Lunar Songs was conceived in September 2015 when I decided to write and record a song per month for an entire year and, in order to keep myself accountable, distribute those recordings to a group of supporters with background stories and monthly updates. I wanted to reinvigorate my songwriting and look forward to playing music again. The project resulted in writing songs ranging in styles - from Weezer-ific 90's rock, to Bon Iver electro auto-tune, to acoustic ballads - as well as subject matter - from working with undocumented immigrants in Florida, to a character from Netflix's "Stranger Things," to my nephew's first word, "cat." I'm grateful to the project for helping me grow in my songwriting and recording abilities, and I'm especially thankful to you for listening, supporting, and sharing. These recordings serve as a reflection of my progression as both a person and a musician throughout the year. I hope you enjoy listening to them as much as I enjoyed creating them.
I debated how to release these songs for a long time, but lately I've come to realize that music is most worth sharing if it has a purpose. Well, here is a purpose I'm calling the "3-21 Campaign."
(Check out www.whoisandyshea.com/321campaign
I've decided to distribute them on March 21st, World Down Syndrome Day, in honor of my brother and all the wonderful people like him who make this world a better place. He has taught me kindness, empathy, and patience, and without him I would not be a fragment of the person I am today. In order to help continue raising awareness and support for people with down syndrome, I will be donating 100% of profits from "Lunar Songs (Vol. 1)" AND any other Bandcamp downloads until the end of APRIL to the National Down Syndrome Society (www.ndss.org
). This organization raises awareness, supports families, and builds communities to help our society better accept and understand the potential of all people, including those living with down syndrome.
The album, along with all of my music, is set at a 'pay what you want' price, but I have a modest goal of donating at least $321 dollars, which means that (through Bandcamp revenue sharing) if only 38 people contribute $10 for the album, the goal can be met handily.
Stretch: If we double and reach $642, then I will record/release another EP by the end of May! And my extended gratitude will be delivered.
Stretchier: If we triple and reach $963, then I will record the EP and do a short video series explaining/performing my favorite Lunar Songs. I'll be overwhelmed with your generosity.
Stretchiest: If we reach $1,284, then I will perform at least 3+2+1 (6) concerts this summer in various parts of the country available free to anyone who contributed to this campaign! It's a 'stretchiest' goal, so all those details get ironed out later.
Stretchiest-iest: If we reach $3,210, then I have no idea what I could ever do to thank you for showing compassion towards this cause. All of these things will happen, and more. That's what makes this the stretchiest-est.
I'll keep you posted here and on my social media platforms (@whoisandyshea - Twitter/Instagram/Facebook) with updates!
Thank you for donating whatever you can in support of my music and this cause!
With love to the moon and back again,
released March 21, 2017
All songs written, recorded, and performed by Andy Shea
w/ the exception of:
"This" (feat. Kyle McEvoy)
Kyle McEvoy - guitars, bass, and co-writing
Sam Stauff - mixing and mastering (www.samstauff.com
"The Shovel Song" (feat. Evan Crane)
Evan Cane - drums
Photograph by John Kritzman. (www.johnkritzmanphoto.com
Album cover design by Andy Shea
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