In his 1990 novel, Hocus Pocus, Kurt Vonnegut wrote "The 2 prime movers in the Universe are Time and Luck." And we agree. It was luck that brought us together and time has moved us along through the early days of love, common language learning, repertoire garnering, transitioning into marriage, two studio albums with the Flatbellys, thousands of road miles, and a life devoted wholeheartedly to the propagation of Music as we grow to know it: The Music of our time and place, educated and inspired by our predecessors and peers who we have the great fortune of learning from. Our goal now is to make a Record of this point in time, and of where we're at together in the Love labor of Music making. Almost all of the recording was done in two days time at Jim Roll's Backseat Studios in Ann Arbor.
We invited friends to stop in over the course of the two days at their own leisure and they all showed up just when they were needed. Vince Russo, of the Appleseed Collective, lent his washboard magic to a couple songs. Jordan Adema brought one of the songs alive with his creative and sensitive fiddling. Mark Lavengood and Gerard Konars sang sweetly in a group choir section. Red Tail Ring showed up to say hello, and their mere presence inspired us to put everything we had into one of the more old-timey tunes of the album. And other friends, including Kimberly Huguelet, did the same in helping us along by showing up with their charm and powerful spirit. Ross Huff, of the Macpodz/Tone Farmers, helped produce the Record and also lent his flugelhorn mastery to the final track.
On this record you'll hear Joshua and I in our element. A glimpse of what hanging out at "home" together feels like. You'll hear me play the piano, banjo, ukulele, kazoo and guitar. You'll hear Joshua play the ukulele, guitar, bass, a new mandolin and and old mandola (graciously lent to us by Adrian Bagales of Northfield Mandolins). Harmony singing everywhere. New original songs and previously unrecorded family favorites.
As I write this, we're in the mixing phase of the tracks we've recorded so far. Sam Cooper recently made a visit to our current abode where we set up the ribbon mics and recorded brand new song with her on harmony and hambone in the living room! Two tracks were recorded like this, and I think it'll add a nice flavor to the mix. Now it's just a matter of finishing the mixing process with Jim Roll, and then it's off to be mastered. Beyond that the only remaining step is duplication. We're going to have 1000 CDs pressed in order to send out to the most important component of the recording process… the listener!
We've made great investments into this project and we're hoping you'll find it worth investing in, too! Here's a breakdown of the costs we're working with:
$3,500 to pay studio bills: recording, mixing/editing and mastering.
$2,000 to press hardcopies of the album, compact disc style.
$1,000 to get us started on the radio publicity front.
$800 goes to Kickstarter/Amazon for hosting the fundraising platform.
$500 to help pay for photography and graphic design.
$200 to cover the cost of shipping the final product to all of you!
$8,000 Grand Total!
Anything raised above $8,000 will help boost our publicity fund. Publicity campaigns generally run in the $2,500-$4,000 range.
We'll tour with the album, and the Flatbellys, west to IA, NE, CO, WA, OR, CA and KS in January & February. In March we'll bring it north to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. If you live in any of the places on our path and you opt for it, we may be able to hand deliver the Record to you! (You'll have the digital version as soon as it's mastered.)
Risks and challenges
At this point in the game, we aren't anticipating any setbacks. The only worrisome factor is all or nothing nature of Kickstarter campaigns. If we only raise $7,999, on the last day we will lose it all. Nothing comes out of your bank account until then.
We can assure you, however, that we'll approach any obstacles with enthusiastic and creative problem solving. Our goal, and we think it's a realistic one, is to release the Record by Christmas 2013. We're so close to the finish line we can taste it!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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