Thank you! Headed toward the goal for the Middle East trip.
Holy moly! Things are going better than I ever could have hoped. The Project of the Day bump brought a lot of backers to the project. I'm so grateful.
I've said already that if we hit $10,000, I'll begin booking a resarch/lecture tour of Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, Israel & Egypt. Now that it appears to be a real possibility, I'll add to that that if we reach $11,000, I'll buy a video camera, and I'll commit to starting posting videos regularly on my YouTube channel. (Did you know I have a YouTube channel where you can listen to songs from various recent projects? It's here.) So, there'll be videos from my travels over the next year - NYC, Boston, Dearborn, Detroit, Chicago, Boston, LA, and the Middle East, including excerpts from my lectures, interviews with experts, academics, record collectors, and whatever other fascinating stuff I get to experience, all thanks to YOU, the contributors to this amazing journey. Making widely available the nearly-raw documentation of some of the incredible people who feed the project and places that it takes me is perhaps the best thing I could offer. Thank you all so much for your gracious support. I'm humbled.
As always, spreading the word is a great help. 5 days left to go!
I'll be out of town till Weds. 2 more tracks - an improvisation by the great Armenian-American kanunist Garbis and a fierce dance piece by Bulgarian-American Nick Doneff - will be posted then!