With delight, anticipation, and some notable anxiety about how vulnerable this all feels, I am announcing the making of my debut full-length album. Music is a thread that’s woven throughout my entire life and has taken many forms, from studying classical oboe to the music of Mongolian shamanic ritual. This thread has proven to be core to my identity. This record is the sum fabric of all the life and experience collected along the way.
I didn’t write these songs with a product in mind; I wrote these songs because I can’t not write songs. I write all the time. To the rhythm of my strides as I run Leo the dog, while I sip coffee in the morning, when I drive to work, when I listen to other people’s songs and get inspired. Story and song connect us. This record is filled with stories inspired by national events and my heart and mind’s events.
These songs have been my process of trying to connect with and make some sense of these socially and politically divided times. I have a song about the synagogue shooting. There’s a song about a man’s experience with encountering racism. There’s a song about suicide, and one about women’s sexual empowerment. These are songs about resilience. I aim not to push any political agendas or values onto anyone, but rather to connect to topics I personally avoid, in hopes that others can also connect with what is difficult and usually avoided. That is what healing is all about.
This album represents a lot of firsts. It’s my debut full-length record. It’s the first time I’ve ever worked with a producer, and I'm thrilled to have Nashville-based Amy Speace’s intelligent, soulful, and talented guidance in that role. I've established a relationship with her through her song writing workshops and personal Skype consultations over the last several years. She knows my material well, is excited about the songs, and is the perfect person to help bring this project to fruition. It's the first time I've worked with a professional team in Nashville, Tennessee, and Amy has gathered quite the team.
Mark Karwan (acoustic bassist and vocalist) is one of my dearest friends, and co-member of our Bend-based duo. He has been playing these songs with me for several years, and has composed beautiful, energizing, and funky bass lines for them all. His instrumental contributions and vocal harmonizing give the songs new life and new dimensions. Mark will be all over this record, because we are loading up the Guild and Bess the Bass and DRIVING (gulp) to Nashville together. We can't even fathom creating a record without these two friends.
I am buzzing with excitement to be working with these folks to create the very best we’re capable of.
A Little Help From My Friends
If this project and my music speak to you, I am extending this vulnerable and appreciative ask for help in making the record. You can pre-order it at different financial amounts and receive varying gifts in thanks at each level. Every single penny will go to the costs associated with making the record. If there is anything left over it will go towards a publicity campaign and folk radio outreach to promote the record.
Studio Rental and Recording Engineer
Paying the accompanying musicians
Mixing and mastering
CD and duplication costs
Album art and design
Kickstarter percentages (Kickstarter takes 5 percent. Payment processing fees are 3-5 percent, depending on the size of your pledge) and mailing fees
Promoting the album: press and radio
Thank you to Amy Costaño for taking photographs. Thank you to Mo Mitchell for making the "ask" video. And thank YOU. I so appreciate you giving whatever you’re able to. Check out some recordings I’ve already done with Mark, and if you have any questions or want to be in touch email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. I hope you will love the record that lands in your hands and I hope to make you proud of all the many kinds of support you provide.
Risks and challenges
No foreseeable risks, except never coming back from Nashville, ever.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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