Noe Venable

. . . and the songbook songs are . . .

Posted by on May 2, 2014

. . . and the songbook songs are . . .

It’s been a couple of weeks since I last wrote, and it’s high time I updated everyone on the progress of my new album, Cascadia! The good news is that the album has now gone off to the presses, and with that done, I’ve shifted my focus to fulfilling rewards for our Kickstarter backers.  Designing, calibrating colors, printing posters, scouring urban meadow and forest for the objects that will become the natural talismans…  My 18 month old son, Ember, has been helpful with this, too.  (But don’t worry, I won’t send you a lollipop stem, or some of the other things that are, to him, treasures.  I exercise editorial power, always!   I’ve also finished tallying up the votes that will decide which songs will go in the new songbook made possible by our second stretch goal.  (This is a second songbook, in addition to the one I’ve already created for Cascadia.)  It was so interesting to see which songs were listeners’ favorites.  Choices ranged from newer songs to ancient, near-forgotten ones, dating all the way back to my first record.  Interestingly, when I tallied up ALL the votes, your list was not too different from what mine would have been: So, the winners are, in order of popularity, Midsummer Night’s Dream  Prayer for beauty  Juniper  Boots  Feral  Look Luck  Ice Dragons  Sea of Possibility  Is the Spirit Here  Garden  Realistically, it will still be some time before I am able to start work on this songbook, but now that I have the list, I’m really looking forward to it!  This songbook will be sent out to  Kickstarter backers at all pledge levels, and may also be available through this site at a future time.  I’ll let you know as that develops. Again, I thank you, dear listeners, for your support of this project, and for taking this journey with me.  I’m thrilled that the day draws ever closer when I’ll get to send you the completed CD. In love and music,...

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Kickstarter Campaign Success! THANK YOU!

Posted by on Mar 22, 2014

Kickstarter Campaign Success!  THANK YOU!

WOW!   We did it! Thanks to the incredible support of Kickstarter backers, we will now be able to release our new album, Cascadia, in June of this year.  But to my joy and surprise, the campaign didn’t stop there.  We also met and surpassed two stretch goals.  So now, the album release will be accompanied by a few extras.  First, a series of music videos to be directed by acclaimed filmmaker, Eric Daniel Metzgar, and additional album promotion.  Second, a new songbook, with songs to be chosen by backer vote. Here at the close of the campaign, I want to say again, thank you for your support of this project. It’s been moving, humbling, and renewing to be on the receiving end of it.  There are really no words sufficient to express the gratitude I feel. So what happens now?  Over the next few weeks we’ll be overseeing the final steps to complete the album, and starting to create and assemble rewards packages for Kickstarter backers. If you didn’t take part in the Kickstarter campaign, but still want to hear the album, stay tuned for pre-order information to be appearing on this site shortly. Again, thank you so much, dear listeners.  This experience has meant so much to me. Ever grateful, Noe   P.S.  The image you see above is a painting by Liz Gill Neilson, who also created the artwork for...

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Cascadia Artist Spotlight: An Interview with painter Liz Gill Neilson

Posted by on Mar 6, 2014

I’m writing to you here at the halfway point in our Kickstarter campaign, and to share the happy news– today, thanks to you, we broke the $14,000 mark!  WOW!  If you’ve already backed the project, thank you so much!   I’m grateful for your belief in this project, and I’m so looking forward to sharing the finished album with you! Meanwhile, I want to share with you another behind-the-scenes look at Cascadia’s creation.  If you’ve looked at the banner of this website, you’re already familiar with“The Garden at Night,” the beautiful painting that will be on Cascadia’s cover.  Today, I want to introduce you to the painting’s creator: Liz Gill Neilson. I sat down for virtual tea with Liz to ask her about her artistic process and inspiration.  Here’s what she said.  Enjoy! NV—  Liz, after many years of loving your work, it’s a pleasure to have your beautiful painting, “The Garden As Night” become Cascadia’s album cover.  In our Kickstarter campaign video, I’ve shared the story behind the music.  Now I’d love for people to hear the story behind the painting.  Can you tell us what inspired this work, and what your process was in creating it?   LGN—  Actually, the concept for this painting started brewing around the same time we began hearing some of the songs you were writing for the album. I started thinking about two concepts in the same light. The first was how, in David Lynch’s audio book of Catching the Big Fish, he talks about some of his early experiments in painting, one of which was of “a garden at night”. For some reason that got stuck in my head, and for a while I was going out in the middle of the night to sit in our garden and draw and paint, to try and get this feeling he was talking about. I loved the sense of things semi-illuminated, and the suggestive shadows…also, the way that forms can be mis-interpreted in darkness, and become something totally different than what they really are.  The second idea came from the idea of “one river, many wells,” which is a concept often used in comparative religion, and it may have been a conversation with you that got me thinking about this! Well, I thought an even better way of thinking it was “one well, many rivers,” in that all the good ideas are coming from the same source, somewhere at the center of things, and flowing out to different parts of the world. So, “The Garden at...

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Kickstarter Update– awe, gratitude, and new aims

Posted by on Feb 23, 2014

Kickstarter Update–  awe, gratitude, and new aims

We did it!!!  Thanks to your belief in this project, we have now surpassed our initial goal, and Cascadia’s release is now guaranteed.  I’m unspeakably grateful to our Kickstarter backers for making this possible.  So what happens now? Well, with twenty-six days to go in the campaign, and given backers’ overwhelming support, we are now broadening the scope of the project.  Our first stretch goal will enable us to take Cascadia even further, while creating more rewards to share with you!  We now aim to create a series of music videos, a whole visual world around the songs.  My collaborator in this is Emmy nominated filmmaker Eric Daniel Metzgar. Here’s a preview of the first one we’ve started work on, “Lights and Fences.” If you haven’t backed the campaign yet, there’s still time to join us and receive all kinds of limited time only...

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