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This music is the soundtrack of my life! I needed a major change of scenery to unearth the songs that had been "there all along". Read more

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This music is the soundtrack of my life! I needed a major change of scenery to unearth the songs that had been "there all along".

Chicago, IL Music
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 Red Wing Blackbird (rough mix from album)

 License To Love You (early unmixed demo)


This record is the fulfillment of a dream I have had since childhood. I was never formally trained on an instrument, but as a child I learned a few chords and how to sing from the heart from the nuns at St. Mary's. After living in Los Angeles for two decades, I returned to my roots here in the Midwest. The return to my childhood home brought with it a surge in creativity, and I began to write songs. With the help of the awesome people at The Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, I found my voice.

I am a special education teacher, and I have witnessed firsthand how music can transform lives, can bring joy and meaning to anyone. I have worked on these recordings little by little in the last six months because I have, to this point, funded this project by myself. I can tell you this much, three and four year old's love the upbeat songs (my most honest critics!!), and would dance wildly to the unmixed demos!

With your help I can complete this project and give it the attention to detail that I believe it deserves! I think you will like it, too.

In the event I raise more than I am asking for, I will give 10% toward buying musical instruments for my classroom!

Risks and challenges

A unique challenge that is already arising in me has nothing to do with the production of the record. It is more an existential problem-If this is successful, where does this leave me? Who am I now in this phase of life? I never thought about these questions because my identity has been so tied into being a special education teacher.
My backers are guaranteed the record, what is not guaranteed is where I go from here. I have already taken a lot of risks just getting to this point, which has given me the confidence to want to make ANOTHER record!

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    A digital download of the record or a CD! Your choice!

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    17 backers

    A copy of the CD/digital download of the record and an invitation to the record release/open mic/BBQ at Paul Henry's/Mueller's Gallery in Hammond, IN on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 6:00 pm!
    Come listen to the record, then show off your yodeling, pickin', screaming! Whatever you want to do on stage is up to you!

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    All of the above, plus a limited edition "Mix Tape" of all of my favorites (from Ella to Joseph Arthur!) made especially for you!

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    All of the above and the hand written lyric sheet for one of the songs!

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    A private concert/"Human Karaoke" at your home, within a 50 mile radius of Chicago! (or if you are one of my famous friends in LA, fly me out!!!!) We can sing my songs, your songs, or anyone's songs! Choose up to 15, and I will bring the mics, the amp,the guitars and the lyric sheets...I'll even bring my world famous, super shy back-up singer!

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    I will write a song for you, or help you write one, and record it with you/for you at CarterCo recording in Chicago!

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    Let me come to your child's classroom with CarterCo's mobile studio to create a class "record". Using whatever songs the kids like, I will give a mini-lesson on song structure and we will write 2-3 songs, letting students sing, arrange, play instruments-the works! (Within a 100 mile radius of Chicago!)

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