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My goal here is to go to Paris  to record an album with legendary producer and songwriter Ken Stringfellow  ( The Posies, REM, etc),
My goal here is to go to Paris to record an album with legendary producer and songwriter Ken Stringfellow ( The Posies, REM, etc),
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Hi. My name is Eric Lichter, a singer/songwriter from Seattle, Washington. I've been part of the Pacific Northwest music community for, well, approximately forever (it seems that way, at least). I have been: a longtime member of the indie band Green Pajamas ; a member of the seminal pop/rock Seattle band The Life; and currently founder of a new group called Picture Day, partnered with Jimm McIver and featuring a number of great artists such as Andrea Wittgens and Vincent Gates. I write, record and produce with talented musicians of all stripes and styles. My songs and the music projects I have been involved in have been featured in places like The London Times, Magnet, Entertainment Weekly and The Travel Channel, This is not to toot my own horn (well, maybe a little toot), but merely to assure contributors to this project that I've been around for a while and I get things done.

The What and The Who.

The basic idea: I am trying to raise $8K to record a new solo record. Featuring my own songs and vocals, to be produced by legendary songwriter and producer Ken Stringfellow.  In case you're not familiar with Ken, he's been a member of The Posies, The Disciplines and R.E.M. to name just a few of his musical collaborations. Ken and I have worked together before; he produced two of my songs for The Green Pajamas' album The Night Races Into Anna. Just recently, in his Paris studio, Ken performed and produced my song Little Bigger for the Picture Day album, Wild Aim. (If you watch the video that goes with this proposal, you can hear some examples of our collaboration.) These songs came out so well I couldn't imagine a better producer for this body of work; Ken is a brilliant artist, and it's an honor to know that he wants to produce my record.

The Why.My previous solo record, Palm Wine Sunday Blue, was released a few years back; it was an incredible experience writing and recording something so personal. I've been stockpiling a new collection of those very internal songs, and it is absolutely time to get them out there.

What's the music going to be like? Always the toughest thing for me – trying to describe my own musical style. What I can come up with: my songs are different. Not trying to be different in the sense of 'weird' or 'out of the box,' but the music is organic - it follows me around and plants itself in my melodies and lyrics. The songs find me.  I might say my music is indie rock/folk influenced; singable, occasionally humorous - with a tinge of Jewish melancholy thrown into the mix.

The Where

This record wants to be made in Paris, France. WHY Paris?!?  Well, a few reasons. Yes, Paris IS a beautiful city and of course I'd be thrilled to go there; however, the decision to make this record in Europe came down to a financial one. Ken has lived in Paris for many years, and has a great recording facility there. When we crunched the numbers it was more cost effective to record this album on his side of the pond.

The When And The How.If funded, I plan to record this album in late Spring of 2012. Ken and I will play all the instrumentation and I will do the vocals (possibly backed up by an occasional surprise guest). The album will feature 11 original songs. Between the two of us, we play an orchestra's worth of instruments; we intend to be both budget minded and flexibly creative, by not having to hire highly paid studio musicians.  Additionally your money will go towards: studio fees, production, CD duplication, distribution costs, CD mastering, publicist costs, promotion & marketing.The Final Pitch.

As you know, there’s a risk with Kickstarter: I only have 51 days to raise the money. At the end of that time, if I don't reach my goal, I won't get a single cent, and I’ll have to delay recording. My record will only be made if a community of people supports me and decides to help.

(I don't want to get too philosophical on you here, but there are so many reasons to support local music and independent artists. Artists not only enrich communities with the beauty of their work, they also help educate children and keep local economies thriving. Music has the power to truly inspire, to bring about new awareness, to change minds, to soften the spirit, and to shift the hearts of the world through words, sound, and beauty.)

I sincerely hope you'll consider being part of this project. Your contribution will be very much appreciated and accepted with heartfelt gratitude. Simply, what I am looking for is a way to record a very fine album...I aim not to disappoint.

Thank you so much for taking the time to look at my project -

Eric

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    First View Of Paris level: Heartfelt gratitude, good karma points and knowing you helped contribute to a project that a lot of heart and soul went into.

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    Paris By Candlelight Tour: Signed CD, advance digital download of the CD, and a signature Lichter cigarette lighter emblazoned with the album art work!!! Note: I'm not advocating smoking - just that my last name, Lichter, means lighter in German, and Paris is The City Of Lights! Get it?

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    Champs Elysees Ball Package: Signed CD, advance digital download of the CD, signature Lichter cigarette lighter emblazoned with the album art work, and a Special Limited Edition Poster!!

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    Sacre Coeur Panorama: Signed CD, advance digital download of the CD, special limited edition poster, signature Lichter cigarette lighter emblazoned with the album art work, limited Edition T-SHIRT, and a special DVD on the making of the album, all filmed in Paris.

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    Eiffel Tour Level 2: This is a HUGE level and you get a great seat in the house of Lichter! Signed CD, advance digital download of the CD, Limited edition poster, Lichter cigarette lighter, limited edition T-SHIRT, special DVD on the making of the album all fimed in Paris, YOUR NAME in THE ALBUM'S liner notes, an exclusive, limited edition amazonite necklace made by Los Angeles jewelry artist Michelle Lichter (my sister), and TWO DOZEN of my SPECIAL TRUCE COOKIES, made by me!! These are delicious cookies I developed a while back to help promote world peace. Hazelnut, almond chocolate chip. Quite the scrumptious stuff!

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    Ok, this is a new reward I'm adding in. By pledging at this level you get everything in the $500 reward category plus

    I will produce a Christmas or Hanukah 3-song CD that features your kids or grandchildren singing and playing the music. I will turn it in to a polished CD with cover design and all. This would make a great holiday gift to give to friends and family. The sentimental value is priceless!! I have experience giving songwriting workshops for children at the Bush School, Community Day School Association, and have recorded with groups of children (ages 5-12) at the Art Institute in Seattle. Last year I produced a Christmas CD for my wonderful little nieces. It was a holiday hit!!!

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    The Nike Extavanganza-
    You get all the rewards on the $500 level plus....On this special level ( limited to 1 person and a guest) you will get a special backstage tour of the world famous and highly myterious Nike Campus in Beaverton Oregon!!! The tour will be personally led by Nike's gobal creative director. You will get a chance to see the real machinery behind Nike! It also includes 2 passes to the Nike employee store. This is a store that is reserved only for Nike employees. Few visitors ever see the inside of this store. You can buy anything Nike makes for almost nothing - (CLOTHES, SHOES, SPORTS GEAR, ALL OF IT!!). It's like a Disney world for Nike nuts. This package would be perfect for a Nike aficionado, sports enthusiast, athlete, or design student ( I mean come on, they get to hang out with Nike's Global Creative Director!) Travel not included.

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    Eiffel Tour Level 3: You are at the top floor of funding. Signed CD, advance digital download of the CD, signature Lichter cigarette lighter, Limited edition T-SHIRT, special DVD on making of the album, an exclusive, limited edition amazonite necklace made by Los Angeles jewelry designer Michelle Lichter, YOUR name goes in the album's liner notes, TWO DOZEN TRUCE COOKIES, a PRIVATE HOUSE CONCERT in your own home (travel not included), AND THE ULTIMATE KICKER: I will compose and record an ORIGINAL SONG about any subject YOU choose, and the song will be featured on the CD!!!!!

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