On Friday, I launched a fundraising campaign for the month of August with a goal of raising two thousand dollars to go towards the production and promotion of my new album. The challenge I have set forth in this particular campaign is that I will record a dance song and film a low-budget music video in which I will dance.
I'm honestly a bit conflicted about this. If I make my goal, then plans for the album fully take form, but then, this also means that I will have to dance. If I don't make the goal, I'll be happy with whatever amount I do raise and heave a HUGE sigh of relief that I won't have to dance. Woe is me.
In any case, I wanted to share a little more about this album project. The most definite plan I have is to record it all live and do so through an analog process. Basically, I want to do things the way they did it long before protools and modern technology. Hopefully the end result will be vibrant, warm, and very fun.
Here is the youtube video detailing this month's campaign:
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To purchase songs and name your price as a contribution please visit gordonroque.bandcamp.com
To make a direct donation, click here.
More news to come soon.
I hope you'll forgive my inactivity here on WPR over the past week. I've been feeling strangely lethargic lately--opting to rest and sleep instead of getting work done on various creative endeavors. (It really is hard to do anything when you feel exhausted.) I'm starting to get my energy back, but I might see a doctor about this if it goes on any further.
Nonetheless, I did get some mileage on a few things . . .
1. Filmed a wee little video project that may see the light of day on youtube in a matter of days. It's still in post-production, and I've yet to see the finished product. So, we'll see.
2. Got the groundwork mapped out for a new photo art project that will be shot in the next couple of weeks. This is a very conceptual collaboration with a local photographer. SUPER-duper excited about this!!!
Is it true? Could it really be happening? Is the sudden appearance of the sun a sign that summer may in fact be a possibility this year. I am not normally one to give a fuck if I am honest, but this week the sunny days have really lifted my spirits. I have taken this sign that it is time to rotate The Smiths and Nai Harvest out of my CD player and make way for something a little bit more seasonal. For me what defines a “Summer Album” is its ability to radiate warmth and a sense of adventure when playing.
So without further ado here are my top ten quintessential summer albums:
10) Chuck Ragan – Covering Ground
The Hot Water Music man has made a name for himself on the folk punk scene over the past decade and this album just hits all the right notes. With guest vocals provided by Brian Fallon, “Meet You In The Middle” has been a summer anthem for me and my friends for a few years.
9) Amy Winehouse – Frank