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We are making an album of songs that were written in community. We hope it will inspire and invite others to find their creative voice.
We are making an album of songs that were written in community. We hope it will inspire and invite others to find their creative voice.
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Coastland Commons is an open, collaborative community of visual, musical and literary artist based in Seattle. Find out more at www.coastlandcommons.org

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On Setting Goals and What Comes Next

When we decided to try to fund the Coastland Commons recording project through Kickstarter, we knew the stakes were high. You raise the entire amount, or you don’t get a dime. It is this element of risk that makes Kickstarter a remarkable platform, and such a draw for artists. It forces questions to the surface. Is this project worth doing? Some questions were much harder: would others see the same thing? Would we be able to articulate the vision? Would it gain traction and captivate those who encountered it? We continually asked the same questions to as many people as would listen: would it make sense that this group is not a band in the traditional sense of the word? Would people donate to such an emerging concept - a generative artistic community that has inclusivity at its heart? A group that makes music but is not a band. Are we just stumbling over our words at that point?

We decided for the sake of clarity to focus the Kickstarter on the recording. After all, the money IS going to fund the recording, so let’s just focus on that. Through that process, some things started to become clearer. You can see the details better when you freeze the frame. That’s what this recording is, a collection of frozen frames from a larger story that have been sharpened and edited; practiced and honed. But that, truth be told, is not the whole story. The recordings are edited curations of a larger conversation that is happening in a community called Coastland Commons.

So, what is Coastland Commons? Coastland Commons is an open community that believes life is not transactional but sacred, that God is not ideological but embodied, and that humans are not agents of consumption but instead agents of grace and bearers of imago Dei. This orientation to life has paved a way to experience creativity as spiritual formation. Inasmuch as the creative process leads us into openness, renewal, and truth, we believe the practice of it can engage and form the spirit toward wholeness, healing, and reconciliation. Those are big words. This is a big idea, and sometimes feels too big to grasp - even when we think we have it, it eludes us. You can see why the Kickstarter is just a recording. Sometimes these ideas seem too big to capture.

Perhaps it helps to start small. That’s what we did for the recording. We came around sacred texts of Scripture because we believe that we will be formed by the living God. We believe these texts will actually speak. We also believe that as human beings we are commissioned to share what we have heard in a way that honors the dynamism of Scripture - and languages of art do that with integrity. So some write songs and sing them. That is what will be captured in the recording, and that is one piece of the picture.

Others paint. Others serve and preach and write poetry. Others cook and bake. There is room for everyone and yet the work of each is specific. We are on the lookout for other people, artists by trade and artists by birth, who we can come alongside and encourage. The work is endless and renewing all at the same time.

Why does this matter? No work of art comes out of nothing. It comes through the fermentation and agitation of community, and the art of this particular recording comes out of Coastland Commons. These songs are a story; a story worth telling, and sharing, and inviting others into.

We want, more than anything else, to tend the creative spirit so that we may all celebrate all kinds of artistic works throughout the Pacific Northwest. We want this to be the first project of many projects, and for those projects to be the first volume of many volumes.

So thank you. Thank you not just for your support, but for your belief that this is possible. To the first of many projects to come, and to making Seattle a place that restores the creative voice to the common space of humanity.

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What are we doing? 

We are raising funds to produce and record an album of songs that were written out of an attempt to create music in community, guided by a biblical narrative. The Emmaus narrative in Luke 24 became our guide. The project before us was not to put this text into song; rather, we sought to engage with this story for a long period of time letting it read us as we read it. Then, we attempted to explore the wonderings that came to the surface for each of us. Over the year, we were constantly surprised to see the way in which our own stories and the Emmaus story came together. We have a diverse collection of songs, more than we can feasibly put onto one album, but we would love the opportunity to record these songs and share them.

How is this album different? 

This album is different in a few ways. We are not a band seeking to make a career of selling albums and touring. We are a community of friends based in the the Seattle area. All told there are more than 20 people who make up the musicians, songwriters, poets, pastors, and storytellers in our community. The music is only one aspect of Coastland Commons. We are also helping local worshiping communities to engage the creative voices within their midst. We hope that this music will inspire and invite others to find their creative voice and tell their own stories. We believe that we need to hear each others' stories. We believe we are better together.

What will the money pay for? 

Plain and simple, the funds we are raising will go to produce and record the album. We have researched our studio options, mixing and mastering costs, and production costs and are setting our goal on the conservative end attempting to get rid of frivolous expenses while raising enough to make a quality product. At this conservative amount the recording will be on a tight budget. Any money we raise above the base goal will fund a more comprehensive, higher quality production.

CAMPAIGN VIDEO CREDITS:

Filming: Matt Gebhart (www.mattgebhart.com), Sonja Tangen, Jakob Tangen

Music: Sono Sanctus (www.sonosanctus.com)

Editing: Carl-Eric Tangen

Risks and challenges

The potential obstacles of this project come in the coordination of a large community of artists making this album collaboratively. We will be working with a diversity of schedules and other commitments. Everyone is 100% committed to making this album, but there is a chance we may experience delays depending on timing and schedules. Gregg Belisle- Chi is our producer and he is experienced in making albums with both small and large ensembles. Recently, he produced an album for Scrape, a Seattle based string orchestra with electric guitar, bass, and harp. (www.scrapemusic.com) Gregg is uniquely skilled to handle any complications that arise. If complications do arise we will make sure to communicate with our community of supporters and collaborators.

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