Dolphin & Youis creating Original Collaborative Songs
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•A Curated music playlist of artist favorites, created by the featured monthly artist and myself featuring folk, pop, experimental, dance music from all around the world.
•A livestream with the artist of the month where we take your questions and talk about the featured song, singing, songwriting, music, gardening, life, whatever you want!
•Plus the two original songs
•Lyrics and music (including vocal harmonies!) to an awesome and extremely sing-alongable song every month including information about the song's history, along with song-leading and community sing organizing tips.
•A curated bundle of back catalog and unreleased songs from "Dolphin & You" artists.
•Plus the curated music playlist, artist livestream, and the two original songs,
Partnering with brilliant songwriters and singers
to record them for free
and bring their unrecorded songs directly to listeners.
Starting with one song of mine and one song of yours every month.
"Dolphin & You"
is making collaborative music from an awesome and ever-expanding network of musicians and singers (including YOU!) to sustainably bring beautiful original music FROM the masses TO the masses.
What is "Dolphin & You"?
Starting almost three years ago, Brian Dolphin and a Brooklyn-based community of songwriters and folk singers created a Community Sing and newsletter that shared a newly recorded song each month. Continuing this tradition, Dolphin & You will be publicly releasing music (and video, playlists, interviews, and educational materials) from and to more people, ever continuing to foster musical community - now through monthly song recordings!
What is Patreon?
It is like Kickstarter but for ongoing creation. Instead of one big lump sum, Patreon works with small recurring donations. It is like the patronage of old and the subscription of late. It kind of works like Community Supported Agriculture in that ahead of the season you get to support the farm (the seeds, the farmers, and equipment) and then when the season is in full swing, you get your delicious fruits and vegetables when they are at their freshest.
This musical farm gives you a monthly musical harvest of fresh, original, and awesome music. PLUS you get to spend time on the farm hanging out and helping cultivate community and its musical roots and fruits at the same time! Want to join a community sing? Have a song you want recorded? Want to join the band? Email [email protected] and let's make it happen!
In this project, music goes straight from the singing mouths of people to the listening ears of people without middlemen like record labels, music streaming services, or song licensers. It is a direct connection designed to support artists who want to be heard and listeners who want to hear songs that the radio is not playing.
Who am I (Brian Dolphin)?
I write songs and sing with people. I've done this in five continents as a Watson Fellow, a musician, and an ethnomusicologist. I've recorded eight albums and produced several as well. Much of my life has been spent getting people together to make music: starting and directing Ukrainian and American folk choirs, teaching music courses at Brooklyn College, organizing community sings, rehearsing and recording ensembles of diverse people and musical interests.
For the past several years, I have been studying ethnomusicology as a Ph.D student, focusing now on the music, history, and philosophy of community singing movements in the U.S. Part of what I am ever seeking to learn is how we can connect and help each other through music, through collaboration, through sharing resources. This Patreon is a continuation of that same journey and mission.