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Help composer and musician Samuel B. Lupowitz release his first solo piano rock effort featuring the hard-grooving Ego Band.

Hello friends, music fans, and Kickstarter perusers,

As many of you know, the Ego Band and I have been hard at work at our first album together, Songs to Make You Wealthier and More Attractive.  This record will mark the first full-length recording comprised of solely my songs as sung by, well, me, and is a key component of establishing my post-college career as a songwriter and musician.  

The band and I recorded basic tracks at David Simons' Funisound Studios in Hadley, MA in early January, and we'll be finishing up the overdubs in Ithaca, NY in April.  We're aiming for a release in early September of 2012.

However, there are a few important -- and expensive -- steps that we need to complete before launching the album.  There's mixing, where the individual instrumental and vocal tracks are edited, balanced, and refined.  There's mastering, the process of equalizing the songs so that the album sounds clean, unified, and professional.  There's the cost of pressing discs, designing artwork, and distributing the music digitally.  Plus, we want some nice t-shirts, stickers, and assorted merchandise to be available along with the record, so we're all respectable-like.  All in all, we expect these costs to add up to about $2000.

So where do you come in?  Well, some of you may remember I helped fund the first production of The Handsomest Man in America by selling knives.  This time, I'm offering some slightly more exciting rewards in exchange for your hard-earned cash.  

Other forms of support, such as sharing the project over Facebook, Twitter, or word of mouth, are just as welcome and helpful.

Your support means the world to me and the members of the Ego Band, and we greatly appreciate your help in bringing this music to life!

Cheers,

Samuel B. Lupowitz

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Above photo © 2011 Michele Fortier.

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    A personal message and a deep, sincere thank you! Every dollar helps.

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    You will receive our CD, plus a download of the album a week prior to its release. Your name will appear in the album's digital liner notes. Backers outside the USA, please add an extra $5 to your pledge for shipping costs.

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    You will receive a t-shirt (please specify size), our CD, a sticker, and a download of the album a week prior to its release. Your name will appear in the album's digital liner notes. Backers outside the USA, please add an extra $5 to your pledge for shipping costs.

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    Sing (or play) with Samuel B. Lupowitz & The Ego Band at a show of your choosing! Just let us know ahead of time your favorite song that Sam and the band play (you know, not just ANY song, one that we know), and you'll be invited up during the set. You'll also get our CD, t-shirt, sticker, and a download of the album a week prior to its release. Your name will appear in the album's digital liner notes. Ithaca area only.

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    You will receive a CD signed by Samuel B. Lupowitz & The Ego Band, plus a home-made CD of Sam's original demos of all the songs that wound up on the album, which you may use to blackmail him when, one day, he is respected. You also get a t-shirt, sticker, and a download of the album a week before its release. Your name will appear in the album's digital liner notes.

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    You will receive copies of the string, horn, percussion, and/or vocal arrangements from one of the songs on the album, signed by Samuel B. Lupowitz. You also get a signed CD, t-shirt, sticker, and a download of the album a week before its release. Your name will appear in the album's digital liner notes.

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    Musical e-greeting via YouTube by Samuel B. Lupowitz & The Ego Band. The group will play a short, semi-acoustic rendition of the text of your choice for the person of your choice, which will be preserved on the magical internet. You also get a signed CD, a t-shirt, a sticker, and a download of the album a week before its release. Your name will appear in the album's digital liner notes.

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    40-minute solo keyboard/vocal performance by Samuel B. Lupowitz via Skype. You also get a signed CD, a t-shirt, a sticker, and a download of the album a week before its release. Your name will appear in the album's digital liner notes.

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    Samuel B. Lupowitz will play a solo keyboard/vocal set at the location of your choice*. You may request any songs Sam has written (including songs from The Handsomest Man in America). Plus, you get a signed CD, a t-shirt, a sticker, and a download of the album a week prior to its release. Your name will appear in the album's digital liner notes. *Locations negotiable. Performance dates are subject to the schedule of the performer.

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    You pick whatever songs you want -- any songs in the world -- and Sam will learn them to play at a solo keyboard/vocal set at your house*. Miley and Bieber fans, please add $25 to your pledge as a public humiliation tax. Regardless, you get a signed CD, a t-shirt, a sticker, a download of the album a week prior to its release, and (of course) your name will appear in the album's digital liner notes. *Other locations negotiable. Performance dates are subject to the schedule of the performer.

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    For other musically creative types: Sam will arrange guitar, bass, keyboard, drum, percussion vocal, string, and/or horn parts for up to three of your original songs (depending on how many instruments you want in the arrangement). You will be presented with PDFs and/or printouts of the score and all the parts at the end of the process, and Sam will throw his two cents in about good musicians to use and where/how to record it (for whatever that's worth). You also get a signed CD, a t-shirt, a sticker, and a download of the album a week prior to its release. Also (drumroll please) your name will appear in the album's digital liner notes.

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    Sam will write a song just for you! It can be about anything you want it to be about -- your significant other, pet, parent, sibling, favorite movie, a funny story you heard at a party one time, you name it! Sam will record it in his bedroom on his keyboard and sing it. And hey, if you want to be on the track -- singing backup, playing an instrument, or whatever -- you can do that, too! Plus, you get a signed CD, a t-shirt, a sticker, a download of the album a week prior to its release, and (believe it or not) your name will appear in the album's digital liner notes.

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    You provide the space, and Samuel B. Lupowitz & The Ego Band will perform a full-out personal show for you within a 200 mile radius of Ithaca, NY. The show can be acoustic or electric, and you may pre-request any number of Sam's songs and/or songs the band has covered. You will also receive a signed CD, a t-shirt, a sticker, and a download of the album a week prior to its release. And, that's right, your name will appear in the album's digital liner notes. Performance dates are subject to the schedules of the performers.

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    Pledge $1000 or more: The big kahuna: you pick the kind of performance you want (SBL solo, full band, some combination of the two), the set list (originals of your choice, plus one brand new request for the band or an infinite number of request for a solo show), and the location (if it's not near Ithaca, NY or Reading, PA, it could be filmed/broadcast online), and you'll receive a one-hour show just for you and your friends. Plus, you get all the other goodies: -a signed CD -a spot onstage with the band on the song of your choice -the scores for one album track's strings, horns, percussion, and/or vocals -a home-made CD of song demos -a t-shirt (specify size) -a sticker -Choose one: *a musical YouTube greeting *arrangements for one of your songs *an original SBL-penned song on the topic of your choice Finally, the liner notes for the album will read "generously sponsored in part by [your name]." Other locations negotiable. Shows outside Ithaca area are Sam solo only. Performance dates are subject to the schedules of the performers … but you knew that by now, didn't you?

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