It was when Dan said the songs were ready to send to Red that I knew we had made significant progress in a project that had seemed mysterious and huge.
Then when the songs actually came back with added acoustic piano and Hammond organ tracks, the album suddenly blossomed into something more than I could have ever imagined. I was even a little upset that up until that point I’d had no idea how far the songs could go. I was awed that someone I had never met could hear such beautiful things in these simple little songs that I had written in my room. They were now SO much bigger than just me. I could see how they could be gifts for other people! For example, Keep Telling Me:
When I finally got to meet Red, he, Dan and I had a wonderful and relaxed conversation about music and the rewards of being a musician. He was humble, laid back, and genuine. It was a pretty great visit.
Besides just the beautiful notes and melodies, Red’s tracks gave me a huge gift of confidence and belief in my songs, a gift I didn’t even know I needed. Red needs some help now and I would love to give back to him.
The story briefly is that this September, while working on converting his Austin garage into a music studio, Red was bitten by a mosquito that gave him a severe case of viral meningitis. He has no insurance, has been unable to work for 6 weeks and it took a lot of hospital time to finally diagnose and then rest from the illness and he still needs more rest. You can read more about it and donate to the cause directly here: http://help-red.com/
I have already made a small donation on my own but I’d love to give more! So I’ve decided that I will give 25% of any pre-orders I get for Anchor in the next two weeks to Red as well. My pre-order page is set to “name your price” (with a minimum of $5 for the digital download and $8 for the CD), so whatever amount you choose, 25% of it will go to Red! You’ll also get to download two tracks right away, whether you choose digital or CD.
Here is the page where you can pre-order Anchor (online release is November 13th!): http://heathermiller.bandcamp.com/album/anchor-ep
And once again, here is the page where you can help Red directly: http://help-red.com/
Thank you in advance for your support of this amazing musician, whether you donate to him directly, pre-order Anchor, or just spread the word!