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Mama sold had to sell her piano to finish the physical release of "Cabinet"-- now she needs a new one to write the next record!

Darlings, Starlings, Lovers and Lambs,

WELCOME to the Arbornaut great adventure into Kickstarting Music, Round 2. THIS MISSION:

Buy this panda a piano via Kickstarter and romping-stomping-night-of-kamikaze-art-party-song-burst in a big beautiful church in Washington Square Park. 

An index for the time-impaired.

I. Why. (storytelling and waxing philosophical)

II. How (an invitation to party and how to get TICKETS)

III. and What Else? (what happens next?)

I. WHY 

   a) because we need a piano, plain and simple.

   b) because you are the Medici and we wanna be Michaelangelo.

PIANO

One and a half years ago, we turned to Kickstarter, and to you to help us finish putting sequins and bows on "Cabinet", our first ever full length record. We released "Cabinet" in February of this year, and if you don't have a copy, well, you should get one. Because we're practically giving it away. Why? Because honestly, we just want you to hear it, and we are at liberty to DO that when we're not in debt to a record company. Don't know it? That track up there is a sample. Or get the whole thing here : 

www.heatherchristian.bandcamp.com

What, might you ask, was the one down side (if we truly had to nail ourselves down to a "down side" amidst all the joy and effervescent tune-wrangling) to self-producing a record without a label to front the dough? This: in order to FINISH printing the physical copies, Heather had to sell her piano.

 Let me first tell you why this is NOT SO SAD.

1. Because the piano Heather sold was Heather's first piano. Her name was Doris. Yes it was, I can't make this stuff up. She was beautiful but she was a little busted. It's true. So when it came time to make a decision about where the money to finish the record would come from, Heather dreamed a dream of buying the piano she rented to make "Cabinet" with (let's call him Dream Piano, he's a boy), and sold Doris to a lovely gentleman who promised to love her.

2. Beethoven's Pianos have agreed to sponsor Heather and slash the price of Dream Piano in HALF to make it more feasible to kickstart, thus starting the butterfly wings in the amazon. (we can continue to write and make records and fill the world with musicy-music for time eternal.)

3. Ultimately, in today's world where YOU decide if an artist makes it and NOT a label, and NOT a silly television program, YOU GET TO SAY "hey, I like this artist, I'm gonna contribute"-- and BAM. You are the Medici. You are Elizabeth I. You are among the tomes of other great historical patrons of the arts, because THAT'S THE WAY IT WORKS THESE DAYS. 

Revolution (cont'd)

 We have chosen, as an ensemble, do to this alone. Because after multiple meetings with record labels and hemming and hawing with friends and compatriots who HAVE signed with labels, we have decided that in order to keep the magic intact and keep a personal relationship with YOU, we don't need no stinking label. And THAT is as free as free gets. We make the music we wanna make, when we wanna make it, how we wanna make it. Boo yah.

II. HOW. (on music, partying, tickets, and swag.)

    a) the party

    b) the perks ----------------------------------------> (if you're impatient.)

Party

Running in tandem with this Kickstarter is a giant fundraising concert that will be held on July 1st at Judson Church in NYC. We have taken over this gorgeous space for the whole night, and are curating a multi-media musical Arbor-extravaganza complete with 3 concerts inside a shadow-box installation. 

YOU CAN ONLY GET TICKETS THROUGH THIS HERE KICKSTARTER!

any donation of $20 or more gets you in the door.

As a nod to the piano-deficit, the Arbornauts are writing a song cycle for 7 TOY PIANOS that will be performed once and once only the night of the concert. It will be large. It will be gorgeous, it will be FILMED, and you should BE there, being your gorgeous self, bobbing your head, skulking in the corner, nooddle dancing or what have you. 

I will say it again:

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY THROUGH THIS KICKSTARTER. So even if you're not in a "donating" mood,

perhaps you can be in a "ticket buying" mood.

Better yet? Why should you donate? Because it gets you a TICKET.

Can't make it to the party? Check out our "OUT OF TOWNER VIP" rewards packages. Just cause you're a million miles away doesn't mean we don't love you. 

NOW.

MORE ABOUT THE PARTY

-Opening set by Momma Holler

- 7 Toy PIanos song cycle

-Arbornauts set

- VIP afterparty ( again, see perks) where the Arbornauts serve as a jukebox of all the songs that made them wanna be musicians in the first place. This party will be an intimate catered event with cake, canoodling, and emotional swag.   which brings me to.....

Perks

We have made a hefty list of perks for all you who wish to give including secret songs, recordings of the concert, personalized audio, a hand crafted Arbor-christened toy piano, dream drawings from HC, personalized thank you song video, and the chance to hire to songbird to craft a song to your specifications. These are among many many more various and sundry. 

LOOK! --------------------------------------------------------->

PLUS!! 3 OF THE SONGS IN THE VIP SET WILL BE REQUESTS TAKEN FROM OUR TOP 3 DONORS.

Ever wanted to hear us cover "Billie Jean?",   or " Baby, One more Time?" or "Strangefruit"?  or "FREEBIRD"-for heaven's sake???

Now's your chance. You give. We prepare. and NO ONE will judge you on your taste. No one. 

Ain't it nifty?! Ain't you itchin?!

bitchin, kitchen. 

bewitch my sitch. 

(for real.)

III. What Else?

IN SUMMATION / THE NUT OF THE MATTER

This isn't just about raising money for a record or a piano. (I mean, Ok, yeah, well, IT IS.) but it is also about participating in a revolution where FANS are the most important thing emotionally AND logistically in an artists career. If you need a precedent for this, babies, I suggest you google a little lady named Amanda Palmer, who just raised over $1 million on Kickstarter and changed the game.

If you are still reading,

well first of all, bless your heart, stranger, we made it this far!

We would like to say,

Thank you for watching our video. For reading this, for taking the time out of YOUR day and YOUR life to listen to a plea from some tune-sters who love you. We want to continue making things for you. 

We are all ears, and heart.

Go get em tiger. 

xoxox

hc & the a's

IN THE EVENT THAT THIS KICKSTARTER MEETS ITS GOAL AND GOES OVER!!

Please note that every PENNY will be used to make the new EP, which is a collection of man-imal songs that will be recorded late summer of this year. And, and Mama C MIGHT be tempted to add perks. So gimme a reason, yeah?

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    Personalized audio thank you from Mama C. Give 10 bucks and HC of the Arbornauts will send you an mp3 Thank You, maybe it's in verse, maybe it's sung, maybe it's screamed from a rooftop or beat on a tambourine. Each one as unique as a snowflake, because you are too, loverpants.

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    NEW FAN SPECIAL #1: $10 gets you introduced all proper like. We'll send you a free download code for our latest album "Cabinet". Didn't know us before but was gonna buy the album anyways? Do it here and direct the money towards the next one. and HEY, we'll even throw in the secret track for good measure. Why? Because we are THAT CRAZY ABOUT YOU.

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    20 Bucks gets you your "digital thank you" AND 1 TICKET to "7 Toy Pianos": The Benefit concert attached to this Kickstarter Campaign, which will be held at Judson Church on July 1st! This night is a curated fantasia of shadow puppets and music with opening act Mama Holler, an Arbornaut 1-time-only concert played on, you guessed it, 7 toy pianos, and a NEW set of NEW Arbornaut songs alongside your faves. Seats are LIMITED!

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    THE OUT OF TOWNER #7: or THE BROKE & HARDCORE--- $20 gets you a set list from the night of (either the toy piano set, the regular set or the VIP set) drawn and doodled and graffittied on by the band. You get the thank you, you get the secret download, you get a set list. And maybe you frame it. Or maybe you put it on your fridge. Or maybe you have my handwriting analyzed by a psychic WHATEVER. It's yours so whatever, dude.

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    NEWBIE FAN GOODY #2: Give $20 and you get a LIMITED EDITION COPY of "Cabinet" mailed to your house. There are only 33 of these still up for grabs after our release, so the goody, she is running out. Instead of buying it outright, give us $5 extra and we'll send you an extra album download, the secret track from this campaign, and a goody from the party in your album package. How's them apples?

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    AUDIO RECORDING OF THE HIGHLIGHTS FROM "7 TOY PIANOS". The sister concert to this campaign is blue-moon special. That's why we got an engineer friend to come and record it. 50 bucks gets you a TICKET, our secret track, a downloadable record of the best our special night had to offer. This will NOT be sold. It is only available to YOU, lovey.

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    OUT OF TOWNER # 5: The supreme concert SOUVENIR S.W.A.K. package. Darling, you couldn't be there, but time and space are ultimately such small things. This reward gets you a Concert CARE package, complete with a set of ARBOR RHYTHM STICKS (used in our 7 toy piano opus) a picture we took for YOU in the photobooth, and a secret concert memorabelia grab bag. You are at summer camp, and we are the cool mom who sent you twizzlers and the Michael Jackson tape.

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    VIP TICKET TO "7 TOY PIANOS" good for concert and aferparty. WHY, might you ask, is the afterparty so tasty? Well, because it's catered. And intimate. And WE will be your jukebox. We are playing an all covers set of the music that made us wanna be musicians in the choir loft of Judson church for the intimate gathering of generous few who wanna come party with us. You officially become our royalty, and we throw a party for you, at your service, when everyone else has gone home.

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    THE OUT OF TOWNER VIP #1: This reward allows you to be part of the party even if you can't MAKE the party. The Arbornauts will record a "thank you" song, especially for you, video a live performance of it in some nook and cranny of Brooklyn (cuz that's how we roll) and send it your way.

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    TAKE HOME AN ARBOR-FANCIED TOY PIANO. the 7 toy pianos we are playing the night of this concert have been hand crafted by Arbornauts. Painted, bedazzeld, beaded, schmutzed, signed, loved. Give $150 and you not only get a TICKET, VIP access, but you also get to take one of these beauties home. ONLY 4 AVAILABLE!

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    THE MEDICI: Now. This cheese stands alone. For $200 or a $200 addition to other reward package, Mama C will send you the naked baby birds right after they have been hatched. That's right. We will send you recordings of ALL THE SONGS GOING ON THE UPCOMING EP AS H WORKS THEM OUT ON HER NEW DREAM PIANO. This one is about process. This is about rarity. This is buying into something we don't advertise, namely, the glorious awkward puberty of a song who's learning to fly. You are the FIRST to say "yes that's great!" or "geez, that sux". And we hear it. And we love you. And you are the Medici.

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    OUT OF TOWNER VIP # 3: Can't come to the concert? That's ok, because WE WILL CALL YOU. $200 gets you either a skype video call with all of us Arbornauts OR a ring a ding ding on your cellular telephone from us. "Hey girl, how you doin? Good? Good. How's that no good man of yours??" Yeah, we give good gab. Be warned.

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    OUT OF TOWNER VIP #4: Heather makes a DREAM DRAWING for you. Did you know that John Lennon also dabbled in drawing? And so did Sinatra? mmm hmm. Well did you like the artwork for "Cabinet"? Why thank you, honey-lamb, I did it myself. Give $300 as an out of towner VIP, and Heather will make one of her surrealistic dream collage inspired pen and inks for you, wrap it in love, and send it to your house.

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    COME CHILL WITH US AT THE RECORDING STUDIO DURING OUR NEXT SESSION. AND we will make you dinner. We are splitting our guts with excitement over the recording of our followup EP to Cabinet! Give $300 and you get a TICKET with VIP access, where you will hear the songs from the upcoming EP played live, and THEN you get to come watch us do it, eat a home cooked meal, drink a brewski, and be a quiet ninja noodle dancing to music being made in our favorite Brooklyn recording studio.

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    HEATHER TAILOR-MAKES A SONG FOR YOU. That's right. You're a VIP. You've got the secret tracks, you've got the recording of the concert. You've got a VIP access TICKET, AND you get to HIRE the SONGBIRD. You want it jazzy? You want it slow? You want it about unicorns? You want it in 6? You want it whispered? You want it screamed? IT'S YOUR SONG. and I write it. And record it. And give it to you. No catch.

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