FIRST THING'S FIRST— THE MUSIC
This is song from the new album called "This Love is Changing Us"
Check out this other song from the album, "Last Thing On Your Mind"! <3
GREETINGS FROM THE SCAMP!
Hello there! My name is Tai Shan and this Kickstarter campaign is in support of my new album Meet In The Middle, an album that combines my love for making music with my husband Austin WITH my love for literature, especially stories with strong female characters.
Coincidentally, the release of this album marks the one-year anniversary with my husband Austin, so I guess it ALSO combines my love of literature with the ups and downs of married life! We've been touring the United States together in our 13-foot Scamp trailer (which you can see in a picture at the bottom of the project) and it has been a REAL ADVENTURE!
MEET IN THE MIDDLE
When I was a little girl, my mother worked a late night shift and my father spent countless hours reading us bedtime stories, thus nurturing my love for reading and literature. I've delved into literary characters before with my album Living Fiction and I wanted to continue those ideas with Meet In The Middle.
I've always felt like characters in books have had something to say other than what the narrator is telling us, so as a songwriter I love the ability to write songs from these character's perspective as a way to give a voice to the voiceless or add music to a poignant scene of a book.
Meet In the Middle is inspired specifically by the strong women I have read about or met in my life and the impact that they have had on me.
- “Stubborn Girls” was inspired by the character Meg from the book A WRINKLE IN TIME by Madeleine L'Engle
- “Last Thing on Your Mind” was inspired by Stephen King's CARRIE
- "The Oldest Lullaby" was written about about a woman who was addicted to the sand that would make her sleep and dream from Neil Gaiman's graphic novel SANDMAN
I worked with Seattle producer Mark Blasco, who helped me sift through volumes of ideas and previously recorded sessions to create an album that I really believe in, and I hope you will too.
This album is special because I received a grant from Jack Straw Studios to specifically write an album inspired by women in literature, but it only covered a FRACTION of the total album costs. If we're gonna make an impact on the music world, we're gonna need a little help - and we really thank you for it!
This Kickstarter project will help us reach the goals of having world class musicians perform on the album, be able to create high quality artwork, press up a bunch of CDs, and ultimately get the publicity and promotion that can help take us to the next level. There is still MUCH more to do!
There's two parts of making an album: The first side is recording the thing, and the second part is getting it out to the world. We've already done the first part (recording), but we would love your help with Part 2 - The Album Release.
Here's what we plan to do with the funds:
THANKS TO ALL OF YOU we have already unlocked the FIRST GOAL, where we've covered the fees for the musicians on the album AND we'll get to finish all of the graphic design for the album & the LIMITED EDITION literary character prints by Orion Miscianga that we'll reveal throughout the campaign. We've got more goals to reach, but you've helped us so much already & it's awesome!
Here's a video that reveals more about the amazing producer & world class musicians involved in Meet In The Middle:
Take a look at the full list of reward bundles and items we have available along the right side of the project. Here's a sampling of some of the reward items we've included:
- AUTOGRAPHED CD of Meet In The Middle
- AUTOGRAPHED catalog CDs, including Tiny Planet, Living Fiction, & the Covers EP
- LIMITED EDITION Art Prints by Orion Miscianga Based Off Our Literary Songs
- Bootlegs, B-Sides, & Rarities Digital Album
- Tour Poster Suitable for Framing
- Personal Cover Song Posted to Facebook
- Improv Song Based On Your Idea Posted to Facebook
- Personalized Postcard Mailed to You from the Road
- Your Name Printed in the Digital Liner Notes
- Private Concert at Your Home or Venue
- Private Facebook Group Reading Room & Fan Forum
- MUCH, MUCH MORE!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
My friends— I sincerely thank you for your help. For those I have yet to meet, I don't know what brought you to my page, but I'm happy you've found it and I am most appreciative that you're here. Thank you!
Making music is my calling and your contribution will help me to keep making art and spreading the love of art to everyone around. I hope you will support me on this project.
THANK YOU and LOVE,
and Austin, too ;)
Risks and challenges
As with all products, there could be production delays. However, I will keep everyone updated throughout the entire process.
I really hope to fund this project and make "Meet In The Middle" exactly the way I've envisioned it. I'm incredibly proud of the music and what we've done and I can't wait to share it with you all.
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- (31 days)