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A neurological disease left me half-blind and unemployed. But a mysterious recovery has brought  me a great new collection of songs.
A neurological disease left me half-blind and unemployed. But a mysterious recovery has brought me a great new collection of songs.
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Portrait by Andy Friedman. (See column at right for details.)
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After making three CD’s ( http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/BradyEarnhart ) and teaching college English for ten years, in 2011 I came down with an MS-like neurological disease that even the Mayo Clinic was unable to diagnose or treat. I lost about half my eyesight (still can’t drive or read normal-sized print), got too shaky to play music in public, and had to start using a walker just to get around the house. I slept about sixteen hours a day. I had to stop working. With no diagnosis, there was no sign that I would ever get better.

Then, around Thanksgiving 2013, I started experiencing an equally mysterious surge of energy. I started sleeping more normally and wanting to listen to the news again. The most important thing was, for the first time in three years, I started writing and playing guitar again. It wasn't just being able to do these again that excited me so much--it was the fact that I finally wanted to. I'd wanted to want to for so long. My dad took care of me down in Florida for three months, and over that time I finished enough songs for a new album that I'm calling Last Time I Promise. I've already begun recording at Jeff Romano's studio here in Charlottesville ( http://www.jimmydogstudios.com/ ), but this is an expensive undertaking. I'm doing it as simply and environmentally responsibly as I can--using biodegradable packaging, for instance, and putting the lyrics online this time instead of printing a booklet--but I'm not skimping when it comes to quality. (Guest stars include John D'earth and Jay Starling, among others whose names you might not know but should.) Having been unable to work since 2011, I need financial help to pull it off. (All things told, the CD will cost around 10,000. to produce, but KS rules require you to reach your stated goal in order to receive any money at all, so I'm being cautious and setting mine at 5,000.) Please collaborate with me today and give what you can to help a high-quality independent musical project get off the ground. My deepest thanks!

Brady

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I'm getting better every day but still can't walk very well, read a book, drive, or teach. For me now, writing and recording music are more than recreation--they're a way of putting my life back together as I start to re-enter the world. I know I'll finish this album eventually by hook or by crook, but without you on my side it could take years. Please help me stand up again as soon as I can. Thanks!

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    As soon as it's mastered, you will be the proud owner of an advance digital copy of Last Time I Promise. Exact release date is still uncertain (I'm expecting it'll be next winter), and (sorry) I can’t sign it for you, but you’ll have it in your gadget before anybody can brag about having a hard copy.

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    As soon as the CD of Last Time I Promise comes out, you will immediately be mailed a signed copy. Be sure to include the address you’d like for this to go to.

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    For this, you get Last Time I Promise plus my three other CD’s—After You, Manalapan, and So Few Things (all signed) as a package.

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    We have on hand some of the actual documents we have used in the making of the album—framed original handwritten scores and charts of your choice. There is also a limited number of scores to songs on earlier albums. If you’re interested, please drop me a line at brady@bradyearnhart.com so I can tell you what’s still available. Last Time I Promise CD included.

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    Let me send you matted, handwritten lyrics to a song of your choice (any album) on high-cotton paper (plus new CD).

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    Renowned artist and friend Andy Friedman (you may know his haunting country-blues songs or have seen his illustrations in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Newsweek, The New Republic, Esquire, etc.-- http://andyfriedmanillustration.com/ ) has made a fine pen-and-ink drawing of me specifically for this project (for thumbnail see "Story" link above). The first ten contributors at this level will each be sent a digital print of this portrait, 8.5 x 11, matted but unframed and unsigned (along with a signed copy of the CD).

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    Each of the first five contributors at this level gets a “fine-art print” of Andy's portrait (for thumbnail see "Story" link above)—matted, framed, and signed/dated in black ink by the artist (again, with a signed copy of the CD).

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    I’ll come and play a house concert for you. You just have to be in my traveling range (limited, unfortunately, by my current inability to drive or by the kindness of friends). The new CD is, of course, included. Please email me at brady@bradyearnhart.com if you have questions.

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    You will be sent (with the signed CD) Andy's framed, matted, and signed original portrait (for thumbnail see "Story" link above).

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