by Dan Cloutier
A new album by Dan Cloutier full of snow, ice, life, hope, hospital rooms, one wolf, and more!
About this project
It has been an amazing, hard, rewarding, somber, and joyful five years since my last album “Blind Willie’s Lighthouse.” The new collection of music, which I’ve spent this summer recording, is a reflection of those five years. Welcome to “The Battle of Greenland.” Since “BWL,” I’ve had two beautiful and now healthy kiddos, seen one of them fight and beat cancer, spent lots of time in hospitals, lost my uncle and grandfather, still grown as a family, and have had my heart increase two sizes.
This album and its themes are a way for me to reflect on all these memories, both the sad and good. The songs are about snow, ice, birth, life, death, hospital rooms, mortality, tundra, icebergs, penguins, hope, nuclear annihilation, fluorescent lights, battles, resurrection, wolves, red blood cells, the North Pole, the South Pole, Siberia, Antarctica, Alaska, and Greenland. I have always had a fascination with cold remote places, and they make a perfect background setting for this collection of stories.
My friends Kim Jennings, Eric Salt, and I have been demoing and working all summer on the songs, with lots of synthesizer and electric guitar! I would be honored if you would partner with me, so this music can have the best chance to reach as many ears as possible. I’m profoundly proud of this music. I believe it is important, and will move people. Thank you for your support, and enjoy “The Battle of Greenland!”
Risks and challenges
This will be the fourth music album that I have made with this group of people, therefore I have a good idea of cost of recording, mixing, mastering, and duplication. I have the art work lined up, and the budget of $4,000 should cover at least 75% of the project. I have a stretch goal of $5,000, which would allow me to let everyone to download the album for free. What better way to get this music out to the world? My main challenge is to get all this done before the CD release date in January 2017. Life with two beautiful kiddos makes deadlines just a bit harder!