This band and I are more than halfway through production of a third record, self-funded one smidgen at a time, and it's hard not to ask the big, obvious questions: why bother? does anyone care? should they? why?
These are songs about being a new mom and an artist, about feeling a little underwater and slightly blissed out and very terrified and definitely alive. The arrangements are big and small, with a lot of layers, some of it polished and other parts raw, with a decent effort towards honesty in the songwriting. So that's something.
Songs (for me) tend to start out sparse, in fragments, in quiet corners. I start to hear the other instruments before the song is done... invented chords, mercurial layers of organ, double bass and loud drums, shadowy lap steel, guitar hollows & close harmonies... Jennifer Middaugh, Mike Stark, Matt Saccuccimorano, John Young & Jason Shegogue build the songs I bring them in a process that starts even before I play them what I wrote. It's good, real, collaboration & fun, too. You can tell they are all laughing about something, maybe just at me, in the photo.
So we pared down a list of 25 new songs to record 10, and these recordings sound like how I feel they should be heard--they are done. That's not how it is at a show. Live music gives a different thing. There is a reason to polish them up and lay them down properly before moving on to the next batch. These are the compositions. We are proud of them.
I try to fund the first half of recording out of pocket to prove to myself that I mean it, then see if I can get that investment matched. We recorded basic tracks at Old Soul Studios in Catskill, NY (with Kenny Siegal, who produced my first Record, Elevator Ride), then did overdubs at Electric Wilburland in Newfield, NY (with Matt Saccuccimorano, who produced Junkyard). What we have left is mixing, mastering, artwork & duplication, aiming to have a great record in your hands before it gets cold out again.
Thank you so much for your support.
Risks and challenges
The risks and challenges of finishing this project are minimal--we've already created and performed and recorded the music. At this point, we just need to fund the spit shining, technical aspects and pretty packaging.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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