~ What people are saying about the SONGS...
✧ Poignant and powerful! I'll definitely be backing your project. ~Curtis in Utah, Civil War Buff & CD backer
to see 150 years ago. ~ Russell E. Richards, Jr. Historical Entertainment, LLC
✧ Spot-on! I loved them. ~ Edie Wallace, President of Friends of Tolsen's Chapel
Sample the Songs! yourself and tell me what you think!
THANK YOU so much for checking out my new CIVIL WAR CD Project and for your participation at any level! No amount is too small or too large ~
I'm Jennie Avila and I am a professional singer songwriter and artist. I live near the Antietam Battlefield region of Sharpsburg, Maryland where on September 17, 1862, more than 22,000 Union and Confederate soldiers were wounded, lost or killed in just one day. These pastoral hills, that hosted our bloodiest day of battle, are legendary for their ability to captivate the hearts and souls of those who visit. I was no exception. In fact, I found myself inspired to write 17 songs that ennoble little known but true Civil War tales from the Antietam area and beyond. My search for authentic stories led me to attics, graveyards, mountaintops, library archives, and particularly the quirky nooks and crannies of the Boonsborough Museum of History. There I was regaled with many fascinating stories from Master Tale Collector, Doug Bast, the owner/director of the museum.
Through KICKSTARTER, I intend to raise enough money to finish mastering the songs (they are all recorded and mixed!) and then manufacture and promote this new CD in time for the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Antietam in September, 2012. For participating in my CIVIL WAR CD adventure, you'll be REWARDED with all sorts of amazing treasures, including autographed copies of the CD, handmade clay instruments (made by Hagerstown's Stephen Wright) like the ones used in the recording, original artwork, a private museum tour with me, and more! You'll even have the opportunity to help me choose the image and title for the Cover of the new CD.
About the songs ~ their wide range of focus includes; blue and gray, black and white, men and women, young and old...and of course, a horse! What they all have in common is an immediacy, an intimate perspective that allows the listener a deeper look inside the characters and situations that have captured my heart. Bringing these true stories to life has pulled me into many marvelous and unexpected places. I find myself wondering, "Did I find the stories or did the stories find me?"
Now you can sample 11 of the songs at Jennie's Kickstarter !!
And please scroll down to see the List of Songs and their Short Descriptions, as well as more about the REWARDS!
New CIVIL WAR CD – All songs © Jennie Avila, ASCAP
1. To Clara Barton – Letters written to Col. Tufts of the Soldiers Relief Committee reveal the humble supplies donated to Clara Barton for the enormous task of tending thousands of wounded soldiers.
2. Would a Lady Tell a Lie – Young Maria Kretzer defied Confederate orders to surrender her family’s grand Union Flag when the rebels occupied Sharpsburg after the Battle of South Mountain.
3. Antietam Luminary – More than 22,000 candles are lit annually in the Antietam Battlefields to honor the soldiers who were wounded, lost, or killed in just one day of conflict.
4. A Bullet Lives On – Spent bullets were plentiful, so soldiers carved them into toys, tools and totems.
5. Prince, My Favorite Horse – Henry Kyd Douglas wrote this poem when he received news of the death of his childhood horse while he was a prisoner of war in Johnson’s Island Union Camp in the winter of 1863. I set the poem to music.
6. Tolson’s Chapel – Hillary Watson’s tombstone stands in the graveyard of Tolson’s Chapel in Sharpsburg, MD, which was built by emancipated slaves. It is currently being restored.
7. Unlock the Rose – A slave punishment collar with iron thorns borne too long would cause severe infection. Archival news articles report that a master was found guilty and fined for this cruelty.
8. Orphan Train – The war created many thousands of orphans who were shipped out west for adoption, often to be treated as slaves.
9. Mary Vance’s Scrapbook – A Union soldier sent all of the souvenirs in this song to Miss Vance who preserved them, including a baby’s lock of hair given to him by a dying Confederate soldier.
10. Beautiful and Blessed – The Washington County Home for Orphan and Friendless Children rescued poverty stricken children with an innovative program of care and education. Anna McCarty was their beloved matron.
11. Breakfast at The Heck’s – Little sister Sally recalled when her two brothers, fighting on opposite sides, simultaneously arrived at their mother’s kitchen in Boonsboro, MD for breakfast after the Battle of South Mountain.
12. Sultana – An overloaded steamboat sank while attempting to ferry soldiers home after the war. (Officially the worst maritime disaster in US history) The ship tells the tale.
13. Love Beyond the Grave – This Blue and Gray “Romeo and Juliet” love story was inspired by a memorial written by Confederate Henry Kyd Douglas for Annie Washington of Hagerstown, MD.
14. Relic Post – Union Private Samuel Wright’s souvenir relic post and Bloody Layne heroics are contrasted with Jacob Miller’s trials as a Confederate farmer whose fences and crops were victims of the Battle of Antietam.
15. Bushwhackers and Bushongs – A young man escaped involuntary conscription. His granddaughter, Adelaide, told the story to me. (Named after her grandmother)
16. Warrior Spirit and The Keeper of The Bones – A battlefield ghost story.
17. Pass to Cross – A slave, Thomas Laws, and a schoolteacher, Rebecca Wright, became Union spies for a day.
And here is a list of the musicians, instruments, and recording engineers that bring the songs to life on the new CD!
- Jennie Avila - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Ubang, Shakers, Kokirikko
- Jay Ansill - Violins and Mandolin
- Steve Wright - Ubang
- Ralph Gordon - Upright Bass
- Christina Muir - Mountain Dulcimer, Guitar, Harmony Vocal (Hot Soup!)
- Sue Trainor - Harmony Vocal (Hot Soup!)
- John Turner - Resophonic, 12 String and 6 String Guitars
- Anne Hills - Banjo
- Terry Tucker - Auto Harp
- Robbie Caruthers - Fiddle
- Paul Mackerel - Banjo
- Asbury Methodist Church of Hagerstown Gospel Choir - Harmony Vocals
- Todd Matthew Stotler - Authentic Sound Effects, as well as recording and mixing of the songs at his wonderful Echoes Recording Studio.
- Dennis Cook - recording engineer on Antietam Luminary and basic tracks of Warrior Spirit and The Keeper of The Bones
- Dennis Mickley - recording engineer on basic tracks of A Bullet Lives On and Breakfast at The Heck's
Find out more about Jennie and her music at http://www.JennieAvila.com.
Click the link to sample "Warrior Spirit and The Keeper of The Bones", the mp3 offered for a $5 Reward.
Here's more about some of Jennie's great REWARDS...
Pictured below are several of the possible CD Covers and titles being considered for this CD. Help Jennie choose. All pledges will receive a direct link to a site where you can click on your favorite CD cover and have your choice tallied. You can also download the image if you like. Some of the CD Cover options are pictured here below.
And there are even more choices! You'll be sent a link where you can check them all out and help Jennie choose.
Continue scrolling down to see other REWARD opportunities!
Pictured above is an image of the 7"x7" Giclee Print of Jennie's original artwork, "Naked In The Rain" that you can get in the $100 Reward!
Pictured above are the Handmade Clay Instruments by Stephen Wright that were used on Jennie's CD and which are offered as great Rewards. The Clay Chimes (in the $800 Reward), the #2 Ubang (in the $550 Reward), and the Shaker Pot (in the Excellent Choice $200 Reward). You can hear samples of these instruments at http://www.wrighthanddrums.com
Pictured above is the beginning of the Private Tour with Jennie through the amazing Boonsborough Museum of History of Boonsboro, Maryland (in the $350 Reward). This is where many of the little known stories came from that Jennie set into song for the CD. Let's go exploring!
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