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Hello Friends –
My new records, American Standard and Secret Canon, Vol. 1 are done – recorded and mixed to tape, and beautifully mastered. Both will be for sale on CD and digital downloads, and with SCVol 1, I went all the way to realize a long held audio geek dream; to release an LP on vinyl –that is -gatefold, 180 gram limited edition vinyl. I've been lining up press and radio to get these suckers out in style on April 10, 2012.
Like many of my fellow artists, once again I've turned to my fans rather than a record company to help release these records. The first level of support is basically pre-order. You just pay for a record or records in advance to help defray my initial costs – and in return you get extra stuff like bonus tracks, and you also get the record(s) delivered to you signed before the official release date. And if you would like to play a bigger part in in this project, there's more options (and more gifts at every level – house concerts! t-shirts! original artwork!) at every gift level, there's an option to donate more if you like that gift particularly but want to donate more. (bless you).
We initially estimated that the cost to duplicate, the first run of CDs and Vinyl for stores, hire press and radio people for the first 3 months of release and fund an initial band tour for both records to be a whopping $35,000, so we're keeping that as our fundraiser goal. It's become increasingly obvious that it's going to cost more than that -unlike my previous works, most of the songs on both these discs need to be played with a band. Which means extra expenses like van rental, and those darn diva musicians usually like to be put up and fed and paid and stuff. So this will be funding rehearsals and tour expenses with my band and the costs of big old debuts in a bunch of cities including my first time playing the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on May 3. (come on down!!)
My last experiment in fan fundraising via kickstarter* was a surprisingly beautiful and humbling experience. A lot of you took the opportunity for direct contact to tell me some really nice things - I learned that various songs or albums helped some folks get through a rough period in their lives, or quieted their children, or were a part of many weddings and even funerals. It's sometimes made me feel undeservedly lucky to know that I've been granted a life that involves being applauded at the end of a work day on a regular basis. To be informed that I'm occasionally of actual use to our little community was both an unexpected and a life-changing gift. It really kept me going through a challenging time, both financially and spiritually. For those of you that participated, I can't hardly thank you enough.
Even if you have no expendable income right now (I totally understand, believe me**), you can still help a tremendous amount by linking to this page, on twitter, on facebook, and just generally spreading the word! And thank you for helping keep independent music alive – please continue to help by educating your friends – tell 'em you buy records of artists you like as a matter of principle. It makes a huge difference.If you've got questions, please email me HERE
Love and Thanks,
Everyone who donates gets a heartfelt thank you on my
If you wish to contribute anonymously, please tell me so!
ALL PRICES INCLUDE COST OF DOMESTIC
MEDIA MAIL TO THE USA ONLY –
EUROPEAN MAILING COST SEE BELOW :
Mother Theresa Fan:don't want anything, really – I just want to contribute. Here.
Package 5: Friends and Family - 10 Vinyl, CDs, T-shirts:
10 signed vinyl records (each with its own cd inside), download codes for bonus tracks, plus 10 super cool t-shirts I have yet to design. (Postage covered in USA) (North America only please – if you're from Europe or another continent and want to talk about this, email me and we'll work something out – mailing vinyl internationally is REALLY expensive!)
American Standard CD pre-order: $15
Signed American Standard, with free download codes for the record plus some bonus tracks. (please add 5$
postage for outside the USA)
Package 6: Vinyl and live music lovers plus: $500
Both CDs, a copy of Vinyl, t-shirt, poster, and an hour long private, solo, all request concert, from my apt for you and whoever you want to crowd around your laptop via the magic of the internet
Secret Canon CD
Signed Secret Canon Vol. 1, with free download codes for the record plus some bonus tracks. (please add 5$
postage for outside the USA)
Both CDs pre-order:
Both CDs signed, with free download codes for both records (and bonus tracks!) sent to you before release. plus I'll email you a download code for 3 bonus tracks plus the whole record downloaded while you wait for your package to arrive! (please add $7 postage for outside the USA)
Vinyl, both CD's, t-shirt and poster, downloads, plus a song home recorded on my computer just for you – can be either one of your songs, a cover you'd like me to do, one of my songs you'd like to hear solo with banjo or acappella – you call it.
Secret Canon Vinyl pre-order: $30
Secret Canon, Vol. 1 LP. Signed, sent to you before release. Inside sleeve is a free physical CD for your convenience plus I email you a download code for 3 bonus tracks plus the whole record downloaded while you wait for your package to arrive! (add $15 postage for outside the USA)
Crazy Super Deluxe Deal: $1500
WITHIN A 6 HOUR DRIVE OF NYC ONLY:House concert in your home, plus that other stuff above including a song of your choice home recorded.
Crazy Super Deluxe Deal: $2000
ANYWHERE IN CONTINENTAL US: House concert in your home, plus that other stuff above including a song of your choice home recorded.
Package 1: Both CDs and Vinyl SCV1:
Both CDs, Vinyl SCV1, download codes for bonus tracks.
(please add $17 for postage outside the US)
Art Lover's Deal: $3000
First come, first served, as there's only one. the companion to the original cover painting of American Standard – a "Church of Soul" icon series portrait of me– painted and hand-carved framed by Leslie Staub, (click to see others in this series) Her marvelous paintings go for at least that or more already, so this is really a great deal. plus records, downloads, t-shirts, etc.
Package 2: Both CDs, Vinyl, T-shirt plus:
Digipak copies of both CDs, poster, t-shirt, plus Vinyl copy of Secret Canon Vol. 1.
(Please add $20 for postage to Europe)
Package 3: CD & Vinyl package plus plus!:
See just above – PLUS I sent personalized recorded, (sung, if you'd like) message for your answering machine or for someone's birthday, your call.
(Please add $15 for postage to Europe)
'did you ever know that you're my hero': $5,000
I will write a song for you, about you, or for or about someone you love and record it for you. and of course you get the records and the t-shirt and all that stuff.
Package 4: Friends and Family - 10CDs plus T-shirts:
10 signed CDs for you and your friends/family – all SCV1, or any combination of any of my older CD titles you prefer. Plus download code for bonus tracks, Plus 10 super cool t-shirts I have yet to design! (Postage covered in USA) (please add $20 postage outside the US) Plus a personalized recorded message for whomever you want!
'you are truly certifiable, bless your heart': $10,000you get absolutely anything above if ya want em (including house concert/songs recorded) plus I'll make you a painting from my own hand that incorporates the original lyric working sheets from my personal writing notebooks going back to 15 years. Will look for the original germ of ideas from your favorite song if you'd like. Also, you will also get on the guest list plus 1 for any of my shows you want to see for the rest of your natural born life. Also? Heaven.
ONE CD : EUROPEANS, PLEASE ADD $6 TO YOUR DONATION TO COVER POSTAGE.
TWO CDS : EUROPEANS, PLEASE ADD $8 TO YOUR DONATION TO COVER POSTAGE.
ONE Vinyl : EUROPEANS, PLEASE ADD $15 TO YOUR DONATION TO COVER POSTAGE.
Vinyl, CDs and T-shirt : EUROPEANS, PLEASE ADD $20 TO YOUR DONATION TO COVER POSTAGE.
** if times are particularly hard right now for you, for whatever reason - please send me an email and I'll send you free download codes.