After being in several bands I am finally releasing my first solo record. I received a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council which paid for the recording of the album, but now I need a little help with the printing in order to bring my vision into full fruition. No amount is too small. I would be grateful for any contribution and also if you could share this link with your friends and family. To donate, visit:
Really excited to be working on my first solo record of original songs. I have always given my original songs to bands. The problem with bands is that they break up. Being in a band is like being "boyfriend/girlfriend" with your dude friends. Eventually everyone's personal issues arise and things get really complex and emotional and it's hard to stay together. I still love every one of my ex-bandmates and cherish those experiences of co-creation
This solo record is just the next natural step in my life and development. I have written songs since I was 7 years old. But now, at 33, with a wife and daughter, and a bit of life lived, I feel like I am finally really ripening as a singer/songwriter. Finding my voice has been a long road, but I feel like it is now been found. So much of learning music is imitation. But at this phase I have been engaged in finding my natural voice, my signature note. As eclectic as my musical influences are I thinking this record is the most direct.
I was lucky to get some financial help from the Arts Council towards the record in the form of the Regional Artist Project Grant. There are many applicants for this grant and the money is divided among many of it's recipients. I got about the half of the money I asked for in my proposal and it looks like that will cover most of the recording. What I don't think it will cover is the printing of the record through Discmakers. I am looking into running a KickStarter campaign for the completion of the record into ultimate physicality. I will keep you updated!
Here is a link to a track that was recorded as a "demo", but it had so much effortless magic that I decided I will put in on the record. For me this typifies what I mean by direct. It is purposely the simplest song I've ever written. Played live "take 3" with Tyler Nail, Johnathan Loos and Quique Rodriguez. http://colinallured.bandcamp.com/track/goodnight-my-deep-blue-sea
Wow, it's been 2 months since my last writing. And the very good reason for that is the presence of our baby girl, Kora! She was born on Dec. 18th, 2011, her due date!
Words fail me at the thought of describing these last two months. She has already changed me as a person and musician forever in the deepest and best ways. She has opened my heart and melted years of weariness and bitterness with her smile. She knows me and I know her. She just grows and shines with the milk from her mother's body and the voice from her mother's lips, she is physically surrounded by music, musical instruments and art. Christmas lights and drum jams, kamale ngoni meditations and guitar songs color her infant slumber. I feel connected to the whole human family in a way that was previously only a thought or idea. I accept the honored title of father and do my best to embody the best version of that for Kora.
I played a gig with Lean In down at the Garage last Saturday and it felt totally different to play music for people than it did before. I felt somehow more free from myself and petty concerns that would have before kept me from my natural ecstacy in the opportunity of getting to share music with people who are offering their attention! It was so much fun!
For more details about Kora's birth story feel free to join me on facebook. There is a "note" I wrote write after Kora was born called "Tammy Lynn Coppola Is My Hero".
Tammy is 39 weeks pregnant today!
I recorded one of my favorite Christmas songs as a Christmas present to you. You can download the song in "Free Music". And watch the video I made for it in videos!
Peace and Joy!
If you go to "buy music" above. You can hear a song I wrote celebrating pregnant motherhood. I gave it to Tammy for her first "Mother's Day" present.
Today Tammy is 37 weeks and a day pregnant. We had a belly casting adventure. I got to put all these dampened guauzy strips over her full moon form, immortalizing our baby's cozy home of the last eighth months. We can't wait to have our baby out "above belly" but it has been magical to be a part of this whole process of pregnancy and I am glad we will have a life size work of art that celebrates this time!
This one gives me chills, especially with approaching the awe and the mystery of fatherhood:
"We grown-up people think that we appreciate music, but if we realize the sense that an infant has brought with it of appreciating sound and rhythm, we would never boast of knowing music. The infant is music itself." - Hazrat Inyat Khan.
One of my greatest influences is taking an acoustic instrument out to nature. Feeling the sun and wind. Hearing the birds and bugs tune their symphony with the harmony of the moment. And sure enough, I find when you start to play and make music with nature, there are uncanny connections that start to happen. Mysterious crecsencdos of cicadas and wind occur simultaneously with the and a listening that I do. Then there is something that transcends even listening, a telepathic unity that just happens. The way music goes out gently into space like a bird that soars above the treeline. The way temperature effects tempo. The way light effects harmony. Such great music teachers!