I care about three things: helping people, making family, and making music. If you care about one or all of these too, we should probably partner up. Your monthly support will allow me to accomplish these three things with my art:
2. Making family. I want to connect people, connect deeply with people, give and share love, build and grow relationships... etc. I think life is about humans, and so a meaningful life is found in the connection of human souls — everything else (jobs, hobbies, technology, etc.) is just support or distraction. I call this sort of life-sharing and love-sharing “making family”; it is the kind of thing that’s built into how biological families develop and function, but that’s reflective of a broader beautiful human capacity and necessity for connection (so yes, it’s suggestive, but that suggestiveness is suggestive of something better).
1+2+3 = Brother James
The converging of these three passions, taking skills and talents into account, is a sort of musical existence in which I write songs and share them with friends, in person and online. I'm calling this bard-life "Brother James". So here I am, to share songs with friends. And if you care about those three things above, your patronage can enable them.
But what's Patreon?
Patreon is platform that's bringing back the tradition of patronage for artists. Rather than artists hoping to get discovered by a table and "make it someday", we can bypass the system and make art just for the people who care about it and want more. So instead of paying for CD's, you pledge monthly to demand (with your dollars) that I make more content, which gives me incentive to create more often. In return, I give you exclusive unreleased content and I'll give you any and all published music for free when I release it to the public.
So I'll share a new song (in demo form) exclusively with my patrons once a month. Your monthly patronage will serve to cover the costs of turning these demo songs into finished products (make 'em sound real good in a real studio) that I'll release for free so that we can reach as many people as possible. Your patronage will provide resources for the best music we can possibly produce, will help me to be the best Brother James by our growing conversation (challenge me! grow me! push me! fight me!), and turn this family-making into a vocation of loving people.
I want to be your brother. If you’ll let me, I think that together we can make the world a little bit better. At the very least, make our lives a little bit better. :)
*”Family” and “Extended family” are for those who want to provide time as a resource rather than money for production costs; so this particular patronage will become my paycheck, freeing me to work on these songs instead of making coffee.