Attack of the Heart
In early fall of 2011 my husband and I went on our honeymoon up to Madeline Island in Northern Wisconsin. Tourist season was over and it was as if we had the entire island to ourselves. In the garage of our friends cabin, he found an old motorized scooter, got it up and running, and although it was only built for one he strapped a life jacket onto the back rack and we road around the island in style. It was still muggy august warm in early September and we basked in the end of summer glow that lasted all day long. Everything about those four days I can remember as if it where yesterday. There was a calm up there that I have never experienced and it inspired me.
I started writing while I was there and realized how deeply personal it all was. It's not as if my past writing wasn't personal but my life had changed in many ways and I was starting to see things a little differently. A solo album was the only thing that made sense for these songs, they where tender, heart wrenching and therapeutic.
It was over a year that these songs started to gain life. I struggled with the idea of how was I going to pull this off. My band has always made my songs ten fold better then the original version and I didn't quite know what to make of them alone. I thought about inviting musicians I had met over the last five years to guest on each song, people I've always wanted to work with in a creative capacity but had never gotten the chance to. It seemed like a good idea but lacked consistency, this wasn't going to be a compilation, it was going to be a cohesive album from start to finish.
The Musicians That Made it Happen
A few years back these two wonderful musicians, John Munson (Trip Shakespeare, Semisonic, The New Standards) and Chan Poling (The Suburbs, The New Standards), asked me to be part of their annual New Standards Christmas show at the Fitzgerald theater in St.Paul. I was still pretty new to the performing world and I hadn't had much practice being in front of a large audience. I felt so honored and excited to be around such professionals that I could hardly contain myself. Over the years I stayed in touch with them, they where both very kind to me and John became a confidant when it came to the business of music.
It first started at John's rehearsal space, the three of us got together and ran through a few songs. It felt good, they had wonderful ideas and insightful comments. After our practice I felt giddy, we did a rough recording of the songs we worked on that day and I listened back to them over and over. Assuming it was a long shot, I got up the courage asked if they wanted to do the entire album with me. I didn't have much money to offer them, hardly enough to do a proper recording but they graciously agreed and a few weeks later we recorded the entire album at John's space in NE Minneapolis.
Chan and John helped me shape these songs into something more real then I could have ever hoped for. I learned so much from the experience and with the help of drummer Richard Medek and a handful of very talented guest musicians we created a unique sound that hopefully people will enjoy as much as we do.
Why I Need Your Help
The goal is for people to hear this music, as it is for any musician. Tracking and mixing are complete but it still needs to be mastered, pressed in vinyl, put on CD and digitized for the internet. Not only that, but it needs to be promoted so it can get to your ears, the ears of your friends and your friend's friends. Plainly stated, Without you, these things will not be possible.
Risks and challenges
I'm putting my heart and soul into this project in the hopes that people will hear it. I will be traveling to Los Angeles in support of the album for the months of January and February for a series of residency shows at a venue called Hotel Cafe. It's a risky endeavor since A. I don't have much money and B. I have not spent much time in California and therefore haven't built up a a large following yet. But I feel strongly that in that time I will be able to gain new fans in new locations as I plan to work my butt off making contacts and playing up and down the west coast, whether it be in a house, your backyard, on the street or in a club.
Thank you for taking the time to read about my project. Without your support this music would be just sitting on a hard drive in my apartment, but because of you I hope to share this album with music fans across the country.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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