Say You Do
Marly Hornik, NYC based singer-songwriter-storyteller-angel, was bartending near the WTC and saving money to record her third self-release album when the terrorist attacks occurred on September 11th of last year, wiping out her income and hopes for recording. But the events of that day only increased her desire to 'live fully and follow my dreams,' she says, which meant putting on the old thinking cap. 'I knew I was on the right path, and there had to be a way to keep going,' she explains of her developing career, 'I couldn't let these songs sit any longer.' Marly figured that with $3000 she would be able to move ahead. After two years of booking herself at clubs throughout the Eastern US and selling her two EPs online, she had developed a sizeable grassroots following. 'If anyone wanted me to release a new record, it was my existing fans. I realized that if I asked each of these people to donate just a little bit, I might raise a thousand or so dollars, and at least be able to get the ball rolling.' Which is precisely what she did, putting up a notice on her website, sending out emails, passing out fliers at her shows, making phone calls-using all available resources to let the fans know that, in exchange for a $20 donation to recording costs, they would get a CD of otherwise unreleased outtakes from the studio, a signed photo, their name in the CD liner notes, and at-cost prices on the CD when it was released. What happened next was like a fairytale dream come true. 'I had the checks sent to me at Grace,' (the bar where she works), 'and every day for weeks there was a stack of envelopes waiting when I got there. Unmarked packages with $20 bills stuffed inside, checks for hundreds of dollars sometimes-it was crazy!' All told, her fans contributed over $10,000 to the project, allowing Marly to afford extras like a live string quartet, and create what she calls the album of her dreams. Having friends like Bernie Minoso (Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente Orchestra) on bass, and Ronny Crawford (Lisa Loeb) on drums, supporting her didn't hurt either. Charlie Crystle, the independent musician/computer programmer/Grace customer who produced the album, worked for latte. Charlie brought along engineer Robbie Adams (U2, Bogmen, Smashing Pumpkins), and the album 'basically recorded itself,' says Marly. Add in a photo shoot with music producer Juan Patiño, and mastering by Drew Lavyne of All Digital NYC (Dave Matthews, Santana, Natalie Imbruglia)--'he randomly saw me play one night and literally threw himself at my feet,' laughs Marly--and you get Say You Do. 'The single greatest thing about this album is that it is the product of so many people's love and generosity. It was not recorded in a vacuum,' states Marly. And with such a fantastic tale of realized dreams, could there be any regrets? 'I promised all the donors a CD of outtakes, but there weren't any, so instead they get a finished CD. I feel bad, but the songs came out exactly how they were meant to be--it's just how the energy was in the studio.' Fitting, for an album that was apparently meant to be as well.