“Your doubt can become a good quality if you train it. It must become knowing, it must become criticism. Ask it, whenever it wants to spoil something for you, why something is ugly, demand proofs from it, test it, and you will find it perhaps bewildered and embarrased, perhaps also protesting. But don’t give in, insist on arguments, and act in this way, attentive and persistent, every single time, and the day will come when, instead of being a destroyer, it will become one of your best workers–perhaps the most intelligent of all the ones that are building your life.”
Rainer Maria Rilke
Happy May Day, my friends. I hope that you take a quick moment to notice a flower or a bit of greenery around you. Almost every early civilization marked the occasion of the return of the sun and the planting season, and I guess we’re no exception here in contemporary Maine. I’ve been moving compost and planting all the seedlings that have been carefully cultivated in the last few months. With any luck there will be beautiful flowers and vegetables all summer long. Growing a garden is predictable, consistent, quantifiable, even as you can’t control everything. Growing a record, however, is an entirely different matter. This one is handing it to me. I am pleased to report that I am all finished up with my part and we just got back from the third and final trip to Ireland specifically to work on this thing.
With the help of 121 backers in 2017, we seeded the beginning of the project in hopes of starting off in a clear direction. We started and the compass kept spinning until the collection of songs finally lead us in the direction it wanted to go. And it is beautiful. Different. Melancholy. And it asks so many questions. It’s personal and scary and holds a great amount of my own heart right in the middle of it. I hope you will like it.
There are a couple of more weeks of tracking that friends in Ireland are doing, mixing, mastering, and reproduction of the discs, so we’re re-opening the funding campaign with a bunch of additional options – hand roasted coffee, a piece of Maine pottery, an exclusive bonus song. Click here or the image below to watch me embarrass myself on camera! And please consider ordering your copy of the record or one of the other perks offered.