To Pledge or not to Pledge, that is the question….
February 25, 2014. No comments.
And the answer is: They DID!!
I was frankly quite astonished – and incredibly pleased – when we stormed through the final day with a massive 103% of our crowd-funding goal. Which means we can make the record (and I don’t have to shrug my shoulders and wince at you – which is also nice.)
It was kind of hairy out there for a while though. 99% for a tantalising few hours before midnight…. finger biting stuff. You see the way it works is that if you don’t reach your ‘goal’ all the money that has already been pledged goes back from whence it came, nothing happens after all, and the whole thing is a spectacular disappointment.
That’s risks for you. But then pretty much anything worth doing has an element of risk. For instance I just got cast as a young woman for a film and tomorrow is costume fitting day. I’m not sure what they class as young, but what if they find out I am, in fact, a little older than 21?
Ok, that’s a terrible and trivial example, but the point is, sometimes you have to stick your neck out and there are very few guarantees in life anyway. Rather than, say, ask a bank who would sneer at such a whimsical plan as to make up songs, it makes sense to go cap in hand and ask people if they like my music enough to part with their pennies before I have made it. I suppose it’s bit like a self-imposed commission or old-fashioned patronage….the 17th century Irish harper Turough O’Carolan played for land or whisky (which always sounded like a reasonable deal to me).
Luckily people Do like it, so I shall work hard to repay that trust.
The studio is booked, the songs (almost) written.
And once I’ve finished swishing around in medieval dresses (more crowd-scene than crowd-funding) I shall be tuning my harps, warming up my voice and striking a chord or two.