We had most of the songs finished by the spring of 2015. Charlie was on his way to Nashville that summer and the plan was for me to head down for a week in August to put the finishing touches on the songs at the Red Fern Music Studio. Around that time I sent the mostly finished tracks to my good friend and artist, Todd Germann. He listened to the songs a few times and called me up with a plan to use the songs as the inspiration for a giant canvas. Charlie and I had just started talking about the cover and we agreed that Todd’s painting might make a great album cover. The problem was that Todd was thinking big, his vision for realizing the music on canvas wasn't going to fit on a standard CD insert. After a little back and forth we hatched the plan to make the painting cover three panels on the CD by including a fold out flap. Todd began working on a 20 inch by 60 inch canvas. For several months we went back and forth trying to find a way to get as many of the characters on the canvas. Todd also had a much darker interpretation of the album and there was some wrangling as we convinced him to remove the crossbow and swords from the painting, as well as taking the sinister looks off the creatures. The amount of work and thought that went into the album was staggering, but it was also an incredibly fun project to watch develop. I carried the painting from Brooklyn into midtown Manhattan where we had it scanned so we wouldn't lose any detail when we crank down for the cover. In the end it turned out that three panel CD covers are not made of three squares and so we had this amazing painting that was too short to fir across all three panels. Around that time, all of us agreed, that if we had known how much effort the cover was we would have just used a photo. Charlie came up with idea of putting it in as is and then having us write up a mission statement to explain Funkinships. Well, you can see how it turned out. Awesome. We are so glad we didn't just use a photo. So now you know that each CD is actually an amazing little work of art. Listen to the music everywhere, but don't lose the cover.