Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
Second album by  first time songwriter Tara O'Grady with Nashville's finest jazz,. blues and session musicians. Good things indeed!
Second album by first time songwriter Tara O'Grady with Nashville's finest jazz,. blues and session musicians. Good things indeed!
105 backers pledged $7,460 to help bring this project to life.

About

Good Things Come To Those Who Wait  project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$7,460

105

My name is Tara O'Grady. I'm what you call a late bloomer. On November 19, 1994, I stood under a full moon in Ireland and wrote a poem. Sixteen years later, to the date, November 19, 2010, under another full moon in New York City, I had in my possession that poem set to music, a poem that will soon join 10-12 other original songs on an album entitled "Good Things Come to Those Who Wait." How did this come about you ask?

I sing by ear. I've been singing since I was a child. I am inspired by the voices of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley & Hank Williams. I grew up on Irish traditional music because my dad is a fiddle player, but I love to sing jazz/blues/folk. So one day last year I decided to record the traditional Irish song, "Danny Boy," and other Irish songs and make an independent swing/jazz record called "Black Irish" for practically pennies. I released it this past summer. You can check it out at www.taraogradymusic.com.

One day in August, Alan Bennett, a music producer in Nashville (www.realactual.com), and a long lost friend from NYC, received a spam email from me. I sent out an apology email to everyone saying that I am not in the business of selling male enhancement pills but rather selling music CDs. This apology brought his attention to my newly released CD. He listened to it and emailed that he loved my voice and told me he wanted to make a record with me in Nashville because he believes in real actual music. I had never written a song before, but inspired by the November moon, in the first two weeks of November I sent him 10 song starts. I flew down to Nashville and Alan introduced me to his friend guitarist Pat Bergeson who was brought to Nashville by the legendary Chet Atkins (producer Elvis Presley, The Everly Brothers). Pat has worked with everyone from Lyle Lovitt to Dolly Parton to Emmylou Harris to Madeliene Peyroux to Alison Krauss (www.patbergeson.com). Alan also brought on singer/songwriter Dan Cohen (publisher/guitarist on the HBO series "True Blood" theme song - www.dancohenmusic.com) to help me to finish and arrange one of the songs. Alan and Pat are gathering Nashville's top musicians to play on this CD.

What kind of songs are we writing? I love language, so many of my lyrics are taken from found language - poems, craigslist ads, NY Times articles, voice messages, National Geographic sound bites, hidden compliments on blind dates, great lines from movies, etc. I also love the golden age of Hollywood, and anything retro. So, there will be mention of Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire and phrases they would use back in the glory days.

Here are a few of the song titles: Shadow Blues, You're Eyes and Me, Audrey For a While, Steady Teddy, Myth of Genius, November Moon, I Want to Go to There, Think of Me, Love on the Underground, and of course the title track, Good Things Come to Those Who Wait.

But don't wait! The sooner you help us make this record, the sooner we can begin to record, mix, master, and produce. I will be flying back and forth between New York and Nashville to work on this project. We can't wait to share it with you.

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    Thank you! Every dollar adds up. You will be listed on my web site as a contributer to Good Things.

    Less
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    That's so nice of you! Not only will you be listed on my web site as a donor, you will receive a download of the album before it hits stores.

    Less
    18 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    My goodness! Aren't you the eager one! You want to get a copy of the CD in your hand before everyone else, don't you? Of course you do. And why shouldn't you be the first in line. You deserve it. As well as a mention on my web site that you donated generously to this project.

    Less
    33 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Oh, you want more? Sure! Why not get a copy of my first CD, Black Irish. It's a collection of traditional Irish songs that I swing the heck out of with my New York jazz band featuring trumpet and sax. Plus you will get the brand spanking new CD AND added to my donor list on my web site.

    Less
    14 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    Wow, you are just super-duper generous! I'm touched. Really, I am. This is so special. Let's see, you get a very special reward. I will call you and sing either a good night lullaby OR if you prefer, will call you on your birthday. I won't even ask how old you are. Plus, you get the two CDs and mention on my web site.

    Less
    3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Now I'm blushing. This is just too much. But if you believe this CD will change your mood, even for a day, then I will gladly accept your generosity. I will also add your name to the liner notes on the actual CD. You'll be famous as a philanthropist! How exciting! Plus everything I said before this. You get it all baby!

    Less
    18 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    Seriously? I didn't think we could get any higher. Well, I think besides me singing to you on the phone and copies of two CDs and mention on web sites and liner notes, you will receive the top secret recipe of my Irish mother's scones. Make sure to eat them with Kerry Gold Irish Butter and Chiver's Marmalade. You have no idea how priceless this reward is. I didn't even warn my mum that I am giving this away to the public. Shhhh!

    Less
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    I'm speechless! Your generosity is beyond words. But perhaps I will recover my tongue and write a song about you. I'll send you a download and you can play it for all your friends with pride. Plus you will receive all the lovely things above, including the scones recipe. Shhhh!

    Less
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    No way Jose! I must meet you in person to thank you for even considering this extraordinary pledge. So get ready, I'm coming to your living room (if you live in the New York City area, or the next time I tour through your town). Invite your friends and family. Break out the wine and cheese. Let's have a party! And we can even eat those scones you baked, or, maybe I'll get my mum to actually bake them and I'll bring them as a housewarming gift. That would mean I'd have to tell her I gave away her secret recipe. She'll get over it.

    Less
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $2,000 or more About $2,000

    Now you are just trying to win my heart, aren't you? Well, it worked. So get yourself to NYC and I will show you all my favorite places. I'm the best tour guide in the Big Apple. We'll even go to dinner and show! Woo hoo! Paint the town green to match my eyes.

    Less
    Limited 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge $3,000 or more About $3,000

    I couldn't imagine more, but you've really taken my breath away. Ok, here is where I'll offer the biggest reward. If you are seriously this generous, bless you, you get to stay in my family's holiday home (built in 2001) on a farm overlooking the ocean in the gorgeous county of Donegal, Ireland. (Airfare not included.) This is where I spend my summers, where I get inspired to create, where I can see sheep and cows from the bedroom and kitchen windows. Pick the date, stay alone or with your friends and family for 1-2 weeks. There are three spacious bedrooms (one with an en suite bathroom) with two beds in each room, a large main bathroom with full shower and a gorgeous sit-in tub for a candle-lit bubble bath. The best room in the house is the conservatory, or sun room, where you can read or sip a glass of Irish spirits and watch the sun set while listening to my CD. Tis a lovely vision indeed.

    Less
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (38 days)