I have been flagrantly panhandling online for far too long for the sake of the advancement of my project. I suck at marketing, sales, and advertising. In fact, all those departments annoy the living daylights out of me. I rock at playwriting, singing, playing the piano, writing music, musical direction, and homeless rights activism. Blogging probably falls somewhere in the middle.
It has occurred to me that if people perhaps knew why I’ve been asking for money, and where the money would be going, it might help me to get some donations from sympathetic people who can afford to do so. So here goes.
I’m a person who has written a musical, and I would very much like to see this musical produced. The musical paints a picture of the effects of homelessness on the youth of today’s America. It is a very positive, upbeat show with an extremely encouraging, happy ending. I have written the entire script, all of the music, and all of the lyrics.
But there I stop. It will not be possible to move further toward the production of this musical without getting the kind of green stuff that doesn’t grow on trees. This stuff is not known to come wafting through the window. So I need to make a pitch.
There are numerous hurdles I need to surmount before anyone is going to take a look at this show — that is, anyone having the power to produce it. First and foremost, I need to make an adequate demo recording of three or four of the songs, with real singers singing with their real voices, rendering the melodies and harmonies I have so meticulously created in the musical score that I have painstakingly composed, over a number of years, as I have been passionately absorbed in this project.
Talking around campus, and especially at the local School of Music, I get the feeling there are competent singers who will get behind me. But like all singers, they will need to be paid. My songs are catchy, urban, progressive show tunes, Broadway-influenced, and according to many, Broadway-bound. However, it’s not the kind of stuff that even the quickest of studies are going to be able to pull off with minimal rehearsal. No singer worth their salt is going to want to lend their voice to this endeavor without at least two or three rehearsals, prior to recording. The very least I feel I should pay such a singer would be $125 for the whole shot. I also need five singers to pull this off. Even some of those five voices will be doubled or tripled, in order to replicate the chorus sections of the musical numbers that I have scored.
I am a serious composer who emphasized in Music Theory and Composition at a major Conservatory, and I hung out with my composition mentor, Dr. Stan Beckler, till shortly before the day he died. My music draws from folk, classic rock, hip-hop and rap as well as from traditional comic light opera, but by no means does it entail your typical, tired old 1-4-5 progressions. I have taken great pains to honor the genre of my youth, and bring fresh life and vigor to my favorite Performing Arts Form. So basically, I need $625 to get started with this leg of the project, and create a decent demo of at least three songs.
I am technically situated so that I can record the singing over the instrumental tracks you hear on this page, eliminating doubled melody lines when necessary, to emphasize the live vocals. This will sound a lot more authentic than one might think, and any irksome complaints regarding the “canned” use of the “electronic” sounds wll be instantly jettisoned, once my project is heard. If I had the money to hire musicians and schedule studio time, I would probably go that route instead. But I don’t have the money, and it would take quite a bit more rehearsal time — so this is the starting point that I propose.
It has not been easy to write these words tonight, much less paste them in three different spots on this web site, and blast them all across the Internet, to the expected ridicule of those who don’t believe me. But because I know what I am doing — musically, artistically, and theatrically — in the realm of Musical Theatre where most of my lifelong experience lies, I can confidently tell you that I will back up my claims with action — as soon as I have the bucks to make it happen.
We can take it from there. I am not above self-producing the show locally, and directing it myself. But all these moves will require money, which a mere church musician in between jobs on a fixed monthly income cannot possibly conjure. Rather, if I could conjure up that kind of capital, I’d neither have the time nor the energy to pursue my passion, and the dream of my lifetime will land in my grave. Daylight’s burning. I’m in my sixties already. Let’s get a move on. Let’s get this show on the road.
If you’ve been reading this blog, and listening to my music, and reading my posts about the Homeless Phenomenon in America, then get the word out to those who have the power — assuming you don’t have the power yourself.
And power to the people. Power to all the people! Power to the Homeless People of the United States of America.
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