About this project
Welcome to Lisa Lim New CD Kickstarter Campaign!
Hi I'm Lisa Lim! Welcome to my Kickstarter campaign for my new and upcoming cd I've just finished production on. First, a huge thanks and shout out to all of you that have continued attending my performances over the years, staying in touch with me, keeping up to date on all the latest happenings in my life and for your constant belief and support in my music and art. It means more than you'll ever know and truly inspires me. Also, I have to mention, sending out a huge debt of gratitude for everyone who continues to share my performance dates and music with their friends via social networks and by word of mouth. Your generosity truly touches me! I'm humbled and forever appreciative.
MY NEW CD:
I have some exciting news for you! Recently I finished the production end for my upcoming new cd. It's a very special recording to me and it is not your average run of the mill cd. It has taken me a good portion of my life finally to get the time and chance to make this very special recording. The production is nothing but top shelf and I owe my gratitude to a very special producer from the UK who will always be dear to me for his time, efforts and friendship above all. The recording having been a significant project and effort has exhausted my resources though. Now, at the most vital and important point, I want to share this with you and others, but I need your help. This is where you can help make a difference.
WHERE IT STARTED:
A little history about this project, the inspiration and where it began. My original project, Lisa Lim Band, has been performing for several years now. Performing at large and small venues, festivals and special events. All the while, I've been juggling personal family affairs, while continuing to perform and be a working freelance musician. It's been a tightrope, balancing act to say the least. I lost my mom to chronic illness about a year and a half ago and then my paternal grandmother six months after. I was given the task and challenge to be their primary care giver and I also had a very close and dear relationship with each of them. With that though, it was a huge undertaking. Facts are, there are only so many hours in a day. Looking back on it, I honestly don't know how I did everything I did, under the circumstances. After my mother passed away, then, six months later, my grandmother passed away. Everything changed. A new chapter was beginning for me. I hadn't been able to record for the past 5 years due to, just not having enough time to commit to writing and recording. Anyone who has done or been thru the recording process, knows it takes a lot of your time, energy and focus. I found myself having so much to write about, so much new music was playing in my mind all the time. I was grieving, adjusting, dealing with enormous change and loss. So, I started writing again and I kept writing. My keyboard player and producer of my new cd started having me meet at his studio once a week and present to him new material. We'd make a demo of each new tune. We spent once a week, every week for a few months doing this. And, sometimes, we'd squeeze in an extra day or two for this purpose during the week. Sometimes I'd enter the studio and my new tunes were embraced, then other times, I'd be told, shelf it and keep writing. So, that's what I did. I wrote what seemed 24/7, between working, traveling and getting up in the middle of the night from a dead sleep with ideas racing thru my mind. There was no rhyme or reason how it came to me, other than from my heart and soul. Finally, my producer and I sat down and picked what we felt were the strongest 12 songs I had to record for my next cd. And it started. Long days, driving, two to three times a week to the studio, that was an hour and a half plus away, one way, battling daily traffic, etc. We started the production end of the cd, by laying scratch vocal tracks as a guide, then spent several months recording. Many of D.C.'s finest musicians came in and contributed in laying tracks. Scott Rabino, drums, Andreas Holmstrom, bass guitar, Thomas Johansen, keys, B Hammond and percussion, numerous vocalists came in and laid angelic backup vocals, Mary Shaver, Tara Jacobs and Pauline Anson Dross. Then I spent weeks laying all the rhythm, lead, slide guitar tracks and then lead vocal and some harmony tracks. Some days it be fifty plus takes for one lead vocal track. The one thing I can say about my producer, Thomas Johansen, there are no short cuts! He demands nothing but the best, 100% effort, in the studio! Thomas Johansen, is represented worldwide by Worlds End Management and has worked with some of the best in the music industry. For example, this last year he produced The Paperboats, “Surviving The Flood”, which had a single, “Curses” which has spent months in No. 1 position on Portugal’s MTV. Another example, he’s worked with members of the legendary Mumsford and Son & The Killers on The Flowerpot Sessions. This is just skimming the surface of his very impressive discography! Thomas managed to get me to tap into the emotion, where it was, that each song came from, deep within me. Each take, I'd get a little closer to what it was I was trying to convey and capture in the song. I can honestly say it was grueling, but well worth the effort. But, after I got thru it and he got the take that he just knew was the one, it all seemed so worth it. I'd literally crawl into my house after the drive home from being in the studio all day and I knew that my producer would still be sitting at his mixing console, listening and critiquing the days work. These twelve songs, this body of work, I am so proud of. I cannot wait to share it with all of you. These songs capture and say so much about life. Not just my life, but so many folks and the wide array of experiences that can and do occur. Economic struggles that we all are feeling, politics, love, loss, relationships and their ups and downs, life's daily struggles, closure, release, energy and, yes, sex appeal, too!
My hope is that each song will take you to a cool place, give you a few minutes of release and in some way, you will find yourself relating to it from your own experiences and interpretation. The music will cause you to respond by tapping your foot to the beat, you will want to open up your sunroof, or put the car top down and cruise down the highway with the stereo blasting! Even possibly dance, make you think about that special someone, laugh, cry and just maybe, touch your soul. To me, that's success as an artist. To have your music move someone, emotionally, get lost in it, if only for a brief moment. Well, how amazing is that! Writing these songs actually has been a healing process for me in some respects in dealing with the grief that has inevitably followed in the loss of my beloved mother and grandmother. A very positive way to heal and move forward with everything in my life.HOW YOU CAN HELP:
Now, comes the next phase of making this cd a reality. I desperately need additional funds to finish this cd. The funds contributed to this campaign will enable me to get the tracks mastered, artwork and graphics done, cd pressed and assist with promo and distributional expenses. Anything, everything you can contribute, will be forever appreciated and a part of something really special. And you will see, that pledges made, have some cool perks that come along with it. Checkout the list! I assure you the choices are tantalizing! Every dollar contributed, gets me one step closer to sharing this fresh new music with you!
Risks and challenges
Risks: Simple. If the campaign doesn't reach it's funding goal, you keep your money. There is not a set cd release date scheduled. But, as soon as that is confirmed, your items will ship out to you ASAP! Keep in mind, all of the recording, production end of this project has been completed. So, I’m very close to having completed product in hand to put in your hands! I will be continuing to keep you up to date on the progress and latest happenings with this project as the campaign progresses and upon successful completion, via email.
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