John Carroll Sings and Plays, Plays and Sings
Welcome to the crowdfunding campaign for my upcoming album, John Carroll Sings and Plays, Plays and Sings. This will be my first release in almost 8 years and my first ever solo acoustic studio album.
This campaign is basically the equivalent of a funding drive, to raise money so I can produce my upcoming record.
How it works is I offer an array of incentives, all detailed below that you can purchase and enjoy. I will use all the money raised to fund the mixing, mastering, layout work, manufacturing of CD's and vinyl records, and promotion of the record.
The projected release in October 2021 for the CD's and Vinyls, and June 2021 for the digital downloads.
All CD's and Vinyls will be shipped within a week of release.
All contributors will be mentioned on my website, and any of the over 100$ Contributors will receive mention and immortality in the liner notes of the record.
From the launch of the campaign to the release I will be publishing in the blog below, and emailing, a written update every week as well as a video update every few weeks. These updates will be entertaining, and feature different songs from the album, with the stories behind them and as well some behind the scenes discussion of the production of the record.
I will be available throughout via email to answer any queries, and help schedule any of the perks that are purchase.
With the exception of purchasing only the Vinyl record, and owing to the high cost of shipping Vinyl, all prices except lone vinyl include shipping. If you live in the Ottawa area and purchase Vinyl, I can deliver it to you personally and save the cost of shipping.
My hope is that you can help me bring this project to fruition by participating in this crowdfunding campaign. I look forward to completing this project and presenting you with the best I have to offer.
Please consider helping spread the word about my campaign any way that you can think of to anyone whom you think might like to support a project like this. My deepest gratitude will be yours eternally!
A quick story, when I was 17 years old , I got my first income tax refund. It was around 600$ a bigger chunk of money than I had ever had at once, I immediately took the whole amount down to Songbird Music ( now Spaceman) and purchased a Fostex 4 track cassette recorder. A home studio. This was the beginning of a life long love affair with analog recording, and all of my studio records have been recorded on analog tape. The tape imparts a sort of magical warmth to the recording and in spite of the brilliance of modern digital technology and it's incredible convenience, that warmth has not been successfully recreated digitally. So a big part of this record is that it will all be tracked on a Tascam Syncaset 234 4 track recorder that I am now using, and will be professionally mixed and mastered. In this way I will be capturing some of that beautiful analog warmth and committing it to vinyl and cd.
The desire to do a stripped down album like this has been informed by a few considerations. First and foremost I feel as though my songwriting and ability to tell a story through a song is really getting somewhere interesting and I want to emphasize the lyrics, and the story they are telling. The beauty of a great lyric has been something that has infatuated me my whole life, and my main aspiration as an artist has been to bring a feeling to the listener that engages the imagination and resonates on the deeper levels of awareness. This is some of my best songwriting to date and I have spared no effort in building these songs, some of them taking weeks and months to get right. As well it seems so much of songwriting these days is focused on stylish production and musical athleticism, and somewhere in all that fanfare and gloss the stories and lyric craft have fallen by the wayside. I wanted to create lyrics that left room for the listener to get inside the song and have a somewhat cinematic experience almost exclusively through the lyrically expression.
THE FIRST VINYL OPTION IS WITHOUT SHIPPING IF YOU LIVE IN THE OTTAWA AREA SELECT THAT ONE AND I CAN HAND DELIVER IT TO YOU WHEN THEY ARE READY!!
- You email me three of life's most perplexing questions, and give me your mailing address -You receive a personal response to those questions in the form of a two page hand written letter, on fancy French paper in a fancy French envelope, sealed in wax -You also get a copy of the cd when it is released -All mailed right to your doorstep, yours forever -40 bucks, postage included!!
- You email a lyric you are working on
- If you choose you can tell me your specific concerns, otherwise I can give you overall feedback
- I will give you some gentle feedback and helpful suggestions on different possibilities and choices you can consider
- I can help you clarify your idea, and find effective ways to express it
- We can go back and forth a couple of times if you like
- Includes digital download of release when ready( expected June 2021)
-we have a Zoom or facetime call at bedtime -I read to you for 20 minutes, Japanese death poems, Russian novelist, baking recipes, it's your choice -After the reading I sing you a couple of lullabies -You enjoy a more tranquil rest than you have in years, have good dreams, wake up refreshed! -You receive a copy of the CD when it is ready, mailed to you, postage paid -80 bucks!!
-You have something you need to tell someone but you don't know how to tell them. The relationship isn't working. The relationship is working. Take this job and shove it. I'm pregnant. It isn't yours. It is yours. Anything. - I create a song that conveys the message, record it , it is now your song, you play it for them -You are off the hook - This perk includes a copy of the vinyl record album, mailed to your abode -300 bucks!
-I come to your house or yard and perform an intimate 2 hour listening show for you and your friends -You are welcome to charge admission and keep the proceeds -Within 100 km of downtown Ottawa ( further can be negotiated for additional expense) - You receive two copies of the vinyl record or the CD when they are ready - 500 bucks!!
-You arrange a date for yourself at your home -I prepare a 3 course meal and deliver it to you at dinner time, including a bottle of wine -I pour the wine, serve the meal , and stand table side and sing 3 songs of your choice for you and your date -You get two copies of CD or vinyl of the finished record when it is ready, one for each of you -I leave right after the songs. -This is an inclusive package- food, wine everything - You live within 30 KM of downtown Ottawa ( we don't want the food getting cold) -500 bucks!
If you are a gambling type with a vendetta this is the reward for you Since I have no idea what the parameters of the afterlife and haunting in general, and a sneaking suspicion they might not even exist, but no definitive proof either way, this reward cannot be guaranteed. All I can say is I will do my best to make it happen. So here's what it is- I will sign an agreement with you that at some point after my demise I will return to the material plane on at least five occasions and provide the best quality haunting of either one of your enemies or a loved one. If it is an enemy I will scare the living shit out of them and make them regret the day they crossed you. If it is a friend I will do my best to give them at the very least a comforting experience and at best a thrill they shan't soon forget. You will be responsible for drawing up the contract and any postal fees that may be incurred in the back and forth till we seal the deal. This reward is only available to one claimant as I can make no assurances about the possibility of multiple haunting possibilities, knowing nothing whatsoever about the laws of the spectral planes. This reward comes with 10 copies of the vinyl record or cd shipped anywhere in the world. Should someone actually claim this reward I will use the additional funds to hire a local videographer to make a budget documentary featuring me spending a night in an allegedly haunted house. As well as the haunting. 7,682 bucks