your help needed.

i wanted to remind everyone first of all of the existence of ‘sightings’, a new song i released back in July.  and also the purpose of its early release on bandcamp.com, which was to raise some funds to finish the recording of the new album.

the new album could easily be out later this year.  selfishly, for the preservation of my own remaining sanity, i can only hope that this can happen.  my goal is a late summer/early fall release, which is only possible if i can get into the studio more often than i have been able to these days.  technically it could be out even sooner than that, if circumstances were different. 

for those of you who have already contributed, thank you so very, very much.  your generosity helped fund a few sessions last year and it was profoundly appreciated.  and thank you all for your accompanying messages of support.  for those of you who apologized for only being able to spare a dollar, there is no apology needed, because every single dollar has helped.  for those who opted to pay an amount above one dollar, i could never tell you how much your generosity means to me.  all i can do for all of you is put everything i have into this album, which is what i have always and will always do, until the day i fall into a crevasse somewhere and am finally silenced.  at which point i can assure you that you won’t be forced to read these sorts of silly things from me any longer.

for those of you who could not, and cannot, afford even a dollar, i genuinely understand being so completely broke that even a dollar is too much.  know that i truly appreciate you all so very much just for listening, for being out there.

the unavoidable fact is that money, for all its flaws, helps me and other independent artists record and release our music.  these days, having shifted to part time hours at my job to focus on finishing the album, i finally have more time to work on the songs.  if i hadn’t done that the release date of this album would be sometime in 2016.  but now, of course, money has become more scarce than it already was.  it’s the only obstacle left.

with all of this said, i am aware of how tiny and quiet the islands are that independent artists occupy in the mega-ocean of the internet, and a kind friend of mine who actually uses facebook on a semi-regular basis keeps gently reminding me that postings get washed away so quickly and replaced with new things.  or simply forgotten about, understandably.  some of you have written to me to let me know that you have just stumbled across ‘sightings’, months after its release.  that you had no idea it was even out there.

so this is essentially a long-winded reminder that it’s there.  as well as a humble request.  things are a bit grim right now, and though i don’t mind being broke whatsoever in terms of anything else in my life, at this point it’s excruciating to know that the album could be finished in a couple of months, and released later this year, and ultimately out of my head and into all of yours, if i could only afford the time in the studio needed to get it done.  with my current income i can only book a few short sessions a month around the basics of staying alive.  i’m getting by, and working as hard as i can, and things are moving forward, but ultimately it’s all grinding along far too slowly at this point, and sometimes the release date feels like it’s running away from me.

so please, if you enjoy my music, and haven’t yet purchased it, whether it’s the new song or the first two albums, do consider perhaps buying something through bandcamp, where the money will come most quickly to me, and therefore will push the release date of the new album closer.  if you buy ‘sightings’ specifically i believe that there is an option of donating more than one dollar.  every little bit helps.

i understand that buying digital versions of music isn’t for everyone.  personally i still prefer owning vinyl or cd copies of albums, having something to hold and gaze at.  but it’s good to have digital backups, i think.  and at the very least, bandcamp offers cd quality files of the songs, so you’re not sacrificing audio quality like you are when buying mp3’s only.

i can promise you that every cent that comes to me will go to my upcoming dates in the studio, and that i will think very warmly of you as i make my way there each day.  as i have thought warmly of those of you who have already contributed.

that’s all for now.  back to work.  thanks for reading.

‘sightings’, ‘no ghostless place’, and ‘codes and secret longing’ can be found here, via bandcamp.

one last quick note.  to those who have recommended kickstarter:  thank you for the suggestion, but it simply isn’t a route i want to pursue if i can help it.  among other reasons, it’s much easier for me personally to feel that i’m giving something to you now, than accepting money towards the promise of something that doesn’t yet fully exist. 

with love,

eric.