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Not long ago I thought I had enough material for this new album. Then everything changed - my dear wife Ra Lind died suddenly...
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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.

"It's been a long time between drinks" - Derek describing his new album, due for release in late 2015
"It's been a long time between drinks" - Derek describing his new album, due for release in late 2015

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).

Precious memories of good times with my wife, Ra Lind
Precious memories of good times with my wife, Ra Lind

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).

Sept 2014 The Redemption Highway Collective lineup (always changing)
Sept 2014 The Redemption Highway Collective lineup (always changing)

 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!).

Derek's new album will be called Solo
Derek's new album will be called Solo

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.  

My 2015 commisioned installation (top left).  Playing with Steve, Guy, Vern, Dave, AJ, & Mike in Jan 2015 (T.R).  Coffee with Glenn Ross Campbell & Brett Wilson (BR).  (photo credit; Vern Rive)
My 2015 commisioned installation (top left). Playing with Steve, Guy, Vern, Dave, AJ, & Mike in Jan 2015 (T.R). Coffee with Glenn Ross Campbell & Brett Wilson (BR). (photo credit; Vern Rive)

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.

Left - Large painting on wood (approx size of a door 1970 x 850mm).  Top - Mixed media on Fabriano paper - Medium Frame 384 x 308mm.  Bottom - 2 x mixed media on Fabriano paper - Small Frame 282 x 232mm
Left - Large painting on wood (approx size of a door 1970 x 850mm). Top - Mixed media on Fabriano paper - Medium Frame 384 x 308mm. Bottom - 2 x mixed media on Fabriano paper - Small Frame 282 x 232mm

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.

Grace,

Derek

PS.  You can follow our crowd-funding journey on my Facebook page here.

Should we receive more funds than needed, we are very keen to put some funds towards recording the Redemption Highway Collective.
Should we receive more funds than needed, we are very keen to put some funds towards recording the Redemption Highway Collective.

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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    Pledge NZ$ 2 or more About US$ 1.35

    You will be the first to receive a digital single from the NEW album one month before the actual release. Delivery via email.

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    You will receive a music video PLUS a special message from Derek Lind. Delivery via email.

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    You will receive a set of Derek's postcards with unique artwork and a special message to you.

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    You will be sent a CD of the new album & a personal postcard of thanks from Derek (via standard mail).

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    As an important backer, your name will appear on the CD liner notes and you will be acknowledged there as one of the 'Album Sponsors'.

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    You will receive 2 x tickets to the official ALBUM LAUNCH concert. You will also be asked to join Derek at an EXCLUSIVE PRE-CONCERT RECEPTION for backers (included in your invitation for x 2). Travel to/from the launch concert is at own expense.

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    Pledge NZ$ 290 or more About US$ 196

    You will receive a framed Derek Lind ORIGINAL ARTWORK from his '2015 album series' mixed media on fabriano paper. Frame size 282mm x 232mm. Artwork will be available for pickup-only from Auckland venue at the album launch concert (shipping not included).

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    Pledge NZ$ 450 or more About US$ 304

    You will receive TWO framed Derek Lind ORIGINAL ARTWORKS from his '2015 album series' mixed media on fabriano paper. Frame size 282mm x 232mm. These will be a framed pair (1 x black and 1 x white frame). Artwork will be available for pickup-only from Auckland venue at the album launch concert (shipping not included).

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    You will receive an ORIGINAL ARTWORK from Derek's '2015 album series' mixed media on fabriano paper. NOTE; Medium frame size 384mm x 308mm. Artwork will be available for pickup-only from Auckland venue at the album launch concert (shipping not included).

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    Your name will appear on the CD liner notes acknowledged as 'Associate Producer'. You will also receive special acknowledgement as AN ASSOCIATE PRODUCER at the album launch concert (special-seating) and seating at the Associate Producer table at the pre-launch-concert reception.

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    You will receive a personal invitation from Derek for 2 x people to VISIT THE RECORDING STUDIO during the album recording. Please note that any costs of travel to/from the Auckland recording-studio are not covered. Every effort will be made to provide the purchaser with sufficient notice of recording time slots - however these times will be at the sole discretion of the recording studio/producer.

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    Pledge NZ$ 1,500 or more About US$ 1,015

    You will have the opportunity to invite Derek Lind (& a few friends) to perform a 1 hour HOUSE-CONCERT at a venue of your choice (eg. your house, a cafe or church venue). Please note; Sound, lighting & venue expenses are not included. This house-concert event will be scheduled for a mutually agreed time. Travel & accommodation expenses outside of Auckland are NOT included (can be arranged with management).

    {Backers will also receive the following with the conditions as outlined above; Digital Single, Music Video, CD album, Personal Postcard, CD acknowledgement as an official album backer, 2 pax ticket to concert & pre-event reception, 1 x Original Artwork 282mm x 232mm, acknowledgement & recognition as Associate Producer}

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    Pledge NZ$ 2,500 or more About US$ 1,691

    You will receive a LARGE Derek Lind ORIGINAL ARTWORK on wood. NOTE; Artwork size is approximately the size of an interior door 1970mm x 850mm. Derek will contact the purchaser and personally discuss the design of their commissioned painting. The final artwork will be available for pickup-only from Auckland venue at the album launch concert (or at a mutually convenient pickup time - nb. shipping of artwork is not included).

    {Backers will also receive the following with the conditions as outlined above; Digital Single, Music Video, CD album, Personal Postcard, CD acknowledgement as an official album backer, 2 pax ticket to concert & pre-event reception, acknowledgement & recognition as Associate Producer, visit to recording studio during recording}

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    Pledge NZ$ 5,000 or more About US$ 3,382

    You will receive TWO LARGE Derek Lind ORIGINAL ARTWORK on wood. NOTE; Each artwork size is approximately the size of an interior door 1970mm x 850mm. Derek will contact the purchaser and discuss the design of their two commissioned paintings. The final artwork will be available for pickup-only from Auckland venue at the album launch concert (or at a mutually convenient pickup time - nb. shipping of artwork is not included).

    {Backers will also receive the following with the conditions as outlined above; Digital Single, Music Video, CD album, Personal Postcard, CD acknowledgement as an official album backer, 2 pax ticket to concert & pre-event reception, acknowledgement & recognition as Associate Producer, visit to recording studio during recording, & performance by Derek (& a couple of friends) at a 1 hour HOUSE-CONCERT at a venue of your choice (eg. your house, a cafe or church venue). Please note; Sound, lighting & venue expenses are not included. This house-concert event will be scheduled for a mutually agreed time. Travel & accommodation expenses outside of Auckland are NOT included (can be arranged with management).}

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