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An abbreviation of our history together:

If you are new to the eine blume family, then we welcome you warmly! You should know that we are Caleb and Erin Paxton, and we have been married for almost 14 years. We have been playing music together since nearly the day we met, and we plan on doing it until we can no longer use our voices and fingers! We were songwriters before we met, and we continue with passion in this work. We believe it matters, and that it was placed inside of us to create works of art and to inspire creativity and life in others. We believe it is a gift that was meant to be shared. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for receiving it and letting us share our lives with you! 

The longer story of our history together and how we got "here":

For the last 13+ 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 forFarewell to Shadowlands. We drew from the inspiration of The Chronicles of Narnia, and on life with having babies. After buying a house and immediately losing my job and having another baby, we were completely broke and couldn't complete the project without $$, so we called out to community for help, and we were completely blown away. It was the most vulnerable, scary thing we had done, and we were amazed by love and support we received. Like, cry-for-three-days-straight-while-watching-the-numbers-climb-kind of amazed. We received money and gifts in the mail and works of art that were inspired by previous songs we had written. It was almost too much goodness and sweetness to bear! We were and STILL are humbled by the love and generosity we were shown. 

Since that time in our lives, community has GROWN! Our family experienced miscarriage and new birth, miraculous healing, growth in business, new and dear friendships, and we continued and still continue to draw from that love and community. We began volunteering our time to leading worship for our church community, and partnering with Unite Worship Gatherings and Velvet Ashes (the most amazing online community for women involved in missions - check it out!).  Identity Music found us, pulled us in, and made us part of their family. Polyphonic Love was realized as we continued to write about our experiences happening in communities far and wide.     

A bit about Polyphonic Love

This new work of art is an album called Polyphonic Love. It is dedicated to those who wish for belonging and to those who wish to "break for the broken too". It speaks to the beauty and heartache of community living and why there is still hope.....It is called Polyphonic Love because love began and only exists within community. The past few years we have been writing more songs together in the space of community, and these songs are birthed from those very real life and faith experiences. We hope you will find a place here with us. 

The fact that we wrote some of these songs together is kind of a big deal. In our previous works, Caleb did a long of the writing with Erin editing and helping with production. These songs will have more energy and still contain the honest expression of eine blume. 

Why music?  

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:

We have day jobs to support what we are doing as far as recording and songwriting. Mostly, we teach music from our home. But, sometimes we play house concerts and sometimes we find other things to do like run sound for different events or we get invited to lead worship at conferences or for different events. It is not an easy job. It is not always or even ever predictable, but it is right.  

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 to honor the other musicians contributing their gifts. We need to pay our friends to market and publish this music, and we need to pay for mastering! We need to record this album, and get into the hands and hearts of as many people as possible! 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 and you will receive something in return!! 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 Polyphonic Love


Here is a list of our bare bones budget:

$3150 - Mastering

$1500 - Publishing

$2700 - Marketing

$1000 - Merchandise

$2925 - Musicians  

5%- Kickstarter

5%- Amazon 

Love began and exists now in the generosity of community! 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

Risks and challenges

Friends, we are starting pre-recording at the end of March! If we do not reach our goal, it will delay recording. The truth is that we cannot go into debt over this project. A loan is not an option for us. We honestly have no idea how long the recording will take, but working with Identity Music will take a fraction of the time as opposed to doing it ourselves in our living room with two small children and a baby, sweet as they all can be!! Our incentives this go-around are simpler and less complicated than our last kickstarter, so really we do not foresee big obstacles if we reach our goal. It is very possible that this album will reach you before the new year, but we want to give ourselves plenty of cushioning.

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    Show some love

    You just want to love on us and let us know that you see us. Well, we see you too and send a nod of gratitude your way.

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    Super family cool songs EXCLUSIVE -

    This is really a GIVE WHAT YOU CAN SCENARIO - as much as you can, and we will be so grateful. This is something we are SUPER excited about and are really proud to give to you, to our different worship communities. This will be a digital download ONLY. It includes every song we have written for the church, some which will not be on Polyphonic Love. These are songs which are very rough and raw, demo-recordings and live recordings, may not be super gorgeous to your ears but will certainly touch your heart and move your soul. You may also add this to any other incentive. Thank you for being a part of our community!

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    Polyphonic Love Poetry Book and Music

    A limited edition book of poems written by Caleb while we wrote this record + these poems put to original music and read aloud digital download. Can be added to any other reward.

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    EXCLUSIVE Aske + Polyphonic Love

    Aske is a Norwegian word that means "ashes".This is an unreleased ambient electronica album that even some of our most avid fans do not even know about! Digital download only, truly beautiful and meditative music. Receive a digital download of BOTH Aske + Polyphonic Love! Feel free to add this to any other incentive! And know that we appreciate your generosity! Your Aske download will be available by August, but your Polyphonic Love download will most likely take some more time.

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    Polyphonic Love+eine blume ringer tee

    Receive a digital download or hard copy of Polyphonic Love (patron's choice) + a t-shirt with the eine blume logo on it + three Polyphonic Love songs in their creative beginnings and our heartfelt gratitude!. It's sure to be real great, and you, beautiful human, will looking stunning in it!! You also have our gratitude!

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    Polyphonic Love album and ringer tee.

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    Eine Blume catalog

    Whoa! You are a mega fan and you want it ALL! Receive a handwritten note of thanks AND every album of eine blume including:
    O Come
    eine blume
    Mrs. Algrhen
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    Polyphonic Love

    The first three albums are hand-made with love and ALL of them are written with love and sent to you with humble thanks.

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    Share the Polyphonic Love!

    Receive 2 copies of Polyphonic Love and your choice of 2 eine blume t-shirts or Polyphonic Love LIMITED EDITION t-shirts! 1 for you and 1 for a friend. Please, also receive our humble thanks.

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    Record with Eine Blume

    RECORD WITH EINE BLUME!!!! WHAT?! + Polyphonic Love T-shirt + a digital download of the album!

    Eine Blume will labor for 16 exciting hours with you on your musical endeavor in our home. This includes creative consultation throughout the recording process and use of our home studio, instruments and voices if you wish to use them. And I think you might! We thrive on adding tasty details and finding creative solutions!
    You may consume all the tea or coffee you can drink while recording. This also includes two lunches with us but excludes lodging. This should be done in two 8 hour days+
    and our gratitude. Redeem within the year.

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    Album Release Concert for 2.

    Receive a ticket for yourself and a loved one for the Polyphonic Love release show. WE CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS EVENING WITH YOU! complete with beverages and delicious eats. Each guest will receive a copy of Polyphonic Love or a digital download. The date and place is still to be determined, but don't worry! We will definitely keep you in the loop, and we promise it will be so cozy and such a wonderful celebration!!

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    Dessert and mini private concert for 2.

    Come to our home and enjoy dessert and beverages with us! We will play some original songs for you from the album and we cry into our creme brulee while sharing our feelings. It'll be grand! Patrons will also be given a signed hard copy of the album or a digital download (patron's choice).

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    Caleb's ukulele

    This is the ukulele Caleb is playing on the album, and it could be yours! In addition to this sweet gift of music, he will handwrite you a note. You will receive thanks and a digital download of the album! The ukulele will be sent as soon as the digital downloads are released to kickstarter supporters! If you live in the Joplin area and need someone to teach you how to play the ukulele, we know a guy! ;)

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    Regional house concert

    Would you like to host a concert in your home? You provide the place and the friends, we will provide the music! A concert includes two 45 minute sets. We will play original eine blume songs and maybe a cover or two. We will laugh and cry together and we will all leave the experience richer in friends! The host will receive a signed copy of Polyphonic Love or digital download. A regional concert is within a 50 mile radius of Joplin, MO.

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    Audio Logo

    We will collaborate with you to write your business an audio logo that will be memorable and artfully crafted. We will also take care of the production and recording of said audio logo. THIS IS A SMOKING DEAL! You will also receive a digital download of Polyphonic Love and our gratitude. Must be redeemed by October 2019.

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