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Latest newsletter: September 2013

September 2013 Newsletter - New Album and more....

Hello Funktified Folks,

At some point in the last decade and a half, you’ve signed up for my mailing list. 15 years! Yikes. It was about 15 years ago that my first band went into a recording studio and started recording an album. A lot of miles and songs later... here I am. Thanks for being part of my journey. It has been a while since I've written and sent out a newsletter... I have exciting news!

NEW ALBUM: When the Lights Come On...

I will start with the most important and exciting news. I have a new 14 song album! The music has been recorded and mixed and you can preorder the album now. There are various options for preorders and digital album preorders start for as little as $7. The preorders will be able to digitally download select tracks immediately. Physical albums and extras will ship this fall. (PS: Some of the fun extras are of limited quantity.)

This will be a very grassroots release.  If you'd like to host an album release concert in November or December at your house, church, college or venue, please talk to me about it. Word of mouth promotion is the very best. If you know someone who would like my music, please tell them about it!

I've also just added additional merchandise including a some blowout sale prices so be sure to check out the merch section too: http://danvaillancourt.bandcamp.com/merch

Many of you know that I lightened my concert schedule in the spring of 2011 to be a full-time father and watch my daughter during the week. I still play concerts, teach and write and record new songs. The main differences are that I am typically not the one sleeping in my car these days and my days are filled with a lovely little distraction, chasing around a toddler instead of making phone calls, writing newsletters, filming videos and sending out press releases.

My last studio album, Lovely Distractions, came out almost five years ago. Since 2008, I have written and recorded a few hundred songs, many as part of the songwriting challenges February Album Writing Month and 50 songs in 90 days. During the last five years, I've spent time improving my songwriting skills as well as my singing/playing and recording techniques. I've spent the money that I would have normally spent in a recording studio on upgrading my recording gear. Let's call the last five years research and development.

I wrote and recorded all of the songs on the album in the month of February as part of February Album Writing Month and I went back and edited, re-amped and mixed the songs during the last couple weeks of March. The album is full of simple arrangements; many times, the songs are recorded moments after I finished writing them.

I am responsible for all of intentional and accidental sounds on this recording, including vocals, guitars (electric, classical, tenor, bass and acoustic), banjo, mandolin, harmonica, washboard, glockenspiel, hand claps, theremin, foot stomps, chair squeaks and laughs. Stylistically, the album weaves and bobs in and out of many genres. Lyrically, the songs cover diverse topics, including love, death, infomercials, gardening, the music industry and fatherhood.

I was going to write a bunch more about why and how I recorded this album, like an analogy comparing sound recording to photography and how Tape Op magazine (and certain books) inspired me to try new recording techniques and release these recordings, but, instead of making this the world's longest newsletter, I think you should just go and hear the music for yourself: http://danvaillancourt.bandcamp.com

Thanks for sticking with me. I couldn't do this without you.

- Dan

“Never blame your lack of time spent recording on not having the 'right' equipment. There is no excuse to not record. There is every reason to record.”
- Larry Crane, Tape Op magazine

“Have no fear of perfection; you’ll never reach it.” – Salvador Dali

“You can’t wait for inspiration; you have to go after it with a club.”
– Jack London

“Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” - Leonard Cohen

(When asked about his favorite microphone...) “You’re recording this interview with a cassette. If Roy Orbison decided to make a return performance to this Earth for one song right now, guess what would be the best thing to record him with...that cassette because it’s already in ‘record!’ I could hand deliver the best equipment in the world 30 seconds after he’s gone, but, at that point, it’s not relevant. Being ready to capture that golden moment is paramount.” - Richard Dodd

“Music breeds its own inspiration. You can only do it by doing it. You may not feel like it, but you push yourself. It’s a work process. Or just improvise. Something will come.”
- Burt Bacharach