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By Emily Keener
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I am weaving together my new album. Here's the story!

A Songwriter's Creed

My name is Emily, and I am a Songwriter. Creating music and expressing through words is truly a part of my being, and I would be genuinely unhappy if that ability disappeared. 

At the ripe old age of 12, I figured out that songs don't magically appear on the lips of my favorite artists. It occurred to me that someone writes them, just like some people write books and plays and movies. I started to build a foundation of creativity on the sense of wonder that music brought me. I was in awe of musicians and performers, and viewed their technical skills and emotional prowess as mountains I could only hope to scale. That was when I discovered that the very same people I was inspired by were the ones that extended their hands to help me up the slopes. I'm still climbing.

Photo by Peter Zuehlke
Photo by Peter Zuehlke

So far, I've released three records, and I'm about to craft a fourth. I don't have a name for it yet, but I have ideas. I have most of the songs completely written, but I know I'll write more as we go along. I have never released music this personal or raw, and it scares me a little, but I feel so compelled to do it anyway. 

The reason being this: in my humble opinion, it is the duty of the Songwriter to speak on the human condition and speak to the human heart. Suffering is an integral season in every life, and one that may recur over and over again with each harsh blow, disappointment, heart break, and loss. Suffering can also be a slow, cold burn that sticks and melts and freezes you into stone. This year and throughout my life, I have tasted these feelings; with no one responsible besides nature/fate/reality. I am just like everyone else on this earth. It is the duty of the Songwriter to speak on these universal things--Suffering, Love, Happiness, Passing Through Time, Friendship--because each listener will identify in their own unique way. 

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Photo by Buddy Mesker

The past two years of my life have challenged me, amazed me, lifted me up, and beautifully broken me in every way. A true reflection on what-the-hell just happened has been a long time coming. I'm anticipating it like Christmas morning. I know the release of sharing honest music is like nothing else I have experienced. It is bliss to be real, especially with those you love. (Hey, that's you!)

With this record, I will give you my heart and my story--honestly and earnestly. I am so excited to begin! 

What I ask in return is your trust and support. I can assure you this: I will put everything I have into this project, and then I'll give a bit more. This is what I offer to the world, and this is what I offer to you.

The Team

I have been lucky enough to be surrounded by wonderfully creative people. In all my past projects, such kind and talented individuals have been involved. I'm looking forward to working with my friends again to bring this album to life. It will be distinctly different, but the level of professionalism will remain. Take a listen to my latest release and watch my videos to get an idea of the kind of quality that we are capable of together.

 

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

The record will be released in late 2018, so for those of you who are anticipating new music, it will be a bit of a wait. But never fear! throughout this project, I will be giving you updates on our progress, writing about my collaborators, posting behind-the-scenes photos and videos, and offering up some of my reflections.

With your patience and support, we will be able to craft something truly amazing and unique!

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    I know some stuff and I'll show you.

    Little known fact: I recently began my journey as a songwriting teacher, and it's been quite the adventure! I love to help others find their voice and share my passion for writing. This reward is for an hour long songwriting lesson via Skype. I look forward to experiencing this! A digital download of the album is included with this package.

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    An Emily of all trades

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    Has anyone ever sent you a surprise live-music performance? Me either, but wouldn't that be the most fun gift ever?! This reward will allow you to arrange for me to burst into a workplace, restaurant, or any other public area (within reason) to sing your loved one a few of my original songs. You're responsible for any noise complaints, though. I may have transitioned into screamo-metal by that time. Enter at your own risk. *This reward is limited to Ohio residents*

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    Behind the Song: a handwritten storybook

    I will handwrite in-depth explanations of the songs on the new album, plus one or two older songs if you wish. It will be presented in a unique, unlined journal; complete with doodles and mistakes. Each one will be one-of-a-kind and lovingly written.

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    A charitable gift of music!

    I will go to a classroom (preschool--high school), nursing home, hospital, foster home, shelter, or recovery center of your choosing and perform for an hour. Everyone present will receive all the good vibes and love I can possibly muster. $300 will go towards my project, $300 to the organization that you ask me to perform at.

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    An evening listening to my sad girl songs. Which I will sing. Acoustically. And sadly.

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    OHIO CONCERT w/ FRIENDS

    A couple of respectful and well-kempt musician friends will join me for an hour-long performance at your place. If you have power and a roof and animals (optional, i guess), we're there.

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    An 1.5 hour long acoustic performance for you and up to 50 friends.* I will provide the music, you provide the living room and other things that go in living rooms. You will also provide lodging (a bedroom or hotel room) for the night.

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    *Loose human limit applies because of the acoustic nature of this performance.

    Framed photograph: I am passionate about photography and I do a good amount of black and white work. I will work with you to pick out a frame and original photo that you like!

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    Framed photograph: I am passionate about photography and I do a good amount of black and white work. I will work with you to pick out a frame and original photo that you like!

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