Returneth, Worketh, and Produceth

I arrived back from a summer of sailing, hiking, writing, and adventuring sometime in September. My palette was Lake Superior and the 3,000 miles I traveled in my sailboat. In learned many things, and hopefully many things will come of the experience.

Currently inthe works I have an album containing field recordings and music written during the journey (some recorded in various places around the lake), a book about the experience, and a multimedia presentation about my adventures on the lake. The presentation combines video, photo, live music, and narration. More information as it comes.good day

Funding Successful!

Welp, thanks to everybody who pledged, and thanks to everyone else who spread the word. This is such a huge help! 90% of the money pledged came from our local community, and what does that say about the area we live in? Amazing…

I launched “Voyageur” on March 25th at 8:46 pm at the Washburn Marina. Earlier that day, myself and a few friends lounged about in chest waders, prodding, pushing, and breaking the ice up at the ramp. Chequamegon Bay has been ice free for a couple weeks, and that open water was just too tempting. Please take note of the fact that it is extremely unusual to be able to launch a boat before April, the last two seasons I didn’t launch until April 22nd.

Months of hard work have paid off, all of the modifications and preparations I’ve made to the boat have worked perfectly. My hands don’t usually feel this calloused and sore until after the busy season at the bike shop. Now it’s down to the details of what food to bring, how much, what books, and getting my “sea legs” back.

My departure date is set for April 21st. I’m sure I will see some of you before then. I’ll be posting occasional updates during the journey here.

Thanks so much for your support!

-SBV

Full House/ On The Radio!

Last Thursdays presentation at the library was a success! Thanks to everyone who came; it was a full house. I look forward to doing more presentations after this sailboat trip (a regional tour) and including more informative narration, audio recordings, music, photos, and video. Thank you again to those who attended! If you are interested in booking me for an event, visit the contact page.

This Friday (the 23rd) you can tune into WRNC 97.7 fm (or stream off of the WRNC website) the most recent version of Studio Sessions, the radio show featuring local musicians being interviewed and performing their music. You’ll be able to hear cuts from my upcoming release entitled “Home” (available April 1st), and hear a live cut of the song “Wreckless”, performed by myself and fellow musician Dane Hauser.

SBV

Kickstarter Update!

Well, what a pleasant surprise to not only see that we’ve reached the goal, but actually surpassed it! I really had no idea this would work out so well. Using Kickstarter was an afterthought to the project, and I practically had to be talked into using it!

You pledging means so much to me! Since I started developing this idea a couple of years ago, I haven’t shared it with anyone but a few close friends. So that’s where all the encouragement was coming from. Now I can see that you also think it is a good idea, and that is one of the most important things so far. I had planned on doing this trip and making the documentary based solely on the want to do so. No sponsors, no grants, no news papers, no making a big stink out of it all. The idea is to document Lake Superior and it’s communities, wildlife, coves, cliffs, weather, and little things that you might not notice if you didn’t grow up near the lake, or spend a lot of time on it. I’m not setting out to document “one man’s arduous journey around the worlds largest body of freshwater, man versus sea, insert nautical jargon here”.

I am just the middleman, and a sailboat is my transport.

I‘m not trying to get into any film festivals, make a name for myself, or get good reviews. Those things don’t mean squat out on the water. This is for public TV stations, public radio stations, libraries, schools (Canadian too), people who have never been to the other side of the lake, armchair adventurers, long winters, people a world away, people without the time to get out there. It’s for the lakeside communities on all the Great Lakes. It’s for people to remember why they love Lake Superior, to discover new reasons, and to better understand why the Great Lakes are so important to us all. You are helping with this.

And with what I just wrote in mind, I guess the documenting of “Lake Superior and it’s Communities” starts here, now, with you. Amazing…

Now that the goal has been reached, with 54 days to go, we might as well keep going with it. More funding just means a better project: higher quality, and a more easily accessible end result (lower cost for the public). The $100+ backer reward is limited to ten, and there are only five left. I’ve also added a new backer reward limited to 4, for pledges of $500 or more. A beautiful handmade piece of art, a steel and copper Lake Superior mounted on a piece of cedar. It’s a joint effort between myself and local sailor/ metal artist Jesse Woodward, much like the piece that is mounted on the door of my boat (see update #1).

If you have any questions, ideas, or whatever, just send me a message.

I don’t know what else to say but Thank you, thank you, thank you! 

Cheers,

Marlin Ledin

Kickstarter Fundraiser!

I’m raising funds in support of my next big project, documenting Lake Superior. I’ll be spending 4-6 months out on the lake aboard my sailboat “Voyageur”, doing my best to document the lake by using field recordings, writing, music, and video.
Visit my Kickstarter project to help support me, and to find out more information about the project.  If you have never used Kickstarter before, here is how it works: It’s all or nothing, if I don’t reach my goal I won’t get any of the funding, but if I reach the goal, or go over, I get the funding. If you chose to pledge to the project, and I reach my goal ($1,000), you’ll receive cool gifts based on the amount you pledge (listed @ Kickstarter).  Thanks!

Documenting Lake Superior from Marlin Ledin on Vimeo.