I play instruments, I write songs, I sing the songs I write, and I pray to God you'll love the songs you hear.
So here is what's happening.
For those of you that know me, it's no secret to you that the one thing that I have always loved, is writing songs. You also know... that I LOVE people. (I love some of you so much, it's awkward, and I'm sorry.) One of the reasons I have chosen to use Kickstarter, is because I can't imagine embarking on this journey without the friends and family that mean so much to me. (And I NEED YOUR MONEY. Yes. You.) But seriously, without you being a part of what I'm doing, it wouldn't mean near as much. If you don't know me, I'm really excited you're taking the time to check this out.
This year, I have put countless time and heart into researching what it would take to really create a product that would be valuable. From researching studios, to speaking with engineers, to calling friends in the industry, to Googling anything and everything that you can possibly imagine might come with the creation of an album. This has also meant hours of staring blankly at objects or people (awkward moments), with my brain being completely fried. Fortunately my husband has a lot of grace, and is 100% as into this as I am. So, after all of this and much more, I have realized that I need at least $20,000 to make the dream a reality.
The album will be a complete work with 10-12 songs. The money will be going towards things like studio time, studio musicians, the production of the album, the promotion, (deep breath), the artwork, the packaging, the duplication, and so many more details. I will be keeping you up to speed throughout the process with posts, comments, twitters and so on.
So PLEASE, help my songs. They are floating ambiguously around in song purgatory, waiting to be placed on my album. I am thrilled (understatement) to finally be in a place to pursue this dream. I've always been a dreamer, and believe me, my dream doesn't stop here :).
Explaining my gratitude to you is impossible to surmount with words, but again, THANK YOU. I can't wait to get started!
Currently I have a few songs posted at http://www.myspace.com/estherlydia. Most have been recorded in our living room, and will be redone once the project is a success. Thanks for listening! :)
None of the backers will be charged, and the project receives $0.
The project is eligible to receive over $20,000, just not under. If I reach above 20K, we will be able to do more than we imagined, and the money will go back into music, and possibly a potential second project.
If the project is successful, after the end of the 30 days, you will receive an email from me requesting all the necessary information to send you the reward that you were signed up for, including T-Shirt size and so on.
My friend Tanner! He is extremely talented, and probably one of the nicest people you could ever meet. You can check out his photos in a number of places... Facebook, Vimeo, Twitter... just look for "todaymightbe", or click the link below and under contact you'll find a million ways to check out what he does.
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Thank you so much! Every dollar counts. *virtual high five. Right now. Do it.Estimated delivery:
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A digital download of the album when it's completed.Estimated delivery:
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A digital download of the album as well as a signed hard copy. (my signature is worth so much, it's not even funny).Estimated delivery:
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A handmade (by me) elementary style, personalized card to put on your fridge.... or above your mantle. It'll be like we're family. (+ digital download + signed hard copy)Estimated delivery:
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My Face, most likely making a strange, creepy or an overly ecstatic "OMG you gave me money!" type of expression, on a thank you pin-button. Think of it! My Face. On a BUTTON. Which you'll be holding in your hand, overwhelmed with the reality that you can only pin it on one thing at a time. Wherever shall you put it!? (+ digital download + signed hard copy)Estimated delivery:
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For those of you who don't need the hard copy to use in your disc-man, but do still need futuristic things like, clothes... You'll be receiving a T shirt that has been specially designed for the project. Everyone will want to ask you where you got it. EVERYONE. If you're single, you want this. And you're welcome. (+ digital download + signed hard copy)Estimated delivery:
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A completely unique Polaroid taken during the recording process, signed and dated by me, and whoever else happens to be in the photo (it could be someone famous...... most likely not.....but it COULD be...). Your very own piece of history. (+ digital download + signed hard copy + the specially designed T-Shirt)Estimated delivery:
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I will bake, frost, and send you cookies (granted you are in the (USofA). That's right. Bake. Frost. Send. I'll even write your name on them. (In an edible fashion.) You'll also be receiving a one of a kind Polaroid as mentioned in the category above. (+ digital download + signed hard copy + the specially designed T-Shirt + the Polaroid)Estimated delivery:
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20 minute Skype session with myself and the musicians. You can ask us questions, such as: "How did you get so cool?" or "But seriously, how did you get so cool?" or whatever else comes to mind. Some of the musicians are single and I'm sure they'd love you to ask them out... you get the idea :). (+ digital download + signed hard copy + the specially designed T-Shirt + the Polaroid)Estimated delivery:
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ROLLER. COASTERS. As in: A set of coasters, with the many faces of myself and the musicians I'll be working with, making expressions that will make you roll with laughter. Roller coasters. (I'm so proud of that title, not gonna lie). (+ digital download + signed hard copy + the specially designed T-Shirt + the Polaroid)Estimated delivery:
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Handwritten lyric sheet, designed and signed for you. It could be sealed with wax, have burnt edges, and so on. Believe me it will be beautiful. It will look like it belongs in a museum. And maybe it will someday. WHICH WOULD MAKE YOU RICH!!! OMG I made you rich. You're welcome. (+ digital download + signed hard copy + the specially designed T-Shirt + the Polaroid)Estimated delivery:
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A incredibly cool, incredibly creative piece of incredible wall art, designed by myself, personally for you. Incredible right? You will enjoy looking at it so much, you won't be able to stop. The only downside, you won't be able to stop... and assuming you have a life, it could be a problem. If you don't, you'll now have something to do, and you're welcome. (+ digital download + signed hard copy + the specially designed T-Shirt + the Polaroid)Estimated delivery:
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I will write and record a song personalized for you. It can be about you, your significant other, whatever you would like. You can even have me write it for you, about someone else, for you to give to them. This is no white elephant gift. An engagement perhaps? A wedding? A birthday? A Bar Mitzva? The possibilities are endless. (+ digital download + signed hard copy + the specially designed T-Shirt + the Polaroid)Estimated delivery:
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Myself and a select few of the musicians I will be working with, will come to your house, or event, and do a live acoustic set for you and your friends. It will be a night to remember. I feel like I already have memories from doing this for you, because we had so much fun together. Is that possible? Because it's happening. Right now. *tear (+ digital download + signed hard copy + the specially designed T-Shirt + the Polaroid) *must be within 4 hours of driving distance, from either Portland or Seattle, or travel/accommodation would need to be provided. Thanks for working with us on scheduling the event! :)Estimated delivery:
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DINNER AND A SHOW. My Italian mum and I (and our astute crew), will make you dinner. A serious dinner. One that will become your "last meal". And sing you songs. Mum will even talk to you in an Australian accent. She has one. It's cool. *You must be within 4 hours driving distance from either Portland or Seattle for this one. Mum has rules. And she may or may not be in the mafia. So live with it. (+ digital download + signed hard copy + the specially designed T-Shirt + the Polaroid)Estimated delivery:
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Not only will I write and record a song for you, we will make a music video for you, to go with it. And it will look AMAZING. We can even incorporate you into the video if you live nearby, or send us photos of yourself/friends and we'll find a creative way to work it in. (+ digital download + signed hard copy + the specially designed T-Shirt + the Polaroid)Estimated delivery:
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If it were legal, my first born child. At this point, I'm mostly joking. (Mostly...because who is going to give me 10K. Right?). I''m assuming you're not in this for the rewards, as cool as they are. Nonetheless, choose anything that suits you, from the above options. My people can converse with your people, and we'll work something out. (I don't have people. But I know you do).Estimated delivery:
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