Last week, I was the early bird that got the worm of making the first donation to Annie Bacon'
s Kick-Starter project to fund a full recording of her Folk Opera project
. This kind of crowd-sourced entrepreneurialism is getting more common, and it's going to breed more and more diverse media from people like Annie. That is to say, intelligent people with interesting messages who are outside the narrow band of manufactured mainstream media.
Annie's music gives voice to her own womanhood, and a wide range of other ideas and viewpoints. The Folk Opera has songs of longing and learning from several generations of men and women, and Annie's other music does the same. It's a much more powerful blend than the usual "I want to date you / I want to dump you" power ballads coming from the highly publicized women of music today.
I recognize that this kind of project is not quite as socially and globally conscious as this mission intends (although Annie's music is pretty conscious), so I'm going to meet up with her and let her pick one of the projects from the global giving list for me to make a matching donation to. And maybe spread the call through her own network?