UPDATE: You did it! Thank you for making this project a success! Really, I cant tell you how grateful I am. Thanks to your support, the "Gospel Accordion to Bob Rice" will get to be recorded! Further donations will let the following things happen:
$10,000: Better musicians! An increased budget will allow me to fly in some amazing people for the project, such as Katie Rose who sang with me on "I Shall Be Healed."
$11,000: More music! I won't be constrained to just ten songs, I could do eleven! Or maybe twelve! Or perhaps I'll just kick this in to make the ten songs I want to record even better.
$12,000: Better packaging! Finally, I can have something that has been requested for all my albums but could never afford: a booklet that contains the lyrics.
Thanks again for your support! Woo-hoo!
I guess I started playing accordion for the same reasons everyone else does: to pick up girls and for the "bad boy" reputation that comes with it.
Though I only started playing accordion about ten years ago, I first fell in love with it's sound when I was in high school. Two albums came out that blew me away: Paul Simon's "Graceland" and John Cougar Mellencamp's "The Lonesome Jubilee." I think a clean accordion sound is the perfect accompaniment to an acoustic rhythm guitar. That's the kind of sound I strive for.
People who have seen me perform live know I always pick up an accordion to play a few songs. That's usually my favorite part of the show—and I hate to put it down! So I figured I'd write more songs that featured my accordion playing, and that's where the idea for "The Gospel Accordion Bob Rice" was born.
What I've come up with are a bunch of songs that are a mix of bluegrass, country, Irish, contemporary Christian music, and rock and roll. Instead of trying to explain how it sounds, let me try to say how it will feel: joyful, thoughtful, and prayerful.
Many of the tracks are songs that joyfully celebrate God's love for us and what's He's done in our lives. For example, the song, "Never Been Disappointed" rejoices at how God's plans are better than our own: "You say that You know all Your plans for me / I say, 'Tell them to me now,' You say, 'Wait and see' / And when I do, it's the same thing I find / You didn't bring me this far to leave me behind!"
Other songs are more thoughtful, such as, "Let This Be A Church Again," which I wrote after visiting a bar that was once a church: "Oh, let this be a church again / Come back to your home / Remind us what these walls are for / To worship you alone."
But my real hope is that some of this music would lead people into prayer. One of my favorite tracks is a song based on the spirituality of St. Thérèse of Lisieux titled, "Small." "I want to be just one word within your story / I want to be faithful to Your call / Oh, to be a single note within your symphony! / Teach me how to be small."
Throughout this project I'll continue to upload demos so you can really get the feel of the project. Click on the "Updates" tab at the top of the page to hear more of the music and the stories behind them.
Though I love the accordion, I'm more in love with the Gospel. Music is an inspiring way to hear the Message. Making CDs are a great way to extend the ministry I do and it really blesses my family. Thank you for any way that you can support this project, especially by saying a prayer for it's success.
God bless you!
Risks and challenges
I think I have a realistic timeline in place to release a CD by early November. The studio has penciled me in and I've got musicians excited and ready to play. Delays can always happen, of course. But if I can record the CD in September there should be no problem having it ready to go by November. This is my 10th CD, so I think I have a handle on what needs to be done and how long it will take to do it to make a great final product.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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