My solo CD, Every Wish, has now been officially released! It features 14 original songs with guest appearances by Doris, Ty, and JJ of Girlyman, as well as my good friend Lucy Wainright Roche. It has been a labor of love for me to work on these songs this year. Thanks to everyone who already ordered through Kickstarter. You can order the CD here.
Hey everyone -
The CDs have arrived (!!!) and are on their way out to people who pre-ordered or contributed enough on Kickstarter. They should arrive in the next week or so (maybe a bit longer if overseas).
You can still pre-order for a little longer until it’s officially released.
Here’s a video of me writing a song.
If you’ve ever been curious about what my writing process is like, this is a chance to watch me in action. I wasn’t feeling particularly inspired when I was writing this song, but I kept writing anyway. That’s kind of the secret to writing songs – just do it – and if you think the song is boring, cheesy, awful, etc., just keep writing. It might not end up being the best song ever – it could even be the worst song ever. But then there will be a song in the world where previously there had been none. And I think one song (even the worst) is better than nothing.
My Kickstarter campaign has only one week left! If you’ve ever wanted me to write you a custom song (or wanted to own my beautiful National Resophonic guitar), now is your chance.
In celebration, I’m offering a free MP3 download of a song going on the album.
“Memories in a Glass” is a quiet, bossa-nova-inspired song I’m really happy with:
You can also download the mp3 file HERE.
(you might have to right-click or control-click the link to download it.)
Click HERE to go to my Kickstarter page. Thanks to everyone who’s pledged so far! You’ve inspired me.
A brief update from studio-land.
Hello and welcome to the new nateborofsky.com. As I’m embarking on the scary and exciting journey of making another solo CD, I decided to give the old website an overhaul. Well, to be honest, the old website hadn’t been updated in about about eight or nine years, so I suppose it’s overdue.
And maybe that’s true for the solo album, too. I’ve spent the better part of 11 years as part of a trio (then quartet) called Girlyman. We toured all over the US, Canada, and the UK. For me, it was a dream come true. I was making music, and I was making a living (albeit a modest one). In the late 1990′s when I was last making music on my own, I was struggling to just break even. Some people came out to shows or bought a CD, but it was on a much, much smaller scale.
When Girlyman came into being, everything seemed to take off. Suddenly, there were a lot more people at the shows, a lot more CDs being sold, and I was even occasionally recognized on the street (boosting my ego). More importantly, I was making music with people that I loved. It wasn’t always awesome – living off of PBJ sandwiches and constantly using gas station restrooms come to mind – but I was still living my dream.
Yet in the last year, I’ve come to see the ways in which playing in a group, as amazing as it’s been, always had a quiet undercurrent of I’m not good enough to make music on my own. And whenever that voice came up, I said to myself, “It doesn’t matter – I’m in a group, so who cares? I’m living my dream.” And as I slowly began to burn out from the constant touring, I’d say, “But I’m living my dream.”
I was living my dream. And I wasn’t. It’s not that my dream changed – it expanded. I also want to spend more time at home. I also want to sustain relationships outside of this very small group of people, regardless of how much I love them. I want to write and record more songs of my own. I want to collaborate with others.
So this hiatus Girlyman is taking seems to be a blessing in disguise for me. I now have time to work on all of the above. Maybe new creative ideas I haven’t even thought of yet. Do you have any ideas? Is there anything you want to hear from me? I feel such deep appreciation for all the support I’ve gotten for my Kickstarter campaign, and I want to share more music (or whatever) with y’all.
And this website seems like a start.