What makes music worthwhile? What gives it value?
YOU do. If you want to!
Somewhere between chess and half-marathons – between motorcycles and rock climbing – there's Morning Zephyr: architects on a jungle gym.
This is handmade music, safe for kids, free from entitlement, hubris, and other cultural toxins (sorry, Kanye!). It is adventure music to make you feel happy and strong. It has been pre-approved as inspiring for musicians and non-musicians alike.
Morning Zephyr is a summertime beast. We began in July of 2004, when Kip Jones (violin/piano), Karl Doty (bass) and Zach Miller (drums) made Proof and Content, an album that explored both controlled benediction and bombastic release. Only a few copies were made, but the process was so rewarding that the trio followed it the next year with Empire Builder, an ADHD romp without genre. 2006 saw the recording of Advocates.
And then nothing happened.
Well, not nothing: Zach had a daughter, taught/toured, and produced two records for The Brighton. Karl got two degrees and co-founded A Far Cry. Kip married, traveled to 23 countries, and joined ETHEL.
Then last year Kip went on a weeklong writing binge, and realized he had a Morning Zephyr record on his hands. Demos marked TOP SECRET went into the mail. Forces were joined. Charts were prepared. Key friends came on board. 48 hours of studio time was logged over 5 summer days.
And now, after a gap of nine years, we have our best record yet!
How, why? Because we're in our thirties now. We have gained experience and become craftsmen. This is what we do.
The album is called “Western Star”, taking as its namesake a train of the Great Northern Railway. Precise mallets, heart-wrenching bowed bass, slamming drums, and soaring vocals fill this 8-song LP. Somewhere between Tori Amos, Ali Farka Touré, and Steely Dan, there's also a clear classical influence. No matter what kind of music you like, there's something in here for you.
Morning Zephyr is the genuine article. Good vibes, intellectual rigor, and a lot of energy. Make us a part of your music listening! Come, join our Kickstarter, and be a part of “Western Star”!
COOL REWARDS ------------------------------------
$25 for a .pdf with your album download - enjoy your summer tunes AND THE LEAD SHEETS along with them! Bound book and CD $40.
Starting at $50 - Album based Phone Audio Suite
At $200 - A commissioned ringtone that will be used ONLY BY YOU. Like a unique piece of art, MZ vows not to use nor make available your very own ringtone, notification tones, or alarm. Serious hipster cred, yo!
Risks and challenges
There are risks and challenges associated with any creative endeavor. At present, the greatest risk to you as a Morning Zephyr listener is that Kip could be hit by a bus before delivering the record. Russel would then have to finish mixing it all by himself, and he might make some obscure decision of which we all might disapprove.
The real question is whether or not you partner with us, and become part of the cause as well as the effect of this music! What Kickstarter does very well is give us a connection: your support makes the creative product possible.
Our expected delivery date for the album is July 1, 2015. Personalized rewards will have a rolling release date between July 1 and September 15, 2015.
We sincerely hope WESTERN STAR becomes your summer jam!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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