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An Unexpected Grammy / Acceptance Speech Redux

Monday, March 10th, 2014

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It’s been a month since the Grammys, and we still cannot properly express how thankful and blessed we feel. Where we stand today is not where we expected to.

When our names were called at the Pre-Telecast Grammy Awards, we each had our cell phones in the air capturing what we thought to be the final moments of being 2014 Grammy Nominees… poised to cheer for one of the big dogs and find our way to a cocktail to celebrate the ride. Little did we know that our lives were about to change.

I believe I was able to snap one pic of our names on the screen before hearing the first syllable of Sarah’s name and losing it. I don’t think I even gave myself the chance to hear my own name before the schoolgirl screams began.

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The last snapshot before the end of the world as we knew it.

And, thus began the 5 mile walk to the stage, followed by the impromptu oh-crap-we-didn’t-prepare-anything mess of an acceptance speech. What we said was 100% true. It never crossed our minds that we should prepare anything, because there IS something about being up against such amazing artists (and I’m referring to the names on the cover AND the brilliant minds behind the beautiful packaging designs), that we just didn’t think we had even the slightest chance to win. We’ve come to terms with the idea that maybe our speech was adorable…perhaps it was endearing…and what felt like an eternity of awkward pauses was, in reality, rather short and sweet. We can buy into that, if for nothing else than to be able to sleep at night. However, I’d like to take this time for a do-over. Here’s what I wish we’d said:

Holy Crap… Cyndi Lauper’s here.” As children of the eighties, this, we wouldn’t change. There’s a great story that Sarah should tell you sometime about a Cyndi Lauper concert she was attending that ended up being rained out…. t-shirts had been made. Hearts were busted… back to the acceptance speech do-over.

We’d like to thank Reckless Kelly for sharing this crazy and elaborate vision for the record and for riding the project off the edge of what’s sane and reasonable with us. When people ask us how it is that we collaborate so well together, our answer is always the same: They’re like family. And that isn’t something that we just say. You are family. Cody, Willy, Jay, David, Big Neil… we love you guys more than you’ll ever know. You, too, Joe. No one else will ever be able to comprehend the amount of sweat, sleepless nights and stress-drinking went into this project … But … it was worth every second of it. 

Thank you to our parents for always supporting our creativity (in this version, I don’t stumble over the ‘t’), Thank you for always ensuring that there was always room for artistic expression in our home… even if, at times, the only tool available was a bucket of old second-hand crayons. And for instilling in us the belief that no matter where you come from or what your journey has been, all things are possible. That you truly can do anything you set your mind to. The fact that we’re standing up here, now, is proof of that, and a testament to your love and support. Mom, Dad, this is as much yours as it is ours.  

Thank you to my wonderful James. You are the most amazing and supportive husband ever to have walked the planet. Thank you for always being our toughest critic and our biggest cheerleader. We love you.

Thank you to Daniel for keeping a smile on Sarah’s face, and warmth in her heart. Maybe someday you’ll put a ring on it and you’ll get a bigger thank you….. noooooo pressure.

This is where they’d cue the music….

No. No. Nope… Not Done.” The music keeps playing, and we shout over the band, “Thank you to our sisters, Emily and Raina, for inspiring us to be crazy creatives and for keeping Sarah and I from killing each other. We love you higher than the sky. Thank you to the members of The Recording Academy for this incredible honor. Thank you to Dick Reeves for introducing us to The Academy, and for being such a wonderful mentor. Thank you to all of our friends, family and everyone else at home for all the love you’ve shown us over the years. We couldn’t ask for a more supportive community. Thank you to every single one of our clients, past and present, for supporting our little business.” …the music is still playing… “Just a little over a year ago, we were still working out of the 10 x 10 spare bedroom in my little apartment in South Austin … And, at the end of the day, we’re still just a couple girls from the sticks who are doing everything we can to ensure that what we do is what we love. Can’t believe we just won a Grammy for that. Anything is possible … Thank you.”

The Dodds Sisters, circa 1986. Indian Creek, TX

The Dodds Sisters, circa 1986. Indian Creek, TX

You can see how our actual acceptance speech went down at Grammy.com. Our category is announced at the 26 minute mark.

We’re incredibly thankful that somehow the stars and moon (ahem) aligned to bring us to where we are today…. Sarah, I don’t know where this train will take us, but we’ll be on it together. And, I couldn’t ask for a better travel companion.

Cheers!
Shauna

Reckless Kelly / Long Night Moon

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

The GRAMMY-Nominated Long Night Moon packaging features Glow In The Dark ink, with hidden images and messages, secret codes and all kinds of other goodies. Plus, comes with it’s own coordinating LED UV light! It’s difficult to do the design justice with a flattened image, but included below is our best shot at it. Click on the images for larger view.

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Reckless Kelly, Long Night Moon, GRAMMY, Grammy-Nominated, Best Recording Package, Record Packaging, Glow In The Dark, Shauna Dodds, Sarah Dodds, Austin, Texas, 2014, TX, Cody Braun, Willy Braun, David Abeyta, Jay Nazz, Neil Gallagher, Nominee, Nominated, 56th GRAMMY Awards, Backstage Design Studio, Backstage Designs

Reckless Kelly, Long Night Moon, GRAMMY, Grammy-Nominated, Best Recording Package, Record Packaging, Glow In The Dark, Shauna Dodds, Sarah Dodds, Austin, Texas, 2014, TX, Cody Braun, Willy Braun, David Abeyta, Jay Nazz, Neil Gallagher, Nominee, Nominated, 56th GRAMMY Awards

Reckless Kelly, Long Night Moon, GRAMMY, Grammy-Nominated, Best Recording Package, Record Packaging, Glow In The Dark, Shauna Dodds, Sarah Dodds, Austin, Texas, 2014, TX, Cody Braun, Willy Braun, David Abeyta, Jay Nazz, Neil Gallagher, Nominee, Nominated, 56th GRAMMY Awards, Backstage Design Studio, Backstage Designs

Reckless Kelly, Long Night Moon, GRAMMY, Grammy-Nominated, Best Recording Package, Record Packaging, Glow In The Dark, Shauna Dodds, Sarah Dodds, Austin, Texas, 2014, TX, Cody Braun, Willy Braun, David Abeyta, Jay Nazz, Neil Gallagher, Nominee, Nominated, 56th GRAMMY Awards, Backstage Design Studio, Backstage Designs

Reckless Kelly, Long Night Moon, GRAMMY, Grammy-Nominated, Best Recording Package, Record Packaging, Glow In The Dark, Shauna Dodds, Sarah Dodds, Austin, Texas, 2014, TX, Cody Braun, Willy Braun, David Abeyta, Jay Nazz, Neil Gallagher, Nominee, Nominated, 56th GRAMMY Awards, Backstage Design Studio, Backstage Designs

Reckless Kelly, Long Night Moon, GRAMMY, Grammy-Nominated, Best Recording Package, Record Packaging, Glow In The Dark, Shauna Dodds, Sarah Dodds, Austin, Texas, 2014, TX, Cody Braun, Willy Braun, David Abeyta, Jay Nazz, Neil Gallagher, Nominee, Nominated, 56th GRAMMY Awards, Backstage Design Studio, Backstage Designs

Reckless Kelly, Long Night Moon, GRAMMY, Grammy-Nominated, Best Recording Package, Record Packaging, Glow In The Dark, Shauna Dodds, Sarah Dodds, Austin, Texas, 2014, TX, Cody Braun, Willy Braun, David Abeyta, Jay Nazz, Neil Gallagher, Nominee, Nominated, 56th GRAMMY Awards, Backstage Design Studio, Backstage Designs

The 12-panel poster fold-out insert features a vintage-style lunar map with invisible glow-in-the-dark art hidden throughout. Each of the moons encircling the Lunar Map represent a date of relevance to Reckless Kelly and Long Night Moon, with the specific moon that graced the night sky on that very date, the Shoshone Indian name for that moon phase, and the GPS location of the event. Hidden within the design is a code to unlock the chords to all the tracks on the record, a story created from mixmatched lyrics from the record, an explanation of what the Long Night Moon is, a Homeric Hymn, constellations and a link to visit for unlocking ALL the secrets online.

Reckless Kelly, Long Night Moon, GRAMMY, Grammy-Nominated, Best Recording Package, Record Packaging, Glow In The Dark, Shauna Dodds, Sarah Dodds, Austin, Texas, 2014, TX, Cody Braun, Willy Braun, David Abeyta, Jay Nazz, Neil Gallagher, Nominee, Nominated, 56th GRAMMY Awards, Backstage Design Studio, Backstage Designs

Reckless Kelly, Long Night Moon, GRAMMY, Grammy-Nominated, Best Recording Package, Record Packaging, Glow In The Dark, Shauna Dodds, Sarah Dodds, Austin, Texas, 2014, TX, Cody Braun, Willy Braun, David Abeyta, Jay Nazz, Neil Gallagher, Nominee, Nominated, 56th GRAMMY Awards, Backstage Design Studio, Backstage Designs

Little known facts:

1. The stars included in the artwork are not randomly placed – but rather, in their true astronomical alignment to one another. If you know your constellations, you may likely find them, throughout.

2. The moon phases on the lunar map that line the outer rim represent the actual moon phase that lit the sky on that specific date and place.

3. The numbers within the ‘swirls’ of the lunar map also represent a secret code.

4. The moon phases included on the back cover represent the moon phase from the date that each track was written. The dates for these are included on the Lunar Map.

5. Along the bottom of the inner spread, you can find the Austin city lights on the left with headlights departing toward the mountains on the far right. This, as well as the entirety of the packaging design is a nod to the traveling theme of the record, and the lyrics of “Long Night Moon”: Sleepless nights where the stars above are drowned out by the city lights / and I wonder why I keep torturing my soul beneath this urban sky / but in my mind I know I’ll be home soon / surrounded by the winter beneath the Long Night Moon.

6. The Long Night Moon for 2013 is December 16th.

7. If you have the physical copy of the packaging, you can visit RecklessKelly.com/CrackTheCode to . . . crack the code.

If you don’t have Long Night Moon, yet, head over to RecklessKelly.com to snag your copy, NOW!!!

The Long Night Moon / Glow In The Dark

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Reckless Kelly Long Night Moon - Recording Package - GRAMMY Nominated Design - Nominee - CD PackagingCheck out the sweet glow effect on our design for the new Reckless Kelly Packaging