One CD of demos, featuring 15 original songs written and performed by BettySoo. Features liner notes written by Curtis McMurtry! (Note: the limited edition handprinted copies sold out in a flash, but these manufactured packages were made right here in Austin and feature the same great music and support the same great cause!)
INSOMNIA WAKING DREAM:
15 DEMO RECORDINGS
* NOT AVAILABLE ON STREAMING SERVICES! HARD COPY ONLY! *
As you know, I spent months finalizing an album of demos (recorded over the course of a dozen years or more) that feature one musician throughout: me. I wrote, sang, played, harmonized, and accompanied every part. I have no plans to release this album commercially as a digital release. That's right -- no apple, no spotify, no amazon, no deezer, no qobuz... my plan is for it to be a physical only product. It's an anti-NFT, I guess, though I didn't consciously set out for it to be that.
This project has been a big labor of love. For the first 250 copies, I designed my own CD sleeve templates, cut hundreds of sheets of chipboard, and I folded and and glued them by hand. I cut TWO linoleum blocks for printing (the first must have been old art store inventory; it disintegrated little by little during the first batch of prints), and I hand-inked and pressed every single cover myself. I recorded these songs over and over, sometimes in other studios and sometimes at my own home, working hard to improve my ability as my own recording engineer and sideman.
And you know what? You have earned the labor of my love. By coming to the small club shows, the streams, the showcases, the house concerts, the CD release parties...you have cheered me on in ways I can never repay.
So from the bottom of my heart, I THANK YOU.
After the BS Song Club members on Patreon claimed first dibs, I took the rest on the road and sold out faster than I could have imagined!
Thanks to Affordable Sound right here in Austin, I have manufactured copies to sell - not handmade, but the music is exactly the same, and the purpose is still to raise money for the next commercial studio release. With some exciting tours on the books for this year, it's a huge relief to have something fresh to offer at the merch table.
My hope is that just as recording demos helps me as an artist to continue to shape and refine a song for later projects, the insomnia waking dream demos CD project will help fund that next studio project so I will (at last!) have the extra cu$hion to release a commercial album with PR, radio, touring, posters, merch, and whatever else funds allow.
2. Henry and Me
4. What the Birds Saw
5. One Thing
6. Don't Say It's Nothing
7. Land of the Living
8. Original Condition
9. Return to Forever
10. How to Live Alone
11. What Songs are For
13. The Sound of Love
14. Down to Goodbye
15. Since I've Changed
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In a couple colors and lots of sizes - the crow from the Insomnia Waking Dream demos album cover in a high contrast graphic - hand screened by BettySoo herself is featured on a comfy crew-neck sweatshirt. The sizes are relaxed (the sweatshirts are from Old Navy, so no tiny band-merch sizing here!)
The very light blue sweatshirts are more oversized and have traditional raglan sleeves, and the black and dark grey sweatshirts are standard comfy-sized with at-shoulder inset sleeves.
Did you know BettySoo owns not one but TWO finicky vintage typewriters? It's been a bit embarrassing, to be honest, but now that she spends some time in Vermont and has an attic workspace there, she moved one typewriter up north, and it all feels justifiable somehow (haha). After many requests, we are at last offering custom-typed lyrics on archival paper, so you can collect your favorite songs or give them as beautiful gifts.
With multiple colors of typewriter ribbon at her disposal, a ridiculous collection of beautiful papers, and the use of (two, remember?) vintage Olivetti typewriters, every piece is totally unique and lovingly created for you. The lyrics will arrive ready for framing and flat-packed via USPS priority mail (or UPS upon request), and we are happy to dedicate or address the piece to you or the gift recipient.
Please note if you do or do not want the piece autographed or hand-inscribed in any way. BettySoo is a constant doodler, so if you would like anything more than type on the page, just let us know. Also, if there is a color you really dislike and want to avoid, make note of that as well.