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About this project

The music is complete! 

CDs & Radio Promo come next. 

With your support we can bring this music to the world!

THIS IS EXCEPTIONAL, HEART-OPENING MUSIC! ENJOY THESE EXCERPTS:

Flying Not Falling is music that:

  • Takes you to a place of beauty, refinement, and peace 
  •  Holds a space for you to connect with your soul
  •  Helps you find and open your heart
  •  Opens and lifts your mind
  •  Makes you smile!

When you receive your album, you'll want to put on headphones and really savor the experience! 

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Here's a music video for the title song, Flying Not Falling (Hear the excerpts above first.)

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 And here's a music video for the song, DreamWalk:

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Max Highstein • John Yoakum • Ed Willett
Max Highstein • John Yoakum • Ed Willett

Max Highstein - Composer, Piano, Fretless Bass, Synthesizers. I wrote, arranged, and orchestrated the music, played my parts, and brought in the extremely talented people who helped bring the music to life. Here's more about each of them.

John Yoakum - Soprano Sax, Flute - is a woodwind multi-instrumentalist whose credits include Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Barbra Streisand, The Simpsons, LA Philharmonic Orchestra, and countless others. John contributed his beautiful soprano sax and flute playing to 5 songs on this project. I think his sound is amazing.  

Ed Willett - Cello - has performed with the Honolulu Symphony and Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra, recorded in hundreds of sessions, and toured worldwide with pop/rock icon Rickie Lee Jones. Ed is an exceptional cellist who adapts brilliantly to all kinds of music. His playing is absolutely gorgeous.  

John Gustafson • Jesse Tatum • Charly Drobeck • Jay Rusty Crutcher
John Gustafson • Jesse Tatum • Charly Drobeck • Jay Rusty Crutcher

John Gustafson - Oboe - has played and recorded with The Chamber Orchestra of New England, The Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, Anthony Braxton, James Newton and Bob Moses. I'm grateful that John could contribute his artfully nuanced playing to this project.

Jesse Tatum - Flute - is Principal Flute of The Santa Fe Symphony and the Opera Southwest Orchestra. She is also a licensed Masters Social Worker. Jesse's playing is virtuosic and full of personality. I love the bright musical energy she brought to my songs.

Charly Drobeck  - Flute - was a long-term member of Santa Fe Pro Musica, and the Santa Fe Womens’ Ensemble. Charly brought a wonderful sensitivity and warmth to the song Dreamwalk on this project. A perfect fit.

Jay Rusty Crutcher's - Alto Sax - music has been heard globally since 1985, and won three Telly Awards. Albums include Romances Latinos and Machu Picchu Impressions among many others. Rusty is a brilliant musician with the gift of soulful, intelligent expression. He contributed an beautiful splash of color to the song, Let’s Talk.

Daniel Ward • Willa Roberts • Mark Clark
Daniel Ward • Willa Roberts • Mark Clark

Daniel Ward - Guitar - has toured the world with Ottmar Liebert and performed with several prominent flamenco dance ensembles. He is also a leading ukulele clinician and performer. Daniel contributed several passionate Spanish guitar solos to this album. His vibrant playing is brimming with nuance and musicality. 

Willa Roberts - Vocalization - is featured with her trio, Black Sea Hotel, on the Grammy Award winning Yo-Yo Ma/The Silk Road Ensemble’s latest album, Sing Me Home. Willa has a knack for making music that is at once etherial and down to earth. Her haunting vocals on the song Earthtones add an evocative, soulful dimension to the music.

Mark Clark - Drums and Percussion - has worked with James Taylor, Dan Fogelberg, John Popper, and Ottmar Liebert. TV appearances include The Tonight Show and Regis & Kathy Lee. Mark brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to every session. His playing can make you happy without you ever realizing he's doing it. 

Flying Not Falling is my 13th music album. I began my career at 14, singing in a rock band. When the band kicked me out for a better singer, I convinced my mother to buy me a Farfisa organ, and I was instantly back in the band. My keyboard career was launched!

My Band A Few Years Later (Keyboard Player on the Right)
My Band A Few Years Later (Keyboard Player on the Right)

I went to college in Vermont, where I shuffled through the snow each day to a small room with a piano. Under the tutelage of a gifted jazz and classical pianist, I graduated as a reasonably good piano player, and kept practicing.

A Few Of My Previous Music Albums
A Few Of My Previous Music Albums

My first instrumental music albums, Touch The Sky and Stars, were picked up by an emerging radio format called “New Adult Contemporary,” or “New Age.” They played almost every song on my CDs in heavy rotation, and it seemed like you'd hear something of mine whenever you tuned in. (There's more about my previous albums - info, samples, purchase, etc. - at MaxHighsteinMusic.com.) 

Later I focused more on quiet music specifically for healing and meditation. That’s a wonderful thing, but I wanted to get back to making music that's simply fun to listen to! That's what Flying Not Falling is all about. These new songs jumped out at me as if they couldn't wait to be heard!

 

 

Home Sweet Home - The Desert Heart Studio
Home Sweet Home - The Desert Heart Studio

I love my studio! Truly my "happy place," it vibrates in the high desert just outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Here's the view from the control room into the live room, with grand piano and lots of space to record all sorts of instruments. Paneled in wood and fabric, and furnished with comfy couches and chairs, it's a wonderful place to get work done. Acoustic instruments like strings and woodwinds all sound beautiful here.

HERE'S WHAT'S NEEDED Fortunately, the really costly stuff on this project has already been paid for! I've hired the musicians out of my own pocket, and used my own studio to record and mix all the music. (Due to the hundreds of hours spent, studio time would have been HUGELY expensive otherwise!) But to bring this album out into the world, now I need your help with:

  • Mastering and CD manufacturing: $1789
  • Publicity and Radio Promotion: $4500
  • Campaign Costs: $634 

THE PURPOSE OF PROMO The publicity and radio promotion is especially important. It insures that the relevant stations and special programs will receive the album, give it the attention it deserves, and let it be heard. It also garners reviews from special influencers who would otherwise be hard to reach. Both aspects are designed to help the album rise above the noise and come into public awareness. Airplay will also result in some royalty revenue, to help me fund my next project. 

Piano Lid Reflections & Charts
Piano Lid Reflections & Charts

OH, SWEET RELEASE!  Our official release date is set for September 23. That's when the album will go to radio stations, and CDs and MP3's will be released publicly to Amazon, iTunes, and everywhere else. BUT, contributors to this project will receive the album much sooner -- I expect it will be the last week in July.

BE A PART OF THIS MUSIC
So many kind and amazing people have helped bring me and my music to where we are today. Nothing happens without other people, and I'm eternally grateful for their support. Please join me now and become a part of this wonderful project!

Risks and challenges

This music album has already been composed, arranged, orchestrated, and recorded. The album (CD & MP3) will be released under my own label, Desert Heart, and distributed via CDBaby.

Discmakers will handle the manufacturing and mastering, and Creative Service Company will handle the radio and publicity aspects. I've used these outfits in the past, and both do quality, dependable work at fair prices.

The only risk ahead for this project is that you might decide not to participate! Let's not even entertain the thought of that happening!

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