Feelin' Groovy? YES!
Celebrating my new FOLK LEGENDS CD…with my Feelin' Groovy Kickstarter with a successful completion on APRIL FOOL'S Day!
I have recorded 2 Vinyls and 11 CDs. I produced all the CDs on my own…without any assistance from any record label or executive producer.
I am looking forward to creating this project with my "Feelin' Groovy? Groupies"…and in exchange…offering you all groovy rewards for investing in my new FOLK LEGENDS CD Project…jam packed with folk favorites and memories galore!
I have so appreciated the opportunity to make my living in music these 40+ years and I am still going strong! You may remember my Here Now song, "I don't have a plan for retirement!"
The music biz has changed from my vinyl record days! CD sales have diminished, music sharing and downloads are making it more challenging to actually make a living.
If you have ever attended one of my events without being charged admission, for example, my annual Lake Harriet Bandshell (the City Of MPLS does not pay performers!)...here is your opportunity to extend your appreciation, by participating in my new CD venture. When you select one of the rewards, you are actually becoming one of my producers!
If Kenny Loggins can use Kickstarter, I am trusting that my friends/fans will jump on board with me to support this "all or nothing" approach to producing my new album, FOLK LEGENDS! Kickstarter requires that I reach the goal before any money changes hands…and therefore the ability to get your groovy rewards!
FOLK LEGENDS Album
I was asked to perform a FOLK TRIBUTE show at Chanhassen DT Fireside Theatre in April 10 & 11 and it soon became obvious it would be great to have a CD of the music I would be singing there!
It has been a wonderful recording experience so far and I look forward to singing these tunes and a few other folk favorites at the show.
These shows will sell out... so get your tickets as soon as possible!
(As of 3/3 there are 200 seats total left for the two shows. Only 60 seats remain for Saturday night and the rest for Friday night!)
What songs made the FOLK LEGENDS CD?
Folk Legends Sampler on YOU TUBE, listen a sample of the actual CD!
- Feelin' Groovy (59th St. Bridge Song) Simon & Garfunkel
- The Wind Cat Stevens
- The Secret O' Life James Taylor
- Puff The Magic Dragon Peter Yarrow
- Leaving On A Jet Plane John Denver
- Father and Son Cat Stevens
- You've Got A Friend Carole King
- How Can I Tell You Cat Stevens
- Shower The People James Taylor
- If You Could Read My Mind Gordon Lightfoot
- If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out Cat Stevens
- I Dig Rock & Roll Music Peter Paul & Mary
- Living In The Moment Jason Mraz
Why These Tunes?
My personal favorites are Cat Stevens' The Wind and James Taylor's Shower The People, as they were two of the first tunes I performed on stage in the 70s.
I gave Mary Jindra a copy of an old cassette from the 70s she heard me singing I Dig Rock and Roll Music and she asked me to sing it. I've been having fun with audiences as they sing along!
I have been told for decades I sing like Gordon Lightfoot and Deb thought, If You Could Read My Mind would be a great addition to the album…
Leaving On A Jet Plane was not even on my radar…until I thought of a different way to treat it…see the YOU TUBE to hear my rendition!
Noah Hoehn and I sang Father and Son by Cat Stevens a few years back and what a great fit! We share that version with you on this new recording!
Mayor Mary thought it would be fun to hear the tune from the Harold and Maude movie, If You Want To Sing Out Sing Out, by Cat Stevens and it is a great message!
I added Jason Mraz's Living In The Moment to the mix because I love that song and while I appreciate the sentiment, I believe he's already becoming a folk legend, at least in my mind!
When will the album be done?
I am excited to release the album at my Chanhassen DT Fireside Theatre "FOLK LEGENDS" shows on April 10 and 11, 2015. Some rewards offer you the opportunity to receive downloads 4/6/2015.
What will the album be like?
I put my own personal spin on the tunes…vocals, harmonies and guitar, on about half of the songs and was happy to create the tunes with two great artists!
Noah Hoehn has added his harmonica extraordinaire and great percussion. He and I both sing a "kick" version of Father and Son
and the amazing Gordy Johnson added his acoustic string bass on many of the tracks. I am fortunate to have these two experts on my recording. They will also perform at the Chanhassen DT Fireside Theatre shows!
So this will be a new CD of never recorded tunes... by me anyway!
I have loved working on this project and I am so happy the folks at Chanhassen DT asked me to perform a TRIBUTE show for them. It sparked my new Folk Legends CD project, and a first time ever FEELIN' GROOVY Kickstarter program, which will complete on April Fools Day!
Where will the money go?
Typically, I write and record my own songs…and usually solo with an occasional guest artist. This time there are licensing fees for recording the other artists' music as well as fees for my guest artists. I am excited for you to hear Noah Hoehn and Gordy Johnson perform on the CD.
Check out my new customized Snow Leopard Guitar 2 GB USB drive! Below is only a sample, it will have more detail…when they actually arrive! You can play this in any new car as well as transfer the music to your computer.
- Studio Time: Recording Mixing Mastering
- Hiring musical guest artists to record on the album
- Licensing 13 songs
- CD Duplication and distribution
- USB Purchase, customization, loading songs
- Marketing and Promo
- Web/Social Media Updates
- Postage, Mailers for S & H
Groovy Rewards…and Feelin' Groovy...
WOW where to start? Read the entire list before deciding and you can choose more than one item! Please keep in mind that almost every reward option offers a signed copy of the new FOLK LEGENDS CD in addition to a second reward.
A few of the groovy reward options include: special acoustic Sing-A-Longs, Coffee Meet Ups, House Concerts or become a sponsor of my Lake Harriet Band Shell performance this summer. Dedicate one of the 13 tunes on the album to a loved one or commission me to write a special song and more…check them out! There is even a special deal on 2 Log Cabin Concert seats + the new CD!
All groovy backers will be acknowledged for their contributions on my online Wall of Appreciation on the Folk Legends CD page! Thank you for the opportunity to share this special project with all of you. Please share it with friends you think will enjoy my music, the new CD or the Chanhassen DT Fireside Concert!
Please leave your comments as part of the Kickstarter program about how Groovy you feel!!
Risks and challenges
Gee risks…I like to focus on everything going right and go from there without a backup plan and that has worked well for me. Let's focus on making the Kickstarter Feelin' Groovy! FOLK LEGENDS CD project a wonderful success and leave it at that!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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