Dear friends and everyone else, if you’ve considered pledging to our Kickstarter campaign to help us put on Persephone: A Rock Ballet, now’s the time! Only 3 days until the fundraising period closes. We have met our goal of $2200, for which we are extremely excited and grateful. However, we set our Kickstarter goal lower than we actually need, since we were operating on such short notice. We wanted to make it easier to guarantee a certain amount, since with Kickstarter, if you don’t meet your goal you get nothing (besides exposure). If you read the project description (the text below the video), you can see exactly where the money is budgeted for everything over $2200.
In any case, I am excited, honored and amazed to be putting on this production. The music I’ve had the opportunity to write has amazed even me, if I may say so. It’s a really great exercise to write songs in a context that’s already so well defined, like a Greek myth. When you write songs about your own life, identifying a context to write about can be a challenge, at least for me. With this myth, the context is very plainly laid out, and I can put a lot of energy into a song that expresses the tension and urgency of the situation. In that regard I consider it some of my best songwriting. And as you probably know, in Persephone the music is performed live behind all the dance. I’m very excited to put on this show!
The above links point to our Kickstarter page, but I’ve set up a website that’s got an easy to remember URL, PersephoneARockBallet.com, where you can read a synopsis of the plot that I wrote. Here you can see our interpretation of the myth and look at what twists we’ve put on things, and get a sense for the message in our story.
Enjoy! Share! Be merry! Or pissed off, whatever you want!