STRETCH GOALS ADDED:
at $15,000, I will offer translations of all 14 original songs in Spanish
at $16,000, I will offer translations of all 14 original songs in French
at $18,000, I will offer video interpretations of all 14 original songs in American Sign Language.
STRETCH GOAL ADDED: If we make it to $14,000, I will include a cover of "The Princess Who Saved Herself" by Jonathan Coulton (http://jonathancoulton.com), which was featured on Many Hands: Family Music for Haiti (http://manyhandscd.com), benefitting the Haitian People's Support Project on Spare the Rock Records (http://sparetherock.com/wordpress/).
FIRST STRETCH GOAL ANNOUNCED! If we make it to $12,000, I will offer spiral-bound sheet music for all the songs on the album for $12 each.
I write progressive, feminist children's songs: it's time to make an album.
In March of 2014, I left a job I loved so I could have more time to spend with my kid (who was then 1.5 years old) and work on my music. It was a financial strain for my husband and me; we no longer had to pay daycare, but we were still looking at a bit of stress from losing my income.
At the time, I was teaching music classes at my daughter’s daycare twice a week in exchange for two days of childcare. I learned a bunch of standard children’s songs, including “The Wheels on the Bus.” At home, we sang the song often, and the Mommies on the bus and the Daddies on the bus always said “I love you.” At school, the Mommies on the bus said “shh shh shh,” and the Daddies on the bus said “keep the baby quiet!” complete with finger wagging and stern faces.
This floored me. Daddies are just as capable as Mommies of soothing their distressed children, and the whole idea that a Daddy would sternly tell their partner in parenthood to “keep the baby quiet” was upsetting and unfair. I took my outrage to social media, telling the story, and saying “wouldn’t it be funny if I wrote an album of progressive, feminist children’s songs, with titles like ‘Only Yes Means Yes’ and ‘Princesses are for Everyone’ and ‘Wheelchairs are for Wheelies.’”
The response was a resounding “YES YOU SHOULD DO THAT, I WOULD BUY IT.” A friend of mine even replied with “The Mommies on the Bus Say Smash the Patriarchy.” (Ok, he didn't say "smash." Use your imagination.) After much deliberation, I decided to name the project “Yes Means Yes!” and adopted a new children’s music persona named Ms. Cacie (my nickname).
My aim is to help people educate children about being good to each other and themselves, embracing diversity, and supporting each other with understanding and compassion. I now have 14 songs ready to be recorded, but I need your help to offset the cost of recording and producing the album. Here are the song titles, themes, and a few links to them on YouTube:
(all these songs are available to view at http://youtube.com/mscaciemusic)
"Only Yes Means Yes" (consent)
"Princesses are for Everyone" (gender mores)
"Different Families, Same Love" (this is self-explanatory)
"Even Dinosaurs Have Problems" (anxiety)
"Wheelchairs are for Wheelies" (ableism)
"Dance it Out" (boredom and self-entertainment)
"Time to Rest" (relaxation)
"Make a Face" (empathy)
"The Transportation Song" (different modes of transportation)
"Pretty Isn't Everything" (self-explanatory)
"We Are Who We Are" (non-binary gender)
"What Scares Us" (fear)
"The Super Cleanup Game" (cleaning up and prioritization)
"The Alien and his Robot Friends" (this one is just for fun)
Risks and challenges
I've been working on this for over a year, and it's been a financial strain on my family. Please help me be successful so I can continue to make music - I am lucky to have the life I have, but it's no longer sustainable without an income. If this Kickstarter campaign is a resounding success, I will be able to keep doing what I love, and hopefully you'll love it too.
I have the tentative release date set for March of 2016. September and October are my busy season with music and other part-time work; I'm hoping to start recording as soon as possible, but there is a chance I won't be able to start until early November, which gives me four months to accomplish recording, mixing, mastering, getting album art, and printing CDs. I believe this is a reasonable time frame, but I will post regular status updates as they happen. If the album is finished sooner than March, that's wonderful! If it's not, I will communicate every step of the way to make sure everyone knows what's happening.
I am working with other artists for the rewards packages. I've already spoken to the flower crown maker and she is on board and will be able to fulfill up to 250 crown orders by March. The t-shirt maker does screen printing as his full-time job and is also ready to go when I have the orders for him. The limited edition "The Mommies on the Bus Say Smash the Patriarchy" album art is going to be done by Monica Gallagher, who is booked through July and August but said she will be able to get it done well before my release date.
I know that March of 2016 seems a long way off, but I would rather be realistic up front with possible set-backs rather than commit myself to a deadline that I'm not confident I can make. Again, I will communicate openly about progress and potential set-backs, but I believe that March is a very realistic goal.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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