SONGS FOR EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE - Songs about some of the world's most fascinating individuals!
Who are some of these extraordinary people?
Billie Jean King, who won thirty-nine Grand Slam titles in tennis, but more importantly won several grand slams for women's rights all around the globe! (Listen to the track - featuring guest vocals by Claudia Gonson)
Larry Walter, who used 45 helium balloons and a lawn chair to carry himself 16,000 feet above Los Angeles. (Listen to the track.)
Marie Curie, who discovered radium and polonium, and also drove an X-ray truck around the WWI battlefields!
Ibn Battuta, who, in the 1300s, traveled 75,000 miles on foot and camel, visiting just about the entire known Islamic world.
Jeanne de Clisson, a female pirate, also known as the "Lioness of Brittany," who sailed the English Channel hunting down French ships.
Jane Goodall, the worlds leading expert on chimpanzees . . . and pant-hoots.
Evel Knievel, perhaps America's best-known daredevil, who broke at least 433 bones throughout the course of his life. (Listen to the track!)
Harry Houdini, the death-defying escape artist and master mystify.
William Kamkwamba, who at the age of fourteen, built a windmill to power his village in Malawi using tractor fan blades and bicycle parts.
Stagecoach Mary, the first African American woman to be employed as a mail carrier in the United States. She ruled!
Sam Patch, (a.k.a. "The Yankee Leaper") who jumped Niagara Falls for $75.
Roy Sullivan, who was struck by lighting seven times!
In case you didn't know, there's also a companion book for this project!
Why is this project on Kickstarter?
In short, this is a way to pre-order the album. As we all know, more and more people are heading back to vinyl. Turns out many of those people also have kids who enjoy records. Hopefully you are one of them! How awesome would it be to have Songs For Extraordinary People pressed to vinyl--a beautiful, physical item chock full of images and fascinating notes to look at while you listen?
The music is already more or less finished; and it would be easy enough to upload the MP3s to the over-saturated world of digitalia . . . but what's the fun in that? Let's press this thing!!
The band and the guest musicians.
There are some amazing guests on this project, including Olivier Conan, Tanya Donelly, Claudia Gonson, Allyssa Lamb, and Taylor Mac on vocals. Plus Dean Fisher (djembe), Stephen Gerard (banjo), Ben Holmes (trumpet), Johnny Hott (percussion), Kristin Mueller (drums), Mary Roach (pant-hoots), Michael Sachs (saxophone), Sam Sadigursky (clarinet), and Jonti Siman (bass).
And let's not forget one of the most important pieces of this puzzle--the incredible illustrator and designer, Aaron Scamihorn!
Risks and challenges
For the most part, I've already recorded the album. However, financial support is needed to press the album to vinyl, and cover costs for graphic design. Essentially, this is a way to pre-order the album, and also give the project an initial marketing push. Funding from friends, family and contributors is hugely appreciated, and is certainly essential to the project's success.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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