So so so close ... I hope!
I haven't updated in a while, and the reason is good: I've been really busy working on this record! But I wanted to take a minute and fill you in.
First of all, the recordings are within a half-inch of being ready to press, and that's what has taken the lion's share of my time for the past couple of weeks. The good news is that they sound SO GREAT I CAN'T EVEN BELIEVE IT! I can't wait for you to hear this.
Meanwhile, I finished all of the illustrations, and I'm really pleased with them. A lot of things came out of the charcoal that I didn't expect, including a flying church with stained glass dragonfly wings. I spent Saturday afternoon at the U of A library scanning them all and getting them ready for printing. I also scanned all the sheet music! There are several manuscript pages, and for the ones that were digitally typeset I added performance notes and other things in pen and ink, so it's just a charming-looking pile of music all the way around.
The concept for the packaging has evolved as well, and I think you'll really like it. Drew and I are working on the details this week, because it's time to get moving on this!
I'm planning an official release show here in Tucson in late January or early February, but all of you will have your goodies the moment they're ready, which will be in late December or early January. Hopefully Austin will follow in the spring, and perhaps a small trip around the U.S. to go along with it.
But now, back to the list ... so many things to do yet ...
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Aug 22, 2011 - Oct 1, 2011
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I will show you a video of a man dressed like a rabbit playing a sousaphone. You think I'm kidding, but I assure you I'm not, and you will be really happy when you see this.Estimated delivery: Jan 2012
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A digital download of the finished album in the audio format of your choice, along with a PDF of the lyrics, artwork and sheet music. (All rewards listed below will include this download as well!)Estimated delivery: Jan 2012
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A physical copy of the CD in a cardboard sleeve, with screen-printed cover art, plus the digital download. This version will be available to Kickstarter backers only! (Backers outside the US, please add $10 for shipping on any gift that requires shipping. Thanks!)Estimated delivery: Jan 2012
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A little hand-bound book with letterpressed cover, the inside containing the narrative adaptation of one of the songs from "Drunk At the Funeral." Words and book by Drew Burk of Spork Press! New illustration(s) inspired by the new story by Chris Black! All backers at this level and above will receive this gift!Estimated delivery: Jan 2012
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Your very own copy of the finished work! "Drunk at the Funeral" in a beautiful hand-bound album of art, lyrics, and printed sheet music, with the CD living happily inside.Estimated delivery: Jan 2012
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Same as above, BUT your copy of the album will be inscribed with a personal note of thanks from an apparent 12 year-old boy, because my handwriting is awful! But it will come from the heart.Estimated delivery: Jan 2012
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The inscribed album, plus a signed and numbered print of my illustration called "Pass Away." This is a limited edition print, and it is a thing of beauty! See it at www.chrisblackmusic.com/?p=1863.Estimated delivery: Jan 2012
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TUCSON RESIDENTS ONLY: All of the above, and I will come to your house and play this new music on your piano!Estimated delivery: Jan 2012
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All of the above, and I will play this music at your house, on your piano, anywhere in the world where I am unlikely to be shot or imprisoned. (You'll also need to provide plane tickets and accommodations, but it will be really fun!)Estimated delivery: Jan 2012