This album has been in progress for four years. With your help, I can finally share it with the rest of the world.
The featured video is a solo acoustic version of "One Thousand Days" from "January". The album version features full instrumentation and vocal harmonies performed by Lola. As of 1 November, a newer, specialized version of this song will be posted for this Kickstarter page!
For the past year, I have been writing and laying down base tracks for my most recent album, "January", the first part of what has rapidly become a two-EP recording (the whole of it being titled "January" and "June"). I could even say that this album started four years ago in a small apartment in Japan with a dying laptop, a Martin, and a lot of time left alone and thinking. These songs are all parts of myself; this music is why I work, why I practice, why I get up and start every day. They're my friends and family just as much as those that stand by me day after day. Right now, these songs are homeless. There has never been an official release of my own material where the album is properly mastered, printed, and duplicated. Because I strongly believe that the songs I am recording for this album are some of the best I have ever written, I'd like to do my songs the justice of being well presented and professionally packaged. I would also very much like to tour a handful of select locations in the United States with a couple of very talented musician friends that would help my music come to life! It can all happen with your help.
So, you're probably wondering precisely what it is that this project aims to accomplish. I'll make it super clear:
This project will allow for the recorded tracks to be mixed down by a local engineer that will put a great deal of care and effort into what I've created, and mastered professionally before release.
This project will enable creation of merchandise in support of the album, to be sold at performance dates and through my online portal, including the album itself.
This project will realize my dreams of providing the music I love so much, in a complete and professional format, to anyone and everyone that will listen.
This project, and you, will grant me the opportunity to share what I feel is the best and most important part of myself- my music- with the rest of the world.
These are the best-case fundraising scenarios. If I can even accomplish some of this, I'll be thrilled. If I can do all of this, with your help, I'll feel like I can do anything.
I thank you in advance for even stopping by to read this project page, and especially so if you've decided to contribute. Everyone that contributes will get something, even if it's just a note from me thanking you for everything you've done. No amount is too small. If I could somehow send thank you notes for even considering donation, I would...but my internet telepathy skills are iffy at best.
Again, thank you, thank you, thank you.
I'm certainly willing to be flexible if you have no wish for what's listed. I am a handy, creative gal and I'll help fashion something for you that will be equally as awesome and donation-amount-appropriate. (Note: I'm still working on finalizing the artwork for the album, poster, and shirt, and will be working on this through November. Feel free to give it a shot and ask if it's ready, though, and if it's not, I'll get back to you as soon as it is.)
You sure can! There's an option for that listed when you click the giant green "BACK THIS PROJECT" button. I plan on personally thanking everyone that donates, but if you're not into that, anonymous backers are just as wonderful to me as those that make themselves known!
Unfortunately, I won't be able to fit you for a blanket; they will all come one-size-fits-cozy. However, the shirt size will be done in survey form once funding is complete. With regard to the dress sizing (if you're a kindly benefactor that wishes to contribute the $750 for that reward), I'll measure out the dresses at the bust, waist, and hips and send those measurements with pictures by e-mail. That way, you can make an informed decision from afar. If you're local (Shenandoah Valley area), we can meet and you can even try them on yourself!
Well, just like me, they long to be close to you. And close to my Kickstarter goal.
Abso-freakin'-lutely. If you're on the fence about pledging because you are curious about what might be hanging on your wall, drop me a line and I'll work with you. I'm happy to send you the artwork to decide what you like best from the available image options. (Note: I'm still working on finalizing the artwork, and will be working on this through November. Feel free to give it a shot and ask if it's ready, though, and if it's not, I'll get back to you as soon as it is.)
As the duplication of media will have to be done once all of the funding comes in, I have to allow for shirts, discs, vinyl, and posters to be pressed and printed before I can send them. Because funding runs out on Christmas day, it'll be like a late holiday gift. For some of the rewards, such as the handmade portraits, framed items, dresses, blankets, or awesome party, a little more prep, planning, and communication will have to happen. BUT! Fear not. You will get everything and then some, and likely even some bonus gifts that aren't listed!
pledged of $3,000 goal
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Oct 26, 2011 - Dec 25, 2011 (60 days)
Pledge $1 or more
The cost of drive-thru dollar menu burger will get you a digital song download from my back catalog!Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $5 or more
The cost of a cheap lunch will get you a personalized mailed note from me and two finished PRE-RELEASE digital song downloads from the new album!Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $10 or more
The cost of a slightly nicer, but not super-swank, lunch will get you the mailed note and one finished PRE-RELEASE digital full album download!Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $25 or more
The cost of a decent supper will get you postcard, one finished digital PRE-RELEASE album download, and a SIGNED "January" CD! AND a signed album poster! Jackpot. You can keep the download code or share it, but you'll still have the album to which you may cling lovingly. (International donations: Please factor in slightly more time and money due to the cost and distance in shipping your items internationally.)Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $50 or more
For the cost of a fine meal with some wine, ALL of the $25 rewards are yours...AND a free "January" t-shirt designed by me! Be THAT guy! No judgment here. (International donations: Please factor in slightly more time and money due to the cost and distance in shipping your items internationally.)Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $100 or more
For the cost of a very fancy-pants meal, ALL of the $50 rewards are yours...AND you get a personalized video performance of two songs by yours truly with a handmade CD of my hand-picked favorites not available anywhere else! (International donations: Please factor in slightly more time and money due to the cost and distance in shipping your items internationally.)Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $250 or more
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I'm guessing you're full after reading the previous descriptions, getting hungry, and then grabbing something to eat, so I'll cut to the chase: ALL of the $100 rewards AND a signed, framed print of one of the lovely album artwork images for this album! These images were taken by close friends and by myself as well. I love them a lot. Your walls will love them, too. (International donations: Please factor in slightly more time and money due to the cost and distance in shipping your items internationally.)Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $500 or more
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ALL of the $250 rewards AND I'll create for you an 8 1/2" x 11" ink portrait of yourself in a truly fantastic manner. Bet you didn't know I went to art school, did you? Well, I have a very overpriced piece of parchment that says I did, and I'm going to make my parents proud one portrait at a time with your help. (International donations: Please factor in slightly more time and money due to the cost and distance in shipping your items internationally.)Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $750 or more
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Whoa. Ready for this? Here goes: ALL of the $500 rewards AND one of my vintage dresses. Not into dresses? That's a-okay. I'll make you a blanket...and it'll be a *comfy* blanket. It'll be the kind of blanket that will make you want to curl up and listen to the album I'm making; very convenient. I'll break it down for you: I love my dresses. I really do. And I'm not dainty gal, so I can guarantee that most ladies will be able to have the dress tailored specifically to their measurements. We can talk turkey about available dresses if you take the plunge and donate. (International donations: Please factor in slightly more time and money due to the cost and distance in shipping your items internationally.)Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
1 backer Limited (1 of 2 left)
Are you sure you're in the right place? I mean, if you want to turn around and look at the lesser pledge amounts, I won't be offended. I won't even know, really...or will I?!?! You will be the lucky recipient of ALL of the $500 rewards and we'll have a listening party with all the friends you care to invite. And I'll play. If I can swing it, I might even bring a bandmate. And make dinner for the two/three of us. We'll have a slumber party. I'll make omelets in the morning. I promise you'll enjoy it. I'll come to where you are, as long as you live the in lower 48 states (or Canada). Tiger, I think you just hit the jackpot. (International donations: We can work something equally awesome out for you, too. Please factor in slightly more time and money due to the cost and distance in shipping your items internationally.)Estimated delivery: Apr 2012