There is an old Jewish proverb that reads:
“Blind is the man who trusts in his own strength, he will be like a bush in the wasteland and he will not see (recognize) prosperity when it comes.”
There have been many generous contributors and helping hands along this album journey of ours, however I must confess, to carrying too much of the weight upon my own shoulders, especially in terms of managing all of the creative people involved (and their chaotic schedules) and making sure that the funds at our disposal (at any given time) covered all of the project expenses.
I had tried desperately to complete the album for Christmas and when that was deemed improbable, then at least for the beginning of the new year. When I was offered time with one of my favorite studio engineers a few days before Christmas, I anticipated a quick and joyful resolve and fully expected to have the album out within a week.
However, during the second day in the studio with Hank Linderman (Engineer for Eagles, Beach Boys, Keb Mo, Mick Jagger), he paused a moment to say that the project was much bigger than he had realized and too good to rush (not quite what I wanted to hear) and suggested we take a week to enjoy the festive season (no, no, no) and perhaps another week to allow some space for my own musical objectivity. I was not a happy camper that day, but I had run out of options… and I had no strength to go any further on my own.
It was a few days later, on Christmas morning that I read the proverb and considered for a moment that a prosperity of a different kind was being offered to me by Hank. One that in my own stubborn blindness I was at first unable to see… but during the (enforced) rest period… my eyes gradually opened and… now I am able to wholeheartedly accept and appreciate this wisdom source as a beautiful gift. We have since entered a process (too slow for me at times) of mixing and listening together, and allowing the feedback of other noted producers to help us shape the sound.
And…we are edging closer and closer to the finishing line as you can hear in this teaser mix above.
I have also decided, upon the wisdom of Hank to have the album mastered at yet another high end studio that specializes in the sound we are after. This may add another week or so, just to get a booking, but again, I sense this as part of the prosperity that the blind man could not see (or hear).
As for the funding, we are keeping the campaign open until the album is released. We have been able to pay all of the invoices thus far and remain hopeful of reaching our funding goal so that we can complete this last stage of the project debt free.
This crowd funding and community project has been extremely life enriching for me and I am most thankful for your patience and generous support,