Photo by: Heike Schneider-Matzigkeit
Wow. Chapter one of the album is out in the world, being downloaded, listened to, talked about, loved. What a momentous, amazing thing. What an undertaking. And it's just the beginning!
There is unique art for each track of the album. Chapter four features the amazing talents of:
The videos are coming soon!
I decided to release the album in chapters because it is such a big project, so many songs, styles, so much art, so many video plans. I didn't want to release the full album, all 18 songs, and have them be lost amongst themselves. I want each song to have room to express itself without having to clamor for attention above the din of 17 siblings. Four songs at a time seemed like a much more listenable experience. Just enough to get excited about, but not so much that each one can't be fully enjoyed.
It also gives me more time to collect great art for each track, make fancy videos, and design a nice package for the physical CD.
It will be a constant stream of music, art, and videos!
When the album came out on Sunday I put a minimum price of $1 - but let people add more if they chose to. It was important to me to value my own work (and I do!) and also to honor those of you who pre-ordered the album by valuing your contributions and not just giving it all away for free.
Half way through the day I decided that I would see what happened when I didn't put a minimum price on it and lo and behold, suddenly people were giving me more money for it. Instead of $1, $2, and $4, I started to get $4, $8 and $15. Some people still only give $1, and many people are downloading for free, but at this point I want people to have my music, to know it, love it and support the art when they can.
So I think I will leave the album up with no minimum to download...for now. I'm making it all up as I go along. And it's just me, with a laptop, and some wild schemes. No managers or minions. Getting a little swamped under a mountain of emails, but in a good way. So good.
There have been many mentions of the album on the internet. Thanks for that. Keep it up, it really helps when people post about it, talk about it, tweet about it.
In the past few days a few people have told me they are proud of me, then they seem to catch themselves and say something like, "But not in a condescending or patronizing way...maybe it sounds corny...but I'm proud of you."
And I just want to say: It's ok be proud of me!
I worked really hard. I'm still working hard. I'm just winging it out here on some random current of creativity that seems to be keeping me afloat (ish.) And I'm going to keep doing it.
Yeah...I'm proud of me too!
And I'm proud of you, for taking a chance on The Impossible Girl. For believing in art, for following through. Yes. You.
Eat a cupcake!
Life still has it's ups and downs. Sad days, bad things. But overall I am very happy with where I am, and what I am doing, and who I am doing things with. I have a great network of creative friends, and my art is getting better and better all the time. I can't wait to release Chapter Two on September 15th!
And I'm looking forward to playing at The Independent in San Francisco this Friday, August 20th. May be my only California show this year...unless it sells out, and then I'll have to come back.
Thank you for making The Impossible Girl possible.
The Impossible Girl