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A compilation of original French songs and favorite cool classic covers from the French (and English) speaking world.
A compilation of original French songs and favorite cool classic covers from the French (and English) speaking world.
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Welcome to my Kickstarter Campaign, and thank you for stopping by!

VAGABONDE is a collection of about 18 French songs, my own, those by friends, and some classic French and Americain cover songs, all of which are in some way "francophone." I love these songs and I'm excited about this project but I need your help.

Recording the songs at the Boohatch in Ada, Oklahoma, under the direction of Mike McClure, we're just about a quarter of the way through the production and I've run out of money.

Recording at the Boohatch
Recording at the Boohatch

Up until now and over the past 13 years, I've released five studio albums--- all funded with my own money. 

My last album, All Fall Down (produced under the direction of Lloyd Maines), was released three years ago.  I scrimped and saved its cost of about $25,000 by working and playing gigs. 

I work hard, and I appreciate and am grateful for the help from all of my friends along this musical journey.  I spend most of my time writing songs, playing music, booking, driving, hauling equipment, running sound, recording, and doing all of the odds and ends in managing a musical occupation. But I'd like to focus more time and energy now on realizing the production of this album, Vagabonde.

Photo by M Tim Blake
Photo by M Tim Blake

Why an album of French songs?

I had the great good fortune of living and working in Clermont-Ferrand, France for two years.  I love the beautiful French language, country, and culture, love these songs and I want them to be heard. And then, in the strange world of supernatural synchronicity and in the midst of starting this project, I received an invitation to perform some songs in France at the Amiens International Film Festival in November.... It's funny how one thing leads to another....And I want more of that goodness, and I want you to come too!

Festival International du Film d'Amiens, photo by Amandine
Festival International du Film d'Amiens, photo by Amandine

Costs...

A lot goes into making and releasing a record.

There's the time and energy it takes just to write the songs; and then there's recording, mixing, mastering, licensing, photography, design, manufacturing, duplicating, and promoting-- not to mention all of the fine work from the musicians making the music.

In October, Tom Skinner, Stephen Rickey Lee and I spent two days in the Boohatch with McClure. But there's still much work to be done. With two more dates scheduled in December, and more to come in the New Year, the project is taking shape.

Tom, Mac, and Stephen listening to playbacks after recording
Tom, Mac, and Stephen listening to playbacks after recording

I so hope you'll decide to be a part of this. There are fun incentives and some cool rewards offered in exchange for your donations-- from the finished album and a special thank you to songwriting sessions, house concerts, cookies, souvenirs, posters, t-shirts, stickers, a demo of songs from the vault and more.

Risks and challenges

All or Nothing....

Estimating this album to cost about $22,000 to make, I'm asking for half of that: $11,000.

But Kickstarter is an all or nothing deal. So if you donate and we don't reach that goal, you get your money back.

If we make more than the amount of our goal, that's more than good!

And if we do reach our goal-- Kickstarter takes 5% and Amazon (through whom donations are processed) also takes 5% for processing fees.

It seems fair to me.

And I think you'll be happy with your rewards, and hope you'll find that this exchange is fair and cool, too.

Thank you so much for visiting this site. Thank you so much for your continued love and support. We cannot do this without you and your patronage!

Much Love and All the Best!

~Susan

(~Thanks so much for helping get this Kickstarter and this project off the ground: Leslie, Karen, DiDi, M Tim, Tom, Jim, Robin, John, Mac, Stephen, Eric, Kathleen, Andy, Rusty, Vicki~your help has been invaluable!)

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    All previous rewards AND A T-SHIRT, A NIFTY PAST SUSAN HERNDON PROMO POSTER AND A SPECIAL SOUVENIR FROM ONE OF MY TOUR STOPS and a special thank you!

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    All previous rewards PLUS A HANDWRITTEN LYRIC OF YOUR FAVOURITE SUSAN HERNDON SONG, AND A DEMO CD OF MY SONGS FROM THE VAULT and a special thank you!

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    All previous rewards PLUS, LET'S WRITE A NEW SONG! (~includes one songwriting session and/or a new song) and a special thank you!

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    All previous rewards PLUS A CONCERT IN YOUR HOME (please tack on travel and lodging costs if you live far from Okemah,) and a special thank you!

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    A PHYSICAL CD OF THE NEW ALBUM before official release date, includes album liner notes, cool sticker, a t-shirt, past promo poster, a special souvenir from a tour stop, a handwritten lyric of your favourite SH song and a demo CD of my Songs From The Vault, an invitation to the official CD listening party, a new song (~includes one songwriting session and/or a new song.) A Concert in Your Home. (Please tack on travel and lodging costs if you live far from Okemah!) AN EXCLUSIVE AUTOGRAPHED ROCKET POWERED SATELLITE GIRL PHOTO, PLUS I WILL COOK YOU DINNER WITH HOMEMADE BREAD, COOKIES, ICE CREAM AND PIE and a special thank you!

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