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Victor & Penny record their second album of antique pop entitled, "Side by Side" with deft guitar, engaging vocals and a fiery ukulele.
Victor & Penny record their second album of antique pop entitled, "Side by Side" with deft guitar, engaging vocals and a fiery ukulele.
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THANK YOU!!!   xoxoxo V&P
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"Side By Side" (Songs For Kids Of All Ages) is a collection of songs that resonate with people of all ages from children to seniors.  It's themes are joyful and lighthearted.  The recording features stellar production value, engaging vocals and deft, smooth guitar work anchored by a fiery ukulele.

Our Story:  We play and sing music of the early 20th century, music we call “Antique Pop”.  We recorded our first album last year and toured throughout the US playing clubs, festivals, art galleries, children's parties, memory care centers, restaurants, theatres, house concerts and more.  We've met thousands of people from all walks of life. We traveled over 40,000 miles last year sharing our songs and our love of the genre. In addition to reworking classics and discovering obscure old gems, we also write original music inspired by the era we love and the experiences we've had together on the road, side by side.  

Our extensive travels have shown us that the songs we play are part of the collective consciousness of several generations. From children’s parties in NYC, to rock clubs in LA, to senior centers in the heartland, we’ve seen this music connect people and bring a sense of joy, despite age or background.

"Side By Side” is inspired by our experiences on the road and the people we’ve met. We’re making a record that captures the appeal of these songs to people of all ages, and includes original music we’ve written while on the road.  We recorded the album in October 2012 at The Cooler in Kansas City, MO. We used local musicians and engineers on the recording and are now in the final stages of production. We could really use your help to complete the project. 

Where You Come In:  This is your chance to support an independent, creative music project. With your help, “Side By Side” will be released November 23, 2012. The funds raised will help cover the hard costs of producing the CD.  Then, we plan to tour this record to bring our love of this joyful music to people of all ages all over the US.  We'd love to have you along on our journey!  You can follow along here:  www.victorandpenny.com.

Thank you for supporting the arts and independent artists!  

Here's the awesome poster described in the rewards section - illustration by Hector Casanova and design by Jack Redell. 

Poster: Illustration by Hector Casanova, Design by Jack Redell
Poster: Illustration by Hector Casanova, Design by Jack Redell

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Risks and challenges

We write and perform music out of love – we don’t have a label or outside funding. We are full-time performing artists and musicians - a truly amazing thing for which we are grateful. Making music for a living is financially challenging, but we both feel that it's worth it - even though the decision to do so meant relocating, giving up our apartments, and turning down more lucrative work. This year of travel has taught us so much about ourselves, about America and about the amazing people that live here. We've seen people everywhere creating their own freedom by figuring out what it is they have to give. We've found that giving joy through music is meaningful. We're not solving the world's problems, but we do hope to make people feel a little better. With this new album, we hope to reach an even broader range of people - connecting, uplifting and entertaining them.

We used our local Kansas City talent base to make this album, choosing to spend our money in our hometown. We feel it's important to pay our professional talent pool in Kansas City professional wages. We've had to borrow money to make this album and to pay for the expenses we've incurred including studio time, labor, design, licensing fees, printing and production of the CD itself. Making an studio album is labor intensive and costly, but we feel keeping this music alive is important, and we hope you think so too.

We'll be spending the month of February in Florida as recipients of an "Escape to Create" artist residency where we will be working on writing new music. After that, we plan to hit the road again in spring 2013, promoting "Side By Side", sharing our songs and bringing Antique Pop to you!

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    The Slimline: One download card for a digital copy of "Side By Side" and our sincere thanks for supporting us and our dreams!

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    The Slimline Plus: One download card for a digital copy of "Side By Side" and a signed copy of the V&P illustrated poster with artwork by the amazing Hector Casanova. (See a picture of the poster in the project description section.)

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    The Basic: An autographed copy of the "Side By Side" CD and a handwritten thank you note.

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    The Basic with Flair: The autographed CD and the autographed poster with a thank you note.

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    The Fascinator: Do you like Penny's signature handmade flower hair fascinators? Tell us your favorite color or flower and Erin will craft one just for you! You will also receive the autographed CD.

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    Santa's Lil' Helper #1: Need some help with all those little year-end thank you gifts for your child's teacher, your mail carrier and your favorite yoga instructor? Or perhaps you need stocking stuffers for those hard-to-buy-for folks like Aunt Grace, or Grandpa Leonard? We can help. We've bundled 5 download cards for you - easy! They will slip into a Christmas card or thank you note and are WAY more original than another Starbucks card. You're welcome.

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    PenPal #3 - Postcards From the Edge: We will send you three handwritten postcards from the road. What's in the mailbox today? Not a bill, but a personal card from us from who knows where! You will also receive the autographed CD. (Timing on this one will vary, depending on our tour schedule; it will be a surprise but you'll like it.)

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    PenPal #1 - Wish You Were Here: We will send you a handwritten, newsy letter along with an autographed photo from our time at our upcoming artist residency in Florida! We'll tell you all about how it's going and our progress. And if you're lucky, perhaps we'll send a photo of Victor in his swim trunks! You will also receive the autographed CD.

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    PenPal #2 - The Cyrano: Erin will write a love poem for your sweetie, and Jeff will hand letter it and illustrate it. (Bet you didn't know Jeff studied art and has mad lettering skills and Erin is a published poet.) You send us the name and the address, and we'll send someone special an unforgettable love note from you. You will also receive the autographed CD.

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    Let's Make Beautiful Music Together: We're making gorgeous sheet music for Jeff's original tunes, "Rickshaw Chase" and "Victor's Dream". The sheet music has both guitar and ukulele chords so you can play our exact arrangement yourself! You will receive an autographed copy of each sheet plus the autographed CD.

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    The Sampler Platter: Want a little bit of everything? This reward offers one signed CD of our first album Antique Pop, one signed CD of Side By Side and one signed illustrated poster. Christmas shopping done!

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    Santa's Lil' Helper #2: Buy Art - Buy Local - Buy Personal! Here's more easy Holiday shopping for you: 3 autographed CDs for you to give as gifts. Your choice - Antique Pop, Side By Side, or a combination. Any way you slice it - it's a good deal. Shopping: done. Your'e welcome.

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    The Rockstar Treatment: You'll receive two tickets to the V&P show of your choice, and a chance to hang out with us as our personal guests with your All-Access Pass! You will also receive the autographed CD and autographed poster. (We'll have to work together on this based on everyone's availability and location, but we'll make it worth your while and treat you like the Rockstar you are!)

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    CHEAP DATE FIRESALE!! The Double Date: We'll go on a double date with you and the guest of your choice. We'll go dutch, but we'd love to take you to one of our favorite little places here in Kansas City for a private dinner date with us. Good food, good mood, good company, good conversation = good time! You also get the autographed CD.

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    The Teacher's Pet: Do you admire Victor's deft guitar work? Would you like a private guitar lesson? At this level you get a 90 minute private guitar lesson with Jeff Freling via Skype. If you're in Kansas City, MO you can have the lesson in person. This is a rare chance to learn some of Jeff's secrets! You will also receive the autographed CD and poster.

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    The Mini Flash Mob: When they least expect it, we'll come and sing one of our songs acoustically at the location and time of your choice or for the person of your choice. Let us help you make a big splash, a great first impression, an unforgettable marriage proposal or give your employees the biggest morale booster ever, (We'll work with you on the specific arrangements.)

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    The Command Performance: That's right - we play a set of music for you. Get creative! This can be a concert in your home, a holiday gathering for your work place, a special gift for your Grandpa at the Senior Center, or maybe your kid's birthday party. Or how about V&P at your kid's school show and tell or cupcake day in their homeroom? You tell us. We're located in Kansas City MO, so talk to us before you bid if you're outside our area. We'll work with you on this one for availability and scheduling.

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    The Love Bomb: For every wonderful backer at this level or above, we will record a specially dedicated car concert video for you or the one you love! The Victor & Penny Video Valentine will win your love's heart all over again. Send the valentine of a lifetime to your sweetie via a sweet dedicated V&P car ditty; or we'll sing a song directly to you if you like. Nothing says "love" like a V&P YouTube Video Valentine. You'll also get two tickets to the V&P show of your choice AND The Cyrano: a handwritten and illustrated love poem letter, AND an autographed CD and poster. Why? Because we love you and that's the truth.

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