Children's music that aims to bring joy and positive energy to children and adults of all ages.
Please join the members of a newly formed group, the Honey Beats, as we go into the studio to create our first album entitled You Make Me Happy. The Honey Beats is composed of 5 individuals who enjoy making music and sharing our songs with as many people as possible.
Everyone in the Honey Beats is thrilled about the original music we have written over the past year. Each song uses catchy melodies and child-friendly lyrics to explore concepts, tell stories, and encourage children to enjoy every day! We will begin recording within 2 months after the end of the campaign and will release the album Summer 2014.
There are a lot of expenses involved in making this music, and so we come to you seeking support and companionship as we begin this journey. The money we raise will pay for studio rental expenses, professional engineering, extra musicians, mastering fees, artwork & design, CD manufacturing costs, and the odds and ends we encounter along the way. We cannot do this alone and ask that you help us however you can.
Studio time, mixing, mastering, etc--$5400
Artwork and design--$100
Musicians (piano, bass, sax)--$600
Amazon and Kickstarter %--$800
We have listed different tiers of "rewards" on the right side of this page. If you decide to support us, you will need to select a level from the reward list or you can enter your own amount in the box provided. If you want to pledge an amount in between two levels you can do this - we have kept the levels at discrete increments but you can pledge any amount you wish. We truly are thankful for every pledge we receive—we thank you for any amount you decide to contribute.
We have budgeted and planned to record 12 songs, and we will guarantee full high-quality production of these 12 songs with our initial funds. Any funding we receive over our initial goal will go towards recording even more of the 22 (and counting) songs we have written. Every song recorded will be on the completed CD.
So please support our project with good thoughts, energy, and/or funding and soon we will have some exciting new music for everyone.
12 of the songs listed below will make it onto the album. If we raise more money, then it will be possible to record more songs.
Riding On My Pony—A simple song that helps children explore tempo. As the pony runs “a little faster” the tempo quickens.
Maiden In The Glen—An Irish influenced ballad that encourages dancing and playing together.
Primary Colors—Primary and Secondary colors are defined and everyone learns the name of a purple vegetable (hint--rhymes with green).
I Love Everyday—An upbeat song that encourages children to see the positive influences and people around them.
Seasons—A slower tune that describes aspects of each season and why every season is important--"autumn the season with the falling leaves, winter the season when things start to freeze, spring is the season with the budding trees..."
Froggy—A fun song that also introduces children to new vocabulary such as pollywog and amphibian—learning is rarely this much fun.
Bees Are Busy—A folksy tune that introduces children to the different facets of the beehive--"when the honey needs a makin' it's those bees that get to shakin'"
Butterfly—A catchy melody makes it fun to learn about the “butterfly as it dances through the sky”.
Boom Boom—An energetic song that introduces young people to rhythm and the drums.
Real Good Food—This song describes the places where food originates as well as encouraging everyone to “take a seat and eat some real good food!”.
Let’s Make Music—A short lively song that introduces several instruments and promotes participation through clapping, snapping, and toe-tapping.
Good Morning To You—a bright and cheerful song to start each day, “the sun is so shiny, the sky is so blue, the birds are singing Good Morning to you”.
Little Baby Of Mine—A lullaby that emphasizes the special connections we have to those we love.
A Little Bit Of Sunshine—Everybody needs a little bit of sunshine in their lives, because, as the song says—“a little bit of sunshine brightens your day, a little bit of sunshine goes a long way”.
You Make Me Happy—the title says it all. A song about making others happy.
When Mama Comes Home—A happy song about the things families can do together—like making dinner before mother gets home.
When You Grow Up—this song is about many of the things people do after they grow up.
Everybody Get Yourself Moving---A tune that encourages movement and exercise..."everybody get yourself moving, now's not the time to be snoozing"
Throw A Penny In The Well—Three pennies, three wishes—one surprise!
Monkey—This Calypso influenced song follows the funny and mischievous monkey throughout the day--"Monkey sees the coconut, monkey wants a taste, monkey eats the coconut, monkey makes a face!"
It's Easy To Be A Friend—A song that encourages friendship. A turtle hides in his shell until one day he sees that friends are great to have.
Would You Rather?—a fun song that asks children to make interesting choices in order to see that we can decide who we want to be.
A Little Song--a short song about a baby and a little bug.
All songs © 2013 The Honey Beats
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
As with any idea and subsequent action, there is the ideal and the reality. We have presented our ideal project, but we would be remiss if we did not also discuss the potential challenges we might face. Studio time needs to be booked in advance and we cannot do that until we have secured funding. So there is the possibility that there will be delays getting into the studio. Ross, Kelsi, Kylee, and Rachel are students who have other obligations when they are at college and during summer. It is always possible that we will encounter difficulties finding common times to meet and record. There is also the possibility that our execution of the songs will not be as professional as we would like. After all, we are not professional musicians. Although there are potential delays and obstacles we might face, I can assure you that we will meet any problems with a commitment to solve them as quickly and effectively as possible.
The Honey Beats
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One hundred dollars will get you a personalized thank-you card, a Honey Beats poster, a signed hard copy of the CD, a digital download of the complete album and a band photo. (Digital song downloads and the hard copy of the CD will not be available until Summer 2014.)Estimated delivery:Add $8 USD to ship outside the US
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Five hundred dollars will get you a personalized thank-you card, a Honey Beats poster, a signed hard copy of the CD, a digital download of the complete album and a band photo. We will also personalize one song (chosen by the band) by including your child's name in the lyrics. You will need to send us your child's gender, name, and pronunciation before we can agree to fulfill this reward. (Digital song downloads and the hard copy of the CD will not be available until Summer 2014.)Estimated delivery:Add $8 USD to ship outside the US
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One thousand dollars will get you a personalized thank-you card, a Honey Beats poster, a signed hard copy of the CD, a digital download of the complete album and a band photo. We will also give a one hour live performance within a 300 mile radius of Monmouth, Illinois on a mutually agreed location, time, and date. Transportation and hotel (if applicable) costs will be additional expenses to be covered by you. (Digital song downloads and the hard copy of the CD will not be available until Summer 2014.)Estimated delivery:
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