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My band and I are starting a new recording with renowned producer & Los Lobos keyboardist, Steve Berlin. Please support the new music.
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Lately I've been getting into discussions with musician friends of mine, discussions we would never have dreamed of having in years past. They all come down to this question: "Why make a record these days, especially when no one's buying them?"

But the question's not merely rhetorical, it's answerable. People who write songs need to record them, to place them into the world —and for die-hard songwriters, this is going to be the case as long as there are musicians, microphones, recording devices, and especially, people who want to hear the music. 

Well, we're hopeful you're one of those kind of people, —a listener and an aficionado, and if you are, we'd love for you to take a look at our campaign and to help support our effort. You see, we're not just looking for you to "fund" our project, but rather to pre-purchase There Is No Calamity and perhaps to pick up some of the special rewards we've got for you as well. 

When my cousin, a diamond dealer from Chicago, recently asked what happened to the music business, I said, "Cup your hands under your computer and imagine that all the diamonds you're trying to sell would simply fall into people's hands for free." "That's a problem," is all he had to say. And so it is that I've undertaken my second kickstarter campaign in three years.

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I've put a few rough demos here for your perusal. They serve as road maps for us when we're in the studio. This is one called Sacrificial.

Me and the band in NYC at the Rockwood Music Hall
Me and the band in NYC at the Rockwood Music Hall

There Is No Calamity feels strong to me, as does the great team we've got assembled to make it happen. Scott Tipping on guitar, Matt Thompson on bass, Chuck Lacy on drums, Jeff Victor on keyboards and Steve Berlin, keyboardist and sax player from the band Los Lobos working as producer —not to mention a few surprise guest artists.

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This one's called Love is What is What Carries Us

Matt Thompson making a foundation out of bricks and satin.
Matt Thompson making a foundation out of bricks and satin.

 This is called The Depth of You

Scott Tipping getting ready to fire.
Scott Tipping getting ready to fire.

Here are some of the song titles:

The Depth of You
Sacrificial
I Pity You Poor Spirits
Rich Men Run the World
Fear Is Our Undoing

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This one is something I can hear being played in a church, it's called Ropes or Wings

Chuck Lacy laying' it all down.
Chuck Lacy laying' it all down.

Please join us in being a part of the recording of There Is No Calamity.

Wishing you health, happiness, and much success,

Peter

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Himmelman Family Cookbook
Himmelman Family Cookbook

Below you'll find some images of the rewards we're offering:

Peter's custom art tambourine.
Peter's custom art tambourine.
My new book Let Me Out (Unlock your creative mind and bring your ideas to life)
My new book Let Me Out (Unlock your creative mind and bring your ideas to life)

 These are some samples of the Himmelmanart Iphone cases:

Risks and challenges

It's possible that the release of the record will be delayed to late spring or summer 2017 —depending on tour schedule etc.

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    A five song EP digital version of There Is No Calamity along with the album art.

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    A high resolution digital file of There Is No Calamity, along with artwork, liner notes and photographs from the recording sessions.

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    A high resolution digital file of There Is No Calamity, the album art, liner notes, photos and a PDF of the Himmelman Family Cookbook featuring wonderful culinary specialties of Peter and his wife. (Pictured in the story section)

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    A signed book of Peter's lyrics and illustrations entitled: Impermanent Things, along with the high resolution digital file of There Is No Calamity, album art, and session photos.

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    A signed edition of Peter's new book Let Me Out (Unlock your creative mind and bring your ideas to life) plus the digital version of There Is No Calamity, cover art and session photos.

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    Your choice of Himmelmanart phone case (see photos of these in the ABOUT section) —Choose your art from www.himmelmanart.com— plus the vinyl record, the digital version, and the session photos.

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    The Himmelmanart phone case, the digital version of There Is No Calamity, the vinyl version, and the signed copy of Let Me Out (Unlock your creative mind and bring your ideas to life)

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    A custom tambourine (pictured in story section) with Peter's original artwork on the skin. Along with the signed vinyl version of There Is No Calamity, along with photos and the digital version of the recording.

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    The Vinyl version of There Is No Calamity, the digital version, and the photos of the session. and a five to ten minute phone chat with Peter about Middle Eastern recipes, tropical fish, bass strings, or whatever comes to mind.

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    A one sentence dedication to the person of your choice on back cover of the vinyl version of the recording. Plus a signed copy of Let Me Out (Unlock your creative mind and bring your ideas to life) the vinyl version of There Is No Calamity, the digital file, the Himmelmanart phone case and the photos of the session.

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    One hour Big Muse session www.bigmuse.com via Skype to live in the LA Area. The vinyl record and all the aforementioned stuff.

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- (30 days)