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Help Chris LaVancher make is first CD!  He's got the songs and the studio ... now all he needs is YOU!
Help Chris LaVancher make is first CD! He's got the songs and the studio ... now all he needs is YOU!
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Alright! I'll do it. I'll make a CD. But you gotta help!

Many of you have been asking why I haven't made a CD. Well, it's not for lack of wanting to do it. And actually, last spring I took some steps to start. I shopped around and found a great studio and a fantastic producer/engineer (Tom Eaton ... check him out here - Thomas Eaton Recording). We picked out the set of songs, started mapping out the production for each, thought about adding a fiddle here, a bass there, an accordion behind that, maybe a banjo over there. We even started thinking about who the musicians might be that we would add ... and as we added (in our minds and on paper) the cost started adding as well! Turns out it takes quite a bit of cash to make a CD.

You actually have to PAY musicians. Huh, who knew? And then there's all that time in the studio to record, mix, and master ... that ain't cheap at about $60 an hour ... (actually that's very reasonable for this area and the quality of studio!!!!). But wait ... there's more ... someone needs to create that cool CD cover with the great graphics. And then we need to create several hundred copies and package them up with the cool cover art. And all along the line, people have their hand out and want money to do that stuff. Imagine!

Reality Sets In

So here's the deal ... I'm scaling down my initial vision of the project (maybe I don't need that accordion or that banjo, maybe that Willy Nelson duet is a little beyond my means) ... and I'm asking for your help. I'm hoping that maybe you'll buy my CD today ... before it's made ... If you do then I'll actually be able to record this thing without spending my son Eli's college savings. You wouldn't want that hanging over your head, now would you? So do it for the kid!

What You Can Do

Here's how it works. I'm setting a goal to raise $4000* by New Years Eve. You donate to the project by selecting a particular level of funding over there on the right side of your screen. You can donate as little as $1 or as much as $1000. Apart from the warm fuzzy feeling you'll get by supporting this project, you'll get various rewards! So check them out over there. The only catch is that if I don't reach the goal of $4000 by the stroke of midnight on New Years Eve, then I don't get squat ... nadda ... nothing! Nobody's card gets charged and we all go our separate ways like nothing happened. But ... if miracle upon miracle, we DO reach $4000, then yahoo yippity ... I'm off to the studio and you're set to receive your wonderful rewards - including that CD!

All of the credit card transactions are handled through Amazon Payments - with the same security and reliability as if you were purchasing something on Amazon.com. In fact if you have an account with Amazon already the process will be very quick for you.

I'd really love it if you could help out in any way that you can. Even if you can't contribute at this time, please consider passing this along to someone you know who might be interested. Thanks for your time and for checking out my project.

By the way, if you're not familiar with my music, you can check some of it out at ReverbNation. See ya down the road!

Chris.

*This won't cover the cost of the entire project, but will get me to a level of funding where I can manage contributing to the rest of the project without jeopardizing my family.

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    THE WARM AND FUZZY: For each dollar you'll get a digital download of your choice of song(s) from the CD + that great feeling of helping to make a dream come true!

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    THE i-PLEDGE: You get the digital download of the whole shebang (all the songs) + the cover art and liner notes of the CD in a pdf file (or something better if I find a better way to do it) + access to updates and videos of the project as it progresses + that great feeling mentioned above.

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    THE PRE-RELEASE: You get a signed copy of the finished CD mailed to your home before it goes on sale to the public + a personalized thank you note from yours truely + access to the updates and videos of the project as it progresses and of course that afore mentioned feeling - that little warmth, that tingle in your belly, that sense that anything is possible!

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    IN THE RAW: You get everything from the previous level + an additional CD of the "raw recordings" done for pre-production. This is just me and the guitar and will include a few songs that don't make it to the produced CD. And with a title like In The Raw - the cover art will have some interesting possibilities! How's that feeling grabbing you now?

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    THE SPECIAL GUEST: You get everything from the previous 2 levels + two free tickets to and VIP treatment at the CD release party or at one of my shows near you.

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    THE COMMAND PERFORMANCE: You get the PRE-RELEASE CD and stuff + the IN THE RAW CD + I'll come to your house or a place of your choosing and play a show just for you and anyone else you'd like to invite. I'll even bring along a pie ... 'cause I really like pie.

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    THE LUTHIER'S SPECIAL: Some of you may or may not know that I built the guitar that I play. Well, if you donate at this level, I will build a UKULELE for you. You'll have some options on the type of wood you'd like and maybe even some inlay choices. But do please note it may take up to a year or more for me to complete the instrument. So only patient folks should purchase!!!! Oh yeah, and you'll get the CDs and of course that warm fuzzy feeling thingy.

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    THE RICH RELATIVE I'VE NEVER MET: I'll call you ... we'll talk ... we'll work somethin' out.

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