I am recording my tenth (holy moley, number 10!!) studio album, Far Side Of The Sea, with friend and producer Gabe Scott. Over the years, I've left behind a crumb trail of first person narratives (Chrome, Traveling Onion, Spare Change, Bus 152, etc.), songs written from the perspectives of overlooked inanimate objects and/or people. This act of lending a voice to the mute was, as it turns out, giving voice to my own lost youth, joy, disappointment, abandonment, loneliness, grief, loss, sorrow, and longing to be found and reclaimed. They were a way for me to speak the unspoken, a way to try to be brave in the world.
One evening, not long after BiRDS OF RELOCATiON was released, I was thumbing through some of my black-&-white prints. Pausing at a heavily vignetted photo of a botanical garden gate, I thought of Adam and Eve, now on the outside looking in, remembering, grieving the loss of not only that verdant place, their former home, but the rich fellowship inside. Mounting that photo to a piece of foam core, beneath it I wrote a paragraph thumbnail, from Adam's perspective, about aching for what is lost and gone. The photo and brief writing exercise made me reconsider this well-known story through the eyes of the one experiencing what must have been an intense sadness. I too am familiar with the losing, despair, defeat, near-run things, the bright hope, the guarding against it, and the long, sad stares into the God-only-knows-why darkness.
Out of that photo-essay came the vision for this record and its accompanying photographic memoir. Far Side Of The Sea: A Photographic Memory is a collection of fifty photos, each with accompanying prose, and songs based on excerpts from the book. Think: Eric follows the rabbit trail even deeper.
As a performing singer-songwriter who relies on new albums for touring, the primary goal is to record and release the album portion of Far Side Of The Sea. But here's the deal: my overarching vision (and hope) is to package both album and book TOGETHER in physical form. I see the two mediums, the way I've written them, as companion pieces, each informing the other.
The initial goal for the project is $23,000. This amount will cover album production, session players, mixing, mastering and manufacturing; editing, proofreading and layout of the companion book (for digital delivery); package design and artwork; and Kickstarter fees. After research and frugal budgeting, this is the minimum amount that it will take to create the new music and accompanying digital version of the companion book.
Beyond this "all or nothing" minimum goal, I have defined three stretch goals with corresponding rewards along the way to the ultimate goal of printing the companion book in physical form. Everyone who supports this project at the $60 level or higher will receive these rewards as the goals are met.
Stretch Goal #1
Far Side Of The Sea: A Photographic Memory audiobook
At $25,000, I will purchase basic recording equipment to be able to narrate, record and edit the audiobook. This gear will also allow me to improve the sound quality of my online concerts (like the ones offered in this KS campaign). The downloadable audiobook will be free to backers at the $60 level and higher.
Stretch Goal #2
Earth Has No Sorrow hymns project
This has been in the works for several months. If we reach $27,000, I'll be able to complete and release this six-song downloadable EP, which will be free to backers at the $60 level and higher.
Stretch Goal #3
Far Side Of The Sea: A Photographic Memory book
$32,000 is my ultimate goal - the coup de grace. At this funding level, I will be able to create a hardcover 7 x 9 inch case-bound book containing B&W photos on heavy paper, with corresponding essays/vignettes, silver foil-stamped cover and spine, and a dust jacket -- an artfully made book that I hope you will enjoy, display on your coffee table, and maybe even give as a gift to friends and loved ones. At this level of funding, the book will be mailed to every supporter at the $60 level and above.
Thank you for helping Far Side Of The Sea see the light of day. Cheers.
Risks and challenges
It will cost $32,000 to realize the full scope of this project the way I have envisioned it. From the start, it has been my intention to package FSS album and a 7 x 9 inch hardcover book TOGETHER -- companion pieces, each informing the other. Alas, we live in a fallen world, and what I (as artist) desire may very well hold no appeal to you. The "risk" is that if $32K is unattainable, I will release the album alone, and the book will be made available only as a download (.pdf).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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