What a fun, wild, encouraging and deliciously exhausting 4 days it's been! When we hit the "launch" button on this campaign, we had no idea what to expect. We were so nervous, we had to leave the house. We asked you for $8,000 and 60 hours later you guys said, "Of Course!" We are humbled and grateful. We have been blown away with the grace and love you have shown us. We are overwhelmed.
Not just your money but the sweet messages we received from you have left us smiling, crying and aching in the best way. Your love and support have given us courage and focus to see the reach and meaning of eine blume, of who we are and what we do. The way you have kept momentum going is just.....well, it's incredible. When we started, we had this plan for mobilizing, but you all just blitzed us in a rage of love! You didn't even give us a chance! So, we have laid low. Thank you.
Now, we'd like to address some questions you might have about the campaign:
"Since you reached your goal, is the campaign still going?" Yes, the campaign is going on! It ends September 13th at 11 AM.
"But you already reached your goal! Do you still need more money?" The resounding answer is YES! Indeed, we do! There are actually some expenses not covered in the initial goal. We did not know what to expect when we launched but we knew we had to have $8,000 to print and keep producing.
"What will you do with the extra money?" We would like to share this with you. Keep reading, this has to do with some real dreams and some needs.
Stretch Goal Update:
$10,000 - Our vinyl mastering will be covered in this cost! Hurray!
$12,000 - Our vinyl mastering will be covered, we will make better studio upgrades and you could expect us to be playing more live music this year, possibly near you!
$14,000 - Our vinyl mastering will be covered, we will play more live music, we will get better studio upgrades, and we will trade in our Honda Civic for a Honda Element. Our Honda Civic is our touring vehicle at this point. Sometimes, we have to choose between our children or our gear. And that is no fun. With a big vehicle, we could bring our kids and a sitter. :)
$16,000 - $20,000 - This could mean that we move into playing music more full-time and get to buy groceries!…..It would give us the padding we need to move into only giving private lessons from our home, producing and recording, teaching songwriting, and touring. That sounds like a slice of heaven!!
What follows is our original post. If you haven't read it, you should! It will tell you more about who we are and what we do.
Our history together:
For the last 9 + years we have been married, Caleb and I (Erin) have been playing music and writing songs. I had been singing and co-writing music with friends for years before that. We recorded our first album, a Christmas album, O Come, in the dining room of our 1 bedroom rental. We both had day jobs and we were saving half of everything we made in order to go to a Creative Arts Discipleship Training School in Ålesund, Norway.
In Norway, our passion for songwriting grew and we realized, in some ways, a hidden gift of unveiling truth and intimacy in broken-ness and speaking hope into seemingly hopeless situations. While we were students, Caleb recorded late into the night many nights to catch the songs that were rolling around inside of him. Out came the self-titled album, eine blume. It helped support the next year we would spend as artists in Norway in our recording and production of what we now know to be Ennå er Det Håp, Fru Ahlgren. Inspiration poured into us from the people we met, the beauty surrounding us, the different ways of life....also, inspiration came through sadness. The separation of family. Homesickness for the familiar. It came through the bond of a marriage commitment. Through art. We kept writing. Dreaming. Processing.
We moved "home" after the album was finished and couch surfed for 3 months while figuring out what we were supposed to do with what we had just experienced. We landed in Joplin, Missouri, where God graciously provided jobs for Caleb and a house for us. Two seconds later, we were pregnant! We journeyed again to Norway to release our album, Mrs. Ahlgren. I got a job as soon as we returned and later had our daughter. We began writing the songs for Farewell to Shadowlands.
A bit about Farewell to Shadowlands
It's true that creativity inspires creativity. That is what our music does for many, and that is what The Chronicles of Narnia did for us! Caleb and I both read them as children, and we began reading them to our daughter as a tiny baby. I remember crying at some point in every one of the books. They are beautiful. Magical! We were especially drawn into the Magician's Nephew. It is about the broken-ness of this world, how it is everywhere. It is about the creation of Narnia and the goodness of Aslan and how his goodness comes up through the cracks of that brokenness we know so well. We see this album as a joyful lament.
Caleb: I can't not do it. Songwriting is such a part of me. I am a songwriter. I may not always share what I write, but I will always write.
One day i was speaking to Erin about what I have to offer our community if the whole world goes to pot. You know, just regular chit-chat at the breakfast table. :) I have no great survival skills, I have never enjoyed hunting, I am a very mediocre gardener, I am not a good planner or strategist. The only skills I really possess are nonessential to life if push comes shove. She reminded me that art is not just luxury. She replied, "Sometimes, a song is the difference between life and death for people. It has been [for me] the thing that got me through."
On how we make money:
After experiencing the pain of losing a job five days after buying a home and 17 weeks into my 2nd pregnancy, I decided to enjoy being at home and raising our daughter. :) But, money. We needed it (still do). Caleb and I both had been working part time and doing eine blume on the side. Meanwhile, we began Fertile Bear Records. We were working so hard and so long, but hardly getting paid. We, of course, were not getting paid for our work on Farewell to Shadowlands either.
After some networking, we played our first paying house concert. What a thrill it was to play for people who came to listen intently to what we had to sing and say. What a thrill to have great interaction....We were sold! So, we booked a few more house shows where and when we could and people gladly paid....We played in churches and anywhere people would really listen. Losing my job and over half our income was painful in many ways, but we are grateful because now, we are living out a dream. A scary and exciting dream! A dream that is painful at times and rarely as glorious as imagined. It requires sacrifice, hard work and time. Time that we don't always have, and sometimes, often times, it takes supernatural help and provision. But, we believe in this work. It is meaningful and valuable and eternal.
I started giving music lessons from our home and am in the process of trial-ing a children's choir for our community, Caleb still teaches guitar, and we have worked and worked on Farewell to Shadowlands. Another way we have made a little money has been through teaching songwriting and creativity in YWAM one week out of the year. That week we teach usually becomes one of our favorites of the year. Teaching has made us hungry to see communities creating and thriving in the arts.
What to do now and stuff:
So. You are here and you want to know what you can do. You may be wondering what we need. We need money. We need to PRINT THIS ALBUM! It has been long enough. Am I right? The work is done, and it should get into the hands and hearts of as many people as possible! It is good. Well. "How is this going to happen," you wonder. With you! We need YOU to help us by giving, receiving and sharing. Patron our music! Check out the great incentives we have been dreaming up for you and then share with your friends! We need people who are enthusiastic about us, about our music, about the arts to tell everyone they know about eine blume and Farewell to Shadowlands!
We would like to show a token of fiscal gratitude to our friends and musicians who helped these songs come alive. There were 23 people involved in the recording of this album and they are each and everyone fantastic.
We need some major studio upgrades in order to continue producing more good music. Our computer is on her last leg.
Here is a list:
$2,200 - new studio upgrades including a new computer
$1,500 - pay musicians
$3,500 - print, market and merchandise
$8,000 is the bare bones cost of printing the album, marketing and merchandise, paying our musicians and artists and for a new mac. This price definitely does not include labor, time, or payment for eine blume. It is not what we believe this album is worth. She is far more valuable.
This is a piece of our legacy. Join us in it! Give. Receive. Share!
Thank you for joining us on this journey. We appreciate you. We thank you, friends, old and new, and thank you, friends we have yet to meet face to face. And dare I say, "We love you."
Caleb and Erin Paxton of eine blume
A Preview of some goodies.
AFRICAN THUMB PIANO- KALIMBA
Risks and challenges
The real risk is ours to take. The challenge is getting the word out. If we do not raise $8,000 in 14 days, we will not get to produce music anymore....at least, not for the foreseeable future.
Our album is complete! The only thing that stands in our way is the cost of printing the album and getting it out there into as many hands as possible. Contributors from over the sea, please allow a bit more time for your items to arrive. There may end up being slight delays in some of the incentives, but we do not foresee them at this time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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