I can hardly believe that it's been over two months and twenty-two episodes since I first launched the Hymns From Home series. What began as a simple idea to bring joy to others and continue to play violin with other home-bound musicians during the pandemic season has morphed into a much bigger life-of-its-own type project. I've been so blown away by the feedback and encouragement I've gotten from each of you saying that these hymns have brought you peace and comfort in times of uncertainty. The events of the past few weeks have brought more hurt and division in our country and as I learn and grow and take time to reevaluate what it means to love my neighbor, I've found that I'm increasingly taking more comfort in the peace that music brings to my soul.
With that in mind, I'm so excited and grateful to announce that I've begun work on a new album based on the video series I've been doing these past few months. "Hymns From Home" will be an instrumental collection of ten hymns...some familiar favorites and some lesser-known tunes...all arranged simply yet beautifully for violin and accompanied by piano, guitar, cello and others.
Because making a record is expensive, I've decided to use the crowd-funding tool Kickstarter to help offset some of the cost. (If you're not familiar with Kickstarter, you can CLICK HERE and read their "Project Backer FAQ" ) By contributing to this project, not only will you help make this record a reality, you'll also be able to get great perks like digital or physical copies of the music before it's available for sale to the public, a devotional guide I'm writing to go along with the record, multi-packs to share with your friends and some "bigger" donation tiers where you can get fun things like a violin video greeting, your name in the liner notes or even bring me to play at your church. I've created a little video below to share some of the heart behind the project, as well as a button where you can click to support this project on Kickstarter!
I know there is so much going on in the world right now, but I hope this record can be part of the soundtrack of hope, healing and peace we so desperately need.
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Bethany is a freelance violinist/fiddler and tour manager who works with artists & events such as Kelly Minter, Cultivate: A Gathering Around The Word and Laura Story. She and her husband Keith live in Nashville, TN with their daughter Clare, cat & 6 backyard chickens. For more info on Bethany, visit her bio page!!