NRV native to create music album benefiting cystic fibrosis research
Allen Surface, who is organizing a fundraising music project to benefit cystic fibrosis research, shares his story:
UPDATED 5/3/13: Surface has provided additional names of contributing musicians to the project. The post has been updated.
My name is Allen Surface. I grew up in the NRV area and have been involved with music since I was around 10 years old. My niece, Diana Wasserman, is 15 years old and has cystic fibrosis, a life threatening genetic disorder that affects the lungs and digestive system. Currently, there is no cure, and the life expectancy is the late 30s. My wife and I have always been involved with helping to raise funds for the CF foundation including organizing walks and having a bluegrass fundraiser concert at Auburn High School where Amber Collins and No Speed Limit was the headliner. The Comptons and other family and friends played, as well.
Recently, my wife and I were talking about ways to raise more money for CF, and we decided to try to create a music album showcasing local talent in the area. I have some recording experience so I decided to start raising money to fund the initial recording equipment needed to do such a project. I created a funding page and sent it out to my family, friends and co-workers. I was amazed at the response I got, and I am very grateful to everyone!
It has been an interesting journey so far. I am working with a tight budget, and my wife and I have contributed a lot of money so far for various pieces of equipment. I called a nationally known recording studio engineer where I have recorded in the past, to try to get some ideas on decent equipment to purchase and quickly realized that I was not going to be able to afford the professional-grade recording equipment. So I then went to Google and started doing my own research.
To make a long story short, I have spent the time to learn how to modify midrange microphones with hopes of making them sound like the more expensive microphones. This project is going to mainly involve acoustic instruments, so it’s imperative that you have good equipment to capture the true sound of the acoustics.
It has been interesting, with the technology era we are in, if you do your own research and put a little effort into it, I believe you can produce a good recording at your home. I guess time will tell! I have also received a lot of support from the local music scene with well-known local musicians contributing their talents. It has definitely been all positive so far!
The list of musicians include Roger Compton, Darrell Compton, Clinton Compton, Johnny Williams, Patrick Robertson and Johnathan Dillon (of Michelle Nixon & Drive), Barry Collins (of Upland Express), Josh Underwood (of Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome) , Jason Harris, Ashlee Blankenship, Amber Collins, Jason Robertson, Scott Patrick, Ben Silcox, JT Surface, Kevin Jones, and Kevin and Kelly Youngs, to name a few.
It’s going to be a mixture of genres from traditional bluegrass to acoustic rock, to some Christian music. I am getting close to having everything I need, but I still need some further support to purchase everything.
For donations, please go to www.gofundme.com/musicforcf.
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