In Praise of Cooperation

Most of you have seen my book trailer and know how much I love it. For those who have not, check it out here. The images and arrangement were done by the numinous Brian Short.

The music–which is seriously moving and one hundred percent relevant to my topic (grief)–was very generously donated by a musician named Phil Jourdan. When I first encountered this artist he was posting wonderful stuff about sex, writing and Jacques Lacan plus examining authors like Jonathan Franzen and Phillip Roth more officially over at Litreactor.

I also found that he was a musician who had composed albums working music around both The Recognitions by William Gaddis and Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner. In my own novel I had worked the themes of music, freedom, and dance pretty intensely, so finding an artist who was doing both felt timely. Cool. Ness.

I then asked him if he would write for Line Zero, the literary magazine I was writing for at the time. He agreed to let us edit and reprint the blog post that got me so excited about his work in the first place. Since then he has been an advocate for both my work, as well as another author I admire: Jessica Karbowiak.

Later, when I was working with Brian to get the trailer together, I came across the song “Disappearing.” The music was absolutely haunting and I could not get it out of my head. This piece of music was important to Phil for personal reasons and not on any official album. Still I had to ask, because it was so perfect. The speed with which this artist agreed to let me use his music–the whole time refusing my offers of payment–made an impression.

There is a spirit of community that exists, especially here in Seattle, where writers, musicians, editors, teachers, all give freely of their time and expertise to those who are just starting out. In this instance, the spirit of camaraderie and generosity has extended all the way to the UK! I am so proud to be a part of a community of artists who are so willing to give of themselves to help each other.

Now it is my turn…

Phil is currently running a campaign with Indiegogo to fund the next album for his band, Paris and the Hiltons. At the moment they are almost halfway to their fundraising goal. I am hoping to boost that number. Stop by and consider all the fun things he is offering for donors.There is even an option where you can donate and he will sing to you in a dress!

Somebody has to take him up on this…

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One Response to In Praise of Cooperation

  1. Wow. Congratulations. Super nice.

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