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So here it is – the product of a year-long attempt to capture the sentiment of growing up. There is something so terrifyingly fragile yet pleasantly unexplored about this part of my life that sometimes I literally couldn’t find the words to say it. But we’ve all taken giant leaps in our lives, so here’s mine.
ALL of the profits go to charity.
Whether it’s one dollar or one million dollars, every penny of the money I receive from this album will be donated directly to the Ronald McDonald House charity in the name of my little brother, Tyler. This is my humble attempt at giving back to them a fraction of the support they offered to my family at a painful time in our lives.
Whatever you offer will be doubled.
I am very happy to say that all of the donations will be matched by a spectacularly generous donor (BIG shouts to them!). So if you donate $5, it’s actually $10 that The Ronald McDonald House will receive – not bad, huh?
The album is written as one big song.
Although the tracks on your iPod may change, the structure is seamless and its pieces tell a story. These songs are made up of some of the most interesting sounds I have ever used – you’ll hear a modded Speak & Spell toy used as a drum machine, brass, strings, celesta, glockenspiel, and even chiptune elements.
If you don’t have the money to donate, that’s totally cool.
Go ahead and download the album anyway, but do me a favor and help spread the message via Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or whatever you use! I just want people to hear the music and help out the cause first and foremost. I could never begin to put a price tag on something like that.
This is a 100% DIY project.
I played and sang every note, tweaked every knob, wrote every word, and mixed and mastered every track on this album by myself in my bedroom. Anything I didn’t do, I owe to some awesome friends of mine – huge shouts to Jake Lazaroff for his incredible album art and to Hadar, Andrew, Jes, Bobby, and Luke for their gang vocals in “Walking Away.”
I hope that there’s something within this album that finds a place in your heart.
Maybe it’s something tiny, like the string of notes on the piano that provide a soundtrack to your morning, or maybe it’s something powerful, like an emotional attachment to the words I’ve written. Whatever it is, I couldn’t be happier to share it with you. Thank you for giving me that opportunity.
released 01 March 2012
Everything you hear - Chris Gordon
Artwork - Jake Lazaroff
Backup Vocals on "Walking Away" - Andrew Lim, Bobby Joffred, Jes Reiner, Hadar Spector, Lucas Quagliata.