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In secret, Brian wrote 300 songs. Why? Now, struck by ALS and fading, his best friends make an album of his hidden songs with him!
In secret, Brian wrote 300 songs. Why? Now, struck by ALS and fading, his best friends make an album of his hidden songs with him!
444 backers pledged $65,050 to help bring this project to life.

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THANK YOU TO EVERYONE from Brian, Michael, Scott, Jesse, Jamie, Stuart, Julia, Mike, and the rest of the team!

WE MADE THE STRETCH GOAL!!!


Brian's Songs is a good deed. 

When someone you love suffers, it breaks your hearts into million pieces. These songs are our friend's heart and soul.  We are racing against the clock to catch and record his beautiful songs before the chance is gone forever. 

How are we making the album?

A group of world-class musicians, filmmakers, and friends are coming together to make this dream come true for Brian. Brian is facing his challenges with courage and music - we are inspired. Together, we will make something no one makes anymore- an Album! Full of mood and story, we hope you will take the time to sit down and listen to it from start to finish! 

Brian will be guiding the work in the studio.  We have his vocals recorded in his home studio and he still has enough strength to sing on some of the songs!

Why make a documentary film?

We are documenting a real story, unfolding in front of us, a story about what is truly important in life.  Especially today, we must recognize that Life is the most precious and fragile thing in the universe, and all we have.  Brian's purpose before ALS was living life to the fullest and sharing it with his friends and family. He did that well. Then, like Job in the Bible, things turned about as south as they could turn for him. Now, the story is about finding your strength, faith, and music in the face of terrible challenges. One of the ways we are doing this is by making this movie- Together!

Why do this?

We are doing this because Brian is a beautiful human being and our dear friend. Because music has a lot to teach us, especially in times of great change. Because we must find meaning together.  Because recording these songs will change Brian's life, and hopefully yours as well. There is real beauty in them.

With your help, we will make the Album of Brian's songs and a (Sundance worthy!) documentary about this journey of friends toward love, meaning, and music.  

Stretch Goal- Help us get to $65,000

We will announce on Sunday an amazing reward for Everyone- if we make this goal!

Why is the Alive Inside Foundation supporting this project?

The Alive Inside Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit charity.  AIF is committed to igniting an Empathy Revolution through music and film, they have the ambition of changing the way we as a culture face aging and the end of life. This project fits that commitment perfectly. AIF will help do the educational outreach for "Brian's Songs" the film.  Contact us at info@AliveInside.org if you want to make a Tax Deductible contribution to this project or its outreach.  All support over $5000 is 100% Tax Deductable. 

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 How can you help?

We need lots of help. First, please share this far and wide. We want an audience for this Album and we are just a few guys with limited resources. Do you know any world class musicians who could play on the tracks? Can you help spread the word? Are you willing to "Take a Bucket for Brian" (see below)? We want to make the Album and the movie and we don't have that much time. Please join our team if you are inspired.  Also, Brian wants Steve Earle to cover one of his songs and he has written a bit in the movie for Conan O'Brian. If anyone could get to them that would be amazing! Love to you all!!!

 

Risks and challenges

This project like any project has risks. We want to say it has none- it's led by multi-award winning filmmakers and Grammy Award winning musicians, and we believe we will finish this album and doc no matter what! We feel our friendship is so strong that nothing will stop us from finishing this work. We could get struck by lightning. Bad things could happen... Our main challenge is to finish the album while Brian still has strength and joy. These funds will let us move quickly and make a high-quality, inspiring product that can be shared world-wide. We will do our very best. If we don't make our goal, then there will be risks.

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    Get the Warm Fuzzy Feeling!

    Get the newsletter updates & the warm and fuzzy feeling that comes from knowing that YOU helped make Brian's dream come true and you helped get a vinyl Album and a cool documentary made. Plus, as an added bonus, Brian and friends will sing your name in a song of thanks on the day we make our goal from the window of his apartment.

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    Get a Shout out!

    Let the world know you helped! You get the above plus an official THANK YOU on the film’s website! We will keep you in the loop and invited to the premieres and concerts too!

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    Top Secret + Your Name in the Credits!

    We want you to be part of "Brian's Songs" and be recognized for your wonderfulness! You get special, members-only access to a PASSWORD PROTECTED PRIVATE SECTION of the film's website with unique, frequently updated behind-the-scenes content from the studio and the film- as well as a page with a video thank-you message from Brian and all the musicians, plus all of the above!

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    Brian's Album- "Bring Out Your Dead!"

    You get Digital Copy of Brian's Album- We did it! We couldn't have done it without you and dozens of Amazing volunteers and musicians! Plus Brian will answer any questions you submit about "the meaning of life" in a video.

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    CD of Brian's Album

    Well, Brian's mother-in-law asked, "What about all of us who don't do digital music? What if we want a CD?" OK, here you go!

    A CD of Brian's Album: "Bring out your Dead"

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    "Brian's Songs"- The Documentary!

    (Directed by Mike- {Sundance winning director and one of Brian's best friends})- You get a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the film! We have to finish quickly for Brian!

    Plus everything from the $20 reward tier!

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    Movie and Album - Digital Versions

    "Brian's Songs" The Album in Digital Download
    "Brian's Songs" The Documentary in Digital Download, complete with bonus scenes and DVD extras!

    Plus everything from the $20 reward tier!

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    Brian's Album on Vinyl

    You will receive the album in Vinyl

    With Lyrics Book and Artwork

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    "Brian's Songs"- the Movie, BluRay / DVD

    Brian's Songs The Movie in Blu-ray
    + the Digital Album
    + the Digital Songbook with Lyrics and Artwork

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    BluRay and Vinyl

    Brian's Songs The Movie in Blu-ray
    Brian's Songs The Album in Vinyl
    + the Digital Songbook with Lyrics and Artwork
    +Your Name in the Credits!

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    DVD and Vinyl

    Brian's Songs The Movie in DVD
    Brian's Songs The Album in Vinyl
    + the Digital Songbook with Lyrics and Artwork
    +Your Name in the Credits!

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    Concert Ticket

    1 Ticket to "Brian's Songs" ALL STAR- ALS Benefit Concert in NYC

    The concert will be in NYC and all our famous friends will perform to celebrate the release of the Album and Documentary and Celebrate Brian's life and music!

    +Your Name in the Credits!

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    Concert Ticket & Backstage Pass

    Ticket to "Brian's Songs Concert" with Backstage Access

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    Be a Back Up Singer on the Album!

    You will do background vocals on one or two songs and will be invited to sing at the concert. We will send you the track and you will record your vocals and send them back.

    +Your Name in the Credits of course!

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    All + Movie Credit

    All the other rewards + featured supporter credit in the movie and invitation to "The Dinner Party- Album Launch party" Brian loves food. This will be a dinner catered by our chef friends in NYC!

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    4- two-day Ski Lift passes + Housing!

    You get 4 - two-day lift passes for Plattekill mountain. Plus housing for 3 couples and 2 kids at the film-makers house 4 miles from the Mountian!

    Ski Vacation with friends!

    Value- 4 x $115 = $460

    Value- 2 days lodging = $350

    Total Value = $810

    For more info - www.Plattekill.com

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    Signed shredder skis! Value $750

    These are great skis and binding donated by the team and signed by Brian and the Guys!

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    Ice Buckets for Brian! (Tax Deductible!)

    All of Brian's Best Friends and some of the musicians will dump Ice Buckets on our heads in honor of your support- on video!

    As no goods are received for this reward, if you contact us your funds will go through our Fiscal Sponsor and can be a 90% TAX DEDUCTABLE donation for you.

    You will also be listed in the Credits of the film!

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    Signed Acoustic Guitar

    Acoustic Guitar signed by Brian and all the Stars who work on the project

    + All other rewards

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    Art by Jerry Garcia! "Mandolin Player"

    The Jerry Garcia Foundation has donated 2 original prints by Jerry Garcia!

    The Mandolin Player piece has an estimated fair market value in the range of 2,500.00- 3.000.00,

    "The Mandolin Player" comes with a certificate of authenticity.

    Thank you-
    Keelin and Manasha Garcia
    Jerry Garcia Foundation
    Fender Music Foundation
    Garcia Weir Gallery

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    Garcia "Bluegrass & Mission" prints

    The Jerry Garcia Foundation has donated 2 original prints by Jerry Garcia!

    "The Bluegrass Musician" and "Mission" an estimated fair market value in the range of 4000.00- 5,500.00,

    "The Mandolin Player" comes with a certificate of authenticity.

    Thank you-
    Keelin and Manasha Garcia
    Jerry Garcia Foundation
    Fender Music Foundation
    Garcia Weir Gallery

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    Special Screening

    COME TO NEW YORK CITY FOR A PRE-RELEASE SCREENING AND DINNER WITH THE FILMMAKERS AND MUSICIANS! Be the first to see the film in its almost finished/work-in-progress state, hear the album before anyone and share in the creative experience! (Travel & accommodations are your responsibility).

    PLUS, you get YOUR NAME ON THE BIG SCREEN - a thank-you in the credits in the finished film and on the Album!

    In addition, you get your choice of a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, DVD, or BLU-RAY of the finished film, and everything from the $20 reward tier! Plus, you'll get a set of "Brian's Picks."

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    Associate Producer Credit

    Your name will be in the head credits of the film and the Album.

    Plus Associate Producer are supporting our project through the fiscal sponsor. Contributions are 90% Tax Deductible. All Producers will be invited to come to all concerts, dinners, festivals, and premieres!!!

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    Brian & Grammy team write your song!

    We will write a song for you or with you or record your song- your choice! A song to honor- your love, your marriage, your friends- anything!

    We will record the song and send it to you!

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    Executive Producer Credit!

    Your name will be in the head credits of the film and the Album as an Executive Producer.

    Plus Executive Producers are supporting our project through the fiscal sponsor. Contributions are 90% Tax Deductible. All Producers will be invited to come to all concerts, dinners, festivals, and premieres!!!

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