We just launched the GoFundMe crowdfunding project for Ron English’s Rock Opera called “Rabbbits in Delusionville”
Please head to the campaign to donate to the project! Exclusive CDs, Prints, Paintings, and more available.
“Rabbbits in Delusionville” is a rock opera that will be like post-factual Animal Farm meets Aesop’s Fables on LSD. Delusionville tells the story of a society that formed as different animals fell down a rabbbit hole and created a world with their own mythologies, religion, and politics. Every animal group represents an embedded archetype in the social structure that is about to come in question. This is largely a commentary on faux news, stagnation of social mobility, and downright delusional thinking.
It is an opera in three acts that will take place over a double album:
Act One – Introduces all of the characters in Delusionville and brings into question the nature of their society and their various places in the social order.
Act Two – The animals get riled up about the economic disparity and social injustice in their previously unquestioned world of delusion.
Act Three – A very unusual take on revolution.
I am working with the producer Joe Johnson and opera singer Russell Cusick, both located in Beacon NY. Russell is a Julliard classically trained baritone operatic singer who has performed in Operas and Musical Theaters around the world. Joe has worked with artists as diverse as Keith Richards and Daniel Johnston.
Together we have written and recorded demos of the songs that will be on the double album. You can listen to the recorded demos at http://www.popaganda.com/ronsnews/delusionville/
We are hoping to have the album recorded and mastered by mid-June for a July release!
The reason I’m reaching out on GoFundMe is because I feel that this project is bigger than me and needs to get out into the world. Besides being a great work of music, “Rabbbits in Delusionville” creates a safe spot to discuss the politics of our day without bruising anybody’s party or embedded religious loyalties. We live in a world where people are overly defined by their political party and religion. More and more we are losing the ability to have honest and fruitful discussions about the world we live in. I need your help to put this project out into society and get as many people involved as possible.