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Jane Miller's new album BOATS

$735 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 19 people in 19 days
THE PROJECT:
I have recorded an album of 14 of my compositions arranged for guitar, piano, bass, and drums with additional parts for cello, flute, and voice. To make the release of this music possible, I am asking for your support. Those of you who would like to buy CDs or downloads can do that here in advance of the release and help fund the remaining studio expenses, design, and manufacturing. You'll see that you can contribute varying amounts and get various goodies, which I will continue to update. Important dates coming up are February 15 and March 1, when new mixing and mastering expenses will need to be met. My goal is to be done and off to manufacturing by March 15, which will be the next bill due date . Anticipated "Boats" launch   is April 1, 2018. That's when I'll mail out your packages!


THE MUSIC:

I began writing the music for my new recording "Boats" in 2003. I, of course, had no idea then that I would be adding new compositions and arrangments over a period of 15 years. Composing reached a quick and steady pace throughout 2016; that's when I knew that recording again with a group of musicians was inevitable and imminent. I had been writing, performing, and even recording all along, but this project simmered quietly, refusing to lose steam. I wrote several of the newest songs at the piano and later learned and arranged guitar parts, along with piano, bass, and drums. I also wrote cello parts, flute parts, and even vocal parts! Here is an excerpt from my website:

"The mix of old and new was not intentional. In fact, I tend to have an aversion to older material in general, preferring instead to look ahead or at least stay present if not futuristic. But this album of material called 'Boats' has been on my mind since I took a boat ride from Ogunquit, Maine in 2003, and it has never really left my system. It was a little tour boat jaunt that I've taken many times, sliding out of Perkins Cove and down to York, back up to the Ogunquit main beach, and back to the cove. The boat wrote the song for me, if you'll pardon the corny esoteric notion. Maybe it was the waves. Maybe it was the collection of people in the boat, unaware that something was grabbing hold of me, not exactly being tuned out by me, but not exactly being part of my ride either. Or maybe they were the biggest part of my ride. I don't know where it came from, but the phrase 'The American Wave' kept singing in my head in a loop. The chords changed below the melody, and I tinkered with them some more when I got back to shore, but the melodic phrase was relentless and fun. Later that summer from the comfort of home, I wrote the song 'Boats,' which crosses musical boundaries like an ocean that doesn't know what country it's in. So there were two songs with an emerging theme."

Indeed, this collection of songs crosses musical boundaries the way that I have crossed international borders during the past couple of years. That's where several song titles came from: Caminito, La Boca, Gamsahamnida, and Puente de la Mujer. There is a Tango, some Bossa Nova, some funky Latin, some straight up Jazz Waltz, and even some acoustic Folk, Celtic, and Country delivered in some creative and surprising ways. And, of course, if you know me, you are correct in assuming that there are a couple of ballads here, too.
Excerpts from "Boats," a small sampling of each track
THE MUSICIANS:

I gathered the best musicians I could imagine to play this music with me: Tim Ray-piano, Lincoln Goines-bass, Mark Walker-drums and percussion, along with Eugene Friesen-cello, Sarah Bauhan-flute and whistle, and an amazing choir of vocalists: Janie Barnett, Kim Harris, Reggie Harris, Sonia Rutstein (of disappear fear) and Larry Watson. The music was impeccably recorded by Tarik Mahrour at Berklee College of Music, assisted by Bobby Danzi and Kady Lau.  Additional (also impeccable!) recording happened at Guilford Sound with Matt Hall. This music has been in good hands.

WHAT'S NEXT:

Here's where you come in. In order to bring this now recorded music to its finished state, I'll need funding for remaining studio work including mastering with Tom Eaton, one of the best in the business and studio partner to Will Ackerman at Imaginary Road. Photo and design work is being handled by the unimaginably talented and creative Emily Joy Ashman of The Illustrated Room. Manufacturing CDs, download cards, and promotional material to get this music to your ears needs funding, too. For my part, I am offering performances, lessons, and I will happily sign and deliver your attractively packaged new CDs or download cards as soon as they arrive.
The Making of Boats begins before any note is played.
The Charm of Dumbarton in its original solo guitar form. We're hoping to release the full band version and send it out to you by April 1, 2018. Next bill to pay is February 15. Thank you for supporting this project!
"At Spag's" as played during a practice session with a looper. Betty is a lot more excited by the full band version.
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The featured song today on video is in glaring contrast to the song posted yesterday. "At Spag's" was written in the mid 1990s and is based on the repetitive bass line built on minor-major 7 chords. You could say that it is is also based on a minor blues and also on the diminished scale and also on the fact that Spag's was a beloved store in Worcester that used to scare me. It's funky with a touch of samba. It needed the grit of distortion and I had a lot of fun playing it with Mark, Lincoln, and Tim.
On the other hand, the more tender "The Charm of Dumbarton" was written sometime around 2005 when I picked the word "Dumbarton" out of the dictionary. After I wrote the music, I figured that the title would be a good fit. Years later when I met Sarah Bauhan and saw and heard that she is clearly a Traditional Folk-Celtic-Contradance rock star around New England, I knew that she could help me to make this tune sound right. Add Eugene Friesen to play the cello lines that my mind's ear was asking for and you indeed get a charm.
I hope you're enjoying these videos and stories and that you'll share freely to help us bring this music to daylight. I'll send you the music in your choice of format along with whatever incentive you choose from our options. I've got a lot of gratitude and hope. Thank you!
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$735 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 19 people in 19 days
$15
One Download
You'll get a download card good for the entire album.
$20
The CD
You'll get the CD "Boats" with its liner notes and photos in the case.
$30
CD and Download
You'll get one of each! Give one to a friend if you want to.
$35
CD plus 1
You'll get a Boats CD plus your choice of one other CD from my back catalog: Three Sides To A Story (solo), The Other Room, Secret Pockets, or Postcard.
$85
All Five!
You'll get all five of my CDs.
$150
1-hour lesson
You'll get a one hour guitar lesson at a day/time/location to be agreed upon, (facetime or skype for long distance) plus 1 Boats CD.
$500
Solo concert
I'll come play a 2-hour solo guitar concert: house concerts, or other locations upon approval within 100 miles on Boston, MA.
$800
Duo concert
I'll bring a bass player or piano player with me for your 2-hour house concert or venue subject to approval within 100 miles of Boston, MA.
$1,200
Trio concert
I'll bring a bass player and a pianist or drummer with me for your 2-hour house concert or venue subject to approval within 100 miles of Boston, MA.
$1,600
Quartet concert
I'll bring a pianist, bass player, and drummer with me for your 2-hour house concert or venue subject to approval within 100 miles of Boston, MA.
$100
The works!
Contribute $100.00 by February 15 and get one T-shirt, all five of my CDs, and one Boats download card.
$50
T-shirt, CD/DL
You'll get a T-Shirt designed by Emily Joy Ashman based on the cover of the Boats CD package along with a Boats CD and a Boats download card.
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