The first snow has fallen in the places (Scandinavia & New England) I've recently been. Our world is ever rocked by heartbreak and violence, but as I write you from a house that hums and creaks peacefully, I'm remembering the joy of the concerts and workshops where we've connected strongly through music. Those times of connection have allowed me to keep making songs that anchor us to vividly-felt harmony – harmony that sings against discouragement.
I’m asking for your support to record a collection of wise, tender folksongs. I'm calling this album 'The Rhizome Project' because these songs form a root system of musical identity for me in creatively uprooted times.
Even though I'm an introvert, lonely songwriter and perfectionist-ever-in-recovery, I live for the visceral joy of sharing passionate devotion to harmony, rhythm & meaning between people in a room together. Choral music & folk music have been amazing communities to pursue that joy in!
Ever in pursuit of trusting collaboration, and in the midst of the Covid strangeness, I got to work with a quartet of string players here in Vermont who brought ferocious musicianship and a wide, visceral palette of sonic textures to my original songs. So, I asked them to join me in creating the sound world of The Rhizome Project here in Vermont. We'll record in early January and with some very special guests. In early February, I'll mix it all together - as I have ALL my albums - with my brilliant friend, David Weber.
As you know, album-making for an artist providing musical sustenance to a smaller, passionate audience with whom they share unique tastes and sense of community is no longer self-sustaining! So I'm hoping you might send an album's worth (or lesson's worth) of support in exchange for some creative, musical, 'rhizomic' enticements?
To support The Rhizome Project and learn of various rewards, please see the rewards below.
So…yes…I'm attempting to do a ‘kickstarter’ without having to pay them 10%, and this wonderful Bandzoogle site allows me to do that while still allowing digital donations (ie: asking you to write a check…though a check is great(
Thank you so very very much. Moira xo
P.S. your responses guide whether or not I create a physical CD + booklet full of stories, lyrics and creator credits. If I get less than 40 ‘Physical Album’ selections, this will be my first digital-only album - wow! Whatever happens, I’m ready to create the delivery method for The Rhizome Project that makes the most sense to you, my community.
For online donations via PayPal: select “friends and family” when donating, and send to firstname.lastname@example.org
For checks: If you would like to mail Moira a check, please make it out to “Moira Smiley” and mail to PO Box 402, Bristol VT 05443