About this project
Dear All The People,
Thank you in advance for considering supporting my ambitious goal of releasing five albums in 2016.
Cool! But wait… FIVE ALBUMS?
Once upon a time I had a dream I could make 7 albums for $7000. More dreams happen with deeper focus, so I whittled the dream down just a little bit.
My goal is to release albums in April, May, June, July and November 2016. The last 2 of 5 will definitely be physical units. Each album is already on its way to being finished. This is where your advanced support comes in.
Album One (solo album: Untitled)
Lately, other artists inspire me with just singular voices singing simple songs. So after years of pondering making a stark-sounding solo album, I’ve decided to record and release one right away. This 1st album will be compositions that reflect the best of my abilities after 20 years in studio and on the road. I just want to let some songs be raw.
Album Two (children’s album: Cheeky Man)
My son will be 7 this May. That little boy is the most wonderful creation I've ever helped compose. He sang in his sleep his first night in the world (he still does that). He hasn’t just shifted the way I write music, he writes his own songs. Ever since he’s been alive I’ve been dreaming of recording this fun album with him, for him, and for all kids, and parents too. After years of playing such serious music (the wink and the gun and a tongue click), it seems people can often get most hooked on the playful earworms like “Beach Bum Baby,” and “Potato Pancake.” Also, since many of my friends become parents, some would come to me and ask, “Why don’t you make a children’s music album?” Some wished I would, maybe so they might have something cool in the car to save their sanity when their children say “PLAY IT AGAIN!” Parents are just opening acts for their children. Most of what I do in my life now (including this Kickstarter), is ultimately for my son. His music will be credited under his publishing. His art will be pictured in the album layout. This album will come out in May on my son's 7th birthday.
Album Three (cover album: Untitled)
Another long-time idea has been to record my favorite cover songs. Covers aren’t exactly what I’m known for, yet I've always played songs I love. Some of these may be acoustic and others may be utilizing a loop station and bass. There are opportunities to record some of these songs in conjunction with videos, so this album has potential for more complex logistics. And overall there are a few extra costs involved in licensing, duplicating, and selling cover versions of anyone’s already-published compositions. I have 7 songs in mind, and 7 more that could be funded by redeemers of unique rewards. This album will be out in June.
Album Four (remix album: Untitled)
Instead of reprinting a lot of each and every old album out of print, I’ve decided to make one new package. It has been 10 years since my debut solo record Face Light was released. So it seems a good time to compile some previously unreleased remixes of my most popular songs, as well as some raw demos, and some instrumentals too. This album actually could be finished first, as there the most ‘finished tracks’ and many tracks don’t need much to be completed. However, there are a few musicians necessary to help it get finished, as well as a graphic artist, and a duplicator. This album will be out in July.
Album Five (full band album: For Dad and Dog)
Like an album dedication to my son, this is an album dedication to my dad. Someday I’ll write an uplifting book about him. However, this album is written more like face down confessions. This isn’t a kids’ album (although I’m last to underestimate children’s emotional intelligence). It will be complex: explicit and implicit; overt and covert; gigantic and minimal; orchestrated and spontaneous. A bit like my 2013 album, Goin Down in History, Goin Down in Flames, my newest songs are a mixed bag of dirty and clean, abstinence and indulgence. But above all else, my new songs are for dancing. The Ethan Keller Group has gotten as close to my “dream-band” as it’s ever been in recent years: a full group including backing lady vocalists and a horn section. We managed to patch the “Lost Dog” single together in 2015, and released it after some great summer performances in front of some huge crowds. The trek behind that song can be indicative of the fifth album's challenges. I hope to capture more bed-tracks of larger bands at bigger studios, get more help with horn and vocal arrangements, and possibly even try doing large string arrangements on a song or two. Many of these songs/sessions are already started, and working on this album all year with all kinds of people is all part of this dream.
I have had an awesome ride the past several years. Last year I went on 3 tours. Last summer, the Ethan Keller Group got some great shows and performed in front of thousands. It has been a rough winter but I hold my son close and keep my head up. I’m standing and speaking and walking and marching. And people actually come to me for inspiration! Wow, but I meet the most amazing people, and receive messages of inspiration and optimism from them. This humbles me and honors the mentors who educate me every day. I do occasionally feel ‘poor’ but never ‘impoverished,’ because of others' continual generosity towards me. When I'm doing well, extra-generosity rules. When you trade me this for that it all gets spread around so let's keep trading!
If you would, please consider buying an album or five from me, in advance. I only hope these are some "rewards" that you might actually find "rewarding," and that we might have an actual future exchange in person to follow-up on a digitally personable one.
Thank you for reading,
Risks and challenges
There are no obstacles to this project, besides possible delay of physical release of two albums if the crowdfunding goal is not met.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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