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As of right now, the album has been recorded and mixed, but I need your help to bring the rest of this music project to life.
As of right now, the album has been recorded and mixed, but I need your help to bring the rest of this music project to life.
53 backers pledged $4,723 to help bring this project to life.

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FIRST THING'S FIRST— THE MUSIC

This is song from the new album called "This Love is Changing Us"

Check out this other song from the album, "Last Thing On Your Mind"! <3

GREETINGS FROM THE SCAMP!

Hello there! My name is Tai Shan and this Kickstarter campaign is in support of my new album Meet In The Middle, an album that combines my love for making music with my husband Austin WITH my love for literature, especially stories with strong female characters. 

Coincidentally, the release of this album marks the one-year anniversary with my husband Austin, so I guess it ALSO combines my love of literature with the ups and downs of married life! We've been touring the United States together in our 13-foot Scamp trailer (which you can see in a picture at the bottom of the project) and it has been a REAL ADVENTURE!

Me and Austin <3
Me and Austin <3

 

MEET IN THE MIDDLE

When I was a little girl, my mother worked a late night shift and my father spent countless hours reading us bedtime stories, thus nurturing my love for reading and literature. I've delved into literary characters before with my album Living Fiction and I wanted to continue those ideas with Meet In The Middle.

I've always felt like characters in books have had something to say other than what the narrator is telling us, so as a songwriter I love the ability to write songs from these character's perspective as a way to give a voice to the voiceless or add music to a poignant scene of a book. 

Meet In the Middle is inspired specifically by the strong women I have read about or met in my life and the impact that they have had on me. 

For example:

  • “Stubborn Girls” was inspired by the character Meg from the book A WRINKLE IN TIME by Madeleine L'Engle 
  • “Last Thing on Your Mind” was inspired by Stephen King's CARRIE
  • "The Oldest Lullaby" was written about about a woman who was addicted to the sand that would make her sleep and dream from Neil Gaiman's graphic novel SANDMAN

I worked with Seattle producer Mark Blasco, who helped me sift through volumes of ideas and previously recorded sessions to create an album that I really believe in, and I hope you will too.

PROJECT GOALS

This album is special because I received a grant from Jack Straw Studios to specifically write an album inspired by women in literature, but it only covered a FRACTION of the total album costs. If we're gonna make an impact on the music world, we're gonna need a little help - and we really thank you for it!

This Kickstarter project will help us reach the goals of having world class musicians perform on the album, be able to create high quality artwork, press up a bunch of CDs, and ultimately get the publicity and promotion that can help take us to the next level. There is still MUCH more to do!

There's two parts of making an album: The first side is recording the thing, and the second part is getting it out to the world. We've already done the first part (recording), but we would love your help with Part 2 - The Album Release.

Here's what we plan to do with the funds:

THANKS TO ALL OF YOU we have already unlocked the FIRST GOAL, where we've covered the fees for the musicians on the album AND we'll get to finish all of the graphic design for the album & the LIMITED EDITION literary character prints by Orion Miscianga that we'll reveal throughout the campaign. We've got more goals to reach, but you've helped us so much already & it's awesome!

Here's a video that reveals more about the amazing producer & world class musicians involved in Meet In The Middle:  

 

REWARD BUNDLES

Take a look at the full list of reward bundles and items we have available along the right side of the project. Here's a sampling of some of the reward items we've included:

  • AUTOGRAPHED CD of Meet In The Middle 
  • AUTOGRAPHED catalog CDs, including Tiny Planet, Living Fiction, & the Covers EP 
  • LIMITED EDITION Art Prints by Orion Miscianga Based Off Our Literary Songs
  • Bootlegs, B-Sides, & Rarities Digital Album 
  • Tour Poster Suitable for Framing 
  • Personal Cover Song Posted to Facebook 
  • Improv Song Based On Your Idea Posted to Facebook 
  • Personalized Postcard Mailed to You from the Road 
  • Your Name Printed in the Digital Liner Notes 
  • Private Concert at Your Home or Venue 
  • Private Facebook Group Reading Room & Fan Forum 
  • MUCH, MUCH MORE!
Friends!
Friends!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

My friends— I sincerely thank you for your help. For those I have yet to meet, I don't know what brought you to my page, but I'm happy you've found it and I am most appreciative that you're here. Thank you!

Making music is my calling and your contribution will help me to keep making art and spreading the love of art to everyone around. I hope you will support me on this project. 

THANK YOU and LOVE, 

Tai Shan

and Austin, too ;)

This is The Scamp— Our Cargo Carrying Friend!
This is The Scamp— Our Cargo Carrying Friend!

 

OFFICIAL WEBSITE

www.taishanmusic.com

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Risks and challenges

As with all products, there could be production delays. However, I will keep everyone updated throughout the entire process.

I really hope to fund this project and make "Meet In The Middle" exactly the way I've envisioned it. I'm incredibly proud of the music and what we've done and I can't wait to share it with you all.

I thank you profusely for your support!

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    Hitchhikers Bindle (Digital Bundle)

    A generous thank you and a digital bundle that includes a download of the new album "Meet In The Middle" and a PDF list of books recommended by Tai Shan!

    This reward package also includes everything listed below:

    Includes:
    • Digital Download of "Meet In The Middle"
    • Digital Liner Notes PDF
    • Tai Shan Recommended Reading List PDF
    • Spotify Private Playlist Link
    • Any Updates or Bonus Stuff Tai Shan May Include
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    Day Trip Kit (CD & Postcard Bundle)

    Just what you need for taking a day trip to your favorite farm or ferris wheel. This package includes a CD of the new album "Meet In The Middle", A "Go Make History" Sticker, and a personalized postcard sent to you by Tai Shan from somewhere on the road!

    This reward package also includes everything listed below:

    Includes:
    • CD of "Meet In The Middle"
    • Personalized Postcard from the Road
    • Digital Download of "Meet In The Middle"
    • 'Go Make History' Sticker
    • Digital Liner Notes PDF
    • Notes From the Road PDF
    • Tai Shan Recommended Reading List PDF
    • Spotify Private Playlist Link
    • Any Updates or Bonus Stuff Tai Shan May Include
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    Sight-Seer Kit (AUTOGRAPHED CD Bundle)

    Among many things, this package includes an AUTOGRAPHED CD of the new album "Meet In The Middle" AND we'll print your name in the acknowledgement section of our Digital Liner Notes as a show of our sincere gratitude for your support of the band!

    This reward package also includes everything listed below:

    Includes:
    • AUTOGRAPHED CD of "Meet In The Middle"
    • Personalized Postcard from the Road
    • Digital Download of "Meet In The Middle"
    • 'Go Make History' Sticker
    • Digital Liner Notes PDF
    • Your Name Printed in the Digital Liner Notes
    • Notes From the Road PDF
    • Tai Shan Recommended Reading List PDF
    • Spotify Private Playlist Link
    • Any Updates or Bonus Stuff Tai Shan May Include
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    The Overnight Bag (T-Shirt Bundle)

    Stuff a bag for your road trip with a super soft Tai Shan "Meet In The Middle" T-Shirt in the size of your choice. We'll also include an AUTOGRAPHED CD of the new album and much, much more.

    This reward package also includes everything listed below:

    Includes:
    • Tai Shan "Meet in the Middle" T-Shirt
    • AUTOGRAPHED CD of "Meet In The Middle"
    • Personalized Postcard from the Road
    • Digital Download of "Meet In The Middle"
    • 'Go Make History' Sticker
    • Digital Liner Notes PDF
    • Your Name Printed in the Digital Liner Notes
    • Notes From the Road PDF
    • Tai Shan Recommended Reading List PDF
    • Spotify Private Playlist Link
    • Any Updates or Bonus Stuff Tai Shan May Include
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    Ships to Anywhere in the world
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    Ticket to Ride Bundle (Release Show)

    Back this special bundle and get a pair of VIP tickets to the Album Release show in February 2018 (in Seattle).

    Tickets will be located in the first two rows of venue and includes early access for soundcheck and meet & greet.

    Most items will ship in 2017, Shows in 2018.

    This reward package includes everything listed below, but does not include travel to/from and accommodations in Seattle.

    Includes:
    • (2) VIP Tickets to Seattle Album Release Show in February 2018
    • AUTOGRAPHED CD of "Meet In The Middle"
    • Personalized Postcard from the Road
    • Digital Download of "Meet In The Middle"
    • 'Go Make History' Sticker
    • Digital Liner Notes PDF
    • Your Name Printed in the Digital Liner Notes
    • Notes From the Road PDF
    • Tai Shan Recommended Reading List PDF
    • Spotify Private Playlist Link
    • Any Updates or Bonus Stuff Tai Shan May Include
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    Ships to Only certain countries
    Limited 3 backers
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    Roadside Attractions (Catalog Bundle)

    Get the full catalog of Tai Shan albums (Meet In The Middle, Tiny Planet, Living Fiction, & the Covers EP) on AUTOGRAPHED CD. A few of the other things in this bundle are a personal Facebook shoutout to you from out on the road and an invitation to a Private Facebook Group Reading Room & Fan Forum.

    This reward package also includes everything listed below:

    Includes:
    • AUTOGRAPHED CD of "Meet In The Middle"
    • AUTOGRAPHED CD Catalog: Tiny Planet, Living Fiction, & Covers EP
    • Tai Shan "Meet in the Middle" T-Shirt
    • Personalized Postcard from the Road
    • Personalized Facebook Shoutout from Tai Shan
    • Invitation to Private Facebook Group Reading Room & Fan Forum
    • Digital Download of "Meet In The Middle"
    • 'Go Make History' Sticker
    • Digital Liner Notes PDF
    • Your Name Printed in the Digital Liner Notes
    • Notes From the Road PDF
    • Tai Shan Recommended Reading List PDF
    • Spotify Private Playlist Link
    • Any Updates or Bonus Stuff Tai Shan May Include
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    Bootlegs Are Made for Walkin' Bundle

    This is the Tai Shan Collectors Series, including an AUTOGRAPHED set list from somewhere on the road, AUTOGRAPHED CDs of "Meet In The Middle", & the AUTOGRAPHED catalog CDs including "Tiny Planet", "Living Fiction", & the Covers EP.

    This package also has a digital album of B-Sides, Rarities, and Unreleased Songs. If it's a song we made, you get in this package; along with a Tai Shan tour poster that's suitable for framing!

    This reward package also includes everything listed below:

    Includes:
    • Digital Album of Bootlegs, B-Sides, & Rarities
    • AUTOGRAPHED Setlist from the Road Tour
    • AUTOGRAPHED CD of "Meet In The Middle"
    • AUTOGRAPHED CD Catalog: Tiny Planet, Living Fiction, & Covers EP
    • Tour Poster (Suitable for Framing)
    • Tai Shan "Meet in the Middle" T-Shirt
    • Personalized Postcard from the Road
    • Digital Download of "Meet In The Middle"
    • 'Go Make History' Sticker
    • Personalized Facebook Shoutout from Tai Shan
    • Invitation to Private Facebook Group Reading Room & Fan Forum
    • Digital Liner Notes PDF
    • Your Name Printed in the Digital Liner Notes
    • Notes From the Road PDF
    • Tai Shan Recommended Reading List PDF
    • Spotify Private Playlist Link
    • Any Updates or Bonus Stuff Tai Shan May Include
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    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
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    Troubadour's Satchel (Improv Bundle)

    NEW LOWER REWARD PRICE!

    LIMITED TO 25 BACKERS

    Back this bundle and we'll create a Tai Shan improv song just for you and share it with the world via Facebook. You personally can give us an idea of what to write about and we'll take it from there!

    There's also tons of AUTOGRAPHED items and of course, Tai Shan music included in this bundle.

    Most items will ship in 2017, Custom Songs in 2018.

    This reward package also includes everything listed below:

    Includes:
    • TS Will Create an Improv Song w/Your Input & Post to Facebook
    • AUTOGRAPHED CD of "Meet In The Middle"
    • AUTOGRAPHED CD Catalog: Tiny Planet, Living Fiction, & Covers EP
    • AUTOGRAPHED Setlist from the Road Tour
    • Digital Album of Bootlegs, B-Sides, & Rarities
    • Tour Poster (Suitable for Framing)
    • Tai Shan "Meet in the Middle" T-Shirt
    • Personalized Postcard from the Road
    • Digital Download of "Meet In The Middle"
    • 'Go Make History' Sticker
    • Personalized Facebook Shoutout from Tai Shan
    • Invitation to Private Facebook Group Reading Room & Fan Forum
    • Digital Liner Notes PDF
    • Your Name Printed in the Digital Liner Notes
    • Notes From the Road PDF
    • Tai Shan Recommended Reading List PDF
    • Spotify Private Playlist Link
    • Any Updates or Bonus Stuff Tai Shan May Include
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    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
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    Long Haul Big Gulp (Songs Bundle)

    NEW LOWER REWARD PRICE!

    LIMITED TO 10 BACKERS

    We're going the extra mile to create some music JUST FOR YOU!

    Back this bundle and we will write a full score for any Tai Shan song of your choice. We'll also create a cover song video for the song of your choice and share it on Facebook, although some restrictions apply on your song choice. Plus, we're gonna make an improv song based off of an idea of your choice and post that to Facebook, too.

    Most items will ship in 2017, Custom Songs in 2018.

    This reward package also includes everything listed below:

    Includes:
    • Full Score Written for Tai Shan Song of Your Choice
    • Cover Song of Your Choice Posted To Facebook (Restrictions Apply)
    • TS Will Create an Improv Song w/Your Input & Post to Facebook
    • AUTOGRAPHED CD of "Meet In The Middle"
    • AUTOGRAPHED CD Catalog: Tiny Planet, Living Fiction, & Covers EP
    • AUTOGRAPHED Setlist from the Road Tour
    • Digital Album of Bootlegs, B-Sides, & Rarities
    • Tour Poster (Suitable for Framing)
    • Tai Shan "Meet in the Middle" T-Shirt
    • Personalized Postcard from the Road
    • Digital Download of "Meet In The Middle"
    • 'Go Make History' Sticker
    • Personalized Facebook Shoutout from Tai Shan
    • Invitation to Private Facebook Group Reading Room & Fan Forum
    • Digital Liner Notes PDF
    • Your Name Printed in the Digital Liner Notes
    • Notes From the Road PDF
    • Tai Shan Recommended Reading List PDF
    • Spotify Private Playlist Link
    • Any Updates or Bonus Stuff Tai Shan May Include
    Less
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    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 1 backer
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    A Picture's Worth 1000 Words Bundle

    We had artist Orion Miscianga create 6 LIMITED EDITION prints depicting the literary based songs from "Meet In The Middle" - This bundle gets you the entire print set, along with all the songs and AUTOGRAPHED items we've got!

    Most items will ship in 2017, Artwork in 2018.

    This reward package also includes everything listed below:

    Includes:
    • Complete Set of (6) LIMITED EDITION Literary Song Prints
    • Digital Album of Bootlegs, B-Sides, & Rarities
    • AUTOGRAPHED CD of "Meet In The Middle"
    • AUTOGRAPHED CD Catalog: Tiny Planet, Living Fiction, & Covers EP
    • AUTOGRAPHED Setlist from the Road Tour
    • Tour Poster (Suitable for Framing)
    • Tai Shan "Meet in the Middle" T-Shirt
    • Personalized Postcard from the Road
    • Digital Download of "Meet In The Middle"
    • 'Go Make History' Sticker
    • Personalized Facebook Shoutout from Tai Shan
    • Invitation to Private Facebook Group Reading Room & Fan Forum
    • Digital Liner Notes PDF
    • Your Name Printed in the Digital Liner Notes
    • Notes From the Road PDF
    • Tai Shan Recommended Reading List PDF
    • Spotify Private Playlist Link
    • Any Updates or Bonus Stuff Tai Shan May Include
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    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
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    Pledge $350 or more About $350

    Hit the Road, Jack (Show Bundle)

    NEW LOWER REWARD PRICE!

    USA & CANADA ONLY

    Tai Shan will perform a minimum 60 minute concert at your home or venue, as long as it's within 300 miles of Seattle, WA. This bundle also includes all the songs and AUTOGRAPHS from the above bundles, plus so much more!

    Most items will ship in 2017, Custom Songs & Shows in 2018.

    Canadian fans may need to include additional funds, depending on location. Please message us before backing.

    This reward package also includes everything listed below:

    Includes:
    • Tai Shan Concert at Your Home or Venue (Restricted to 300 Miles)
    • Full Score Written for Tai Shan Song of Your Choice
    • Cover Song of Your Choice Posted To Facebook (Restrictions Apply)
    • TS Will Create an Improv Song w/Your Input & Post to Facebook
    • AUTOGRAPHED CD of "Meet In The Middle"
    • AUTOGRAPHED CD Catalog: Tiny Planet, Living Fiction, & Covers EP
    • AUTOGRAPHED Setlist from the Road Tour
    • Digital Album of Bootlegs, B-Sides, & Rarities
    • Complete Set of (6) LIMITED EDITION Literary Song Prints
    • Tour Poster (Suitable for Framing)
    • Tai Shan "Meet in the Middle" T-Shirt
    • Personalized Postcard from the Road
    • Digital Download of "Meet In The Middle"
    • 'Go Make History' Sticker
    • Personalized Facebook Shoutout from Tai Shan
    • Invitation to Private Facebook Group Reading Room & Fan Forum
    • Digital Liner Notes PDF
    • Your Name Printed in the Digital Liner Notes
    • Notes From the Road PDF
    • Tai Shan Recommended Reading List PDF
    • Spotify Private Playlist Link
    • Any Updates or Bonus Stuff Tai Shan May Include
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only certain countries
    0 backers
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    Road House (Show Bundle)

    USA & CANADA ONLY

    Tai Shan will perform a minimum 60 minute concert at your home or venue, as long as it's within 600 miles of Seattle, WA. This bundle also includes all the songs and AUTOGRAPHS from the above bundles, plus so much more!

    Most items will ship in 2017, Custom Songs & Shows in 2018.

    Canadian fans may need to include additional funds, depending on location. Please message us before backing.

    This reward package also includes everything listed below:

    Includes:
    • Tai Shan Concert at Your Home or Venue (Restricted to 600 Miles)
    • Full Score Written for Tai Shan Song of Your Choice
    • Cover Song of Your Choice Posted To Facebook (Restrictions Apply)
    • TS Will Create an Improv Song w/Your Input & Post to Facebook
    • AUTOGRAPHED CD of "Meet In The Middle"
    • AUTOGRAPHED CD Catalog: Tiny Planet, Living Fiction, & Covers EP
    • AUTOGRAPHED Setlist from the Road Tour
    • Digital Album of Bootlegs, B-Sides, & Rarities
    • Complete Set of (6) LIMITED EDITION Literary Song Prints
    • Tour Poster (Suitable for Framing)
    • Tai Shan "Meet in the Middle" T-Shirt
    • Personalized Postcard from the Road
    • Digital Download of "Meet In The Middle"
    • 'Go Make History' Sticker
    • Personalized Facebook Shoutout from Tai Shan
    • Invitation to Private Facebook Group Reading Room & Fan Forum
    • Digital Liner Notes PDF
    • Your Name Printed in the Digital Liner Notes
    • Notes From the Road PDF
    • Tai Shan Recommended Reading List PDF
    • Spotify Private Playlist Link
    • Any Updates or Bonus Stuff Tai Shan May Include
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only certain countries
    0 backers
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    King of the Road (Show Bundle)

    USA & CANADA ONLY (MINUS HAWAII)

    Tai Shan will perform a minimum 60 minute concert at your home or venue, almost anywhere in the USA or Canada. This bundle also includes all the songs and AUTOGRAPHS from the above bundles, plus so much more!

    Most items will ship in 2017, Custom Songs & Shows in 2018.

    Canadian fans may need to include additional funds, depending on location. Please message us before backing.

    This reward package also includes everything listed below:

    Includes:
    • Tai Shan Concert at Your Home or Venue (Restricted to USA & CAN)
    • Full Score Written for Tai Shan Song of Your Choice
    • Cover Song of Your Choice Posted To Facebook (Restrictions Apply)
    • TS Will Create an Improv Song w/Your Input & Post to Facebook
    • AUTOGRAPHED CD of "Meet In The Middle"
    • AUTOGRAPHED CD Catalog: Tiny Planet, Living Fiction, & Covers EP
    • AUTOGRAPHED Setlist from the Road Tour
    • Digital Album of Bootlegs, B-Sides, & Rarities
    • Complete Set of (6) LIMITED EDITION Literary Song Prints
    • Tour Poster (Suitable for Framing)
    • Tai Shan "Meet in the Middle" T-Shirt
    • Personalized Postcard from the Road
    • Digital Download of "Meet In The Middle"
    • 'Go Make History' Sticker
    • Personalized Facebook Shoutout from Tai Shan
    • Invitation to Private Facebook Group Reading Room & Fan Forum
    • Digital Liner Notes PDF
    • Your Name Printed in the Digital Liner Notes
    • Notes From the Road PDF
    • Tai Shan Recommended Reading List PDF
    • Spotify Private Playlist Link
    • Any Updates or Bonus Stuff Tai Shan May Include
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    Ships to Only certain countries
    1 backer
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Funding period

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