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Uncle Bonsai reversible book illustrating the tunes "Go to Sleep" and "The Monster in the Closet" with accompanying CD. Read more

Seattle, WA Mixed Media
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Uncle Bonsai reversible book illustrating the tunes "Go to Sleep" and "The Monster in the Closet" with accompanying CD.

Seattle, WA Mixed Media
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All year long Uncle Bonsai has included two songs in our shows and all year long the most commonly asked post-concert question is, “Which CD has those songs?” And all year long we’ve had to break the bad news that neither “Go to Sleep” nor “The Monster in the Closet” have been recorded. Yet. That’s just about to change. Uncle Bonsai is heading into the studio to record both tunes and will make them available this fall. But wait, there’s more. Since our 'failed children’s songs' have done so well, we figured we ought to add a 'failed children’s book'. So, not only are we recording the tunes, we’re making a book. Arni Adler and Patrice O’Neill have busily been creating artwork illustrating both tunes. Arni has taken on “The Monster in the Closet”, while Patrice is scribbling away at “Go to Sleep”. This reversible book  will include illustrated lyrics for both tunes along with a CD featuring both tunes. Read it one way, it’s “Go to Sleep”. Turn it upside down and flip it over, it’s “The Monster in the Closet”.  Pop the CD into the player of your choice and use it as a desperate, last ditch attempt to motivate anyone to quit being awake already. Turn the disc upside down and flip it over, it's a coaster. 

We need your help to make this project fly off of our dining room tables and basement floors to the printer and back landing in nice big boxes we can haul around to all of our concerts from now on, which will give us something to both celebrate and complain about.

All funds will go toward the production of the book and accompanying CD. We’ll make sure that all backers will be the first to receive the first-ever Uncle Bonsai book. Show us a little love, or a lot. Either way, you get a book.

"Now that the piper has piped its last peep..." artwork by Patrice for "Go to Sleep"
"Now that the piper has piped its last peep..." artwork by Patrice for "Go to Sleep"
"The Monster on the front lawn's throwing pebbles..." artwork from Arni for The Monsters in the Closet
"The Monster on the front lawn's throwing pebbles..." artwork from Arni for The Monsters in the Closet

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  • While we're off to a flying start, thanks everyone for that, we hope that people will still considering helping us fund this project even if we make it past the $4000 mark. That was the amount we figured it was safe to try funding through Kickstarter, and it basically covers the cost of the printing, but there are all sorts of other expenses that go along with "self publishing," including shipping, the recording and mastering and disc replication, the cards and art posters . . . heck, even just getting an ISBN number costs money these days! We assure you that anything you might be generous enough to give will go directly into this project. Plus, there are still some pretty nice rewards . . . and all that gratitude.

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    59 backers

    One autographed Uncle Bonsai 'Sleep/Monsters' book. The book includes illustrated lyrics in storybook form for 'Go to Sleep' and 'The Monster in the Closet' and a recording of both tunes.

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    26 backers

    Two autographed Uncle Bonsai 'Sleep/Monsters' books plus a set of notecards featuring artwork from the book.

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    10 backers

    2 autographed books, 2 sets of notecards featuring artwork from the book, a signed art poster of the page of your choice, your name read from the stage at the Book Release Concerts, and our gratitude.



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    2 backers

    2 Tickets to every Uncle Bonsai show in 2013 with a personal song dedication from the stage . . . we choose the song to dedicate. (Note: you can pick the person to whom the song is dedicated . . . in case you're embarrassed.) Also includes 2 autographed books, 2 sets of notecards, a signed art poster of the page of your choice, and more than just our gratitude . . . our sincere gratitude.



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    2 backers Limited (2 left of 4)

    An original Uncle Bonsai recording of any song you choose, and we mean ANY song ever written, plus 2 autographed books, 2 sets of notecards, and a signed art poster of the page of your choice. For $500 you deserve more than gratitude . . . we promise to think of you fondly and, whenever possible, sing your praises.

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    1 backer Limited (3 left of 4)

    
"Bonsai Minus One" Have you ever imagined what it would be like to be part of Uncle Bonsai? Here's your chance! This "Sing Along With Uncle Bonsai!" cd features three Uncle Bonsai songs of your choice with one vocal part, you pick which one, missing. And that's not all! You still get 2 books, 2 sets of notecards, a signed art poster of the page of your choice, and that gratitude thing from the $250 level!

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A private Uncle Bonsai concert anywhere within 3 hours drive time from Seattle (Uncle Bonsai will work with you to create an event that works both with your schedule and ours!) Plus: 2 autographed books, 2 sets of notecards, the signed art poster of the page of your choice, the gratitude thing, and an acknowledgment as a sponsor on the Uncle Bonsai Web Site Book Page.



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    A private Uncle Bonsai concert anywhere within the US. (Uncle Bonsai will work with you to create an event that works both with your schedule and ours!) Plus: 4 autographed books, 4 sets of notecards, a signed art poster of the page of your choice, an acknowledgment as a sponsor on the Uncle Bonsai Web Site Book Page and more! We autograph our photo, you autograph your photo, Andrew signs for Arni, Arni sign for Patrice . . it's madness! Want a cd? We'll sign one for you! You got kids? We'll sign 'em! We'll bring our own Sharpies and, as if that wasn't enough, we'll still throw in the gratitude thing!



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