passed away on Oct 9, 2014. Jason, a passionate musician, tragically lost his battle with mental illness. His talent and music,
like so many creative souls, was fueled by his intense ability to feel. That intensity burned
hot and led him onto pathways of sorrow that we will never
understand. Even so, with a bards smile and quick wit, he drew friends, family and strangers into his creative and loving world. Jason left us with a multitude of amazing pieces of music to remember him by and in his own words, "I didn't mean to piss off all the angels, I only want to ride on their wings".
There are about 40,000 people that take their own life, in the U.S., yearly. It's a sobering statistic and, sadly, one I was blind to until the loss of my brother. My hope is that, through Jason's music and story, others can know that they are not alone and can find help and peace within their own journey. Thank You!!!!!!!
This GoFundMe page is being established for two reasons. First:
Jason left many studio demo's and songs unfinished. He always wanted to have a full band album recorded and we are in the process of bringing that dream to fruition. To create what he envisioned is a painstaking process, with many talented musicians and costly studio hours. Unfortunately the one person you want there, isn't. It's like taking a trip without a map, with some frustration and amazingly beautiful unexpected moments along the way.
We have already invested over $40,000.00 to this point. We are hoping be able to continue our mission in making Jason's dreams, and music, come to life. Unfortunately our resources are depleted. Any funds in excess of those needed to complete the project will be donated to a charity that combats the stigma of mental illness. Thank you greatly for any donation you can give! Second
: The importance of raising awareness and reducing the stigma of mental illness. By letting others hear Jason's story and experiencing Jason's music, we're hoping to help move the message from "I'm ashamed of it" to "I need help". Most of us have been touched by mental illness at some point in our lives. It's time to remove the shame of it. Maybe together we can make a difference! Please read below to find out the gifts that you can receive as a thank you for your donation.
Sincerely, David Melek
"Took A Wrong Turn" Written by Jason Melek Thank you to the amazing musicians who put their heart, soul and talent into Took A Wrong Turn!!!!!
Jason Melek- Guitars and Vocals
Chris Bates- Bass Guitar
Jason Gerling- Drums
Brian Ziemniak- Piano and Organ
Kenni Holmen- Saxophone
Deb Brown- Backing Vocals
Jana Anderson- Backing Vocals
Rachel Holder Hennig- Backing Vocals
Rob Oesterlin- Engineer
Recorded at The Terrarium Mpls. Minnesota
This music is being recorded at these two studios.The Terrarium in Minneapolis, MNhttp://the-terrarium.comThe Weight Room in Washburn, WIhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Weight-Room/213104695379763
Below are the gifts you will receive for your donation. Thank You for your generosity!!!!
No donation is to small. Everyone that donates will receive an electronic copy of the Jason Melek "Circles" CD we are currently recording. A thank you and your name will be in the Thank you portion of the CD Jacket as well.
For a donation of $50.00 you will receive a Jason Melek "Circles" CD plus an electronic copy.
For a donation of $100.00 to $500.00 you will receive the above items plus a Jason Melek "Circles" CD T-Shirt. You will also receive a CD with Jason's acoustic versions of the songs on the "Circles" CD.
For a donation of $600.00 to $1400.00 you will receive all the above plus 2 Music Lessons of your choice.
For a donation of $1500.00 to $2500.00 you will receive all the above plus a concert from some of the finest Musicians Minnesota has to offer. (If you donate from out of Minnesota we will find a band to play for you).
Peace and Thank You!!!!!!