Hoping this video says why…
What does it take to make your dream a reality?
In our case, the record we are releasing on November 5th, and all the opportunities that arise from this action, encompass our shared dream. Rach and I have given of our sweat, blood, tears, personal finances, and likely the finances of our respective life-partners as well. We are giving time, we’re giving thought, we’re giving love, and we are giving up sleep. At this point, it would seem that the answer is…you give everything that you have, because creating something epic…from nothing…demands that of you.
Our self-produced record sounds amazing so far (though we just got word that we may have an astounding guest producer on the title track, more later). If you want to check out works in progress, you can do so here… https://www.dropbox.com/sh/cr5q2dtdedcwqre/AACk4cp9D5M8OynljZcx9bOSa?dl=0
Big ups to Jonathan Vergara at Pancake studios in Brooklyn, for his engineering work on much of this project as well. This has become one of his babies, and we are happy whenever he takes over on the engineering, so we can focus on the singing and producing.
We have four songs to record, there’s one song we’d like to redo, and vocals on one song need re-cutting. And there’s multiple overdubs we have to add as well. The record needs to be done by mid October….FUCK! We have to have, at least, pre-release versions of the CD and downloads byNov 5, the date of our release event!
As I write this…my heart is pounding. I’ve never been more proud of a piece of art that I worked on, but also never been so scared of failing! Can you relate?
THANK YOU to everyone that has donated and pre-paid for our sophomore release, now with the working Title, “I’m Breaking Down.” (Did I just write that in print? Oh dear, this is getting really real now.) Were it not for the amazing gifts that have been shared with us, we would not have had a prayer of getting this far. You are our co-producers and we are so proud to share this experience with you!
If you haven’t yet, but want to support the album, and join the pack of humans who are making this happen, please go to https://www.gofundme.com/CampCoyote2016
Speaking of donations. HUGE, humble, hair-stands-up on my arm, thanks to Jamie Leonard and Pamela Rapp at Upstate Production Services, Inc (UPSI), who donated THREE WEEKS of production and development time to us this summer at their 200-year old space “The Church”. They honestly changed our lives. I recorded a whole children’s album and some irreplaceable tracks on the Coyote Love album up there. We would have had nothing to crowd-fund for if it weren’t for them and their amazing arts facility. The space, the vibe, the organ (OMG, the organ) all contributed to capturing magic on the microphones.
We are realistically like $5000 short of the money we need to truly promote the record. But just to complete this masterpiece, we need another $2000 as soon as possible! We still need to bring in more stellar musicians and to pay for the studio time, as well (which is mounting), and for PR, and the endless copyright fees etc. So, if you like what we’ve made so far (click and listen), join the family, donate to the record! Become an associate producer. Plus, the gifts back are sweet!
Put the show in your calendar!!!
Coyote Love Album Release Party
Sat Nov 5th.
El Original Tx-Mx, 735 Tenth Ave, NYC 10019
As has been the case for awhile, we’ve leaned on Social Media a bit heavily when it comes to news. Forgive us for not writing. Let’s catch up!
Fri Sept 2, 10pm – Sarah St. Grill, Stroudsburg, PA
Sat Sept 3, 1pm – StroudFest, Stroudsburg, PA
Fri Sept 9, 9:30pm – An Beal Bocht, Riverdale, NY
(and plenty more shows leading up to….)
Album Release Party Scheduled for Nov 5th at El Original in NYC!
There, we said it. We are dropping the record on Nov 5th at a cool venue called El Original, where promoter, friend, and fan, Barbara Stevenson, has been hosting the Fred Thomas band (the James Brown’s bassist), and where I have had some of the best nights out in my life recently. So I figured, lets just go with it and do it there.
Coyote Love Album Release Party
Sat Nov 5th.
El Original Tx-Mx, 735 Tenth Ave, NYC 10019
The state of the record is pretty damn good. Long way to go but very good things happening. The message from universe continues to be, “Did you think it would be easy, Coyote?” There have been set backs akimbo. But teeth and claws out, we fight our way forward. After the two weeks I spent upstate working on both the kid’s album and our sophomore release for Coyote Love, in early July, things slowed down a bit while day-to-day life, and an epic trip to London took front seat. The original trip upstate was supposed to be a camp for coyote musicians where we created both independently and together for 16 hours a day. However, because of life issues with the humans that were meant to be there, it ended up being myself, Rachel and Moonie, piecing bits of an album together during the 2nd week of the residency (with a nice visit from blues player, Mike D, to spice it up). I was kinda down in the dumps about this, until Jamie and Pam of UPSI (The Church) offered us yet another week of production time at the church. So I went back up, just last week, from the 21st to the 29th, to be a one-man record company exec, production-team, and recording artist. Rach and I, actually did a show at Andes Hotel, in Andes, NY on Aug 19th. She then hit the bus back to NYC the next morn to catch her boyfriend, Spencer’s, DJ set that afternoon. After I dropped her off, I had one day to chill w friends Chris and Maria, Jerry Stein (and Molly, my doggie neice), and then I got to recording on Sunday eve, and stayed up there for a week.
What transpired next was celestial. I had a high fever all of Sunday night until the morning. I then found an organ player with SICK blues/jazz chops when I walked in to a Laundromat in Oneonta, NY (to wash the sheets I sweated through) and saw a lady reading sheet music. I basically asked her if she or anyone she knew played a Hammond Organ. She gave me the hook-up. I called the guy. His name is Tim Iversen, and he came and KILLED IT on 4 songs from the record, using UPSI’s 1940’s era Hammond Organ. Tim was amazing and the power of music and the spirit was felt at “The Church” that day. Here’s an unmixed but tasty version of “Please Let Me Know.” https://www.dropbox.com/s/pahuu53hd8i1vdi/please%20let%20me%20know%20-%20Final%20vox-Hammond.mp3?dl=0
I’ve reached out to some of my favorite producers, arrangers, and band-leaders to ask for help in making the last three songs to be recorded for the album as epic and lush as I hear them in my head. I have three songs that haven’t even been started yet and I feel that I need help from those more gifted than I at arrangement, and who may have a fresh approach to production. Who will say “yes?” I don’t know. But I feel that it’s time to open ourselves up to outside expertise (within reason). Lord knows Rach, myself, engineer Jonathan Vergara (Pancake Studios) and our team of musicians can play anything we want. Question is, with three or four songs left to record, who can add the extra spice, and also save me the rehearsal time by delivering up an awesome arrangement…that we can bring to life in the studio?
Making the record in pieces has been less than my favorite thing to do, but it is what I am trained for and, seemingly, what the great spirit wants out of Rachel and I. Oh how we yearn for time to just sing and make up songs with a full band while tape is rollin’…..but alas….it’s time to kick ass and take names with whatever resources we have.
So be ready. Shit is about to get real! AND PUT NOVEMBER 5TH FROM 8PM-MIDNIGHT IN YOUR CALENDAR Y’ALL!
To all friends of Coyote Love and especially those who are donating and becoming Associate Producers of our second album. I’m still completely fried from the last two weeks of recording, but I want you to know that good is coming from this experience. While this particular version of “Make It Through,” our acoustic ballad written for the coming generation, may or may not make it on the album (though the song will for sure), we feel that this raw version is one of the best gifts that we can give back to all of you today while Rachel and I recover from a very long week. https://www.dropbox.com/…/Make%20It%20Through%207-8-16%20in…
Secondly, we have our first network TV interview tomorrow. We’ll tell you more about it when we’ve done the interview (I don’t want to “coyote” myself by saying too much). More video and tidbits to come! THANK YOU!
New Music from Coyote Love! Wanna co-produce an indie album?
Hello there Coyote friends. It’s high time Coyote Love released more new music. Sure we’ve got some tracks in the bin, and notebooks full of songs, but, conditions being what they are, that special creative time could not be easily afforded, or found, until now! Wanna make a record with us?
BE A PRODUCING PARTNER!
The coyote pack has been given a two-week composers residency at “The Church” in Mt. Vision, NY this summer. A couple of producers, who call their company “Upstate Production Services, Inc”, are renovating a 200-year old church in to a fully functioning arts facility. As if that wasn’t cool enough, they then offered Coyote Love a two-week composer’s residency this summer, and this coyote plans on making the absolute most of this creative time! We are recording and immediately releasing tracks from two albums; a children’s record (Coyote Pups), and a proper Coyote Love LP! Finally, our sophomore release!
Even though we get the space for free, making and releasing records is a costly exercise. So we are asking you to be an associate producer. And it ain’t just lip service either. Contribute towards our production costs and you really are producing this record with us. Gifts back? Of course! Not only will you get one-of-a-kind presents from the band for your help in this project, but associate producers credits on the album!
The plan is not only so set coyote’s unfettered creativity free, but Rachel’s too, and all of the musicians that we invite up there to stay and/or visit with us during our time up there. We’re offering members of our team the same creative freedom for their own compositions as we have for own. Every musician who comes up is encouraged to workshop their own ideas as well. With a team of us there, we can all help one-another to flesh out the material we are writing. And as the hosts, we get to have these amazing musicians play on new Coyote Material as well.
So please join us in producing new indie music and be our producing partner!
Much like a low budget indie film, we figure we’ll easily spend about $5000-$10,000 when all is said and done; equipment, two weeks of van rental, copywriting costs, graphics, post production mixing sessions, mastering, PR, food, and stipends for local guest musicians on the records, and the making of videos are just the tip of the iceberg.
So please take a look at our crowd-funding page and see if there is a donation level that works for you…you potential producer you!
Free pancakes at 11am am for those who volunteer to clear some debris and garbage out of the cove! Free BBQ later! Coyote Love at 2pm! Or come and donate a few bucks and grab some lovely food to raise money to maintain this home-spun nature preserve in Northern Manhattan. Either way it’s all good in the hood.