Crowdsourcing Mornings: Lisa Mills Reclaims I’m Changing

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This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post will take place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

Every so often, the universe hands you a gift, and for Lisa Mills, that’s the chance to redo her very first studio album, I’m Changing.  A few months ago, she was cleaning out her home studio/office when she came across the original raw tracks.  Out of curiosity, she played them—and she was stunned.  The tracks were really good, magical even, and it made her wonder, What happened between these tracks and the finished product?  Short answer: Somehow her original vision for that album was lost along the way.  Now, she knows some of you might be wondering why she go back and fool with this album when she could be working on something new.  There are a few reasons.  For starters, she considers I’m Changing to be incomplete, and before she can move on to her next project, she needs to finish this one the right way.


Second, it demonstrates her abilities as a songwriter, and even now that it’s out of print, the album continues to resonate with fans.  She thinks it deserves full marketing and promotional support to reach a broader audience.  With your support, just think what the future could hold for the “brand-new again” version of I’m Changing!  Last but not least, she thinks this is some of her best work.  Now, with expert mixing from Grammy Award winning engineer Trina Shoemaker (the first female engineer to win a Grammy when she was honored in 1998 for her work on Sheryl Crow’s The Globe Sessions), the tracks are exactly the way she envisioned them In fact, as Trina put it, when this album is done, it will be brand-new again.  And she knows you’re going to love it.

As of April 3rd, this project has raised around $18,861 of their $30,000 goal. This project only has 9 days left to raise the $30,000 or it will not be funded!  For a pledge of $25, you will get a signed copy of the remixed/remastered “I’m Changing” CD with sincere thanks and good thoughts sent your way!  For a pledge of $50, you will get a signed limited edition 11×17 poster, signed pre-release CD; digital downloads of previously unreleased raw tracks from the original “I’m Changing” studio sessions and the digital download track of “Slow Down, Slow Down,” a previously unreleased Lisa Mills song available only on Kickstarter.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:

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The Evening Post: The Lumineers Ho Hey

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The music group called The Lumineers have come out with a song that I have fallen in love with.  The song called Ho Hey is a very catchy tune!  What I like about this group is they are trying to bring back an resurgence of folk music as part of the popular culture.  And The Lumineers were nominated for two Grammy awards for Best New Artist and Best Americana Album!  I hope The Lumineers wins a Grammy!  Enjoy the music video!


Animation Monday: 3’s A Crowd

Thanks to San Diego Comic-Con for sending this magazine!

The Grammy’s

I know this has nothing to do with animation.  This Sunday because of Whitney Houston’s death I watched The Grammy’s.  I recorded all the animation domination cartoons on Fox to watch later.  The tributes to Whitney Houston were great.  I loved how the host LL Cool J began the show with a prayer.  And the tribute by Jennifer Hudson was amazing.  It made the entire audience speechless.  Of course the big winner was Adele who took home many Grammy’s.  And Adele’s performance of “Rolling in the Deep” was very good.  Overall this year’s Grammy Awards show was great!  And what was it with the weird Mickey Mouse look-alike during one of the performances?  So this was a very good year for the Grammy’s and it probably set record ratings.  We will know that on Monday.

Comic Book Men

A new show premiered on AMC after The Walking Dead.  This show is about Kevin Smith’s Comic Book shop and it is filmed in New Jersey.  I hate to say this but I found this show to be a rip-off of Pawn Stars on History Channel.  Sure there were some good moments in the show.  Like talking to each other in front of the microphones.  And there were some great things brought in to the comic shop to be apprised.  But this show is off to a slow start.  And I can not believe that AMC is now going down the road of other cable channels by showing junk reality shows.  Comic Books are loved by many people and the animation in them is great as well.  But do we really need another reality show?  I thought that Comic Book Men easily reminded me of the comic book guy on The Simpsons.  Just very boring.

Latest Phineas and Ferb Episodes

I find you guys out there amazing.  I put up a post about a month ago about the Phineas and Ferb time shift weekend.  And there is still traffic coming in to read that post.  Thank you all for reading Young’s Blog.  I have had some weird search results from people like Dan Povenmire’s blog; Phineas and Ferb all grown up; Phineas and Ferb jewish.  So as long as my posts bring in more people; the more the merrier.  So last Friday Night the latest Phineas and Ferb episode was shown.  And boy they were good.

The first episode Monster From the Id goes inside Candace‘s mind.  And after what everyone saw; I just hope that her mind is not like every other teenage girl’s mind.  Candace’s mind is filled with anxiety; pretty girl stuff; thinking about Jeremy; Phineas and Ferb as pray; and getting eaten by some weird Candace monster.  By the way; why does Dr. Doof not throw away his old underwear.  It looks very bad on him.  And that was one very creative inator Dr. Doof built only to see it destroyed by Agent P.

The second episode Gi-Ants sees Phineas and Ferb building a human size ant farm.  The kids are sprayed with ant perfume before entering to play along with the ants.  But Candace is spayed repeatedly with the ant perfume and the ants make her the queen.  Then the ants gets more involved with things like gardening; the industrial revolution; overthrowing Candace; and flying into space with their ant farm turned into a turkey.  Dr. Doof’s inator would become very handy during Thanksgiving.  No more cooking turkeys!  And Linda being dressed as the Statue of Liberty is just great!

By the way on March 3rd it’s Platypus Day.  And Disney is wanting people to do the platypus walk; just watch these two videos below.  More of this will be coming soon on Young’s Blog.

All images copyright by The Grammy’s; AMC-TV; and Disney

Whitney Houston Dead

I was not going to write another post for Young’s Blog until Sunday Morning but this story deserves a post.  Whitney Houston died on Saturday Afternoon and was only 48.  Just way too young!  She was reportedly going to be the next judge on the X-Factor with Simon Cowell.  And she was going to be appearing on The Grammy’s on Sunday night.  The police has now come out and said there was no foul play in Houston’s death.  Most likely she died as a result of using drugs.  And this will go down as another big name death as of result of using drugs.  No question Whitney Houston was very special.  She had many big music hits during her career.  And she started the name “diva” which is used a lot today.  Many people have said Mrs. Houston is one of the greatest singers of all time.  And many people choose a Whitney Houston song to perform because her music was so special.

I think this needs to be said.  We have now lost several famous signers in the last couple of years due to the results of drugs or alcohol.  Michael Jackson; Amy Winehouse; and now Whitney Houston presumably have now died because they were addicts.  To any of the signers out there.  What are the pressures in the music business?  It just looks like the pressure to be a big name and to stay relevant is huge!  Shows like American Idol and the gossip shows showing celebrities being arrested for drugs and alcohol show the bad light of being a celebrity.  There has got to be a way to stop the huge pressure in Hollywood and that would spur having the famous celebrities and signers from turning to drugs and alcohol.  This death is just such a waste.  And the music from Whitney Houston will be remembered for a very long time.  And the song I Will Always Love You written by Dolly Parton and performed by Whitney Houston is a fitting tribute to Whitney Houston.  R.I.P. Whitney Houston.

For the last pictures showing Whitney Houston; click on the link.