What is this all about?
Songs for Sisters and Brothers is an album about siblings. It approaches the topic from every angle - from the eldest's point of view, the youngest's point of view, and the parent's point of view. There are silly songs, sentimental songs, and songs to make you want to do a big family hug.
This 20-day campaign is in order to raise funds to complete this album. Thank you for checking it out and supporting.
Why focus on siblings?
Siblings are fascinating. They shape so much of who we are and how we relate to others. After having a third kid I began studying the sibling dynamic. I wondered: How much of our personality is designated by birth order? What can parents do to foster a loving relationship between their kids? How does this early relationship affect future relationships? The songs on this album reflect what I was learning and feeling as I dug into these ideas, and noticed how this played out with my own kids, the kids in families around me, and in my relationship with my brother.
I became so interested in the topic that I began to interview adult siblings on their relationship. Here are some of those videos:
(To see more videos like these go to my vlog at www.youtube.com/veredtunesin.)
Who is Vered?
I am a mom of three, a music therapist, a psychotherapist and a musician. I've made two other albums for families, both of which received the Parents Choice Gold Award. I live in Brooklyn and do classes for parents and babies where I teach caregivers how to use music to bond with their baby. The classes are called Baby in Tune (www.babyintune.com). So basically, I found a way to merge all of my interests: psychology, music, and parenting.
Making an album is a huge financial commitment and I can't do it on my own. Thankfully, you all have supported my art in the past and I am counting on you to do the same this time. Your contribution will help me pay for the amazing musicians who contributed, my wonderful producer Jon Samson, the mastering, duplication, PR, and hopefully videos for the songs.
The music landscape is very different now. Musicians are able to make a living by getting the support of fans without a label or distribution company. That is very exciting for indie musicians. At the same time streaming companies like Spotify and Pandora have reduced our CD income. We now rely on our core fans, like you guys, to keep us afloat.
In gratitude, I had you all in mind as I was making this album so I hope it feels tailored to your family.
What will I get for contributing?
I've got great rewards that I am really excited to share with you all. Sibling bracelets made out of macrame, a colorful print, writing a song with me, having me and my band for a show, and lots more. And most importantly, you get the album.
I put a lot of consideration into what you - the wind/funds beneath my wings - should get for choosing to be a part of bringing these songs to light. I know you have a full life, a full calendar, and a full house. Ideally I'd like to give you more hours in the day, more sun than rain, more smiles than tears. In lieu of that, I hope the bracelets make your little ones feel connected, I hope the prints make them feel proud. The song we write together can make you feel seen and heard for the family you are today. And the show can make you feel celebrated for everything you're doing and giving your family.
Here's what the sticker looks like:
Here is the poster (19x25):
Who are the musicians on the album?
I'm glad you asked. They are all stellar.
Jon Samson produced it. He also produced Good Morning My Love and in my opinion is a creative genius. You can check out his work here: www.cocreativemusic.com.
Rob Jost plays bass and french horn. He also plays on the Broadway smash hit Dear Evan Hansen. He has been playing with me since my days at NYU. He is an important part of my music.
Matt Hilgenberg plays trumpet. I've also known Matt since our NYU days. He plays with well known Brazilian bands in the city and has a gentle and beautiful touch. If you come to our CD release show on May 20 you may even see him playing a green plastic trombone.
Marty Beller plays drums. He also plays for a little band called THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS. Marty added life to some of these songs right where they needed it. He is also an accomplished producer in his own right. www.martybeller.com.
Walter Martin sings a duet with me. If you haven't heard his music you best go do that now. www.watlermartinmusic.com. He sings in a charming quirky way that hits you in the heart.
Meg Lyding sings backup and did choral vocal arrangement on one of the songs. Her singing is ethereal and smooth and adds a ton to these songs. You can hear her stuff at www.meglyding.com.
Lesley Kernochan sings backup on two songs. She is magical and quirky and her music feels like a drive on a sunny day when all is good in the world. www.leselykernochan.com.
Joanie Leeds sings backup on two songs. Joanie is a kids musician you should check out. She's got a rock and roll style with a soulful and smooth voice. www.joanieleeds.com.
Amelia Robinson sings backup on two songs. Amelia is another kids musician you will love. Her songs are catchy, deep, and warm. www.millstrills.com.
Lucy Kalantari was essential at the end of the project. She is a fabulous kids musician with jazzy tunes and a deep and soaring voice. We needed her for her close listening. She was a third ear when Jon and I couldn't hear anything anymore. www.lucykalantari.com.
When is the album release?
May 18!! and the release show will be May 20 at the Old Stone House in Park Slope outside in the playground. I hope some of you choose the reward of joining us onstage at the show and singing a song with us. It will be a blast!!
How can we follow Vered's projects?
Risks and challenges
Every artistic project comes with risks. In this case, I am confident that you will love this album. I am MOSTLY confident that I will raise the funds I need. Help this album see the light.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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