Let It Move You - Crowdfunding

SHORT STORY:

Our debut full-length record, “Let It Move You”, is finished and coming your way in August! We poured our souls into this album, and the result is a piece that goes from stripped-down acoustic songs to full-band explosions of joy and celebration, with interludes woven through that tell the story of our year: Morgan’s brain surgery, the pandemic, and our collective soul-searching.  

If you scroll down to the bottom, you can a) pre-order vinyl records and get all sorts of other goodies and experiences (private carpool karaoke picnic, anyone?), and b) read a detailed timeline of how this album (and The Feelings Parade) came to be. If you believe in this project, your support at this stage will make an enormous difference in how well we’re able to get this record out to those who may be nourished by it.

MEDIUM-LENGTH STORY:

Hey, gorgeous people! We’re Morgan Bolender and Scott Ferreter, AKA The Feelings Parade, a sometimes duo (and sometimes full band!) whose primary goal is to create spaces--through music & community for all of us to feel all of the things we need to feel in order to be healthy, whole human beings. We believe in our bones that expanding our collective capacity to feel will create a safer and more beautiful world for all of us.  

In order to make these deep-feeling spaces possible beyond the scope of our live performances, we’ve spent 18 months straight pouring ourselves into our debut full-length album. It’s called “Let It Move You,” and it holds more of our hearts & souls than anything we’ve ever made.  

We went into the studio to begin this project in February of 2020, oblivious to the wave of struggle heading our way. We ended up making this album through the pandemic, Morgan’s unexpected brain surgery, the deaths of family and friends, immense collective unrest, and two wildfire seasons, all while being between homes.  

This album asked for everything we had. We pulled it off by working remotely and in-person with 27 of our most talented friends over the course of 18 months, breaking down and rebuilding our home studio eight times to create the most beautiful offering we could manage.  

This album’s got range—from stripped-down, heartbreak-inspired songs, to wild celebrations of joy and truth. We even incorporated some of the voice messages we sent each other around the time of Morgan’s seizure & brain surgery into the album, putting music to that part of our story. All said and done, we went all-out, and we’re proud to say that we haven’t heard anything quite like this album.  

We’re now taking on the immense task of releasing this piece out into the world. We're taking pre-orders and offering a whole bunch of other goodies as a way to raise funds for the creation of music videos, a mini-documentary telling the story of the album, as well as recouping production expenses, paying for PR + advertising, artwork, videos, and having the album pressed to vinyl. 

WHERE THE MONEY'S GOING:

-This record was a collaboration between 29 musicians (including us), and 6 engineers. As artists who are against the perpetuation of the starving artist archetype, we prioritized paying our collaborators fairly. Not including our thousands of hours, making the music for this record cost us $19,021.  

-Vinyl pressing: We’ve put in an order for our first 500 vinyl records!   

-A mini documentary about the process of making this record, made by Carey Averbook: we’re thrilled to have the footage we’ve captured made into a small documentary about the making of the album.  

-Studio Rental fees: we did as much of this album at home as we could, but needed to rent bigger studios for some of the harder-to-capture full-band sessions and vocals.  

-Album Art: Matt Goff is doing our album art design, and Sam Stone is creating designs for t-shirts, postcards, and a coloring book(!)  

-Music Videos: we’re already at work with a local-legend filmmaker, Pete Lee and stunning dancer, Dorien Blue, for one of the first singles, and have several other music videos in mind.  

-PR + Advertising: we wouldn’t be doing all this if we didn’t believe that the album has people that it needs to reach beyond the scope of our more immediate reach. We don’t know who those people are yet, but we’re going to give this thing its best chance of finding them by investing in getting it heard. 

THANK YOU!

We've had to trust, over and over, that as long as we keep pouring ourselves into the music, it will all work out. And we do — because of you. You’ve shown us time-and-time-again that the community that gathers around this music is truly miraculous: supportive, big-hearted, generous, and unusually soulful. We’re so grateful to get to be a part of this community with you all, and can hardly wait to share this musical nourishment with you. Thanks for all the ways you’ve already shown up for us, and for continuing to come along for the ride. May it take us all ever more deeply into our own hearts (where, of course, we’ll find each other). Whether or not you’ve just sneezed: bless you.

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Let It Move You - Digital Download + Postcard
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Let It Move You - Digital Download + Postcard

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Let It Move You - Digital Download + Postcard

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You'll get a link to download Let It Move You in its entirety upon its release in May, as well as receive a postcard from us (with gorgeous art by Sam Stone) in the mail!

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Let It Move You: Signed Vinyl (or CD)
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Let It Move You: Signed Vinyl (or CD)

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A signed copy of our debut full-length record, pressed to 150-gram vinyl with artwork and lyrics. (or CD for those who prefer it)

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Let It Move You Vinyl (or CD) + T-shirt + 2 postcards
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Let It Move You Vinyl (or CD) + T-shirt + 2 postcards

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A signed copy of the album, a t-shirt, and two postcards with artwork by Sam Stone.

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Custom Voicemail Answering Machine Song + Signed Vinyl (or CD)
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Custom Voicemail Answering Machine Song + Signed Vinyl (or CD)

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It's like this: we get a sense of what you'd like your voicemail answering message to sound and feel like, write a little song, and record it as your answering machine message. We've gotten really great reviews of these over the years...apparently the singing answering machine occasionally inspires people to leave singing voicemails!

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It's like this: we get a sense of what you'd like your voicemail answering message to sound and feel like, write a little song, and record it as your answering machine message. We've gotten really great reviews of these over the years...apparently the singing answering machine occasionally inspires people to leave singing voicemails!

  • Let It Move You Signed Vinyl (or CD)
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Carpool Karaoke + Decadent Vegan Picnic! + Signed Vinyl (or CD) + T-Shirt
  • Carpool Karaoke + Decadent Vegan Picnic! + Signed Vinyl (or CD) + T-Shirt

Carpool Karaoke + Decadent Vegan Picnic! + Signed Vinyl (or CD) + T-Shirt

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Picture this, we show up to your house in our trusty blue Prius, Wally, you hop in, we press play on our album, Let It Move You, and sing you the entire album, live, all the while chauffeuring you (& a +1 if you'd like!) to a beautiful place and serving up a yummy vegan picnic!

  • T-shirt, and Signed Vinyl (or CD)
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Feelings Parade Private House Concert + Signed Vinyl (or CD) + T-Shirt
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Feelings Parade Private House Concert + Signed Vinyl (or CD) + T-Shirt

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Here's how it works: you gather your friends and family, cozy them into your living room (or yard, or other space you have access to)*, and we play a private concert for you all, complete with good songs, bad jokes, stories, and precious community connection. House concerts are one of our very favorite ways to share our music and stories - the

Here's how it works: you gather your friends and family, cozy them into your living room (or yard, or other space you have access to)*, and we play a private concert for you all, complete with good songs, bad jokes, stories, and precious community connection. House concerts are one of our very favorite ways to share our music and stories - the intimacy is unmatched, and we savor getting to share in an environment that encourages depth of connection.

*If you live more than 2 hours from SF, cost of travel and lodging for 2 people will need to be covered, as well. There’s a lot of variability here, so shoot us a message before selecting this reward, and we’ll figure it out!

  • signed vinyl, t-shirt, 2 tickets to the SF listening party, digital download
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Any And All Of What You See Listed Above + A Spot On Our Guest Lists FOREVER
  • Any And All Of What You See Listed Above + A Spot On Our Guest Lists FOREVER

Any And All Of What You See Listed Above + A Spot On Our Guest Lists FOREVER

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Seriously. You've also landed yourself a spot on the guest list for any of our shows FOREVER.

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  • LONGER STORY

 

February 19, 2015: Morgan sees Scott for the first time; he’s onstage at an open mic called “You’re Going To Die,” an event centered on mortality that tends to replace pretense with deep, open presence. She doesn't know who he is, but she knows he’s special and an extraordinary songwriter. She’s brand new to the SF Bay Area, wanting to make musical friends, and approaches him after the show to tell him how moved she was by his music, and to ask if he’d maybe be interested in getting together and writing a song sometime. Scott feels a poorly-timed spark of connection (he was mid-break-up), hands her a CD, and heads home.  

October 2015: Our first hang. We go to the forest. Morgan is still new to making music, and is mostly too nervous to sing. Scott makes bird sounds. We have an undeniable and deep connection that goes far beyond our few hours together. We start spending more time together. We each have our own separate musical projects, and have no plans for that to change into something collaborative.  

July 2016: After realizing we are both planning to set out on cross-country tours over the summer, we team up and head off as two distinct projects (Morgan Bolender and Deep Pools). We make the mistake of buying all the same merch, each with our individual band branding. The merch table becomes an awkward place. Morgan starts learning Scott’s songs and joining in on harmonies. Scott starts learning hers and joins in on guitar. We’re in denial about being partners. We are playing it very cool. Everyone around us thinks we’re one band.  

Summer 2017: We decide to head off on another house concert tour, again as two *distinct and separate* projects. We call the tour “The Feelings Parade.” In order to avoid last year’s unfortunate merch table experience, we decide to record a last-minute live album (“Live on Scott’s Birthday”), ya know, so that we’re not direct competitors, and so that people can buy something similar to what they’ve just heard after the show. For this tour, we decide to do one set, where we pass songs back and forth. We find a fun and natural stride bantering back and forth. People begin referring to us as “The Feelings Parade.” We are not “The Feelings Parade,” though. We are Morgan Bolender and Deep Pools, and we are on a tour called “The Feelings Parade.” Or so we thought.  

Summer 2018: A dear friend of ours invites us to play at a festival. Together. As “The Feelings Parade.” Fine. We still aren’t thinking of ourselves that way, but sure--let’s go play at this idyllic festival. We play our set, and something… happens. It’s our first time sharing our music, together, in front of peers (rather than at house concerts across the country), and we’re completely blown away by the response. Several people come up to us and tell us we’re their new favorite band. We shift uncomfortably on our feet, feeling the pull of the “The Feelings Parade” strengthen. On the 10 hour drive home, we accept the truth: we’re better together. The Feelings Parade has a life of its own, and it’s asking us, directly, to cut the crap and go all in.  

Fall 2018-Summer 2019: We go all in. We play tons of shows as The Feelings Parade, and deepen as a band. We feel embraced by community, and we feel deeply on purpose. It’s just wonderful.  

Summer 2019: We tour Europe! We have an incredible time. We randomly meet the legendary Glen Hansard on the streets of Dublin. Morgan asks to sing his Academy-Award-winning song with him, and in doing so, realizes a magically-specific vision she had days earlier of doing exactly that. Glen asks us to play an original of ours, is deeply moved by it, and invites us to play at his show in SF a few weeks later. There are 2500 people there, and it’s absolutely magical. On the plane ride home, we get clarity that it’s time to make our first full-length record. As soon as we get home, we schedule rehearsals with the band to flesh out the sounds, and we book studio time.  

December 2019: We debut our full band at Cafe du Nord. Over 300 of you come and sell out the place! It is the joy of all joys. The three biggest shows of our lives all happen that winter, and we feel a momentum growing, having no clue how dramatically it will all soon come screeching to a halt.  

February 2020: We head to SF’s Tiny Telephone Studio for a week and lay down the foundation of our first full-length record. It’s one of the last projects recorded there before they close down for good. Our time there is joyful, all-consuming, and filled with community. Carey’s there filming the whole thing, and members of our Feelers community are coming in with heaping plates of food for the band and engineer. Carey takes them into a back room and interviews them for the mini-documentary we’re considering making about the record-making process. We have no idea that if we’d booked our studio time for a month later, the entire recording process would have been indefinitely postponed. We’ve never heard the word “Covid.”  

July 2020: We end up moving out of our communal home in Oakland after shit hits the proverbial fan in a number of ways, and decide we want to move to Sebastopol. When we don’t find a place immediately, we accept Scott’s mama and her partner’s generosity, driving our Uhaul to their home in Sacramento, where we unload all of our possessions into their backyard barn. We imagine it won’t be more than a month or two, and head up to Oregon to record our vocals for a few days of socially-distanced sessions in a barn that we load up with analog gear. We get extremely well taken care of by our friends up there, and end up staying for a month, capturing some breathtaking cameos from Cassandra Lewis, Christopher Worth, Haley Johnson, and David Jacob-Strain that could have never happened with our original plan.  

September 2020: We head back to California in anticipation of the birth of Scott’s sister’s baby, Alita. A friend offers his family’s tiny cabin in the Sierras for us to quarantine before re-entering the family bubble. As he walks us to the cabin, he casually mentions that no one’s ever stayed in it during the summer, but it “should be alright.” It's a heat wave, with most days above 100 degrees. We set up the studio, undress, and keep at it. We open the windows as soon as the outside temperature dips below the inside temperature, and do the reverse in the early mornings. It is HOT, but manageable. On day four, the sky fills with dry lightning, and the fires begin.  

The smoke is thick, and we’re down a narrow dirt road. We can no longer open the windows (or go outside). We keep working on the record. Morgan starts melting, and--while she’s still mustering up gratitude for having a place to work on the record and quarantine--she really wants to be pretty much anywhere else. Scott periodically finds her quietly crying about how hot she is, and reminds her to dunk her head in cold water. We capture some of the deepest, freakiest, and most unexpected sounds of the whole project. We finish our quarantine, pack up the studio, and head to Sacramento for family time and to continue working on the record.  

October 2020: We spend three weeks house-and-cat-sitting at Marty & Caroline O’Reilly’s place in Santa Cruz. We set up the studio, and get very close to finishing “Let It Move You.” Morgan notices that it’s hard for her to focus sometimes, especially when a small piece of music is repeated over and over again, but also somehow manages to read John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden” from cover to cover in four days, so she thinks nothing of it. We head back to Scott’s mama & her partner Charlie’s house in Sacramento before heading off to our next housesit. We set up the studio there and keep at it.  

November 8, 2020: For the first time since leaving our home in July, Scott manages to pack the entire studio setup into his van before we head off to housesit at Caitlin Jemma and Daniel Steinbock’s place in Sebastopol to finish “Let It Move You”. (Until today, we’ve never been able to fit it all into one vehicle, and have always taken both of our cars.) Scott comes from a line of prideful car-packers, and this burst of inspiration feels like a direct way of being cared for by Scott’s dad’s spirit. Scott’s excited about the successful car-pack, but Morgan tries to hide her disappointment that his great packing job means driving together, as she’s feeling VERY off emotionally, and has been looking forward to driving alone. Within hours, we’ll be seeing that this car-pack very likely dramatically changed our lives.  

On the road to Sebastopol, Morgan suddenly has an 8-minute-long grand mal seizure in the passenger seat while Scott calls 911, pulls over, and reassures her (and himself) that everything will be okay; she hears none of it. She gets taken to the ER and, after some scans, is told that there’s something in her brain (she records a voice memo of the doctor telling her the news, because Covid protocol has it so that she’s alone in the ER while Scott waits in the parking lot, and her brain bleed makes it so that her memory and ability to take notes are limited). The recording she takes will end up becoming an interlude on “Let It Move You.” She is transferred, gets diagnosed with what they call a “cavernous malformation”, and spends several days in UCSF’s Neurology ICU.  

November 8th, 2020 - February 19th, 2021: We finish the house-sit in Sebastopol, desperately needing community, but also needing to stay socially-distanced, especially after having been in a hospital. We struggle. A lot. Scott has an unexplainable and severe abdominal pain that makes him unable to move on the day we need to pack up and leave. His mama and her partner save the day (once again) by coming to Sebastopol to help pack us up. We move to their house where we proceed to watch *the entirety* of Downton Abbey together.  

Morgan feels like a zombie for about a month after her seizure--a combination of the brain bleed and a medication she’s reacting poorly to. She’s in a chemically-induced depression and her feelings hurt most of the time, as though they’re an injured body part.
 

Chelsea Coleman sets up weekly Zoom gatherings where our musician community plays gentle songs for Morgan, as well as organizes ready-made healthy food deliveries so Mo can feel some semblance of independence during a time where she can’t even shower or take a walk alone. Moorea Masa takes over all of our post-surgery related logistics. June Jackson sets Morgan up with a functional doctor so we can get a more whole-body perspective from a professional. Friends come out to Sacramento for socially-distanced visits. The Lullaby Club on Clubhouse becomes our nightly respite. We’re amazed by how life can feel so hard and so blessed at the same time.

Scott tries to continue working on the record, but finds himself almost exclusively worrying about Morgan. Along with Morgan’s neurologist and functional doctor, we come to terms with brain surgery being the best option. We try to work on the record, but Morgan has headaches most of the time, along with mini-seizures when she tries to listen to the same section of music several times in a row. Scott keeps chipping away at it as best he can.  

February 19th, 2021: After a virtual community gathering to pray for and bless Morgan, she goes in for brain surgery. Scott calls her when he thinks she’s in surgery prep (although, by that time, she was likely getting wheeled into surgery), and leaves a beautiful prayer of a voicemail (this voicemail will end up as one of the interludes on “Let It Move You.”) Scott spends the day on Pete Koomen’s roof (Pete graciously offered us use of his apt in SF) alongside Mazin Jamal and Eric “eO” Oberthaler, who’ve come to be with him in brotherly love. They join our broader community by lighting a candle and praying. The call comes in: surgery went great. Morgan comes out of it better than she went in. She leaves Scott some high-on-life-and-painkillers voice messages with a Southern accent (also not realizing that they’ll end up on the album), because her ICU nurse post surgery has a southern accent, and she claims her brain is “soft and impressionable.” We breathe the deepest sighs of relief.  

March-July 2021: With help from our entire community (looking at you, socially-distant visitors, meal-train-ers, care package senders, texters, callers…), especially Moorea Masa and Rosie Raizen, we slowly recover while working on finishing the album and looking for a new home. We bounce between short-term stays, navigate the resurgence of Scott’s mysterious abdominal pain and a 4-day stint in the hospital, and arrive at the summer ragged and exhausted, holding onto the album like a life raft.  

October 2021: Our whole lives shift from emergency to blessing, as we land in a new home in Sebastopol and are finally able to finish the album and begin envisioning its future in the world. 

 

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