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100 backers - super stretch goall!!!  A new album by Dan Cloutier full of snow, ice, life, hope, hospital rooms, one wolf, and more!
100 backers - super stretch goall!!! A new album by Dan Cloutier full of snow, ice, life, hope, hospital rooms, one wolf, and more!
103 backers pledged $5,624 to help bring this project to life.

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by Benjamin Styer
by Benjamin Styer

Stretch Goal - $5000.00 - I'll jump into a pool in full winter gear, and be able to give The Battle of Greenland free to the world!!!

It has been an amazing, hard, rewarding, somber, and joyful five years since my last album "Blind Willie's Lighthouse."  The new collection of music, which I've spent this summer recording, is a reflection of those five years.  Welcome to "The Battle of Greenland."  Since "BWL," I've had two beautiful and now healthy kiddos, seen one of them fight and beat cancer, spent lots of time in hospitals, lost my uncle and grandfather, still grown as a family, and have had my heart increase two sizes. 

Benjamin Styer - Gazebo Dream
Benjamin Styer - Gazebo Dream

This album and its themes are a way for me to reflect on all these memories, both the sad and good.  The songs are about snow, ice, birth, life, death, hospital rooms, mortality, tundra, icebergs, penguins, hope, nuclear annihilation, fluorescent lights, battles, resurrection, wolves, red blood cells, the North Pole, the South Pole, Siberia, Antarctica, Alaska, and Greenland.  I have always had a fascination with cold remote places, and they make a perfect background setting for this collection of stories.

My friends Kim Jennings, Eric Salt, and I have been demoing and working all summer on the songs, with lots of synthesizer and electric guitar!  I would be honored if you would partner with me, so this music can have the best chance to reach as many ears as possible.  I'm profoundly proud of this music.  I believe it is important, and will move people.  Thank you for your support, and enjoy "The Battle of Greenland!"

by Benjamin Styer
by Benjamin Styer

 

Risks and challenges

This will be the fourth music album that I have made with this group of people, therefore I have a good idea of cost of recording, mixing, mastering, and duplication. I have the art work lined up, and the budget of $4,000 should cover at least 75% of the project. I have a stretch goal of $5,000, which would allow me to let everyone to download the album for free. What better way to get this music out to the world? My main challenge is to get all this done before the CD release date in January 2017. Life with two beautiful kiddos makes deadlines just a bit harder!

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    Secret Greenland Handshake

    I will teach you the secret handshake of the Battle of Greenland. Note - It requires putting your hands in an ice bucket for over 5 minutes.

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    Alaska Level - Snowflake Thank You Card

    I'll personally make you a snowflake thank you card, and I bet my kiddos would love to help.

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    Iceland Level - Digital Download

    A digital download of the Battle of Greenland two weeks before it is officially released. + Previous rewards (Handshake, Snowflake)

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    Svalbard Level - Signed Copy of B.O.G.

    A signed physical copy of the Battle of Greenland. Long live physical media! + Previous rewards (Handshake, Snowflake, Download.)

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    Antarctica Level - B.O.G. T-Shirt

    A t-shirt with beautiful B.O.G. artwork. + Previous rewards (Handshake, Snowflake, Download, Signed Copy)

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    Siberia Level - Thank You in CD

    Your name will be included in the official liner notes of "The Battle of Greenland" and on my website. + Previous rewards (Handshake, Snowflake, Download, Signed Copy, T-Shirt)

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    Arctic Ocean Level - 5 Extra Copies

    I will give you 5 copies of "The Battle of Greenland" and my previous album "Blind Willie's Lighthouse." They make great gifts. + Previous rewards (Handshake, Snowflake, Download, Signed Copy, T-Shirt, Thank You in liner notes)

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    Patagonia Level - 2 Tickets Release Show

    You will receive two tickets to the official CD release show for "The Battle of Greenland" on January 21, of 2017. If you cannot make that show, this level can include other future shows too. + Previous rewards (Handshake, Snowflake, Download, Signed Copy, T-Shirt, Thank You in liner notes, and 5 extra copies of B.O.G. and B.W.L.)

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    Baffin Island Level - Youtube Cover

    You choose any song you want, and I'll make a cover video to post onto Youtube! Bonus points if the song is about the cold or Christmas. I'll play dress up for those. + Previous rewards (Handshake, Snowflake, Download, Signed Copy, T-Shirt, Thank You in liner notes, and 5 extra copies of B.O.G. and B.W.L., 2 Tickets to CD Release Show)

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    Penguin Level - Personalized Song

    I will write for you a personalized song. We can work together on the lyrics and theme. This would make a great gift for a loved one, or an important event! (Also includes: Handshake, Snowflake, Download, Signed Copy, T-Shirt, Thank You in liner notes, 5 extra copies of B.O.G. and B.W.L., and 2 Tickets to CD release show)

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    Labrador Level - House Concert

    I'll come to your house and play for you a personalized house concert. This has to be within 3 hours of Boston. (Also includes: Handshake, Snowflake, Download, Signed Copy, T-Shirt, Thank You in liner notes, and 5 extra copies of B.O.G. and B.W.L. 2 Tickets to CD Release Show)

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    Mt. Denali Level - Official Producer

    You will be listed as an official producer of "The Battle of Greenland" in all CD booklets and media. (Also includes: Handshake, Snowflake, Download, Signed Copy, T-Shirt, Thank You in liner notes, and 5 extra copies of B.O.G. and B.W.L., 2 Tickets to CD Release Show, and I'll write you a song)

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    Shackleton Level - G.M.F. House Concert

    My full band The Great Molasses Flood will come to your house, barn, etc to play a full concert. Has to be within 3 hours of Boston. (Also includes: Handshake, Snowflake, Download, Signed Copy, T-Shirt, Thank You in liner notes, and 5 extra copies of B.O.G. and B.W.L., 2 Tickets to CD Release Show)

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    Greenland Level - Enough Said

    Ask and your shall receive, seek and you shall find. I'll hike Mount Washington with you, mow your grass, house concerts, and more. You'll be considered a great supporter of local music. + All Previous Rewards

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    Free Greenland Level!!!

    If I raise this much money for the project I am going to let everyone and anyone download the album for free. I cannot think of a better way to get the music out to the world. If a person donates this amount I will dedicate the entire album to a person in their honor, and they get all previous gifts too.

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