Contrariwise: Songs from Alice In Wonderland & Through The Looking-Glass

A pre-sale campaign to cover the costs of recording, mixing, mastering, and duplicating my band's album "Contrariwise," musical adaptations of Carroll's poems.
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Daniel Hales
Music
Greenfield, Massachusetts
United States
3 Team Members

Hello,

My name is Daniel Hales, and I’m the singer, guitarist, and songwriter for an oddly-named band called Daniel hales, and the frost heaves. from Franklin County, Massachusetts. My band-mates and I — James Lowe (bass, viola arrangements), Ivan Ussach (drums and percussion), and Anna Wetherby (viola) — want to encourage you to support the pre-sale campaign for our 3rd album: “Contrariwise: Songs from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland and Through The Looking-Glass.” We launched our Indiegogo on May 4th: the day that Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland takes place on and the birthday of Alice Liddell. We promise that if you contribute to this campaign, you’ll have your copy of the completed CD within a week of November 4th: the day that Through the Looking-Glass takes place on.

We originally adapted some of Lewis Carroll’s poems for an eight-show production of Alice In Wonderland staged by the New Renaissance Players at The Shea Theater in Turners Falls, Mass., in February 2013. We loved the experience so much, we continued adapting more Carroll poems into songs even after the show was over, as well as further developing the songs we’d already written. And within a few weeks of the final performance, we’d already begun recording basic tracks for the album.

However, in order to cover the remaining costs of professionally recording, mixing, mastering, and duplicating a high-quality album worthy of Carroll’s words, we really need your help. Our goal is to raise $7,900 to cover these costs.

If you saw the show, you know how eclectic, adventurous, and in keeping with the books’ spirit of fun our adaptations are. What you may not know is how many new layers we’ve already begun adding in the studio. Our goal is to infuse these songs with all the energy of the live show, but also have the option to fill out some of the songs with fuller, richer arrangements and more varied instrumentation.

If you didn’t see the show, but are a fan of Lewis Carroll, our adaptations of all the best known poems in the Alice books will be on this album (as well as a few lesser known ones), including Jabberwocky, The Walrus and the Carpenter, “How doth the little crocodile...,” Father William, “Fury said to a mouse...,” Beautiful Soup, “Will you walk a little faster...,” ‘Tis the Voice of the Lobster, “They told me you had been to her...,” “Speak roughly to your little boy...,” The White Knight’s Song, Humpty Dumpty’s poem, “Boat beneath a sunny sky...,” and Queen Alice. We also supplemented Carroll’s poems with a few Alice-themed original songs, including the title track, “Contrariwise.”

Eighteen songs in all ... perhaps now you’re beginning to understand why we need an infusion of funds to complete this project.

Some of these songs rock. Some waltz. Some emerge slowly from a psychedelic haze. Others rush up to meet you. One thing this album will not be is one of those cloyingly cutesy collections of “kid’s songs” that make adults want to leave the room. Like the books themselves, these songs can be thoroughly enjoyed by children, but they have as much — if not more — to offer the “fully grown” listener. 

Please check out the attached video for a preview. James has incorporated rough tracks from our first two recording sessions to give you a general sense of what a few of these songs sound like so far. 

As you can see, in the “perks” column on the right, you can even learn how to play some of these songs yourself by contributing $200 and getting James’ hand-written sheet music for a few songs of your choice. 

Or would you prefer to give a gift to your school? In addition to rocking with the Frost Heaves, I’ve been an English teacher for the past 20 years. I teach primarily junior high and high school age students, but I also taught at the college level for several years, and every summer I teach a three-week summer program for 8 to 12 year olds. For $500, I’ll come to the school, lecture hall, or venue of your choice, and give a fun lesson or lecture on Lewis Carroll and the Alice books, accompanied by a live performance of songs off “Contrariwise.”

Or if you were ever curious why so much to-do is made about tarts in Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, contribute $750 and Anna and I will play a house concert for you — and bring along a tray of Anna’s mind-blowingly delicious made-from-scratch tarts. 

Of course at the more modest end of spectrum, $18 gets you a digital download of the whole album. Any amount you’re able to contribute helps us bring these songs back from Wonderland and the Looking-Glass world to you. 

We thank you ninety times nine!

Best Wishes,

Daniel, on behalf of Daniel hales, and the frost heaves.

 

Projected expenses for “Contrariwise: Songs from Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland and  Through The Looking Glass.”

$4,000:                        Additional studio time; tracking and mixing of the album

$1,000:                        Mastering of the album

$350:                           Graphic Design (digipack, liner notes, lyric booklets)

$250:                           Promotional video production and editing

$1,500:                        Duplication of cds, digipacks, and lyric booklets 

$800:                           Indiegogo’s fee (Approximately 7% - 12%)

Total:                           $7,900

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  • $18USD
    The White Rabbit Package

    A digital download of all 18 songs on “Contrariwise.”

    6 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $25USD
    The Caterpillar Package

    A compact disc with all 18 songs on “Contrariwise” in a beautifully-designed digipack, along with liner notes and lyrics, mailed to you, or available for pickup at our album release show.

    24 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $35USD
    The Tweedle Dum & Dee Package

    “Contrariwise” CD signed by all 4 members of the band mailed to you or available for pickup at our album release show, and a digital download of the album.

    11 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $50USD
    The Humpty Dumpty Package

    A signed copy of "Contrariwise," and a copy of our second album: “You Make A Better Door Than A Window” (2012) mailed to you or available for pickup at our album release show, and a digital download of “Contrariwise.”

    2 out of 250 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $75USD
    The Cheshire Cat Package

    The Complete Frost Heaves Discography: signed copies of all three full-length albums: “Contrariwise,” “You Make A Better Door Than A Window,” and “Frost Heaves” (2009) mailed to you or available for pickup at our album release show, as well as a digital download of “Contrariwise.”

    1 out of 250 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $85USD
    The Looking-Glass Package

    The same as "The Cheshire Cat Package," plus glossy, full-color “Frost Heaves” and “You Make A Better Door Than A Window” 11 x 17 posters.

    0 out of 50 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $100USD
    The Lobster Quadrille Package

    The same as "The Looking Glass Package," plus a personal thank you in the album’s liner notes, plus a beautiful 2-color band t-shirt (fitted men’s or women’s 100% white cotton tees).

    5 out of 25 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $200USD
    The Jabberwocky Package

    The same as "The Lobster Quadrille Package," plus original, handwritten sheet music, autographed by the composer and soloist. Choose one from one of 8 combinations of songs (Due to space constraints, see our website for options: www.thefrostheaves.com)

    1 out of 16 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $350USD
    The Mad Tea Party Package

    The same as "The Jabberwocky Package," plus a house concert for you and your friends by Daniel.

    1 out of 10 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $500USD
    The Charles Dodgson Package

    The same same as "The Jabberwocky Package," plus Daniel will give a lively classroom lesson or lecture on Lewis Carroll and the Alice books, accompanied by a live performance of songs from “Contrariwise.”

    0 out of 5 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $750USD
    The Knave of Hearts Package

    The same as "The Jabberwocky Package", plus a house concert for you and your friends by Daniel and Anna. Anna brings a tray of her delectable baked-from-scratch tarts.

    0 out of 5 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $1,000USD
    The Queen Alice Package

    The same as "The Jabberwocky Package," plus a house concert for you and your friends by the entire band.

    0 out of 5 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2013
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