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Application Form to Apply to Listen to "Tomorrow's Heart"

Why has Ben Featherstone decided to release an album like this; Alienating audiences and definitely drastically reducing listenership? 

" I know immediately what people must think when they hear - "Musician asks his audience to fill in a form to hear his album" it comes across as the most elitist pretentious way anyone has ever released an album - 'see if the listener is worthy to hear the masterpiece' - but I can assure you it is far from that. A quote that really resonates with me was along the lines of:

"If just one person appreciates your music and is moved by it at a live gig, then it is always worth leaving the house for even if the other thousand do not like you". Nick Drake   

Rarely are albums released that have been painstakingly put together on analogue equipment, recorded in many different spaces around the world over five years, the album has not been paid for by a record label - In and amongst the radio show, advertising work and live gigs I have supplemented my income working on farms, driving excavators to save the money up to record "Tomorrow's Heart". Then around working more hours than most one has to record which is usually a six to eight hour session at an odd time of time to fit around earning the money to record it. 
Victor the piano player on "Tomorrow's Heart" lives in the jungle in Venezuela, the piano parts are recorded with his upright piano being played outside because it gave the piano a kind of distant feeling.
One of the pieces on a song called "Lazarus Rising" is scored by if not the best score composer in the world one of them - the viola part is played by a close friend of mine who had just come out of a coma and was extremely close to dying, he is responsible for playing on thousands of the huge songs we hear day to day - we never thought he would play the Viola again, but with his grit and determination he managed to get himself back to the highest standard he has been, and on this song was the first song he recorded before going back to the major studio's. Listeners will see a song called 'Grains of Sand' this was written for his wife, I wrote and recorded it whilst he was in a coma, she who stood strong by his side every hour of every day during his coma. 'Lazarus Rising' comes after this song as a nod to him surviving and playing once again. 
 
Something which moves me deeply is on an artistic level of respect having someone with so much more musicianship than I playing on one of my songs with the viola line scored by someone who has scored for some of the biggest movies in the world.
I have tried to keep as many songs as genuine to their roots, it has some of the finest musicians in the world, mastered at Abbey road, tens of thousands of pounds spent on it, through high end musical gear all for some crettin to play it through their phone speaker on their window ledge, or someone with no attention span not being able to listen to a song all the way through, these are the people I do not wish to listen to my album, it's an album designed for people on the fringes of society, it is not going to be popular with the masses and that is a good thing.  



Each submission will be thoughtfully read. If your perspectives align with the spirit of "Tomorrow's Heart", you will receive an exclusive, complimentary link to the album. For those who desire a more tangible connection, a limited edition CD is also available for purchase.

Remember, there are no right or wrong answers. We're simply looking for genuine engagement and a shared passion for music that transcends the ordinary. We can't wait to hear from you and share the magic of "Tomorrow's Heart".
 
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