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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, July 11 2019 11:36 PM UTC +00:00.

About

The working title for the record is “What if We Don’t Die Young?” It’s an album about living, about moving forward, the challenges of moving forward, the challenges of living. It’s something that I’ve touched on in songs in the past and this felt like a good time to address it more. Living is a challenge, especially as we get older…we leave people behind and we leave large chunks of ourselves behind and we have to figure how to carry on. I read a quote that said something like “Time doesn’t heal wounds, it can’t, but it can accommodate them”..and I thought that was very interesting and very real. Things will happen to you, and they can be immensely painful, but they will pass. And if you don’t let them break you there will be a new version of yourself that emerges and has learned the skills to live with this pain. It doesn’t mean that it’s a better version of yourself, just a different one. The album is full of songs that address this. There are cautionary tales, songs about dealing with addiction, about immigration, about relationships of all kinds, about facing prejudice, about leaving things behind. They all ultimately carry a similar message, that living carries with it the possibility of balancing out regret or mistakes that you’ve made with a future that contains something brighter – and ultimately that something is love. 

Live at World Cafe
Live at World Cafe

Risks and challenges

Here's what we hope. That you will purchase this record from us now, trusting that it will be something worthy of your time and money, and that we can then use the money from these pre-purchases to fund the remainder of the album. The goal is to raise the final third of the funds we need to see this through to the end without having to beg my Credit Card company for more:)... any extra that you donate above the listed price of each reward will go towards hiring a publicist to get the songs in the hands of people who can help us find new audiences.

So far we have spent just over $14,000 on the record to get it to the point it is at right now.
The Breakdown of remaining costs, including those required for release/publicist costs goes something like this;
Recording - Approx 2 more days of studio time $1300
Mixing - Approx 70 hours of Studio Time $3500
Mastering - Approx $1500
Cover Art/Design/Photography - $500
Video Production - $500
CD Manufacture (1000 CDs) - $1600
Vinyl Manufacture (200 Albums) - $2800
Publicist (2/3-months) - Approx $3500
Kickstarter/Credit Card Fees (approx 10%) - $1200-$1400
Total approx $16,400

We are hoping to raise a portion of the remaining costs through this campaign. If we go over the goal amount the extra money will be used to fund a radio campaign for approximately 3 months.

Finally, I just want to say how much we appreciate this. Your support keeps us afloat, it keeps us creating and keeps us believing. It's invaluable - thank you, thank you, thank you.
Le mhorgra, (lots of love in Gaelic)
John

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    If you live within 50 miles of Philadelphia, I'll come and put on a show for you and as many friends as you want to invite. I will play all of the new songs, plenty of old favorites, and give you the stories behind them, and there are many :) And if you live further away we can come to an arrangement, we travel all over the country so distance isn't an issue, just the cost of covering it. This is for a solo show, at a mutually agreed upon date - For extra band members (up to 6) add $125 per member.
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    Before becoming the finished product, the songs from the new record, and the myriad of songs and lyrics that never made the album, were mere scribbles in a journal that I bring everywhere. I'd love to say that the notebook will be worth a fortune some day - and maybe it will, but for now I can at least say that it is a one-of-a-kind. This is the notebook that came everywhere with me for most of the past couple of years, which makes it invaluable to me. It is also the notebook that went missing for 4 days in Ireland, found by a bus driver 300 miles from where I was thanks to some fine folk on Social Media - so I'll definitely be photocopying it:)
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