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Original songs about transformation, love, & the soul of wild lands with pure vocals & a full folk ensemble. Please help me share them!
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STRETCH GOAL #3: $9,000!

I can't believe we made my second stretch goal! So exciting! Now... so thrilled to get to strive for my third stretch goal of $9,000, which will allow me to include the lyrics in the printed album!! There's only a few hours left, but I think it's possible. I'd love your help to achieve this new goal!!!

Thanks, everyone! XOXO Wren

A woman sits in an oak grove in Spain...

Her lap covered with bits of fabric: her mother’s apron, her brother’s pants. Memories. She stitches, and as her needle bobs, a quilt takes shape with all the living beings of the world, all the streams and meadows, living harmoniously: a vibrant future she knows is possible.

This is the story behind the title track, “Hand-Sewn Ocean,” of the album that I need your help to record.

My last album, Bone Nest, recorded in 2012, was about death and destruction, and the new life that can only be built from the bones of the last. I wrote that album after a challenging period in which I discovered I had a chronic illness, and struggled to find new meaning for my life.

Years have passed, and I find myself in a new place. I have traveled back and forth between Galicia, Spain, and the Pacific Northwest, learning always more about the lands and seas that shape us, move us, and inspire us. The places that birth music.

From death, rebirth. And from rebirth, flourishing. This next album - with a special focus on Galicia - is full of exciting stories of hope, love, healing, and transformation that I can’t wait to share with you. 

Please join this adventure and pledge your support! My first album was funded 100 % out of pocket - and now, it's actually starting to turn a profit! But I need your help for this album because it is so much bigger than the last (5x to be precise): I am bringing in a full folk ensemble to stretch and expand my songs to new epic heights, recording and mastering the music to industry standards, and will be building a publicity team to help my music reach more ears. I'm pledging $2,000 of my own money towards the project, but need your help to cover the rest (paying musicians, artists, engineers, and publicists). Your donations will make this album possible!

I need your help not only to raise funds, but also to spread the word. Please donate if you can and share this Kickstarter on social media and with friends.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!

Wren

(Haven't heard my music before? Here are two tracks from my first album, Bone Nest, released in July 2013)

"Seal Barnacle," Bone Nest

 "Giant Shoes," Bone Nest

Some people know me as Laura Brady, but I started going by Wren back in 2010. It was a magical year - I had just finished my degree in International Studies, and for the first time since childhood was 'free' of planned next-steps. I leapt forward into life with a newfound zest, rekindling my connection with music, taking a permaculture design course, road-tripping to Colorado to study primitive skills, and for the first time, performing my new songs publicly. 

At the end of that long, playful summer, I returned home to an email informing me that I had received a job in Galicia, Spain. I had two days to decide if I wanted it and, in a leap of faith, I said yes.

In retrospect, it was a fork in my path, changing all that was to come. Like when I was 12 and dislocated my jaw and had to leave behind my beloved instruments (clarinet and oboe) - only to have this injury lead me to my next calling, songwriting on the guitar, seven years later. Or when I found out I had an auto-immune illness when I was 17, and my world fell apart, only to have the healing process become the gift that helped me rebuild a more genuine, nourishing, heart-centered life. In the same way, moving to Galicia broke my own heart - for the things I left behind in Seattle - but when I was ready to love again, it showed me a love more powerful and profound than I had ever experienced. A love of the land, and wild creatures, and the things that we grow slowly, bit by bit.

During my year in Galicia, my songwriting took off, and I developed a body of songs that became my first album, Bone Nest. For the last three years, I've been performing consistently around the PNW and Galicia (where I return annually), growing a base of lovely, devoted people who support my music. In the last year, my momentum has accelerated to the point where I am spending the majority of my time on music and wilderness pursuits. 

Stitch these things together? And you get my second album, Stitch an Ocean.

This is an album strongly rooted in the natural world - specifically, the ocean - and with a special connection to Galicia, Spain. The songs, which are already written, range from tales of love and transformation to healing and connection to the wild.

In Galicia, I started stitching together a new vision for my life, and a dream for what our world could be like. I came to understand that art and creativity were my strongest tools for connecting with the at-times overwhelming challenges of our modern world. This collection of songs represents my process of stepping into the identity of artist as culture-shaper, changer, and dreamer. (The title song is a story about this).

"Hand-Sewn Ocean" (demo)

The album is deeply linked to Galicia, with songs evoking its seas and forests, many of which I wrote while living there, or on two return mini-tours. Galicia is a land of many folk stories about elves and magical woodland creatures, so my hope is for the album to evoke that whimsical mythology. 

This is an album made from and for the sea, from the NW of Spain to the Pacific Northwest. (Credit: Echo Photo)
This is an album made from and for the sea, from the NW of Spain to the Pacific Northwest. (Credit: Echo Photo)

I’m also including my take on two traditional Galician folk songs, and am intending to release the album in a bilingual format, so the album design will be partially translated into Gallego, the local language. 

This will be a full folk album! It will feature my Seattle band, Ariana Taylor-Stanley on piano, Anna Boyd on fiddle, as well as several guest musicians: Phil Hirschi on cello, Devin Mooers on mandolin and flute, and stay tuned for the announcement of the drummer and bassist!

With my Seattle band, Ariana Taylor Stanley (L) and Anna Boyd (R)
With my Seattle band, Ariana Taylor Stanley (L) and Anna Boyd (R)

Wow, producing an album is expensive! Here's the minimum I need:

Recording and Mixing: $3,000
Mastering: $500
Duplication: $1,500
Musicians & Artists: $1,000
KICKSTARTER GOAL: $6,000

Other costs:
Publicity (one month): $1,000
Rewards and Kickstarter fees: $1,000
MY PERSONAL CONTRIBUTION: $2,000

I'm asking for your help to raise $6,000. I will be donating the remaining money from my savings and from the profit from my first album, Bone Nest. This is the minimum I need to do the project. However, it would help tremendously to meet my Stretch Goals:

$7,000 - and I can double my publicity efforts for the album

$8,000 - and I can produce a music video for one of the songs!

$9,000 - and I can include all the song lyrics in the printed album

The Album Art
I am collaborating with Whidbey Island artist Lucy Brennan on the album design. Lucy is an illustrator and fabric artist, so she's the perfect consultant for this project given the 'Stitch an Ocean' theme. Though the art for the postcards, t-shirts, and bags won't be unveiled until the Kickstarter is over, check out some of Lucy's art here to get inspired. 

The Galicia Photos:
Five of my photos of Galicia appear in the set of stationary ($50-level and above), and/or choose two to be matted as part of the **Galicia Package** ($150-level and above).

The Merchandise

These are the T-Shirts from my last album (the new design won't be revealed until the album is finished). Expect a similar array of recycled textiles with fantastic colors and a hand-screen-printed design.

The bag option is an organic canvas shopping bag/tote with the screen-printed design. Here is a sample from my last album. The new design will be bigger, with longer handles and an exciting new design!

Risks and challenges

Making an album is an incredibly complicated process, and involves juggling dozens of people, schedules, and time-lines. Though I have done my best to predict the project schedule and completion date, changes in studio and musician availability, delays in producing artwork, or health problems could all result in some delay to the project. I'm guessing that the project will be completed by September, but I have set the anticipated reward delivery for November, to hopefully provide a good buffer for any production surprises.

Potential delays aside, I feel prepared to delve into this project, and hope to deliver it on time! I'm glad to have one album under my belt - I have some idea of the challenges that might arise! - and am sure that no matter what gets thrown my way, I will persevere, and deliver a product that I'm proud of. Creating this album is a huge dream for me, and I want nothing more than to bring it to life!

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    SET OF GALICIA PHOTO GREETING CARDS (5-cards, scroll for preview) + physical album + postcard w/ album art + digital download (to keep or share!)

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    TWO TICKETS TO THE RELEASE SHOW in Seattle (an evening of art, music, and dancing) OR AN ADDITIONAL SIGNED ALBUM + t-shirt or canvas shopping bag + set of Galicia photo greeting cards + signed album + postcard w/ album art + digital download (to keep or share!)

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    "The Galicia Package:" TWO MATTED 8"10" PRINTS OF GALICIA (photos by Wren, scroll for preview) + two tickets to the release show (an evening of art, music, and dancing) or an additional signed album + t-shirt or canvas shopping bag + set of Galicia photo greeting cards + signed album + postcard w/ album art + digital download (to keep or share!)

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    LISTING IN ALBUM CREDITS + TWO INVITES TO THE LISTENING PARTY of the album before the official release where some of Wren’s homemade fruit wines and preserves will be served, along with other local delights + "The Galicia Package"

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    WREN SOLO CONCERT (I will play you a 45-min solo concert at your home or special event, to be arranged at both parties’ convenience (within one-hour of Seattle, or message me to discuss if you are farther away and would be able to cover my travel expenses) + the $250 package

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    POEM or COVER SONG (I will write you a poem on a subject of your choice OR record a mutually-agreed-upon cover song of your choice) + the $550 package

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    LOCAL FEAST or SONG DEDICATION (Enjoy a local organic feast delivered to your home (max 6 people), with Wren and her band in attendance (Seattle only) OR a song on the album will be dedicated to you + the $550 package

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    CONCERT (anywhere in the US)! Message me before you pledge to work out the details (transportation/lodging may be included, depending on your location) + the $250 package

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