Over the years, I've recorded lots of songs by other people, dedicated to other people. This album is a celebration of that process.
(Nov7 - See important updates at the bottom of the page about your ideas & dedications, guest list spots, makin' vinyl, makin shows happen, new treats for all and more)
I've always been one of those music geeks that uses songs and/or mixes to articulate how I'm feeling. Sometime I write the songs, and sometimes I use someone else's. I've made lots of personalized recordings over the years (http://jonahmatranga.com/yard-sale/unique-recordings.html) and had a lot of fun making them. I'd like to make a Covers album that plays with all these ideas. I have some songs and dedications in mind. I'd also love to have your ideas and dedications be a big part of this.
I'm thinkin the album will have anywhere from 9 to 18 songs on it. Just to start the conversation, here are some songs that I think might be nice to have on there for one reason or another:
Fade Into You (Mazzy Star), If I Should Fall Behind (Springsteen), Born To Run (Springsteen), We Can Never Break Up (Alkaline Trio), Oh, Is It Love? (hellogoodbye), My Girl (Temptations), To Ramona (Bob Dylan), With God On Our Side (Bob Dylan), Unthinkable (Alicia Keys), Daydream Believer (Monkees), All I Ask Of You (Phantom Of The Opera), Thank You (Zeppelin), Be Quiet & Drive (Deftones), Digital Bath (Deftones), Surrender (Cheap Trick), Pony (Ginuwine), Don't Let Me Stop You (Kelly Clarkson), Fake Plastic Trees (Radiohead), The Scientist (Coldplay), Mr. Brightside (The Killers), Birthday (Sugarcubes), Purple Rain (Prince), Nothing Compares 2 U (Prince via Sinead), Mothers Of The Disappeared (U2), Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon & Garfunkel, Release (Pearl Jam), Stars (Hum)... anyway, a lot.
Many of these would obviously work for sweet dedications of various sorts. Some would work for more angry/sad dedications too. I'm open all of it. I want for this to be as interactive as possible. Aside from us choosing tunes together (either as a group or one-on-one), I'd love to see families and/or friends getting together to chip in and make collective dedications, fun stuff like that.
Whatever we make together, the $ you chip in will go towards the basic stuff; recording the tunes, pressing the CDs (and vinyl maybe, see below), royalties for the folks that wrote the songs, paying Kickstarter and Amazon their cut for the infrastructure, gettin to the shows (if anyone chooses those options)... all the many steps that go into making ideas real.
I'm sure other stuff will come up along the way. That's part of the fun of it for me. Thanks for being a part of this and the various ideas over the years.
*Pricey Vinyl Bonus Round - If we get up past $9000 on this thing, I'll be able to afford to press vinyl LPs and ship 'em to anyone who wants, as long as they've chipped in at least $36. (If necessary, we'll vote to pick which songs will make the vinyl pressing, since they might not all fit).
(Oct 25): Almost 11k, unreal... If we hit 18k, everyone gets 18 more months worth of cover tunes FREE... Guest list spots (or vinyl) at $36 and up... Send yr song ideas in!... See all the latest rewards & ideas here.
(Oct 6): So, as of now, if we can hit 9k... I'll personally send a copy of any CD I currently have in stock (http://jonahmatranga.com/yard-sale/) to anyone that joins in at ANY LEVEL I've set up. Yup. From $9 to $9000, whatever works for you and/or your friends, I appreciate it so much. As previously mentioned, anyone that joins in (or has already) at $180 or more will get (along with all the other cool stuff) a copy of EVERY CD I have in stock personally mailed to them.
(UPDATE Oct 4): ...As I said, if we can get this to $9000, I'll be able to press and send vinyl (it's so unbelievably expensive in between making it and postage). That will still happily happen. Beyond that, though, if we get all the way up there, I will make it my business to make and distribute a physical document of song(s) dedication for anyone that donated anything above $36 and wants to send in a pic and some simple thoughts. It might be a homemade book, it might be an ornately-designed CD or LP package, I'm not sure what, but if you've done all this, I know that I can figure it out and have fun doing it.
(UPDATE Oct 4): ...As of now, anyone chipping in $180 and up will get (along with everything else they get) personalised copies of any and all CDs I have in stock at (http://jonahmatranga.com/yard-sale). As always, alternate ideas are always welcome. I just want to have everyone feel as well-rewarded as you all deserve to.
(UPDATE Oct 3): ...As of now, EVERYONE that chips in will have the chance to share dedications, at least digitally. I'll make a page on my site for it, with room for sweet thoughts & pics. Lots to figure about the physical artwork part with it's space limitations and all, but more on that soon. ALSO, the $18 or more level will now get you 2 CDs; one for you AND one for a loved one. There, that's better. Okay, have a great day!)
I'm gathering ideas and I'll be regularly giving people easy ways to vote on stuff, for reals. Also, if you really want a specific tune on there, I'd love that. If you chip in $360 (or more), not only will I guarantee your tune will be on the album, I'll also make you your own recording of it, send you a file and/or CD of it and post it on YouTube with the accompanying imagery of your choice. Either way, your ideas are wanted and heard.