Gordon Thomas Ward

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The BIG STORY is I Have a Brand New Album Ready to Record...

...and I want to invite You to be involved!
This record will be filled with illustrative lyrics, gorgeous instrumentation, tales, folklore, introspection, and stories plucked from the heart of our shared journey. I’m titling the record Passions, Dreams, & Legends.

The other part of the big story is – I’m trying something new for me in terms of the method of pulling this project together. I’m inviting you to play a vital, collaborative role to help me tell these stories in song.

Do you remember listening to albums, studying their artwork, and memorizing their lyrics and musical phrases? We were entranced and by them, and they may have even influenced our children. The albums’ songs conveyed poetic messages and gave us different perspectives on life. Their stories transported us to other places and seeped into our very souls. This is the kind of record I’ve composed, and I’m very excited about sharing it with all of you!

Since recording my first album Welcome to the Past, I’ve been writing and arranging songs about events in our world and sharing stages with many amazing musicians, singers, and songwriters. My song-crafting has revealed some private insights that were a little uncomfortable for me to put out there for the world to hear. However, I know the music is common ground between myself and my listeners who’ve told me the way I communicate stories through song breathes new life into history, folklore, and our classic themes of love and loss - OUR STORY. In fact, I’ve even had educators and both local and national historical groups use my songs in classrooms, websites, and events! Additionally, I am so very grateful and thankful and truly love all of you who have come to my shows, told me how the songs resonated with you, bought records, and generally supported my music.

Passions, Dreams, & Legends has grown out of all of this. The album will be recorded in the highest quality at Charlestown Studios with the extraordinary Eric Troyer serving as engineer, co-producer, and contributing musician. The record will also feature some stellar, contributing performances by a handful of top-notch musicians. “How Many More?” and "The Boys of '17" are a couple of my new songs that will give you an idea of what to expect.


This is where you get to be part of the creation in this collaborative effort!
Through “fanfunding,” I’d like us to raise some of the funds needed to bring this new music to all of you.

Why am I doing this?
Making music for a living is fulfilling, but it’s extremely challenging and getting more difficult every day! The music industry, and the way listeners consume music, has changed dramatically. We live in a time when far less people are actually paying for their music, and this makes it ever more difficult for independent artists to finance recording of their music. Crowdfunding sites are growing in popularity, but I’ve decided not to use them to handle donations for Passions, Dreams, & Legends. Why? Well, compared to some new record projects, my project is on the smaller side, and I’m only reaching out to people who are familiar with my work and not the general public – hence, “fanfunding.” Plus, when crowdfunding platforms are used, they take up 8-15% of the funds. That’s a lot, so I’m electing to keep things between you and me and put all of the pledges toward the music I want to create for you!
With that in mind, I’m reaching out to potential pledging partners like you who’d like to help me deliver my music to you and others who love my stories and melodies. I’m funding this project entirely on my own, with your help. I'm very thankful to say that the bottom line is I’ve got only $430 remaining to be raised out of the original $5,200. This covers recording and production time for ten new songs, artwork, CD manufacturing, and all professional services.
Plus I now have a pledging partner who will match all pledges $ for $ until the goal is reached! This means your pledge generates DOUBLE it's dollar amount!


How can you be involved?
When you pledge, you become part of the team for the new record. There are 6 Pledge Levels via PayPal.
(While this site has been set up for PayPal, personal checks are fine, too, as a second option. My address is P.O. Box 226, Pottersville, NJ.)
Depending on the chosen pledge amount, I’ll donate downloadable music, CDs, books, talents, and some really cool experiences back to pledgers. (If you have another idea, let me know!)

Dulcimer Pledge of $30 includes

  • Digital download of Passions, Dreams, & Legends before the general public
  • Signed Passions, Dreams, & Legends CD
  • An inside look at how the record is made through photos, posts, previews, exclusive announcements, and more.

Classical Pledge of $75 includes

  • Signed copy of my first CD Welcome to the Past and ONE of my Books. If you already have these, you can give them as gifts!
  • Digital download of Passions, Dreams, & Legends before the general public
  • Signed Passions, Dreams, & Legends CD
  • An inside look at how the record is made through photos, posts, previews, exclusive announcements, and more.

Grand Concert Pledge of $150 includes

  • Signed copy of my first CD Welcome to the Past and signed copies of THREE of my Books Tracing Infinity, A Bit of Earth, or Ghosts of Central Jersey. If you already have these, you can give them as gifts!
  • Digital download of Passions, Dreams, & Legends before the general public
  • Signed Passions, Dreams, & Legends CD
  • An inside look at how the record is made through photos, posts, previews, exclusive announcements, and more.

Wow! Baritone Pledge of $300 includes

  • Your name in print on the Passions, Dreams, & Legends record jacket! PLUS
  • You’ll be my guest at the CD Release Show for the new record (date TBD). You’ll see me set up and run through some songs – and you get a preferred seat. If you can’t attend the CD Release Show, we’ll find another special performance of mine for you to attend!
  • Digital download of Passions, Dreams, & Legends before the general public
  • Signed Passions, Dreams, & Legends CD and an inside look at how the record is made through photos, posts, previews, exclusive announcements, and more. (Note: I’ll need an E-mail address for you).
  • Signed copy of my first CD Welcome to the Past and signed copies of three of my books Tracing Infinity, A Bit of Earth, or Ghosts of Central Jersey. If you already have these, you can give them as gifts

Remarkable! 6-String Jumbo Pledge of $700 includes

  • This includes everything from the Baritone Pledge level, PLUS
  • You’ll be scheduled to join me as guest DJ on my weekly, Monday, FM radio show. You get to plan the music and/or topic of discussion, and you receive a recording of your show. (Must be flexible with dates and times). If you have a specific Monday in mind, contact me before you book this.

Amazing! You do this because you care and because you can.

12-String Jumbo Pledge of $975 includes

  • Everything from the Baritone Pledge level, PLUS, you’ll be scheduled to attend a recording studio session for Passions, Dreams, & Legends. (Must be flexible with dates and times. If you have a specific date in mind, please contact me before you pledge.)
  • PLUS, I will come to your house and perform my heart out in a solo, acoustic concert (2 sets of 45 minutes). PLUS, you’ll receive a heartfelt, handmade, thank-you card from me for helping to make this record a reality. (Obviously, there are travel limitations. Please contact me before you pledge.)

 

I'm so deeply grateful for any and all contributions toward the goal, and I'm looking forward to sharing the album-creating adventure with you. Remember that spreading the word about this project is as helpful as investing in it. Together, we can bring these songs about our stories into the world and make this album happen. In fact, together is the only way it’ll happen.

To my long-time fans, thank you for walking this road with me, and thank you for partners on this creative journey. I'm emboldened by your years of love and support, and I'm determined to continue growing and evolving as an artist to bring whatever beauty I can bring to this world.


As always, you can contact me through E-mail at gordonthomasward@gmail.com.


Thank you so very much for supporting my music, independent songwriting and production, and the arts!

Dulcimer Pledge

$30.00

Classical Pledge

$75.00

 
 

Grand Concert Pledge

$150.00

 
 

Baritone Pledge

$300.00

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

6-String Jumbo Pledge

$700.00

 

12-String Jumbo Pledge

$975.00