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Cinema, rock, and opera, the personal and the political, noir guitar, synthesizers and heavy drums collide on the album by Anna Coogan
Cinema, rock, and opera, the personal and the political, noir guitar, synthesizers and heavy drums collide on the album by Anna Coogan
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*******STRETCH GOAL ANNOUNCED! My amazing friends, we are so close to the goal, with 5 days to go- I'm announcing a stretch goal of 7,000 dollars. If we can get to this goal, I will be printing vinyl copies of the record!!! This is a lifelong dream, and your help getting there is SO appreciated!!*********

Lots of denim in Zeist, NL. Photo by Ganesh Van Boggelen
Lots of denim in Zeist, NL. Photo by Ganesh Van Boggelen

STMy name is Anna Coogan. I am a singer, guitarist, composer, teacher, producer, and teen mentor. I am releasing my first album in four years, The Lonely Cry of Space and Time, on April 28, 2017.

In the last four years, I have taught approximately 2,200 voice lessons, toured Europe three times, scored two silent films, produced three albums, spent hundreds of hours writing and playing with my bandmate Willie, and rediscovered my years of classical voice training. I’ve been a sideman for the first time ever, for Johnny Dowd and Mary Lorson. I’ve built some bridges. I’ve burned a few. This record encompasses all of these things.

Touring with the Johnny Dowd Band. Photo by Ganesh Van Boggelen
Touring with the Johnny Dowd Band. Photo by Ganesh Van Boggelen

The Lonely Cry of Space and Time is the result of a long and spirited collaboration with drummer Willie B and talented engineer Matthew Saccuccimorano. Both of these guys are my neighbors. Willie plays synthesizers with his feet while he drums, and pushed me hard in the last few years to dig way deeper. Matthew has incredible ears and a three-legged dog. Each of us put our heart and soul into this record. It's mostly  Willie on drums and synths, and myself on guitars and vocals, but we had the good fortune to be joined by Hank Roberts, JD Foster, and Brooks Miner on a few tracks.

Q. Cassetti, one of the most truly generous people I have ever known, did the art and full lyric booklet.

Willie tracking drums at Electric Wilburland
Willie tracking drums at Electric Wilburland

I have put every ounce of energy and cent that I have (and quite a few cents that I do not have) into this project. I am turning to you - friends, family, fans, strangers alike - to help me get it out into the world.

All funds raised will support the printing, distribution, and promotion of this record. Because Kickstarter is all-or-nothing, I have set my goal on the lower side of what this project has/will cost. If we get above the goal, I'll be printing vinyl!

THANK YOU.

Want a particular package that you don't see here? A bunch of T-shirts, AC branded underwear? Want one of my corgis? Write me and we will work something out! I'm open!

Singing opera for the first time in a decade at the Ithaca International Film Festival.

Risks and challenges

I find airplanes extremely risky, although data shows they are not. To that end, the fact I don't think this project is risky could be wrong. Many a strong musician has been overwhelmed with the business side of things. Many a setback has occurred. However, I have been preparing for this release for most of a year and I intend to stick to the schedule. Things that involve scheduling or creativity (house concert, writing a song) may take a bit.

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    You'll get a digital download of the record before the release date, as well as two bonus tracks and a personal thank you email. Every bit counts, and I'd like everyone to hear this record!

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    You will receive a signed CD of "The Lonely Cry of Space and Time," complete with 8-page lyric booklet, as well as a thank you card signed by me and the corgis.

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    Yeah, we live in miraculous times.It is possible to make "The Lonely Cry of Space and Time" (ladies) underwear. So make them I will. Comes with signed CD and thank you card.

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    !!!!!STRETCH GOAL VINYL!!!!!

    ****SIGNED VINYL WILL BE AVAILABLE IF WE MAKE OUR ONE AND ONLY STRETCH GOAL****** This package will include a signed vinyl copy of "The Lonely Cry of Space and Time", as well as digital download and CD. IF WE DO NOT MAKE OUR STRETCH GOAL AND I DO NOT PRINT VINYL, YOU CAN CHOSE A T-SHIRT/UNDIES/ANOTHER PACKAGE!!! JUST LET ME KNOW!!

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    Skype Lesson + CD + Thanks

    We'll do a 30 minute skype lesson/concert/hang at a time that works for both of us, plus you will get a T-shirt, signed CD and thank you card.

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    Where in the world?

    I'll send you monthly postcards for a year, with updates on touring, corgis, etc. (You may come to know the natural areas of central New York state rather well.) Also comes with a T-shirt, signed CD and thank you card.

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    A Song Written for You

    A song written for you or a loved one. Send me some ideas, lyrics, photos, etc, and I'll write and record a song for you. You will receive hand written lyrics, and a digital copy of the song from my home studio.This one may take a little longer than the others! Also comes with signed CD and thank you card.

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    Within 300 miles of Ithaca, NY *only*.
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    Martin Guitar + T-shirts + CDs

    This is my first "real" guitar - a Martin DR rosewood dreadnaught with Fishman pickup. I wrote most of my first songs on this guitar. Can be signed if you'd like it to be! Also comes with two signed CDs and two T-shirts.

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    GRAB BAG!

    A personal song written for you, a skype hang or lesson, a full AC wardrobe, up to 10 signed copies of the new album, and anything you are interested in from my back catalogue. Let's talk!

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