Everybody loves a good song. The best ones define moments in our lives and bring back memories in a way that can be stronger than photographs. In September 2014, I produced and released an EP of original compositions. Since then, I’ve written hundreds more as I continue to hone my craft and find the voice to tell the stories of our lives. Part of my quest takes place in the three or four weekly gigs I play at venues all over New York City. I perform pieces from the great albums of Ray Charles, the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, and many other masters—replicating their knack for melody, story-telling, and their powers of expression. By emulating them and imbibing their strengths, I’ve learned to write the songs that represent me, to become my second self. I want the best of those songs recorded in my next album.
I’ve decided to name the new album “Alter/Idem,” inspired by an essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Specifically, by this quote: "The poet also resigns himself to his mood, and that thought which agitated him is expressed, but alter idem, in a manner totally new.”
The words are Latin and literally mean “another/the same”—and reflect the idea that is at the center of the album, that everything is interrelated. The love I have for both jazz and classical music, for the Beatles and bossa nova, soul and folk, all coalesce. These genres are defined separately, but at their essence, they are the same. They all seek to elucidate truth. Truth is not limited by space and time. That’s why, for example, Chopin's 19th century Romance-Larghetto speaks to me as much, if not more so, than much of the music being produced today. This album is my search for truth, using musical concepts from every genre and era.
The cost of producing the album will be almost completely covered with $6,000, which is the goal of this campaign. My last EP ended up with a $4,500 price tag. This time around, the album will have:
-Two more songs.
-A full band, with strings and horns on a couple tracks as well (The last EP was simply my voice accompanied by an acoustic guitar)
-Album art by the gifted Stanley Leonard.
Thank you for your donation and your belief in this project. The backing I've received and continue to receive inspires me to keep dreaming.