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I'll write you or a loved one a custom song.  While I'm at it, I'll record a Digital Only Official "Covers Album" of 10-15 tracks.
I'll write you or a loved one a custom song. While I'm at it, I'll record a Digital Only Official "Covers Album" of 10-15 tracks.
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Hi, I'm Goh Nakamura.  I write songs and sing them.  Maybe you've seen me act in a film called Surrogate Valentine on Netflix, or seen my video "Embarcadero Blues" which was on the front page of Youtube in 2007 (it got over a million hits!)  Perhaps you've heard my guitar work in Ridley Scott movies like A Good Year or American Gangster.  Either way, I like to write songs about things and people I know or don't know.  Last year, I launched two awesome Kickstarter projects, and as a reward I wrote custom songs for people.  It was one of the most fun and personally rewarding projects I've ever done, you can hear some of them below.  I'd like to do some again, for you, for the holidays.  Need a gift for someone?  Let me write you a personalized song for you, or someone you love. 

Some Testimonials:

Andy Baio!
Andy Baio!
Glenda!
Glenda!
 

How Does It Work?

  •  I'll ask you a few questions about the subject(s) and if you have any specific phrases or words you want in the song. 
  • If you have a specific musical style you'd like it in I'll write in that style. Otherwise, I'll choose a genre that I feel fits the lyrics.  Check out the examples below (pop, soul, funk, rock, hair metal, yacht rock, reggae, jazz, acoustic, electronic)

Take a listen!   If you check out the clips below, you'll see that I'm pretty versatile. I like playing what I call "Musical Halloween."  I love how varied the styles are, whenever I get done with a batch of these commissions, it's like I have a mini-album of tunes that I normally wouldn't write. (in a good way!)

I'm going to do all this to fund the production of a 10-15 track Covers Album that I've been meaning to officially release for a long time now.  I put up a lot of covers on soundcloud and youtube, but I'd like to do it right by getting them recorded and mixed properly as well as licensed so that I can officially release them into the world.

Funds will go to:

  • my time in researching, learning, interpreting, recording the tunes.
  • hiring any additional musicians if the track calls for it
  • booking a studio and engineer
  • mixing
  • for cover songs, the licensing fees to release them.
  • Kickstarter and Amazon fees (about 10% of the pledged abount)

Thanks for checking this out!  Hope to hear from you, and hope to get back to making some music!  All Rewards Above $10 receive a Digital Download of the Covers Album before February 2014.

Past Song Commissions:

 Past Covers:

 My song Embarcadero Blues which was featured the Youtube frontpage

 My Cover of The Cure's Just Like Heaven:

Risks and challenges

There will be about 4 week's time to record and write all the jingles to get them to your inbox by Dec 18th. For the Custom Songs writing of the music is very quick, but it's the lyrical content that takes a long time. The more information I receive about the subject, the easier it is to write the lyrics.

For the Covers: I need to research, arrange, and take some time to reinterpret them.
If I use additional musicians, and book a studio and engineer, I'll need to schedule all that out in a very short period of time. I did it all last year with the Dream Sessions, so I have gained many resources since then.

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    HUGS -
    A twitter shout out and virtual hug (or real one if I ever see you) Get a Digital Download of one track from the Covers Album before Feb. 2014. Thanks for supporting the project!

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    THE SHREDDING YEARS- Get an mp3 download of my 4 track "shred" guitar album I recorded when I was 17. I sent these tracks to Joe Satriani back in the late 80's and he wrote me back saying he dug it! Track Listing: Teenage Shredmeister/Spunkmeister Squirrelboy/Satan's Chariot/PSong
    Kickstarter Exclusive! Plus, a download of one of the covers in 2014.

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD -

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    SPECIAL EDITION DIGITAL DOWNLOAD -
    Digital Download of the album before February 2014.
    In addition to the full album that I end up releasing, this will be a Kickstarter backer only special edition with alternate songs and drafts that I'll send you via updates as I'm making it.

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    AUDIO STOCKING STUFFER - Short and sweet jingle (10-15 seconds) written for you or someone you'd like to dedicate it to. One guitar and voice.
    Email delivery before December 18th.

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    Cover Song 2014 - Have a special song? Choose a cover song and I'll cover it just for you or someone you love. I'll give you a shout out if it is a tune I decide to release officially. If I get a few requests, I'll make an exclusive E.P. to this backer tier only and send you all the tracks. Delivered to your inbox by February 2014.

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    CUSTOM SONG: EARLY BIRD -
    A downloadable custom song (30 seconds to 1 minute or longer) written for you or someone you'd like to dedicate it to. Want to give someone a theme song? Guitar and voice. Delivered via email before 12/18/2013.

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    CUSTOM SONG: LATE BLOOMER -
    A downloadable custom song (30 seconds to 1 minute or longer) written for you or someone you'd like to dedicate it to. Want to give someone a theme song? Guitar and voice.

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    CUSTOM INSTRUMENTAL SONG -
    Commission an awesome Instrumental track in a genre of your choice. You get to title it too. Delivered before Dec 18, 2014.

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    VIDEO COVER- I'll perform a cover song of your choice and post it to my youtube channel, either privately or publicly (depending on what you'd prefer) with a dedication to you or someone special.
    Before December 23rd, 2013

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    GARY CHOU ON LEAD VOCALS -
    Gary gives great advice, and is a fantastic singer. I'll write a Custom song for you based on info and title that you give me, Gary's gonna rock the mic. Digital Download of the song before Feb. 2014.

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    DAVE BOYLE ON LEAD VOCALS -
    I'm going to flip the tables and have SURROGATE VALENTINE director Dave Boyle sing a song in his lovely baritone that I write based on the info and title that you give. Digital Download of the song before Feb. 2014.

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    JANE LUI ON LEAD VOCALS - I will hire Jane Lui to sing a jingle that I write for you (or someone you love) Digital Download of the song before December 18, 2013.

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