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"Cindy Lee's capacity as a lyricist is unique, ..peerless…I get the impression she knows her legacy will outlive her" -Van Dyke Parks
"Cindy Lee's capacity as a lyricist is unique, ..peerless…I get the impression she knows her legacy will outlive her" -Van Dyke Parks
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This will be my first album in 7 years and it will be my 7th album and 7 is a real fancy number when you look at it mythologically. It's the number of the Muse, otherwise known as Creativity and Love and Romance and all that juicy stuff of life. And that is just what this album is all about. 

It's been a road, as some of you know, my late husband, rock writer, Paul Williams, became ill and passed away last year. He left behind our little family, i.e. myself and our 13 year old son. What would Paul want for us? He'd want us to continue to pursue our passions. So Alexander is diving into technology and physics, and I have spent the last few years writing new songs. 

My first album, Who's Gonna Save The World, came out on Rhino in 1988 and was followed up by the Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group) produced, Naked Movie Star. Those first two albums got me a lot of attention and took me on tours around the U.S. and Europe with cool artists like The Smithereens, Billy Bragg and John Doe, Marshall Crenshaw and Keb Mo, Alex Chilton and Camper Van Beethoven. Doing shows with bands like The Violent Femmes, X, The Butthole Surfers, Weezer and Cake. Getting into trouble and making music alongside some of worlds finest. 

By my third album I'd really come up with my own kind of sound, something I'd been looking for and it was quite influenced by the music of Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys, with some Lou Reed and Patti Smith vibes mixed in. That album was Garage Orchestra. 

In some ways this new album is a follow up to Garage Orchestra. I'll have appearances from some of the GO's original stellar players (Renata Bratt and Randy Hoffman) and the music will have a bit of that made-in-the-garage-orchestral sensibility. And like G.O. it will be an album informed by feelings of desire and love and the wild ride of the creative path. 

But these songs are all entirely new, and, If I do say so myself, some of the best songs Ive ever written. And the sound has grown into a new more mature place especially with the inspiration of co-producer David Schwartz. Altogether we have about 12 or 13 songs to record and mix and master and post to online selling sources. Plus! we will definitely be making a limited amount of physical CD's.

If we can go above and beyond our goal I can make CD's with a really cool cover and hire someone to help us get the word out to press and music blogs. It's the way of things now; you and I dear Patrons ARE the music companies. 

I am really excited about making this new music. Some of it we've already recorded! Four of the songs were made in the studio last year and some of you helped me fund those sessions. Those 4 songs, once they are mixed, will be a part of this 12 song album. With your help now, we can finish it and make it a CD and get it out into the world.

You know that feeling when you are doing what you've been brought here to do ("mission from god"). For me, that's writing songs and recording them and sharing them with you. Now, with your assistance...Let's make this thing happen!

Risks and challenges

Some of the issues this album and fundraising campaign may alight upon is the fact that the holiday season is almost upon us. Hopefully that won't be an issue for some of you friends and fans.

Once we raise the dough and get through the holidays we musicians will be able to hit the studio and make the great work; which is the true mission that lies before us. If you were a fan of my work in the past I think you will really love this new album, the songs are actually some of the best I've ever written....Friends new or old with your help -let's make this happen!

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    Personalized video: I'll make a personalized 30 second video and send it to you-Happy Birthday, Pep Talk, Snippet of one of my songs; you pick.
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    Signed- Naked Movie Star CD- like new, still in original oblong rectangular cardboard box...signed by Lenny Kaye (the producer) and Cindy Lee...

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    Lyrics to all of the new album songs (they won't appear on the CD), plus a copy of the out of print CD single to High Jump (Cargo 1996), as well as a signed CD copy of the new album and digital download

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    Guitar lesson (45 minutes) by Skype. Cindy Lee will give you a lesson on guitar whether you've never picked one up or just want to pick up a few new riffs OR a songwriting consultation on your new songs. Plus a digital download of new album

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    Lyrics to one of Cindy Lee's songs of your choice, from any CLB album, handwritten and annotated by the composer. On art paper. Plus digital download of new album

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    Mp3 of Cindy Lee's "legendary lost music" songs that were recorded in the past 20 years and still unreleased. Plus a signed CD of the new album and digital download

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    Limited Edition "Living Room 16" CD signed and numbered (there were 500 printed) by Cindy Lee.
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    Merry Christmas with Cindy Lee singing you her song "You Have Arrived at Christmas Time" via Skype, or an mp3 of the song emailed to you with a personalized audio-hello from CLB

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    Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye on stage at CBGB's 1977- black and white C Prints 11x14
    donated to us by the photographer David Godlis
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    One of a kind original 1980s Rhino Records turquoise bowling shirt with Cindy Lee's name above the chest pocket and embroidered Rocky Rhino on the back. Mint condition. Size Medium. Plus the new CD and/or digital download of the new album

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    Color xerox copy of original handwritten (by CLB) credits and liner notes for Garage Orchestra with red marker annotations/corrections by Paul Williams. Copied on the extra sheets of paper the original notes were written upon. Plus CD of new album.

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    Rare vinyl of Cindy Lee's first album, Who's Gonna Save The World (Rhino 1988) ..first patron gets the one still in cellophane wrapper (cut out chip on bottom of cover).... Plus signed CD of the new album

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    A copy of Cindy Lee's first 2 Rhino albums on CD (out of print since 1992), an original poster of Garage Orchestra and a High Jump CD single (Cargo 1996)...plus download and CD of new album..

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    Extremely limited edition HiDef BluRay disc, featuring Cindy Lee discussing and performing 3 songs live (from the new album) at Alan Bershaw's Pool Party House Concert. Filmed in HiDef with superb quality audio, these exclusive custom-made BluRay discs must be played on a BluRay player. Because of the exceptional quality and the lengthy duplication time involved, we are only offering 6 of these. Plus a CD of the new album.

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    House concert- in Southern California at your home (within a 250 mile radius of San Diego). A 45 minute set in your apartment, living room or wherever you reside.
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    Orignal liner notes for Garage Orchestra. Handwritten with red pen corrections by Paul S. Williams. Eight pages, including a first page that has additional notes on UFO Suite.
    Also, a Garage Orchestra poster signed by CLB.
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    A David Godlis Patti Smith silver print - 11x14
    yes, the beautiful photo taken out side of CBGB's in the 1970s....
    (a non-silver print just sold for $2750 at the Aperture auction,so this a good deal!) And it was donated to us for this fundraiser by Godlis himself..(see updates for photo)
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    One of a kind, collectible 1975 Beach Boys satin tour jacket owned by the BB's tour manager Bill and given to Cindy Lee at her show at the Whiskey-a-GoGo. It comes with a handwritten letter from CLB, telling the story of how it came to her. Plus CD or download of new album

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    House concert- in the continental U.S.-at your home. A one hour set in your apartment, living room or wherever you reside. (travels costs will apply unless Cindy Lee is on tour and passing near your home)
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    The highest honor of them all; Executive Producer credit. Your name will appear on the back of the album and in the liner notes with your new title. Plus a signed copy of the new album

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