I need to make my debut record, entitled 'Civil Ghost'! Let's do this thing together. We can hold hands.
http://charlesca.in - find my music there!
Hello. I'm Charles Cain.
I need to make a record. This is a timeline:
2009 - Graduated High School
2010 - Released 'Television Tubes VI/IV' with previous band Bugs As Trees, Attended the Chicago College of Performing Arts for one semester as a Jazz Studies Major. Ran out of money and moved 500 miles away to Nashville, TN from my hometown of Elburn, IL (pop. 5278)
2011 - Write an endless amount of material and put it all on the shelf due to the lack of funding
2011, Present Day - With your gracious support and love, we make a great record with each other, together throughout the whole process! (check out the studio in which it will be tracked! - http://welcometo1979.com/)
Over the past 9 months of my residency in Nashville, TN, I have written the equivalent of approximately 3 full-length LP's and about 3 or 4 EP's, all written in writing-binges as sets, rather than miscellaneous tunes and scraps. One of these groupings of songs is a record entitled 'Civil Ghost'.
This being my debut solo record, I made sure that these 9 songs felt right to me as a starting point. I feel something so much larger than myself pushing me towards making this record, right now, at this juncture in time.
I fear that if it gets brushed to the side, as all of the projects before it, it will become another basket of wasted/out-dated material. All because I didn't have the money to make something of the quality and magnitude that my favorite people (my fans, family, and friends) deserve from me for being so supportive and loving over the years.
What I want to make clear is this: I want to make something people can enjoy and hold on to. I feel the best way to do that is to include everyone in the process and give back as much as possible.
The rewards I'm offering reflect that purpose. Most of you will be opting for the album-only choices, and they are fine choices indeed! But some of you will be able to pledge more and support the ideal of what I'm doing with my music. For those of you eying the more expensive rewards and wondering why, it's about investing in arts. If we can shoot past the goal with this type of generosity, the music will keep spilling forth.
Music is the closest thing to my heart but I'm getting a bit tired of keeping all of that love and intense passion to myself. I want to put it in a giant bucket and pour it all over the whole lot of you.
Let's all make something beautiful together and dance on top of it until our feet can't take the heat.
p.s. - You're all beautiful in your own strange little ways.
Is this record going to be any good, or will it just be pretentious, artsy, melodramatic folk-ballads and manic depressive ramblings?
Well, if all goes as planned, I feel, with infallible confidence, that this will be a great record. As far as whether or not these songs will be pretentious, artsy, and melodramatic, all I can say is that I don't have enough money to see a therapist, so that may or may not become the job of the listener. (Kidding, of course. Sort of, not really)
As it says at the top right corner of the page, I'm going to need just about 3500 dollars to wrangle this record into submission.
Well, making a record is a relatively complex process and it includes many adventures with lots of professional folks that put the bread on the table by doing things like engineering, assisting during the recording session, playing the instruments that I cannot play proficiently myself, mastering the record, and printing and manufacturing the hard copies of the record. So, to be straightforward, your money is going towards the engineering, studio time, mastering, and manufacturing of our little record.
Well, I'll save you the time reading Kickstarter's FAQ page by telling you that if the 3500 dollar goal is not reached by the end of the FUNding period, we won't receive a single cent to make this record and all of the money pledged will be returned in full.
FUN FUN FUN FUN FUN FUN FUN will happen. Any more pledges above the 3500 dollar goal will be put towards making this record THAT much better. Dare to dream!!!!!
I don't think I can afford to give much more than the minimum pledge amount. Should I even pledge anything at all?
YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES, a million times YES. Say YES to the YES. Any little bit of anything helps, I promise. If you asked this question, think about all of the other folks just like you, all donating just a little bit. A lot of people giving just a little bit, makes a LOT of a bit. If that makes sense. Together, this can be done, SO hard. SO SO SO hard. Extra hard.
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Pledge $2 or moreYou selected
Digital download of the single 'Morning', the song featured in the video (it's also gonna be on the record, itself)! In addition to that, you get a nice, warm and fuzzy feeling for donating to a worthwhile cause!
Pledge $10 or moreYou selected
Digital-download of Civil Ghost upon the release date! HINT: Just consider this pledge level as a pre-order of the record! (You also get the immediate download of the album single "Morning" just for pledging, as with every pledge level!!)
Pledge $20 or moreYou selected
You will get a pretty little physical copy of Civil Ghost, in addition to a PRE-RELEASE digital-download of the record!
Pledge $30 or moreYou selected
Special Edition physical copy of Civil Ghost! Bonus Tracks & B-Sides? Yes, please! You will also be eligible for the pre-release digital download!
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15 backers Limited (15 left of 30)
DELUXE EDITION physical copy of Civil Ghost, featuring a handful of ultra-limited, custom, handmade artwork by Charles Cain and the always wonderful Thome Rausche! Every unit will be slightly different! (naturally, you will also get the pre-release digital download, cause you're special to me)
Pledge $100 or moreYou selected
Reinvestment Opportunity #1! Pledging at this level, you will get the SPECIAL edition of Civil Ghost and pre-release digital-download, AND the NEXT Charles Cain release after this for FREE. PLUS something really, really fun and extravagant cooked up by Thome Rausche and Charles Cain. Your name will also be in the thank-you's section of the liner notes!
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2 backers Limited (8 left of 10)
Reinvestment Opportunity #2!! You will get the Civil Ghost Special Edition, pre-release digital-download, the NEXT Charles Cain record after Civil Ghost, AND a big ol' matted & framed photo of my wonderful kitty-kat friend, Grayson, autographed by the cat himself and yours truly. Also, a big thank-you in the liner notes!
Pledge $500 or moreYou selected
Mega Reinvestment Opportunity!!! Includes: Civil Ghost DELUXE Edition, pre-release digital-download, and the next TWO Charles Cain releases after Civil Ghost, in addition to your name in the liner notes and a personally addressed letter of thanks from myself.
Pledge $1,000 or moreYou selected
0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)
PRIVATE SHOW/HOUSE PARTY!!! I will come to you, and entertain you and your friends' faces off. Name the location, and I will be there! In addition to this, you receive the Civil Ghost DELUXE edition, pre-release digital download, and your name in the thank-you's section of the record!
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0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)
If you had the heart, the dedication, the faith, the generosity, the.. everything, to fund my ENTIRE record, YOU are one beautiful human being. I would be prepared to dedicate Civil Ghost solely to you, in addition to a free copy of every record I make until I am dead, free admission to any show I play, anytime, anywhere. You would of course also receive the DELUXE edition of Civil Ghost, the pre-release digital download, and a personally-written thank-you letter from myself. On top of that, you will gain my everlasting gratitude.
- (30 days)