May 22, 2013 in News

Do you, uh, Indiegogo?

(UPDATE: Of course, the Indiegogo campaign is long over, so no donation is required. This is a repost from my original blog.)

I have just launched a new Indiegogo crowdfunding project so I can finish my first studio recording!!

Colin Richet and I have been slaving away in the studio at this (and enjoying ourselves IMMENSELY) for a couple of months now, but it is clear that more funds will be needed to really make sure this is everything it should be. I do not know if there will be any more albums after this one, but the idea is to make sure we do this one right! That means physical media- actual CDs and packaging! I could really use the support of everyone who reads this blog; family, friend, acquaintance, stranger danger, it matters not! 😉

I am posting the link straight to the project here, and will be keeping everyone updated about where we are with our goals and such as the days tick closer to the end of the campaign!

I am so excited to share my music with you- let’s make it happen!! Just click on the project link below, donate a pittance, and please share with as many people as you can!!!

(NOTE: No project link, as campaign is already complete)

May 11, 2013 in News

History of Whispered Words, pt. 2

… And here we are again,

with part 2 of the history of my “musical journey” (props to Larry Mullen Jr.) so far.  I gotta confess, I dropped an awful lot in part 1, so I am not going to be able to keep up the sheer volume of words I set as precedent!

 I am with a new church family these days, and have been playing it cool a bit, as I had done a lot of “up-front” work at my last church, and felt a wee bit burnt out.  I also had a lot to examine about why I was doing the things I was doing; was I on stage because I just enjoyed being on stage in front of people singing, or was it for a higher purpose? The music I have written and am still writing has always been about Christ and my relationship with Him; my struggles, my hopes, my failures.  I also still have questions about why God keeps giving such a flawed guy like me music to write and songs to sing. After talking to an old acquaintance in the music program, I asked if they needed any voices to sing backup, and began!

 Soon after, I met a singer/songwriter in the church who has been a bit of an inspiration to me, and who I have been able to work with in a couple of different capacities, namely: child-wrangling and music-playing. Her name is Julia Dawn. Check out her page! It has been fun watching a young and confident musician and singer with a STELLAR voice make her way, and it sort of rekindled a hopeful little fire that I had always had about making a real album of my material. Really soon after I met her, I got to see her open for one of my all-time favorite musicians, Derek Webb. That’s right, I got to meet one of my all-time musical heroes and I did NOT blow it (for those of you who don’t know me, I have a favourite saying: “Never meet your heroes. Only one of two things can happen: Either they disappoint you in some way, or you blow it.”). I repeat, I did NOT blow it.

 Around this time, I had an old friend named Colin come back into my life as well, and he and I got along amazingly right off the bat!  He stopped by my work to talk business, and the subject of his current work came to the forefront- he runs a studio here in my beautiful hometown, and actually had just finished working on Julia Dawn‘s album!! We got to talking, and I told him about my music and what I had (and hadn’t) done with it up ’til now.

 A brief aside: Colin Richet is the owner and proprietor of Revelation Studios, and does sound engineering, mixing, producing, multi-instrument session work, composing, and mastering- all in-house. He specializes in taking a simple melody and turning it into a fully-orchestrated experience, as big as you want it! If you have some music in you that you need to get out there, Colin is just the amazing person to help you make it happen. I highly recommend that anyone who is interested check out the site and get in touch with him to talk.

 When Colin left me that day, apparently the wheels started turning, and he got in touch with me the next day, and we started talking plans to record! This was around the end of November 2012. He said he was going to see when in the new year we could sit down and plan something out.

 In the meantime, I was getting a bit more involved in the church programs, and was asked to sing for the Silverspring Spirit of Christmas event that the church hosts for the surrounding community each year. I asked my good friend Larry to play guitar for me, while I sang a song of mine called “Carol for A Child”, and the response I received after was very affirming!

 Fast forward to March: We started recording.  It seems almost criminal to have this much fun while working. A couple times, Colin has hit PLAY, we listen through the most recent version of a song that has been with me for 15 years, and I have to hide the fact that I am tearing up at how amazing it sounds.  That brings me to now! I have taken a band name- Whispered Words. I haven’t named the album yet- I figure that will come after it is formed. I have started a Facebook band page under the name Whispered Words as well, and already have some fine people supporting me there!

 I am going to be trying my hand at crowd-funding the project, as I do not have the resources available to come out of this with a finished product. I will be launching an Indiegogo project with perks for anyone who donates to a finished album, and I hope that this will help us get over the finish line! I will be starting the Indiegogo push soon, and will keep all well-informed via blog, Facebook, Twitter, carrier pigeon, etc.

 I went and created a Youtube channel this week just so I could upload this: the first real sample of what the finished product will sound like!! This song is called “In Your Presence”.  If you like what you hear, please consider joining the others who will be donating to the finished CD! Enjoy!

May 5, 2013 in News, Uncategorized

History of Whispered Words, pt. 1

Hey all!

Jared here:

I am recording an album, and if you are at all a music geek like me, you like to hear the story behind the music. If so, here you go, and enjoy! If not, you are in for a rough ride below! 😉

The Music:

I have been writing music since the 10th grade. I was listening to my dad’s old Doc Watson recordings playing in the house on a quiet Saturday, something hit me, and I sat down and wrote my first song, “Works of Glory”. It was an old-school hymn, I was done writing it inside of ten minutes, and it has survived in that same completed form ever since.

The first time I sang one of my songs, it was at a youth conference at Covenant Bible College, just outside of Calgary in Strathmore, Alberta. There was a talent show on one of the evenings, and even though I didn’t (and still don’t!) play any instruments, I just felt it was something I should do, and signed up. It went well; I got a standing ovation from the crowd of teens and CBC staff, and I was very humbled and pleased. It didn’t seem strange to me that this song had appeared very much out of nowhere at the time.

A few months later, I had another epiphany, and I wrote three songs in a two-day period- “Face of Him”, “You Are”, and “Thank You”. The first two of these still hold up so well that I am putting them on the recording that I am working on. (The third… not so much. It sounds a little juvenile these days, lyrically speaking…. but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t turn into something else someday!)

I still had a problem, though- I could not play anything, intrument-wise. When I write, I sit down and write a fully-formed song in about twenty minutes, usually. The melody and lyrics arrive at the same time, and as soon as I am done, I sing it into a cell phone recorder or something similar to make sure I don’t lose the melody. So, without someone in my life who could play a guitar and help me “chord everything out”, I just sort of sat on them.

A few years went by. I finished high school, got married, and moved to Saskatoon, in fairly short order. My Beautiful Wife and I started attending a church, got jobs, and a year went by. I met some friends at the church, but we eventually stopped attending and started looking for another church that suited us better. And by “looking”, I mean “sleeping in on Sundays instead of looking”. After a year and a half, we eventually decided that we needed to start paying attention to our spiritual lives again, and had heard that the situation at our original church had changed somewhat. We went back, were welcomed with open arms, and we had found what was going to be our church family for a long time.

One of our first few Sundays back to the fold, I sang Works of Glory as a special music thing in one of the services, and caught the attention of Larry and Troy, two music-minded men in the church who were going to be hosting a “coffee house”-style shindig. They asked if I was interested in joining them to sing backup, and I was very flattered. Eventually, the subject of my having some original music came up, and they asked if I wanted to do something with it. Having musicians at my disposal was too good to pass up, so I not only had them help me suss out the stuff I had already written, I started writing again in earnest, and wrote a good chunk of material in the 2004-2007 period with their help. “Broken Man” and “Old Letters” both came out of this period, and will be on the upcoming recording as well.

Through this time, I also made two of the longest-lasting and rewarding friendships of my life! Troy and Larry are still major influences in my life, musically and otherwise.

Troy has moved on to a promising and exploratory solo career and is headlining his own alt-country band now, but Larry and I played together often, on the church stage and off. We continued to play little coffee house gigs here and there, and even got paid to play at a wedding once (the high point of the old band, for sure)! In the last couple years, though, we hit some major life changes- Larry and I both decided, for different reasons, to move on from our church home to see what was out there.

Around the time of the move, I wrote a few songs (the last in 2011)- “In Your Presence”, “We Come to You”, and “Carol for a Child” (my one and only Christmas song). I actually sang and performed “We Come To You”, an exploration of prayer, on my last Sunday service at our old church, and was moved to remember how much growth and change My Beautiful Wife and I had been through there, and how much we had to thank everyone there for. It remains a precious memory to me. “We Come to You”, “In Your Presence”, and “Carol for a Child” are all going to be recorded during this project, as well- I will just be holding on to the Christmas song until the season is right. 😉

Larry and I moved into other church families, but I absolutely did not want our musical relationship to end there! Over the years, I joked with him that if I ever recorded a real professional studio release, he was going to get a co-writing credit for music, as his sensibility and skill absolutely informed every single one of the songs in my catalog! Joke or no at the time, it was and is absolutely true- I plan to keep playing music with him as long as he and I are both able, and he will be getting a co-writing credit on the album as well for everything I have played with him over the years. I can’t even remember what some of these songs were like before he helped me shape them. He has been a true brother, musically and otherwise…

End of part 1- part 2 to follow soon!

May 1, 2013 in News

Whispered Words: The Beginning

Jared here! So this is going to be the first blog post for the newly-minted Whispered Words blog, and to catch everyone up on the whole process, I am going to transfer over the original entries from my personal blog in order of original release. Please keep in mind that I barely have this blogging thing figured out a year later, and if you could think of an easier way to accomplish this than copying and pasting manually, I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT. Leave me to my folly.

The first post is from 5/1/2013, and goes like this:

I am recording my first album! I will be launching an Indiegogo campaign soon to fund it!

Okay, maybe not EARTH-SHATTERING, but long-overdue, at least.

I have held off of officially announcing this project for a wee bit because I was unsure how the funding was going to all work out, and also unsure about whether this was going to be a small project for posterity, or whether it was going to be My First Album. After spending some time in the studio with my producer/sound engineer/studio musician extraordinaire, I have decided that this will be My First Album.

The aforementioned studio genius is Colin Richet, owner and purveyor of Revelation Studios; Colin’s specialty is taking a basic melody and a voice and turning it into a fully fleshed-out song, produced to whatever level you require, and it has been amazing to hear my music (some of which I wrote back in late high school) taking a shape I never imagined! Colin and I go a ways back. We reconnected in late 2012, and after some deep conversation realized that it is our destiny to work together! I waited while he finished some projects and cleared some space for me, and I am super-pumped about taking this journey with him!

I will be giving updated progress reports on this page as well as my Twitter and Facebook accounts, and I have created a band page on Facebook as well for anyone interested to follow and keep up with the project.

 The name of the project (and the band name I have chosen) is Whispered Words. I was leaving work and walking across the street when the thought “I wonder what a good band name would be?” Instantly, “Whispered Words” appeared in my frontal lobe. I gave it some time to sink in (and checked registered band names) and it looks like it is all mine, and it just FEELS right.

The E.P. itself (six songs) will get a title later on.

Despite praying for peace about this, I still can’t get over the scariness of not having all the funds I need to complete the project; but here’s where you can help! I have had many people ask me when I plan to record a CD over the years, and have had a few even tell me they were looking for something to invest in re: my music, so I intend to launch an Indiegogo crowd-funding effort very soon to finance the E.P.! You will be able to donate the amount of your choice, and depending on the amount, you will get certain perks in return, i.e. an advance digital copy of the E.P., a physical copy of the finished CD, your name mentioned in the liner notes, I mow your lawn, a house concert, etc. So when it launches, please consider funding the album- you won’t be sorry! Colin and I are working some magic here!! I am really excited about this, and very nervous as well… being able to put the funding issues to rest and give you nice folks some audible chocolate in return would make me very happy.

Thanks for listening!!


P.S. The cat’s out of the bag now! Here is that particular self-satisfied-looking cat in the studio, seeing his dreams take shape!