Hey everyone! For the first time in eight years I'm writing, performing, and producing a brand new, full-length studio album, and for the first time ever I'm partnering with all of you, via Kickstarter. I'm excited to have a brand-new batch of songs all written and ready to be recorded by my amazing band The Meds, in my hometown of Boston.
The record's been a long time coming. This group of songs was written in planes, hotel rooms, on runs, walks, in cities, in the woods, and at home; some were written a number of years ago and many of them came pouring out in the last year. They tell the story of lives in a tumultuous decade, of loves, politics, travels, and are my attempt to cope with a modern world that is alternately exhilarating and frightening. There’s a through current that is emerging that suggests being above ground, or in the air; I can’t put my finger on it yet, but it may have to do with the feeling that flying is a place to put aside life’s worries, even though, paradoxically, flying can also be anxiety-producing.
It's an intimate group of songs, with some mellow tunes and rockers too, and contains some of the most personal lyrics I’ve written. I feel so fortunate to be working with a band that is as dexterous and brilliant as these guys are — they play with incredible nuance and can shift gears from really quiet, introspective stuff to over-the-top rock and roll at the drop of a hat. They are, alphabetically: the virtuosic Lyle Brewer on guitar; sonic wizard Jamie Edwards on keyboards; the mighty Jim Haggerty, commander of low end, on bass, and master-of-feel-and-groove John Sands, on drums. It is one of life's great joys to make music with all of them at the same time, in the same place.
Amid all today’s technological choices making records in real time in real studios may seem expensive and even old-fashioned. But outside live performance, it remains the most exciting and efficient way to bring real music to real ears. Recording this way allows us to capture those moments of "harmonic surprise" (to quote composer John Adams), the unplanned collective magic that only a live band recording can spark and inspire. Your Kickstarter contributions will fund the hardworking people who make this album: the musicians, engineers, artists, and designers who bring it to life, from the performance, mixing, and mastering to the artwork, packaging, pressing, and promotion.
I can't thank you enough for considering a contribution. I promise to work as hard as I can to deliver the most vibrant and honest piece of work I can make.
Risks and challenges
The challenges for this album are significant. I don't have a record label to fund it, nor am I a high-profile artist with a big following, so raising a large sum of money is a daunting task. If the monetary goal isn't met this record won't get made. But with your contributions I know that a fully-realized, hi-fi studio album is within reach.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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