About this project
Wow, Holy Cow, Awesome! Help keep it going! There are still limited edition copies of the record, posters, songs to be written and one Rock Opera left...!!
I will FOR SURE be getting this record made, and you will FOR SURE be getting the awards you bought!.
This Kickstarter will go toward studio mixing and mastering time at SOMA here in Chicago. A minimun of $3000 will get this two-part album (80min of music) finished and printed in a limited run for promotion and Kickstarter rewards. Any additional funds we raise will go to pay the performers (imagine that!) and promoting the album. If we reach $5000, for example, we can hire a GREAT PR person to put the first part out there, focusing on touring (hopefully to your town). Crazy business.
Part I will be mailed out this summer. Part 2 will be released in December. Buying the albums through kickstarter will involve you in this process from the beginning to the end. This is very satisfying.
LeRoy Bach (Bass, Keyboards, Guitar, Clarinet) is producing and arranging Part I. Sam Wagster (Bass, Keyboards, Guitar), David Hilliard (Drums), Nora Oconnor (Vocals) and I (Guitar, Vocals) fill out the band. LeRoy has a Grammy for his work in the band Wilco and was instrumental in Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (one of my favorite albums). Sam (Fruit Bats, Father Costume, Dahlgren) and LeRoy are successfully pioneering the spirit of this thing and bringing my songs life. David toured with David Byrne, Nora has sang with Andrew Bird,... it's very good company.
This album is taking a new turn for me. Part I reminds me of long drives in the backseat of my parents' car; the world seemed very hi-tech then, with all the power lines and smooth roads, or roads that shiver to wake you up. The sound of 80's pop music on the radio kind of suggested a shape to the unknown world, and HeSaidSheSaidThatsWhatSheSaid reminds me of that. The songs were written in Nebraska, at the Kimmel Harding Artist Residency, and I think you can hear me looking up to Springstein's Nebraska, which someone had just given to me as a gift.
The two main characters in the record are male and female (played by myself and Nora Oconnor), sorting out their love for each other in varying degrees of success, but largely avoiding the inevitable or in-progress earthquake or bomb or flood. Now I've told you too much already.
How Part 2 comes out is yet unknown. But the songs are written. I will say that more gets destroyed in Part 2, but that it probably has a happy ending.
Thanks for listening... you can hear my music on my website: http://www.jeffharms.net or Pandora or itunes, or anywhere music is streaming.
Here are the show posters offered:
a larger version of the wooden sculpture mentioned on the right
Here is one of the Myth of Heroics Drawings
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