If you build it, he will come.” That’s a quote from the 1989 film “Field of Dreams” starring Kevin Costner. I’ve only seen it once, but the power of its message is still with me today. Costner’s character Ray Kinsella, dares to pursue an “against all odds” dream to build a baseball field on his Iowa farm. There are many reasons for this pursuit that I won’t go into here. But he had to lay it all on the line to make it happen, including sacrificing his corn crop which was his income, convincing his wife and family and continuing to push through when faced with what seemed like insurmountable odds. CRAZY! What makes a person do this? Good question! In fact I find myself in a similar situation.
I’ve been working on a dream for about 12 years now. It came out in the form of a CD first, “Neighborhood of Secrets” then in 2012 I released my memoir “Playin’ on the Tracks” and followed it up with a live show based on the book. Even though life has hit hard, not pulling any punches these past few years, I’m more convinced than ever to keep going.
So many people have asked us to come do the show in their communities and that is our goal. One way to get there is having a film to help the booking agencies see what they are booking. So August 2nd, 2014 Barny, my girls “Carter’s Chord” and I are taking a film crew to the Towne Centre Theatre in Brentwood TN to film my show “Playin’ on the Tracks—LIVE!”
Reaching out publicly and asking for help is one of the most challenging parts of this journey for me. I don’t have a company backing me, or some big sponsor writing me a blank check. What I have are people like yourself who have been moved to help through my funding campaign at gofundme.com http://www.gofundme.com/9kjgqo
Every gift that comes in from $10 all the way up to whatever, is like another piece of the puzzle coming together to make a beautiful picture and my artist’s soul is moved to keep going. “Film it Carter, and they will come…” If you haven’t already done so, please click on the link above and watch the video that explains a little more about “Playin’ on the Tracks—LIVE!”
I’m posting this blog on every bit of social media I can find, not because I’m comfortable with asking for financial support, but because this is the best way I know to get it to the people who have cheered us on all this time as well as new friends and supporters. YOU are who we want to share our music and stories with. Thank you for making it possible! I can’t wait to share this film with you!
I think I may just have to watch “Field of Dreams” before I go to bed tonight.