference good production can make:
Risks and challenges
- The biggest risks with a CD project is that the artist 1) won't finish writing the songs, 2) won't complete the recording, 3) won't get rewards to the backers, or 4) won't get the project duplicated and ready to send or download. In my case -
1) The songs are already written
2) I've already booked studio time with my engineer, and we've done dozens of projects together and always finished on time or ahead of schedule
3) Kickstarter makes it really easy for me to contact backers and before I launched I backed a bunch of projects so I could learn from how they ran their campaigns and handled rewards
4) I have already set up a manufacturing account for this project, and I already work with CD Baby for digital downloads. And as for getting CDs mailed out, I have a 17-year-old son who thinks I'm pretty cool for trying a site he knew about first, so he's willing to help in return for pizza.
- I could suddenly get extremely busy with appearances on The Daily Show:
Fortunately, my engineer is also a fantastic guitar player so we can finish recording in between gigs.
- The Tea Party and Fox News could suddenly cease providing continual inspiration:
Fortunately, we can always count on one of the Kardashians or Donald Trump to do something ludicrous.
- People will do the math and realize that I'm older than Jon Stewart so I couldn't be his love child:
Fortunately, my fans are smart enough to understand a comedic metaphor.
- (30 days)