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A GLBT-Friendly Kids CD-Celebrating diverse families including Gay and Lesbian, Adoptive Families, Twins, Single Parents and YOU!
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We’re Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Children’s Music GRAMMY Award winners, but more importantly, we are folks who love creating music for families. ALL families.

We’ve recorded a brand new album called, “DANCIN’ IN THE KITCHEN” that celebrates ALL of our real families. Families can have one parent, two parents, grandparents, gay parents, gay kids, cousins and uncles, adoptive families, mixed race families, identical twins, blended families, pets and everything you can think of. Families are bound by love, and this music celebrates that love and the diversity we see in the world. 

 We gathered some amazing musical friends, including cowboy yodelers RIDERS IN THE SKY, Celtic divas CHERISH THE LADIES, Cajun all stars the SAVOY FAMILY BAND, identical twins THE CANOTE BROTHERS, R&B heroes the TOMMY LEPSON BAND, and more. We’ve written new songs, including a song co-written with Cathy & Woody Guthrie. There are songs by John McCutcheon, Justin Roberts, Sue Ennis, Fred Small and two hilarious stories by Cathy & Andy Offutt Irwin

 Why this album? 

 In 1986, Marlo Thomas released the amazing, “Free to Be…A Family”. In the book that accompanied the CD, she spoke of a family being “a feeling of belonging”. Twenty-six years later, the topic is more relevant than ever. We felt it was time for a fresh repertoire of songs that every family could relate to in the same spirit-with love, humor, music, stories and respect. 

Where does the money go?

Great question. We paid the musicians, the studios and the engineers. We still need to pay the art director, manufacturing, publicist, media coordinator, etc. Once upon a time, record labels did that for indie artists like us, but now, it’s up to us to take care of all sides of the business. One good part of that is we have 100% control of the music and we love that. Another good part is that you can become part of the process, and we love that too.

Why Kickstarter?

There are a few things we love about this business model:

1) Fan engagement- it’s really fun to hear from fans and involve them in our work. We hear from folks all the time who brought their kids to our shows years ago, who came to our shows as kids and now bring their own kids, and who are just discovering us for the first time. We also look forward to making new friends and fans with the outreach that both kickstarter, and the recording can do. When we help families communicate with our music, we are happy.

2) Distribution- pre-selling CD’s is a great new distribution system. The music goes directly to people who helped fund it. It’s personal.

 When do we get the album and rewards?

We expect to release "Dancin' In The Kitchen" around February 15, 2015 and you'll be FIRST on your block to get it! Rewards too!

We look forward to updating you on progress as the project moves forward- artwork, music video, performance plans, etc. Thanks for reading this!

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Risks and challenges

There are potential challenges with every project but since the recorded tracks for this project are finished we don't expect delays. Of course, we'll keep you posted if delays should occur.
We'll start scheduling classroom visits, recording sessions and SKYPE sessions as soon as the Kickstarter project is finished.

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    Get one, give one. 2 autographed CD’s shipped to 1 place.
    Get one, Gift one. Receive one personalized CD for your child AND another signed CD - to gift! Give it to a friend, your child’s school, library - anyone you’d like!

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    The Sweet Dreams Collection-Our 3 GRAMMY Nominated lullaby CDs, Blanket Full of Dreams, Pillow Full of Wishes and Pocket Full of Stardust plus Dancin' In The Kitchen.

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    Donate 10 CD’s to the Human Rights Campaign’s Welcoming Schools Program, plus an autographed copy for you. A great price for a great cause.

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    BRAND NEW CLASSROOM ACTIVITY PACKAGE - Donate 10 CD’s to an Elementary School in your neighborhood along with a PDF Teacher's Guide of classroom activities. Make Diversity training an easy teaching subject for all teachers. Plus an autographed copy for you. A great price for a great cause.

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    BRAND NEW LIBRARY Package- Donate 10 CD’s to a Library of your choice in your name unless you prefer to remain a mystery (or our choice if you would like us to chime in.) Plus an autographed copy for you. A great price for a great cause.

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    Custom made HAPPY BIRTHDAY VIDEO to the family member of your choice! Delivered via email. You write the copy or we will with your help, and sing a Happy Birthday song.

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    4 VIP TIX TO DEC. 6, 2014 SHOW with Cathy & Marcy & JUSTIN ROBERTS in Rockville, MD, and join us on stage for a song. Plus an autographed CD.

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    We will make you an mp3 of the song, “DANCIN’ IN THE KITCHEN” with the names that you choose. Plus and autographed CD of Dancin' In The Kitchen.

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    C&M Playalong Party- Cathy & Marcy musical washboard, 2 shaker eggs and everything in the Gift Box – The whole C&M kids/family catalogue on CD:
    Grandma Slid Down the Mountain, When the Rain Comes Down, Jump Children, Help Yourself, Nobody Else Like Me, Changing Channels, Blanket Full of Dreams, Pillow Full of Wishes, Pocket Full of Stardust, Banjo to Beatbox, Scat Like That, Sing To Your Baby book/CD, cELLAbration: A Tribute to Ella Jenkins and GRAMMY WINNING Bon Appetit.

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    Cathy & Marcy will write and record a simple song for your child, delivered as an mp3. The song will be crafted from your answers to a questionnaire and a brief phone call. Plus an autographed CD of Dancin' In The Kitchen.

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    Ready for delivery now! Marcy Marxer Limited Edition Model Kala Ukulele with Hard Case Plus Marcy's Uke for Guitar Players DVD-Rom, Rockin' The Uke CD. (PLUS your copy of Dancing' In The Kitchen CD delivered in February)
    For details on the ukulele see http://www.cathymarcy.com/thestore/instruments/limited-edition-marcy-marxer-kala-ukulele/

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    Gift Box – The whole C&M kids/family catalogue on CD:
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    A musical visit to your child’s classroom. Limit of 1 class, within 60 minutes of Kensington, MD. Plus and autographed CD for you and another CD to donate to your child's school.

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    Two Kala Ukuleles, one for parent one for child, Marcy’s DVD lessons-“Ukulele For Kids” volumes 1 & 2, and a private SKYPE starter lesson from Marcy. Plus an autographed DC of Dancin' In The Kitchen.

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    Kid Sized (short scale) Red Electric Guitar & Amp. , Marcy’s DVD lessons- “Electric Guitar for Kids 1 # 2”, case, picks, strap, strings and a private SKYPE starter lesson from Marcy. Plus an autographed CD of Dancin' In The Kitchen.

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    Big Family Play-Along Package-
    Washboard, Wood block, shaker eggs, makala dolphin ukulele, musical spoons and everything in the Gift Box (The whole C&M kids/family catalogue on CD). Grandma Slid Down the Mountain, When the Rain Comes Down, Jump Children, Help Yourself, Nobody Else Like Me, Changing Channels, Blanket Full of Dreams, Pillow Full of Wishes, Pocket Full of Stardust, Banjo to Beatbox, Scat Like That, Sing To Your Baby book/CD, cELLAbration: A Tribute to Ella Jenkins and GRAMMY WINNING Bon Appetit. Plus an autographed CD of Dancin' In The Kitchen.

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    Make your family recording in our studio. We'll be the engineers and your backup band (if you want). You'll leave with a CD of 1 song and some photos and video to remember the experience. 2 hour session and snacks! Washington, DC area only.

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    We will do a show in your name, at a local children’s hospital in the Washington,DC/Baltimore area and leave behind a few CDs and DVDs. Plus an autographed CD of Dancin' In The Kitchen.

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    Cathy & Marcy sing-along in your backyard or living room – you help pick the songs from the C&M repertoire. Limit of 35 people. Travel and hotel additional if outside the Washington,DC area. Plus an autographed CD of Dancin' In The Kitchen. Date of concert to be arranged in 2015.

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    CATHY FINK model M3H MARTIN GUITAR- slightly used, excellent condition. These are limited edition guitars, only 50 or so were made. The guitar offered here has been used in a non-smoking studio-looks and sounds great. See photo in update. A collectors item and beautiful "players" guitar. AVAILABLE FOR THIS CHRISTMAS-insured shipping added

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    Combo reward includes elements of several rewards PLUS a 45 min. CONCERT in a school, your home, or other location. (Travel and hotel additional outside of Washington, DC area.) Gift Pack (The full Cathy & Marcy family music CD catalogue), mp3 of the song, “DANCIN’ IN THE KITCHEN” with the names that you choose, C&M will write and record a simple song for your child, delivered as an mp3. The song will be crafted from your answers to a questionnaire and a brief phone call. Plus an autographed CD of Dancin' In The Kitchen.

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