Dr. Gabriel Lubell is probably a genius. I can’t be sure, since I don’t know if I’ve ever met a genius before, or how I would know if I did (do they wear special rings?), but I’m guessing that someone who
- has published several professional articles on astronomy
- has presented musicological research in international venues
- has graduate degrees in astronomy and composition
- is a bomb-ass composer
- rocks the white tux in performance-art contexts
is probably a genius. In any event, he’s a smart guy — can twist your cap in a standup hallway conversation with bone-shaking, tooth-loosening hits of brilliance, and I should know, I had the office next to him for a year — and also one of the nicest, coolest people you’ll ever meet.
Anyway, now that you’ve been introduced, I’m going to hit you up for some money. In all the years I’ve been writing Dial M I’ve never asked for money from you, not for anything, but I’m asking now. Give it up for Gabe. Gabe has a Kickstarter campaign going for his debut album, and he’s soooooo close to making it, but there’s only 8 hours left, and we need to do this. Listen to the music on Gabe’s Kickstarter page. Is that not the shit? It is. It is verily the shit.
I had a dream last night that I woke up and Gabe’s project was fully funded. I rushed to the computer hoping to find that I had developed psychic gifts overnight, but alas, still about $800 to go. Now is the time. Help a dude out, you parasites.*
Kickstarter has funded serious artistic projects that would probably not have seen the light of day otherwise. Consider, for example, Girl Walk // All Day, a 21st-century reinvention of the dancing-through-NYC subgenre of the film musical. You’ve all heard about how crowdsourcing is changing the arts landscape blah blah blah, but it is kind of true, or at least it can be true. There are lots of talented people out there, and you can meet them and help them in ways you never could before.
* I kid! But seriously, help a dude out.