(click here to hear audio samples)
In the Fall of 2014, while vacationing in New England, Gail and I had the opportunity to spend some time with our longtime and dear friend, Iris Jacobs. During our visit, Iris gave me a gift: a handmade classical guitar that had been stored in her attic, unused for years. It was of beautiful workmanship, but was badly in need of repair. As a “thank you” for the gift, I promised Iris I would have it repaired and record some music on it for her. This album is the fruit of that promise.
Though this was originally intended simply as a gift for Iris, I decided along the way that it's good enough for commercial release. The trouble is, unlike my previous albums, which featured mostly original music, this project is mostly covers of other artist's songs (The Beatles, Don McClean, Cat Stevens, the Grateful Dead, Pierce Pettis and others). This means I have to pay licensing fees, which will amount to close to $2000 for the initial run (not to mention printing and replication costs, which will be $600-$1000, or possibly more, depending how many copies I make.)
I'm willing to rack up some credit card debt to do this, but only if I have reasonable confidence that I can sell enough copies to recover a substantial portion of my cost (actually, making a profit would be nice...)
I've decided I'm willing to take the plunge if I can get at least $500 of the funding up front in the form of pre-orders. If I could get $3000 that would be awesome, as it would fully fund the project.
After the campaign ends (if it is successful), the CD will be made available for purchase at my shows or through CD Baby, so you won't miss out on the opportunity to get one, but pledging not not only helps ensure that the project will actually be realized, but awards you the satisfaction of having helped out a starving artist at a critical time.
(audio samples available at Sod House Records)
Risks and challenges
Risks are minimal. Recording, mixing, mastering is all finished. Copyright licensing has already been secured, just needs to be paid for. Still need to finish the packaging design. The rest is just coming up with the funds...
The biggest challenge, aside from covering the initial costs, will be packaging and mailing a whole lot of CDs if my funding expectations are exceeded - which would be a really GOOD problem!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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