Hello Friends and Happy Holidays!
And now…for a song about death…
Above is a music video I just shot down in the Big Easy for my song “Die In New Orleans,” which is on my upcoming release, “Fleur De Lis.” We filmed it mostly in the St. Louis Cemetery one afternoon back in October just as I got off tour with Norah Jones. How Rick Kaplan got the permission to film in the cemetery I’ll never know, but then such are the mysteries of guardian angels which Rick has totally proven to be.
I didn’t know Rick at all when I began this process of raising money to make the record. First came his donation. And then a note asking of I was interested in him documenting the proceedings. After some initial trepidation, we finally got together and he has proven to be one of the most talented artists I have ever had the pleasure of working with. What a director!
His wife Danielle, an exceptional photographer, also contributed photos for the CD package and the two of them have instilled me with a certain faith in the modern age of independent record making.
Anyway, I don’t want to build it up any more than that. I just hope you dig the video as much as I do. We had such fun making it.
And for those of you who haven’t been updated: “Fleur De Lis,” HAS arrived! Those who pre-ordered already have the new sounds in their hot little hands. The record will be released to the general public via I-Tunes and Amazon on Mardi Gras Day, which is February 12th, 2013. However, if you want to pre-order or contribute now in any way, you can still do so here.
I have already raised close to $14.5K, which I am so grateful for, but all together with pressing and everything, the bills come closer to 18K. I will send two free downloads of previously unreleased material to you if you respond to this email by December 18th.
“Fleur” is my first effort playing mostly piano and it also features some truly special New Orleans musicians including Jon Cleary, Johnny Vidacovich, Terrence Higgins, and Phil DeGruy, among others.
Hope you check it out, but meanwhile, enjoy this video!