This is a live recording that is one of the rewards for my Kickstarter campaign called Conspire to Smile which is a new album from Reid Genauer & Folks: less formally stated, me and my friends, a Kickstarter and a social "thought experiment" of sorts. It's a collection of re-told songs about compassion and positivity, covers of songs that have universal messages of love, and strength. It also includes two originals: “Conspire To Smile,” the title track and the first studio recording of the original lineup of Strangefolk since the recording of A Great Long While in 1998/99, and the debut of “Amplified Messiah,” the first studio recording of the original Assembly of Dust line up since Some Assembly Required in 2009.
Kickstarter Begins February 1, 2018
WHO: A partial list of the collective of musicians on Conspire To Smile to whom I have great admiration for and hold with great affection. In alphabetical order: Aaron Maxwell, Adam Terrell, Andy Herrick, Dave Diamond, Elliot Peck, Erik Glockler, Jason Crosby, John Leccese, Jon Trafton LEBO, Luke Smith, Marc Friedman, Nate Wilson, Ryan Montbleau, Scott Law, Scott Metzger. More to be announced - you lay the dust!
WHY: This project is about the collective “we.” It’s a celebration of the power that each of us has in the telling of our shared story, a reminder that we all have way more in common than not. Our little community is geographically distributed throughout the country and amounts to some 30,000 people or so. If each of us were to gain five minutes a week of peace of mind from this project we would create approximately 150,000 minutes or 2,500 hours/week of personal energy that can be used towards addressing our challenges rather than wallowing in them. I think about it as a social version of the Doppler effect. Like the ripple from a single drop of water if each of us touches even two people and they too Conspire To Smile, the impact and outcome will be profound. My hope is that that each of us can use this project, the songs and the broad intent, as a way of being that drop of water. Let's take care of ourselves so we can, in turn, take care of others.