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The first full length album from independent singer/songwriter Brent O'Dell, representing nearly 20 years of writing.

I've been writing songs for a long time now, and always had the intention of getting a real album made, with artwork and a bar code on the back, and all the other trappings of the major labels, but done independently. Somehow, it always seemed to get pushed back, put off, and delayed.

Days and months and years, they fade away...

The primary reason things like this get put on the back burner is money. In order to get an album recorded, mixed, mastered, and pressed, you need several thousand dollars, and that's not something that a lot of indie bands and artists can put together on their own. 

This is what makes Kickstarter such an amazing thing! With your help, I can make this album happen. WE can make it happen. Instead of one person, or a few members of a band, needing to scrape together the entire amount, each person involved can chip in whatever they can afford. 

Understand that when I say 'each person involved', I mean you as much as I mean me. Kickstarter makes art and invention a community project, and already a lot of really cool things have come from it. Let's make 'A Long Fall' the next cool thing on that list.

About the music: 

I've written a few dozen songs over the years, and some of them have been discarded along the way, having failed to withstand the test of time. Of those dozens, I've saved about 20, and of those I'll be putting 10 or 11 on this CD.

I know that 'Last Good Thing' and 'Truth' (which you heard in the video... you DID watch the video, right?) will be on it, and I'm working out the final track listing now.

I have the software and hardware to get good recordings, and I've already invested thousands of dollars and countless hours on these songs. What I'm looking for now is enough money to get the album professionally mixed and mastered, and to get the initial run of physical disks produced.

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Since all the songs are written, and some are even recorded, the artistic side of things is in the bag. There are some things, however, which might cause me to miss the October prediction:

There is always the chance that I could get a case of bronchitis, or that some other unforeseen event could delay the final recording of the remaining tracks.

There could be delays in the vendor pressing the CDs or making the shirts.

It could take me longer to fulfill the 'Genre of your choice' reward, depending on what those people choose, and how familiar I am with it. This won't delay the project, as a whole, only that specific reward.

There's also a chance I could get everything on the first take and get the CD out sooner. I chose October as a conservative estimate, and since I don't have to worry about coordinating with a marketing department or a media blitz, I'll release the CD as soon as it's done.

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    For $5 you get my eternal thanks, and a place in the list of backers which I will immortalize on my website once the project is finished!

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    You get a digital copy of the finished album, plus the above mentioned immortality, all for only $10! You could spend more than that on lunch!

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    You get a physical copy of the CD, which I will personally sign, AND immortality, for 25 bucks! A bargain at twice the price!

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    You get a physical CD, an official digital copy to give to a friend (so you don't have to mess with ripping it for them), an official Brent O'Dell-A Long Fall shirt (final design still pending), AND immortality! Not only that, but I'll sign the CD AND the shirt, if you want. Then you can wear the shirt around town feeling very hip, having a shirt signed by the next big thing in music before anyone else!

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    You get the CD, you get the shirt, you get the digital copy, you get them signed (well... maybe not the digital thing, unless I can figure out how to do that...), and you get immortalized on my site. Plus I'll teach you to play one of my songs! If you're local and feel like meeting somewhere, we can do that, and if not, we can hop on Skype! I'll spend an hour with you, showing you how to play whichever song of mine you want to learn. If you don't play guitar, or don't care to learn a song, we can just hang out, talk about music, life, the universe, and everything for an hour, or so.

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    You get the CD, you get the shirt, you get the digital copy and the video lesson! You even get the immortality! But wait! There's more! I'll hand-write the lyrics to every song, just for you, along with a paragraph or two explaining the story behind the song, and what inspired me to write it.

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    A private concert! In addition, you'll get the CD, shirt, digital copy, and immortality from the earlier tiers, hand delivered when I show up for the show! What a deal! I don't even have specific rules on where I play, be it your back yard or some venue you have permission to take over for a few hours. Invite your friends! Or don't, depending on how much you like them. We can coordinate on the scheduling, and I'm pretty flexible on days and times. I have to limit this the within an hour or two drive, due to travel costs, so send me a message if you have any questions about whether or not your within range. If you're further away, you can always go with the option below...

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    Wow! You must REALLY like me! This is the same as the above mentioned concert/CD/Shirt/Digital/Immortality bundle, except at the level, you've covered my travel expenses to anyplace in the continental USA!

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    I call this the 'Dave' reward, in honor of my good friend, Dave. Dave's always supported my musical endeavors, but he's always preferred heavier music. For $500 I will re-create the entire album in a genre of YOUR choice! You'll get a physical CD of 'A Long Fall' redone in whatever style you pick. There's a part of me that already regrets agreeing to this, but... it's for a good cause!

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    My guitar! I have been playing this Epiphone AJ-500RENS for a while now, and it's served me well. It has some electronic issues which mean that I end up recording it exclusively using my vocal mics, and I've been super happy with the results! If some kind soul pledges this much, I'll not only bequeath my trusty guitar to you, I'll sign it (if you want, it's your choice!), and send it to you anywhere in the world! You'll also get the above listed CD/Shirt/Digital/Immortality rewards. How awesome is that?!

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