Correspondence (a fiction) was successfully funded five years ago today...

Five years ago today, you guys helped me fund my album, Correspondence (a fiction). 

I just wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you.

I'm extremely proud of the work I've put out since then, but this story continues to hold such a unique place in my heart. 

In the years that have followed, I've seen more fan art and nautical-treehouse tattoos than I know what to do with. I continue to receive – ahem – correspondence about this record on a daily basis, and in many ways, your listenership has completely changed my life. 

This record would never have become what it is were it not for Andy Othling and Alex Sugg. It's funny... I was talking to my friend Corey Kilgannon about his upcoming record the other day, and we were talking about what it's like to be in the studio with other musicians (well... in my case, any musicians). 

He was talking about how a few of his friends had been helping him arrange a song, and doing such a good job of it that he wondered whether he ought to just leave them to it and go have a cup of coffee. 

I laughed and told him to imagine what it was like being a poet with zero musical talent whatsoever, in studio, creating a music album.

Alex's music was, after all, what brought Corey and me together in the first place. 

It wasn't only Alex and Andy, though. It was whiteboard sessions with Donovan Medina in the green room of the church we attended at the time. It was photo sessions and tour documentaries with Drew Schrimsher out on West Virginia backroads. (Are there any other kinds of roads in West Virginia?) It was Briana Reed playing strings in the upper loft of the Othling house. It was my sister, Bree, singing "promise me that you won't sink." It was my wife, Brandi, encouraging me every step of the way. 

And today, of course, I am reminded that it was you, friend, fan, follower, fellow human being, who contributed to and helped complete this record. 

Thank you. 

I thought it’d be fun to share the “mood board” I put together in the process of creating the record. You can view it in its entirety, here:

Correspondence (a fiction) CD
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How would I describe this album?

Imaginative realism. It's an overly mature / childish story, simultaneously.

“Correspondence (a fiction) is a melancholy Moonrise Kingdom. Subtle, dry humor throughout. The character's only age is "old enough to comprehend, young enough to dream". They are both imaginative, silly and innocent, and too old for their age.”


  1. Boy ("king")

  2. Boy's Father (convenience store owner)

  3. Boy's Grandfather

  4. Girl ("queen")

  5. Girl's Father (whaling captain)

  6. The Mystic

  7. Child #1: Cowboy

  8. Child #2: Indian

  9. Child #3: Pilgrim

Vinyl / Disc / Print Art:

Character portraits by Timothy Ryan Turner. Examples:

Music that I listened to while writing this album:

Balmorhea - Stranger

Lowercase Noises - Migratory Patterns

Glowhouse - The Shadows Left Me Alive

This Will Destroy You - S/T

James Vincent McMorrow - Post-Tropical

Art that relates:

(A Fiction) Lyric / Photo Zine
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Video Thoughts / Work for Documentary / Visual Commentary:

Plan is to do a week with Drew for a live tour documentary, and a series of album commentary videos explaining the ideas / inspiration behind the tracks. Can be short for a series of YouTube releases leading up to & past the release. Would like to do a video for announcing the new album, as well.

One video idea for Drew: Shoot for a chapter - similar to the playground video you did with the Carlson girls… get three or four young kids dressed up like Cowboys and Indians, riding tricycles around a cal-de-sac. Sunset, light flares, very warm lighting, think nostalgia or Tree Of Life.


Alright… that’s that, folks. Thanks so much again for your support throughout these years!


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