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The children's album A Perfect Day aims to build up and transform the outlook of kids living with tough health challenges!
The children's album A Perfect Day aims to build up and transform the outlook of kids living with tough health challenges!
105 backers pledged $16,001 to help bring this project to life.

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LET'S MAKE IT - A Perfect Day

Ben Meisel, M.D., – pediatrician, social entrepreneur and musician – needs your help to bring uplifting and empowering music to kids living with significant medical conditions. Dr. Ben’s album A Perfect Day celebrates his awe-inspiring patients who live life to the fullest, no matter what comes. These patients choose to find perfection all around them despite their imperfect health circumstances. 

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A Perfect Day has high hopes of rallying a community around a simple mission – BUILDING PLAY INTO HEALTH. Kickstarting the album helps spread the word. It also allows Dr. Ben to team up with pioneering organizations working tirelessly to enable kids with serious medical conditions to be kids.  Funds raised above the $15,000 needed to produce the album will go toward further development of creative projects that support kids and their families.

Kids and Music That Stand Out

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A Perfect Day isn’t your typical children’s music album – and we think that’s a good thing. It means the album stands out. The music offers a rich mix of jazz, funk and rock’n roll. The dozen (or so) songs defy singular classification and appeal to every age group (even grown ups will like this music). Dr. Ben wrote numerous songs and chose others that capture the deep connections and raucously fun spirit of summer camp.

Serious medical conditions disrupt the lives of thousands and thousands of kids and their families. The typical things one does growing up often seem out of reach. Going to camp represents a perfect example. Dr. Ben’s service at the SeriousFun Children's Network of camps and children's hospitals throughout California has shown him that giving kids experiences that allow them to “be kids” equals serious fun, significant health benefits and overall a transformed outlook. The music of A Perfect Day aims to enable kids to draw upon camp’s psychosocial benefits (e.g., positive coping strategies and decreased illness-related stress). The larger mission of A Perfect Day remains to build kids up, help them create a connecting point for shared experiences and to foster a growing community that supports kids and their families.

Introducing Dr. Ben and His Vision to Build Play Into Health

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Dr. Ben has put his heart and soul into A Perfect Day. He’s seen how music can transform kids’ spirits. He knows from extensive personal experience that music does a body good. Dr. Ben put his combined medical and musical talents to work as the chief medical advisor and medical director of The Painted Turtle (California’s SeriousFun Children’s Network medical camp created by actors Paul Newman and Page Adler) from 2006 to 2010. He launched Dr. Ben & Co. in 2013 with a simple idea to build play into health. As a social entrepreneur, he sees tremendous possibilities for patient-empowering music, educational gaming and health entertainment that enable children, teens and families to LIVE WELL despite serious medical conditions.

Here's a Sneak Peek - Take a Listen!

Dr. Ben sings "Coming Out of My Shell" - a song he wrote that will be among the great camp-inspired songs on A Perfect Day

Your Support Speaks Volumes

Thank you for joining us in making it - A Perfect Day for kids to live well! 

Risks and challenges

Dr. Ben, the other musicians contributing their talents, the fine artists and professionals donating time and energy to produce and launch A Perfect Day have invested their hearts and donated expertise that would amount to thousands of dollars. With this generous in-kind support, our shoestring production budget – carefully calculated at $15,000 – allows us to achieve the highest quality and sound to uplift the kids and teens listening to the album.

As with all projects, certain hurdles or bumps in the road could occur. I am a practicing pediatrician, which means my schedule can at times be a bit unpredictable. I also happen to be married to an internist, who graciously allows me to pursue my musical pursuits while we juggle parenthood of our two young daughters. I’m committed to working every available minute I have (without neglecting my family and patient commitments, of course) to keep the album on the right course. We’ve set an ambitious production timeline to complete the album by this fall. That means should “life happen” we may have to slightly adjust our timeline. Regardless, with your help, we’ll make it. We’re committed to finalizing and distributing A Perfect Day in 2014.

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FAQ

  • Yes, anyone who gives over $20 to the campaign can ask to have their child considered for the random selection opportunity to come sing with Dr. Ben in the Santa Barbara Recording Studio July 22nd. However, you must send a message to Dr. Ben asking for this consideration. He will then add your child to the eligible group for the random selection on July 7th.

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  • Even though there is an option to "sign-in" using Facebook, it is possible to completely bypass any interaction with Facebook simply by ignoring the Facebook button and creating an account in the boxes below that on the sign-in page. Once you create a Kickstarter account, you'll be able to contribute via Credit Card. Unfortunately, Kickstarter has NO WAY of enabling people to give by writing a personal check.

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  • Unfortunately, Kickstarter is not set-up to receive personal checks. So any amount contributed by personal check will not be applied to the Kickstarter Goal total and we may have difficulty sending you your desired "reward" in exchange for your contribution.
    That being said, Dr. Ben & Company feels more than grateful for ANY contribution toward the project. So, if there is absolutely no way you are able to create a Kickstarter Account and contribute using credit card, then you may send a personal check MADE OUT TO:

    Dr. Ben & Company

    Send check to:
    27506 Berkshire Hills Place
    Valencia, CA 91354

    Gratefully,

    Dr. Ben

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    The "NO STUFF" option. For those of you who don't want any of the stuff but just wish to support the project with a financial donation of any amount $15 or more.

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    JOIN THE BAND! We will be selecting 2 children to join us on the recording and SING ON THE ALBUM. Selection will occur July 7th and the child (with Legal Guardian) must be able join us in the studio in Santa Barbara, California on JULY 22nd. All families that choose this Reward option will receive a full download of A Perfect Day. THE SMALL PRINT: Transportation to Santa Barbara not provided, parent/guardian consent required, child must be age 5-17 years old, no singing experience required."

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    EARLY DOWNLOADS of "A Perfect Day" + 2 Dr. Ben BONUS SONGS

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    2 "A Perfect Day" Guitar Picks OR Guitar Pick EARRINGS (made for project by family with medically-affected child) + early DOWNLOAD of "A Perfect Day" + 2 Dr. Ben BONUS SONGS

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    Dr. Ben will record a personalized "Shout Out" voice mail on your behalf then send it to you by email for sharing. Perhaps you'd like him to Congratulate someone on their NEW JOB or sing "Happy Anniversary" to your parents or "Happy Birthday" to Uncle Joe or explain that your choice of Listening to Great Children's music is a far better use of time than watching Monday Night Football or....?

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    RETRO TECHNOLOGY OPTION. Mixed box of 48 Limited Edition Cassettes of KiD'n Together's first 2 Award-winning recordings (Music by Dr. Ben & brother Alex Meisel entitled "Singin' At The Swingset" & "Alex,Ben,&Company") + EARLY DOWNLOAD of "A Perfect Day" + 2 Dr. Ben BONUS SONGS

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    12inch x 12inch high quality photographic prints of the actual Album Cover (unsigned) + EARLY DOWNLOAD of "A Perfect Day" + 2 Dr. Ben BONUS SONGS

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    2 Invitations to the Album Release Party in Santa Barbara, California + EARLY DOWNLOAD of "A Perfect Day" + 2 Dr. Ben BONUS SONGS

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    SIGNED 12inch x 12inch high quality photographic prints of the actual Album Cover (SIGNED BY DR. BEN & ARTIST, NANCY SCHIER [aka SPICEY BRAIN]) + EARLY DOWNLOAD of "A Perfect Day" + 2 Dr. Ben BONUS SONGS

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    Original Signed "A Perfect Day" Art - Signed by all of the artists/musicians on the album as well as the Artist, Nancy Schier (aka Spicey Brain) + early DOWNLOAD of "A Perfect Day" + 2 Dr. Ben BONUS SONGS

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    Dr. Ben will offer a Public Speech/Chalk Talk/School Presentation about the importance of Play in Healing. (Contributor is responsible for transportation expenses if over 90 minute drive from Valencia, CA)

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    Private 1 hour Songwriting Session with Dr. Ben - Virtually (via Skype or Facetime) or In person. (Contributor is responsible for "in person" transporation expenses if over 90 minute drive from Valencia, CA)

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    Dr. Ben will ship you a brand new personal blender and send you a few of his secret, delicious, nutritious, EmPOWERING GREEN SHAKE recipes [Yes, he eats these every morning for breakfast] + early DOWNLOAD of "A Perfect Day" + 2 Dr. Ben BONUS SONGS

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    Dr. Ben visits you, makes you a Gourmet Green Shake (one of his favorite, delicious, POWER FILLED, nutritious recipes) in a brand new blender that you get to keep and sings you a song LIVE while you enjoy your DELICIOUS CONCOCTION. (Contributor is responsible for transportation expenses if over 90 minute drive from Valencia, CA)

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    Dr. Ben 30minute Acoustic Set Concert in the venue of your choice for up to 50 people + DOWNLOAD of "A Perfect Day" & 2 Dr. Ben BONUS SONGS for all concert attendees (Contributor is responsible for transportation expenses if over 90 minute drive from Valencia, CA)

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    Dr. Ben's Florentine Cutaway Larrivee Guitar used on the album. Complete with LR Baggs Anthem Pickup System & Original Larrivee Hardshell Case. Signed by Dr. Ben with notarized letter of authenticity of signature. To quote Dr. Ben's favorite sound engineer: "Wow, that guitar sounds really expensive".

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