ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE SALES OF THIS ALBUM WILL BE DONATED TO THE CURE STARTS NOW FOUNDATION TO FUND RESEARCH GEARED TOWARDS FINDING THE CURE FOR PEDIATRIC BRAIN CANCER.
IN ADDITION, I WILL PERSONALLY BE DONATING $1 FOR EVERY RECORD SOLD TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD.
This project is called Marigold. It’s a meeting of crossroads, a combination of free time and a feeling of insufficiency. Some of these songs came into this world years ago, and were re-imagined in 2016 in a different light, and others were purely born in the now.
It started with my first Buffalo winter completely alone. Despite Django’s beautiful companionship I felt a large void that I started to fill with song, initially never meant for anyone’s ears but mine and his. But as they grew, I noticed that I felt passionately about them, more than I had ever before felt about songs I had written in earlier years. There was always this disconnect, a settlement in my brain that they were automatically “sub-par”. But this year has been about new beginnings, and about growing into my own. So I chose to dismiss that assumption.
When I decided I wanted to write a record, I started exploring my brain for inspiration, and for stories, but came up very, very dry. The only thing I felt passionately about at the time was the primal need deep down to create a work of art solely on my own to prove to, whoever, (honestly, probably just my stubborn self) that I was a validated and worthy musician. So, taking a step back, I decided to just write about the irony of that in itself. And thus, “Counterfeit Art” was born.
As far as I’m concerned, this chapter of my life is now closed. But it’s cool to see it documented so intricately. I’ve never had that before. I hope you enjoy hearing about the past year of my life. I think it’s safe to say that 2016 was a trying year for the human race across the board, but it’s over now. Love and light will shine through, and the world will smile collectively again.