Wednesday, May 15, 2013

New 17-song recording: Everything Can Change

I'm very happy to announce that I have a new 17-song recording out now!  For the time being it only exists in digital form, as a paid download on my Bandcamp site, and of course for subscribers.  (Subscribers have already been sent the link -- if you're already a subscriber but haven't received the link, please let me know so I can fix that!)  Once I get 200 more subscribers I'll put it out as a physical CD and I'll make it available to download for free or by donation, just as I have done with all of my other recordings, such as Meanwhile In Afghanistan (2012), Ten New Songs (2011), and Big Red Sessions (2011).

I have put 6 of the 17 songs up on my SoundCloud site for free download.  But to download all 17 songs, I am asking people to subscribe to me -- or at least for 200 more people to do that.

Why, you may ask?  Because this stuff costs money.  The guitar and vocal parts were recording expertly by Billy Oskay at Big Red Studio in Corbett, Oregon.  The other guitars, keyboards, drums, bass, harmony vocals and various other instruments were recorded in Florida by Alejandro Arenas and Jun Bustamante.  On the album's page on my home page you can see the full track listing and who's playing what instruments, etc.!  But the bottom line is, well, the bottom line -- these good people were kind enough to do this work for peanuts, but I don't want to release these tracks for the general public until I've raised the money to pay them something closer to what they're worth, and to properly publicize the CD, make copies of it, etc.

In a nutshell, the subscription campaign is about me being able to make a new record without having to raise the money first.  It's about having the money to make recordings when I want to make them.  It's about financial independence -- not just in terms of making records, but in terms of being able to travel to where the protests are, not just where the paying gigs are.  You can read much more about the logic behind my subscription campaign on my blog post, A Thousand Friends:  A Crowdsourced Career.

If you subscribe, by clicking the "subscribe" button below and filling out the form, you will be billed $50 annually, in return for which you will not only be greatly appreciated by me, but you will receive an email from me containing the link to the new recording, and you'll receive in the mail a selection of my back catalog of CDs, plus a spiffy, laminated subscriber card, giving you free entry to any of my shows anywhere in the world!

The goal: 200 subscribers before I make the CD available for free!

And if you don't want to deal with Paypal or you don't have a credit or debit card, checks in the mail are also welcome:

David Rovics
P.O. Box 86805
Portland, OR  97286

Sponsoring house concerts and commissioning songs are also welcome!  Two of the songs on the new recording were commissioned (you can try to guess which ones if you want).  More on that on my Support the Arts page...

Thanks for your support!

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