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Mr. and Mrs. Muffins follow up their debut album with a lavish gatefold LP, 24-page fully-illustrated booklet, and more magical music.
Mr. and Mrs. Muffins follow up their debut album with a lavish gatefold LP, 24-page fully-illustrated booklet, and more magical music.
121 backers pledged $6,006 to help bring this project to life.

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WHO WE ARE

Hello, and welcome to our Kickstarter page! We are Mr. and Mrs. Muffins, a husband and wife duo currently residing in Seattle, WA. We write quirky stories with imaginative illustrations and whimsical soundtracks.

Mr. and Mrs. Muffins Site --- Bandcamp Page

WHY WE'RE HERE

We are extremely happy to welcome our fans, new and old, back to Kickstarter. Over the past two years, we have been hard at work creating an album that we feel very proud of. That album is entitled, “The Misty Cowboy and Other Songs to Dream By.”  We are here to get this new album pressed and in the hands of our fans.

The Misty Cowboy and Other Songs to Dream By is an exploration of dreams. We have dreamed many dreams together over the past several years (see our first kickstarter video here) and we are quite elated that, after much hard work and dedication, many of our dreams have come true.

Our friends, family and fans (YOU!) have given us the dream of being able to make records in the comfort of our own home. We are very thankful that we can fulfill this dream by making art that we hope you find unique and exciting.

WHAT IS OUR DREAM?

Our dream for the new album is to highlight the artistic talents of Mrs. Muffins, who has created beautiful illustrations for a poem written by Mr. Muffins. This 24-page poetry booklet will be attached to the inner right panel of the gatefold LP. The illustrations will compliment the music and add depth and richness to the overall listening experience. Here are some images of pages from the mock-up LP seen in the video above:

WHY ARE YOU HERE?

The artwork for the booklet is nearly finished and the music is recorded/mastered. All we have to do now is press the records and ship them to you. This is where you come in!

Due to the ambitious nature of this project, production costs will not be cheap. We have saved some money from sales of our previous album, but the estimated production cost for 250 albums is a whopping $5,859 +shipping.

By meeting our goal of $5,000, you will be assisting in the creation of the following things:

  • Vinyl duplication (250 pieces)
  • Full-color gatefold LP
  • Full-color 24-page booklet
  • Shrink-wrapping
  • mp3 download cards
  • Licensing the rights to “It’s Such a Good Feeling” by Mr. Rogers
  • Our dreams come true!

WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU?

With a production cost of nearly $6,000, each album is about $24 to produce.  If you choose the $20 pledge level, you are getting the album for less than the production price. Plus, we will ship it to you for free.  We are simply trying to make a great piece of art, not a million dollars.

In return for your generosity, we have included some other awesome rewards like...

  • Mr. and Mrs. Muffins postcards
  • Digital download of the new album and previous Muffins album(s).
  • A physical copy of the album
  • Your name printed on the gatefold jacket
  • Digital (eBooks) of our first two stories
  • A skype conversation with Mr. and Mrs. Muffins
  • A skype music lesson with Mr. and Mrs. Muffins
  • A sock puppet handmade by Mrs. Muffins (see pictures below)
  • Digital sheet music for The Misty Cowboy and Other Songs To Dream By
  • Digital sheet music for The Raindrop Dance and Other Songs About Love
  • Record your vocal over a Mr. and Mrs. Muffins song
  • Mr. and Mrs. Muffins' old record player and amplifier (see video below)
  • Mrs. Muffins' design services for a project you're working on! Let's collaborate! (check out her portfolio at http://nandawilson.com)
  • A concert in your house!
  • Our eternal gratitude...

Pictures of sock dolls:

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU

Thank you, once again, for your heartfelt support.  We simply can’t do this alone, and that is why we must DREAM TOGETHER.

With love and respect,

Mr. and Mrs. Muffins

P.S. WHAT DO THE NEW SONGS SOUND LIKE?

The first album was very Parisian and sparse in its instrumentation, while still retaining a certain lush quality.  The Misty Cowboy and Other Songs To Dream By is more orchestrated and full.  It also has a more old-time American feel to it.  The influences for the music range from '30s jazz to '60s bossa nova and pop. One song is even completely sung in Bahasa Indonesia.  All of the music in our kickstarter video is from the new album.  You can also listen to the audio and watch the videos below!

The Music Box

The How Do You Do Song

The Merry-Go-Round

1. The Misty Cowboy (LIVE VERSION)

2. The Dreamiest Street (ALBUM VERSION)

3. The Carefree Day (LIVE VERSION)

Risks and challenges

Every project comes with its own set of risks. Our project is no exception. Fortunately, we have already worked with the company handling the production of this album. They pressed our first record. We know that they communicate well and are quite good at meeting deadlines. We have already been in communication with them about specific details of what we would like to do.

Still, delays can and do happen. We have heard horror stories from other artists whose shipments got lost or arrived damaged. With the ambitious nature of this album, delays are possible. Something as simple as an inadequate test pressing could set things back by a few weeks. Simply put -- guaranteeing quality takes time. We would much rather send you an album that we are proud of than an album we rushed to finish in order to send it to you by a certain date.

Another consideration is that some of our rewards (the sock dolls for example) are completely handmade. If an amazing number of people pledge at or above $100, you will have to be patient as we sew together each individual doll. We actually hope this happens. The sock dolls are fun to make!

Even with these possible setbacks, we can guarantee that the wait will be worth it. Thank you so much for your patience and support.

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    Happy thoughts, love, a personalized thank you e-mail, and your name shouted as loudly as possible.

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    All of the above + a set of 4 Mr. and Mrs. Muffins postcards. We will also throw in the digital books and music downloads for our first two stories: The Striped Ladybird and The Adventures of Ms. Rabbit and Mr. Carrot.

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    All of the above + digital sheet music with chords, melodies, guitar chord diagrams, and lyrics for all original songs on The Misty Cowboy and Other Songs to Dream By!

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    All of the above + Mr. and Mrs. Muffins will make you a beautiful mix CD with all original Mrs. Muffins artwork.

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    All of the above + digital sheet music for both Mr. and Mrs. Muffins albums. Play along with the albums whenever you want!

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    All of the above + Mrs. Muffins will make you a handmade sock doll. Seriously, these are amazing. Check out the pictures on the left!

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    All of the above + a 30-minute music lesson or conversation with Mr. and Mrs. Muffins. You can ask them any question within reason. For example: "What did you eat for lunch today?"

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    All of the above + one of only five original test pressings from the first album, The Raindrop Dance and Other Songs About Love. We only have two copies left. We are saving one for posterity. Somebody else is welcome to the other one!

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    All of the above + a Haiga created specifically for you. Mr. Muffins will write a Haiku for you and Mrs. Muffins will make a drawing related to the Haiku.

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    All of the above + record your vocal over a Mr. and Mrs. Muffins song. This could be done remotely. Or, if you live in Seattle, you can come to our house. We will give you a digital, unmastered copy of your creation. (Please note: your voice won't be on the album. Just a fun experience).

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    All of the above + Mrs. Muffins will offer her graphic design services to you. Need wedding invitations? You got it! Baby announcements? No problem! You get the idea...

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    All of the above + a private concert in your house. Must be within 50 miles of Seattle! Thank you.

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