THANKS SO MUCH EVERYONE!
We've been so blessed by the support and pledges received, so thank you everyone that's donated so far!
We'd like to add a new reward for EVERYONE who donates $50 or more - You will get a personal invite to an album listening party as SOON as we get the album in. This means you'll be hearing the album 3 months before anyone else. The party will have food and wine and beer and be a giant celebration! Everyone who already donated $50 or more will receive the personal invite as well. It will happen right here in Greensboro, NC!
We also wanted to add a photo of a shirt design possibility. Though the shirts themselves will be a more modern fit, and not just tan, and the design will hopefully have more colour, but you can at least see one of the designs.
Thanks so much for your help and we hope that you'll consider pledging and helping us make this album!
New Song - Sow The Earth - (so you know what you're getting into)
the Collection started in a basement, some three years ago, when David Wimbish had no one to make music with except a few instruments he couldn't yet play and a clumsy digital recorder. Bit by bit his songs grew and so did his desire to play music with other human beings. A move to a new city, a marriage, a new job, and new friends came into place, and finally a rag-tag orchestra had formed. No longer playing in a basement, there was finally room to spread wings and grow. Several hundred meals of spaghetti were eaten and it was decided to take the show to the road, hoping that people in other cities were as nice as the people in ours. We found out that some of them were even nicer, and we realized they could be a part of this thing too. That YOU could be a part of this thing too. So we started trying to plant seeds and see if they could grow. And something started sprouting.
I think we first realized it on tour. We heard horror stories of bands going on tour and hating each other and getting into fights and the band calling it quits. We were heading out with 12 people, many more people than a lot of bands, and I was a bit nervous. Instead, it showed us that we were a family and experiencing things together was much more fun than experiencing them alone.
New songs were written, and, though still rooted and partially arranged by David Wimbish, the community of the band and our neighborhood started playing a bigger role. So we are here, with a huge amount of finished songs and are wanting to do something big with them. Something communal, something that sounds huge, something that can bring hope to people, something that can connect people, something that hopefully sounds beautiful, and something that can be ours and yours and shared. The best way to do this seems to us to be releasing a new album, recorded in inspiring places all around the south with our friends and family being a part of the recording AND the playing. This will hopefully include a 15 piece string group, a 7 piece brass group, harp, instruments from all around the world, and possibly a pipe organ. On top of all that, we want to make a documentary of the process, one that allows people to be a part of what we're working on and how we're doing it, for better or for worse. The songs have been narrowed down from an original 50 songs to a more manageable number, leaving us with only the songs we really believe in and think are worth sharing. Everything in life is connected, and our music is made possible by the people that support us in so many ways, like meals, encouragement, money, sending us music, and just spending time with us. As our band has grown, both in age and in members, we see this album as a way to keep growing into bigger communities and families. These families include you! More about that further down the page.
In the last year, as a band and individually, we've experienced and wrestled through the deaths of several family members and friends, including a friend of several band members that took his own life a few months ago. Death is always a difficult thing to think through and has brought up a lot of questions and emotions for us. Why do we die? What happens to us when we die? Why do we have life? How do we make the most of the time we have? None of those are new questions, but they have been recently and frequently brought up in our minds. At the same time, we see ways that, in our world, things get reborn and re-used for new and beautiful purposes. A tree cut down can be a violin making beautiful music. Spent fruit becomes fertilizer for more living things. Nothing stays dead; it all resurrects! Through the tough wrestling of death, we've started to see ways that new life has sprung.
In our american culture, we usually look at death as a sad and sometimes morbid event. I was inspired while studying about the Day of the Dead celebration. Many people will have cookouts making the deceased's favorite foods and playing their favorite music. There is beautiful imagery with the sugar skull paintings, taking something that we normally see as morbid like a skull, and making it beautiful.
So that's what our album is about: Death, whether the death of past beliefs or habits, or the death of family or friends; and Life, a new life with hope, a life born out of tragedy and suffering that brings beauty. The album title, the painted skulls, the upcoming artwork, and many of the song lyrics reflect this. We want to bring hope and beauty, and we want to be honest with the hardship that accompanies these situations.
As we said before, this is something we want to do as a giant community, and we believe that community is more than the folks that are playing at shows or behind the name. We believe that community is YOU! You are a part of the Collection, and we get to do this thing together. We've been working on and putting money towards these things for awhile, but , because we don't charge a set price for our album and play as many free shows as possible, we don't always have lots of extra cash up front. Our world is governed by a transactional system that says you give me something, and I'll pay you something of equal value in return. We want to do away with that transactional album, especially with our music, and instead be a part of a model that says we get to sow into each other with what we have. We'll do our best to make good music, and we ask that you sow in any way you can, whether it be money, meals, letters, emails, reposting, or just listening! It all helps us keep making music. This lets us have relationships that are interactive and mutually beneficial. You grow squash and lettuce, we're grow tomatoes and carrots, let's make a salad and enjoy it together!
WE AREN'T JUST TRYING TO GET FREE MONEY. We want so much to give to you this music and art and film we've been working at. This works almost more like a pre-order; we don't have all the money up front, but with your help we're able to make the music and you get to see something grow. Your money is planting seeds that will grow a harvest. There are a lot of different rewards we want to give you for your donations as well, listed on the sidebar (and some pictures below here), and they all include at least some version of the new material before it's released. Some even include a bonus disc with b-sides, and songs written by individual band members for their solo projects. We want to see mutual seeds planted
We want to give you stuff! The money that you donate is going towards an album, a film, artwork, and much more, and we want you to have it. The list on the side has the full amount of what we're wanting to give, here are some visual examples:
We also will offer both skype and in person music lessons on the following instruments:
Guitar (acoustic and electric), Bass guitar, Violin, Clarinet, Accordion, Drums, Trumpet, Piano
$16,500 is a lot of money, and we want you to know that we're using it wisely. The money will be going towards the following:
$4000 taken by Kickstarter and Taxes, and to fulfill kickstarter rewards
$1000 for our chief engineer Edd Kerr
$1000 for drum engineer Stephen Price, and random gear needs (microphones, cables, hard drives etc), and space rental.
$2000 for paying extra musicians
$1200 for Mastering
$2000 for printing CDs
$1000 for Documentary
$400 for printing DVDs
$3000 for publicist
$900 for artwork
Anything we raise beyond our goal will be used to go toward printing Vinyl, towards longer and more publicity, towards more expansive artwork, and towards general furthering of the albums sound (more instruments, better microphones, mixing in a better space, etc etc). We have huge dreams and just reaching our goal is a huge help!
Risks and challenges
Obviously, there's the risk of sickness (or death, God forbid!). We're lucky to have a big community that's focused on getting this album done, and if something happens to one member, there's still much help from other members to keep working on the album. We're also excited about these songs ourselves, so we're very driven to get them finished in a timely manner. David Wimbish and Edd Kerr (the Chief engineers for the album) have worked on many albums before and have quite a bit of experience of what goes into the production of an album from start to finish. There's always the risk that things might take a month or two longer than we originally hoped, but our biggest goal is to get things done with the highest quality possible, and our second goal is to do it in a timely manner.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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