For the past week or so, I’ve been sitting on some pretty majorly good news as far as the progress of my musical project is concerned. That I haven’t even brought myself to blog about it may seem a bit hard to believe. But the news came out of the blue, and it shocked me — and I basically haven’t quite known what to say.
Friday before last, I was approached by a very reputable figure in the local Arts scene, someone who has his hand in a lot of different activities, and who is also a respected sound engineer. Long story short, he offered me full use of his studio and his services in order for me to put together a demo recording featuring songs from my musical.
He also comes connected to specific singers and voice professionals in the field of musical theatre. So he’s confident he can find the singers for me that my own less informed efforts have not been able to find. The singers of course will need to be paid, but his own services will be provided as a gesture of one theatre Artist helping out another, for the overall sake of the Arts.
Since this has long been an important goal of mine, one would think I’d be overjoyed. However, any elation I might have originally felt was quickly consumed by the awareness of how much professional preparation lay ahead of me. Now I have to select three songs that will best demonstrate the musical score, and prepare the vocal parts for the specific singers involved, both in terms of written music, and of mp3’s for them to listen to. In addition, I have to make sure that the instrumental tracks for the three songs are perfectly polished, so as to provide compelling accompaniment for the singers on the demo.
Once I have all that stuff prepared, I am to send it to the engineer, so that he can distribute it all among the singers. Then the singers in turn do their homework, so that once we finally get into the studio, everybody knows their stuff, and the engineer’s time is optimized. So – this could be a really great thing.
As far as the pay factor, the price I quoted for the engineer was $125/ singer. Earlier, I came up with a $700 budget to pay the singers and get the other odds and ends of the demo together. Right now, there’s $325 in that fund. I’m only using four singers, so $500 is all I need to pay them. That means I need $175 more. If seven people each were to contribute $25 to this cause today, I would have all the money I need for the singers, right there.
I also got another article published in the March edition of Street Spirit and you can click on the link for that. I want to do more writing along those lines, having to do with homelessness and classism, as dealt with in the musical as well. But for the present time, the unexpected musical calling is consuming me. It might be a while before I fully surface.
So once again, if you feel you can help at all towards the rest of what I need to produce this demo, now would be an excellent time for you to consider doing so. In the meantime, I’ll keep cranking out these parts. Maybe it will all time out just right.
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