My friend Andy Osenga (formerly of Caedmon’s Call) has a story he’s been wanting to tell about a man named Leonard Belle. Here’s a quick summary in Andy’s words:
[Leonard] lives 300 years from now and loses his wife in a sudden accident while their divorce is being finalized. In his rage and grief he takes a gig driving a long-distance space freighter for a year. (Due to relativity, by the time he returns to Earth everyone he knows will be old or dead.) He decides to bring along some antique instruments and recording equipment (just like the stuff I have!) and will make a record.
That record–Leonard the Lonely Astronaut’s record–will be Andy’s next solo project. But here’s the crazy thing: Andy’s going to build a spaceship, which will also be a recording studio. He’ll make the record in the spaceship, wearing an astronaut uniform. In September there’s going to be a workday in which people come to Nashville and help build the spaceship. Yes. Probably the nerdiest thing I’ve ever heard tell of. As they used to say on television, it’s so crazy it just might work.
Fans and well-wishers are helping fund Andy’s project over at Kickstarter. Have a look, and consider helping out. Quite apart from the astronaut suit, Andy Osenga is an exceedingly gifted musician. This record is going to be good.