A good cause is always worth supporting, so the fact that the Children of Mercy book and CD compilation help out two causes make this project a must-see. Children of Mercy: Tale and Teachings From The World of Independent Music is a collection of stories and essays by several elite members of the indie music world, including Electric Needle Room's Matt Beat and Will Simon of Thunder Power and editor of Omahype.com. This book will not only open the eyes of the outside world to the independent music scene but also raise money to fight Cystic Fibrosis.
Along with the compilation CD, the book brings to light stories from the independent music scene while it raises money for the fight against Cystic Fibrosis, a disease that has affected the son of one the contributors, Swedish musician and writer Ola Nyberg. Ron Trembath, creator of the project, pursued funding for the book publishing on Kickstarter and obtained over $2900 in pledges to ensure that 100% of the profits and royalties from the book go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in the US, as well as the Cystic Fibrosis Trust in the UK.
Beat and Simons, are just two out of a 40 + team of artists, producers, label runners, promoters, writers, and listeners from the world of independent music that have contributed their essays on life in the independent music scene. A wide array of topics including, DIY, effects of the internet, performing, break ups, and indie history will be found in this treasure trove of indie music perspectives. The book seeks to open the eyes to the outside world on how tough it can be to be a solely independent musician as well as highlight why it might just be the only true way to be a real artist in the musical world. It also gives advice to those currently living the independent music "dream" or those that are interested in creating music without the fear of losing their soul to the media monster know as the mainstream.
The compilation CD was released on The Beechfields Record Label on February 8th and the book was released through Marquette Books LLC on April 1st. From Seattle to Omaha to the U.K., this project uses a global angle to tackle a global issue.
Currently, The Children of Mercy team is working on releasing a second compilation album to be released through Workerbee Records (Ames, IA) with a release date TBA. Probably around winter 2011 or early 2012. Be on the lookout for that on Children of Mercy's Facebook.