Come with me to a place of pure love and purpose...where music is sweet, smart, and happy-making, and darkness can be overcome.
With your help, together we can go somewhere beautiful...
I am here seeking support to record and release a CD of the songs that I have been writing over the past 10 months to uplift and honor my artist father who has been incapacitated by a severe stroke. The songs (and this project), have been inspired by this very difficult situation (see "the back story" below), but the creation of the music has lifted his spirit (and mine), and has given me hope. So I am feeling incredibly grateful and excited by the possibility that this music might ultimately do the same for you and yours, as well!
I have been describing the songs as "lullabies for all ages", because although they were written with the intention of soothing my dad, they are turning out to be fun and "happy-making" (my favorite new term!) in general.
The songs are happy (but not dumb), sweet (but not treacly), non-jarring (but not coma-inducing), and basically as true as the love in my heart can be.
I have already begun some of the album's pre-production in my home studio, but I need your help to take it to the highest level possible, and get it finished and get it out there!
In case you're new to kickstarter, one thing to know is that in order to get any of the funds for a project, you have to get all the way to your goal...if you don't reach your goal, you don't get anything...nada...zero...nutin'...zilch...yikes!! ...so if you like this project, please support it by helping me spread the word!
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Here's how I will be using the funds:
1. I will pay for recording time in studios large and small in NYC and Nashville, TN.
2. I will hire some of the best (seriously!) musicians in the world to play their hearts out on these recordings...friends who are gifted, soulful players and who have been touring this year with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Taylor Swift, and Rod Stewart, just to name(drop) a few... :)
3. I will hire world-class mixing and mastering engineers to make it all sound gorgeous.
4. I will have the physical CDs manufactured (complete with artwork), so the music can be released and have the chance to be heard.
5. I will make a video for the single, and find interesting ways to promote it!
That's it for the basic, bottom line amount...I am hoping that if this project (by some marvelous miracle) gets more than the minimum amount, I will be able to afford some publicity and some major advertising (which is most likely way more expensive in the long run than making the actual record)... :)
Thank you so much for being a part of this with me in whatever way you can!
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THE BACK STORY:
In September of 2011, my incredibly gifted (and Whitney Museum granted) artist/musician dad had a terrible stroke...since then, he has been unable to do the simplest basic things (like walking, talking, and eating) much less creating his art and writing. He is living almost completely in his mind, and sometimes he is terribly (and understandably) agitated.
This music has been inspired by his situation. The songs that are pouring out are created with the hope that I can soothe his mind and help him to "travel" to the land of hope and light and can-do spirit wherever he is.
Here is a website that has a little more information, and a page of some of his artwork... http://www.rosesforpanjo.com
Please help me to produce and release this project, and let’s make the world a kinder place...for an hour or so, at least... :)
~ ~ ~"These songs sing with the kind of exquisite sophistication that can only live in the simplest and truest things. Tanya's beautiful tapestries of melodies and words are greater than the sum of their parts and make me forgive my own humanity. So this is what it feels like not to have to strive for joy -- but to just be joy!" ... Terah Cox (author of “The Story of Love and Truth”)
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Here are some pics of some of the "rewards" goodies! :
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...will be painted and signed!
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To be honest, the hardest part of this project will be trying to find the time and energy to do an entire writing/recording/mixing/manufacturing project while still giving my dad the daily care he needs.
It's been over a year since his stroke, and this project will mark the first time that I'm jumping back in to a major, full-time undertaking.
That said...all of that is totally balanced out by how energized and excited I am by the music that's pouring out (and by my dad's response to it!)...and also, I am a pro, dammit! I can do this!! ha!
Actually, because it's been such a long time now, I'm starting to get into a regular schedule with dad, and that will enable me to pace myself and make time to do all the work necessary, as well.
I cannot wait to get going and share the journey with you!!!
C'mon! Let's go... :)
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"SINGLE FOR A SINGLE" : A digital download of the title song, "Somewhere Beautiful", from the upcoming album...and a big thank you from my heart...every little bit helps!Estimated delivery:
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DOWNLOAD THE WHOLE ALBUM : Pre-release download of the songs from the upcoming record. Be one of the first to have, hear, and (hopefully!) enjoy the music from the new album!Estimated delivery:
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SIGNED "ROSES FOR PANJO - SOMEWHERE BEAUTIFUL" CD! : Drumroll, please...(but softly, ok?)... Be the first on your block to have a real, live, hold-it-in-your-hand-look-at-the-artwork-and-read-the-liner-notes CD (signed!)...complete with 8 page art book insert with lyrics... + enjoy the pre-release album download, as well!Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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"PANJO PLUS"! : You will get the new 'Roses for Panjo' CD (signed!), + the pre-release download of the album... +PLUS+ a digital download of my 2001 debut album, "Emerging"!Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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"PANJO PLUS PLUS"! : You will receive the new RFP CD (signed!), + the pre-release download of the album, + a digital download of my 2001 debut album, "Emerging"... +PLUS+ an 8" x 10" "Somewhere Beautiful" lyric poster - printed over a lovely 'smiling rainbow' image taken this past year in NY (see pic below story).Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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"PANJO PLUS PLUS +PLUS+"! : You will receive the new RFP CD (signed!), + the pre-release download of the album, + a digital download of my 2001 debut album, "Emerging", + an 8" x 11" "Somewhere Beautiful" lyric poster (printed over "smiling rainbow" image)... +PLUS+ an "I Kickstarted Roses for Panjo" tee shirt (probably black) with cool logo...that I'm still working on...but it'll be cool...(did I mention, cool?)...Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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***"THE TOTAL PANJO"***!!! : You will receive everything that's included in all the other packages: The new RFP CD (signed!), + the pre-release download of the album, + a digital download of my 2001 debut album, "Emerging", + an 8" x 11" "Somewhere Beautiful" lyric poster, + an "I Kickstarted Roses for Panjo" t-shirt... +PLUS+ a cool graphic Roses for Panjo "LET'S GO" logo reusable tote to carry it all in! ... +PLUS" a handwritten personal thank-you note!Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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"THE TOTAL PANJO" + VALENTINE'S DAY SPECIAL! : You will receive everything in the "TOTAL PANJO" package... +PLUS+ ... Since the album should be done by February, and since Feb.14th is also my birthday, I'll celebrate by sending you an original Rose drawing art card that you can give to your honey/sweetie/sugarpie (with your own message) + with a happy little love song download from the new CD called "Everything and Anything".Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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"THE TOTAL PANJO" + "EMERGING" CD! : You will receive everything in "The TOTAL PANJO" package... +PLUS+... I found a small box of my debut album CD, "emerging" under a bed in Mom's apartment, so you will get one of the last remaining hard copy CD's (complete with full color lyric/photo booklet and liner notes!).Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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"THE TOTAL PANJO" + RARE RECORDINGS! : You will receive everything in "The TOTAL PANJO" package... +PLUS+... I'll send you 3 MP3s of the original demos of songs of mine that went on to be recorded by other, way-more-famous-than-me artists... "I Will Be" which has been recorded 5 times (and counting), by Lila McCann, Wynonna Judd, and Melinda Doolittle, and others... ..."Stand", a song recorded by Susan Ashton which was my first #1 record (the demo was sung beautifully by my co-writer and recent "The Voice" contestant, Lorraine Ferro!)... and the piano/vocal demo of "Already Home" which was a song on my debut album, "emerging" and was recently released by Alecia Nugent on Rounder Records.Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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"THE TOTAL PANJO" + HAND-MADE, VINTAGE ROSE EARRINGS (A KICKSTARTER ONLY REWARD)! : You will receive everything in the "TOTAL PANJO" package... +PLUS+ ...I found some very cool vintage glass roses (on Etsy), and some other vintage beads and chain, and am busy making them into groovy earrings...in my spare time...(haha...that's funny... ...spare time)... :)Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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"THE TOTAL PANJO" + THE "MANLY" PACKAGE: You will receive everything in the "TOTAL PANJO" package... +PLUS+ ...a RFP "LET'S GO" logo hoodie +PLUS+ ...a RFP logo 2GB thumb drive...in case the rose earrings are just too 'girly' for you...and that goes for you girls, too...Estimated delivery:Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
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THE "TOTAL PANJO" + VINTAGE SKELETON KEY NECKLACE! : You will receive everything in "The TOTAL PANJO" package... +PLUS+... a one-of-a-kind vintage key necklace courtesy of T'sKeys (www.tskeys.com) ...ok I confess, that's me, too. I have a large collection of old keys, and will make you a necklace with one key and some cool vintage beads, or a more stripped down, non-sparkly version if you'd prefer. No two keys are exactly alike, but all will be vintage, and will come on your choice of a dog-tag type chain or on black leather.Estimated delivery:Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
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"THE TOTAL PANJO" + HAND-DRAWN ARTWORK! : You will receive everything in the "TOTAL PANJO" package... +PLUS+ ...a lovely, simple, classic single-line 'rose' drawing (pen never lifted off the paper in Picasso-like fashion...please note this is not a Picasso...if it were, I would be asking for $250.00, at least!)... :) Each drawing will be one of a kind (and slightly different from the photo shown), and each will be signed and dated by the artist (me), and matted for framing.Estimated delivery:Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
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"THE TOTAL PANJO" + ORIGINAL LTD EDITION PHOTO ART! : You will receive everything in the "TOTAL PANJO" package... +PLUS+ ...4 separate abstract "season" photo art creations (spring, summer, etc...pls. see pics)... all will be signed and numbered by the artist (yup, me again), and matted (separately so you can group them however you want), and ready for framing.Estimated delivery:Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
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"THE TOTAL PANJO" + THE TOTAL HANG! : You will receive everything in the "TOTAL PANJO" package...+PLUS+ ...a 1.5 hour Skype (or iChat/Facetime) session with yours truly! We can talk about songwriting, music biz, Nashville, New Yawk...we can sing songs, make faces, have a brief guitar lesson...whatever you want to do...as long as we don't have to do it at 4:00AM NY time!Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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INVITATION for 2 to an INVITATION-ONLY RFP EVENT! : You and a guest will be my guest at the CD release listening party for the album! You will meet the musicians (if they're not out of town touring), be well fed, be made to laugh (assuming I'm funny that day), and generally have a great time! Also, you will receive a pre-release download of the album beforehand, and 2 "TOTAL PANJO" packages at the event. Your travel expenses to NYC are, unfortunately, not included.Estimated delivery:
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"THE TOTAL PANJO" + ORIGINAL LTD EDITION "PANJO ART" COFFEE TABLE BOOK!! You will receive everything in the "TOTAL PANJO" package...+PLUS+ a hard-cover coffee table book made expressly for Kickstarter, with a brief history of Panjo's art, and pictures of some of his early paintings, and his later sculptures. Also, will include some of the poetry he created after he could no longer see well enough to do the welding necessary for his sculpture. The book will be numbered, and inscribed with a note thanking you for supporting Panjo's art, and this kickstarter project.Estimated delivery:Add $25 USD to ship outside the US
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"THE TOTAL PANJO" + ORIGINAL LTD EDITION "PANJO" PAINTING - FULL COLOR HIGH QUALITY GICLEE ON CANVAS!!: You will receive everything in the "TOTAL PANJO" package... +PLUS+...ltd. edition reproduction of "sixths"...a painting by Panjo from 1956 that used to hang in my room when I was a child...(btw, my husband says this explains a lot)... six very colorful, deliciously monstrous figures dance/play/conduct (?) on a mid-century abstract expressionist background...the canvas will be approximately 24" x 20"... this is a limited edition of 150 and will not be reproduced again...each will be numbered and come with a certificate of authenticity.Estimated delivery:Add $35 USD to ship outside the US
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"THE TOTAL PANJO" + THE UKULELE!!! : You will receive everything in the "TOTAL PANJO" package... +PLUS+ you will receive THE Kohala ukulele that will be played on some of the songs on the record! I will hand paint a rose on it, so it will be a one of a kind work of art, and I'll sign it and send it to you along with it's soft carrying case.Estimated delivery:Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
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"THE TOTAL PANJO" + HOUSE CONCERT!!! : You will get me and a couple of crazy-amazing musicians in your living room for a set of music from the new album, plus songs from my past that have been recorded by some wonderful, well-known artists, and many others! In addition to the "TOTAL PANJO" package, I'll send you 10 CDs of the new RFP album ahead of time, so that some of your guests can be a little more familiar with the music beforehand. Please note that for distances of more than 2.5 hrs driving time from NYC, travel and accommodations may be extra...please contact me if you have any questions...thanks! (pls note: the physical part of this reward will be ready by Feb., but we can schedule a date for after that assuming the project gets funded). :)Estimated delivery:
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"A GOLD OR (OH, PLEASE!) PLATINUM RECORD FOR YOUR WALL" + "AN EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT ON THE CD" ! : Ok, I couldn't resist...the top pledge amount that Kickstarter allows is $10,000, and while I know that's a heap of dough for most, I also know there are some who have it, and might even be glad to give it to support a project if they believe in it... SO, here's the deal: I can't actually promise my album will go gold or platinum (as certified by the RIAA), but I actually, sincerely (probably naively) believe that it could... I have been fortunate in my career to have experienced having songs on records that have gotten certified, and I just (for some crazy reason) think it could happen again... And so, if it does, I will send you a legitimate RIAA Gold (or Platinum) award for your executive producer role on the project. If for some reason it doesn't end up selling that many records, you will STILL get a Gold (or Platinum) award from me, inscribed and framed just like an RIAA award would be...(just without the certification)... and, you will get an "executive producer" credit on the CD either way... oh, and I'll send you a couple "TOTAL PANJO" packages, of course, as well...(least I could do). :) RIAA gold cert. = 500,000 units sold RIAA platinum cert. = 1,000,000 units ~ Certification takes time, but I'll be optimistic and give it till Aug, 2014...in the meantime, I'll send you the Panjo packages in Feb. 2013...and we'll keep our fingers crossed!Estimated delivery:
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