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A collection of ballads from the 60's & 70's when Love almost conquered, as an antidote to these strange days.
A collection of ballads from the 60's & 70's when Love almost conquered, as an antidote to these strange days.
A collection of ballads from the 60's & 70's when Love almost conquered, as an antidote to these strange days.
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I am adding this intro since we just crossed the threshold and funded the campaign. Thank you so much! I am not going to do any so-called "stretch goals," which creators use to milk additional money from the backing pool, as I understand it.

That said, I would love it if we raised some more money for One Man's Opinion Of Moonlight. I am offering what I believe to be equitable, valuable, and generous perks, of which the material ones will only increase in value over time as collectibles. 

I set a very discrete goal to simply cover recording and mixing the album. I assure you it is a blessed relief to have the met the goal! Recording and mixing are the essentials. 

I'm sure you know that there are other costs in the music. I would love buy some ads on music blogs, do some Facebook promo, etc. Anything collected here that doesn't go into the total studio time and producing and shipping material rewards will go into promotion of the album.

So please look at the videos (in the updates), listen to some music, look at perks and I hope you'll see something you like.

The mysteriously meandering and musical journey reflected in the One Man's Opinion Of Moonlight project has spanned a lifetime, before bringing me back to where I started.

And to what I want to share with you.

The pieces on this album were some of the great romantic songs of my youth and have been with me ever since.

It occurred to me the other day that what I am aiming for is a folkie/crooner album that would be the equivalent of an acoustic Barry White album. In other words, super-romantic sad songs. The only ones worth singing! Does that make sense?

This is a fifteen-day campaign, no time for guitar solos! (old punk rock joke)

My earliest days learning and creating music were just me with a nylon string guitar, learning chord structure and harmony from Beatles songbooks and cadging finger-picking patterns from my folkie friends.

Later, I went through a period where I made a lot of instrumental, electronic and orchestral, music with a room full of synthesizers and a computer.

Time passed and I decided it was time to sing once again and so ... I had to go back to guitar ...

... and all that ... some years ago now ... led to a recording of Just Like A Woman one cool foggy afternoon ...

I recorded this version of Just Like A Woman in my living room—you can tell by the sound quality, I'm sure. But I posted it on my MySpace page and got emails from a couple women I didn't know saying the song brought them to tears. I knew I was on to something!

If you are curious, I go into some detail about this journey back to the nylon string guitar in my podcast, How I Didn't Find My Sound on my website. The gist is that, while I never really lost my sound, I did abandon it for a while.

I've researched expenses carefully and we will be good to go if the project funds. I cannot wait to get into the studio!

I will be recording at 25th Street Recording in Oakland. They have a signal chain—microphones, preamps, compressors, mixing board, etc.—perfect for the warm lush sound I want to capture. Maybe a few of you could come to a recording session! 

As far as my other recorded music goes, you can find my album the seasons {remixed/remastered} on iTunes. It is an hour-long orchestral/electronic work. You can also find it on my BandCamp page and you can stream it there or on Soundcloud. You can also find three other albums on the Bandcamp page: Pop Down The Years, electronic vocal pop, Deus Sex Machina, mostly mid-tempo electronic instrumentals, and Flight of the Atom Bee, my earliest and weirdest works of mostly analog synthesis.

My life has been filled with strange and wonderful and beautiful people (plus a few Dark Ones) and I've had many ups and downs over the years. I call it "doing the Wily Coyote." Don't look down. Don't look down and you'll be okay. I bring all of that to all my music.

Here are the images that are available as limited edition archival prints in the $40 price point:

Three-Fifths Of An Idea
Three-Fifths Of An Idea

 

I've Been Thinking About My Yesterdays
I've Been Thinking About My Yesterdays

 

BOHO
BOHO

 

Guitar
Guitar

I think I've come up with some really nice rewards for you and I will probably add a few more as the days go on.

I can't think of anything else to say at the moment. I want to launch this campaign!

If you have read this far, thank you very much! I will adding updates continually for the duration. And I'm sure I'll be doing another video or two, so please check back often.

Thanks again!

Risks and challenges

How am I qualified to overcome the risks and challenges associated with this project? Hmmmmm ... I'm stubborn! But more than that, I'm ready! I've booked studio time for mid-July.

I've researched materials and time (recording, mixing, manufacturing, etc.) carefully and we will be good to go if the project funds. I cannot wait to get into the studio!

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    Atomic

    Digital download of the image "Three-Fifths Of An Idea." (See image in project story.) 8"x10", printable at 300 dpi in jpg format.
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    Digital download of "One Man's Opinion of Moonlight" in MP3 format + booklet in PDF format.
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    Incandescant

    "One Man's Opinion of Moonlight" on audiocassette. 45 minute, 2-sided cassette of "One Man's Opinion of Moonlight" with limited edition J-card. Same track listing as vinyl album. Includes digital download of OMOOM in the audio format of your choice + five bonus songs in MP3 format and PDF booklet. Name on contributor page on my website.

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    Home-burned CDR of "One Man's Opinion Of Moonlight," with signed hand-made cover made by me. Includes digital download of OMOOM in the audio format of your choice, including bonus songs in MP3 format and PDF booklet.
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    Celestial #1

    "I've Been Thinking About My Yesterdays" Archival Print. A limited edition of 25 8"x10" prints, signed & numbered, on Hanamuhle PhotoRag 308 Fine Art Matte – 308 gsm, all Cotton, white. I will be printing "Yesterdays" (see images in the story section) using a high-end Epson 4880 printer with 200-year archival inks. I will sign and number each 8x10 print (on 8.5" x 11" paper) in pencil. Shipping flat in rigid envelope.
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    "Three-Fifths Of An Idea" Archival 8"x10" limited edition print. An edition of 25 prints, signed & numbered on Hanamuhle PhotoRag 308 Fine Art Matte – 308 gsm, all Cotton, white. I will be printing "3/5s Of An Idea" (see images in the story section) using a high-end Epson 4880 printer with 200-year archival inks. I will sign and number each 8x10 print (on 8.5" x 11" paper) in pencil. Shipping flat in rigid envelope.
    Includes digital download of One Man's Opinion Of Moonlight in the audio format of your choice, including bonus songs and PDF booklet.
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    "BOHO" Archival 8"x10" limited edition print. An edition of 25 prints, signed & numbered on Hanamuhle PhotoRag 308 Fine Art Matte – 308 gsm, all Cotton, white. I will be printing "3/5s Of An Idea" (see images in the story section) using a high-end Epson 4880 printer with 200-year archival inks. I will sign and number each 8x10 print (on 8.5" x 11" paper) in pencil. Shipping flat in rigid envelope.
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    "Guitar" Archival 8"x10" limited edition print. An edition of 25 prints, signed & numbered on Hanamuhle PhotoRag 308 Fine Art Matte – 308 gsm, all Cotton, white. I will be printing "3/5s Of An Idea" (see images in the story section) using a high-end Epson 4880 printer with 200-year archival inks. I will sign and number each 8x10 print (on 8.5" x 11" paper) in pencil. Shipping flat in rigid envelope.
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    Orbital

    CANDID CAMERA! As we record, mix, and master the album, we will document the process on ten disposable 35mm cameras, with 27-exposure film rolls. Each camera will have a unique set of images for you and you alone. We will mail the camera to you and you can take it to your local Walgreen's (or wherever) and get the film developed and prints made.
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    Radiant

    Pick a bonus song!
    I will be doing a bonus EP of five songs in digital format. You can choose one from this list:
    Cocaine Blues (Trad.)
    Hurt (NIN)
    Man Who Sold The World (Bowie)
    Walk On By (Bacharach)
    You’re A Big Girl Now (Dylan)
    Girl From The North Country (Dylan)
    On Broadway (Coasters)
    Meeting Across The River (Springsteen)
    Absolute Beginners (Bowie)
    Who Can I Turn To? (Tony Bennett)
    Isle of Islay (Donovan)
    Lalena (Donovan)

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    Epochal

    Private Concert Via Video Call. I will serenade you with a one-hour acoustic concert for you (and your friends) over Skype, Facetime, or Facebook Messenger. I will play the whole album along with some selected originals. Includes digital download of OMOOM in the audio format of your choice, including bonus songs in MP3 format and PDF booklet.
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    Phosphorescent

    The nylon guitar strings from my guitar used in recording the album. I will be stringing the guitar with La Bella Argento AM Pure Silver MT Classical Guitar Strings, the best strings I have ever heard, ONE week before the recording, so that they will be perfectly stable and still brilliant and deep in the studio. I'll use them for the sessions - a few hours at most - and then some lucky person can have them! They cost $40 anywhere! So they be in great shape if you want to put them on your own guitar, or make a mobile, or jewelry ... or whatever you want!

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    Intergalactic

    Private concert salon in your home. I will come to your home and play a two-hour acoustic concert for you and your friends. I'll tell some stories as well to round out a lovely and intimate evening of music and conversation. Includes digital download of album in format of your choice, and bonus songs in MP3 format + PDF Booklet. Travel and lodging not included.
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