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Jaxon Haldane's Oklahoma Opus.  With help from some of Norman, OK's most talented professionals, He is seeking to release a new album.
Jaxon Haldane's Oklahoma Opus. With help from some of Norman, OK's most talented professionals, He is seeking to release a new album.
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I connect with people, and relate to humanity best through music. It’s my lifeline, my legacy, my language, enriching my cultural, social and economic realities.  For me it is a tool to help me process the world.  Songwriting allows me to spend time in the lives and minds of other characters and to empathize with that which I don't naturally.  The unknown and unfamiliar are fodder for the stories and images that comprise my songs. 

My relocation to Oklahoma from Winnipeg has become a great creative catalyst and I have been a more prolific and engaged songwriter since moving to Oklahoma. I’m here during an incredible boom in the local music scene. Oklahoma exports are helping to define a modern movement in music and bringing the soil back home to help fertilize bountiful scenes in places like Tulsa, Norman, OKC and even tiny Okemah... a reverse dustbowl effect. I have realized, through my own writing, how environmental factors shape us and what effect our surroundings and immediate experiences have on our art. In a rare moment of self-awareness I realize that I am in the midst of my “Oklahoma Period” and I want to fully embrace that fact.

I am petitioning the community for financial support to help me record, manufacture and release my forthcoming studio album. I have enlisted the help of some of Norman Oklahoma’s finest to help me accomplish this. The sessions will take place at Breathing Rhythm Studios in Norman and local bandleader Kyle Reid will be producing the album with me and lending his deft instrumental touch. Steve Boaz will be engineering. David Leach and Giovanni Carnuccio III, a most formidable rhythm section of world-class stature, will be laying down the grooves. Kevin Webb will be lending his impeccable taste for guitar, steel and dobro. Other contributors will include Annie Oakley, Travis Linville, Ryan Jones and more.

I understand that this is a new age and we do things differently now. Crowdfunding is a new aspect of the business that I think many people look at as charity.  I am on the fence about this.  I think a well run, transparent campaign with great incentive gifts that beseeches a community of people to pledge their support for a product in advance of its creation, can be a sustainable part of a newly emerging independent music industry.  If people feel they are getting value for their investment, then who's to complain.

My objective is to treat this fundraising campaign as a referendum on the world’s hunger and desire for this product. My hope is that enough of my Canadian peeps are still interested in what I have to offer, and that the greater Oklahoma community will see an opportunity to support their own scene while simultaneously expanding its diversity and scope. I believe, if enabled by your support, that this collaboration will yield a unique listening experience and serve to document this phase of my creative life. These songs were pulled from red clay and I really want to be standing on that same red clay when they are captured for posterity. I believe that working with these people and in this place will truly capture something essential about my Oklahoma experience and allow me to share it with the world.

Risks and challenges

Risk is the name of the game in making records. Finding that fine balance between danger and security is how the spontaneity and energy are captured in the studio. So, from an artistic perspective, we don't want to mitigate risk so much as manage it. However from the perspective of someone also engineering a product with commercial aspirations, risk must be carefully navigated to ensure that the record hits the street/mailbox/interweb in a timely fashion.

Foreseeable complications include production delays, scheduling conflicts and funding shortfalls. This project has been organized in such a way that we have many secondary and tertiary plans should complications arise. Should production delays occur, we have no doubt that our delivery date has been set far enough into the future that we have ample time to find alternative resources and bring the physical product to market on time. As most of the structural tracks will have been recorded by the time this campaign launches, we have very few overdubs to do and we have thereby eliminated any possibility for major scheduling conflicts. A funding shortfall would be the projects greatest impediment should one occur. To address this we have also many different possible avenues to explore including keeping the mixing aspect in house (Jaxon is a pretty darn good audio engineer too) and although we have grand ambitions for a vinyl release and other extras, these are not built into the basic monetary goal of the campaign. If we find there is more support for this project than the basic goal we will extend the scope of the project to incorporate these bonus features.

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    Receive a digital download code to access audio tracks and artwork.

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    The basic package includes CD and sticker.

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    Chord Charts and Lyrics. Hand written original copies of the chord charts, as transcribed by Kyle Reid and used by all band members. Accompanying these will be Jaxon's hand written lyric sheets. Comes with CD and download code.

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    Participate on the Album. lend your voice to the mix of one of Jaxon's psychedelic instrumental pieces. Participants will recite one or two scripted sentences into a simple recording device(phone is fine) and then email or upload your vocal track to us so we can manipulate and splice it into the album. Comes with CD and download code.

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    Your name in the liner notes. With a 100 dollar pledge you can have your full name appear in the Thank-you list within the liner notes. Comes with CD and download code.

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    A Set of 4 leather coasters handmade, tooled, dyed and finished by Jaxon. These are one of a kind replicas of the coaster that appears on the album cover. Can be customized. Comes with CD and download code.

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    Leather can coozy handmade, tooled, dyed and finished by Jaxon. These are one of a kind replicas of the Coozy that appears on the album cover. Can be customized. Comes with CD and download code.

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    Handmade Sterling Silver with Hematite Druzy cabochon bracelet in the shape of a guitar. An original creation of Jaxon's mom, Judith Prise. This one of a kind piece comes with CD and download code.

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    Leather guitar strap handmade, tooled, dyed and finished by Jaxon. These are one of a kind creations from Jaxon's original designs. Choose from a selection of designs. Comes with CD and download code. Can also be for banjo, mandolin, dobro, bass, ukulele, etc.

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    Custom designed leather guitar strap handmade, tooled, dyed and finished by Jaxon. For a completely personal touch, have Jaxon design a strap for you using a theme of your choosing.. You will be consulted by Jaxon and he will enable you to vet proofs of design ideas to ensure that you get the strap you love. Comes with CD and download code. Can also be for banjo, mandolin, dobro, bass, ukulele, etc.

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    Brand new handmade cigar box guitar. These specific guitars were used in the making of this record. They are extremely well made by James Prise and sound and play great. Comes with handmade rustic soft case. Own a truly unique piece of this album. Comes with CD and download code.

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    Dinner and a Show. Jaxon will travel to your home and entertain you with an evening of gourmet food and music. Jaxon was a trained chef in his younger years and can bring a ruckuss in the kitchen. Have him and a small gang of helpers come to you and provide you and 10 of your friends with an intimate evening or afternoon of dining and music. Offer limited to within a 100 mile radius of Oklahoma City, OK or Winnipeg, Manitoba. CD is included for you and all guests.

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    Executive Producer. This option is for the benefactor who would like to take a little ownership over the project and act as our patron of the arts. Your name will appear on the back cover and the inset jacket of the album. You will receive 12 copies of the album and a handwritten letter of appreciation for your contribution to project. You will also receive free admission to any of Jaxon's performances for one calendar year starting upon the date of your choosing. This is a highly prestigious opportunity and comes with Jaxon's eternal gratitude.

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