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By Surely Lorraine
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About this project

Music, I believe, is for imperfect souls. And we are all beautiful in our imperfections. Coming from the supportive structure of the theatre world into the isolating, sink-or-swim atmosphere of the music industry is a frightening thing for me as an artist. Yet it's the most powerful place to have a voice, to mine one's own experiences and perspectives, or step into another's perspective in a way that's uniquely yours, and emotionally interpret it all into a Song. One's own song.

My debut album is titled "Desdemona Resurrect". Desdemona is the female lead character in William Shakespeare's play "Othello", conspired against by her husband Othello's sadistic, two-faced, manipulative officer Iago. Both Othello and Desdemona are caught in Iago's web, with Desdemona being the most misunderstood object of violence. She pays the ultimate price for just existing. 

Though the play's focus is Othello and Desdemona's role is consequential to his being and his manipulated actions, I pull focus back to Desdemona herself, as a powerful force in and of herself, with ultimate control over her own destiny, even from the afterlife. 

"Desdemona Resurrect" is about rising up after being completely destroyed.

Here is the track listing:
"Don't You Forget About Me" (cover)
"Grandmother Tongue" 
"Random Rain"
"Ai Oboete Imasuka (Do You Remember Love?)" (cover)
"Dream Child"
"Attachments"
"High Maintenance Man"
"Alone Again Or" (cover) 

"Don't You Forget About Me", "Grandmother Tongue", "Random Rain", and "Attachments" were cowritten/arranged and produced by Boz Boorer (who also produced my earlier EP "Tunes of Portugal") at Serra Vista Studios in Portugal. The amazing drums are by Wilf McNab. The vocals on "Grandmother Tongue" and "Random Rain" were redone, mixed and produced by Joel Wachbrit and Lynn Fanelli in Los Angeles, because I'm not happy with a song until it kicks ass in all respects. They were a great help in working me up to that on vocals. I don't always write in my most comfortable range. And I don't want to cheat listeners out of a good song. I'd rather work harder to get there even if it takes longer to do it right.  

"Ai Oboete Imasuka", "Dream Child", "High Maintenance Man", and "Alone Again Or" were arranged/written solely by me, playing all instruments (as I have no budget for other musicians at this point) and co-produced by me and Eric Berdon in Los Angeles. I'm really proud of the work we've all done. So now it's ready for the next stage. 

What's the sound? 
Well, right off the bat from the covers, you can guess there's a bit of new wave, punk, and an homage to my first singing idol, Min-May (of the anime series "Robotech" and movie "Macross"), voiced by the great Mari Iijima. If you were an 80's, Gen X kid, you'll probably dig this. A lot, I hope. But overall, the album reaches beyond those genres. When I reviewed all the songs in sequence recently, a few thoughts came to mind: Rickie Lee Jones meets St. Etienne, stoner rock meets dreampop for the inner goth, alternative (obviously, what isn't these days?... okay, I won't go there), Bjork, Portishead, Britpop.  

Hope this whets your fancy enough to donate to this campaign to release "Desdemona Resurrect" because it can't happen without you. In return, I hope you really enjoy the music (and the goodies that come with the premiums) and the beautiful cover art done by Katy Unger.    

Risks and challenges

The largest risk on this project is the cost.
The total ideal project budget is about $11,500, but I chose to ask for a more manageable $6,500 so the Kickstarter won't fail.

Pledgemusic decided not to take the risk on "Desdemona Resurrect". I tried to open the crowdfund there but got their handy-dandy form letter rejection explaining that they only take music projects which they think are "very likely to be successful". Take a look at the homepage of Pledgemusic now and you'll see who they're catering to. The big fish. People who have been signed to the big labels. It's just a sign of the times in the music business. The newer, smaller artists get left out. It's an old story at this point. So Yay, Kickstarter!!! We love you for helping us make our dreams come true!!

$6,500 will cover the costs of mastering (the important final polish), manufacturing cds & vinyl, and licensing of the cover songs.

Anything additional to the Kickstarter goal will help defray the costs I've already put into the project (I'm at the end of my rope now! Here is where I humbly beg for your help to get this album to the finish line!) and will be reinvested into hiring professional publicity to promote the album and getting out there to perform the songs live.

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    Preview Stream of the first album track

    Be among the first to hear an early preview of Surely Lorraine's cover of Simple Minds' "Don't You Forget About Me", made famous by the classic 80s movie, "The Breakfast Club", directed by John Hughes. This track is produced by Boz Boorer. We hope it will blow your minds.

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    Album Download + Reward #1

    Be the first to hear the full debut album on release day, featuring 8 tracks (5 originals and 3 covers that will take you back to your goth-loving, anime-watching, Molly Ringwald-envying childhood). Have we dropped enough hints?

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    Handwritten Lyrics of any song (add-on)

    Come back and add this as a second order. A personalized, hard-copy, handwritten page of lyrics to the song of your choice. Will post with your other items after the album release day, or on release day if you're otherwise only getting digital items. Must be purchased *in addition* to another Reward.

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    CD of the full album + All in Reward #2

    Hold the beautiful artwork (cover by Katy Unger) in your hands, read all the lyrics & liner notes, and tangibly enjoy "Desdemona Resurrect" in its entirety in your car, home, winnebago or cabin.

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    Full-color, Illustrated, Lyrics (add-on)

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    Vinyl LP + Reward #2 (no cd)

    For the vinyl fetishists, tangibly enjoy the beautiful full-size artwork of Katy Unger, flip over and read all the lyrics and liner notes, and hear "Desdemona Resurrect" with its intended sequence break from side A to side B.

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    CD, Vinyl + All in Reward #2 + credits

    Thank you, Great Supporter and audio-phile! This level entitles you to "Desdemona Resurrect" in all 3 formats (CD, Vinyl, and Digital Download on release day), plus an early preview stream of the first track, Surely Lorraine's cover of "Don't You Forget About Me", produced by Boz Boorer. Both tangibles will be shipped together to you when the vinyl is ready.
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    T-shirt + all items of Reward #7

    The Superfan Package! You get a fabulous Surely Lorraine t-shirt (pending available sizes) to wear all over town, plus "Desdemona Resurrect" in vinyl, cd, digital download on release day, a preview stream of the first track in November, and acknowledgement in the CD & LP credits! Thank You So Much! All tangible items ship when the vinyl is ready.

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    A song written just for you + Reward #8

    Give me a subject and I'll write a short 50-second song and post it on Surely Lorraine's social media outlets dedicated to You! All tangibles ship when the vinyl is ready.

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    Sponsorship/Cross-Promotion

    A special opportunity for the ethical entrepreneur to reach over 3,000 followers across Surely Lorraine's social media platforms. Includes logo, mission statement, and website link placement, and, if in Southern California, a video of a site visit posted to Surely Lorraine's social media, website and Kickstarter page plus a shoutout at live shows through the end of 2017.

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    Show shout-out + Reward #9

    Beyond Superfan, Thank you, Patron, for going over and above to support Surely Lorraine and the release of the debut album, "Desdemona Resurrect". This entitles you to all of Reward #9 plus a shout-out at all Surely Lorraine live performances.
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    Live show + Reward #10

    Holy Mofo (falling over in chair)! Thank you so much for believing in Surely Lorraine and the vision and voice of her art. Donor secures the venue. If outside California, donor arranges sound equipment/support (speakers and someone to set them up). Artist shows up, plugs in and plays "Desdemona Resurrect" in its entirety for you and your friends! Tangibles are mailed when the vinyl is ready. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
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