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First came "Kids Album," then "Another Kids Album," and now "A New Kids Album." Guaranteed to be more original than the title :)
First came "Kids Album," then "Another Kids Album," and now "A New Kids Album." Guaranteed to be more original than the title :)
138 backers pledged $10,501 to help bring this project to life.

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A New Kids Album Is Not Just For Kids...

Parents, teachers, therapists, doctors, artists, or anyone who works with children and/or liked the following shows: Quantum Leap, Arrested Development, Cheers, or The Golden Girls...

As a music therapist and producer, my passion is to produce songs that reach people on an emotional level.

How we all feel determines the quality of each moment we experience. Our attitudes, behaviors, and choices are all governed by how we feel. If we're devoid of joy and the ability to see the world with a childlike sense of imagination, well, take a look around you - we tend to be more childish than childlike, as a whole.

While I'm not claiming to have solutions to the predicaments we face, I do see first hand how my music impacts others - and I'd like to share this with you too.

Music video drafts:

Why Would You Take A Rocketship?!?

It seems the idea "all is one" hasn't quite come to fruition in our collective psyche. This song is my contribution to teaching children this truth through symbolic imagery.  (Disclaimer: if you are an artist or visually oriented person, please view the sloppy video production through a compassionate lens. One of my goals is to produce professional quality videos. But here's what I put together with stock and Iphone footage.) Take a look and listen: (featuring Marty Beller on drums)

Why I Love The Seasons

This song is poignant because of its message: "finish what you start".  It needs to be fully edited, mixed and mastered along with the rest of A New Kids Album. Take a look and listen:

Note: There is a faster and more fun version of this song on the album too, with horns instead of strings and ukulele instead of piano. That track is called: Finish What You Start.


GOALS and STRATEGY

Minimum Goal:

My minimum goal of 10K will fund the final tracking, editing and mixing of A New Kids Album within  6-8 weeks from the successful close of this Kick Starter. The ideal goal of 15K will also cover mastering and duplication, but don't worry!!! Meeting the minimum goal will still be enough to bring the project to fruition.

Most of the album has already been recorded

Approximately 10% of the album has been mixed.

A New Kids Album will be released during fall 2013.

Click here to view the complete track list for A New Kids Album plus other details:

  • a checklist of the instrumentation
  • musicians who tracked on the album
  • mixing status

This will continually be updated so you can check back anytime to see and hear the progress. I'll be posting more rough mixes and excerpts right here on this page during the life of this kickstarter.

I'd also now like to give you a brief glimpse into the core of my work in general, so you better understand the place I'm coming from and the direction I'm going...

Real Children's Music: 

Improvised Songs

The "Kids Albums' are just one strand of my musical DNA. In my private music therapy practice, the bulk of my work consists of providing musical accompaniment to children as they improvise songs on the spot. But just to clarify, the children I work with are from all levels of development, meaning, some see me primarily for an alternative approach to music lessons, while others specifically for music therapy -but ultimately it all leads to the same thing: creativity, expression, connection, and joy. Other than choosing how fast or slow the song will go, all lyrics, melodies and musical changes are spontaneous, Take a look and listen:

CoCreative Music is a bridge between private practice and public performance.

To be clear, I am NOT looking to make a reality show out of this work. But as a teacher, I am inspired to share what I learn from these children, and give others the opportunity to be impacted by these masters of creativity and intuition. Just to zoom out a bit, what I'd like to do long term is produce music and art therapy projects to be used as resources by children, parents, artists, teachers etc...


Summary

And so, here is a brief summary of the minimum goal to complete A New Kids Album, and some larger goals for the future:

$10 000 will cover final editing, mixing, and the balance of what is owed to the musicians who worked on A New Kids Album. 

$15 000 will pay for the above plus mastering, artwork, and duplication. This amount will seal the deal!

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Bigger Picture:

$25 000 + With this amount I will be able to replace my very tired much used Mac computer as well as upgrade to professional video equipment and/ or hire out video artists to produce innovative music videos to be used for both education and entertainment.

$35 000 + Overhaul my minimal and outdated recording set up.

ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND MILLION DOLLARS

With ample funding, I could move CoCreative Music out of my home (across the street from Barclay Center, Brooklyn) and into a professional facility where music therapy and recording sessions would be not interrupted by water pipes and construction and did I mention there's a police station and fire station directly across the street and a brand new bus stop directly above my home recording studio? Please know, I'm not complaining nor promoting myself as a victim here. I am very fortunate to be able to do my work at all - I just simply do not have the overhead to manifest these larger goals, which would certainly enhance the quality and integrity of my work.

Bizarre Tangent!

Just in case you're taking me too seriously, I'd like to share one more video with you. it's completely ridiculous and a clear demonstration of why I refer to myself as a professional goofball. The quick back story: Whilst recording most of the lead vocals for A New Kids Album, I started to get "stuck". You know that feeling, when you want to finish something but things stop becoming fun because you start to worry if what you're doing is good enough...

So, I became inspired to try singing in a few different voices... and also, my mother and I sat together on the therapy sofa and discussed "growth". Take a look and listen:

Ultimately it's my ability to be an utter child which enables me to work with so many kids. If I wasn't able to stay connected to the world of humor and imagination, I don't think I would be as effective at teaching and reaching children. And, yes, I'm also a little nuts:)

Special thanks to Wayne Agassi's Salon & Spa, Ingrid Michaelson and Dan Zanes for playing along!

My First Stretched Goal!!!

If we reach the $15, 000 mark, I will try to make another snow lady!

Snow Improvisation - by Jon Samson
Snow Improvisation - by Jon Samson

I had never seen snow until emigrating from South Africa to New York in 1994. So when I saw snow for the first time, I was so enchanted with the mystical froth that I kept piling it onto itself until she appeared. Honestly, I didn't plan ahead - it was a snow improvisation. So, if we meet my first stretched goal of 15K, I will make another snow improvisation in Prospect Park during the upcoming winter and send you all pics! You can even come hang out and help while I work on it if you live in the area. Keep in mind though, I haven't done this in almost 20 years, so no guarantees for the outcome:)

more stretched goals to be announced...

Rewards

There are a variety of rewards available based on your level of contribution. For the complete list of rewards and dollar values, scroll up and to the right. Below are some links and images to give you more details...

In 2012, I produced this album:

Good Morning By Love - By Vered
Good Morning By Love - By Vered

Good Morning My Love is a CD of 17 songs for parents and their babies. The music is playful, upbeat and soothing. The goal of the album is to encourage a deeper bond between you and your baby. (FYI, I'll be producing Vered's second directly following the completion of A New Kids Album)

The Integration Tree

Integration Tree - Painting by Kate Linares
Integration Tree - Painting by Kate Linares

This painting is a spin off of the "Ukule-trees" featured in the video draft for "Why I Love The Seasons". The children I work with really love this painting, which dovetailed into an activity idea:

The Finish What You Start Tree

The Finish What You Start Tree - Painted By Kate Linares
The Finish What You Start Tree - Painted By Kate Linares

The above paintings were designed to inspire children to make their own version of these ideas, and they can also complete the Finish What You Start Tree by painting directly onto it. It will be digitally printed on watercolor paper, so you can either hang it up as a pretty reminder to finish what you start, or let kids add their own expression to the piece.

**New**

The Finish What You Start Paintings (6X6)

One of a kind! Kate, a fellow teacher artist and musician, painted and donated this set specifically for A New Kids Album KickStarter.
She's also the mother of the children who made these songs:

Natural Disaster- an improvised song by Claire

I Used To Be A Slug, But Now I'm A Person- an improvised song by Hannah

And now, finally, check out the rewards listed to the right (scroll up) and please do share this page with anyone you think would "resonate":)

Thanks for you time and support

Jon Samson

Ps Check back here soon, as I will be posting new mixes and excerpts as they become available!

Risks and challenges

Sometimes editing and mixing can uncover audio or performance issues, which could require more time to rerecord or edit. Even during the mastering phase, we may have to go back a step to "fix something in the mix". But either way, A New Kids Album will be released this year...and the sooner the better, because I have many other wonderful projects in the wings!

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    A New Kids Album (physical copy), autographed by Jon Samson. You'll know it's an authentic signature because Jon's hand writing is unmistakably terrible.
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    A physical copy of a New Kids Album plus a digital copy of the Kids Album Trilogy.

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    The Complete Kids Album Trilogy:

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    FOR TEACHERS AND PARENTS IN PARTICULAR:

    Receive a physical and digital copy of the Kids Album trilogy, Vered's CD- Good Morning My Love, a digital print of The Integration Tree and The Finish What You Start Tree. You'll also get a digital copy of A New Kids Album before it's released.

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    Receive 10 copies of a New Kids Album and give them out as gifts or tell Jon where to mail them with a note from you. In addition: The Complete Kids Album trilogy, all the artwork AND a digital copy of the music Jon produced for Caroline Myss and Andrew Harvey.

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    Have one 45 min session at Jon's studio or via skype. Includes a physical copy of A New Kids Album (does not include other rewards)...this is mostly for Jon's current clients who want to purchase a session advance in support of the project, and for anyone who would like to try a session for the first time.

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    The Finish What You Start Paintings
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    Note: Brooklyn residents only!!

    Jon will perform at your private party (45 min) anywhere in Brooklyn for up to 10 families and each family will take home a copy of A New Kids Album.

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    Note: Brooklyn or Manhattan residents only!!
    Jon will perform at the school, kindergarten or daycare of your choice (with their consent of course) and each teacher will receive a copy of
    A New Kids Album to use in their classroom (up to ten teachers).

    (Performance can take place in one classroom, or in a larger space where several classes can attend. 50 min in length).

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    Jon will do a lecture on his approach to music therapy, creativity, and autism at the institution of your choice, or via skype. It will be interactive. Includes 10 copies of A New Kids Album and 1 complete Kids Album Trilogy. If you'd like less copies of A New Kids Album and exchange for full sets of the trilogy that's OK too. Scheduling to be determined.

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    Jon will video himself singing his song "Everything Is Music To Me" on the ukulele he wrote it on and then he will kiss it goodbye and give you the ukulele to keep forever. You and your family can choose to be in the video live at his studio, anywhere in Brooklyn or Manhattan or over skype, and Jon will ship it to you first class. Yes, he can play you other songs too! Comes with everything else.

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    You and Jon will have dinner at his favorite French Caribbean restaurant, Kaz A Nou, and discuss details. If you're not local, we'll chat by phone or skype to explore options ranging from lectures, shows, school programs to sessions.

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    You must really love Jon's work! If you're donating this amount, you probably don't even care about rewards. So, other than being titled "executive producer" of A New Kids Album if you choose, you and Jon will chat by phone or meet in person to discuss options. You could develop a music program for the school or hospital of your choice, do sessions, shows, lectures, produce music videos, so many options to consider...

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