Every song is a trip to a new planet. The Bearded Lady and the Fat Man... The monk who flunks yoga... Wanna take a ride?
New perk for pledging: Contribute at ANY level, $1 and up, and be part of the "Satellite Symphony": Send me a short audio clip of your voice or a sound you like, and I'll weave all the sounds into a song... which will then go on "Jenny Katz: The Kickstarter Campaign Album."
What a beautiful outpouring of generosity. "Galaxies" hit the minimum goal in only four days!
Want to hear a secret? I have another goal. A secret goal. And it's not about money.
THE KARMIC GOAL
For months, every time we got in the car, my 11-year-old son played an Eric Brandoli CD over and over and over and over. (Great CD, by the way; get it at http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/EricBrandoli if you don't already have it.) Finally, slightly envious, I said, "I wish somebody listened to MY music over and over."
"YOU do, Mom!" he said.
So when I set $4000 as my minimum goal, I imagined having 400 supporters, each of whom would give 10 dollars. That would mean 400 people enjoying my songs. PLUS captive mothers in cars! That would be, like, 800 people!
With your support, this dreamflower is beginning to bloom. As my friends said yesterday, "This is the karmic economy." You've helped me meet my first goal. Now help me meet my second goal. 400 supporters. There are 26 days left in the campaign. That means I need only 15.38 new supporters per day! So, please:
1) Email around the link and let people know about the album—and make sure they follow up with a pledge, even if it's just a dollar! And keep sharing it around Facebook and Twitter. Because if I reach 400 supporters…
2) I'll record a special LIVE performance with Katz Family Picnic, the fun and fabulous jazz/soul/folk trio I have with my super-singer brother, Josh, and my growed-up-playing-the-Chicago-jazz-clubs father, Michael, and I will release it as a special download to every single supporter! This will be a Kickstarter-only project to make sure that you have something really special for your support. Spread the word! I've got 60 backers so far, and only one is my mom! If each of us can get 6 of our friends to back the project over the next month, we'll hit 400 no problem!
*** In the spirit of this new karmic goal, over the next day or two I will be posting another campaign-update song video, entitled "Ten Bucks Each." I just have to get the boys to film me. Watch for it! ***
THE MORE TRADITIONAL MONEY-BASED GOAL
If I hit $6000, every donor will unlock an extra download of a SECRET song. This song is controversial. My 14-year-old described it thusly: "Some kids get the sex talk. I have to listen to the sex song." You know you want to hear it. You know you want to.
Pass it on! (Speaking of which, check out Updates 1 and 4 for two other music videos, "Pass It On" and "Ten Bucks Each.") And big love to you all.
We now return you to our originally scheduled campaign pitch.
Welcome, friends, and thanks for landing on my page! You'll be glad you did. I've written over 70 songs in the past two years, and it's time to make an album. So I offer you a haiku:
I ask for money,
but value your love much more.
(Still, please send money.)
As you can perhaps tell from the low-budget video (filmed on my phone by my eleven-year-old, many thanks) that accompanies this project, I'm saving all my pennies for the music. And, believe me, it's going to be worth it. I've got a baker's dozen of great tunes, spanning the genres from jazz to rap to blues to country, and I can't wait to share them with you the way they ought to be shared—with fabulous recording and mixing and producing to make 'em shimmer. That's where you come in. Your pledges will help hire the musicians and engineers who will make "Galaxies" sound out-of-this-world.
What's more, you'll get some outstanding rewards when you pledge: bonus tracks, posters, covers, dinners, even a rhinestone-studded belt or a custom song! Check out the list for more options.
I'm traveling at lightspeed here—looking to raise the money in a single month. That's right: the time it takes the moon to orbit the Earth just once. Fly with me! Together we make it happen!
Thanks again, so much, for your support. It means the world—and beyond.
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It's a magic nostril. There's a whole 'nother universe in there. It's kind of like down the rabbit hole, only up.
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THE SATELLITE SYMPHONY. Contribute at ANY level, $1 and up, and be part of this collaborative musical piece. Send me a short audio clip of your voice or a sound you like, and I'll weave all the sounds into a song... which will then go on "Jenny Katz: The Kickstarter Campaign Album."Estimated delivery:
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JETPACK. Thank you! Every dollar helps get this project off the ground. Your buck buys you an mp3 of one of the album's tracks.Estimated delivery:
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ASTRONAUT. Take a trip where you've never been! Your tenner earns you a digital download of the album and your name in the liner notes. Thank you!Estimated delivery:
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UFO. For twenty-five dollars, you get an actual round shiny thing. Congratulations—and thank you! A hard copy of the album, plus (if you want) a digital download as well. And your name in the notes. Unless you want to remain unidentified.Estimated delivery:
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ALIENS. Marvelous! The prime number of 37 speaks to a whole new form of life. In addition to everything mentioned above, you ALSO get a three-pack of story songs about characters you'll love. Will it be the kidnapper who's double-crossed by his girlfriend? The trucker who falls for the dental hygienist—but can't say a word (because of all the tubes)? The James Bond supervillain who reveals his inner pain? The con artist who hooks the head of the vice squad? Three of these high-quality home studio mp3s will be yours for digital download...Estimated delivery:
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STAR. You light up my life. Thank you so much for your support! In addition to everything mentioned above, including the extra songs from the Aliens level, you also get a luminous album poster to hang on your wall, featuring the uncannily beautiful and perceptive photography of Jacqueline Pelott. Wow!Estimated delivery:
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ASTEROID BELT. This is a one-off, so act now! In addition to everything listed above, you ALSO receive a rhinestone-studded belt to help you rock (get it, rock) the entire spacetime continuum. Come on. You know you want it.Estimated delivery:
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GAS GIANT. No, I'm not talking about your Uncle Ray. For a hundred dollars (what generosity! I am overwhelmed!), you receive everything listed above (with the exception of the asteroid belt) AND an invitation to a stellar music party and potluck to be held in Northampton, Massachusetts. Come to this fabulous dinner and concert with me and my very most talented musician pals. What a gas!Estimated delivery:
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NEBULA. We're moving into uncharted territory here. For $200, in addition to everything listed above (except the belt), YOU get to name the song. I'll learn it and record it (in my high-quality home studio), then a) send you an mp3 and/or b) post it on YouTube (with public thanks to YOU) for everyone to enjoy. Name that tune!Estimated delivery:
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BLACK HOLE. You are so ATTRACTIVE! I feel myself pulled toward you, inexorably... can't... resist... to your HOUSE! For a HOUSE PARTY! Woo-hoo! (Anything beyond a three-hour drive will require travel expenses.) It's gonna be crazy fun. No one's going to want to leave... or be able to, for that matter...Estimated delivery:
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THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE. For this unbelievably grand gesture, I will write and record you a custom song. It can be a gift for new parents… or a wedding present… or an anniversary surprise… or a new kind of hate mail for your ex-boss. First I'll interview you (however you prefer: in person, on the phone, or via email), then I'll use those details (as well as my take on your electromagnetic vibrations) to craft you a fabulous personalized (yet somehow universal) song. Satisfied customers available to give testimonials. :) These songs might well become the next album! Act now!Estimated delivery:
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THE BIG BANG. For those (like the universe) with billions under their belts. Want to be a modern-day Medici? Go ahead and patronize me—I can take it! This unique, winner-takes-all reward requires that you pledge for all five units : a total of $50,000. In return I'll write you a song every single day for a whole year. (And 2012 is a Leap Year, so you get an extra song!) That's 366 songs—enough to fill 30 albums. Then Ken Burns can do a documentary about us. This could be big, baby. This could be very, very big.Estimated delivery:
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SUPERNOVA. Birth of a star—namely, YOU. You've always wanted an album of your very own. Now, at last, reality has caught up with your dreams. You design the theme and the title of the album, and I'll write up to ten songs to suit. If you're a musician yourself, I'll even write a song for us to perform together. Oh, wait... musicians don't have $10,000. [High-hat sting.]Estimated delivery:
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