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This album's songs are inspired by the struggle in our personal lives and the world around us, and how we can rise above it.
This album's songs are inspired by the struggle in our personal lives and the world around us, and how we can rise above it.
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My next album sees me stretching myself in terms of how I write music and what I'm using to craft the songs. While my music will always retain a roots-Americana quality, I'm also interested in layering sounds, and creating a soundscape that reflects the uplifting quality of the music. I'll be using more sonic techniques to craft these sounds and that means more time in the studio, which means a higher cost. I think that this cost is justified because I will be producing the best possible representation of these songs. It is important to me to create a soundscape that is uplifting and positive because I want people to walk away from listening to this music feeling better about themselves, and strong enough to keep moving through life. 

A mistake I made with RISE (my solo debut) was to hold back on publicizing it. The songs on that record are quite good, and the message some of them relate was unable to reach as broad an audience, thus keeping them out of ears of some that would benefit from hearing them. I'm talking about mental health here, folks. I did not make that mistake on my follow-up EP, SEASONS. I paid for publicity out-of-pocket, and it was quite effective (especially in light of it being my first campaign). My audience broadened. Unfortunately, publicity costs money. 

The reason I have chosen a career in music is because it is a culmination of who I am and what I have to give. My background as a psychotherapist and as a person who struggles with mental health gives me a unique purpose in my music. I want to be an agent of healing, to do that I want to reach as broad an audience as possible. 

By donating to this project you will be helping me accomplish this goal. 

Risks and challenges

In order to cut the studio time to fit the budget, we are already charting and planning for the sessions. We are hoping that by having a plan in place we will be able to address any adverse situation that may arrive.

Although publicity is always a risk, having a successful campaign under my belt and a strong relationship with my publicist will go a long way in pushing this album strong and getting it to the folks that need to hear it most.

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    I Just Want to Give!

    You'll get a download of the first single when it's released, in advance of the album.

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    CD and Promo pack (stickers, buttons, posters, lyrics sheets, other nic-nacks, etc) CD will be signed and numbered. This will be a lot of fun. I have some great ideas for the merch that will go in here.

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    I'll send you an exclusive T-shirt (don't worry, it won't be stupid or uncomfortable, you'll want to wear it) as well as the nick-nack pack, signed album, and advanced download.

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    You'll get the advanced download and a hard copy of the album, but you'll also get your name in the credits on the album. Just what you've always wanted...

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    Handwritten Lyrics

    Handwritten lyrics on high quality paper that will be suitable for framing. You can choose a past song you love, or have me write lyrics to songs for the new LP. Also advanced download, hard copy, and name in the credits.

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    I Got You Covered

    Want me to sing your favorite song? I will. And I'll record it for you. JUST FOR YOU! Excludes the song Wagon Wheel.

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    Your Song

    I'll write your song. Seriously. We'll have a nice long chat about it and I'll put it together for you, recording included. It could end up on a future release. The only exclusion being I won't write your song if it's political or religious, or incites violence of any kind. But that leaves a TON of material we could cover. This will be a lot of fun.

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    House Concert

    I will play a 1.5 hour concert at your house. I will provide all appropriate sound reinforcement. Restrictions apply to out of town dates: either you will furnish travel arrangements or we can work together to incorporate the performance into one of my tours (best option).

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    The Nature Lover's Pack

    This is the big one: Wanna go on a guided day of outdoors adventure in New Mexico? I'll take you hiking and fly-fishing, we'll have a picnic lunch and a cooler full of adult beverages (I'll provide it). These trips will be organized on an individual basis and I can accommodate even the most novice of outdoors lovers. I'll provide the gear, you just have to show up. You can even bring a friend! That means two folks could team up on this one. Some regulations will apply (you'll have to sign a waiver, and there will be safety precautions).

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    Guild Guitar

    You'll get my 2005 Guild GAD-30. I played this guitar on stage for many years with The Porter Draw and several other bands. This thing comes ready to play in a beautiful case. It sounds and looks amazing.

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    I WANT IT ALL! (except the guitar)

    Everything listed above. The house concert, the outdoors adventure, the cover song, the songwriting lessons, handwritten lyrics, all of it. For the serious backer.

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    Wagon Wheel

    For $5000 I will record a cover of the song Wagon Wheel.

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