Hey Pretty Mama, Pretty Mama, how you be? // Hey pretty mama, are you watching over me? // Well I hope you turned away last night cause I wasn’t who you raised me to be // Oh Pretty Mama, I just want to make you proud of me
“Play Beautifully!" my mom would say to my sisters and me as she dropped us off for music lessons as children. She sang and played piano, recorder, flute, and bassoon. My journey as a musician began with my mom, and thanks in large part to her, I’ve been a musician my whole life. But I only began writing my own music in 2011, a couple years after my mom had been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease and I returned home to spend time with her.
As my mom's disease progressed and other language became difficult, music remained a way we could connect. I spent a lot of time playing guitar and singing with her--she liked to sing Simon & Garfunkel and Carole King and Ray Charles songs with me, leaning in and staring into my eyes as I sang and played. This was our top activity.
I’ve written innumerable songs in the past seven years, and helping my mom in her progression with Alzheimer’s and facing the transience of life and loved ones have been preoccupations of mine through this time. Many of the songs on my album explore the emotional landscapes of loss and grief, as well as the hard and important process of healing and transformation.
My mom passed away in 2016, the same week I began my masters program in Media Scoring at Brooklyn College.
I didn’t intend on making an album of this nature prior to grad school. But as I studied and gained confidence as a musician, it became clear this album was ready to be made! In September of 2017, I partnered with fellow graduate student and music producer Teo Blake, and from demos and demos of songs, we chose the nine original songs for the project and began recording. As a graduate student the last 2.5 years I have contributed music and sound on many different projects, but not a week has passed without working on this album.
Now that the project is in its final stages, I want to invite you to connect with this project and support me in the completion of this album. The songs are written and over thirty instrumentalists and singers have been recorded. The big task ahead is to finish mixing the album. Then the album will need to be mastered, which incidentally is the most expensive step in post-production of an album. Finally, we are putting together a record release show in Brooklyn featuring an array of instrumentalists who contributed to the album as well as a summer concert series to take this new work on the road! Your financial contribution and your enthusiasm will help me to accomplish this major undertaking.
There’s a lot of work ahead, and I'm energized and ready to do it. Creating this body of work has been an act of love and healing for me. If I have any intention in sharing this music, it's that it can in turn help others process and heal. Thank you for being a part of this project that means so much to me! I can’t wait to finish and share with you my debut full length album that will be Play Beautifully.
Risks and challenges
So much has been completed already, but we still have work to do: final recording, mixing, and mastering, then making it available on streaming platforms and pressing it to vinyl so that we can share it with the world!
Your money will contribute to these final stages of completion and I appreciate your support!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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