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Help Wendell mix, master, print, and release his new album!
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114 backers pledged $7,810 to help bring this project to life.

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Wow! :: You have raised $5,500 in just over 48 hours.  Words cannot express how thankful I am for you!  I am encouraged and energized by your support. More than the money, your enthusiasm for supporting me and my music has really put fresh wind in my sails.  THANK YOU!  

Now what? :: Let's keep going.  The actual expenses for this project will end up being closer to $8,000.  Any additional funds raised before July 6, will go toward: Better quality mixing and mastering, Better promotion, Booking a fantastic release show at a great venue in DC, and Tour expenses.  

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your support.    

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Thanks for visiting my kickstarter page.  This is my second album, but my first real attempt at launching a music career.  Thanks for taking the time to consider my project!  Keep reading for more info...

The Album ::  The music grows from the same acoustic folk terrain as my last record, but it's steeped in 4 years of life in DC--and that means life lessons and a good jazz scene.  I spent much of the last 2 years listening to old jazz recordings from the 1930s and 40s (Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt, Duke Ellington), and much of the music on this record grows from that tradition.  

I've been in 3 different studios around DC with bass players, drummers, clarinet, trumpet, cornet, trombone, piano, accordion, guitars, tambourines, glockenspiel, bells, an old 1960s Farfisa home organ, analog drum machine... it's been a lot of fun. 

The album is tentatively titled When I Work Alone.  It's a series of reflections on life in DC, growing up, heartache, and of course, things that make me laugh.  

The Costs ::  I have already spent $5k on the project, most of that from my own pocket. Recording is almost complete.  What remains is mixing, mastering, printing, and promoting the record.  Just so you know where your money will go: Mixing will be somewhere around $2k and mastering right around $1k.  Printing the album will cost about $1,200, and promotion is the big unknown.  Anywhere from $1,700 to $4,000.  How much money I put into promotion will largely depend on how well this kickstarter goes.  In other words, you will play a big role in how much exposure this project receives.

I've done my best to keep the project as lean as possible and steward my own money well.  I'll do the same with yours.  

The Release ::  I am aiming for a mid September release in DC, with perhaps a delayed "national release," until November.  That just means that the album wouldn't go up for sale on iTunes or through my website until the later date, allowing time for publications to review it before release. I am working on hiring a publicist to try to get it reviewed in local press, blogs, and national publications like Paste Magazine.    

When it comes out, I'll do a big release show in DC, gathering all the musicians together to make this record come to life in front of a live audience.  I hope you'll be there, so I can thank you from the stage for making the project possible!

Kickstarter ::  If you are new to kickstarter, here's how it works:  1) I have 30 days to try to raise the target budget.  2) If I don't raise that amount, then I don't keep any of it. 3) If we pass the minimum funding amount, (I will shout for joy!) but you can continue to fund it.  If we raise more than $5k, that will just go toward better promotion and a bigger release event.  

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your support!  Please email me if you have any questions.  wendell at wendellk dot com.  

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    Digital Download of the album, before it is released to the public, + PDF of album art, and a sincere thank you from me.

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    The completed album in CD format, Autographed (with a personal Thank YOU!) and Mailed to your door, before the album releases

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    YOUR NAME in the liner notes as one of the people who made this album possible + Autographed CD mailed to your door before the album is released

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    Limited Edition Wendell K. T-Shirt + Your Name in Liner Notes + Autographed CD.

    The T-Shirt--still in the making--will say something like, "wendell k... made possible by ME."

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    A YOUTUBE performance dedicated to you! You decide the song: Take your pick from my songs, or favorite songs by other artists that I can cover. Either way, it goes on the world wide web with a personal thank you dedication to you! + Your Name in Liner Notes + Autographed CD + T-Shirt.

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    Let Me Write YOU A Song! Seriously. Let's talk about what you want the song about; maybe you give me some lyrics or a melodic idea, and we'll make a song. I'll email you an mp3 of it when its done. If you are near DC, we can work on it in person; or perhaps when I tour and come through your town. Otherwise, via skype and email.

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    HOUSE SHOW. I'll come play a show in your home or at a party or anywhere you like. You can help me determine the setlist.

    If you're within a 5 hour drive of the DC area, I'll cover my own travel expenses. If you're further away, we can try to do it on my Fall tour, or as a last resort, you'll have to cover travel. But we can work it out!

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Funding period

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