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My love and respect for our World of water started at an early age and I always wanted to write a song about it. I finally did.

A brief history of what I'm doing, why I'm doing it and why I am asking for your help and support.

Our Ocean's need our help.  We are the caretakers of this planet.  It is our stewardship that protects the Earth from us and us from the Earth.  We all have a part to play in this partnership.   

I love music.  I have been playing musical instruments since the 5th grade.  Here's a link to one of my musical sites. http://www.RetroHarmony.com. I always wanted to write and perform a song to pay my respects to the oceans - these mysterious, powerful, beautiful, peaceful, treacherous, calm, rough, warm, cold, wet world of abundance that we all rely on for so much.  I also wanted to do it in honor of my Grandparents and my Parents who transferred their love and respect of the Oceans onto me.  They are no longer with us but I know they would be extremely proud that I have been working hard on a song that pays tribute to them and our watery planet. 

I finally wrote the song.  I call it "Ocean Blue".  The song is about the ocean's beauty and it's bounty and our need to do more to care for it.  There are 16 tracks.  I recorded all of them myself.  I played all instruments and do all sound effects and sang all the vocal parts.

I would very much like to make this a more polished project and have a professional studio help me complete it as a more pleasing song. I also want to produce a memorable video about the song.  I only have an original raw, minimal mix audio version which needs to be re-mastered by a skilled music producer.  My goal is to produce a studio quality recording and video to be able to present this song and opportunity to them.  The money I am asking you to pledge will allow this to happen. 

Once done, I would like to donate it's usage to all of the ocean foundations worldwide that they can sell to fund projects that they have in place to educate people about the needs to protect our Oceans and Waterways around the World.

The timing of the song is perfect for the times in which we live.  People have become more self-centered while the needs of our surroundings seem to be less important and significant to people and the busy lives in which they live.

I am confident that the song will have an emotional impact and will perhaps encourage people to think differently about the World around us.  It's a beautiful song with an equally beautiful message.  My song is not a political statement.  It doesn't have a hidden agenda.  It isn't a statement for the Right or the Left or Good vs. Evil.  I am simply a human being that has loved the Ocean my whole life and wanted to do my part to protect it.

A brief history of how my project came to life. 

I was nearly born in a boat off the coast of New England when my Dad and pregnant Mom were fishing.  My love of the ocean runs deep.  My Swedish Grandfather was a boat builder and built me my first row boat when I was 5 years old.  I grew up on the water.  I used the water for transportation from town to town along the coast before getting my driver's license.  I sailed on the water, SCUBA dived in the water, fished on the water, swam in the water, skied on the water and lived on the water.  By now you probably understand - I love the Oceans and waterways of our world.  

My Parents and Grandparents taught me throughout my life to respect the ocean, protect the ocean and appreciate and care for the life that exists beneath the sea.  The Oceans of the World are our greatest resource.  I cannot imagine not living near the ocean and the sights, sounds and smells that provide me with such a special felling.

I would very much appreciate your contribution to this very special song project so that it can touch the hearts and souls of people around the world.

Estimation of how funding will be distributed.

$1000 - Studio Time

$800 - Audio Production and Mastering

$2000 - Video Production and Mastering

$3500 - Designing and building a professional web site

$500 - Presentation materials, design and Implementation   

$350 - Printing

$250 - Distribution and shipping costs

$1000 - Public Relations   

$1000 - Legal assistance to help protect the song and it's intentions

- Misc.                                                                                     

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