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Music inspired by real people at critical crossroads, giving voice to their pursuit of dreams and living courageously.

The Inspiration for the Album

I am a music therapist. I use music to transform the lives and experiences of people who are faced with challenges. My primary work takes place in a hospital setting where fears materialize, pain abounds… and death knocks. Patients and families witness the upending of their plans and assumptions. For some, the hospital is the place where they will take their last breath. For others, it is the beginning of living life to the fullest.

About a year ago I had the privilege of providing music therapy to people in dire circumstances… some at the end of life, some without the will to live, some completely alone in the world. These people requested that I commemorate them through music - and with all my heart, that is precisely what I have done. This album is a compilation of hopes, dreams and sorrows - and, ultimately, an uplifting celebration of life.

Listen to a Sample: "Reason to Live"

 Sample of "I AM HERE"

Kickstarter: How to Get Started

This website offers everyone the opportunity to order the new CD as a way to offset the costs of producing the album. Click on a gift package you’d like and be a part of launching this project! 

Every gift towards the Kickstarter fund goal receives a wonderful gift in return. Not only does every person get the album… you can choose a special assortment that delights you. Be sure to take plenty of time to peruse all of the options. They are comprised of things that I love - and it thrills me to share these joys with you! (NOTE: These packages can be given to others as gifts… and the holidays are coming up! *Pictures Below!)

The All-Or-Nothing Deadline: Nov. 25!

Kickstarter is built in with a catch: if the funds are not raised by the final deadline, nothing is raised at all. Even if we are underfunded by $1… all pledges are off.

But! If we all meet the goal, everyone wins! Each person gets their copy of the album AND their special gift package.

Updates to Anticipate

#1 – Photos and stories from the studio and the many incredible musicians who have contributed! Back the project for the stories!

#2 – Video Clips of me playing some of the songs featured on the new album. But remember… they are merely a taste of the rich musical flavors brought together in the CD.

#3 – Album Completion: We have 30 days to raise the funds for the CD… and in about that amount of time, the album will be ready for mass distribution!

Why Does This Album Matter?

The album is dedicated to all the people who have hoped for a better life, persevering beyond the adversity they face. This dedication includes all people who have yet to hear the music. These songs are meant to inspire each listener to waste no time pursuing dreams, cultivating goodness, beauty, faith, and cherishing loved ones.

This music is intended to encourage significant changes for the better within each person who reflects on its message. And not merely stopping at intellectual perception – it is imperative that listeners take ownership of their precious (and only) life. What do we have to lose but regret?

The Music on the CD

During the past year, I have been composing music that weaves together the matters of life and death – with all the joy and sorrow that comes with it. Each song uniquely honors particular groups of people and portrays a variety of personalities through different styles of music and lyrics. 

Here is a sampling of some song descriptions:

A Reason to Live: This song is inspired by my work with people who have struggled through despair to discover the value of their own life.

Kyrie: Written the day following the Aurora, CO theater shooting – an epic cry from the heart for healing and peace.

Memo to the Devil: Blending blues and flamenco styles, this wild song declares strength and resilience in the midst of life’s hardest knocks.

The message of the music is infused with a resolve to reach for worthy pursuits and to live whole-heartedly. However, this admirable resolution in itself amounts to nothing if we are not willing to part with our comforts and illusions of safety. Following our deepest and most beautiful dreams requires us to stare into the face of our fears and choose to walk into and THROUGH them.

In listening to the music, I hope you will be encouraged to look beyond your fear and hesitation. I hope you dare to comprehend your wildest dreams and to pursue them one step at a time. I hope you will share the beauty of your dreams with others. This world needs people who are not afraid to live life to the fullest. People like YOU.

Rockin’ in the Studio!

Recording the Schimmel Grand Piano!
Recording the Schimmel Grand Piano!

The thing that excites me the most about this album is the amount of collaboration I have been honored with. I couldn’t ask for better musicians! They each bring their unique talent and voice to the songs… and the whole is so much greater than the sum of its parts!

We began recording in August of 2013 at LaunchPad Studios. One track at a time… 14 songs… 15 musicians! Every single layer adding more and more to the richness of the music and the depth of its meaning.

As of right now, the music is still in the process of completion. We are fine-tuning each song and getting it ready to make into the finished product. And believe me… it’s going to be wonderful!

Breakdown of Costs for Album Creation:

The Kickstarter funding will go toward offsetting the costs of producing the CD. And here is the breakdown of the costs:

$5,600 – Studio Fees (Mixing and Mastering)

  • $5,600 – Studio Fees (Mixing and Mastering)
  • $1,020 – CD Package Replication
  • $960 – Photography/Album Design/Musician Fees
  • $450 – Kickstarter 5% Fee
  • $1000 – Package Distribution and Costs
  • $9030 = TOTAL

Fulfillment of Gift Packages

Once the project is finally funded, then the fun part of distributing the gift packages begins! The estimated completion of the CD is November 2013. Provided the Kickstarter goal is reached, the hard copies of the CD will be produced with artwork, photography and design. As soon as the album is completed, early releases of the music will be sent to you via electronic files. If you have chosen any gift package with a tangible product, I will be sending them to you as quickly as possible!

*SEE BELOW FOR RISKS AND CHALLENGES
The Coffee Connoisseur: Only the BEST for YOU!
The Coffee Connoisseur: Only the BEST for YOU!
A Handmade Cup of Love: Make your own or have it made for you - it's sure to fill up your heart & soul!
A Handmade Cup of Love: Make your own or have it made for you - it's sure to fill up your heart & soul!
That's The Way the Cookie Crumbles: Rocky Road Cookies (my husband's all-time top choice - and the size of a softball) ...What's YOUR Favorite Cookie?
That's The Way the Cookie Crumbles: Rocky Road Cookies (my husband's all-time top choice - and the size of a softball) ...What's YOUR Favorite Cookie?
Chic • Sleek • Unique:  I LOVE making scarves... and I will put all my love into making YOURS!
Chic • Sleek • Unique: I LOVE making scarves... and I will put all my love into making YOURS!
A Room With A View: These are just a smidgen of a sampling of all the beautiful photography to choose from!
A Room With A View: These are just a smidgen of a sampling of all the beautiful photography to choose from!
Canvas & Canapés • The Way to A (Hu)man's Heart • There are so many wonderful experiences to delight you!
Canvas & Canapés • The Way to A (Hu)man's Heart • There are so many wonderful experiences to delight you!

CD Release Party!

Again, provided the funding of the project, I will be planning a special CD Release Party… and YOU all will be the first to be invited! I plan on sharing the music, the stories, and the very heart of the message of this album. My hope for the party is that it would inspire each person and send them out into the world to be an influence for the better.

Thank You...

Whether I know you a little or a whole lot, or we are just getting acquainted, my heart bursts with gratitude.

I am overwhelmed by the beauty of sharing life together. And whatever may come, whatever may pass… may you be abundantly blessed for your whole life. May you see dreams fulfilled and a life well-lived.

This One's For You.

 

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

I will do my utmost to deliver in the time estimated, however, there may be some unforeseen delays. As the project stands, we are right on target for completing the mixes for the album. There is a potential that the album artwork and design may take a week or two longer to finish. In all cases I will be informing everyone about any hiccup we might encounter.

In the case of any delay of your package, I will contact you personally and update the arrival timeline. As it is, I will do everything I can to deliver your package right on time!

FAQ

  • There are 14 songs on the album - each one has its own personality and message. Most songs are connected to specific challenges experienced by the people I have worked with. They are, in part, an illustration to those trials as well as a response of hope. The other songs on the album feature themes of self-respect and just plain, good fun!

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  • Of course!! In fact, I hope that, in addition to giving others a gift, you will also tell them how much they mean to you.

    There are bundles of 5 or 10 CD's in the gift packages on the right-hand side of the screen. If you have more questions, please send me a message (upper right corner of this page - it will say "Contact Me")

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  • Unfortunately, no. It's now or never.

    Once the deadline hits, if we have not met the goal, no one's credit card is charged - and nothing happens. If we HAVE met the goal, then everyone gets the album and their gift package!

    Seize the day!

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