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Alec has news....

As you may have seen on Facebook recently, Alec and Kore are currently in the middle of move upheaval, but are working to recover. Alec notes "If you have ordered online, and have received no shipment or contact, please understand that we are doing the best we can to get to all of your orders, but we have been moving, home hunting and animal caretaking under severe timelines and have had little time for actual professional work." Please feel free to read the rest of his message there.

ETA: Apparently one has to be friends with Alec on facebook to read the statement.
Greetings to all of the Heatherlands. I hope this finds you at peace in your hearts. After all, in truth, that is the way to find it at all. I apologize for not being in contact with the world at large for the past 3 months. My life has changed drastically. Kore and I are in recluse somewhere in the forests of Oregon's Columbia Gorge. We currently do not have cell, internet or satellite reception. Fae Hollow has returned to the wild ownerless freedom that it has insisted on. Our animals are secure for the winter in three different locations near us and while it seems a bit daunting, we are at least all safe for the time being.
Kore and I fought for a long time to hold a good standard of life against a low economic return and have finally surrendered. We are in the process of recovery and with the added handycap of web silence, it is challenging. If you have ordered online, and have received no shipment or contact, please understand that we are doing the best we can to get to all of your orders, but we have been moving, home hunting and animal caretaking under severe timelines and have had little time for actual professional work.
I have been through Hell emotionally and am just coming up for air now. I apologize for falling so hard and so fast when all of you have supported me for as long and as loyally as you have. I'm sorry. I accept full responcibility for my failures and am working as fast and as hard as I can to make a new life that will not collapse under me as this one has. I do not know where I will go from here accept that I assure you, the music will continue. When and in what form, I cannot say for myself. I will still be part of Tricky Pixie but for a while, my own concerts may be few and far between. I am, in the words of Stitch, "Broken, but still good".

Please, I ask you, do not worry for me. I am hurt, but not dead. I am breathing and walking. I will get through this, but I can no longer promise anything to be a certain way for in there lies illusion and I will not give into that easily again.

You are all in my heart this season. My thanks to you for all that you have done. Words are insufficient in times like this. I send you my love and thanks. It is all that I truly own and all I can truly give away. Seasons Blessings, in Perfect Love and Perfect Trust.
Be Safe, my Friends.



Comments

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keita_yuki
Dec. 17th, 2012 06:29 am (UTC)
the facebook link dosent work for me. :p
technoshaman
Dec. 17th, 2012 06:00 pm (UTC)
locked for me, too. Precis?
jenk
Dec. 17th, 2012 11:05 pm (UTC)
Edited the post to include it under an LJ cut.
jenk
Dec. 17th, 2012 11:05 pm (UTC)
Edited the post to include it under an LJ cut.
(Anonymous)
Dec. 17th, 2012 10:58 pm (UTC)
Please post the whole statement and the like does not work for me and I can't find him on facebook. Thank you so very much. Carol
jenk
Dec. 17th, 2012 11:05 pm (UTC)
Edited the post to include it under an LJ cut.
egoldberg
Dec. 18th, 2012 05:43 am (UTC)
I have to admit I had bittersweet feelings reading about the foreclosure, which I've been following from a distance over the past 4 years. I'm going to stick my head out - and you guys can bite it off if you want to - be my guest.

I was admittedly primarily into Heather's music of the early-to-mid 1990s, as a teenager and early 20-something.

One thing I always admired about Heather back then was the courage to work hard at doing something that other people thought was crazy or impossible. The idea of being a full-time, professional musician doing Celtic fantasy music and SCAdian filk in the 1990s really was preposterous. It was crazy.

And yet, through hard work and high standards, she did it, paving the way for artists like Heather Dale who've raised the genre to entirely new levels. It's something I've always admired to this day. That audacity was one of my biggest inspirations for starting a filk music label in my early 20s - that through conviction, high standards and hard work, one could bring obscure but loved music to a much broader audience.

Coming back the present, I certainly can't speak from experience what it's like to have a home that you love and to have to lose it, slowly, over 4 years of falling into and out of foreclosure.

And I also can't imagine the stress of trying to maintain a $250K high-interest subprime mortgage on a musician's budget. And especially on a property that's looks like it's only even valued in recent years around $80K. (*) That would be a hard call for me, especially with tens of thousands of dollars of other people's money brought into the equation.

Personally, I give a lot of time and money. I donated to one of Heather's earliest fan fundraisers in the early 1990s, and have contributed over $160,000 towards filk artists through my music publishing hobby, Prometheus Music.

But this fundraiser is one opportunity that I opted not to participate in -- the signs I saw left me feeling very concerned that it wasn't going to end well. An eye-popping $1 million dollar market capitalization for Sea Fire without any supporting balance sheets. No concrete plan for an events business that would have to be generating $30K or so in profit immediately, and so on. As a small business owner myself, it seemed a bit, well, tragically doomed, in a "Ready, Fire, Aim" way.

And in tragic irony, it looks like the home is now down to a price point where the fans could have nearly bought it - or at least bought it down to a $300-$500 monthly mortgage - for the money they contributed over the past years. Hell, *I* could easily buy it at its current price point - was even looking around for an investment property in Oregon this past year for weekends or as a rental. But not this one.

There's more on my mind, but I think I'll cut this off here.

--

(* - at least, if I understand a very quick look at the public county records, which are discoverable on the Internet in about 30 seconds of Googling).

Edited at 2012-12-18 04:38 pm (UTC)
tstarfollower
Sep. 4th, 2013 07:36 pm (UTC)
I am sorry that Fae Hollow had to return to the wild, I know Alec loved the place. But also home is more of where every you find love and peace. I am very fortunate to have gotten to know Heather a little in person, and alot through her music. And I am very grateful that I will soon be meeting Alec in person. I just hope things settle down to the point where Alec can start doing more shows and get back to doing what he loves to do, sharing his talent with the world.

May your dreams find wings to fly in reality.
tstarfollower
Sep. 9th, 2013 11:21 am (UTC)
Hello All,
I just wanted to give a quick update on Alec's move to Wisconsin. I was fortunate enough to have been able to give Alec and Kore a place to get their animals out of the trailer for the night, and Alec sang a few songs for us, I was very grateful that he would do this. Both Alec and Kore are a little road weary, but they are in good spirits.
Alec even graced us with a few new songs that are soon to be released. It was great to spend the day with them, and I know this move was difficult for both of them. But I am glad they found a place that will be home to all of their animals and give them a place to stop and catch their breath.
So for all of you that see this and care about Alec and Kore, please help support The Bard and his family by rounding out your collection of their albums.
May the Magic Never Die.

Their Friend in Montana
Thistledown Starfollower
aka Tony
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