Funds for mastering and printing my EP, Winter in Mind. Help me make this something you can hold in your hands and put in your ears!
Here's the deal:
For the past ten months, bit by bit, I've been working on recording a six song EP with the amazing producer/composer/sound mastermind Jacob Goldman. The songs are there! The sounds are there! The album is almost there! I have spent days and days and dollars and dollars to get this far, but I need your help in order to make this something you can hold in your hands and put in your ears. Mastering and printings costs add up to over $2500, and without your help, this album won't see the bright light of the good day. I would really appreciate any $$ you can offer, and in exchange I promise you a beautiful record, to hear and to hold.
Here's the story:
WINTER PART I: About three years ago I sat down at the desk in my dorm room, a little bit heartsick, either because of a boy or because of the paper I hadn't yet written that night, and wrote my first song, "I Wish I Were a Bird." A year later I recorded my debut full-length album, No Town, with Colorado musician and producer Eric Shiveley. Thanks to a strange pizza fate and a German guardian angel named Lars, I took my debut album with me to Europe, where I played in Germany, Spain, and Portugal, and then across the Western U.S., touring across eleven states and driving three thousand miles alone in a Buick LeSabre. Whew! I took a lot of naps in parks that summer.
WINTER PART II: Last December I met producer/composer Jacob Goldman at a house show in New Haven. I rescued him from a fire and then asked if he'd help me record my next album. "Sure," he said, because what else can you say to someone who has just saved your life, or at least your turtleneck sweater. "Great," I said. "I have a million songs ready to go." I didn't, in fact, have a million songs. I only had one or two, and I spent a week that month in my childhood home in Colorado writing the rest. Sometimes I got frustrated and took a walk in the snow (often it took hours to regain feeling in my legs post snow-walk). Sometimes I ate enchiladas.
I returned to New Haven in January and Jake and I camped out in a third floor studio for three weeks to record the six songs I'd just written. We wore hats. I was always late. We brought in our friends to play their fancy instruments (a handmade violin! a mint and bubble gum pink electric guitar!). We wondered what it would be like if it were warm enough to go outside to play basketball. The end of January came quickly, and recording had to take a pause while "real life" pulled us back into its onerous tides.
SUMMER: After a six month studio hiatus, a life across the Atlantic, a college diploma, and a long email chain with the subject line "BIG PLAANS!" we returned to the third floor to finish recording and mixing the album. It didn't last long. We were again interrupted, this time by the long days of summer and a three week tour of the southeast. We packed up my guitar, Jake's mini drum kit, and some trail mix from the fancy local food coop, and headed south. We played for barefooted teenagers, wine drunk psychiatrists, and a rotting porch watermelon. We loved it, and we ate many hamburgers along the way.
FALL: We returned to the northeast, summer ended, though we didn't know when, exactly, and Jake finished mixing the album. It's almost winter, now, and it's time to get these six songs out into the world before they collect too much digital dust somewhere in a Brooklyn apartment. They are peeking out from a blanket of binary waiting for you launch them into the next stage of their little lives!
WINTER PART III: ? ? ? ? !! ? ?!?!?!? It's coming. I hope you will be a part of it.
Please, have Winter in Mind.
! xo Laurelin
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I am very close to finishing this album - Songs - check! Artwork - check! - and with your generous support I will be able to fund the final steps.
Here's what's next!
1. Songs will be sent off to be mastered!
2. Stumptown Printers will print beautiful sleeves to house these sounds.
3. I will send the EP and any other rewards your way.
While I am hoping to release the album by the end of November, mastering and printing could potentially take additional time as I work with others to finalize audio and art and wait for the good 'ol pony express to ship the EP to me (and then to you!) I want to get this to you as soon as possible but please keep these things in mind as you eagerly await Winter. Thanks!
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Oct 10, 2012 - Nov 9, 2012 (30 days)
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A digital download of the Winter in Mind EP + a postcard. Thousands of zeros and ones shooting at your ears in the most elegant way + a postcard sent from THE Colorado desert, coming at you via the pony express.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012Add $5 to ship outside the US
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Winter in Mind EP! You'll get a real live, real nice CD + a postcard + all my thanks radiating toward your warm soul (like an invisible sweater for your heart).Estimated delivery: Nov 2012Add $5 to ship outside the US
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Winter in Mind EP + a copy of my first full length album, No Town + a letter to you from me. That's a steal, folks. That's over an hour of music to blast into your little ears while enjoying a fine rosé in the bubble bath or giving smoochies to your lover one in the front seat of the car. OVER AN HOUR of fresh, sexy tunes about love, loss, setting your house on fire, and literally everything in between. And a handwritten letter? Imagine what one can say in a letter. I might even send it from Leadville, Colorado, 10,151 feet above sea level. I'll give you all my dizzy dreams of elevation.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012Add $5 to ship outside the US
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Winter in Mind EP + a copy of No Town + a letter + handpicked chamomile tea to warm you in the wintertime. My mom grew this tea in her garden. Then she handpicked it for you. Then she placed it in the windowsill for eight days so the sun could beam its magic onto the blooms. I don't know if that part is true but it sounds fancy! You want it. (Thank you, mom!)Estimated delivery: Nov 2012Add $5 to ship outside the US
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Winter in Mind EP + a copy of No Town + handpicked chamomile tea + a SONG written for YOU by ME. These are nice things to make your winter nicer. Half of this EP was recorded while wearing a onesie. I think you'll really get a sense for that with this thank you package. Especially when I write a song about you and post it on my website for all to hear. Do you have an anniversary coming up soon? Do you need a tune to make your lover swoon? Did your fish just die? Do you need a eulogy to say goodbye? See how great I am at rhyming?Estimated delivery: Nov 2012Add $5 to ship outside the US
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Two copies of the Winter in Mind EP + a copy of No Town + handpicked chamomile tea + a song written for you + I will serenade you in YOUR home (applies to CO, NY, and CT folks only). I call this one Tea Time with Laurelin. I'll even bring cake.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012Add $5 to ship outside the US