ALATHEA opens the door to invite you into the making of the Double-Disc not just for Children CD
WELCOME to our first Alathea Kickstarter campaign!
For many of you, helping us with our CD projects and recordings is nothing new - you have been pre-ordering our CDs for years, paying for your CDs long before the CDs are a reality and often waiting years to see (or hear) the fruits of your investment. This makes for quite a long process, often leaving you asking: "When is that new Alathea CD going to be finished?"
Kickstarter, we think, is a perfect way to speed things up and answer the question. Practically speaking, instead of raising the budget over a year or two, we have 30 days to meet our entire recording budget goal, which is a bit of pressure for us. But the good news for you is that you won’t hear us pleading for your help for months on end. And the good news for us is that, should we reach our goal, we will be able to complete the project quickly and efficiently, without excessive and prolonged worry which is more good news for us, and which turns out to be more good news for you, in that you won’t be waiting another year to get the new music you've already paid for.
This new upcoming Alathea project is a Double-Disc Children’s CD - one CD of lullabies and one CD of happy, fun songs. You see, our little communal life of living 48 steps apart has been expanding, giving us heaps of inspiration - husbands, toddling Samuel, dogs and chickens, gardens growing, dinners shared... and come January, a new baby... Yes, I'm so excited to tell you that Mandee and Wes are expecting a baby!! (who I like to refer to as Samuel's soon-to-be best friend...)
We realize that our families may not look just like yours - you may have eight children or no children, but this CD is meant for you. One of the things that we've come to expect from Mandee’s songwriting is that she writes from her rock by the creek or her afternoon hike or her dinner table conversation or now from her nursery, from the place in time she’s living in, and somehow, even if we’ve never seen the banks of the creek or the inside of the cabin, we can know what she's talking about, maybe we can even say, "Oh, I've been there." All that to say, we are crafting this CD for all music listeners - from the songwriting to the musicianship.
So as we’re growing our families, growing this community... you listeners have become part of our growing family - We may not be 48 steps apart, but you are part of our freaky little commune, whether you like it or not... And we feel the great privilege of growing this generation of our little families together...
Samuel, my almost 2-year-old, shamelessly uses the word “help” (pronounced "hep".) His mama still has trouble saying that word, but turns out that parenting is as much about learning as it is about teaching. So with Samuel’s help, we’re asking... We sure could use your hep.
We’ve been working on coming up with ways that we could invite you into the recording process and even more, invite you into our “freaky little commune.” If you have a minute (or seven) watch the video to see the cabin, hear some songs and hear more from us. And if you have another minute, take a look at our incentives for contributing. We hope they are both entertaining and enticing.
And a very important side note for those of you who have already pre-ordered the Children’s CD: Thank you, you helped us kickstart our Kickstarter campaign. Automatically, you are getting a jar of Blueberry Jam along with your pre-ordered CD, but you are more than welcome to take us up on any of the other incentives...
A few more things - Kickstarter makes it possible for you to help us without having to choose one of the rewards that we came up with - so you can always just give without having to get a jar of our questionable blueberry jam, or you can give even more than the amount of an award. Also, in case you are curious about any other ways you can help us out - please share this campaign with your friends and neighbors, chickens and dogs.
And should we be surprised and exceed the goal, we will use the extra funds to begin the next project, to make more music, to tell our stories, to keep doing our best to give back as much as you have given to us.
Look for your name on the official Pre-order list for the Children's CD (before the Kicktarter Campaign began:)
Sam Aldridge, Meghan Allison, Sharon Allred, Jeanne Andrews, Benjamin O’Leary, Tempa Bader, Lisa Bippert, Julie Boggess, Shelley Boyer, Tina Brickhouse, Micaela Broetzmann, Carrie Buell, Jamie Burder, Marilyn Cannezzaro, Barbara Carinci, Lynette Cheatle, Jane Checkeye, Teresa Clevenger, Janna Conrad, Tricia Coppernoll, Joni Denny, Jessica Elliot, Melissa Emmette, Juniper Ernest, Luke Foder, Megan Frasier, Brian Garrett, Andrea Gates, Amy Gerber, Laura Godfrey, Amy Hancock, Albert Holmes, Kathy Humphrey, Amanda Jordan, Sarah, Jozwiak, Kimberly Julich, Alyssa Kelly, Jessica Langley, Sonya Lerch, Elizabeth Lombardo, Sheila Martin, Lisa McCoy, Chad Meehling, Amy and Dave Mehltretter, Tamara Miller, Shay Miller, Linker Mills, Karen Okupniak, Sonya Perez, Frank Pittenger, Scott Pohlenz, Natalie Radford, Lahrye Radford, Shan Reed, Debra Rohlwing, Phyllis Runyon, Holly Sexton, Lauren Shipp, Yvonne Shorb, Ruby Simpkins, Mark Stier, Joy Thompson, Becky Thompson, Holly Walker, Dale Welden, Steve West, Nancy Whitesides, Brian and Sarah Worthing, Diane Yakos, Rex and Lauri Jo, and Bugge
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THE PHONE CALL: Everyone who gives any amount over $10 will receive a thank you call from Mandee and Cristi.Estimated delivery:
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THE MUSIC LISTENER (children or no children required): Digital Download of complete project on the day of release.Estimated delivery:
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THE PRE-ORDERER: Signed CD to you or your child(ren) or grandchild(ren) on first shipping date.Estimated delivery:
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THE JAM: Everyone who gives $35 or more will receive a Jar of Blueberry Jam made by Alathea at the cabin and a signed CD to you or your child(ren) or grandchild(ren) on first shipping date.Estimated delivery:
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THE DOUBLE DOUBLE: Two Double-disc signed CDs to you or your child(ren) or grandchild(ren) on first shipping date.Estimated delivery:
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THE DOUBLE JAM: 2 signed CDs and a 2 Jars of JamEstimated delivery:
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THE COMMUNITY BREAKFAST BASKET: with CD, homemade blueberry jam, eggs from our chickens, fresh local bread, and a personalized morning prayerEstimated delivery:
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THE ORGANIC BABY SHOWER GIFT: Alathea Children’s CD, Personalized organic onesie, BabyBearShop organic Bath product in nice basket (and a Tremble CD and organic lip balm for the Mama)Estimated delivery:
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THE MUSIC CHALLENGE: Have you ever thought it would be fun to hear the Alathea-folksy version of your favorite Jay-Z, Beastie Boys, Lady Gaga or Metallica tune? We are up for the challenge. Give us the name of your favorite song from any genre of music and we will learn it, video it, and post it on YouTube in your honor.Estimated delivery:
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THE CHILDREN'S PARTY FAVOR BAG: 10 CDs, 10 kazoos, 10 percussion pieces in individual bagsEstimated delivery:
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THE LIFETIME ALATHEA PARTNER: We’ll catch you up on all current Alathea merchandise you don’t yet have, and from this point on, you will receive every piece of new merch we make from here on out (from CDs to T-shirts to free postcards.)Estimated delivery:
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THE PERSONALIZED LULLABY: We will sing your child(ren) to sleep (If you don’t think it’s too creepy and as if your child will fall asleep to strangers singing lullabies, but we’re willing to give it a try!) We’ll stop by your house at bedtime if we’re in your town this year. If not, we can Skype, FaceTime, or send you a video.Estimated delivery:
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THE ORIGINAL: Original piece of artwork from an original Alathea member (Carrie Theobald Buell)Estimated delivery:
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THE PRIZE PACKAGE: All of the songwriting awards we've won and shelved: the infamous i-pod shuffle loaded with or without the complete Alathea catalog, Sony Acid Music Studio 7 software, Cakewalk Pyro Audio Creator software, Tanager SongFrame Songwriter's Toolkit software, Books: The Complete Singer-Songwriter, Get Media Airplay and How to Have Your Hit Song PublishedEstimated delivery:
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THE EXCLUSIVE DIRT FLOOR ROOM CONCERT SERIES AT THE CABIN: Invitation for you and up to 3 guests to be in the audience for one of 4 dates TBD of the Official Cabin Dirt Floor Room Concert Series: Come to the cabin and be one of 25 people in the audience for a private concert and dinner at the cabin + 4 copies of the upcoming live CD. (travel&lodging not included)Estimated delivery:
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THE SONGWRITER: Do you have an idea for a song or is there something you’ve been wishing there was a song about (to honor your spouse, your child, your community or a story?) Mandee will write this song. And if Alathea ever records it, you will get songwriting credit.Estimated delivery:
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The STU-STU-STUDIO: You and/or your family can spend a day with us in the studio in Nashville, seeing the recording process first hand. Be prepared because we will also make use of your hand clapping and oohing and aahing talents on the CD and you will get credit in the liner notes. (travel&lodging not included)Estimated delivery:
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THE PERSONAL-IZED HOUSE CONCERT: (plus our travel expenses unless we’re already playing in your area) We’ll make sure we include your favorite songs in the set list, even if they aren’t Alathea songs (we’ll learn up to 2 new ones of your choosing) And we’ll provide sound.Estimated delivery:
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THE ALL-INCLUSIVE MOUNTAIN GETAWAY: you and your family OR up to 3 friends: Stay in a 2 bedroom cottage 1/2 mile from the cabin, hike trails, wade creeks, see waterfalls, eat hippie food with us and local favorites from the diner (twice-fried donuts), campfire with s’mores and music, chicken chasing, and a personalized photo book created by Mandee to remember your trip (travel not included)Estimated delivery:
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Two day STORY.SONG.COMMUNITY event with Alathea: for your church, community, college campus: We will bring full programming for this weekend long retreat program or community conference - including music, speaking, workshops/seminars and guest presenters.Estimated delivery:
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THE DATE...with both our husbands - we aren’t above it, and we wanted to see if you were still reading.Estimated delivery:
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THE ALL-INCLUSIVE CHILDREN'S PARTY: favors, music, food, activities, games, baby farm animals, photobooth, photographer, memory book, and Mandee and Cristi dressed up as clowns on stilts and unicycles.Estimated delivery:
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