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Scriptural laments put to music for corporate and devotional worship.
Scriptural laments put to music for corporate and devotional worship.
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WHY IT'S IMPORTANT & THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM:

Hi, I'm Rachel Wilhelm. Thank you for having interest in my project! Here's the scoop: I had continued encouragement to create an album of lament songs. Lament is missing in the Church and in our daily lives. We need space to put our sorrows, anger, frustrations, doubts, questions, and fears to God. And we need them in minor keys! I REALLY believe lamenting before the Lord will bring healing and can bring reconciliation. We just have to go there. 

When I saw that my friend Andy Zipf was producing records, I felt the tug to ask him if he would produce mine. He would bring the right soul, depth, and beauty to these songs that I was seeking. And I went ahead and obliterated all my former ideas that percolated in my head for years. By this time, all my songs were in the "let's make a remix!" slot in my brain. I wanted them fresh, and I wanted to see what Andy and I could come up with in the studio. 

So then with a few friend donations, my own savings, and a soap fundraiser during Christmas last year, I raised a little less than half the cost of the record. Thank you to EVERYONE that helped with all that! This journey has been beautiful and long, right?

WHAT IS NEEDED TO FINISH:

I need about $9,000 to finish this project. This will pay for production, mixing, mastering, making CDs, shipping costs, and the 8-10% for Kickstarter, plus other artist's fees and costs. If my journey with this project was a "Rachel-Hobbit needs to get the Ring of Power into Mordor's Mount Doom", I would say I am just about to go into Shelob's Lair, desperate to get to Mordor to finish it up. But I need your help! Kickstarter is an ALL OR NOTHING fundraising platform, so if I do not raise the goal amount in 30 days, I raise nothing, and no one's pledges are taken.

THE BACKSTORY:

Since I was a girl, I have been putting lament Scripture to music because raw honesty struck me as beautiful and real. --But as I traversed through church homes over the years where a believing artist can share their music, I understood right away that this kind of emotional transparency about sorrow was not OK. 

In 2010, after a series of upheavals and hardships, my sister died of anorexia. She was only 33. I had no words to express my grief, so I started writing a song, and all that came out was Scripture. God was giving me His songs to be MY songs. In those days God met me in ways that I can't describe to you well in words. But He answered. He showed up. And I found out quickly that He is never far from me but always the closest...because He alone is the answer to lament. 

It was truly not until I started leading worship as an adult at a liturgical church that I gained the courage to share a little bit of lament here and there because there are seasons where lament can be appropriately used. After moving to Minnesota, being part of a bible study, battling depression and chronic illness, this project's idea came to a head as I continued to write songs. 

All the songs on the record have a story connected to the Scripture or my original words. If you, in sorrow, don't have a song to sing, I invite you to use these. It was the only way that I found healing, acceptance, and some resolve...lament is the hand that gently guides us through the Inferno and up to Paradise to the presence of God. I hope the music can bring healing, peace, and joy from having the courage to let God's words be your words.

REWARDS!

There are a couple of cool rewards offered in each pledge tier. Look on the side bar. Many of you know that I make soap and have perfected my recipe for about 16 years. That's a long time to work on getting it right! With this Lament project I am making charcoal soap and clay soap: my soapy version of "ashes to ashes, dust to dust". Both charcoal and clay get toxins out of your pores. Below is what they look like:

Charcoal and clay soap
Charcoal and clay soap

MANY THANKS!

A great deal of you have encouraged me along the way and none of this is new information to you. It is a great honor to call you friend and have the opportunity to bring something beautiful to life that can bring healing to our communities as a community. Thanks so much for helping, lifting me up, praying for all of this, and believing in the power of lament and what God has for us in it. 

Rachel Wilhelm

wessexcathedral@gmail.com

 

Cover photo & album cover: © Christopher McKenzie | Chris McKenzie Photography 

Graphic Design: Matt Billingsley

Profile photo and photographs in video: © Caren Hoehner | carenlouisephotographs.com 

Videography: © Matt Williams | ClubhillMedia.com

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges that come with completing this project are these: I will not be able to finish production, create the CDs, or get the record mastered. Of course, this will take a little time to complete once fully funded, but it is hoped it will be done within a month after funding.

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    Lament Should be a Church-wide Word

    Spread a little soul-filled gospel love to your dearest and best with five physical copies.

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    Ashes to Ashes: Lament Bundle with Soap

    The word "soap" came from a place called Mount Sapo, where sacrifices were made in ancient Roman times. Seriously, as rain, melted animal fats, and ash were gathered at the bottom of this mountain, suds would form. I know, soap is SCRIPTURAL, isn't it? Enjoy a bar of charcoal soap (see descriptions under photos) and clay soap (made by me!) with two physical CDs. Also enjoy a handful of fun demo recordings of "I'll Fly Away", "Great Is Thy Faithfulness", and "Arise, My Soul, Arise" by yours truly and her producer.

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    Let the soap multiply like loaves and fishes with my trusty soap instruction manual pdf. It shows you step-by-step how to make it and what you need. Enjoy a couple of bars of soap to inspire you, three copies of the album, a handful of fun demo recordings of "I'll Fly Away", "Great Is Thy Faithfulness", and "Arise, My Soul, Arise", and a download of my previous hymns EP, "A Kindling Glance".

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    Lament & Your Favorite Hymn

    Almost everyone has a favorite hymn. I'll send you a download of your favorite played and sung by me and solely made for you. Just give me a couple of months to get it done. Plus, get five physical copies of the album (think: Christmas!), a digital download, and the fun demo recordings of "I'll Fly Away", "Great Is Thy Faithfulness", and "Arise, My Soul, Arise". Also, I'll thank you on the sleeve of the record!

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    Hymn Sing

    Hymns are my thing. If you are local (Minneapolis area) or want to fly me out to do a hymn sing for your church with or without a team of your musicians, or in a home, that would be fun. We could work out the details to fit your schedule and mine. Some expenses required if out of state. Plus, get my previously mentioned downloadable 3 demo hymn recordings, my previous EP, and more.

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    I'll come to your house and do an acoustic version of the album for you and your friends. (Some help with travel expenses may be required if out of the state of Minnesota. Also, we'd need to work out a time with our schedules.)

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