It has been a crazy but amazing month.
At the end of January I embarked on a journey to help fund my first studio EP called “the Crooked Road” on the crowd-funding platform Indiegogo. I’m happy to announce that as of March 1st, the funding of the album is 100%! It was a journey filled with pure elation and total panic at the same time. I’d like to share a few lessons I learned in the midst of this campaign.
1. I learned what it means to believed in and what it means to believe in myself– music has been a part of my fabric for as long as I can remember. There have been voices along the way who have discouraged me (and I’m sure many others) from reaching my full potential. But in recent years I’ve experienced the opposite, and many have encouraged me to take steps toward creating art and beauty and that I do indeed have something to contribute to this crazy world.
2. It’s ok to ask for help– I had to raise $5000 in 30 days. HOW!? This idea obviously has implications beyond a crowd-funding campaign. So much of our culture says it’s not ok to ask for help, afterall, the American dream was built on self reliance right? Wrong, we need each other, and the ability to ask for help is a beautiful thing, especially in the context of community. My community played a huge role in helping me reach my goal and I hope to be able to give back to them in the way they gave to me.
3. People are awesome- Some people give you hope for humanity. I was surprised at how many people got behind this project and wanted to see it succeed–this doesn’t give me hope because they gave me money; it gives me hope because sometimes, people can hope enough to change things for the better. People gave me hope during this project and if we could all find a way to do that a little everyday, maybe we can bring a little heaven right here on earth.
4. I have a responsibility– Now that people have given to this project in good faith, I am now burdened with making the best music possible and that is a good thing! The songs on the album were birthed out of my journey to Colorado and Back to California in 2011-2012 and coming to grips with many of my character flaws. I hope that the honesty of the songs will nudge people to a place of honesty in themselves.
It may not seem like much, but these lessons are what I will cherish most about this experience. Many thanks to all who helped in the midst of the campaign and who contributed to the project as well. My biggest thanks go out to my friends Brandon and Jeff who helped make my video and my friend Joshua who produced the artwork for the album. All three of these guys were a source of constant encouragement during the campaign.
I have high hopes that me and my compadres Brandon and Brent will make a great first album! This is just the beginning folks!