With a great new CD, Jonathan Brinkley will tour the living rooms of Europe. It's time to spread the love at a whole new level!
Hello new friends, old friends, and those who don't yet know they're friends,
In the name of simplicity, here's a quick rundown of what we propose to do:
The Project -
My friend and manager, Jen Lee, and I would like to raise at least $6,000 for a new CD and tour by March 2, 2011!
"Everything's a Phoenix" is the luminous new record by Jonathan Brinkley. Recording is going great, no assistance needed there! We hope you enjoy the rough draft of the title track in the video.
What you can help with is making the physical CDs appear in reality. Mastering, Duplication, and Packaging will cost about $2,000 for 1,000 copies. We hope to have this part done by March 2nd.
After that, things get really exciting--as in Going-on-a-House-Concert-Tour-of-Europe exciting! Why Europe? Glad you asked! Check out some more details below, next to this thing: ~#. Meanwhile, We'll tell you that kick-starting the trip will cost about $4,000. That's for airfare and living expenses for both Jonathan and Jen. That should get us through the first month of the tour, after which we intend to pay our way with income from the actual gigs! We hope to take off around May 15th.
And that's the deal in a nutshell! Read on for the gooey center. . .
Ah, thanks for being thorough! Here's the juicy stuff:
Too Much Money? Never! - Feel free to surpass our requested sum by as much as you dare! Any money that exceeds our $6,000 goal will go to pay for things like the following: A camcorder and/or digital audio device to record our experiences, two Eurail Passes for greater ease of travel, language books, and extending the tour.
Rewards - The rewards to your right are some truly righteous ones, if we do say so ourselves. We worked hard to pack a lot of value and fun into all the virtual schwag, concerts, and things you can actually take home and do stuff with.
~# Why Europe? Jonathan says: The cool thing about my job as a song maker is that every experience I have in life leads to greater richness in what I create. With that as a guideline, I seek out extraordinary circumstances, even as I attempt to see wonder in the commonplace. From the peace of a farmland paradise, I once again find myself drawn to embrace the excitement and luminosity of raw adventure. I have also finally amassed enough friends and connections in Europe (Isn't that a goal for everybody?) to actually visit and have the kind of deeply interactive experience there that I've long dreamed of having--namely, using my unique music to cross cultural divides, be an ambassador for American "not-a-jerk"-ness, and generally spread the love around, all while having a whole lot of fun, of course.
What's a House Concert? - Wow. If you don't know already, it's time you found out! A House Concert is, in our opinion, the very best way to experience music, for audiences and performers alike. Basically, someone who loves music and musicians hosts a quiet gathering in their living room. Maybe they make a formal dinner and charge admission, giving a chunk of profit to the performer, or maybe it's ragtag and indie, with pillows on the floor and a tip jar. Either way, there is no greater venue for intimacy, warmth, and uniqueness. Several folks in Europe have offered their homes in this way, and we are so excited to share with them. We'll do one at your place when we get back! Shoot us an email for more info.
Wrapping Up - Thanks so much in advance for helping bring about an experience that has the potential to enrich and enliven a good deal of folks around the world, you and me included!
Jonathan and Jen
Jonathan's Thanks - All these people believe in me, and I have no words to say how grateful I am , and how awesome it makes me feel:
Special Video Thanks go to Meghan Clark, whose patience and willingness to play along got this movie made way faster and easier than expected!
And Big Thanks to Jen Lee, who continues to amaze me with her big ideas and enthusiasm for raw life. And finally, thanks to Jen Lee, the folks at Coconut Bliss and Ellen and Justin for their generous offerings!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Patron Level: You get a Digital Download of Jonathan Brinkley's new CD, pre-release!
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Fan Level: Jonathan will sign your new CD + you will receive an original print of JB's Photography
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Admirer Level: Above + A Book of Original Poetry by Jonathan strung together by our loving hands, just for you!
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Enthusiast Level: You enjoy all of the above + Jonathan's Backlog of CDs , featuring two previous releases. + You will receive an Original Jen Lee Ceramic Candle-Holder (shipping additional outside of the U.S.)
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4 backers Limited (8 left of 12)
Sweetheart Level: The "goodnight" package! - You get to relax with a personal serenade. Portlanders, Jen and Jonathan will come to your house (with a pint of Luna and Larry's Coconut Bliss) and Jonathan will sing to you lullaby-style, just before you drift peacefully to sleep! Then, we'll blow out the candle in your brand-new work of art. (3 song minimum!) + you enjoy everything in the above package.
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Sweetheart Level: The "goodnight" package! - For those of you who missed the limited award above...Relax as Jonathan Brinkley serenades you. Jonathan will sing to you lullaby-style via video clip sent directly to your inbox. You can drift peacefully to sleep and just let that candle go out on it's own. But wait, that's not all! You also get everything listed in the $50 package.
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Groupie Level: Well! We recognize your curiosity: maybe you want to be closer to the artist, you relate to the music in a deep, very personal way, you just can't get enough of Jonathan and/or his manager. For you, my sweet groupie, we have 2 tickets to a very special dinner concert held only for donors in this category and higher. Jennifer will prepare dinner and personally tend to all of your dining and relaxation needs while Jonathan entertains us all with a private concert + we mention your name in the liner notes. Okay, you get everything in the above package too!
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Roadie Level: We are going to take you on the road in a big yellow bus, where you will experience all of the behind the scenes activities. You will be transported from Portland, Oregon to a Craftsman Bungalow overlooking the ocean for a private dinner prepared by Jen Lee and a special concert, near a roaring fire. Overnight Roadie accommodations include a cozy, warm spot on the bus ..yes, you will be pampered, and yes, you enjoy all of the delights in the above package as well.
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Beloved Level: Okay! Your enthusiasm really deserves some special treatment. So, Jonathan will write an original song about you! + we will Skype chat with you from a scenic European location! + We will take a small token of your choosing with us on adventures, then return it to you imbued with seriously good vibes! You also enjoy everything in the above package.
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Devotee Level: Ahem. You are generous, gracious and adore us and/or have the means to support what you believe is the beginning of a beautiful journey and creative venture. In addition to everything listed above, you get Jonathan Brinkley for hire at a special event of your choosing. Maybe you want to have your own party on the beach or in the forest, in a canyon, on a mountain or by a lake. Maybe you have a special occasion in mind where Jonathan's music and live performance would highlight or accent your special day. He is available after the European tour and within 300 miles of Portland, Oregon (date, time and place negotiable and to be agreed upon by all parties). Finally, you will receive the limited-est of the limited! Jonathan is recording a lot of music, and not all of it is going on this album. Backers at this level will receive a special preview of his NEXT CD, featuring songs that others will not hear for at least a year! We love you, too.
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