The plan is make a record that authentically and honestly comments on four main universal themes. Time, Loss, Pain and Faith.
The folks involved are as professional as it gets. Some quite well known. The idea is to best my 2008 record, which although Iam proud of many things about it, I feel fell short of the quality and accuracy I was shooting for. This record, I am confident hits the target. The anguish and torment, not to mention time and cost that goes with this attempt to make more than a casually fun record, is tough to describe. But rest assured I would not be following it's calling after five years in THIS particular musical and economic climate, if I didn't believe it it's higher purpose.
This time the songs have been put through the editing process over five years, and then yet again with the professional craftsmenship of my gifted producer Allan Lowe.
They underscore the import and brevity of our time here, they honor those we have lost, they uplift those who will follow us, they cry out for increased measures of faith in a time where we all need more faith than ever, they ask us to look more to what we have that can unite us instead of this crazy poison of political divide we live with. They look outward and they look inward, they look above and they look below.I invite YOU now HELP US make a worthwhile contribution to our collective dialogue.
Allan and I went into Skylab Studios on Jan. 25th of this year to record the material in an entirely acoustic format as a template demo for the great musicians who will be joining us. Beginning in just a few weeks we will begin laying the rhythm tracks. In April, we will track all guitars. In May, all lead and background vocals are scheduled, and June is slated for mixing and mastering.
The project is to be replicated and released in late July. Preliminary conversations with some key (and influencial) players raise the possibility of actually mixing the final cuts in Nashville, with some specific high level professionals, in an effort to support the material in a way it deserves.
The point of all this being folks, while we are certainly not attempting to make "Pet Sounds" or "Sgt. Peppers" we are in fact seeking to make an extremely professional record on EVERY conceivable level.
With YOUR help, in summary, the goal is to offer a record with "timely" (no pun intended) and topical observations everyone of us can find ourselves in, served by simple melodic arrangements, and informed with timeless musical styles like folk, rock, blues, country and gospel. The listeners time is not wasted. No cut will last longer than 4:30 and no filler lyrics or music is included.
I believe we are about to make a GREAT record that has something to say, while remaining terrifically listenable from start to finish. One YOU will honestly be able to say with pride, YOU helped produce!
Risks and challenges
The only risks are potential recording delays. Recording involves people, and in this project we have commitmnets from six other musicians besides myself and not including studio staff, engineers etc. When you are in any group project, group members often face the unexpected challenges all of our lives bring! Ranging from schduling conflicts to head colds, having babies to financial crisis'es! So the potential is always there to delay certain sessions for small periods of time, as we move forward, in order to accomdate the unexpected.
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But the folks involved on THIS record are seasoned professionals with stable lives, and studio experience, so we fully anticipate a very professional session schedule.
Other than the financial assistance we are asking for, and the potential of those afforementioned unexpected delays, we are facilitated with all we need to produce a great record on schedule.
This is a record of material that has been in the works well over five years. The songs themsleves have weathered the test of time, and I believe they are a train bound for its destination, almost with or without me! This record will indeed be made!