The Joshua Keys Recording Project

$1,340 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 27 people in 2 months
Owen Goward  Westbank, BC
In honour of the 30th anniversary of the Joshua Tree album by U2, I want to do something I've had in mind to do for a long time: record an instrumental version of the entire album on piano.

Ideally it will be on a Steinway grand piano, and recorded in 24bit/96mHz stereo sound. My goal is to create something that feels raw and inspired, and also bring a unique perspective and quality that comes from performance on a single instrument.

U2 is one of my all-time favourite bands—The Joshua Tree was actually the first album I heard by them. Their music was a key part of my high school years.

I studied music in University, as well as design and technology (the latter is where I landed career-wise). 

I'm married to my best friend (also a U2 fan), and have 5 amazing kids. I'm just a guy with a dream, who majored in music, loves U2, and am a committed family dude working hard to make ends meet. 

I truly hope you will consider supporting me in this venture, and that you will enjoy the music! 

**PROJECT COST DETAILS:**
For transparency, here's the breakdown of estimated project costs: 

Goal 1: Digital Recording, Mastering & Licensing 
- Costs: $2500 
Goal 2: Limited Run CD Production (250-500)
- Costs: $1500-2000
Goal 3: Limited Edition Vinyl Record (100)
- Costs:  TBD...

-- GoFundMe.com platform costs: 10%.

The first priority I have is just getting the recording done. I've already committed to this part, whether I reach that total or not (we're so close to being able to reach the first goal!!). 

The next goals are to establish proper licensing of the project, and depending on interest, producing a physical copy of the album. 

Donations of $10 or more give you access to the digital download of this album as soon as it's ready. More information will be provided as it becomes available...

Thank you!

- Owen
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Update 10
Posted by Owen Goward
16 days ago
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The Joshua Tree was released on 9 March 1987 (30 years ago today!) on Island Records. It was U2's fifth studio album, produced by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois.

The album is just about finished!

Even though it will be a while before I can afford to get an actual physical album printed/distributed and whatnot, I'm at least going to create some 'album artwork' for the cover. I can dream can't I?

Let me know which option is your favourite:

- Option A - closer to the style of the original
- Option B - a bit more adventurous or...
- Option C

Thanks everyone for your support on this project so far!
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Update 9
Posted by Owen Goward
1 month ago
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Progress continues—here's a preview of Where the Streets Have No Name #thejoshuakeys https://clyp.it/5z5d4z5d
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Update 8
Posted by Owen Goward
1 month ago
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For anyone who doesn't have a soundcloud account, here's another audio preview of Red Hill Mining Town: https://clyp.it/lev314nm
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Update 7
Posted by Owen Goward
1 month ago
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Just listening to some mixes from the first two sessions tonight. Wanted to give you a sneak preview... but gofundme doesn't work properly for that—here's a link to the soundcloud url:
https://soundcloud.com/ogtunes/red-hill-preview
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Leah MacDermid
16 days ago

I love all three, but I vote for Option B.

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$1,340 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 27 people in 2 months
Created January 22, 2017
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Michael Faulkner
16 days ago

Looking forward to the finished album. God bless.

$30
Anonymous
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$40
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$100
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$25
Andrea Pal
1 month ago
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$15
Heather Goward
1 month ago
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Hi Owen, Good luck with your project! I'm excited to hear it! I was just telling my nephew Owen about how you used to play Super Mario Bros. by ear and he's excited to hear it one day! We'll have to get another Goward Family Reunion happening sometime.

$200
Benjamin Goward
1 month ago
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Keep up the momentum! I think it's gonna be great!

$50
Robert Penner
1 month ago
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Deeper into black Deeper into white

BL
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Brad Leitch
1 month ago
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Good luck with the album; U2 is the inspiration to the inspired artists of today. Collective Soul, Bryan Adams, etc. are cite U2 as one of their favourite bands.

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Anonymous
2 months ago
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Leah MacDermid
16 days ago

I love all three, but I vote for Option B.

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