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Letters to Lost Loves is a full length album and a collection of short stories.
Letters to Lost Loves is a full length album and a collection of short stories.
174 backers pledged $13,655 to help bring this project to life.

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 Here is a new song, called Always, that will be featured as both a short story in the Letters to Lost Loves short story collection, and the LP. I hope you like it.

You Didn't Wait for Me:

It was a little over three years ago that I made my first EP. It was called Until it Lands. I wrote those songs in a quiet space between the shelves in a library of a church near my house. Coming home from work at the coffeeshop down the street, I'd take my old Martin and head to the church. Jose let me in with his ring of keys that jangled at his hip - and later on I discovered that Jose did the same thing for a couple of homeless guys that walked the paths down Little Mexico to the lagoon and the beach and then back to the church when the sun went down. Jose did what church is supposed to, meet the need, he did it in secret and I will always remember him for it.

That library was dark and dusty, it smelled like the inside of the Hardy Boys books I read as a kid - the sort of place you go to sort through the archives of young trouble. I went there to be alone - to wonder aloud about what I was doing (in a broader, metaphysical sense) and what kind of person I was becoming, so when my mother called me with news of her cancer diagnosis, I found myself back there again and again, struggling through the grand misunderstanding of life the way she had taught me: between the pages of books. 

She fought the cancer for three years - enough time for me to record one more EP, which was named after the flyfishing film I soundtracked with two songs from the album. It had only been released for one month when she called me home. She passed away on the day after her 59th birthday. 

The library had been torn down, in the years between, so this time I went for a walk to deal with it all. On November 4th I walked out the front door of my house in San Diego and didn't stop until I reached the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, almost 600 miles North. As I walked, I wrote songs and I pictured them vividly - because, as I learned, when the mind slows and grows vacant it fills itself with stories and landscape. I wrote the songs down, and the stories. The stories filled an entire book, each one representing a song. 

This Kickstarter campaign is designed to fund the physical production of two things that were created before, during and after my 40 day walk up the Coast of California State. A full length album, and a collection of short stories to match them.

Risks and challenges

The heavy lifting of this project has already been more or less handled. The studio days are booked. The book is written. The team is ready to go. I have musicians on call, a producer and two engineers. A literary editor across the country has the manuscript of the book in his possession and is working on the first edits.

The primary concern is, what happens if this thing doesn't get funded? Do I call the studio and tell them sorry? Do I tell the engineers and the producer to find different work in May? Do I tell my editor friend to put down the book? Unfortunately, that's what will happen if this project isn't 100% funded during this kickstarter campaign.

One other risk is the timeline. I've never done a project of this scale before. I hope to have the rewards available by September of 2014, but it's so hard to know for sure.

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    The Blank Page: Thank you! Every dollar counts.

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    The First Draft: I will write a short story about the topic of your choice and send it to you. I'll write it about whatever you want, heck, I'll write it about your dad, I don't care.

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    The Screen Reader: A digital download of the Full Length Album and digital edition of the Short Story Collection before it's release date.

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    The Novella: A CD of the Full Length Album and a bound copy of the Short Story Collection mailed to you.

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    The Novel: A 12" Vinyl, digital download, bound copy of the Short Story Collection and a limited edition Letter to Lost Loves screen printed T-Shirt mailed to you.

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    The Character: The Novel Package + I will write you into the book as a character.

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    The Southern Californian: The Novel Package + I will come to wherever you are in Southern California and do a reading and a house show.

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    The World Traveler: The Novel Package + I will come to you, anywhere in the continental U.S. - for a reading and a house show.

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    The Next Generation: There's a girl who sings with me named Sarah. She is having a baby and wants to name him "Atticus." If you pay $5000 you can name him anything you like. Sarah only has one baby, so hop on this because supplies are limited (to 1) (baby).

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