Derek Lind - SOLO (New Album 2015)
It's been a long time since I last released an album - a long time between drinks, as they say. I think it's true of the artistic process that as you age, you become less prolific. (Not always so - Lucinda Williams comes to mind). Hopefully however, with age comes the ability to more judiciously edit your own material with a more self-critical and discerning mind.
Since my last album,'12 Good Hours of Daylight', I had written a number of new songs and set about completing a bunch of unfinished and unresolved songs as well (raiding other unfinished work for spare parts, as you do). So, two years ago I thought I had enough songs for a new album.
Then, everything changed. My dear wife, Ra, died suddenly and unexpectedly. We'd been together a long time - over 40 years and married for over 35 of those years. So everything stopped. Not just the music, the writing, the art...everything. I fell into a dark period of mind-numbing paralysis. Even as I write this, nearly 24 months after losing Ra, I must admit I still have my bad days (and nights).
In the months following Ra's passing, various dear and life-long friends have employed disparate forms of cunning, guile and artifice to coerce me back onto the creative horse, so to speak. Things like cajoling me into leading The Redemption Highway Collective band, or a large mural commission, have helped re-kindle the creative juices (guilty of gratuitous mixing of metaphors, sorry).
So, a few new songs have been written. Not particularly joyous knee-slappers, I must admit. But they are necessary songs.
The trick to writing about events that are perhaps tragic and deeply personal is to find a way to universalize those emotions, so that the listener can find in the song moments of empathy or commonality. They can't just be cathartic, self-pitying outbursts. (I don't begrudge John and Yoko's experimenting with Primal Scream Therapy - just don't release an album of it to an unsuspecting public!).
I think 'SOLO' (the album) will be a pretty intimate, acoustic affair. Not a lot of complicated arrangements or instrumentation. It's easy to be seduced by the possibilities presented by the studio and end up leaving the songs behind. Not a lot of musical trickery, either. Or verbose wordsmithery. I know I can play guitar a bit and I'm o.k with words, but this time I want to simplify everything down to the bare essentials.
I've never tried this community funding malarky before. I hope it works. As a ploy to encourage your support, dear friends, I have been working on a whole bunch of drawings / paintings (small & larger - see illustration below). Works similar to these will be gifted to some of you generous backers. I guess you can check out the various levels of pledges (on the right side of the page) knowing that each backer will receive some form of inducement.
We have been talking and dreaming of what might happen if the funding-target is oversubscribed. Someone suggested cashing it in on a cruise through the Greek Islands - but I jest. Truly we'll be happy with any level of contribution from our friends and supporters - but should we receive more cash than needed, we are very keen to record a Redemption Highway Collective album. If this happens, it will have to wait until after my record is finished and I've finished painting your pieces in my Titirangi studio.
So there you have it. SOLO will have some songs with less than happy endings. Songs which choose not to dot every 'i' nor cross every 't'. But some happy stuff as well. Songs for the grandchildren. Some attempts at humour. Songs which suggest light getting through the cracks. Songs which suggest hope.
I like hope.
My Kickstarter campaign aknowledgements; Steve at The Garden Shed , The Bradley Bunch (Perry & Belinda), Stolen images (Vernon, Trudy et al), the Lind whanau & friends who continue to encourage & to management, Stevietheham; a big thank you all. - Derek
Risks and challenges
Every artistic endeavour comes with potential risks and challenges. These have been assessed and are relatively low for this project. A talented, local producer has already been selected and a budget agreed to record the album. The project will be 'artistically lean' (rather than a cast of thousands) and this should simplify the recording process.
However we do acknowledge that unforeseen production delays may push-out the project beyond the Oct 2015 planned release date.
We will make best endeavours to update the project timelines to all our stakeholders once the project-funding is locked in place. We will keep all friends and supporters updated via the Facebook page of Derek Lind - Artist & Musician (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Derek-Lind-Artist-Musician/6404638132)
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