When life throws you lemons, write a freaking song! The theme of my album, "Bound But Not Gagged," could be summed up that way. We have all experienced times in our lives that leave us feeling trapped or otherwise unable to directly change our circumstances.
During those dark times, the best thing you can do for yourself is to express those emotions (constructively, of course). True, expressing your frustration, pain, fear, or sadness may not change your situation, but change rarely begins with silence. The songs on "Bound But Not Gagged" explore the idea of speaking up for the change you want to see in your life, whether they manifest in reality or not.
Though I have many musical inspirations, the most prominent would be UK musician Patrick Wolf whose music reignited my passion and also made me embrace my lower vocal register (something I'd previously been unreasonably reticent to do).
Because I play piano, much of the album is piano-driven, but the overall sound is fairly eclectic. The video above gives you four different clips that do a good job of showcasing the variety on the collection.
One of the four featured songs from the video above is "Hidden." You can listen to the full track below.
I've tried to give you some great choices for rewards and hope that you'll take the time to read through them. At the high end of the pledges, I'll give you not only the album and the other gifts (read the descriptions for more detail about those), but you can also get a jingle written and recorded about yourself, you could have me record a cover of a song of your choice (exceptions apply, so read the description for more details), or both!
To get an idea of what you'd be getting if I covered a song, check out my cover of America's "I Need You" below:
For a little taste of what a jingle might sound like, listen to this silly little 30-second theme song I recorded:
Whether this project gets funded or not, I WILL be getting the CDs made. This Kickstarter isn't me asking you to fund FULL production of the album. I already have a lot of the money saved up. This Kickstarter is my attempt at closing that final gap between where I'm at and where I need to be to really get the production underway.
If you like my style of music and would enjoy a copy of the album when it's finished, pledge anything $5 or higher and I'll ship you a copy. If you listen to my music and decide you're not a fan, that's okay. :-) BUT, I do ask that you consider your friends and family members who may enjoy what I have to offer. Please pass this Kickstarter along.
If you like my music but don't have the money to pledge at the moment, please consider Liking my Facebook fan page to stay in the loop about new songs and the upcoming album. Once the album's produced, you could even buy the music from iTunes and other outlets.
Thank you for taking the time to read/watch my plea!
-Joshua P. Kennedy
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