It is the TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY of my #1 album The Burdens Of Being Upright. MODERN BURDENS is the re-recoding and the reimagining of my “Burdens” album from 1996. Things have gotten surreal and exciting since we started this campaign. From my surprise “audition” with my friend Fred Armisen (video above), to what is now becoming a collaboration with AMAZING ARTISTS joining in on the project for charity.
We are making this project an event – with like minded female artists whom I have known and loved since the 90s to today (Tanya Donelly of Throwing Muses / Belly, Sadie DuPuis of Speedy Ortiz / Sad13, Rachael Yamagata, Katherine Calder of New Pornographers, Angie Hart of Frente, Kay Hanley of Letters To Cleo, and Nicole Atkins) banding together to empower and uplift young women. This album was written about an abusive ex boyfriend more than twenty years ago, and the lyrics are finding their way into present day conversations I am / we are having about misogyny, making themselves relevant again.
At the end of this campaign, once the recording, mixing, mastering, manufacturing, shipping, of all exclusive items are paid for and fulfilled, we are giving part of the proceeds to a charity, as a donation, to www.girlup.org (as well as the percentage to Friends Of The Woodstock Library below).
Once you Pledge you will instantly receive a free download of the MODERN BURDENS MOTHER MOTHER 2016 recording that is already finished. Vocals by yours truly.
My collaborator and co-producer, John Wlaysewski (from the NYC band Late Cambrian), and I will be recording all the instruments on the songs: Mother Mother, Tell It To The Sky, Navy Bean, Kisses, Brain Crack, The One, Sharks Can’t Sleep, etc while adding the vocals from these wonderful singers (as well as myself – hey, I still gotta sing on this thing!) and we will call it…..MODERN BURDENS! Hell, if we are on a roll we will write a new song or two to make it truly modern.
I am super grateful for these amazing women offering their supreme talent for this project. I was amazed by the immediate and enthusiastic response I received from each of them as I asked them to be a part of it. It warmed my heart. I had quickly forgotten what a hit Mother Mother was and how my album touched so many people. That said, when you find out that some of your favorite artists are actually fans of your record, it makes it even more worthwhile.
Some of you may not have been alive when my song Mother Mother was on the radio, and for you I am grateful, as you are here without even being a part of the frenzy that made my song and my album a hit in 1996. Some of you were kids at the time, or teenagers, or perhaps grown adults. I appreciate you! And I am so happy to still be here making music for you. With your help we can make this MODERN BURDENS album amazing and we can reach a lot of people if we just let them know about it. Let’s blow this out of the water. Sharing this project with your friends, your families, and your social media pages will only help us to reach our goal, and hopefully exceed it as there are always costs in the end that surprise us. It never fails.
Sharks Cant Sleep (feat. Tanya Donelly):