You are reading this and I would like to thank you for doing so. This Kickstarter campaign is a fundraiser/pre-sale for my second CD Summer Sands & Sleeping Bears. It has been five years since the release of my first CD and I have been busy writing and recording original instrumental finger-style tunes. Yes, it takes me a bit longer because the music thing is a spare-time gig. I am an educator by profession having taught in Northern Michigan for the past twenty years at the high school and college levels. When time allows I play guitar and write music because I can’t imagine not doing so. It is a release, a necessity (akin to breathing) and a joy to create music.As a non-touring musician the expense of producing a CD is a bit daunting. I managed to keep my head above water on the last CD with the support of all the people who were kind enough to purchase Borderline Normal and by placing a few tunes on the PBS Program RoadTrip Nation and satellite music providers in the US and Canada. Summer Sands & Sleeping Bears is another homegrown project.
I keep the costs down by doing much of the recording in various rooms of our home. With this KickStarter campaign I am hoping to raise enough funds to cover production costs and the initial pressing of the CD. If we surpass the initial goal (be still my heart) funds will go towards a third CD and to compensate those who have contributed skill, time and help along the way.
Summer Sands & Sleeping Bears is in the process of being mastered and should be ready for release in June. Sound Engineer and guitarist Steve Reinthal is hard at work mastering the CD in Brisbane Australia. Steve teaches Sound Design for film and TV at Griffith University, one of Australia's most innovative tertiary institutions. He is also an enormously talented and innovative guitarist. Steve was kind enough to add some fret work to "A Loon's Lament" on the CD.
Summer Sands and Sleeping Bears also features the musical talents of three other very special musicians:
Tim Lorsch, accomplished session and and recording artist, plays fiddle and octave violin
The incomparable multi-instrumentalist Zac Leger contributes whistle to a couple of tunes.
Several of the tunes on this CD were inspired by travel to places as far away as the United Kingdom and Hawaii as well as places close to my Michigan home in Northwestern Lower Michigan where my wife and spend much of our summers beaching and cycling. One of the title tracks refers specifically to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and both Leland Harbor and the Schooner Inland Seas(thanks to Tom Kramer and WIAA) make an auditory appearances in the tune “Foamfollower.”
Another Northwestern Lower Michigan connection is the artwork of acclaimed local artist Glenn Wolff. Glenn created an original pen & ink and watercolor drawing entitled Summer Sands & Sleeping Bears for the cover of this CD. His unmistakable artistry is instantly recognizable in this work.
I have put together some packages to kick the pre-sale of the CD into gear. I hope you will find one that will encourage you to get on board and contribute. A big incentive is the chance to get an original and exclusive limited edition giclée print of the cover art for Summer Sands & Sleeping Bears by celebrated and critically acclaimed Northern Michigan artist Glenn Wolff.
There is also the chance for one lucky person to claim the original pen & ink and watercolor drawing “Summer Sands & Sleeping Bears” matted and framed from Glenn Wolff himself...very cool!!!
There you have it. My primary goal is to raise $1,000 through this campaign and have the CD in your hands by the end of June. If we can go beyond that goal, funds raised will go towards a fancier packaging for the CD and towards the recording of the next CD. All those who contribute to this campaign at the "Sand Between the Toes" Package level and above will have their name included in the next CD project.
Please know that your support for this project and the first CD are greatly appreciated.
With wishes for glad tidings, cheer and plenty of summer sands,
- (48 days)