Greetings friends! If you're viewing this page right now, one would assume our musical interests overlap at least a little bit, so we're off to a good start!
I've been writing songs for almost 20 years now. Like most nerds my age, I grew up listening to Disney soundtracks, They Might Be Giants, and "Weird Al" Yankovic, and over the years, I eventually found comfort in the haunting whispers of folk music... Simon and Garfunkel, Nick Drake, Elliott Smith, Gillian Welch, Sufjan Stevens, Nickel Creek, The Civil Wars, Fleet Foxes... This is the music that pulls at my heartstrings. These are the artists that eventually led me to write folk songs.
About the record
This is the 4th EP I've recorded in a studio, but it's my first time as a "solo musician", and as a father. These songs have a different sound to them than the music I wrote as part of a band. They're focused, delicate, and a little bit closer to my influences. The thing is, now that I'm heading up a project by myself, I don't have other band members to help fund the CD-printing process. So that's where I'll need your help.
I've titled the new record A Tree Falls in the Forest, and here's what it sounds like:
The track listing for this project will be:
1. Homes in Hollow Trees
2. Moth to a Flame
3. Briar Rose
4. Lay My Body Down
5. The Stones I Have Thrown
6. Tear-Water Tea
The EP is currently being recorded and produced by my good friend and Philly local folk singer, Kyle Swartzwelder; and features Chelsea (Miller) Julian on harmonies. Here's a fun little cover song we released together last October:
Other special guest musicians on the EP will include: Nate Gonzalez (of Papertrees, Allison Polans, Kyle Swartzwelder) on accordion and piano, and Ryan Crump (of Juston Stens & The Get Real Gang, LOUDS, and Philly Drum Project founder) on percussion. I've admired their talents for a while now, and I'm excited that they're a part of this project.
The digital music revolution dilemma
I've been collecting tapes, CDs, MP3s, and vinyl LPs over the course of my lifetime, and I'm a firm believer that physical copies of music should not die out as technology continues to make it easier for us to listen to any song at any time. If you're a music collector like me, you still have a longing for tangible releases that go beyond a 2 dimensional screen: music that is packaged, music that moves, music that spins while you listen! That's what I'd love to do with these songs...
My first goal is set at $1,900. That covers studio time, payment for the musicians, and standard CD printing for the EP. I think we can meet that goal. But if you give generously, I'll be able to set my sights a bit higher than that...
Stretch goals (Did somebody say vinyl?)
In the past few years, I've become a bit of a vinyl collector. It's true, vinyl is the one tangible form of music that is now making a comeback. It's a dream of mine to be able to produce my songs in all of their folk-music glory as a record. The tricky thing is vinyl pressing is extremely costly, and a singer-songwriter like myself would never be able to afford that, right? Wrong.
If I exceed my original goal and make it up to my first Stretch Goal of $2,800 I'm going to make a 3-song 7" vinyl release. This will go out to all of my backers starting at the $50 level and up.
And if i can make it up to my second Stretch Goal of $3,500 I plan to get a 12" vinyl release containing all 6 of these songs instead. Again, that would go to all backers starting at the $50 level and up.
I've got some other cool reward packages to offer as well, like printed artwork, personalized portraits, Thank You credits in the CD liner notes, chord sheets, bumper stickers, advance downloads, Mix CDs, drawings of your pet, live serenades, Skype performances, and pizza parties to name a few (I'm known for making an excellent pizza!).
Any funds raised beyond $3500 will go directly into production and promotion, so anything you can give would be very much appreciated! Thank you for your support. I literally cannot do this without your help!