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CA$ 736
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Lp CamozziBy Lp Camozzi
First created
Lp CamozziBy Lp Camozzi
First created
CA$ 736
pledged of CA$ 22,500pledged of CA$ 22,500 goal
15
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, November 21 2014 7:19 PM UTC +00:00

About

I have been working towards this goal for over 13 years - to become an international children's performer focusing on boys positive development.  

My creative mission began in 2001 when I moved to Montreal from British Columbia to become a children's entertainer and author. I chose to focus on boys because I could see that they were falling behind in the school system and in society as a result. 

I really felt that boys (and their parents) need music that talks about their daily lives and the frustrations and problems they uniquely face. And I believe that even kids get the blues. Boys in particular today need better mentoring, positive male role models and ways to express their emotions. Therefore, I tried to write the songs that speak directly to boys.  Things and emotions that I experienced as a child or witnessed as a parent.  With a sense of humour about it all.

To date I have written and self-funded the production of two picture books and two CD's with no outside support.  

I am a married father of two girls and a boy and a grandfather of four - three boys and a girl.  

Many parents of boys have encouraged me because they agree that this is an important subject that needs addressing now.  Especially if they have been faced with a recommendation that their young son be medicated to control "acting out" behaviour.  A very difficult position for a parent to put in.

And by the way, girls like my live shows too even if "it's boys stuff."  I simply want to do something that boys can call their own.  Just as I have with my first two CD's - which address common boy behaviour in junior and senior elementary school and life situations. They are titled Even Kids Get the Blues and Even Kids Go Country. Please visit lpcamozzi.com or search Lp Camozzi on iTunes to listen to my music.

I have seen the results of boys who fell behind 15 years ago in university classrooms today, where I occasionally teach. I have heard the complaints of wonderfully successful, intelligent young women having serious trouble finding equally responsible, caring young men.   

There are now over a million single mothers in Canada who are living with the consequences of an absent or irresponsible father.  What will happen to their sons without strong male role models?

As a side note, I am personally well familiar with childhood and adult bullying. There is a song on my Even Kids Get the Blues album called Big Bad Bully Billy that speaks to this issue.

After doing live shows since 2003, touring Manitoba in 2009, playing the Vancouver Children's Festival in 2010 and touring the US and Canada in 2012/13, I am ready for a new international musical project to achieve my vision of Boy Oh Boys! concerts for large groups of boys accompanied by their parents, grandparents or guardians.  Not unlike a show I did early in my career called "Mothers and Sons."  All the boys were up and dancing with their moms!

It will be a rockin' good time that reinforces what it means to be a normal growing boy.

I am confident that Boy Oh Boys! will be my strongest musical effort to date and an awesome addition to my two previous CD's.

The requested KickStarter funds will primarily go to the production, distribution and tour marketing costs for a first rate CD to encourage boys to grow in a positive, contributing way. 

The $22,500 funding goal is roughly budgeted to include:  

Kickstarter fees ($1,895)

Shipping of rewards ($4,245)

Sales tax ($1,115)  

Songwriting time, studio and equipment rentals, hiring studio musicians, mixing, mastering and final CD art and production. As well as early stage marketing of a launch tour. ($15,245).  

Total $22,500.

Above all, Boy oh Boys! is going to be fun for all!

Risks and challenges

Time is always a challenge.

But I have now successfully completed four projects of this nature once the goal was set.

As a professional writer for a living, I know there is a risk of writer's block when it comes to producing new material. But I also know from experience that all it takes is discipline and 100% commitment to the project. With fresh air and exercise to encourage creativity. There are a lot of pent up ideas in my head since my last album release. Can't wait to put them all on paper and have them set to music as Boy oh Boys!

I also intend to enlist some musical arrangement help on this project as well as input from teachers and parents. Necessary to get both the musical quality and message that rings true.

I want to get this right. There are so many important issues to address. Not the least of which is channeling the energy level of boys in a positive direction.

The overall production timeline is tight but doable in my view. Worst case scenario would be a 1-2 month delay but the album will definitely be available for the 2015/16 school year when I will ideally be touring it.

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    Pledge CA$ 15 or more About US$ 11

    An immediate signed and delivered copy of my 2nd CD entitled Even Kids Go Country - Best for boys 7-11. Covers pre-teen issues for boys in country blues style. Plus your name on priority list for Boy Oh Boys delivery in 2015. Listen to Even Kids Go Country on lpcamozzi.com or itunes.

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    Pledge CA$ 19 or more About US$ 14

    Immediate signed and delivered copy of my 36-page hard cover picture book for boys entitled Spice Kapita, That Dancin' Guy. A beautifully illustrated story of a boy growing up through dance. Best for boys 5-9 yrs. Long listed for Ontario 2012 Blue Spruce Award. Plus your name on priority list for Boy Oh Boys CD delivery in 2015. Read Spice Kapita on lpcamozzi.com

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    Pledge CA$ 20 or more About US$ 15

    First pressing signed copy of Boy Oh Boys! musical CD with a minimum of twelve new songs professionally produced, packaged and shipped to your door.

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    Pledge CA$ 50 or more About US$ 37

    First pressing signed and delivered copy of my new Boy Oh Boys! musical CD with a minimum of twelve songs plus a PERSONAL POEM to the boy of your choice written in a Tanka poetry form based on a conversation with the backer.

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    Pledge CA$ 1,500 or more About US$ 1,119

    A live one hour concert for your son or grandson and his friends. 5-10 year age group recommended. Music drawn from my first two albums and my 2012/2013 tour of the US and Canada. Plus new songs in process. Includes travel expenses in North America (within reason), one hour concert plus currently available CD and Spice Kapita book for the party boy. Available now or during my planned 2016 Boy oh Boys! tour of new music.

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