I have a lot of songs I want to share with the world, and I could really use your help to make that happen!
I’m pleased to say that I’ll finally be recording the songs “Nobody’s Watching,” and “I Do,” among others. Over the past year or so, I started writing what is turning into something of a concept album. I first wrote a song called “The Gunfighter Meets His Match,” which was inspired by my love of Louis L’Amour short stories about cowboys and the West. This is actually kind of a commentary on present day New York and my experiences in the music scene. I decided that the Gunfighter wasn’t the only one who should tell his story, so I wrote a song from the town sheriff’s point of view. He used to be “edgy” like the Gunfighter, and he’s sort of jealous of him but he knows he’s going to get in trouble, so he cautions him. I also wrote a song from the perspective of the Gunfighter’s “girl.” She sings about her complicated relationship with the Gunfighter and about how she came out to the West to fulfill big dreams, but things just didn’t happen the way she planned. I’ve had a lot of fun thinking of NYC as the Wild West, and I have a feeling it’s going to make a really interesting album. I feel like a concept album was always on the horizon for me…David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust” is one of my absolute favorites.
For this recording, we plan to use our friend Jon Jetter’s studio, Right Angle Recording. He worked on my last full length album, “In a Pretty Box,” and did such a wonderful job. I’m really looking forward to working with him again. The songs will once again be produced by Wil Farr, who has such interesting ideas. He’ll be playing guitar and singing on this as well. Kenny Shaw, who played drums on my first album, “About a Cake,” at Purchase College way back in 2005 will be returning. So will the talented bass player, Chris Anderson, who has been with me for a long time as well. JP Schlegelmilch will be adding all the fantastic keyboards, as he did on my most recent EP, “Sasquatch.”
“Sasquatch,” was done without funding, and we did it dirt cheap. I loved the final product, but the experience of recording it was definitely difficult for the band and I. The first place we recorded at was a studio in New Jersey that none of us had ever worked at, and it ended up being quite an experience. There were roaches, rats, and the place was seemingly haunted. The equipment was hard to use, and my poor producer/engineer/guitarist Wil Farr spent at least 8 hours trying to set things up. The heater was also apparently broken, so when we finally were able to start recording (around midnight, I think), we had all stripped down to our tee shirts though it was in the middle of December. We feverishly recorded three tracks that night. I like the focus and the energy of the resulting tracks, but I don’t want to recreate that experience for my band!
So, your donation to the Kickstarter fund will pay for studio time, mixing, mastering, and the musicians. It will also go towards the release of the album itself. I’m also planning on recording a separate acoustic album later in the spring called “The Softer Side,” and some of the funding will go towards the production and release of that album as well. You can give anywhere from $10 to $1500 and you receive various rewards for each level. In this case, it can be viewed as pre-ordering my new album. Of course there are other levels of rewards such as having a cover song of your choice recorded for you or a private house concert. You are basically a producer on the record, and whatever you want to give will be deeply appreciated and put to good use.
I ran a Kickstarter campaign about a year and a half ago for my music video, “The Prophet.” I was overwhelmed by the generosity and support of those who were part of it, and it enabled my collaborators and I to “do things right.” We still worked with a tight budget, but we were able to use a space that inspired us, and to take the time needed to get the animation and artwork just right. I am so happy with the final product, which you can see here on Youtube and maybe here on this page (if I can figure out how to do that).
I guess I should tell you a little bit about myself while I’m at it. I am a Brooklyn based singer/songwriter, originally from Western NY. I grew up making music with my family, and I knew that whatever else I did in life, music would be a big part of it. As a musician in NYC for several years now, I have really enjoyed writing music and playing shows. I’ve released three albums thus far. I made the aforementioned music video, as well as two lower budget ones, “Lost and Found,” and “Green.” I love working with other artists and am so inspired by them.
Thank you so much for your time and consideration. I am so excited about this opportunity to share my work. Having it made possible by friends and supporters such as yourself makes it all the more meaningful.
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