My faithful friends, we are now more than 100% fully funded! Woo Hoo! This is a great time to stand up and do a 10-second solo dance party in your bedroom, workplace, bathroom (or wherever you are when you read this)! If you need help thinking of a song to dance to, may I suggest this one?
So here's the deal. Talking about stretch goals is weird, because honestly all the bare minimum to create the album was already planned into the initial goal. And to set other goals to me can seem like asking too much (when I already have a hard time asking). SO. I thought of some goals that, instead of increasing production, are just downright fun for all of us.
Stretch Goal #1: $2250 to have nice Album Art. Okay, this is not the funnest thing for all of us, but honestly, I realized that maybe my stick figure drawings on Paint won't cut it for the album. Hah, next goal.
Stretch Goal #2: $2550 for good food and fun at the Listening Party. I initially was planning on a low-budget potluck-byob-listening party-in-my-living-room deal, but wouldn't it be cool for yall to come and be treated to a classy meal to enhance your music experience? Good food = good fun.(Wouldn't be too late for yall to change your reward if you wanted to come to the party ;-)
Stretch Goal #3: $3000 for a Live CD Release Show for EVERYONE! Now this is the ultimate fun! Instead of listening to me sing over the stereo, how about we get a live show going on?! That EVERYONE can come to?! We can get some talented local musicians to come play along, maybe even fly Sam over from NYC too if he's not too busy, and we'll rock the night away.
Album Sneak Previews
Here's a sneak preview to the album. They're all rough mixes, but I still think they do a good job of capturing the feel of the album :-)
"Reluctant Love" Sneak Preview (rough mix)
"Home and Free" Sneak Preview (rough mix)
"Fill Me Up" Sneak Preview (rough mix)
Update: We are 70% Funded!
As a grand THANK YOU for all of your support so far, here is a FULL video of Sam and I practicing and working out the harmonies to "Home and Free", a lovely song that he and I co-wrote. This was our very first go 'round, so you'll get the opportunity to see the little mess-ups that come with any kind of musical process. Stay tuned for the studio version, the harmonies are really locked in, and there are beautiful instruments like the piano that offer rich layers. ENJOY!
If you haven't taken the time to watch the above video (which not only is very informative but also has some moments that make me giggle), I am working on an EP to debut five of my original songs!
Why do I want to share these songs?
At first, it was just a creative project to challenge myself in the songwriting process. The exercise was to address the question: How do I create art that cultivates the good qualities in us, that inspires us to become better people, and yet also helps us accept our shadows, our imperfections, and the things we're ashamed of?
As I went through the creative process and encountered life challenges, this project grew into a genuine, authentic desire to share my vulnerability with you and include you in my life journey.
So to get a little more serious about the whole thing, I put aside $1500 of my own funds, and I asked my friend Sam Hammerman, a phenomenal musician and all-around good person, to produce my album. This past August, I flew out to the Northeast for a week in order to record the songs at his home studio (aka his kitchen).
Working in his kitchen doesn't sound very "romantic" in a musician sense, but we were able to produce some really great sounds. And as we brought these songs to life, I began to think, "Wow, I really love these songs! They capture key moments of my life so well!"
The Last Steps for Completion
I love these songs very deeply and want to go through the proper steps to ensure that they are released (and made available to you!) in their best possible form. The last critical steps include:
- Mixing (making the songs sound good)
- Mastering (making the songs sound REALLY good)
- Digital Distribution (getting the songs to iTunes, Amazon, etc)
- Limited CD Replication (since CD's have better sound quality than MP3s)
- Copyrighting (and other legal processes)
- Feeding people along the way (like my talented, yet slightly starved NYC-based producer)
Please join me to raise $2100 in funds in order to help bring these songs to completion and make them widely available for everyone to enjoy. If we exceed our goal, all of the surplus will go toward marketing and recording of more music.
Risks and challenges
There are always risks and challenges to big projects, especially when multiple people are involved to complete it. The biggest challenge is to stay on the projected schedule, and I hope to release these songs in December 2016.
Often times, projects get off schedule because of poor planning and lack of funding. I have already negotiated prices and prebooked the mixing and mastering engineer in order to make sure the studio sessions are already reserved for us. I am also in regular communication with them so that we can be as efficient as possible when we are actually in the studio. The only thing left is to reach our funding goal.
These songs are not necessarily "MY" songs. They collectively come from all of the artists I have listened to and all of the people I have encountered in my life. So this project also serves as a big "THANK YOU" to all of you for being there.
Thank you so much for your support, and I am so grateful that we can go on this journey together.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (22 days)