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Producer Ben Shive & I are getting ready to reimagine some songs from the late 80s-late 90s loved by so many of us. Come along!
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I believe Beauty and Truth can be discovered in the most surprising places, often in the middle of the night, in the middle of doubt, sometimes in the form of one little line of lyric that reminds you that you are NOT ALONE, after all.

We experience God in melody and lyric and art and architecture and literature and in the faces of loved ones and strangers and the natural world.

When we're looking.  When eyes & palms are open & willing to see.

I think we're here to pan for gold.  Together.

When I was 14, my family moved back to the States from Germany. Before my junior year, we moved again to a suburb of Chicago.  Those years were shadows and silent tears, and music became a more important companion than ever.  

No matter your story, most of us would say the songs we spent time with between the ages of 14 and 24 were some of the closest to our hearts.  In my case, the songs not only spoke for me but also nurtured my desire to become a songwriter.  

I am a writer and write in the way I do largely because of the shaping of other writers and artists.

It's my hope to breathe new life into a few songs that met me early on and may have been part of your path, as well.  We haven't chosen all of the songs for this EP just yet, because we hope to have your collaboration in part of the selection process.

We're reaching from approximately 1987-1997.  What songs carried you through those years?  

If that wasn't your decade, no worries! I'm excited to introduce you to some old friends of mine. :)

We anticipate recording in October 2014 for a release in late winter/spring 2015.

You helped bring "FEED YOUR SOUL" to light in 2013.  Come along again?

Risks and challenges

Assuming we together are able to fund this project, the hardest thing will be narrowing down our song options! There are so many we'd love to do, and the minimum funding of $12,000 will actually only afford 5 songs, when you factor in all production/art/manufacturing/reward fulfillment expenses.

We would love to record more than 5 songs. In order to do that, we'll need to go beyond our minimum fundraising goal, which is possible!

I'll also need to acquire licenses from the copyright owners to record these songs. We don't anticipate any problems with that, but it will be a small hurdle & an expense.

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    ABOVE + Signed CD + 10 Demos recorded for this project as we consider song options (digital downloads) + Your Name and Favorite Song from late 80s-late 90s included in a "Nostalgia Playlist" to be published online & in our Limited Edition Nostalgia Booklet (see Level 300).

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    LEVEL 100 Awards + Signed, Exclusive Nostalgia Booklet. Just for backers at this level and up, we will compile handwritten journal pages written during studio time; lyric sheets & interesting facts/notes; vintage photos & depressing poetry from my teen years; behind the scenes studio photos; a brand new, original short story by novelist Travis Thrasher written for & inspired by these songs; 80s/90s Mix Tape Lists from Ben & Christa & Fellow Kickstarter Backers plus any other rad treats we can think of.

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    LEVEL 100 Awards + Signed, Exclusive Nostalgia Booklet (see above) + Be My Guest: You'll get the VIP treatment at any one of my performances. Come early for soundcheck, save your seats, share pre-show refreshments with us, get a public thank you from stage, grab a bit with us afterward & take home a signed set list. We'll have a blast!

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    LEVEL 100 Awards + Signed Nostalgia Booklet + Studio Visit. If you can make it to Nashville during recording, come hang with Ben & me and contribute some claps or bgvs or a rap (okay, probably not, but it could happen). We'll chase down all that work with a tasty meal at a favorite Nashville lunch spot & grab some photos to post with a public "Thank You!" If you can't make it during recording, we can schedule another time to do the fun stuff minus recording. Travel/Lodging not included.

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    LEVEL 100 Awards + Signed Nostalgia Booklet + Original Song. No one's ever written a song for you? This is your chance! You'll give me the prompt or your story, and I will write & record a demo of an original song just for you.

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    You'll invite a few favorite people, help me make the set list, incl the cover song of your choice AND get 10 signed CDs to hand out. I will perform an intimate, solo show in your living room.

    Date will be scheduled to take place within 12 months of album release. Must be located within 6 driving hours of either Nashville or Raleigh OR provide air travel (& piano/PA).

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