Wow, We did it. Last Friday about 10pm Sangamon Songs hit our Kickstarter goal. Now we're moving beyond and rising fast. Let's see if we can make it much more and really get some corn shucking done. Thanks to all who pledged and for being so supportive of this project. It's humbling and gratifying to see such response to the idea of this work.
Getting more excited to see where it all goes, including what happens with exposure on 120 national public radio stations airing tomorrow, Tue, Oct 18 (times depend on station schedule) when The Story with Dick Gordon presents an interview with me on Sangamon Songs. My part of the program (not sure how long, 20 minutes ??) includes music from the nearly completed record and top notch work by Dick asking wonderfully interesting questions about the finding of the journals, living on the family farm and the making of the songs, plus the added bonus of how Kickstarter got this going (and that there are 2 more days to pledge!!). You can check out the broadcast by going to http://thestory.org where there's a place to look up stations to find your local broadcaster for this American Public Media program produced at WUNC in Chapel Hill, North Carolina (Sorry friends in central Illinois--no stations in Ill carry The Story, but it streams online). Thanks to Carol and Jessica at WUNC and to Dick and all others there and at WUIS (Bob and Bill) in Springfield for working together to make this happen. Hey, MA!! I'm gonna be on the radio!!! And to think the journals were written in 1893-94, well before the actualization of over the air radio. My, my. Shuckin' corn, Tom (and vicariously through the song and time, Harry Glen Ludlam)
BTW, Precious, the baby goat I helped bring into this world from young momma Dolly last Monday is doing quite well, nursing on her own and prancing around. Hooray!!