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Michigan songwriter travels to Palestine to take part in a musical and cultural exchange with artists, communities and farmers.

This winter, a dedicated group of runners will embark on a 125-mile running expedition - spanning the West Bank of the Palestinian Territories. The Run Across Palestine, a project of On the Ground, seeks to raise $100,000 for the fair trade olive farmers in this region.  Money raised will go directly to two programs that support olive farmers and their families.

I've been invited to join in the journey. I will accompany the runners, travel to communities and farms, share stories, music and experiences with other musicians, artists and community members. I'll be soaking in the culture of the Palestinian people, supporting the run, acting as part of an educational media team and writing the bones of what will be a new album based on this trip.

The money raised with this kickstarter campaign will pay for airfare, lodging and living expenses during the trip.

Olive trees have been used to represent peace for thousands of years. I'm so excited and honored to be involved in an effort to nurture this peace and to support sustainable community development!

I hope you'll be involved as well, if you can. Thank you!!!

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Here's some more info about the run!

special thanks to Melissa & Marcus Sigh, Guy Hursh, Chelsea Bay Dennis, Aaron Dennis & Michael Erlewine for the content.


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    POSTCARDS FROM THE WEST BANK I will send you a handwritten postcard from Palestine! Doodles as well, if I can fit them in there!

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    TRAVEL JOURNAL You'll be privy to special blogs from the trip and a travel journal when I'm back. This will give you an inside perspective of the project! Videos, songs, thoughts, pictures.

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    MAGNOLIA BELLES PACKAGE A signed copy of my most recent record, Magnolia Belles plus a CD with demos, outtakes and unreleased material from that session!

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    THE ELITE PACKAGE All three previous rewards combined into one elite package!

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    ALBUM DEMOS Super-secret demos and sketches CD. When I return from Palestine, I'll start work on a new record based on my experiences on the trip. I'll send you a CD with demos, song sketches & field recordings from the trip. It'll be an early, unfiltered look at some of the material destined for the full-length album!

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    LEARNING PACKAGE 2 hour lesson! Songwriting, guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukelele, piano. At my house, via Skype or at your place when I'm in your neck of the woods! What's that? No interest in learning an instrument? Ok, we'll go bowling - my treat!

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    SUPER-ULTRA ELITE PACKAGE All of the previous rewards. Oh yeah.

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    HOUSE CONCERT I'll come to your place - anywhere within a few hundred miles of Lansing, MI. I'll play a show for you and your friends and relations! Graduation parties? Yeah! Bar/Bat Mitzvah's? Sure! Tractor pulls? Definitely! Foot-stomping! Hollering! Etc.!

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    ALL OF THE ABOVE Yep, all of the above! House concert, lesson, demos, Magnolia Belles plus the bonus CD, postcard, blog, field recordings.

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