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Sometimes people ask me why I write songs. Honestly, I don't really know. Sometimes it's like pulling teeth. Sometimes the songs write themselves. Usually, though, it feels like an itch that can only be scratched by getting the song out and into the open...but in a good way.
I have a band. We are Jealous Creatures, and that is also our name. There's Josh on drums, Lisa on bass and cello, and Rob on keyboards. I cannot reiterate enough how essential my band members are to these songs. If you see me at an open mic and I'm playing by myself, the songs sound cute. With these guys, the songs sound awesome. To me, making music has always been a team effort, and when the team changes, the music changes, too. I know this sounds cheesy, but each individual brings a little piece of themselves and puts it into every song...and when you listen to them, you can really hear it.
I'm trying to find my voice as a musician. There are better song writers, and there are better guitar players, and there are better singers, but I think I'm not too bad in each category, and that has been enough encouragement to get me to where I am today. I'm out of college (finally) and I have some time to sit down and actually see if this can go anywhere. I think it would be cool if my music could take me somewhere, like, career-wise, but I'm more interested in seeing whether or not the music simply resonates with other people.
And I guess that brings us here: I'm also trying to figure out if we should even record this album. Call it pragmatism, call it low-self confidence: whatever. The point is that if nobody wants to listen to it, then there is no reason to record it. That's where you come in: by contributing, you let me know whether or not there is a demand for what we do. If there's not, then there's not and I'll do something else and get on with my life, but if there is -- and I hope there is -- I want to make sure that our music is getting to the people who want to hear it.
The contributions that you make will go towards recording costs and CD production. There are a variety of rewards that we're offering as well, from buttons, stickers, and completed CDs to free admission to shows for a year to us recording a cover song of your choosing and sending it just to you. There is a lot more cool stuff to be had, so be sure to check every contribution level to see all the things we are offering.
Music is definitely a team effort, and basically, I guess that I'm asking you to be on my team. If we sound like something you are interested in listening to, then please contribute. If the songs strike a chord with you, let other people know about our project. There will be no debut CD without your help, so please remember that each and every contribution matters, no matter the size. Whatever you can give is a great help.
Thank you so much for taking the time to watch this video.
All songs by Sarah Hirsch, Copyright 2005-2011 All Rights Reserved
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