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>>> PROJECT UPDATE 5/6/18:
We made our goal!!!!!! 
Thank you SHAKE YOUR PEACE! community!!!!!!!!!!!!

NOW - until the campaign ends all the money raised beyond the 12k goal will fund the upcoming bike-music tours + "Ecotopia Now!" high school assemblies!

"We have come this far, we're not gonna turn around, we feel just like goin' on!"
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Tiny Bio:

SHAKE YOUR PEACE! is a music project created by Gabe Dominguez in 2005, formerly based in the San Francisco Bay Area, and recently relocated to Salt Lake City, UT. The project is most well known for its ebullient live performances, Ecotopian perspectives, and bicycle-music tours. 

Kick-What?
SHAKE YOUR PEACE! is trying to raise the last 20% of funding needed to finish an album of original music called "Whup Music." Kickstarter is all-or-nothing. If the project isn't 100% funded by the time the campaign finishes, ALL the money you may have pledged is returned to you.

You're 80% Done!?! Rad! What's in the Last 20%?
The last 20% includes: tracking (the horn section, the gospel choir, some percussion, some bass, some electric guitar, some lead vocals, some orchestration - including a mariachi band - and some special effects/ sound design - including fireworks explosions ;), mixing (mountains of tracks), mastering, and printing. Whew!

The album will be mixed by the incomparable Blake Henderson. Blake also engineered the majority of the album, and has acted as an assistant-producer since we began working together in 2012. As you can hear on his website, he’s as good as they get.

Project Management:
$12,000 is a lot of money, and I don’t take it lightly. I plan to work as efficiently and frugally as possible, and take my deadline of “the end of the summer” (Aug 31, 2018) seriously. People who know me well know that I’m irresistibly drawn to doing things myself, so in classic SHAKE YOUR PEACE! style I’ll be doing as much of the remaining work that’s left on the album myself, and trying to keep costs down at every step, without compromising the quality or vision. Amazingly, this giant budget includes the work of friends (like Blake) who are cutting me ridiculous deals for their work and time! (Making records is expensive!) This is truly a community-powered piece of art. 

Those who know my wife Sonya Cotton (who has an impeccable track record of getting high quality albums out the door), will be pleased to know that she's co-project-managing the completion of this album with me. When we team up, we make good things. Victory is assured :)

"Let's Get Workin' On It!"
Whup! http://www.velovisionaries.com/

What're You Gonna Do With the Finished Record?
In short: the usual things that we independent musicians do when we release our albums: contact the press and hope they’ll listen, shop it around to indie labels with hope brimming in my little heart, and play shows! But the 2 things I’m most excited to do with the album that are more unusual include:

1) Bike tour! I plan to do my 5th bicycle music tour of Northern Utah, and 3rd bicycle music tour of the SF Bay Area. Also being considered are a bike tour of the Northwest, and a Hudson River canoe tour! Coming slowly to a town near you... 

2) “Ecotopia Now!” high school assemblies. I've successfully tested out this concept at 3 different high schools in Utah. They're essentially Ecotopian pep rallies/ recruitment-fairs for local ecological and social justice organizations (including the schools own student clubs). Pedal-powered by the kids themselves (if they so choose), the assembly features whup music alternated with 3-minute long impact-speeches passionately delivered by representatives from the local Ecotopian orgs. Each speech invites the kids to join-in on some kind of immediate, concrete, hands-on action that the org is up to. No platitudes allowed. In my experience so far, these assemblies have been deeply transformational. Students, teachers, band, orgs - everyone felt stoked and ready to get to work.

A Unique Copyright:
In my effort to “contribute whup music to the soundtrack of those who are marching” as I say in the Kickstarter video, I plan to release the album’s songs under a unique copyright that designates them similarly to the way a National Park is designated: held in the commons for everyone to enjoy, but defended from industry. Unlike in a National Park though, where humans are meant to be visitors and the ethos is to leave-no-trace, I’d hope that people would leave-plenty-of-trace and fully inhabit the music. The license is a standard Creative Commons (CC) license, mixed with an invitation to all Ecotopian entities (those working for social & ecological justice) to freely use the music for their: documentaries, flash mobs, memes, conferences, parties, whatevs, for free and without needing to ask permission. It’s called: “Wild-Aligned/ Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International.” The CC part of the license puts up a legal fence (the park boundaries) to keep for-profit entities asking permission.

A Different Album Format: 
I’m stoked to release the physical album in the form of a first-class stamped postcard that comes with TWO download codes - one attached to the postcard itself, and one stuck to the paper backing of an accompanying SHAKE YOUR PEACE! sticker. The sticker, with its download code, is intended to be for the buyer, while the stamped postcard with its code is intended to be snail-mailed by the buyer to a friend.

In addition to it being a great excuse to send a snail-mailed postcard to a friend, my thinking here is that whereas CD’s are: non-ecological, heavy (which matters on a bike tour), and often seem to be ripped onto a hard drive and then long-forgotten in CD books, an album-postcard is more ecological, lightweight, doubles as a form of promotion, and can be used as a nifty bookmark (ideally holding your place in the pages of Edward Abbey’s “Monkey Wrench Gang”).

Thanks for reading!
If you've read this far, you've got stamina! I like ya shtyle kid.

If you've felt inspired by what you've seen/heard/read here, I hope you'll consider sharing this Kickstarter with your friends. It's a massive help to me. THANKS!!!

Risks and challenges

Given that I'm a dad of one, and soon to be two children, the biggest challenge is going to be the balancing of finishing this album, with dadding it up (and being sleep deprived). But given that my parents are stoked to help with babysitting, and my partner is 100% in support of this project happening, I feel confident that I can do it.

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    Shake Your Boat!

    It ain't the size that matters, it's the motion of the ocean!

    Thanks for keeping my boat floatin' - I'd like to help keep your boat rockin', with a digital download of my favorite song from "Whup Music"!

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    Pre-Order the Album (Digital Download)

    Support the album's completion and pre-order your "shake" now!

    This sweet & salty, very carefully mixed, 10-song treat, will be delivered right to your inbox!

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    Postcard with 2 Download Codes

    Instead of printing CD's or vinyl (see my explanation in the "Story" section), the physical form of the album will be a stamped postcard, with 2 download codes - one for you and one to send to a friend (or enemy!)

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    100% Organic Cotton Patch

    Put Some Whup on It, Then a Patch!

    When riding the Whup-ephant (the invisible whup elephant you ride when you dance to whup music) with your knees bent and your legs spread wide, you never know when an outfit might fall prey to the wild. Patch it with an organic cotton SYP! patch. Patches printed with non-toxic ink by Kira. (Gabe's sister)

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    Salvaged SHAKE YOUR PEACE! T-Shirt

    When you play ball, it's fun to sport a jersey from your favorite team. But when you head out into any other situation, you're going to want to be wearing a SHAKE YOUR PEACE! shirt. Right right - am I right!

    Printed on salvaged thrift store t-shirts that have been turned inside-out. These gems can also be flipped back outside-in to proudly display messages like: "Mom's 45!" or "Henderson Family Reunion 1995" or "Hi from Lehi High." This advanced "flip shirt" technology comes at no extra charge to you.

    Sizes available from newborn onesies to XXL, in every color. No two alike.

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    Listening Party in Salt Lake City!

    Come on out for a special pre-release listening party for Kickstarter supporters only in Salt Lake City. We'll hang out and listen to the new album, eat delicious sugar-free kale muffins (mom's recipe), talk whup & Ecotopia, and hear a few new live SYP! songs (including the one about the pre-cision earthquake that takes out the Glen Canyon Dam :)

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    All the Albums from All the Bands

    The complete digital catalog of LP's from all three of the bands I play in (8 albums total): SYP!, Tiny Home, and Sonya Cotton.

    SHAKE YOUR PEACE!:
    - Whup Music
    - Sing It As You Please

    Tiny Home:
    - Tiny Home (self titled)
    - Christmas Carols - For Our Mothers

    Sonya Cotton:
    - When I Go Home
    - It Is So
    - Red River
    - Out of the Ocean

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    Handwritten SYP! Lyrics

    I'll handwrite the lyrics to a SHAKE YOUR PEACE! song of your choice (with a personalized message on it if you'd like), and send it to ya!

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    SYP! in the VIP

    Come and party with SYP! "backstage" (or more realistically next to the floor lamp there at the front of the living room where I'm about to play) at any non-festival show during the album release bike tours (SF Bay Area tour, N. Utah tour, and a couple shows in the Nevada City, CA area)! Come guzzle water, get F-d up with some pre-show yoga, and live the debaucherous rock & roll dream!

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    Original Sharpie Drawing

    Send me a picture of you, your pet, or anything else you'd like, and I'll render its likeness in an original wild-style sharpie drawing, sign a message to you, and mail it to you!

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    Demo Recording of Any Song from Anytime

    Pick any song you’ve ever heard me play in public, in any band, from 1997 to the present, and I’ll send you a demo recording of it.

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    Youtube Karaoke!

    I'll find a unique karaoke track of my choice on Youtube (think pop hits from the 20's to the present, musical theater, funk, jazz standards, or somethin'), and make a video of me dedicating it to you (or someone else you request), and email it to ya!

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    Youtube Karaoke Request!

    I'll sing along with any karaoke song of YOUR choice that you can find on youtube, make a video of it with a personalized message in it to you, and email it to you!

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    Every Day's Valentines Day!

    At a live show, I’ll surprise someone you love in the audience by integrating your love story into a story I’m telling, or reading a love letter that you’ve written them, and then dedicating a song of your choice to you two. You can choose any SYP! or Tiny Home song.

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    Let's Work On Your Music!

    An hour-long, one-on-one class, conversation, and/or consultation, in Salt Lake City (or anywhere in the world via video-chat), about songwriting, performing, singing techniques, arranging, etc. Session can last up to an hour long, or be broken into a couple sessions that total an hour.

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    Tiny Home Serenade

    Tiny Home will serenade you and/or someone you love live and in-person, with a song from our repertoire anywhere along the Wasatch Front, or anywhere in the world via video-chat. Btw, Tiny Home is my duo with Sonya Cotton. Watch some vids here: https://bit.ly/2uQlEiL

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    Bicycle Music Vanguard

    I’ll send you the complete collector set of San Francisco Bicycle Music Festival posters and handbills & the complete set of SYP! posters and handbills. There's a great one of a triumphant, psychedelic, multiethnic, tambourine and guitar-playin' dragon, with a dozen arms and eyes, chasing a police officer down the street, just like Falcore chased the bullies in Neverending Story.

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    Basic Pedal-Powered Sound System

    I’ll provide a pedal-powered sound system for your Utah event! Good for a crowd of up to 200 people. Optional MC’ing and DJ’ing included. 1-3 bikes.

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    Frankenstrat Electric Guitar

    This is an electric guitar from the personal collection of the great Benjamin D. Hale. Ben says: "It's a "made in Mexico Strat with chrome dome pickups. This is a players guitar. Mojo for days!"

    Ben's played this guitar at numerous professional gigs, and you can see the guitar and hear him roaring' on it in a Facebook video he made to support this Kickstarter: https://www.facebook.com/benjamin.d.hale.5/videos/10160249051605175/

    As you can hear/ see from the video, it's a guitar with serious love vested in it too, and has been historically associated with fits of largesse :) When you play, your gift will be expressed through a gift given many times over!

    <3 U Benny, and thank you Nate Keller!

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    Big Pedal-Powered Sound System

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    Utah Puts Some Whup On It!

    Live performance! I’ll come put some whup on your party or private event anywhere in Utah. Small sound system included.

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    The Bay Area Puts Some Whup On It!

    Live Performance! I'll come put some whup on your party or private event anywhere within 50 miles of Oakland, CA during my California Tour.

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    Coast to Coast Puts Some Whup On It!

    Live Performance! I’ll come put some whup on your party anywhere in the U.S., and/or select cities in Canada and Mexico. Uh, and if you select this, you're a-mazing.

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    The Beauty

    I’ve been considering selling my gorgeous Montalvo Howard Klepper model nylon string guitar (with cool upgrades I can tell you about) that I recorded all the "Whup Music" acoustic guitar tracks with, and which was used for every SYP! and Tiny Home show 2011-2016. Lately I’ve been exclusively playing a 40 year old family guitar as my main instrument. I’d love to give my Montalvo to someone who is as dedicated a patron of the arts (and my art) as you must be if you’re stoked enough to select this reward.

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