Dear family and friends!
I am making a record that I need you to hear.
Last spring, I wrote a handful of songs very quickly, and they turned out to be the most honest, stripped-down, intimate pieces I had ever come up with.
I started playing them at shows before they even had real song titles. Some were given hastily chosen "working titles," like "Scare the Bear" and "Worry the Wolf." Strangely enough, listeners latched onto the titles and found a mythology in these songs that I didn't even know was there. My band and I affectionately deemed this collection of songs "Anxious Animal."
These tunes have made strong, instant connections with my listeners. I can not wait to get them onto a CD and into your headphones.
I'm already hard at work laying down tracks. I have a fantastic band of collaborators, and a handful of great audio engineers helping bring the project to life. We've been setting up audio gear in church spaces and peculiar rooms all over Washtenaw county. Most of the sounds on this album will feature beautiful natural room reverb. The tracks are already sounding fantastic.
The visual component of "Anxious Animal" will also be quite special. I'm creating the album artwork out of my drawings and paintings. There's nothing quite like a great album housed in a great artifact. Remember back in the 90's when we used to go buy a new CD, then sit on the floor holding the paper lyrics jacket, staring at it until the album was done spinning? I intend to make you want to do that.
But here's where I need your help. Funds raised through Kickstarter will cover the costs of producing, duplicating, and promoting this album. With your help, "Anxious Animal" can be released in summer 2012. I don't want to wait much longer, and I hope you don't either! I can't wait to get this completed. Thank you so much for your love and support!
- (30 days)