Jason Burke "Sweet Misery" Recording Project
This disc is a snapshot of my time in Charlottesville, VA, but in song. Rock, Blues, and folk mixed with a healthy dose of the 70s.
I make art. Specifically, I make recorded music. This was not always the case. In fact, I did not become a "recording artist" until the end of last year, when I finished my first EP, Just a County Down.
Why was it a EP and not a full-length compact disc? Simple: The Money.
Here's how it happened: As I tried to book better gigs (shows), club owners and proprietors kept saying things like,"that's great, just send me some tracks." Yikes! I didn't have any tracks, all I had were some rough amateur videos of me playing out.
I walked into VA Arts Recording Studios and met with Chris Doermann. A fellow musician who's judgement I respect told me it was a great local studio that enjoyed a good reputation. Oh, yeah, and they had really good microphones.
I walked up to Chris with a handful of money and said, "I need to make a demo with THIS. This is what I have." And he said OK. I called my friend Michael Clem (Eddie From Ohio, Michael Clem Trio) and asked him to play on it. And he said OK. And I called my friend Rick Olivarez and asked him to play on it. And he said OK.
We worked fast and clean. A funny thing happened: The demo became a record. Instead of 2 tracks, we got four that day. It worked out. Doermann knows what he's doing.
So what's the problem? The problem is that we left songs on the table. Instead of a demo, it's time to make a record. But studio time costs money. Musicians, working musicians who eat food and drive cars that run on gas need money. I paid for the EP out of pocket because, at the time, I could manage that. It was small enough. A full length recording is, however, simply beyond my means. I know the studio, I know the players, I know the songs...I just need your help.
My goal is to incorporate the best parts of what we learned making Just a County Down and to apply it to this project. By walking into the studio with a good road map and the right folks, I expect a pretty seamless process.
The working title of this record is Sweet Misery, a nod to my song "Sweet Sweet Misery Loves a Little Company." The record is a collection of the songs I've written and developed over the last three years, but will also include some old fan favorites like "Pull Up Your Stakes" and "I'm Going Out." The record will be rock and roll, with strong brushstrokes of blues, jazz, and folk. The purpose is not to show how good I am at strumming a guitar or tooting a harmonica, even though those things will happen! The point is to make art. A recording to be enjoyed when all of the components that pulled together to make it have long since gone in different directions. It's about showing what these songs can be when put in the right hands.
I want to thank you for taking the time to read this. I also want to thank you for whatever you can give. The "incentives" I've chosen do not include stickers, posters, etc. for a couple of reasons. One: that $%^& costs money. Two: I live in a small apartment and have no place to put it. So what I offer is me. I offer glimpses into what it's really like to make this happen. And I offer the music.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Hit my website, www.jasonburkemusic.com, for updates as we get things off the ground. Thanks for caring about locally produced, independent art. I can't wait to give you one smokin' hot record.
Risks and challenges
Risk? Well, maybe you don't like the record. That would be the primary risk. Otherwise, it's all pretty cut and dry. Once funding is complete, we get on the calendar with the studio, line up the musicians with the recording schedule that tells everybody when to show up and what we are playing, and BOOM!
The primary challenge of a project like this is to remain open to what the recording is becoming as you make it. You guide it, shape it, coax it into being. You just make sure that you're not settling for less because you're tired. That's where the budget comes in. Really what we need is about $5000 but I simply won't ask for it. I want to keep this campaign within reach of all of us.
I enjoy a solid working relationship with the musicians, studio, graphic artist and duplication house, so "making a disc" will be simple. The trick is to take our time, LISTEN, and to choose the right takes.
There is no foreseeable reason this project will not reach completion if properly funded.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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