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If I Were An Otter: Songs For Kids Of All Ages, Alice DiMicele w Vince Herman, Mikey Stevens, Crystal Reeves, Jeff Pevar, James Keigher
If I Were An Otter: Songs For Kids Of All Ages, Alice DiMicele w Vince Herman, Mikey Stevens, Crystal Reeves, Jeff Pevar, James Keigher
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Wise Old Woman (featuring Crystal Reeves on Fiddle, Vince Herman on Mandolin, and Mikey Stevens on Bass)

Down to the Wire!!! Time is running out!! We reached our minimum goal but in order to have completely DEBT-FREE album release I need to reach $14,900!! I CAN ONLY DO THIS WITH YOUR HELP!! EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS!

I am so excited to be creating this project "If I Were An Otter: Songs for Kids of All Ages." My goal for these tunes is to entertain and empower kids to be their best selves and to cherish this beautiful planet we live on.

I hope you will check out all the wonderful rewards to right and choose whichever level of support is comfortable for you. After you make your pledge of support please tell EVERYONE YOU KNOW about this page because when we believe in something and share it, we make MAGIC!  I cannot do this without YOU!!! THANK YOU!!!!

The recording is complete and we are now in the mixing and mastering stage. I know this will be a fabulous addition to your library of music (whether you have kids or not.) I play acoustic guitar and sing on the record and am joined by long-time band member Mikey Stevens on Bass, Trumpet, and Vocals ( He also plays with State Of Jefferson and has backed the likes of Gypsy Soul and many more); Vince Herman on Mandolin and Vocals (Sweet new friend and founder of Leftover Salmon and Great American Taxi); the fabulous Crystal Reeves on Violin, Viola, Banjolin, and Vocals (of Siskiyou Summit Bluegrass Band fame!); one of my fave accompanists Jeff Pevar on dobro & banjo (CPR, Rickie Lee Jones, Ray Charles and so many more); and my buddy James Keigher (Men Of Worth) on Bohdran, Vocals, and Mandocello. The album is being recorded at Dragon Family Foundation Studios at Pacifica in Williams, Oregon by Dennis Dragon who recorded hits like "Love Will Keep Us Together" for Captain and Tenille. It's fun having so many gold records on the walls of the studio! My trusty side-kick Roxy Ann (aka the Dog-gess of Compassion) is with me every step of the way and keeps everyone smiling in the studio!

The 13-song playlist is a combination of originals that I have written (Hunting Song, Made Out of Water, Honey Bee Blues, Wise Old Woman, Celebrate the Rain, If I Were An Otter, City Mouse/Country Mouse) and favorites written by other folks including Bob Marley (Three Little Birds), Dave Mallet (The Garden Song), This Little Light of Mine, a medley of Simple Gifts and Row, Row, Row Your Boat, and the classic Jesse Fuller tune made famous by the Grateful Dead: The Monkey and the Engineer.

Making records takes lots of money, otherwise I wouldn't be asking for help. I believe in transparency, so here's my budget so you know EXACTLY where OUR money is going.

$2500 to pay musicians.

$6500 for the studio time (recording, mixing, and mastering)

$1000 for artwork for the cover and the Songbook/Coloring Book (by the fabulous artist Dg House http://www.dghouseart.com )

$500 for graphic design (by Cody Fisher http://newdetailsdesign.com )

$1600 for printing CDs (and shipping)

$2000 for promotion and publicity

$800 for printing SongBook/Coloring Books

That total so far is $14,900. WITH YOUR HELP I CAN COMPLETE MY FIRST KIDS ALBUM! Now that we've reached my minimum goal of $9,999 I can release this album with a more reasonable amount of debt. BUT WE STILL HAVE MORE TIME! What a blessing it would be to release this album DEBT-FREE!! This will be a first since my first album in 1988! You're support reminds me to listen to my own lyrics "you gotta ask for what you want before you get it!" I can only do this with YOUR HELP!

YOUR HELP IS GRATEFULLY APPRECIATED! PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY, and EVERYONE YOU KNOW & LOVE!!

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

xoxo

Alice D.

photo by Tina Bolling
photo by Tina Bolling

Here are some photos from the studio and the fabulous musicians on the album:

Crystal's beautiful smile!
Crystal's beautiful smile!
Crystal, Alice, and Mikey!
Crystal, Alice, and Mikey!
Vince Herman looking dapper in his Alice D. hat!
Vince Herman looking dapper in his Alice D. hat!
The incomparable Mikey Stevens!!
The incomparable Mikey Stevens!!
Alice with Dennis Dragon
Alice with Dennis Dragon
James Keigher laying down vocals after rockin' the Bohdran!!
James Keigher laying down vocals after rockin' the Bohdran!!
Jeff Pevar, amazing musician and friend!
Jeff Pevar, amazing musician and friend!
My first album released in 1988!
My first album released in 1988!
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Risks and challenges

I am experienced with making CDs and working through the obstacles that come up in the process. With 12 CDs recorded and released on my own label independently since my first album "Make A Change" came out in 1988, I think my record stands for itself. I have also worked with other folks and produced an album "Circle Of Women" for EarthBeat! Records in 1997.

For many of my projects I have borrowed money and successfully paid back those loans in a timely manner. I know I "can" do that, but I am hoping and praying that YOU choose to support my kickstarter campaign so that I may release this record "debt-free."

I will continue to write and tour and play music with the goal of bringing people closer to each other and this planet: A message I have been singing for 30 years. This is my spiritual path and my passion. Having the support of a diverse community of souls, united in our love of LIFE itself gives me the strength and fortitude to forge ahead through any obstacles that are presented. YOU ARE MY STRENGTH! Thank YOU!
Blessed Be.

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    Every Penny Helps! Your donation will be deeply appreciated and good karma will flow your way, as will my eternal gratitude!

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    One song at a time: You'll get an mp3 of the title track of this album (plus another surprise song!) and have my eternal gratitude!

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    Get one and give one away! 2 signed copies of the CD and 2 copies of the Songbook/Coloring Book, plus my eternal gratitude!

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    Roxy Fan's Special: An 8 x 10 color photo of my beautiful dog Roxy (or me and Roxy together--I'll send you a couple jpg's to choose from or you can choose a picture from the video here), an early digital copy of the album, 2 signed copies of the CD, 2 Songbook/Coloring Books, a "Lucky Dogs" CD, a "Lucky Dogs" T-shirt, and my eternal gratitude!

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    Art Lovers on a Budget: 12 x 12 print of the cover art by Dg House, a signed copy of the CD, a Songbook/Coloring Book, 4 gift cards with the album artwork and my eternal gratitude!

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    I will will write a song to Thank YOU and send it to you as an mp3. You'll also receive an early digital download, a signed copy of the CD, a songbook/coloring book and my eternal gratitude!

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    I'll sing YOUR Blues: Tell me your troubles and I'll write a song about it and send you an mp3. Plus 2 pairs of tickets to shows in the next 3 years (not including festivals) plus a digital download of the album, a signed copy of the CD and a Songbook/Coloring Book, copies of Lucky Dogs, By Ebb & By Flow, Demons & Angels, and Searching. Plus my eternal gratitude!

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    COLLECTORS SPECIAL:
    an early digital download, a signed CD, a SongBook/Coloring Book, and CD copies of EVERY ALBUM I'VE released on my own label, INCLUDING OUT OF PRINT TITLES!! And an original 8x10 copy of my first promo photo from 1988, original album posters for Naked, By Ebb & By Flow, Lucky Dogs (and any others I can find in my secret stash of posters), and of course, my eternal gratitude.

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    Personal video for you! I will record a personal concert for you. You can give me a list of your favorite Alice songs and I'll perform 2 of those, 2 new unredorded ones, and 2 covers just for you! I will send you a DVD or send you a private youtube link, or BOTH! Plus, I'll send you an early digital download, a copy of the new CD, the Songbook/Coloring Book and you'll have my eternal gratitude!

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    The Gifters Special: (26 CDs & 10 Songbook/Coloring Books!) Think of all the kids and families you can share this joy with! 10 signed copies of the CD, 10 Songbooks/Coloring Books, an early digital download of the album, 5 copies of Lucky Dogs, 5 copies of By Ebb & By Flow, 3 copies of Demons & Angels, and 3 copies of Searching, plus my eternal gratitude.

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    A BEAUTIFUL LIMITED EDITION LARGE PRINT (20 xo 20) OF THE ALBUM ARTWORK by artist Dg House! A digital download as soon as its ready, 3 signed copies of the CD, 3 Songbook/Coloring Books, 3 greeting cards with the album artwork, an Alice D. hat, an 8x10 original print of my first promo picture from 1988, and my eternal gratitude!

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    4 the love of Art & Music! A beautiful 20x20 limited edition print of the album artwork by Dg House, 4 signed CDs, 4 songbooks, 4 Lucky Dogs CDs, 4 By Ebb & By Flow CDs, set of 4 greeting cards with album artwork, and my eternal gratitude!

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    Private 55 minute acoustic concert with Alice in your home with 10-15 of your friends! (must be within 150 miles of Medford, OR. Subject to scheduling agreeable time for both of us.) You'll get an early digital download of the album, a signed copy of the CD, a SongBook/Coloring Book, plus my eternal gratitude!

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    The Devil is in the Details!
    6 signed CDs, 6 songbooks, 6 Lucky Dogs CDs, 6 By Ebb & By Flow CDs, 6 Demons & Angels CDs, 6 Searching CDs, 6 Make A Change CDs, 6 8x10 prints of my first promo photo from 1988, 6 original "Naked" album release posters, digital downloads of all out of print titles, and my eternal gratitude! (But not my eternal soul!)

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    Major Supporter:
    10 signed copies of the CD, 10 copies of the Songbook/Coloring Book, 7 copies each of: Lucky Dogs, By Ebb & By Flow, Demons & Angels, and Searching. A digital download as soon as it's available, digital downloads of all my out of print albums. Plus a Major Supporter Credit on the CD jacket and my eternal gratitude!

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    CONCERT SPECIAL! Either a SOLO or duo with Mikey Stevens (subject to availability) CONCERT with me in YOUR HOME, AT YOUR OFFICE PARTY, INDOOR OR OUTDOOR, I bring the sound system!! (within 200 miles of Medford, OR Subject to scheduling an agreeable time for both of us. *I WILL travel farther if you pay my expenses.)A signed copy of the CD and a Songbook/Coloring Book and an early digital copy of the album,
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    Associate Producer:
    10 signed CDs and 10 Songbook/Coloring Books. An early digital download of the album and digital downloads of all my out-of-print titles. 10 copies each of Lucky Dogs, By Ebb & By Flow, Demons & Angels, and Searching.
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    Alice DiMicele Band playing a show at YOUR HOME! This could be for kids or adults. (Concert within 200 miles of Medford, Oregon. Timing subject to my schedule and yours. *We WILL travel further if you provide travel expenses and housing.) You'll also receive an early digital download, a copy of the CD and the songbook/coloring book, an Associate Producer credit in the album jacket and my eternal gratitude.

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER!!
    You will receive a limited edition print of the album cover art (by artist Db House), an early digital download of the album, 10 signed copies of the CDs, 10 Songbook/Coloring Books, 10 copies each of Lucky Dogs, By Ebb & By Flow, Demons & Angels, and Searching; A Lucky Dogs T-shirt, an Alice D. hat, digital downloads of all my out-of-print titles, and an Executive Producer Credit on the Album Jacket, and OF COURSE MY ETERNAL GRATITUDE!!!!

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