To say he was an 'inspiration' goes several cosmic levels beyond mere understatement. But to say he was also a dear friend and kindred spirit would be pretty accurate.
When he passed in 2015, it hit me hard, and yet I was tongue-tied. Loved ones reached out, but for some reason mere words seemed spectacularly trite and ridiculous. I was incapable of expressing anything of the squall inside me, until, by chance, my solo guitar project, The Lake Millions, was asked to perform live on the air at KZSU-FM a few days later, at midnight. And it all came out. Pure, uncut, straight from my heart through my fingers--the despair, the anger, the grief, the confusion, the acceptance, even his journey from this world to the next--a full-on threnody ('a song of lamentation for the dead'), captured for posterity by the fine folks at KZSU, thank God. When I heard it back I thought, 'This...THIS is how I feel about it. THIS is what I've been dying to say, and this is the only way I could've said it.' I also thought, perhaps not uncoincidentally, that it was far and away my best, purest and bitchin'est guitar playing to date. I knew this was special, and needed to exist as a thing. And not just any thing--a special thing, an idiosyncratic thing: a 7" vinyl single, with two of the key songs on either side (one an edit exclusive to the vinyl) with a free download of the entire piece included. (The vinyl-impaired can, of course, enjoy a 'mere' download.)
I'm most of the way there: the piece is already recorded, edited, mixed, titled ("Threnodius Daevidius"), mastered, and designed--it just needs to get pressed up, and for this I could use a little help. I don't normally do this sort of thing, but this record is an important one to me--if you could help me get this thing into the world, I would be beyond grateful.
No amount to small...
For a donation of $10 or more you will get the album, as a 7" single with download (or if preferred, just the download, and/or a specially packaged cdr). Free shipping on all of these, obs...
For $20 or more, the album as a 7" with download or a specially packaged cdr, with a personal inscription from the entire band.
For $50 or more, a personally inscibed record, and your choice from amongst 12 idiosyncratic, pre-worn, music t-shirts from the artist's private collection (first come, first served, wearability guaranteed, but as is).
MAGMA (black, L)
BEATLES (black, L)
GERMS (black XL)
BOREDOMS (black, L-ish)
ENO (black, M)
WIRE (the magazine, not the band, but that's still cool--black, M)
DICKS (red, M, definitely seen better days but it's wearable, and it's the m'f'in Dicks)
RABBIT SEASON (orange, XL--my old band, this shirt **rules**, but it's way to big for me. Kinda hate to part with it but frankly, it'd be a damned shame if it spent the rest of it's existence at the bottom of a drawer. Trust me, if it fits, you want this shirt.)
WHITE HILLS (black, L)
KHANATE (black, L)
BORIS (black, L)
THE STEPHEN POINTER BAND (white tank top for women, Small--yes, this is the outlier: these guys are a solid-ass Texas barband who rocked the joint last time I went out for a beer in the Lone Star State. If you're a woman and this fits you, you'll probably look good in it.)
For $100 or more, the (personally inscribed) album, your choice of the above shirts, AND one of the following:
1.) Three guitar, guitar-pedal, or drum lessons. (Don't worry--I'm a professional. :) )
4.) Free session work. Working on a record? Let me help class up the joint. Guitar, keyboards, drums, whatever will best serve your music. Some might say it's what I do best...
For $150 or more, all of the above, AND:
The Lake Millions will write/make you an album, just for you, as per your specifications/adjectives. No one else gets it but you, unless you want people to. (Film and theater directors take note: this means I will write and record a score/soundtrack for you, and it won't be finished until it's exactly what you want. Frankly, if you ask me, *this* is what I do best.)
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