SILVER WELLS is an intimate collection of epistolary exultations interpreted by Mx Justin Vivian Bond and produced by Thomas Bartlett
This Kickstarter campaign is to pay for the cost of producing and manufacturing my new CD, SILVER WELLS.
Here's what the press previews are saying about SILVER WELLS:
The New Yorker has called Mx. Justin Vivian Bond “the greatest cabaret artist of [v]’s generation.”
On this intimate recording, Bond is joined by pianist and producer Thomas Bartlett (Doveman), covers songs by Ronee Blakley, Kate Bush, Leonard Cohen, Tracy Chapman, Joni Mitchell, Mark Eitzel and Brecht & Weill, among others. Bond will perform material from the album in a six-
week residency (June 4-July 9) at the new Studio 54 cabaret venue, 54 Below.
Silver Wells is inspired by—and takes its name from—Joan Didion’s 1970 novel Play It as It Lays, which, according to Bond, is one of the writer’s most stark and powerful masterpieces. For the album, Bond set out to choose a group of songs that would allow v to “cover” the book’s themes of dislocation, nihilism, postmodernist identities, loss and the retrieval of memory. The songs are first-person and confessional, seemingly addressed from the narrator directly to the listener. As such, they lend themselves perfectly to the cabaret treatment they receive here:
Almost all of the arrangements find Bond accompanied only by Bartlett, save for viola played by Maxim Moston (Elysian Fields, Antony and the Johnsons) on a few tracks, and a four-hands piano
performance by Bartlett and Nico Muhly on “Talkin’ about a Revolution,” a favorite of Bond’s recent live shows.
Last year I was thrilled to self-release my first CD, Dendrophile which was funded entirely by my own savings and, although it was a bit of a hardship, I was happy I could do it. Since I was living in a place where my rent was relatively low I had more financial freedom then. Thanks to all of you who have bought, shared and enjoyed it I was eventually able to pay myself back.
This year it's different. I love being an independent artist and the freedom it gives me to do anything I want without having to answer to any corporate labels, pressure or interests. SILVER WELLS has been lovingly made strictly to please myself and my community. But the price of that freedom falls entirely on me and I need help covering the costs so I can pay my rent, continue making records and not strap myself financially like I did the last time. ANY AMOUNT YOU CAN GIVE will be HUGELY appreciated!!!
I LOVE this record it contains some of the most beautiful, powerful and profound songs I know. I CANNOT WAIT for you to hear it.
Thank you SO MUCH for any help you can offer from $1 to $5,000 or MORE!
Big Love and Many Blessings,
Mx Justin Vivian Bond
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