Sunday, January 20, 2013
Just wanted my SparkFriends to know that, at age 60, I finally got talked into going into the studio to record my first professional CD. Here's how it happened:
I attended, for the second consecutive year, GAFilk (The Georgia Filk Music Convention), and got some time in on my guitar and vocals. (Filk is the music of Fantasy and Science Fiction, often folk-based as is mine.) The appreciation of my music, as it usually is at these kinds of conventions, was very high.
I got home and mentioned on Facebook what a great time I had. I was blind-sided by a message from Trevis Harricharan, who is the sound guy / recording tech / producer of the works of Tuatha Dea, a local Celtic band with heavy African drums, most of the members of which are friends of mine. Trevis ran the sound at Splendor Hollow Music Festival, where I performed back in July, so he had heard my stuff. Trevis suggested he could make me a deal on recording and knew what it would cost to take it to press with a CD.
I went back on Facebook, and asked my friends and fellow filkers if they would contribute to a kickstarter-type campaign if I wanted to go into studio. I was humbled and blessed by the response, so I started the campaign - http://indiegogo.com/mossbliss . Today is the 4th day of collecting on this campaign... I haven't checked my balance today but yesterday I had more than half of what I asked for. (I asked for $650, which would get me all the studio time and licenses and 100 CDs -- if I get $800 or more I can produce 300 or more CDs).
So Saturday I go into the studio and see what I can get recorded, the first of several sessions (probably 3-4). I have one of my favorite musicians agreeing to do some vocal and maybe even instrumental tracks, as well as let me record one or more of her songs. I have many original songs and even more songs where I "borrowed" someone else's tune (often to good effect), as well as many other songs I love playing which would not cost much to include (licensing fees). I should wind up with twice as much as I need for a full CD.
If any of my SparkFriends would like to donate to this, the link is http://indiegogo.com/mossbliss . Donations of $10 or more get you a CD.