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JJ, Doris and Nate have a new kids' music project called Django Jones, and they want YOU to be involved. Let's do this!
JJ, Doris and Nate have a new kids' music project called Django Jones, and they want YOU to be involved. Let's do this!
319 backers pledged $16,897 to help bring this project to life.

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The background:

You may recognize us as members of the folk-pop band, Girlyman, which along with Tylan Greenstein, has traversed the US and Europe since 2001, wowing audiences with tight three-part harmonies, heartfelt songwriting, improvisational “tuning songs” (songs made up and sung on the spot while another band member was tuning their instrument), and unpredictable stage patter. In the fall of 2012, Girlyman decided to go on hiatus to refresh, rethink, and rejuvenate, and to see what new seeds we could sow as individuals or in various other combinations. Django Jones, Doris, Nate and JJ's new kids' music project named after Doris’s charismatic chihuahua mix, was spurred on in part by the growing number of kids who were fans of Girlyman. Children were drawn in by the harmonies, the humor, and particularly the silliness of the made-up tuning songs, the topics ranging from chopped liver to cannons to tambourine-eating sharks. Not having any kids of our own, we started pretending we were kids again, (not very difficult) and imagining what we would have liked to hear.

The Kickstarter:

We've been writing and recording like mad here in Atlanta since January and have what we think is an awesome collection of fourteen songs and five jingles (yes, there are jingles on this record), called D is for Django, ready to mix and master and press to disc. But in order to get this music out into the world and into the hands of families and kids, we need some moolah to do it (expenses are the usual for a making and marketing a CD: mixing, mastering, photography, graphics, duplication, packaging, publicity, chocolate...) We also want to use the Kickstarter campaign itself to start getting the word out about D is for Django, so we can find as many kids, parents, and the young-at-heart as we can who might enjoy what we feel is some truly life-affirming music. Listen to our song "Germs":

D is for Django has become more than just a kids' record. It's grown from the seed of an impulse into a wondrous landscape with more possibility than we ever expected. We're capturing something musically that we never have before in "grown-up" music: a combination of ease and unselfconsciousness.  Says Nate, "The songs keep coming, and the ones that keep coming are getting better and better, and the more time we spend on it the more exciting it feels.”

And we've realized something profound: this feeling of tapping into something bigger than ourselves is because we are writing and playing for our inner child. Django Jones isn’t just "children's music," it’s music for and from the inner child in all of us, adults and kids alike. How can we love ourselves? How can we comfort ourselves? What does my inner child want me to know and feel? What is it that makes us laugh and cry? These questions and themes permeate the lyrics, the music, and the energy and feeling of the whole record.

Django Jones is full of positive energy, creative spirit, intelligence, fun, and love. Django Jones promotes joy, creativity, goofiness, musicality, silliness, and more fun.

Don't we all want these things? Come and be part of this! 

Remember that if we don't reach our goal in 30 days, we won't get any of the money that's been pledged, so help us spread the word!

The rewards:

All the reward levels are named after songs on the D is for Django record.
All digital downloads and physical CDs will be available to Kickstarter backers before the official public release.

"Bones": gets you an advance digital download of three catchy and hilarious jingles about a skeleton, Bigfoot, and germs.

"Popcorn": gets you an advance digital download of three pop songs off the D is for Django record that are as addictive as America's favorite movie theater treat!

"Every Day": gets you an advance digital download of the entire album. You'll get jingles, songs, and tender lullabies to make you laugh, sing along, cry or fall asleep to.

"Breakfast": You'll receive a signed physical copy of the D is for Django CD, complete with beautiful artwork and packaging. The real deal! (Insert cheers)

"Love You Like I Do" In this package, you'll get two signed copies of the CD (keep one for yourself and give the other to a friend who has kids!), a bonus track, a copy of a one-of-a-kind kids' book written and illustrated by Doris, and an advance digital download of the album. What kid wouldn't love a copy of a hand-drawn, miniature (4" x 2.5") book to add to their collection of night-time (or any-time) reads? This cute little book, available only to Kickstarter backers, is designed using a simple hot dog fold to make a 5-page folded book that is sharable, duplicatable, and fun! Here's an example of one that Doris made over Christmas to share her favorite cookie recipe:

(The book she is currently drawing for the Kickstarter campaign involves a cooking fiasco with Django the dog and his best cat friend, Betsy.)

"Happy Birthday": Did you know "Happy Birthday"can be sung in harmony? And wouldn't it be a fun surprise to have Django Jones sing to your child, friend, or family member over the phone? Choose this level and we'll sing you the best version of HB you've ever heard or you can throw the birthday cake in our faces! (preferably chocolate.)

"Germs": Feeling down in the dumps? Sick as a dog? Need some uplifting? With this level you can call on Django Jones to sing you a song of your choice (by Django Jones, Girlyman {written by Nate and/or Doris} or heck, even a cover song that we know) over the phone or on a voicemail. You'll start feeling better right away!

"Jack of All Things": What kid wouldn't love exclusive, hand-drawn, miniature (4" x 2.5") books to add to their collection of night-time (or any-time) reads? These cute little books, available only to Kickstarter and pre-order backers, are designed using a simple hot dog fold. This utilizes one sheet of paper to make a 5-page folded book that is sharable, duplicatable, and fun! (See above pics.) For this reward, you'll receive the book Doris wrote about Django and his best friend, Betsy's cooking fiasco, and two more original books illustrated by Nate's biggest fans: his girlfriend, Kim Zahller, and his mom, Jeanne Borofsky. Kim is a children's book illustrator, whose whimsical and loving animals never fail to bring a smile, and Jeanne is a multi-talented artist who makes fantastical, other-worldly books, prints, and encaustic paintings. (Note: these books will be in black and white.) Click these links for examples of some of their work:

http://kimvanzahller.com/gallery
http://www.dreamingprinter.com/gallery/Book-Related-Encaustics/red_birds_read

"All That I See": Skype is almost like being there in person! For this reward, let's connect and we'll sing you a song of your choice via Skype. This can be from the D is for Django record, a Girlyman song written by Nate and/or Doris, or any covers that we know or can do. Don't be shy: we'd love to see your friendly faces!

"Sleep Away": This reward gets you a personalized song similar to a Girlyman "tuning song." What's a tuning song, you ask? These were songs made up and sung on the spot by Nate on any topic that came to his mind while the other band members were tuning their instruments. Usually they'd join in almost perfect harmony. This time it will be over Skype and will be on a topic of your choice! What topics should you choose?? Topics can be as serious (the 6 wives of Henry the VIII) or as silly (OlestraTM) or as random as you'd like. For an example, check out this tuning song from Girlyman's "The Tuning Songs Collection, Vol. 1": 

"All Along": During the fall of 2012, Doris became intrigued by the art of papercutting (cutting delicate and intricate designs in paper, using an X-acto knife.) Since then, she has been on a papercutting kick, largely inspired by animals and other cute things. Using 6" x 6" origami paper, and the snowflake folding technique, these papercuts are stunningly beautiful and the designs extraordinary. Got an animal totem or simply love looking at them? Animals are her specialty, but let's talk, because anything's possible. Collaborate with D to help create an original papercut design for you or your child!

"Counterpoint": Time for a music lesson. What on earth are we talking about, you may ask. In this case, counterpoint means multiple vocal melodies sung at the same time. Listen to our song "Counterpoint" which will be on the D is for Django record:

Got a child who has a several different hobbies? Or got multiple kids who are wildly different in personality? Want a song including the whole family? Send us a description and we'll develop a unique melody for each person that also fits together with everybody else's melody! Give them the gift of learning their own melody and letting them march to the beat of it. If you choose this reward, we will write you a full song that employs counterpoint harmony, using topics of your choosing, and record and send it to you. And, if you choose the "Son of Bigfoot" reward, we will sing it to you live and in person!

"Jingle": We've all heard jingles on the radio and TV, advertising products. But wouldn't it be fun to have a personal jingle advertising YOU? Based on a short description of yourself, your child or anyone else, we will write and record for you a fully produced and arranged jingle for your listening pleasure. Still not convinced? If you listen to one of the jingles on D is for Django, we know you'll want one for yourself! Here's one we did for Bigfoot, using a definition we found on Wikipedia: 

"Bigfoot" rewards: Want to see our pretty faces? We want to see yours, too! Choose any of these levels to get a private Django Jones concert right in your living room (or location of your choice) or via Skype.

If you have an idea for a level you don't see here, let us know and we'll try and make us happen. Shave Nate's head? Have dinner with us at our favorite Szechuan restaurant? The sky's the limit!

Bringing new, leading edge music to you and your kids is an honor and joy for us. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for supporting this project and for allowing new avenues of creativity to come forth.

Risks and challenges

We feel confident that once we achieve our Kickstarter goal, setbacks will be minimal since the single most time-consuming part of this project (the recording) is mostly done. What's left are things like mixing, mastering, artwork/layout, duplication, and publicity. We've already picked out who we'd like to to do these things, so we expect that once the cover art is developed, everything will go smoothly and on schedule. Outcomes from publicity and marketing are always hard to predict, but we are very excited to explore as many avenues in this area as we can!

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    "Breakfast" - A signed physical copy of the "D is for Django" CD, an advance digital download of the album, plus a thank you card.

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    "Love You Like I Do" - Two signed physical copies of the CD, a bonus track, a copy of a one-of-a-kind, miniature kids' book illustrated by Doris exclusively for this Kickstarter campaign, an advance digital download of the album, plus a thank you card.

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    "Happy Birthday" - We'll sing happy birthday in harmony to you, your child, or anyone you want, on the phone or in a voicemail! Plus you get everything in the previous level "Love You Like I Do" (two copies of the CD, a bonus track, a copy of a miniature kids' book illustrated by Doris, an advance digital download of the album, and a thank you card).

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    "Germs" - We'll call you when you're sick (or whenever you need cheering up) and sing you a full Django Jones song, or Girlyman song written by Nate and/or Doris, of your choosing over the phone or in a voicemail. You also get everything included the "Love You Like I Do" level.

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    "Jack of All Things" - A copy of a miniature kids' book illustrated by Doris (the same book that's included in the "Love You Like I Do" level), plus copies of two additional miniature kids' books, one by Nate's girlfriend (a children's illustrator) and one by Nate's mom (a galleried artist). You also get two signed copies of the CD, a bonus track, an advance digital download, and a thank you card.

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    "All That I See" - We will perform (acoustically) a full Django Jones song, or Girlyman song written by Nate and/or Doris, of your choosing over Skype! Plus you get everything included in "Love You Like I Do".

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    "Jingle" - Tell us about yourself or your child in one sentence or a phrase, and we'll write and record you a personal jingle with full instrumentation and production! (Jingles are maximum 10 seconds long.) Plus you get everything included in "Love You Like I Do".

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    "Sleep Away" - Nate, with the help of Doris and JJ, will make up an acoustic improvisational song (like a Girlyman-style "tuning song") for you on a topic of your choice on the spot over Skype! You also get everything included in "Love You Like I Do".

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    "All Along" - Collaborate with Doris on a design theme and she'll make you a custom, frame-able, 6"x 6" papercut for you or your child. You also get everything included in the "Lullaby" level (happy birthday sung to you over the phone, two signed hard copies of the CD, a bonus track, a copy of a miniature kids' book illustrated by Doris, an advance digital download of the album, and a thank you card).

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    "Counterpoint" - We will write an entire song with counterpoint harmony using 2-3 topics chosen by YOU, record it, and send you a copy, AND sing it to you over Skype! Plus you get everything included in "Lullaby".

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    "Bigfoot" - The BIG one. We will perform a 45-minute acoustic set of Django Jones songs (and/or Girlyman songs written by Nate and/or Doris), over Skype! Plus give you everything included in "Lullaby".

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    "Bigfoot II" - Even BIGGER. We will play a 60-minute acoustic set of Django Jones songs (and/or Girlyman songs written by Nate and/or Doris) at a gathering or party for your child (within 75 miles of Atlanta), OR via Skype. And you get everything included in "All Along" (collaborate with Doris on a custom papercut for your child, two signed hard copies of the CD, a bonus track, a copy of a miniature kids' book illustrated by Doris, an advance digital download of the album, and a thank you card).

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    "Bigfoot Returns" - Even BIGGER and even BETTER. We will play a 60-minute set with fully amplified instrumentation: PA, drums, keyboard, bass, guitar, banjo, etc, either at a gathering or party for your child (within 75 miles of Atlanta) OR via Skype. Plus you get everything included in "All Along".

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    "Son of Bigfoot" - The BIGGEST and BEST of them all! We will play a 60-minute set with fully amplified instrumentation: PA, drums, keyboard, bass, guitar, banjo, etc, at a gathering or party for your child (within 75 miles of Atlanta), OR via Skype. PLUS we'll write an entire song with counterpoint harmony, using 2-3 topics chosen by you, AND sing the song during the set. Plus give you everything in "All Along"! The ultimate package!

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