Tam Lin is making another album! It’s called Medicine For a Ghost, and it’s our most ambitious project to date -- a lush, sweeping record about memory, trauma, and healing, a carousel of stories, guitars, strings, rhymes, horns, and synths. We’re so happy to have you on board with us as we set sail on this amazing voyage!
The best part of all, though, is that Medicine For a Ghost is going to be 100 percent FREE to own, download, and share. Between now and the end of this year, we will be relying on your generosity to help us make something that everyone can own, regardless of what he or she can give. That means that no matter what you feel inspired to donate -- and even if you donate nothing at all -- the album will be yours by the spring of 2013. For free. For real.
I get asked a lot, “Why make your music free? Doesn’t that send a message that what you do has no value?” And the answer I always give is, “We make our music free because it has so much value.” The most important things in life -- love, wisdom, coincidences -- have no price tag, and what we do is no different. Making free music frees us from the constraints of a corrupt industry and its corrupt mindset. We simply make the best music possible and take pride in letting the beauty we love be what we do.
I also get asked a lot, “Does it actually work to make a free album?” And the answer I always give is, “When people aren’t forced to give, they end up giving more.” This is the philosophy we used in 2011 to raise nearly $10,000 for Garden In Flames (which is still available for free download at http://tamlin.bandcamp.com/) Our model worked so well, not only because we put music in the hands of our fans, but also because we aligned that record with an important social cause, and donated nearly $1,000 of what we raised to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. That experience showed us that regardless of the fears people have around money (and I’m no stranger to those fears,) the reality is that generosity works. It really does.
So in the spirit of full transparency, here’s the situation: Medicine For a Ghost will cost us about $15,000 to make. In today’s world, that’s not a lot to spend on an album, but it certainly is a lot of money for any one person. So what we’re trying to do is distribute the costs of production so widely and thinly that no one feels the burden. We're trying to raise $10,000 on here through small donations. They really work! No one has to do everything, but everyone can do something. Spreading the word (posting on Facebook, tweeting, etc.) is also a wonderful form of generosity. You feel good, we feel good, and together we get to do something great.
It gets even better, though. We’ve decided to use the making of Medicine for a Ghost to help give another type of “medicine” to victims of sexual violence. We are teaming up with RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network) and will be donating ten percent of the money we raise for the album to their efforts. Theirs is not only an important cause, it’s a pressing one too, and we’re very proud to have Medicine For a Ghost contribute to their fight.
The healing properties of music are so deep. A melody or a lyric can repair the soul’s cuts and bruises -- but so can the actual way we make music. When we come together, build community together, send our talents and love out into the world together, we heal the fractures and rifts between us. It’s a beautiful prospect. I’m very grateful to be able to make Medicine For a Ghost, for you and with you.
Love and light,
Paul and the Tam Lin family
Singer, songwriter, band leader