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Reade McCardell's debut album (Frets) has been around for a good few years in its authors' head; now the hour of manifestation is here.

At some point a good number of years ago (it's hard to say exactly how many) blueprints for a sort of strange creature took form in my mind....why don't I ditch this metaphor and just make clear that the creature I'm referring to is my (hopefully) forthcoming debut album, 'Frets'. I was going to talk about songs as organs within this creature...it would've been fun, but not for very long.

So, this album has been kicking around in my northern most region for quite some time. Like most albums, it was being chiseled at for a hefty time before there was anything whatsoever on tape. Lyrics have been rewritten, melodies and chord progressions obsessed over, lengthy notes on production ideas and effects scrawled. Titles have been changed, time signatures rethought, nouns rejected! Though more of this inward process is certainly ahead, the project is finally at a stage wherein money, not muse, is the obstacle in its path. Frets is ready to take form!

The recording process is underway and I'm very excited about (and/or boggled by) what we've got so far. The issue is, that it has been akin to painting a portrait with the allowance of about one stroke every two or three months. This is due to the simple lack of funds at my disposal. This is why your generosity and care is indescribably vital.

To finish recording this album I need money for studio time, payment for the incredible musicians I'm lucky enough to have playing with me and for my amazing (this can't be overstated) friend and collaborator, Ivan Funk, who has given an unthinkable amount of his time and expertise to this project. But that's not all the money will be going toward! The album also must be mastered and then actually manufactured!

I truly can’t thank you enough for considering contributing to this little project. Any amount you can spare will make a big, big difference! If I'm lucky enough to reach the goal of $5000 I've set, anything pledged beyond that I also get to keep and put towards improving the quality of this project! Keep in mind, if I don't reach my goal, I don't make a dime! The money won't even leave your accounts. So, of course, spreading the word about this is invaluable as well! Thanks so much for your time and unbelievable generosity!

- Genuine and Giant Thanks, Reade McCardell

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    "THANKS" MP3: A MP3 of an original 'thank you' song that will only be sent to backers of this project (and won't be released in another format).

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    DIGITAL ALBUM PACKAGE: A MP3 download of the entire album upon its completion plus a MP3 of an original 'thank you' song that will only be sent to backers of this project (and won't be released in another format).

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    SIGNED CD PACKAGE: A signed copy of the CD version of the album upon its completion plus a MP3 of an original 'thank you' song that will only be sent to backers of this project (and won't be released in another format).

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    INDIVIDUALIZED POEM PACKAGE: A one-of-a-kind poem written by Reade specifically for you (on a subject of your choosing!), a signed copy of the CD upon its completion and a MP3 of an original 'thank you' song that will only be sent to backers of this project.

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    SLEEVE NOTES CREDIT PACKAGE: Your name (or any pseudonym you'd prefer) will appear in the credits in the sleeve notes of the album upon its completion! You'll also receive a signed copy of the CD upon its completion and a MP3 of an original 'thank you' song that will only be sent to backers of this project.

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    PERSONALIZED SONG PACKAGE: Reade will write and record a song personalized for you! You get to choose the subject, the title...you can even specify chords you'd like involved. You and only you will receive this song (in digital form). In addition, your name (or any pseudonym you'd prefer) will appear in the credits in the sleeve notes of the album upon its completion, you'll receive a signed copy of the CD upon its completion and a MP3 of an original 'thank you' song that will only be sent to backers of this project.

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    HOUSE CONCERT PACKAGE: Reade shall perform an evening's worth of carefully crafted music at your house (or a friend's house) for you and as many guests as you wish! In addition, your name (or any pseudonym you'd prefer) will appear in the credits in the sleeve notes of the album upon its completion, you'll receive a signed copy of the CD upon its completion and a MP3 of an original 'thank you' song that will only be sent to backers of this project.[IMPORTANT NOTE: This package is $1000 plus the cost of travel if outside the Greater Philadelphia area].

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    FILAMENTOUS BIOMATERIAL PACKAGE!: You will be credited as an executive producer in the sleeve notes of the album upon its completion! Reade shall also perform an evening's worth of carefully crafted music at your house (or a friend's house) for you and as many guests as you wish! PLUS, you'll receive a lock of Reade's hair (ie - filamentous biomaterial), a signed copy of the CD and a MP3 of an original 'thank you' song that will only be sent to backers of this project.[IMPORTANT NOTE: This package is $4000 plus the cost of travel if outside the Greater Philadelphia area].

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