It feels so good to say those words.... "I'm making a new record." And it feels even better to say them for the right reasons.
It's easy for us singer-songwriters to feel like we always have to have something shiny and new, to sell, to share, to promote. I'll never forget excitedly telling a folk DJ about my new album Back to Eden and when he heard it was 6 months old he said almost disdainfully, "That's not new." I don't want that to be the voice that tells me when it's time to make a new record.
There were other, much gentler voices that told me it was time to put new music into the world. I have been writing at least one song every week since December 2013 and without being any good at math you could still tell that means a lot of songs, a lot of stories, and I want to tell some of them.
I've made five studio albums and each one has been its own unique and beautiful time and place, and I wanted to allow this one its unique time and space too.
Josh Ritter's So Runs the World Away came out around the time my now partner of seven years and I were getting to know each other. Our first (somewhat official) date was dinner and song swapping at the house where I was staying and he decided it was imperative that we listen to the album in its entirety, which we did in the wee hours of the night, in the soft light and heart space of new love and possibility, and which we have done many times since.
I reached out to Sam Kassirer, owner of the Great North Sound Society in Maine, member of Josh Ritter's Royal City Band, and producer of some of my favorite Josh Ritter albums, including So Runs the World Away. I told him my story and how I arrived at his door, why this new album is meaningful and why I wanted to make it at Great North.
It's a funny, and often uncomfortable thing, to be constantly readjusting your understanding of how you fit in the world. I can admit I've accomplished some pretty cool things in the last few years, work that I'm very proud of, but it's really been the growing cultivation of a community of incredible artists and fans and friends that has made me realize I'm not worlds away anymore from many of the people I so greatly admire and look up to. Perhaps I have worked hard and earned myself a place at the table. Perhaps there has been a place for me all along and I just had to ask for it.
Sam was excited to play on the album but due to prior commitments referred me to Zachariah Hickman, another member of the Royal City Band, to produce it. This was incredible news, as I love his work as well, and I'm so grateful that he was willing and able to do this with me. Recording will take place in late August/early September in Maine, my home state, with a small and intimate group of musicians. My trust in the direction of this project and how it is unfolding is deep and absolute, and I am so honored and excited to work with these incredible individuals.
Thank you so much for taking the time to check out what I'm up to. This is really a dream come true, and I can't wait to bring this album to life.
There are many ways you can help!
Of course every dollar pledged to this campaign gets us closer to an all or nothing goal, but you can also share this link on your social media, or tell your friends who you think would like my music. Word of mouth counts for so much.
Thank you for being part of my village. I couldn't do any of it without you.
Risks and challenges
This is by far the most money I have had to raise for a project, but it feels good to have a real budget laid out (by a professional), and an actual number to work towards that means something. Last time I did a Kickstarter I asked for what I thought I could get. This time I'm asking for what I need.
I admit I was almost more nervous to do this the second time around, but the good news is that now I've done it before. I learned a whole lot about what I did well and what I can do better. I know how to be more efficient with rewards and realistic about what I've promised so that as much money (and effort) as possible can go where both of us intended it to.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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