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SILVER WELLS is an intimate collection of epistolary exultations interpreted by Mx Justin Vivian Bond and produced by Thomas Bartlett
SILVER WELLS is an intimate collection of epistolary exultations interpreted by Mx Justin Vivian Bond and produced by Thomas Bartlett
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This Kickstarter campaign is to pay for the cost of producing and manufacturing my new CD, SILVER WELLS.

Here's what the press previews are saying about SILVER WELLS:

The New Yorker has called Mx. Justin Vivian Bond “the greatest cabaret artist of [v]’s generation.”

On this intimate recording, Bond is joined by pianist and producer Thomas Bartlett (Doveman), covers songs by Ronee Blakley, Kate Bush, Leonard Cohen, Tracy Chapman, Joni Mitchell, Mark Eitzel and Brecht & Weill, among others. Bond will perform material from the album in a six- 

week residency (June 4-July 9) at the new Studio 54 cabaret venue, 54 Below. 

Silver Wells is inspired by—and takes its name from—Joan Didion’s 1970 novel Play It as It Lays, which, according to Bond, is one of the writer’s most stark and powerful masterpieces. For the album, Bond set out to choose a group of songs that would allow v to “cover” the book’s themes of dislocation, nihilism, postmodernist identities, loss and the retrieval of memory.  The songs are first-person and confessional, seemingly addressed from the narrator directly to the listener. As such, they lend themselves perfectly to the cabaret treatment they receive here: 

Almost all of the arrangements find Bond accompanied only by Bartlett, save for viola played by Maxim Moston (Elysian Fields, Antony and the Johnsons) on a few tracks, and a four-hands piano 

performance by Bartlett and Nico Muhly on “Talkin’ about a Revolution,” a favorite of Bond’s recent live shows.  

Last year I was thrilled to self-release my first CD, Dendrophile which was funded entirely by my own savings and, although it was a bit of a hardship, I was happy I could do it. Since I was living in a place where my rent was relatively low I had more financial freedom then. Thanks to all of you who have bought, shared and enjoyed it I was eventually able to pay myself back.

This year it's different. I love being an independent artist and the freedom it gives me to do anything I want without having to answer to any corporate labels, pressure or interests. SILVER WELLS has been lovingly made strictly to please myself and my community.  But the price of that freedom falls entirely on me and I need help covering the costs so I can pay my rent, continue making records and not strap myself financially like I did the last time. ANY AMOUNT YOU CAN GIVE will be HUGELY appreciated!!!

I LOVE this record it contains some of the most beautiful, powerful and profound songs I know.  I CANNOT WAIT for you to hear it.

Thank you SO MUCH for any help you can offer from $1 to $5,000 or MORE!

Big Love and Many Blessings,

Mx Justin Vivian Bond

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    A gratitudinal mention on my blog, Justin Vivian Bond is Living!

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    An autographed postcard -personally sealed with a kiss in a lovely shade of deep, luscious Red Lipstick by Mx Bond. Mmmmmwaaahh!!!

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    An autographed copy of Silver Wells (US ONLY) shipped directly to your door.

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    A 9 1/2" x 11" signed color copy of Mx Bond's Self-portrait which is featured on the cover of v's EP Pink Slip AND an autographed copy of Silver Wells. (US ONLY) plus a thank you on my blog.

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    I will record a personal greeting for you as an mp3 saying, "This is Mx Justin Vivian Bond and I'm here to say that (your name here) is the most generous good-looking person in the world. Get into it!!!" which will be delivered by email PLUS an autographed copy of Silver Wells AND a thank you on my blog!

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    You'll receive signed copies of my books "Tango" (a Lamda Literary Finalist -thank you!) and "Susie Says", a collaboration with Gina Garan of "This is Blythe" published by Powerhouse Books in March 2012, a signed copy of "Silver Wells" AND a thank you on my blog! (US ONLY)

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    2 complimentary tickets to OPENING NIGHT of my new show/record release at 54 Below the new cabaret space underneath Studio 54 in midtown Manhattan (food and drink not included) on June 4th 2012 along with 2 signed copies of Silver Wells, a personalized mp3 which says, "This is Mx Justin Vivian Bond and I'm here to say that (your name here) is the most generous good-looking person in the world. Get into it!!!" which will be delivered by email AND a thank you on my blog!

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    A signed, numbered, hand packaged, limited Edition (only 150 in existence) LP of my debut album "Dendrophile" which includes an album only track "Sunday Morning Coming Down" and features a rare self-portrait on the cover ALONG WITH a personalized mp3 which says, "This is Mx Justin Vivian Bond and I'm here to say that (your name here) is the most generous good-looking person in the world. Get into it!!!" which will be delivered by email and 2 complimentary tickets to my show at 54 Below (Available shows are June 11, 18, 25 and July 2 and 9 -food and drink not included), 2 autographed copies of Silver Wells AND a special comment on my blog listing you as one of my favorite people in the world.

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    MX BOND WILL PERSONALLY APPEAR at your party and sing 3 songs for you and your friends to tracks. You will also receive 2 complimentary tickets to OPENING NIGHT of my new show/record release at 54 Below the new cabaret space underneath Studio 54 in midtown Manhattan (food and drink not included) on June 4th 2012 along with 2 signed copies of Silver Wells, a personalized mp3 which says, "This is Mx Justin Vivian Bond and I'm here to say that (your name here) is the most generous good-looking person in the world. Get into it!!!" which will be delivered by email AND a thank you on my blog listing you as one of my absolute favorite people in the world!

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    A PRIVATE SET for you and your friends! A 40 minute set which Mx Bond and an accompanist will perform exclusively for you and your invited guests at your party. (Equipment rental and transportation not included) PLUS... You will also receive 2 complimentary tickets to OPENING NIGHT of my new show/record release at 54 Below the new cabaret space underneath Studio 54 in midtown Manhattan (food and drink not included) on June 4th 2012 along with 2 signed copies of Silver Wells, a personalized mp3 which says, "This is Mx Justin Vivian Bond and I'm here to say that (your name here) is the most generous good-looking person in the world. Get into it!!!" which will be delivered by email AND a thank you on my blog listing you as one of my absolute favorite people in the world!

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