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I am Aoede-a quirky singer-songwriter & muse. I write compelling pop for your heart & like to PLAY. With your love and help: ALBUM #2!
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MY STORY:

Hi! I am Lisa Sniderman, a singer-songwriter in the San Francisco Bay Area with an enchantingly quirky soprano voice. If you listen to and adore Ingrid Michaelson, Feist, Lily Allen or Regina Spektor, you might resonate with my songs! I write, sing, perform, and record compelling pop songs for your heart to inspire, connect with and awaken you. I am also a muse who loves to PLAY and to connect and go by the name AOEDE (the muse of song)! I also have been battling a crazy rare autoimmune disease, Dermatomyositis, for the past few years, and have come to discover that MUSIC IS MY LIFELINE! A large part of my healing process is creating new music and connecting. I want to get my songs out now because I don't know what life is going to bring... but then again, do any of us?


I used to be the poster child for DIY, driven to doing everything from writing, performing, recording, self-funding, self-releasing, promoting and marketing Aoede, until I realized the power and beauty of DIT (Do It Together!) With the help of an amazing producer and skilled mixing engineer, crazy talented seasoned musicians, a kick-ass pr team, webmaster and marketing guru, distributor, photographer, and loud cheerleading from friends, family, and fans, I just released Affair with the Muse in March 2011! It is a "radiant and inspired" seven-song EP I recorded mostly during the summer of 2010 in Los Angeles, and it is only available as a digital release. If you are new to my work, you can take a listen: www.reverbnation.com/aoede


Once released, my own muse kicked in (after having caught the recording bug), and I wrote and recorded SIX NEW songs-all 13 self-funded AND while dealing with this crazy health stuff! The positive is that since March, I've connected with so many wonderful people who have expressed that my music, voice and/or story compel them-mostly online through social networks and through interacting and blogging about health, humor and music! Many have expressed desire to have Affair with the Muse on CD. I also won a music contest in May, have secured numerous licensing contracts, and was just nominated for 2012 All Indie Music Awards for Best Singer-Songwriter and Best Folk-Acoustic Artist! NOW I am ready to complete my second full length album (and 4th release), which will consist of 13 songs: Six brand new songs, combined with the seven songs from Affair, completely remixed and with new elements! The new songs reflect my journey and experiences of the heart through musical stories. They deal with the matters that touch all of us: life, love, loss, pain, broken days, joy, beauty, inspiration...

WHY I'M REACHING OUT TO YOU!
I recently was asked to tell my story and perform at the annual Myositis Conference in Las Vegas in September. My talk was entitled: 10 Confessions and Secrets of a Singer-Songwriter Who Became a Muse. Secret #5? I Do Not Go It Alone! Riding this roller coaster, going through the trials and tribulations of an unexpected illness, has helped me to recognize when I need help, and despite my strong will and independence, I have learned to receive as well as give. I've realized how important it is to reach out to others-for support, connection, and for assistance. I'm reaching out now so that I can give you a part of me through my music.

WHAT I NEED, WHAT YOU GET!
What's left to do to complete the NEW album? The 13 songs are recorded and mixed but still need to be mastered. I need to do a photo shoot for the album cover and perhaps work with an artist to complete the artwork. I need to have 1000 CDs duplicated in Digipaks (my other hat was Environmental Scientist so keeping this green!), and ideally to work with my pr team again to help market and promote the new album! All this costs around $5,000, thus my funding goal!

This is where YOU come in!

By supporting this project, YOU can be a part of my NEW album, help me realize my dream AND be rewarded with cool stuff! In addition to you just listening to the finished product, we get to interact during the project through exclusive updates and through perks!

You can receive different perks depending on how you contribute!

Rewards (named after each of the muses!) include:

*Exclusive video updates and weblink
*Digital download of new CD
*Advanced hard copy of new CD
*Advanced signed hard copy of new CD
*Your name in CD liner notes
*Pop rocks and custom Aoede guitar picks
*Birthday from the muse
*Aoede Loves You Box-o-Fun!
*Story behind the songs postcards
*Signed copies of all of Aoede's CDs
*30-minute private SKYPE call with Aoede
*Aoede will write and record a song for you
*Custom metal work
*Affair with the Muse-House concert or Fairy Tale Love on the town!
*Musical genie in the bottle (your one musical wish is Aoede's command!)

WHAT IF WE EXCEED THE FUNDING GOAL?!
Any additional funds raised (we can do it!!) will only go to better marketing and promotion as well as financing further recordings and music videos, which is this muse's passion and place of true joy!

HOW YOU CAN HELP THIS PROJECT EVEN FURTHER!
If Aoede's music compels, if this project resonates with you, other ways you can help include getting the word out! If you think others might love Aoede's music, please let them know about this project! You can share the links on facebook, twitter, blogs, your newsletters! Every bit helps and will allow the muse to keep inspiring others through her musical stories...

From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU for your friendship, support and Aoede love! I can't wait to share our new album with you!
♥ Aoede ♪♫

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    CLIO: EXCLUSIVE VIDEO UPDATES, WEB LINKS!
    Get exclusive video updates for the whole project, and I'll include your name/link on a special new section on my website!
    (CLIO: Muse of History)

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    THALIA: ADVANCED DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF NEW CD!
    Be VERY FIRST to hear and download digitally Aoede's new album-before it is released!
    (THALIA: Muse of Comedy)

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    EUTERPE: ADVANCED COPY OF NEW CD!
    Be FIRST to have the hard copy of Aoede's NEW CD before it is released! PLUS: digital download of new album before it's released, *pop rocks* and custom Aoede guitar picks!
    (EUTERPE: Muse of Lyric Poetry)

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    MELPOMENE: ADVANCED SIGNED HARD COPY OF NEW CD, YOUR NAME IN LINER NOTES!
    PLUS: digital download of new album before it's released, *pop rocks* and custom Aoede guitar picks!
    (MELPOMENE: Muse of Tragedy)

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    TERPSICHORE: BIRTHDAY FROM THE MUSE, SIGNED CD, YOUR NAME IN LINER NOTES!
    I'll sing and record HAPPY BIRTHDAY on video and customize it to whomever you want to send the greeting! PLUS: signed hard copy of new CD, digital download of new album before it's released, *pop rocks* and custom Aoede guitar picks!
    (TERPSICHORE: Muse of Dance and Song)

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    ERATO: AOEDE LOVES YOU!! ENCHANTING BOX-O-MUSE FUN!!
    Special limited edition, handmade Aoede pop rocks lunch box, Aoede T-shirt, *pop rocks* and custom Aoede guitar picks, and a special personalized thank you recording! PLUS: signed hard copy of new CD, your name in liner notes, and digital download of new album before it is released!
    (ERATO: Muse of Love Songs)

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    POLYHYMNIA: STORY BEHIND THE SONGS POSTCARDS!
    A postcard a month in the mail, each one with handwritten lyrics, telling a story behind one the songs on the album. PLUS: signed hard copy of new CD, your name in liner notes, digital download of new album before it's released, *pop rocks* and custom Aoede guitar picks!
    (POLYHYMNIA: Muse of Spiritual Hymns)

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    URANIA: SIGNED COPIES OF ALL OF AOEDE'S CDs!
    Includes: signed hard copy of new CD, limited edition pressing of Affair with the Muse (2011), Push and Pull (2008), Ear Candy (2006) & personalized thank you recording! PLUS: your name in liner notes, and digital download of new album before it’s released, *pop rocks* and custom Aoede guitar picks!
    (URANIA: Muse of Astronomy)

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    CALLIOPE: ASK OR PLAY WITH THE MUSE!
    30 Minute Private SKYPE Call with Aoede:
    Your choice! I can play acoustic music for you or you can ask me questions, or we can do a combination!
    (CALLIOPE: Muse of Epic Poetry)

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    AOEDE: AOEDE WILL RECORD A SONG FOR YOU!
    I will write and record a song for you about a story or topic of your choice (the muse wants to keep it clean please!) You can share your story or lyric ideas with me via phone call! PLUS: signed hard copy of new CD, your name in liner notes, and digital download of new album before it’s released, *pop rocks* and custom Aoede guitar picks!
    (AOEDE: Muse of Song)

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    MELETE: CUSTOM METAL WORK & AOEDE WILL RECORD A SONG FOR YOU!
    Custom, handmade, one-of-a-kind "Music is My Lifeline" metal work, and I will write and record a song for you about a story or topic of your choice (the muse wants to keep it clean please!) PLUS: 5 signed hard copies of new CD, your name in liner notes, a digital download of new album before it’s released, *pop rocks* and custom Aoede guitar picks!
    (MELETE: Muse of Meditation)

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    MNEME: AFFAIR WITH THE MUSE! HOUSE CONCERT OR FAIRY TALE LOVE (SF Bay Area only)!
    Your Choice: I'll come to your house and serenade you and your friends with an acoustic house concert, or we can go on the town and re-enact Fairy Tale Love video shoot (PLAY at the carousel, Musee Mechanique!) PLUS: 5 signed hard copies of new CD, your name in liner notes, digital download of new album before it’s released, *pop rocks* and custom Aoede guitar picks!
    (MNEME: Muse of Memory)

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    MNEMOSYNE & ZEUS: MUSICAL GENIE IN A BOTTLE!
    Your one musical wish is Aoede's command! (within reason :)) YOU get to choose: write a new song with me? Do back-ups on a song? PLAY with Aoede in SF Bay Area? Share your wish with me via phone, and I will help make it come true! (wishes limited to musical nature, but do not include giving my favorite Martin guitar away for example!) PLUS: video birthday greeting, story behind the songs postcards, Skype call, customized metal work, all of Aoede's signed CDs in box-o-muse-fun,10 signed hard copies of new album, full credits in the liner notes, digital download of new album before it’s released, *pop rocks* and customized Aoede guitar picks!
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