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Why I Supported the HoneyHoney Kickstarter Campaign



I like good music.  If the sounds and lyrics of the songs like “Come on Home” doesn’t elicit some emotion in you, stick out your hand and I’ll give it a quick whack with a framing hammer to make sure you feel anything.

But really.  The other day a good friend forwarded me a link to the HoneyHoney Kickstarter campaign.  It intrigued me for a number of reasons – first and foremost, because I can honestly say that I have listened to this particular band more than any other band since being introduced to them about a year ago.  Their music is compelling.  Suzanne’s voice will blow your mind and give you goosebumps at the same time.  Ben’s guitar skills are unique and mesmerizing.  Their music is just plain awesome.  I’ve also recently been curious about Kickstarter as a social and economic phenomenon of it’s own.  Why do people give to campaigns?  What types of projects succeed and which fail – and why?  Now that I had a legitimate cause to pay attention to, I was given the opportunity to find out first hand.

I am a harsh rationalist and consider myself a social economist- sometimes for the better, and sometimes for the worse.  While watching the HoneyHoney Kickstarter video, laced with barn animals and half drunken bottles of Jack Daniels, I got to doing some very straight forward thinking.  Above and beyond this weird video, what has their music been worth to me in terms of enjoyment for the past year or so (aside from the ten or so bucks I paid on iTunes per CD)?  Over the course of numerous bike rides, runs, cooking sessions, dinner parties and general lounging, what has that voice and those guitar plucking skills brought to the mix?  Would I be bummed out if for some reason they had to stop performing and stop making music because they couldn’t afford to do so anymore?  Surely there is no “price” you can put on personal enjoyment – which they have no doubt provided, but that being said, there is also a limit to how much money you can reasonably commit to support an up and coming musical duo.  Regardless of whether it is worth 1$ or $1,000, I reckoned it was worth something.

I support the arts.  I enjoy going to local shows, checking out gallery openings, and try to promote my friends who pursue creative passions whenever I can.  I also enjoy watching the life and death of concepts in the free market – from products to retail shops.  Kickstarter promotes a beautiful intersection of these two things.  Not all art is good (or not all art is something I’d be willing to put dollars towards to support), just like not all business ideas are good.  But when you give real people the opportunity to support what is important to them in an open-market situation, the good ideas will survive and the bad ones will die.

Being an artist is not easy – and if you have any doubts, listen to Ben and Suzanne from HoneyHoney chat about their current nomadic lifestyle on Joe Rogan’s podcast.  On the road for months at a time, living from couch to couch, no permanent residence, and the occasional jaunt at a southern strip joint.  Rock and roll, rock and roll.  But really – they do this so they can pursue a passion, and along the way entertain people with some pretty unique skills.  And they are not alone in this lifestyle.  Granted it is a choice, but that choice requires the support of fans and family to sustain – otherwise everyone loses.  And given the realistic financial situation of today’s music scene, that choice has arguably become harder to sustain than ever before.  I firmly believe we need free thinkers, creative types, and just plain weirdos to keep things interesting.  They are the real saddle stitching that keeps the corduroy blazer of society in tact.

So should you support HoneyHoney.  If you like their music and it’s worth it to you – sure.  But I guess in the bigger picture, for me anyway, it’s important to support the things that are meaningful and provide enjoyment in my life.  When those same things in your life come knocking, consider what you think about the people driving them and what you would think if they up and disappeared.


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