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Recently Eef Barzelay has been aspiring to put some cracks in the wall that divides artist and fan.

Although beloved by some of music's biggest names (Bon Iver, Death Cab for Cutie, Ben Folds) and praised by the likes of NPR, the Onion AV Club, and Daytrotter Clem Snide has managed to stay mostly below the radar for over a decade. After many soured relationships with various music industry middle men Clem Snide is now truly an "indie" artist.

Refusing to give up and always looking for new and exciting ways to create and connect with his fellow human beings, songwriter and leader Eef Barzelay began reaching out to fans with an offer to write them a "personal song", (which would be rendered in a simple home recorded solo acoustic fashion). The result of this year and half long experiment in co-creation has been most fruitful and has led to over 100 songs to date.

Almost counter intuitively the more songs he would write for others the more energy and inspiration he found to make his own songs (that's why he's content to keep the price relatively low at $200) And so subsequently Eef amalgamated the melodic and lyrical themes of love, devotion, and surrender and created a dozen or so new songs which he plans to record with K.D. Lang and Ben Folds producer Joe Pisapia and some of Nashville's sexiest players some time this summer.

The money raised by this campaign will go towards the recording and promotion of "Songs for Mary" and also hopefully expand this process of blurring the line between artist and fan.

Here's a video Eef made for one of the first personal songs he wrote:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcACFE6Bwcc

And here's one made by some proud parents with the song Eef wrote for their fresh new baby:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l75BKOoq1Bs&feature=related

And one where he took a poem sent to him and made it into a song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piHsb90MgVA&feature=related

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    Advanced digital download copy of "Songs for Mary" (as soon as it's mixed and mastered)

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    Digital download + a signed print of the cover art for "Songs of Mary" + digital download of a collection of art videos created by Eef (recently featured in "To Be Human" at the Tinney Contemporary Art Gallery in Nashville TN)

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    A 40 song collection in digital download form of Eef's favorite "personal songs" that inspired "Songs for Mary" + all of the above.

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    All of the above + a 15 track digital download collection of Clem Snide/Eef Barzelay rarities, live cuts, b-sides, and very old screamy stuff.

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    All of the above + a brief informal skype concert and chit chat with Eef - or - a one of a kind piece of Eef made mugshot art like the cover of "Bitter Honey".

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    Eef will write you a song. We'll exchange some emails (snideco@yahoo.com) to work out the details + plus all of the above

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    Eef will cover any song of your choice solo acoustic style and send you an MP3 (also it will be featured on the next Fan Chosen Covers Record to be sold on Bandcamp and include your name in the credits) please provide 3 songs to choose from + all of the music and art offered above just not the song written for you, that is separate.

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    Eef will come to your home for an intimate solo acoustic show. (you will have to cover his travel cost) email snideco@yahoo.com for more details

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    "Fan for Life" status includes all of the above plus your name on the guest list for any show anywhere forever and backstage hang time (just don't drink all the beer)

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    Eef will host you in Nashville for a weekend. Come hangout, we'll write a song together, go swimming in the Harpeth river, eat some hot chicken. (you have to cover your own travel and lodging)

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