I have a new musical project and could really use your help!
In April my old band went down to Nashville, TN to record a four song project called The Majesty of Beasts. I can't wait to share it with you because it is DEEPLY personal ...and also the end of a huge era in my life. With your help, we can launch this thing into the world! The only way I can get it to you is with your support! Thank you for being here for me!
I have been creating and performing original music since 1998. My first album "Where the Monarchs Circled" came out in 2000 and I have released 5 more since then (two of which came to be with your support here on Kickstarter!). Some were super obscure, the most recent Holy Bones was critically acclaimed and even made top 10 Minnesota releases for 2015 in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. I've been a full time musician, a musician & bartender, a musician & needle exchange site worker and now i'm a musician and yoga studio owner. Regardless of my many passions and jobs, the music stays strong and deep in me. I always write straight from the heart, no fluff. The Majesty of Beasts is my 7th project and it is definitely not easy listening ... brace yourself! Well, at least one of the songs is pretty upbeat and fun ... ;)
Releasing this project is very hard for me on MANY LEVELS and your pre-orders are very, very meaningful
In this project, I sing for the first time in 10 years about being a victim of sexual assault. Right around the 10 year anniversary of that fateful day, I wrote a song called Petty Misdemeanor. It is truly huge that I wrote it and very hard for me to put this song out there: for fear of more shame, for fear of the perpetrator being out there and seeing it, for fear of judgement from the collective.
I know that this is a very heavy time in the world, personally, politically & for the greater planet. Many of us are protesting -- so many humans organizing & coming together to fight their good fights. It is an incredible time. My good fight right now is one of breaking the silence of trauma. Again, I have to say that this is very hard for me ... but I feel that i must.
Part of my work in the world, while being a "bubbly," sweet and kind human (who wants in no way to bog anyone down), is to shine light into the darkness. For me, bringing this trauma into the light has been healing, if not excruciating. I am working with my own shadow so that I can step out and be more in this world ...
ALSO excruciating is the fact that right after this album was recorded, I got a divorce and my band broke up, and I moved. So, the band (except for a few!) isn't here standing behind me as I release this. It's very awkward. And sad. It's been a shitty year. I feel like my life and heart busted wide open. And now what????
Some of my facebook friends from the 2014 era may remember this photo (taken by Jason Kokal). I was feeling despondent because I was trying to raise funds for this recording studio because my band had entered a battle of the bands contest and part of the "deal" was to help them raise money so we could go down and record. [It's a little convoluted, albeit well meaning -n if you want, you can read more about this here on Shades of Solveig's Blog about my experience]
While that fundraising effort failed, my consolation prize was a full day of recording at Welcome to 1979 Studio (very impressive list of clients from Jason Isbell to Pete Townshend to obscure songwriters like yours truly). Two years later, I organized and managed to get the band down there to record four songs with the goal to release this EP on vinyl and here comes The Majesty of Beasts.
The songs & the heaviness
1. The Shit I Left in Duluth: a kinda silly & prophetic rocker about donating crap to goodwill and leaving behind a broken dishwasher ... listen below:
2. Minnesota Goodbye: goodbye song to my bittersweet love/hate of a past life
3. Petty Misdemeanor: pure catharsis as I face the 10 year anniversary of being sexually assaulted - hear a bit of it below and read on ...
4. The Majesty of Beasts: speaks to the beauty and devastation of the earth and its beings (this song is playing in the promo video for this campaign)
It took me 10 years to write a reflection on my sexual assault. This current day and age with powerful figures bombarding us with hateful, predatory words and actions has shaken me to the core. I had to face it. This song "Petty Misdemeanor" is about how meekly I responded to what happened to me (although I did report it), how I kept very quiet for 10 years, how 10 years later all my perpetrator ever got as a repercussion was a "petty misdemeanor." This song is about the failure of the system to support women, the failure of communities, friends and strangers who lean towards victim shaming and blaming, and the rage that builds up under the surface when such things are not faced. I am both terrified to release this song and exhilarated as it will set me free. I know I am not alone.
THANK YOU FOR HEARING MY STORY. I PROMISE THAT MY WORK WILL CONTINUE TO BE CREATED WITH INTEGRITY AND YOUR PRE-ORDERS & INVESTMENT WILL NOT BE SQUANDERED :)
What's in it for you???!
This is a limited edition vinyl release. I am only printing 300 copies. Ever. This will be a very special one of a kind thing. ($30)
All physical rewards will get a thank you card in the mail (so if you're giving as a holiday gift, that can be a "placeholder" :)
CDs are also available - a short run of 250. ($16)
Other rewards include: Back catalog of CDs, custom cow paintings (or any animal of your choosing - see some samples here that were used in the "Veal" music video) At premium levels: house concerts + songs written for you :) For local yogis, I have a yoga class package at my studio.
Plus, you'll hopefully get that warm fuzzy feeling knowing that you helped an indie artist to keep making music on her own terms.
Please also note, if the full cost of this album isn't met, your credit card will not be charged! This is an all or nothing pre-order campaign.
JUST ADDED to the rewards!
I like to be transparent about my costs. Here is the general breakdown:
Four songs mastered for digital @ Welcome to 1979: $300
Four songs mastered for vinyl + plating + lacquers (watch the video of them cutting a song from Holy Bones up above): $750
Radio edit of "The Shit I left in Duluth" - $20
Vinyl Jackets + printing of 300 albums: $2500
Other costs: shipping + shipping materials, graphic design, photos, promo, etc could be upwards of $1000 for all that
JUST ADDED: short run of cds: $400+
MASSIVE THUNDERING THANKS
IMMENSE GRATITUDE to all of you! To new and continuous supporters of my work. I could not and would not do this without you. This is a huge "time stamp" of a very rough year in my life. I only hope that my songs bring hope, healing, joy and RAWK to you. MEGA THANKS also to those of you who have already pre-ordered via my website!
With SO much love and gratitude,
Risks and challenges
Q. What if the album doesn't get finished on time???
A. Sometimes these things take longer than expected and I tried to give myself enough time to fulfill all the pledges in a timely manner. I will keep you all very much informed if album release dates get moved, or the album has any sort of delay.
Q. What if I don't want the rewards? What if I want A CD or download with yoga classes because I don't have a record player?
A. Send me a message and we'll work out a deal! THANK YOU!
Q. Are you going to release this on a record label? I heard a rumor that you were ...
A. I have pitched this album to a few indie labels but no contracts have been signed. I would have been covering the recording, manufacturing and promotional aspects of this album regardless, so I decided to launch this Kickstarter and do it on my own terms. DIY, baby! I will keep you posted in the updates if any label negotiations are in the works.
Q. What if I don't like the album when I listen to it?
A. Dang - sorry to hear that! Art is in the eye of the beholder and while I wish that everyone loved my music, sometimes people have different taste. Thank you for taking a risk on me as I mentioned this album is a little different than my previous work! I appreciate that you would allow this here artist to evolve and explore different modes of expression ...
Q. How will we be able to reach you if we don't get our promised pledges in a timely fashion?
A. I am online all the live-long day. Please reach me at any of these mediums and I will do my best to write you back in a timely fashion and remedy the issue:
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