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Lee Feldman's 4th album will probably be called "Trying to Put the Things Together That Never Been Together Before."
Lee Feldman's 4th album will probably be called "Trying to Put the Things Together That Never Been Together Before."
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Hi, my name is Lee Feldman. Thanks for coming to my Kickstarter Campaign!  

I’m working on my 4th album and I need to meet a goal of $15,000 to pay for the mixing, mastering and distribution of the songs. It’s been 6 years since my last album, and in that time I’ve put together a catalogue of new songs. Some, like “The Party’s Over” you might have heard at shows. Others have evolved organically while working with Byron Isaacs (bass) and Bill Dobrow (drums) in rehearsal.  

It’s been my experience that if you make something that you really believe has value, and put it out into the world, you are going to get something back, although it might not be what you expect. Maybe a friend will tell you that their kid listened to your CD 15 times in a row on a car trip. (Sorry about that.) Maybe you will receive a cool email from someone across the world who loves your music, and it makes your day.  Maybe somebody will make a 24-minute documentary about you!

I didn’t know what would happen when I started to record Living It All Wrong in 1994. I was a 35 year old word processor working in a law firm, but I knew I could make a timeless album and, with producer Roger Peltzman’s help, I did. It got great reviews and I got signed to Mercury Records. Amazing, right? Kind of. They paid for my 2nd album, The Man in a Jupiter Hat but then their company got bought by another company and I was back to where I started.  

But not really. Value lasts longer than companies. Jupiter Hat got great reviews too and with the help of a financial investor, I went on to make another record I’m proud of, I’ve Forgotten Everything, with Ed Haber producing.  As these albums were released into the universe, I developed a loyal group of fans from all over the world. And I became a part of a like-minded community of music makers and singer/songwriters here in New York. We strive together, plan and commiserate.  

And now I’m making a 4th album. Making albums is a completely engrossing experience. And when you live in New York, you have access to so many great musicians. In addition to Bill Dobrow (who plays with Sean Lennon, Martha Wainwright and Jesse Harris) and Byron Isaacs (who plays with Levon Helm and Ollabelle), I’ve had the privilege of having had Lenny Pickett, Teddy Thompson, Steven Bernstein,  Dave Schramm, Joanie Madden, Mark Feldman, Erik Friedlander, Doug Wieselman and many others play on my albums.  

The recording should be all done soon and then Grammy winner Jay Newland (Norah Jones) will mix the tracks and mastering guru Greg Calbi (John Lennon, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen) will master the album. I hope to have the finished product ready by Fall. Then it will be digitally and physically available on iTunes, Amazon and other outlets, and my music administrator, Bug Music, will send it to music supervisors for film and TV.  

So please support this project! There are some great rewards that backers can get, including a copy of the recording itself as soon as it’s ready; a flash drive of my collected recordings; a piano lesson; appearing in a Lee Feldman video; and other cool stuff.   Who knows where this will lead in this crazy, post-compensation world? One place I hope it leads is to your town. Keep in mind that I’ll be touring to support the album soon, so if you want to see me at a venue near you, let me know!

Keep in touch.   Love, Lee

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    Digital download of a song when the new recording is complete. In fact, for every dollar up to $15, you can get a different song. So pledge away, and build your Lee Feldman collection one song at a time!

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    A flash drive with Lee's 3 prior albums on it, plus the new one either in hard CD copy or also on the flash drive.

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    A 40-minute piano lesson with Lee - in person within the 5 boroughs of NYC; or by Skype for those too far to get to via MetroCard.

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    Song doctor services from Lee. Have a half-finished song that needs a bridge? Have lyrics that need music? Lee will work with you to fix your song and help you make a memorable, catchy and original tune. (Time limits and co-writing credits apply, so feel free to ask more about this benefit!)

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    Lee will bring you a copy of the new CD and play for you - in your living room or local social hall; in your backyard or your front yard; you get the picture. If you're not in the NYC area or Albuquerque, NM please consult with us to confirm that Lee can get to you.

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    All of the above - yes, all of it! - plus an acknowlegement on the CD of your support.

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