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Award-winning songwriter Parthenon Huxley has recorded a new album Thank You Bethesda.  Become his co-producer and help him get it out!
Award-winning songwriter Parthenon Huxley has recorded a new album Thank You Bethesda. Become his co-producer and help him get it out!
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I'm Parthenon Huxley and thanks for visiting my Thank You Bethesda Kickstarter page.

I hope you enjoyed the above video by Owen Kelley.   P. Lo Green says hello.

Thank You Bethesda is my first album of new music since 2007. I started recording it over three years ago, never suspecting it would take this long. But now that it's done, I am thrilled with it. Like Sunny Nights, Deluxe, Purgatory Falls and Kiss The Monster before it, TYB took on a life of its own in the studio.  It tells a story.

Part of that story is Bethesda MD itself, where I relocated after living in LA for 18 years. I didn't know that profound personal changes would take place after a move back East, but my new song "Luckiest Man" could only have been written here.  It's been an eventful few years, for sure.  Funny thing is--I actually wrote the title song years ago, in Los Angeles, long before I ever set foot in Bethesda.  Hmmmm.  

If Bethesda was fated to be part of my life then so was my East Coast engineer/co-producer/partner in crime Mark Williams. Without Mark and his Bethesda-based Suckerpunch Studio TYB would still be a bunch of song ideas on my iPhone.  Dude rules.

So now it's time to get this new music out there. What to do?  In the past I've recorded for record labels like Columbia, Universal and many indies, and normally I would reach out to a label to produce an album like Thank You Bethesda. But as many of you know there is no normal in the music business anymore.  Luckily, we have an alternative.  

Thanks to Kickstarter, you and I can become partners/co-producers and function much as a record label would. By pledging anywhere from $10 to $4500 you'll enable me to polish, manufacture and distribute Thank You Bethesda.  Not only will you forever be a part of a potentially award-winning album you'll also be rewarded for your commitment. This is truly a cool, internet-era innovation.  

Your pledges don't have to cover the cost of recording the songs, because I've already done that. I used the best studio in the DC area, paid the best musicians and took my time getting everything right. It was worth it! When you listen to Thank You Bethesda through real speakers or real headphones you will think, "Oh, yeah.  I remember when music sounded like this."  Nothing against Garage Band and mp3s, but...there's a difference!

I'm seeking $8200. What does that pay for?  After Kickstarter and Amazon take their fees, the funding will go to my mixing engineer (Mr. Williams), a brilliant mastering engineer in LA named Gavin Lurssen, and finally a top-quality manufacturer who will turn my recordings into the finished album you will enjoy for years. If I can swing it I'll also do a limited run of vinyl. 

The Fun Part.  When I designed the pledge rewards I tried to put the fun into funding. Depending on the dollar amount of your pledge, your rewards could include custom videos, one-on-one phone conversations, concerts in your living room, the chance to place your name or your picture on the CD package itself...I'm even offering to re-write and re-record vocals on original tracks from Thank You Bethesda to make them about you or a loved one.  You could create a song titled "Thank You Rebecca" or "Bob Is The Greatest Thing."  I'm sure you'll come up with some cool ideas!

The Thank You Bethesda Kickstarter campaign will only last 30 days, so please choose the rewards that will make you happy and pledge to be my co-producer today!  I really, really appreciate your support.  Are you with me? (We can do this!)

Parthenon

P.S.: Here are some notes about the album….

Super-talented friends contributed great performances to my songs. Gordon Townsend (The Orchestra Former ELO Members) drums; Dan Rothchild (Beck, many others) bass and backing vocals; Rusty Anderson (Paul McCartney) guitar; Daniel Clarke (K.D. Lang) keyboards; Mark Williams (Jonasay, others) drums, guitar; Rob Miller (Hooters) bass; Nic Pierone (Zappa) keys; Jon Mudd, Cal Everett, The Life Over Faulty Bridges Choir, BG vocals.

Here are the titles:  Thank You Bethesda, Angeleno, Luckiest Man, Buddha Buddha, Love Is The Greatest Thing, A Feeling That Won't Fade Away, Beautiful, Long Way To Go, Rollercoaster and Turn The Soil.  There's also a wacky bonus track.  If you know my stuff, I think you will love Thank You Bethesda.  If you don't know my stuff, I think you will love Thank You Bethesda!  

The new recording of "Buddha, Buddha", a song many of you know from 30 (!) years ago, is faithful to the original in spirit but closer to the way I've played it live over the years. I'm stoked to include it on TYB!

For those of you who don't know my stuff, here are some honors I've received:

Creative Loafing Magazine 1988 Album of the Year: Sunny Nights.  Audities Magazine 1995 Album of the Year: Deluxe.  Just Plain Folks 2006 Tribute Album of the Year: Homemade Spaceship.  2010 Rock Composer of the Year in Costa Rica.  Four Top 20 hits. "I Loved Everything" #1 on Rolling Stone magazine's Exclusive Download Chart. 

Lastly, some of you may know me as the guitarist and singer for The Orchestra (Former ELO Members) and a contributor to The Orchestra's album No Rewind. You've been great supporters of The Orchestra over the years and many of you have also bought my albums from my home site.  I hope you'll pledge your support to this campaign for Thank You Bethesda!

Risks and challenges

I have about 30 years experience making records, so there is very little risk with this project being completed. Few things bring me more joy than a finished album. Granted, there can be slight delays with mixing and mastering and manufacturing because of busy schedules, etc., but my vendors and I are ready to go. The booklet for Thank You Bethesda will need to be modified based on the number of people who elect to get their name and/or picture included but I'm ready for that, too.

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    and we're in business! You will receive a pre-release digital download of Thank You Bethesda.

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    and you're physically and digitally covered. You'll receive a CD of Thank You Bethesda with full color booklet + a pre-release digital download of Thank You Bethesda


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    and the rewards begin to pile up. You'll receive a Thank You Bethesda T-Shirt + a personalized thank you note for Kickstarter supporters only + a pre-release digital download of Thank You Bethesda + a copy of the CD with full color booklet personally signed to you

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    and you'll be officially credited as a Co-Producer! I will list YOUR NAME as a co-producer on the album artwork. You'll also receive a Thank You Bethesda T-Shirt + your choice of two CDs from the P. Hux catalogue (Tracks & Treasure, Mile High Fan, Kiss The Monster, Deluxe, etc) + a personalized thank you note for pledgers only + a pre-release digital download of Thank You Bethesda + a copy of the CD with full color booklet personally signed to you

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    and we will rock together. I'll give you a PRIVATE 1-hour GUITAR LESSON (Metro DC Area Only). Plus I will list YOUR NAME on THE ALBUM ARTWORK as a co-producer. You will also receive a Thank You Bethesda T-Shirt + your choice of two CDs from the P. Hux catalogue (Tracks & Treasure, Mile High Fan, Kiss The Monster, Deluxe, etc) + a personalized thank you note for Kickstarter pledgers only + a pre-release digital download of Thank You Bethesda + a copy of the CD with full color booklet personally signed to you

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    and it would only be right if you and I got to know each other. We will TALK ON THE PHONE (let's say around 20 to 30 minutes) about anything you care to discuss. I look forward to speaking with you! You will also receive YOUR NAME LISTED ON THE ALBUM ARTWORK as co-producer + a Thank You Bethesda T-Shirt + your choice of two CDs from the P. Hux catalogue (Tracks & Treasure, Mile High Fan, Kiss The Monster, Deluxe, etc) + a personalized thank you note for pledgers only + a pre-release digital download of Thank You Bethesda + a copy of the CD with full color booklet personally signed to you

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    and we'll journey into rock history. I will send you a 2' X 2' full color PROMOTIONAL POSTER for Sunny Nights, my 1988 Columbia Records LP. These posters are extremely rare and only ten are available. I will sign the poster to you. You will also receive YOUR NAME LISTED ON THE ALBUM ARTWORK as co-producer + a Thank You Bethesda T-Shirt + your choice of two CDs from the P. Hux catalogue (Tracks & Treasure, Mile High Fan, Kiss The Monster, Deluxe, etc) + a personalized thank you note for pledgers only + a pre-release digital download of Thank You Bethesda + a copy of the CD with full color booklet personally signed to you

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    and let the world glory in your awesomeness: I will include YOUR NAME and YOUR PICTURE in the CD artwork (headshot preferable). You will be credited as an Executive Co-Producer of Thank You Bethesda. You will also receive a Thank You Bethesda T-Shirt + your choice of two CDs from the P. Hux catalogue (Tracks & Treasure, Mile High Fan, Kiss The Monster, Deluxe, etc) + a personalized thank you note for pledgers only + a pre-release digital download of Thank You Bethesda + a copy of the CD with full color booklet personally signed to you + FIVE COPIES OF THE THANK YOU BETHESDA CD for you to do with as you please

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    and your title of co-producer takes on a whole new meaning. I WILL COVER ANY SONG YOU CHOOSE (as long as it's musically possible for me to cover it!) and put a video of my performance, dedicated to YOU, on YouTube. You and I will talk on the phone and discuss the musical arrangement. You will also have YOUR NAME and YOUR PICTURE in the CD ARTWORK (headshot preferable) and you will be credited as an Executive Co-Producer of Thank You Bethesda. You will also receive a Thank You Bethesda T-Shirt + your choice of two CDs from the P. Hux catalogue (Tracks & Treasure, Mile High Fan, Kiss The Monster, Deluxe, etc) + a personalized thank you note for pledgers only + a pre-release digital download of Thank You Bethesda + a copy of the CD with full color booklet personally signed to you + FIVE COPIES OF THE THANK YOU BETHESDA CD for you to do with as you please

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    Newly priced reward! I will perform a HOUSE CONCERT at your house (or the house of a friend with a bigger living room) if you live within a three or four hour drive of DC. Pledge does not include my accommodation (if I stay in your town overnight) which you'll provide, and I'll try to be flexible to keep costs reasonable. Note: it's standard house concert practice to charge admission ($20 or $25 for example) so you can defray your costs if desired. We'll figure out the best mutual date within the coming calendar year and make it happen. It will be a night you and your friends will never forget. House concerts are my favorite live gigs. I will also put YOUR PICTURE (headshot preferable) IN THE CD ARTWORK. You will be credited as an Executive Co-Producer of Thank You Bethesda. You will also receive a Thank You Bethesda T-Shirt + your choice of two CDs from the P. Hux catalogue (Tracks & Treasure, Mile High Fan, Kiss The Monster, Deluxe, etc) + a personalized thank you note for pledgers only + a pre-release digital download of Thank You Bethesda + a copy of the CD with full color booklet personally signed to you + TEN COPIES of the THANK YOU BETHESDA CD to give to your friends at the house concert

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    and it doesn't get much more personal than this: you will choose a song from Thank You Bethesda and I will RE-RECORD the vocal with new words ABOUT YOU OR A LOVED ONE (i.e. "Thank You Rebecca" or "Bob Is The Greatest Thing" etc.) You'll pick a song from the album, we'll discuss the lyrical direction you want to go in, agree on the content, and I'll record it in the studio and send you a digital download of your PERSONALIZED TYB SONG. You will also have YOUR NAME and YOUR PICTURE in the CD ARTWORK. You will be credited as an Executive Co-Producer of Thank You Bethesda. You will also receive a Thank You Bethesda T-Shirt + your choice of two CDs from the P. Hux catalogue (Tracks & Treasure, Mile High Fan, Kiss The Monster, Deluxe, etc) + a personalized thank you note for pledgers only + a pre-release digital download of Thank You Bethesda + a copy of the CD with full color booklet personally signed to you + FIVE COPIES OF THE THANK YOU BETHESDA CD for you to do with as you please

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    Newly priced reward! I will perform a HOUSE CONCERT at your house (or the house of a friend with a bigger living room) anywhere in the U.S. or CANADA. Pledge does not include my transportation/accommodation, which you'll provide, and I'll try to be flexible to keep costs reasonable. Note: it's standard house concert practice to charge admission ($20 or $25 for example) so you can defray your costs if desired. We'll figure out the best mutual date within the coming calendar year and make it happen. It will be a night you and your friends will never forget. I will also put YOUR PICTURE (headshot preferable) IN THE CD ARTWORK. You will be credited as an Executive Co-Producer of Thank You Bethesda. You will also receive a Thank You Bethesda T-Shirt + your choice of two CDs from the P. Hux catalogue (Tracks & Treasure, Mile High Fan, Kiss The Monster, Deluxe, etc) + a personalized thank you note for pledgers only + a pre-release digital download of Thank You Bethesda + a copy of the CD with full color booklet personally signed to you + TEN COPIES of the THANK YOU BETHESDA CD to give to your friends at the house concert

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    Newly priced reward! I will write and record a song just for you using the title of your choice. We will discuss the musical style and lyrical direction of the song over the phone and come to a mutually satisfying arrangement! I will also put YOUR PICTURE (headshot preferable) IN THE CD ARTWORK. You will be credited as an Executive Co-Producer of Thank You Bethesda. You will also receive a Thank You Bethesda T-Shirt + your choice of two CDs from the P. Hux catalogue (Tracks & Treasure, Mile High Fan, Kiss The Monster, Deluxe, etc) + a personalized thank you note for pledgers only + a pre-release digital download of Thank You Bethesda + a copy of the CD with full color booklet personally signed to you + TEN COPIES of the THANK YOU BETHESDA CD to do with as you please

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    Newly priced reward! I will perform a HOUSE CONCERT at your house (or the house of a friend with a bigger living room) anywhere in the world. Pledge does not include my transportation/accommodation, which you'll provide, and I'll try to be flexible to keep costs reasonable. Note: it's standard house concert practice to charge admission ($20 or $25 for example) so you can defray your costs if desired. We'll figure out the best mutual date within the coming calendar year and make it happen. It will be a night you and your friends will never forget. I will also put YOUR PICTURE (headshot preferable) IN THE CD ARTWORK. You will be credited as an Executive Co-Producer of Thank You Bethesda. You will also receive a personal thank you note for pledgers only + a pre-release digital download of Thank You Bethesda + a copy of the CD with full color booklet personally signed to you + TEN COPIES OF THE THANK YOU BETHESDA CD to give to your friends at the house concert

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