Sacred Activist album

By Redwood Reider

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Sacred Activist Album

Project 2014-04-20 17:24:28 +1200

I've just started recording what I believe will be my deepest, most resonant poetry collection yet. The Sacred Activist album will fuse the political and the sacred. It will feature the newest work that I've performed at festivals, conferences and poetry events over the last few years. Each poem will have music to help the medicine go down. 

(UPDATE: We've just reached the funding goal I set – hooray & thank you & please do keep the contributions flowing in! The more $$ we get toward this project, the more hours I can hire awesome people to take this thing to the next level!)

What's a Sacred Activist?

As you may have noticed, there's some kinda destructive stuff happening on this magnificent Earth. You could spend your life heartbroken. Or you could spend your life distracting yourself pretending not to be heartbroken. I've briefly tried both of these options and found neither too satisfying!

The path of the Sacred Activist is one who (to quote the title track) figures out how to "breathe in world's pain, breathe out light / keep heart fires burning through the longest night." I write these poems to keep myself going as an ecological activist and generally as a human living at this time. It's been such a gift to me to perform them on stages around New Zealand and to find out that the words help other folks keep going too!

About the Album

The poems on this album will be the ones that, after hearing them at gigs the last few years, folks have repeatedly come up to me and asked, "is that ___ poem on your CD?" Now it's time to record them so I can answer "yes" to that question! I'm so excited for my deepest work to go home with people for them to weave into their own lives.

Okay, and the album’s not all serious. There are notes of the funny, the cosmic, the neurotic, the erotic, anecdotes about my hobby of writing pornographic stories when I was eight years old… you know, the important stuff...

Each track on Sacred Activist will be a collaboration with a different musician (except for two tracks that will be just me). I feel so blessed to have a fine crew of talented musicians lined up to accompany me on this album. Together we're brewing a gentle but enlivening, intimate stew of mostly acoustic sounds, from guitar to cello.

Why I'm Asking for Support

I see this pledge drive not as a donation request, but as a co-investment by a community of listeners. I want and need to pay the people who help me out with their artistic skills – particularly my local sound tech wizard, and the musicians. But it can take awhile for the income from a CD to come in, and artists need to be buying and eating their organic food in the present! All funds from this campaign will go to feeding and sustaining those musical folks making this album, so they can help me create some food for your soul.  

Thanks so much for joining me in making this happen,

Redwood

 

www.redwoodreider.org

 

Comments

Updates 3

WOW. (I know I'm a wordsmith but that's the only title I can think of after all this!)

14/06/2014 at 2:09 PM

Oh wow! Basically.

The trend of the day is folks pledging MORE than required for their particular desired reward. Ah humans really make me smile sometimes.

The last days have been exciting. With the last burst of enthusiastic contributions flowing in, I've been starting to reconnect with my musical collaborators, and some crafty plotting is happening. Every extra bit of funding coming in now is enabling me to grow the dream team of musicians on board, and to spend more time in the studio getting it all sparkly and gleaming. 

Y'all are amazing. Being something of a populist I'm excited as much by the number of folks pledging as I am by the grand total. That so many of you are keen for this one, grows my heart's hope for this earth as I head out to tend my garden on this beautiful winter's day.

Arohanui,

Redwood

Photographic depiction of how I feel about all this!

 

So close!

03/06/2014 at 6:37 PM

Dear wonderful folks! I'm so excited and grateful about all of you who have been joining in.

I don't find out til after the end about who pledged for what, but I want you to know that each contribution touches me, no matter the size. I love that several people have pledged for me to write poems; what a massive vote of support – and I also love that someone pledged 5 bucks as if to say "I'm broke but I just want to support you!" 

I also love that you're resonating with this concept of the Sacred Activist, whatever it may mean to you (and I believe it can breathe through all of us in our own ways). You're adding fuel to the fire in my heart, and I hope to do the same for you with the poems – good trade?!

Speaking of the dollars though – we're getting so close to the goal now. And I bet many of you know other lovely folks who would enjoy my work. This one is all about word of mouth (pun intended!). So I'd so appreciate it if you'd take a minute to send this to friends who might dig it, with your own recommendation. With their support and yours, I look forward to getting into the studio to record these poems for you very soon.

Arohanui,

Redwood

 

 

Gratitude o'clock

19/05/2014 at 7:16 PM

Wow! I'm so humbled and awed by all the support for this project so far. It's definitely gratitude o'clock here at Redwood headquarters (a.k.a. my front porch).

Thank you all so much!

I put this campaign out for financial reasons – but hadn't even thought about the other benefits of doing so.

As a writer, I've spent so much time in my life working away in focused solitude, riding the waves of the creative process on my own, creating for others but not knowing how my work would be received.

It feels really different to put this project out into the world when it's just hatching and get back so many people's support, enthusiasm and trust in me at this stage. It feels amazing! I've been contemplating and carrying this album quietly a long time in my heart, and now it feels like it's being held in a stronger and stronger, gently weaving web of warm hands.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Please keep helping me weave that web and share this with folks who might resonate with my work. This project, like the poetry itself, is all about person to person.

Redwood

    Pledgers 78

    Andrea JOhnson
    2014-06-05 15:40:58 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2014-06-05 14:14:37 +1200
    Fraser Bruce
    2014-06-04 17:58:06 +1200
    Nandor
    2014-06-04 10:01:13 +1200
    Ryan
    2014-06-03 22:30:07 +1200
    JSB
    2014-06-02 14:16:16 +1200
    Hannah Heyle
    2014-06-02 02:40:38 +1200
    Tess Windle James
    2014-06-01 13:30:01 +1200
    jen
    2014-06-01 03:52:18 +1200
    Wendy Rushbrook
    2014-05-31 00:12:13 +1200
    The Localising Food Project ~ Earthcare Education Aotearoa
    2014-05-30 22:47:29 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2014-05-30 21:27:30 +1200
    Lora Martens
    2014-05-30 12:32:11 +1200
    Ian GinJa
    2014-05-30 08:17:24 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2014-05-30 07:02:02 +1200
    Kim
    2014-05-29 23:31:36 +1200
    Rebecca Campbell
    2014-05-29 21:07:42 +1200
    AL
    2014-05-29 20:49:41 +1200
    Helen Tulett
    2014-05-29 20:43:48 +1200
    Takaka Infusion
    2014-05-29 20:22:15 +1200
    Laura Ann Beck
    2014-05-29 19:47:47 +1200
    Iron Lung Panda
    2014-05-29 19:33:31 +1200
    Nic Blasdale
    2014-05-29 19:02:51 +1200
    maya nova
    2014-05-28 17:06:51 +1200
    phil
    2014-05-27 14:05:58 +1200
    Rosalind Atkinson
    2014-05-27 13:10:20 +1200
    Ross Inness-McLeish
    2014-05-27 08:15:54 +1200
    Kye wright
    2014-05-26 20:15:56 +1200
    Leah Reider
    2014-05-22 18:38:03 +1200
    Annie Sprinkle
    2014-05-22 17:32:22 +1200

    Sacred Activist Album

    Project 2014-04-20 17:24:28 +1200

    I've just started recording what I believe will be my deepest, most resonant poetry collection yet. The Sacred Activist album will fuse the political and the sacred. It will feature the newest work that I've performed at festivals, conferences and poetry events over the last few years. Each poem will have music to help the medicine go down. 

    (UPDATE: We've just reached the funding goal I set – hooray & thank you & please do keep the contributions flowing in! The more $$ we get toward this project, the more hours I can hire awesome people to take this thing to the next level!)

    What's a Sacred Activist?

    As you may have noticed, there's some kinda destructive stuff happening on this magnificent Earth. You could spend your life heartbroken. Or you could spend your life distracting yourself pretending not to be heartbroken. I've briefly tried both of these options and found neither too satisfying!

    The path of the Sacred Activist is one who (to quote the title track) figures out how to "breathe in world's pain, breathe out light / keep heart fires burning through the longest night." I write these poems to keep myself going as an ecological activist and generally as a human living at this time. It's been such a gift to me to perform them on stages around New Zealand and to find out that the words help other folks keep going too!

    About the Album

    The poems on this album will be the ones that, after hearing them at gigs the last few years, folks have repeatedly come up to me and asked, "is that ___ poem on your CD?" Now it's time to record them so I can answer "yes" to that question! I'm so excited for my deepest work to go home with people for them to weave into their own lives.

    Okay, and the album’s not all serious. There are notes of the funny, the cosmic, the neurotic, the erotic, anecdotes about my hobby of writing pornographic stories when I was eight years old… you know, the important stuff...

    Each track on Sacred Activist will be a collaboration with a different musician (except for two tracks that will be just me). I feel so blessed to have a fine crew of talented musicians lined up to accompany me on this album. Together we're brewing a gentle but enlivening, intimate stew of mostly acoustic sounds, from guitar to cello.

    Why I'm Asking for Support

    I see this pledge drive not as a donation request, but as a co-investment by a community of listeners. I want and need to pay the people who help me out with their artistic skills – particularly my local sound tech wizard, and the musicians. But it can take awhile for the income from a CD to come in, and artists need to be buying and eating their organic food in the present! All funds from this campaign will go to feeding and sustaining those musical folks making this album, so they can help me create some food for your soul.  

    Thanks so much for joining me in making this happen,

    Redwood

     

    www.redwoodreider.org

     

    Comments

    WOW. (I know I'm a wordsmith but that's the only title I can think of after all this!)

    14/06/2014 at 2:09 PM

    Oh wow! Basically.

    The trend of the day is folks pledging MORE than required for their particular desired reward. Ah humans really make me smile sometimes.

    The last days have been exciting. With the last burst of enthusiastic contributions flowing in, I've been starting to reconnect with my musical collaborators, and some crafty plotting is happening. Every extra bit of funding coming in now is enabling me to grow the dream team of musicians on board, and to spend more time in the studio getting it all sparkly and gleaming. 

    Y'all are amazing. Being something of a populist I'm excited as much by the number of folks pledging as I am by the grand total. That so many of you are keen for this one, grows my heart's hope for this earth as I head out to tend my garden on this beautiful winter's day.

    Arohanui,

    Redwood

    Photographic depiction of how I feel about all this!

     

    So close!

    03/06/2014 at 6:37 PM

    Dear wonderful folks! I'm so excited and grateful about all of you who have been joining in.

    I don't find out til after the end about who pledged for what, but I want you to know that each contribution touches me, no matter the size. I love that several people have pledged for me to write poems; what a massive vote of support – and I also love that someone pledged 5 bucks as if to say "I'm broke but I just want to support you!" 

    I also love that you're resonating with this concept of the Sacred Activist, whatever it may mean to you (and I believe it can breathe through all of us in our own ways). You're adding fuel to the fire in my heart, and I hope to do the same for you with the poems – good trade?!

    Speaking of the dollars though – we're getting so close to the goal now. And I bet many of you know other lovely folks who would enjoy my work. This one is all about word of mouth (pun intended!). So I'd so appreciate it if you'd take a minute to send this to friends who might dig it, with your own recommendation. With their support and yours, I look forward to getting into the studio to record these poems for you very soon.

    Arohanui,

    Redwood

     

     

    Gratitude o'clock

    19/05/2014 at 7:16 PM

    Wow! I'm so humbled and awed by all the support for this project so far. It's definitely gratitude o'clock here at Redwood headquarters (a.k.a. my front porch).

    Thank you all so much!

    I put this campaign out for financial reasons – but hadn't even thought about the other benefits of doing so.

    As a writer, I've spent so much time in my life working away in focused solitude, riding the waves of the creative process on my own, creating for others but not knowing how my work would be received.

    It feels really different to put this project out into the world when it's just hatching and get back so many people's support, enthusiasm and trust in me at this stage. It feels amazing! I've been contemplating and carrying this album quietly a long time in my heart, and now it feels like it's being held in a stronger and stronger, gently weaving web of warm hands.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    Please keep helping me weave that web and share this with folks who might resonate with my work. This project, like the poetry itself, is all about person to person.

    Redwood

      Andrea JOhnson
      2014-06-05 15:40:58 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2014-06-05 14:14:37 +1200
      Fraser Bruce
      2014-06-04 17:58:06 +1200
      Nandor
      2014-06-04 10:01:13 +1200
      Ryan
      2014-06-03 22:30:07 +1200
      JSB
      2014-06-02 14:16:16 +1200
      Hannah Heyle
      2014-06-02 02:40:38 +1200
      Tess Windle James
      2014-06-01 13:30:01 +1200
      jen
      2014-06-01 03:52:18 +1200
      Wendy Rushbrook
      2014-05-31 00:12:13 +1200
      The Localising Food Project ~ Earthcare Education Aotearoa
      2014-05-30 22:47:29 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2014-05-30 21:27:30 +1200
      Lora Martens
      2014-05-30 12:32:11 +1200
      Ian GinJa
      2014-05-30 08:17:24 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2014-05-30 07:02:02 +1200
      Kim
      2014-05-29 23:31:36 +1200
      Rebecca Campbell
      2014-05-29 21:07:42 +1200
      AL
      2014-05-29 20:49:41 +1200
      Helen Tulett
      2014-05-29 20:43:48 +1200
      Takaka Infusion
      2014-05-29 20:22:15 +1200
      Laura Ann Beck
      2014-05-29 19:47:47 +1200
      Iron Lung Panda
      2014-05-29 19:33:31 +1200
      Nic Blasdale
      2014-05-29 19:02:51 +1200
      maya nova
      2014-05-28 17:06:51 +1200
      phil
      2014-05-27 14:05:58 +1200
      Rosalind Atkinson
      2014-05-27 13:10:20 +1200
      Ross Inness-McLeish
      2014-05-27 08:15:54 +1200
      Kye wright
      2014-05-26 20:15:56 +1200
      Leah Reider
      2014-05-22 18:38:03 +1200
      Annie Sprinkle
      2014-05-22 17:32:22 +1200
      This campaign was successful and got its funding on 14/06/2014 at 10:27 AM.