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Grief Creature is my life's work, my masterpiece, a break-up album to shame, an ode to mental illness, a love letter to hope.
Grief Creature is my life's work, my masterpiece, a break-up album to shame, an ode to mental illness, a love letter to hope.
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Mary Lambert: Grief Creature

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I've never been more terrified to release a project. Grief Creature is my life's work. A collection of the best songs I've ever written, paired with poems and beautiful orchestration. In confidence with loved ones, I refer to this album as my masterpiece.

This album has taken 5 years and gone through 20 different incarnations; different titles, release dates, multiple versions of songs, producers, studios, poems, features, maybe partnering with a label, maybe locking it in a vault because every track is really scary and vulnerable. As terrifying as releasing this album is, I know how important it has been for my own healing, and I believe it might help other people who deal with the same kind of trauma and experiences that I have. 

Grief Creature is 17 tracks. I wrote & produced all of them. I composed string quartets, I programmed drums, I spent days just trying to find the perfect sound for one small section of one song, I brought in the best musicians I know. I spent over 250 hours in the studio. 

I listen to these songs almost every day. Not necessarily for mixing notes or for production tweaks, but because they've been a part of my healing process. There are songs that have calmed me down from panic attacks, songs that remind me I don't want to die, songs that sit with me when I might feel like I do. These songs have been my best friends over the last couple years. And I think I'm ready to share them with you. 

Risks and challenges

I feel pretty confident in the timelines that I've outlined, but it is possible there will be unforeseen challenges concerning time. Transparency is super important to me, and I want to make sure that if you are supporting this project, you feel confident in the exchange. if you have any questions or concerns, please send a message via kickstarter, and me or someone on my team will respond ASAP.

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    Grief Creature CD

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    Grief Creature Vinyl Set

    2 records in a beautiful box!

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    Signed Grief Creature CD

    It's a CD! With my autograph! You can have it!

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    Signed Grief Creature Vinyl Set

    A signed vinyl set?! It's going to be so beautiful! You'll be the envy of every sad gay around!

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    Super Babe Gift Set

    Super babes, unite! This set has it all! A crop top, a signed vinyl, a personal note, and of course, my favorite lipstick. Why not??

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    Grief Creature Therapy Set

    This album is a doozy. You might need some assistance & a gentle note from your neighborhood sad gay. Includes autographed copies of both the CD and vinyl, a signed copy of "Shame is an Ocean I Swim Across", a beeswax candle, my homemade loose-leaf tea, assorted crystals, a blank journal, a personal note, and of course, a pack of tissues.

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    Coffee & Tea & Feelings

    I'll travel to any major US city to meet you and a friend for coffee or tea. We can cry, talk about our hopes and dreams, our favorite poems, and share dog photos!

    * * * * * * * * * This reward will be fulfilled over the course of this year. It will take planning, time, coordinating schedules, and communication!

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