Not Your Mama’s Hymns

By Sarah Jebian & Laura Weiss

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Campaign ends on: January 14, 2018
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What is Unfolding?

Unfolding is an album of family-friendly UU hymns arranged for today’s contemporary music-lover.  What began as a request from the Director of RE at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax (Fairfax, VA) to have recorded hymns available for her use in children’s chapel, unfolded into a multipurpose, campus-wide resource for worship beyond the walls of our church.  Now we want to offer this music to other UU congregations, RE programs, families, and those outside of the UU tradition who crave meaningful music as a part of their daily spiritual practice.  We hope to enable listeners to bring the values of their faith into the car, the home, and the world.  Now, more than ever, we need to bring the message of Unitarian Universalism out of the house of worship.  What better way than through the arts?!

These are NOT your mama’s hymns…

Our relevant and exciting arrangements of some of our most beloved UU hymns preserves the intention of the music while exploring the musical landscapes and needs of today.  Each hymn meets you where you are in your spiritual practice and appeals to all generations.  The music reveals beautiful soaring melodies of familiar hymns with unexpected new harmonies and a fresh, reinvented quality. As we approach each piece of music, we ask ourselves “What is the story we are telling?”; “What are we feeling when we hear this music”; “How does this support the spiritual life of our listener?”. We are excited by the results so far and we’re sure you’re going to love it too.

We hope to release Unfolding in the summer of 2018. We’ve already recorded 4 of 12 planned tracks. Our initial out of pocket expense to produce these first 4 songs was a little over $4,000. We need to raise at least $15,000 to finish production on the remaining 8 songs. Production costs include:

  • licensing fees to the composer/copyright holders ($1200 projected cost)
  • fees to the musicians playing on the record ($1500 projected cost)
  • studio costs – time in the recording studio, editing, mixing, mastering 8 remaining tracks ($10,000 projected cost)
  • album artwork/graphic design, CD duplication, publicity and marketing ($1800 projected cost)

Faithify is all-or-nothing. If we fail to meet our fundraising goal, we simply won’t be able to finish what we started. We may not even be able to release the 4 beautiful songs we’ve already completed. If you believe, as we do, that music builds bridges and is a critical part of our shared UU ministry, please consider supporting our work. Thank you so much!!

Comments (2)

  1. Sarah Jebian & Laura Weiss Post author

    A HUGE thank you to everyone who donated today. Laura and I are so grateful and excited to have your support! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!

  2. Laura A Weiss

    Oh my gosh everyone! Let’s keep the momentum going! Sarah and I are so thrilled to have your support. Thank you for believing in us! Thank you thank you!!!!

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