I often underestimate the kindness of strangers.
Sometimes it's hard to believe that anyone has the desire to help anyone but themselves anymore, then something happens to remind me that there are people out there who are more than willing to help others any way they can.
Since posting my cover of One Crowded Hour to Youtube, I've had a lot of messages and comments asking when I'll have an album for sale. Every person has received the same answer - 'studios aren't cheap, I just can't afford to record right now, I hope you continue to listen to my music until I have the means to release something'. But to my amazement, I have now had two people offer to donate a few dollars to me to help fund an album. One of these girls lives in IRELAND, and doesn't even have a bank account, but has still offered to MAIL ME MONEY.
I know I'm not a charity case. I know I'm not exactly a worthy cause. But just knowing that people are willing to put their chump change into helping someone else realize a dream is a very satisfying thing.
I don't usually like accepting money from people, but one of these lovely ladies convinced me that I have nothing to lose by asking, so if anyone would like to (and I'm not going to be upset if you would rather not part with your hard-earned dollars), there is a donation button on my myspace page
. Contributions are NOT expected, but they ARE appreciated. And anyone who does decide to help out can be sure that that money will not be used for anything but recording an album. If people are willing to trust that I'm going to use their money in the way they intended, then that's the way it's going to be used.
To be honest, sometimes it's harder to believe that people love my music enough to make this kind of offer, than to believe the offer itself.