The Shorter the Trailer, the Longer the Road
Crafty songs and raw analog recording will pave a road for CCM pioneer, Paul Clark, to drive his Airstream through your heart.
Hello, my name is PAUL CLARK. For the last year, I have been contributing to several projects on Kickstarter.com. Watching the magnetic draw, and community momentum that a project can produce, has inspired me to record a new record for "YOU," the longtime fan, or "YOU," the curious investor.
*Your support will help me pave the road to record and manufacture my new recording project, "The Shorter the Trailer, the Longer the Road." I want to share the next stretch of the road on this journey with YOU!
After more than four decades of recording and touring, why would I want to keep the process going? My answer is simple. ..... the gift that I was given just keeps on giving. I want to be a faithful steward of it until the road runs out.
I've always admired the charm of small Airstream trailers. When I found this 1965 Airstream Caravel on Craigslist, I hit the PayPal button, put the ball hitch on my Explorer, and drove 600 miles to Indiana to pick it up. It's only 12 feet long and 7 feet wide on the inside. Thus, the title, "The Shorter the Trailer, the Longer the Road."
When I pulled into the small town, I was like a kid on Christmas morning. But then reality set in. Upon initial inspection, I was disappointed by its many imperfections, not to mention sorrow for the lifestyle of the previous owner. Underneath the mouse infested cushions were syringes, beer cans, Clark County Indiana bench warrant papers and other disturbing paraphernalia. It certainly didn't make me think about camping in a quaint vintage trailer with family and friends. My next thought was to ask for my money back due to false representation.
Restoration has always been a big part of my life story. I've spent years restoring vintage Porsche's, antique furniture, houses, etc. I'm sure the Airstream was gleaming when it left the factory in the mid 60's, but abuse and neglect had taken its toll. Then I thought, I too left the factory gleaming, but poor decisions in the 1960's had brought the same results to me.
A renewed joy inspired me as I realized that the solution for the "wee toaster of a trailer" was not to restore it to what it had been, but to gut the inside and refashion it for a new purpose. The bones were still there, so why not use it as a mobile recording studio?
If you watched the video, I apologize for attempting to sing and play at 6:30 a.m. Perhaps I should have opted for sub-sonic synthesizers rumbling under a Darth Vader-ish voice saying, "In a time and space before CCM began." Nevertheless, in God's golden morning light, my friend, Isaac Alongi, with his Red camera mounted to Troy Workman's RC Copter, set everything into motion. As you saw in the out takes, we had a lot of fun.
In April of 1970, CCM was undoubtedly an acronym for something, but certainly not Contemporary Christian Music. I was an 18 year old, hippie musician, living with my fellow band members in a log cabin, 9,800 feet up on the western slope of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
Freshly transplanted by the student unrest at the University of Kansas, and thereby, separated from potential clients for my part-time unlicensed pharmaceutical enterprise, I shifted my music major to become a miner. (Sorry for the play on words... songwriters disease). The gold that I was seeking would be represented by a framed record on my wall and the the iconic statue from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), accompanied by the currency of publishing my original songs.
Reeling from the devastation of the Beatles termination, I found solace in the beaconing light of many "Golden-Era" singer/songwriters. Somewhere between the bravado of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, the mystique of Cat Stevens, the earthy soil of James Taylor, the hooky refrains of Carole King and the mysterious tenderness of Joni Mitchell, I sought to find my own voice to support the cacophony of song nuggets that I could hear tumbling into the riverbed of my thoughts.
The outcome was a mother lode of songs with a payout that converted to radical transformation in my life, as well as the life calling to share them with a generation of young people wandering in darkness.
Looking back, but forever keeping my hand to the plow, being one of the musician-ary pioneers of what is now called CCM, (Contemporary Christian Music) is a humbling honor. The grace of God, my guitar and songs have given me a 42 year passport to communicate the endless love of Jesus Christ to my next door neighbor, or on Continents around the globe.
Long since removed from, but grateful for, my 11 album, 13 year association with, major label Word Records, the next two decades provided me the opportunity to do 7 more records. Unshackled from the nagging pressure of balancing artful ministry and corporate commerce, I have always enjoyed the thrill of taking on new genres that connect me directly to culture and people, not a demographic target. If you were to listen to my entire discography, ( http://www.paulclarkmusic.com/j25/index.php/web-shop ), you might surmise me musically ADD. Folk/Rock, Jazz/Rock, Pop/Rock, Electronica, Unplugged, Singer/Songwriter, Worship Chorus and Middle Eastern are just a few of the roads that I have traveled.
At 61 years young, I thought this would be a good time to do a Dylan-esque, acoustic project, with a tip of the hat to "Mr. Highway 61 Revisited." To make this recording as raw and authentic as possible, this project employs my 1926 000-45 Martin, 1946 D-18 Martin, 1928 Martin 0-18 Tenor, 1947 Gibson J-45, 1946 Gibson LG-1, Custom "Anchor of Hope" and "Crown of Thorns" Petros guitars, along with multiple harmonicas and other odd instruments, to sing their voices into Neumann, AKG and Oktava microphones through Neve 1073 and Millenia mic pre-amps, David Manley EL-OP compressors and a modified Black Lion Audio Digi-002, upgraded to Pro Tools 10, mixed to 1/2" analog tape at 30 I.P.S.
In humility, I thank you in advance, and ask you to consider and even pray about being a part of the engine that will put power to the wheels of my unique Airstream recording project. On the RIGHT HAND SIDE of this page, you can read about, and hopefully choose, an exciting reward opportunity that fits you. Any of the Reward levels would make a Merry Christmas for a loved one or a friend. Do your shopping early!
In this economy, every dollar is appreciated. If I exceed the $30.000.00 goal for recording, mixing, mastering, and manufacturing, I will invest in marketing the project to a larger audience, as well as start searching for a reliable vintage vehicle to pull the Airstream.
I gratefully ask that beyond prayerful and financial co-laboring, that you will help me by sending this link to all of your social networking friends, Jesus Music /CCM links and businesses.
YOUR SUPPORT CAN LENGTHEN MY ROAD ... THANK YOU!
May the Lord bless you as you mine for the nuggets of your own artful passions!
From my heart, to yours,
Paul Clark (Airstreamville, Kansas)
Risks and challenges
I don't foresee any risks with this project, but since we are drawing closer to the holiday season, there is always a risk of a delay from manufacturers for the print, or audio. Of course, there is always, God forbid, a possibility of bad health, injurious accident, or a fire in my home studio. I'm more than 50% finished with the project, so the prospect of getting it to the pressing plant on time looks good.
The t-shirts should be a quick turn around as well.
The challenge is getting everyone coordinated so we can make it to the finish line on time. I have been recording for four decades, so the process is like making dinner, or building a house. You get the materials and you start to assemble. It usually goes fast at first, but progress can be slowed by one link in the chain getting out of synch.
Lastly, you always want to leave an opening for an unexpected fresh wind to blow something new into the project that will make it a better product for all to enjoy.
I love risk and challenges, so Kickstart is a good fit for me. We have both proven to deliver quality creative projects. Thank you!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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