Wow, what a week! Today is officially the 11th day and we are nearly 30% funded! I gotta say, It's been amazing to have an excuse to re-connect with old friends, meet new people, and receive messages and contributions from perfect strangers. I am officially converted, and now think that everyone should have the experience of doing a kickstarter. It's a total trip!
Between playing shows, taking photos, jamming out with some new friends, baby sitting and working my day job, I probably worked more hours last week than I have, maybe ever? Am super excited to have most of this week off to recover, resume my ukulele practice, and catch up on some "adult bureaucracy system" stuff. Am also hopeful that I will be able to find a cheep bike - SXSW is coming and the roads are already clogged.
Had my last recording session with Bruce, my engineer, yesterday to finish up a few songs for my New Folk submission before taking a break in March. South by South West is coming and the city is gonna be crazy!!! Bruce is head of the recording crew for the fest and will be super busy. My plan is to figure out how to slip into the cracks and share my music with as many people as possible. Will resume tracking with the band in April.
In the mean time, will leave you with some pics from our first full-band recording session on 2/8. February's almost over - Looking forward to March (another busy month!)
....and of course, keep spreading the word :)
Before I launch in, I just want to take some time and gush a little bit about the city have found myself smittin with for the past 4 months:
Went for a walk along Lady Bird lake tonight after spending hours and hours on Facebook. It was dusk and everyone was out running or cycling or walking their dog. I love that I live in a city where the park signs have guitars and so do the statues. I love the bridges and the train that runs over it that I can stand under after night has fallen and let the sounds and vibrations engulf me. I love that I can walk alone at night and feel safe (or as safe as a woman can feel alone at night...) and I love that this city has connected me with the appropriate people for this album to happen. I know, for many reasons, that this project can only be born here, in Austin. Rock and Roll.
OK, so if you have been on facebook and looked at my posts at all in the past few days, you probably noticed that I have finally launched the kickstarter for my new album! I knew this would be a lot of work, but really, I kind of had no idea. Not only is it a lot of work, but it is also extremely emotional and pushes on some buried insecurities. You are basically making yourself completely raw, exposed and vulnerable to the world and saying "Tell me I'm good!!" That said, it has also been a totally awesome experience, and great to have an excuse to reach out and reconnect with old friends. Mainly, I have been totally floored and extremely touched at the outpouring of love and support from friends, family, old acquaintances and perfect strangers! If I could summarize it in two words they would have to be: Spiritual Practice.
It was really special for me to talk with my dear friend and fellow Woman Songwriter Collective Christa Joy on day 2 of my campaign. She had recently run a kickstarter and was successful in surpassing her goal for her new album (which by the way is going to kick some serious ass and I totally encourage you all to go see her live. Seriously, this girl rocks). Was good to know that everything that I was feeling and noticing within myself was within the sphere of normal. :)
So I will leave you now, again, with none other than (you guessed it) the link to my kickstarter campaign! Please donate and share widely :)
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What an eventful week! Here's the recap:
in the studio
Was in the studio for my first big session on Saturday morning. We tracked 4 of the more straight Jazz songs on the album with Kris Wade (Bass) Brannen Temple (Drums) and Wilson Marks (Electric Guitar). This was my first real session of the sort - recording multiple instruments at the same time. I was a little nervous about working this way, as I feared having less control over each individual track. I gotta say, however, that I am now a total convert. I'm sure part of the reason for this was the amazing talent in the room. The energy and chemistry was awesome. It was so cool to have an idea in my head of how I wanted things to sound and have it be replicated in real life, except with the nuances that each musician brought to the songs. I likened the experience to seeing the first sonogram of an unborn child (the metaphor I am going with for this whole project) It gave some shape to this idea I have brewing.
We also added some cool atmospheric sounds to the 4 poems of my fathers I am including between the tracks. Now THAT was really cool. Thanks so much Tim Mason for the suggestion of approaching them in this way!
My favorite song to track so far was "Paper Airplane" This took the most takes, but was well worth it. I feel like it really got the free, "clunky" energy I was going for.
Am putting the finishing touches on my kickstarter page and preparing to launch on Valentines Day! (A holiday I normally hate - trying to take it back) If you've been following me and believe in the music, please please please consider donating - either monetarily, with services, or simply by passing the opportunity on to folks you know that might be interested in the project. The more circles I can reach the better likelihood I have of reaching my $6,000 goal! I've put a lot of thought into the rewards and tried my best to make them fun and exciting.
Western MAss mini-tour
At the end of March, I will be returning home to Western, MA and embarking on a local mini-tour to promote my kickstarter. Already got 6 shows booked. Keep your eyes peeled for more updates!
Can't believe it's finally here, but this week is studio week! Had our pre-production practice today and I gotta say, shit sounds TIGHT!!! This is the first time I've had drums and bass to most of these songs, and it just brings everything to life. I really can't express to you guys how excited I am for this, and how blessed I feel to have the opportunity to record and create with the contribution of so many talented folks.
Have also been planning a mini-tour back home to promote my kickstarter. Already got 5 dates booked, and working on a sixth in Boston. It's amazing how much easier it is to book where I am already established (and also, obviously makes total sense) As I move towards my goal of being a touring musician, it's nice to know that I have a solid fan base in at least one part of the country as I work towards establishing another.
The Kickstarter will launch in less than two weeks and as of now everything is pretty set up. Been working on getting the rewards just right. It's scary and exhilarating - this whole "all or nothing" way of fundraising. It's pushing me to be more confident and think "OF COURSE I can raise $6,000! Is there really any doubt?" Not a bad mentality, and certainly in line with my new years resolutio