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After four years of pencil chewing, twenty new songs are filling my next album in two parts; Produced LeRoy Bach.

Wow, Holy Cow, Awesome!  Help keep it going!  There are still limited edition copies of the record, posters, songs to be written and one Rock Opera left...!! 

I will FOR SURE be getting this record made, and you will FOR SURE be getting the awards you bought!.  

This Kickstarter will go toward studio mixing and mastering time at SOMA here in Chicago. A minimun of $3000 will get this two-part album (80min of music) finished and printed in a limited run for promotion and Kickstarter rewards.  Any additional funds we raise will go to pay the performers (imagine that!) and promoting the album. If we reach $5000, for example, we can hire a GREAT PR person to put the first part out there, focusing on touring (hopefully to your town). Crazy business. 

Part I will be mailed out this summer. Part 2 will be released in December. Buying the albums through kickstarter will involve you in this process from the beginning to the end. This is very satisfying.

LeRoy Bach (Bass, Keyboards, Guitar, Clarinet) is producing and arranging Part I. Sam Wagster (Bass, Keyboards, Guitar), David Hilliard (Drums), Nora Oconnor (Vocals) and I (Guitar, Vocals) fill out the band. LeRoy has a Grammy for his work in the band Wilco and was instrumental in Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (one of my favorite albums). Sam (Fruit Bats, Father Costume, Dahlgren) and LeRoy are successfully pioneering the spirit of this thing and bringing my songs life. David toured with David Byrne, Nora has sang with Andrew Bird,... it's very good company. 

This album is taking a new turn for me. Part I reminds me of long drives in the backseat of my parents' car; the world seemed very hi-tech then, with all the power lines and smooth roads, or roads that shiver to wake you up. The sound of 80's pop music on the radio kind of suggested a shape to the unknown world, and HeSaidSheSaidThatsWhatSheSaid reminds me of that. The songs were written in Nebraska, at the Kimmel Harding Artist Residency, and I think you can hear me looking up to Springstein's Nebraska, which someone had just given to me as a gift. 

The two main characters in the record are male and female (played by myself and Nora Oconnor), sorting out their love for each other in varying degrees of success, but largely avoiding the inevitable or in-progress earthquake or bomb or flood.  Now I've told you too much already.

How Part 2 comes out is yet unknown. But the songs are written. I will say that more gets destroyed in Part 2, but that it probably has a happy ending.

Thanks for listening... you can hear my music on my website: http://www.jeffharms.net or Pandora or itunes, or anywhere music is streaming.

Here are the show posters offered:

 a larger version of the wooden sculpture mentioned on the right

Here is one of the Myth of Heroics Drawings

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    A digital download of my last album The Myth of Heroics. This reward is included at all levels! Pow!

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    Digital Download of Part 1 of this album: HeSaidSheSaidThatsWhatSheSaid

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    Digital Download of Part 1 (this summer) and Part 2 (this winter): HeSaidSheSaidThatsWhatSheSaid & Pretty Girls Don't Just Talk to Me This reward also included with ALL other pledges $15 and higher.

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    Digital Download of Part 1 and 2 of the album + A CD of cover songs by The Jeff Harms Singers. -Eye in the Sky -Steppin' Out -Africa -Empty Frame -Hard Candy Christmas -Motor Away -Slave to Love ...and many many more

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    Digital downloads of Part 1 and 2, Plus an acoustic (unplugged?) version of the double album, exclusively sold through Kickstarter.

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    Digital Download of Part 1 and 2 + A CD of my very first home recordings and other sounds. Part 1 and 2 come with ALL pledges $15 and higher.

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    Digital Download of Part 1 and Part 2 of this album + an acoustic version of both albums + a CD of cover songs by the Jeff Harms Singers + a CD of my very first home recordings and other sounds.

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    A limited set of actual CD's (Parts 1 and 2), signed and numbered, with hand-made original cover artwork by me (only 100 pairs, the first in Summer, the second in Winter).

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    Wild Horses Show Poster (seen in project description)

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    Myth of Heroics Album release poster (seen in the project description)

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    Let me make you a song. What do you want it to be about? You tell me. Or perhaps you have a poem that needs to be set to music (guitar and piano is what I'm capable of) Choose the genre, etc. Written and recorded within a week, with 2 rewriting sessions if you are unsatisfied.

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    One of the remaining drawings from the Myth of Heroics series.

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    Attend the vocal recording of Pretty Girls Don't Just Talk to Me. The vocals (if not all) of the second part of the album will be recorded live for a small audience... We eat a little bit and then settle in to record. Date TBD, but some time in October or November!

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    Your song (see $50) recorded with a full band. Band members will likely include LeRoy Bach (Wilco), Sam Wagster and Gillian Lisee (The Fruit Bats) and Dan Mohr (Dahlgren, and well, Dan Mohr). Includes 2 rewrites/consultations of the demo, but only one shot with the full band. Allow a month altogether.

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    I will record you a song and send you the illustrated sheet music (in the style of sheet music from the 20's )

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    I will play a solo set for you. You pick the place, the date, the songs... Make it a potluck. I will bring a macadamia nut encrusted talapia. OR make it a serenade for someone else, and I will sing the message of your choice under the window of your choice...

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    The Jeff Harms Singers will perform a set for you. You pick the place, the date (so long as we are all available that day) and the songs.

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    A rock opera needs to be made, but what about? You tell me. 40 minutes of music. Includes recording and printed sheet music. I literally cannot wait until you tell me.

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    I also make sculpture... Maybe you need a hand-made diamond shaped wooden sculpture for your table top, measuring roughly 1 x 1.5 x 1ft (smaller than the version shown in the description).

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    I will entertain you, at my own risk, for a total of 8 hrs with an assortment of pratfalls and mishaps. I will clean up. Do it all in one day, or spread it out, or share with your friends... (Transferable for practical jokes etc...) If you are easily embarrassed, maybe try a couple of Rock Operas instead?

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