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August 26, 2012

Raising Funds to Finish the Album – Thanks to Everyone

Our Kickstarter campaign failed as you already know, and as it’s all or nothing, we didn’t raise any money. But, we’re not giving up.

I’ve decided to write this note to shed some light on the situation.

When I recorded the song “Holy Motor Blues”, I thought it was just another song I was excited about, that nobody else would really enjoy (as has been almost every song over the past ten years or so). But, the initial feedback from you folks here and around the web gave me the inspiration to record more, and all of a sudden Jesse and I had a full project on our hands.

Here comes the “shedding some light” part: I’m not working nearly as much as I’d like to be, and as all devoted artists do at times in their lives, I’ve been wavering between “spend time on my craft” or “spend time doing odd-jobs” to make ends meet. The wavering usually ends up with the conclusion that art is more important than being able to go out for a beer, or take a trip somewhere. It’s a slippery slope to dwell on something like this. What is an artist supposed to do about their art when the world doesn’t seem to care much at all about it? There are two options: 1) Give up, and 2) Do whatever it takes to keep going.

Piecing together part-time jobs while trying to finish an album has been difficult. The full-time job hasn’t come yet, despite a tree’s worth of resume’s and transcripts, so I’ve decided that it would be wrong of me to pretend that my craft doesn’t matter. I’m going to record music until I simply can’t anymore.

I know, “cry me a river”, and trust me, that’s what it feels like. I’m a proud person, but I’m also a person who’s not afraid to ask for help.

More than anything, I want the opportunity to take my time with this record, and release something good into the world, to your ears, and hopefully to your heart.

From the bottom of my heart, to those of you who’ve donated, thank you. Sometimes it puts me to tears to think that there are people out there who care enough to help me see this vision realized.

With that said, I’m giving it one more shot. Here’s the link to the new fundraiser page:

http://www.redbowwhitebox.com/edit/helpusraisefundstoreleaseholymotorblues-84071121952/591

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