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New David J solo album, 'An Eclipse of Ships'. Manufacture, distribution & promotion + video + tour.
New David J solo album, 'An Eclipse of Ships'. Manufacture, distribution & promotion + video + tour.
312 backers pledged $31,250 to help bring this project to life.

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David J in the studio working on 'An Eclipse of Ships'
David J in the studio working on 'An Eclipse of Ships'

The album, ‘An Eclipse of Ships’ is essentially a journal of the heart and a paean to Woman as muse. This new work sees a return in style to earlier mainly acoustic records such as ‘Songs From Another Season’ and ‘Crocodile Tears and The Velvet Cosh’ and features a stellar group of musicians making sweet love to various instruments including stand-up bass, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, acoustic piano, violin, viola, oboe, mandolin, pedal steel, sax, acoustic guitar, slide guitar and percussion. The music ( 11 original songs ) has all been recorded, funded out of my own pocket. It now needs to be mastered, manufactured ( vinyl & CD ), distributed and promoted. I also have a great idea for a video. In addition to the above it is also my great desire to undertake an extensive international tour in support of what I believe to be my strongest album thus far. ( We have already secured a showcase at the SXSW festival in Austin in March, 2014. ) This Kickstarter campaign, if successful will ensure that all of the above will come to pass.  

*PLEASE NOTE: Regarding the $3000 pledge award ( solo concert in your home ): Due to international interest I am now going to make this available to any where in the world as opposed to USA only!  It does not appear as such in the awards section due to the fact that I can no longer edit at this stage.

After completing work on the album I also made nineteen mixed media works on paper.  This series, entitled 'In The Realm of The Muses' serves as an extension of the theme of the album.  Each piece measures 12" X 18".  Nine of these originals are now offered as rewards here on Kickstarter.  Numbers 1, 9, 11 will also be available as limited edition lithographic prints.  Signed and numbered.

Here is a link to the art.  They are numbered 1 to 19 ( from left to right ) Please note: #'s 1,4,7,11,12,14,15,16,17,19 are not available. 

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/un2uqkwzfxgwvzy/5qsytLF0Bd

A short film about the making of the art: 

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ifnop7mgz5lsdue/fTVdpj49XC

One special reward is the 'DCXE Black' Martin guitar that I used as my main instrument on the sessions.  Most of the songs were also written on this beautiful instrument.  You can also see me playing it in the movie for this campaign.  It is signed on the back in silver.

David J's DCXE Black Martin guitar
David J's DCXE Black Martin guitar
David J with 'Black Beauty' Martin guitar used on album.
David J with 'Black Beauty' Martin guitar used on album.
David J - 'An Eclipse of Ships' T Shirt
David J - 'An Eclipse of Ships' T Shirt

Risks and challenges

If this campaign is successful, the funds will be used to manufacture, distribute and promote the album. I will also need to foot the bill for a video and an extensive international live tour, including transportation, accommodation + wages for the musicians & crew + cost of merchandise which will be for sale on the road. The only possible risks would be the time it will take to approve of finished art work and the manufacture of the CD's & vinyl. Also in the planning of the international tour which could run into 2015.

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    Name included in album design + download of demo of one of the album tracks + personal hand written 'love note' from David J!

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    'An Eclipse of Ships' CD ( signed ) + name included in album design.

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    Signed 'An Eclipse of Ships' 180 gram vinyl album ( signed )
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    Black foam board with white lettering ( some with words on both sides ) As featured in this kickstarter movie. 20" X 30"
    Signed by David J.

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    Signed 'Etiquette of Violence' re-issue double CD
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    Signed limited edition lithographic print from 'In The Realm of The Muses' series + 'An Eclipse of Ships' CD ( signed ) + Name included in album design.

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    2 Signed limited edition lithographic prints from 'In The Realm of The Muses' series + 'An Eclipse of Ships' CD ( signed ) + Name included in album design + 'An Eclipse of Ships' T shirt.

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    3 signed limited edition lithographic prints from 'In The Realm of The Muses' series + 'An Eclipse of Ships' CD ( signed ) + 'An Eclipse of Ships' 180 gram vinyl album ( signed ) + Name included in album design + 'An Eclipse of Ships' T shirt.

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    VIP guest pass to any show on world tour + meet David J after the show + 3 signed limited edition lithographic prints from 'In The Realm of The Muses' series + 'An Eclipse of Ships' CD ( signed ) OR 'An Eclipse of Ships' 180 gram vinyl album ( signed ) + Name included in album design + 'An Eclipse of Ships' T shirt.

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    You will be serenaded by David J in a 'private booth'! + VIP guest pass to any show on world tour + meet David J after the show + 3 signed limited edition lithographic prints from 'In The Realm of The Muses' series + 'An Eclipse of Ships' CD ( signed ) OR 'An Eclipse of Ships' 180 gram vinyl album ( signed ) + Name included in album design + 'An Eclipse of Ships' T shirt.

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    Original art from 'In The Realm of The Muses' series.
    ( mixed media 12" X 18" ) Signed
    + 'An Eclipse of Ships' CD ( signed )
    + Name included in album design
    + 'An Eclipse of Ships' T shirt.

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    David J's DCXE Black Martin guitar. This instrument was used as the main instrument on the album and most of the songs were written on it. Also featured in the movie for this kickstarter campaign. Signed on the back. ( Certificate of authenticity signed by David J. )

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    David J will play a private solo gig in your home ( USA only ) Followed by a meet n' greet
    + 'An Eclipse of Ships' CD ( signed )
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    David J and full band will play a private solo gig in your home ( USA only ) Followed by a meet n' greet + 'An Eclipse of Ships' CD ( signed ) + Name included in album design + 'An Eclipse of Ships' T shirt.

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    "I'll be your chauffeur" ( USA only )
    Spend the day with David J in the studio!
    You will be flown into San Diego airport where you will be picked up by David J who will then chauffeur you to a recording studio where you will attend a session. You will record an overdub on the track! You will also join David and the other musicians on the session for dinner. When the recording is finished, David will drive you to an hotel where you will spend the night. At check out time, David will pick you up and drive you back to the airport.

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