My name is Ben Fisher and I'm a singer-songwriter from Seattle, Washington.
I've booked time at Studio Litho in June with Noah Gundersen, who is going to produce this thing, to record a full length album.
I went up to Doe Bay on Orcas Island to play in the cafe last week and while holed up in a cabin, I finished up some of these songs I've been working on, and recorded some demos of them. Usually, I don't like hearing the sound of my own voice, but I've been listening to them over and over again, because I'm so happy with how the songs are sounding.
I've been going to school at the University of Washington for the past four years, studying Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies. After all this time, I've finally written a song about the subjects covered in my classes. It's gonna be a dark rocker in a minor key called 'Rare Desert Rains'.
There was a stretch where I was feeling a tad bit homesick for the South (I grew up in Atlanta), so I wrote a song about Charleston, SC and one about Mississippi Fred McDowell.
There's this neat story about these parrots that were kept as pets in Chicago 1970's or the 80's. At some point, they either escaped (I prefer this version of the story) or were released. They didn't go very far, and took up residency in Hyde Park, where to this day if you're lucky, you can see beautiful tropical birds in the sub-zero temperatures of Chicago's winter.
I'm proudest of what will be the last song on the album. It's called 'Last Call', and you'll just have to wait to hear about that one and about most of the others. With the exception of 'Charleston', the song you hear on the video, which I've had a lot of fun playing live, I'm going to wait to play these songs live until the album is out. I think it's much more rewarding to listen to an album without any idea of what the songs sound like.
The goal is the bare bones minimum of what it will take to complete this album in a way that will do it justice - to record it, mix it, master it, and make CDs and vinyl records. My past recordings, I've made handmade cases and CDs (from Portland's awesome Stumptown Printers), and the Roanoke EP is only available digitally.
I'm done with school after this year, and I want this album to be the big push into a career as a singer-songwriter. As quaint as they are (you can order them here!!!) cardboard cases don't endear themselves to places like radio stations, and it's time to get my music shrink wrapped! And, as my little sister pointed out to me today, I will most likely suffer from less hot glue gun burns.
Anything over the goal will be used to sweeten the sound even more - I'd be able to spend a little more on mixing or mastering, or have it pressed to 180 gram vinyl instead of the usual 120 gram, for example.
My friends Elliot and Austin helped me make the fantastic video for this project, Noah's going to help me make the album, and I'm hoping you will help me fund it.
Thank you, thank you so much.
Risks and challenges
Well, there is always the off chance that I'll get hit by a bus tomorrow.
But seriously. To make this record, I'm going to surround myself with people I trust and enjoy working with so that the finished product is something that I will be proud of, and will be something that you will want to listen to.
The songs are done, and writing a record is truly the biggest endeavor. Getting them set in stone will be a blast and I'll be sure to update my progress.
Records do take some time to make, so don't expect a package with a CD in it on your doorstep next week. I'm going to record in June, it'll probably get mixed in July/August, mastered in September, and manufactured in October/November. I'm hoping for a November release.
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