Tyler Clark's Record
My name is John Gilman. A week and a half ago, one of my best friends passed away. His name was Tyler Clark, though most of his friends knew him as "Tito." More than just an amazing person and friend, he was a gifted musician. Many people knew his music by the name "Dead Man's Shanty." His songs are a reflection of the person he was; a wise, rebellious, thrill-chasing dreamer with a giant heart. Tito took an approach to songwriting rare among many artists today. He chose blunt honesty over marketability. He spoke his mind no matter how he thought people might react. His music was as real as it gets.
One of Tito's biggest dreams was to get his songs recorded and put out an album. He had a large catalog of music he had written, and plans for future releases, but he never actually released any studio recordings. Many of Tito's songs were taken with him when he left, but some were left behind unfinished.
A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to record seven of Tito's songs at my home studio. We recorded guitar, bass, and vocals, but never finished tracking the rest of the instrumentation Tito wanted. I feel a duty to him, as a friend (and a fan), to finish these recordings to the best of my ability, and put them out into the world.
The goal of this campaign is to raise the money to get into the recording studio and finish his songs, so that we can keep this part of him alive and share his gift with those who weren't fortunate enough to experience it while he was around. All funds collected will be used to pay for recording time and/or equipment used to finish these recordings. The songs will be professionally mixed and mastered and released with Tito's album art design. Old bandmates and friends will be joining in during the process to make sure we get this project as close to Tito's vision as possible. Any unused funds will be given back to Tito's family to help with funeral costs, etc.
I've never known an artist more talented, passionate, and real than Tito. I've never known a person more genuine and unique. This was his dream. Let's make it happen for him.