Restoration Project’s 2020 Roadmap

As if I need another idea or toy or project or child to occupy my oh-so-abundant time… Yes, all of what you see on this website are active projects that I’m involved with. The latest time suck has been the brewery. Hours of equipment research, cost-benefit analysis, and the slow purchase of very expensive brew gear. Basically, I’m out of cash and still need to spend a few hundred more just to get the first batch bottled. But that’s not even why I began writing this post! I digress…

Today’s post also isn’t about my Biomes EP series or my failure of a Patreon page. Because that series of recordings is still indeed happening—just not as quickly as I’d like. Again, I digress…

What I’m actually writing about is the 2020 Restoration Project Roadmap. Basically, our plan for moving and growing from now through 2020. I love that we (all of us humans) get to use 20/20 as a refocusing year. It’s coming. It’s coming upon us all. God, am I excited! 2020 is going to be an incredible year. A time for me to refocus with my wife and family, my music, my business ventures. Everything that matters to me, spoken here or not.

So here’s what’s up with Restoration Project: I’m “getting the band back together”, so to speak, and we’re writing a super-secret-but-I’m-also-publicly-talking-about-it series of songs based strictly on the text of the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith. We are talking verbatim text-to-music songs here. It’s difficult and fun and puts us in different musical meters within the same verse, has interesting and uncommon syllabic accents. Okay, I know you are officially asking yourself “Why the 1689? What is it anyway?”. Basically, it’s a kick-ass document that outlines a historic perspective on who Jesus is, who God is, who we are, and what’s ahead. It’s great.

Why do I think this is an important and worthy endeavor? I’d suggest checking out the ResProj About page

The plan is to fund this bad boy with a series of small-ish Kickstarter campaigns that correspond with the release of each of each volume of songs (four volumes of eight songs each. so 32 songs in all.) Our Firm Foundation series raised over $12k and we needed nearly every penny of it. This new collection is more songs, more volumes, and just more overall. But I’m hoping to kind-of piece together the funding as we go along. It might be more work, but the hope is that it keeps more people connected and involved through the whole process and for a longer period of time. It falls right in line with part of our 20/20 vision to create a sustainable resource for the restoring of historic and mostly-unknown hymns and Christian documents.

Multiple Kickstarter campaigns. Four albums. A network for sustainability. New old songs. (Does that even make sense!?!?!)

Through it all, thank you. For reading. For listening. For sharing. It’s 2020 time.

Right now, I’m listening to Echosmith’s Inside a Dream EP. It’s fantastic.

Shapeless Shape Song Shapes Up

SS on KS

This past week, I somehow convinced the writers of Shapeless Shape to let me write and record a song for their children’s book, The Shapeless Shape, now live on Kickstarter. Victor and I talked extensively about what a song for the book might look like, and the biggest hang-ups were really related to how I’d get paid for my part. It’s a difficult and complex topic, touching on issues like Work for Hire and mechanical royalties. (Yes, I’ve mentioned these for all of you music business geeks out there.) But the point is, we worked it all out!

Shapeless Shape is the story of one odd shape’s journey of self-discovery, finding out where it fits in in a world filled with circles, squares, and triangles—shapes with an obvious place and use. The application, of course, is that we all must discover, with the help of others (like teachers and peers), where we can fit in to society, contribute and be a part of the bigger picture. But the book concept is so much bigger than the story itself: the shapes in the book were hand-made, then photographed, turning this into a multi-layered art-piece. (Learn even more here: http://www.theshapelessshape.com.)

Throughout the day today and tomorrow I’ll be brainstorming and sketching for the song; and if I’m lucky, I’ll have a solid rough recording by the middle of the week.

Only ten days to go to back Shapeless Shape on Kickstarter!