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George is a long time bass player from
England who has been forced to give up his instrument as his condition
has deteriorated. Until February of 2002, he continued to
As of February 2002, even this ability was taken away, but George's drive to create was not.
At present, George's only means of data entry (and thus communication with the internet) is through speech-to-text software.
The internet musical community has been rallying around George, and several CD compilation projects were intitiated, for the purpose of assisting George1948 in his struggle to continue creating music in spite of the debilitating effects of motor neuron disease (ALS, Lou Gehrig's).
The first of these compilation projects was
set up at
a German site called Besonic.com by an artist called Soundblast, and
became active on the
Besonic site on February 17/02.
A large number of Besonic artists wanted to
be part of this and donated tracks to the project. The Besonic site was
set up to create "virtual CDs" and they would press CDs on demand -
thus allowing us to avoid incurring production costs.
We ended up with more donated tracks than we could use for one CD. There would be three CD's, instead of one. The second and third Besonic compilation were also put together through the efforts of Soundblast. We were quite pleased with the response we got and were able to sell a few of these compilations and get some money for George. In the meantime, the Besonic site imploded and our compilation project was lost forever, since they went down without warning.
Artists at other MP3 sites had offered their tracks when we began this project, wanting to create CDs for this cause.
The second compilation project was
AcidPlanet artist Helium Gonsalez, and was called Reach. The Reach CD
was finally compiled, we obtained releases from all the artists and we
got all the artwork done. We were ready to go.
were then thwarted by the site where we had hoped to have the CD
had chosen was offering to produce CD's on demand, so if someone
ordered a CD, they would press it, and the purchaser would pay the
cost. That site then went through a number of changes and the plan fell
This is a real pity because the Reach
compilation ended up being a really terrific collection of talent from
assorted sites around the world.
If anyone is interested, we could get
individual copies made on demand.
The cost would be the cost to make the CD, $5.00 US plus
the postage. We think the total would come to about $10.00.
Through donations and the proceeds of the
Besonic compilation CDs, and the Reach compilation CD we had hoped to
provide financial assistance for George's daily needs, and perhaps more importantly, for the
purchase of specialized computer equipment that would allow George to
reaching out to others with his music.
We set up a donation link using Paypal, but
had so many issues with Paypal that we decided to drop that plan.
Paypal was difficult to use, and we felt it unsecure.
Part of our plan was that by helping George
overcome his challenges, we could support the developement of
computer equipment that would allow other disabled musicians and
to communicate their ideas.
Getting involved in this project was a real
learning experience. We found that the "big" official ALS agencies were
neither supportive nor helpful. Each time we contacted someone
they would claim George was outside their jurisdiction, and when we
finally go hold of the ALS agency that WAS responsible for George, they
were extremely hostile because we were not located in Britain. We
WERE successful in getting his local ALS people to get him a Head
Mouse, a device which would allow him to manipulate the mouse via a
head band device.
We hope that our other efforts in this
regard have not been in vain!
In Spring 2006, we finally got
enough money to put George's own music on CDBaby. We gathered all of
George's tracks together from the various sites were he had them
and created a CD called George1948. I had a few copies made and
sent them to CDBaby, where I hoped that some
copies would sell, and that some folk would buy downloaded tracks. Any
obtained will be sent to George and his family.
March 2007 brings a new project. With the collaboration of Candi McNeil of IndieTalent.ca, an internet broadcaster, we are putting George's CD and his story on the internet "air waves". Candi is going to run a special program on George in the next few weeks. If you'd like to listen up, go to IndieTalent.ca and check the schedule for George 1948.
- Ian McGehee ... Feb 2002 -
Note March 2007 from Louise Peacock
Collection CD now available in limited edition, and as MP3
| The CD comes complete with a
custom cover designed by Will Sweatt (Break Hunterz), insert and tray
card, and of course shrink wrapped.
1. Body Rock
2. Feel So Good
3. Bang Bang
4. Women Have Power
5. Mash Up
6. You’re Gone
8. Happy Days
9. Hip the Hop
10. People Starve
11. Where Are You Now?
12. Hollywood Boulevard
14. Stand Up
15. RainDrops (Remix of Wezel song)
Compilation CDs for George
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A newsletter was created for the purpose of keeping everyone updated with developments on this project.
If you would like to print out back issues of the newletter we have provided links to .pdf files.
Another disappapointment for us. CafePress turned out to be a real flop, with problems in ordering and then they instituted a policy of charging back to accounts that had less than a specified amount of sales ... We pulled this account, since we thought it pretty silly that something that was to provide a small amount of money to Goerge would be subverted.
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