Pam Mark Hall-Mangle the Tango
Hi! I'm Pam Mark Hall. It's been over two decades since I recorded my last album. Some of you know me from my early records - "Flying," "This is Not a Dream," "Never Fades Away," "Supply and Demand." Some of you know me from producing the beloved lullaby album "Good Night, Sleep Tight." And some of you know me from later work, the rockin' "Keeper" and folky "Paler Shade." Some of you may not know my music at all. I hope to change that.
Since recording my last album "Paler Shade," so much water has gone under the bridge. I've worked with the homeless and battered women and children; sold advertising and insurance. I've been up, down, all around, full circle; now I begin again to share my stories and lessons through music and art.
Like so many others, I lost everything in the recession and had to begin over again. There were days I felt like I was on a raft, adrift in the ocean with no sail or rudder. And then the responsibility and stress of caring for an aging parent with dementia arose. I felt stripped of everything. And it was exactly there, stripped of everything that I was able, with God's help, to embrace and be gentle with myself and believe I was of value. Not because of achievements or possessions, but simply because of who God made me, who I am - my heart, my intentions - my openness to others.
I learned how to "Chop Wood, and Carry Water" to be faithful in the little things. From this place emerged a new understanding of how common these challenges are to all of us boomers.
We are at a stage of life where knowing that we still matter is a common struggle. We've lived long enough to experience both successes and failures and are challenged with making sense of it all.
My mission is to record a new album of songs to affirm that you (we) do matter, have something important to contribute and it's still worth getting up to dance.
Perfection is deadly. It stops us in our tracks. It stops us from never beginning something we dream to accomplish. But we say "Oh, no, I'm too old to do that. It won't be good enough" These songs encourage us to get up and take a baby step and keep taking those baby steps, even if we stumble and "Mangle the Tango."
"Mangle the Tango" is the title of the new album.
Another theme is both the outlandish love and mystery of God. One can know and not-know all at the same time. Seeking and finding, avoiding and being found are a life-long dance. It's our job to keep chopping wood, and carrying water - being faithful doing the little things in the dark so we can shine in the light.
My lifelong friend, consummate musician, philosopher, producer, Roy Salmond is co-producing the album with me in his beautiful studio in Vancouver, British Columbia. We'll be using studio players up there to record the tracks, along with me playing some guitar and keyboards.Roy Salmond and Pam Mark Hall at Whitewater Studio 2015
My good friend Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary is playing guitar and singing with me on a song called "Joy Runs Deep." We performed it live in a concert a couple of years ago and it was so well received I really wanted to include it on this project.Noel Paul Stookey and Pam Mark Hall
at Stagecoach Ranch, Auburn, CA 2015
Then, if that's not enough, my friend and musical hero - Canadian icon Bruce Cockburn is playing guitar and singing with me on his gorgeous song "All the Diamonds." Bruce and I are recording March 7, 2017 in Berkeley, CA.Pam Mark Hall and Bruce Cockburn
San Francisco, 2016
One of the songs I've written is based on the story of the best-selling book "The Shack."
I could go on and on with details of "Mangle the Tango."
Like most other artists, I have no record label and I'm doing all of this myself. Which means I have to raise the money to make it happen. So now I turn to you to be my partners in bringing this vision to life. I view this as more than a fund-raising campaign, I view it also as a community builder. To that end, I've partnered with the Cyrus Music Foundation , a not-for profit that raises scholarship funds for children for music lessons.
A portion of all donations and sales of Mangle the Tango will go to Cyrus Music Foundation.
I need you, and I hope you need me too. We encourage one another. Please, let's do this dance together! Even if we "Mangle the Tango."
Since I'm funding it through Cyrus Music Foundation , your donation is tax deductible. You will receive a letter confirming the amount of your donation. Make sure you put your contact information in the comments box.
I'll be thanking you for your donations with various gifts that I think you'll enjoy. Scroll down to see gifts at various levels of giving.
The fundraising campaign deadline to reach my goal of $26,000 is Friday, June 30th.
April 24 is our recording start date We recorded and mixed through May 18th. Then the music will be mastered and manufactured. My goal is to have the finished CD by the end of June in time for my Mangle the Tango House Concert Tour July - Sept.
Mangle the Tango
Chop Wood Carry Water
Cobalt Blue (How Do You Know?)
All the Diamonds - duet with Bruce Cockburn
Help Me, Papa - (Inspired by "The Shack")
Kiss Me Wind (Missy's Song) (Inspired by "The Shack")
Be True to Yourself
Joy Runs Deep - duet with Noel Paul Stookey
CD Manufacturing 1000 units
Misc Costs and Fees
(including design, promo)
The main reason I chose to do this campaign with "GoFundMe" is because there is no floor or ceiling to how much the campaign can raise. Your donations are immediately given to the fund.
Every donation of $15 and up receives a digital download of music and lyrics of Mangle the Tango
Every donation of $25 and up receives the Mangle the Tango CD
Every donation of $50 and up receives various gifts from this list:
Mug: A red or teal mug branded with the Mangle the Tango cover art
Coasters: A set of 4 coasters branded with the Mangle the Tango cover art
Printed & Signed Lyric: You pick the song
Print of Mangle the Tango Artwork - painted by yours truly
Book: Coffee Table book of Pam Mark Hall Artwork, Lyrics and stories behind the songs
Handwritten Lyric: You pick the song
Original Pam Mark Hall Artwork: I'll provide several options for you to choose from
Custom Song Written by Pam Mark Hall:
A one-of-a-kind song written for your special occasion
House Concert: I'm doing a west coast house concert tour from July - September 2017. I'll play in your house, your barn, your backyard, your patio - anywhere comfortable for you and your friends.
"Mangle the Tango" cover art that I painted for this project.
“Mangle the Tango” is recorded and manufactured. At this juncture I have sent mp3s of all the songs and the digital CD booklet to everyone. I have also mailed all CDs to those who donated.
If for some reason you have not received your copy, please contact me and I will make sure you receive it.
This week I am sending out final gifts of mugs, prints, coffee and wine to those who contributed at those levels. I should have everything in the mail by September 10.
I would love to hear what you think about the songs. Also, if you feel so include to leave a review at Amazon or my web-site pammarkhall.com I’d be so appreciative.
At this point I am busy exploring ways to get the word out about “Mangle the Tango.”
You can help me do this by telling your friends about the album and sending them to my
Web-site to order a copy. Order copies at www.pammarkhall.com
I have no record label with a marketing machine behind me. It’s you and me and our efforts to get the word out.
I continue to be grateful for your partnership with me to make my dream come true to write and record these songs for folks at our stage of life as Baby Boomers. It is my desire to continue to inspire you and others to be hopeful and brave in stepping out and sharing your gifts with those around you.
What a wonderful journey this is with you.
I will continue to keep in touch with you.
No go and:
Mangle the Tango,
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart for helping me reach my funding goal and making it possible for me to record "Mangle the Tango." What a dream come true.
You'll receive your CD and gifts prior to the end of August. What's your dream? Step out there even if in reaching for your dreams you Mangle the Tango.
You are my heroes. Thank you, and now go
Mangle the Tango