I’m currently working on my fifth album, titled “Of All the Rum Joints…” It will have 13 songs, 11 of them written by me over the last couple of years and two covers of other people’s songs, done in my own particular way.
To take this project from a bunch of rough ideas to a finished, professional-sounding reality, I’m working once again with producer Kevin Johnston of Orca Sound in Maryland. His work on my last album, “Island Standard Time,” helped me attract lots of new listeners and friends, and helped the album and one of the songs on it make several “best of” lists. Together, we’ve agreed that we want to do even better this time.
Here are the stories behind some of the songs we’re working on this time:
“Looking at You” asks the question, “What if someone like Rick Blaine from the movie Casablanca realized that getting dumped in Paris was the best thing that ever happened to him?” The resulting song is equal parts “Margaritaville” and “How Do You Like Me Now,” with a hint of Casablanca.
“Voodoo Lounge” goes down to New Orleans, and a secret, seedy bar at the crossroads. It’s a whole new vibe for me.
“Pontiac Motel” looks at being "job-free" from a different perspective - not the version where you're lying on a beach all day; the version where you're spending your days on a street corner and your nights in the back of your car.
“One More Rum” explores and debunks one of the Greatest Lies in the World: “C’mon; we’re just gonna have one more round, then we'll go home.”
I've written about all of the songs for the album in my blog. Check it out!
If you’ve never helped make an album before, you should know that creating all of this costs money. I have to pay for studio time, musicians’ time and talent, the duplicating cost for all those CDs, money to help promote the album, and of course money to help support ongoing, valuable research into exotic, relaxing locales and refreshing adult beverages. If you’ll help me get the album done, I promise to pay for the research myself.
I’ve self-financed all of my previous albums. I’m coming to Kickstarter this time because I know that this time I want to get this music to reach further than I have in the past, and your support will help me do that.
The rules for Kickstarter are simple: Unless and until I meet my goal, you don’t get charged for your pledge. If I reach or surpass my goal, you will be charged for the amount of your pledge, and I will happily deliver the items I’ve promised when they're ready for you.
Supporting this album might not cure the common cold or bring about world peace, but I believe that one of the greatest positive things that we can do these days, as society gets more rushed, angrier, and ruder, is to get people to smile, just for a few minutes, and think about taking a day off to lay in the sun with a cold drink handy. It’s not “world peace,” but it is “localized mellow.” And that is in our power to create.
Thank you in advance for your support of this “labor of love” and celebration of many of the good and fun things about life.
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