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Help Shawn Waggoner record 14 new, original songs at Mighty Fine Productions in Denver for a cd that will be titled "Murmuration."

CLICK ON ARROW ABOVE TO WATCH SHAWN'S VIDEO.

CLICK ON SOUNDCLOUD LINKS TO HEAR ROUGH TRACKS FROM SHAWN WAGGONER'S UPCOMING CD "MURMURATION."

http://soundcloud.com/shawntelroyale/09-map-m/s-4gIiY

http://soundcloud.com/shawntelroyale/05-goodbye-raven-m

http://soundcloud.com/shawntelroyale/07-acoustic-liberty-m/s-U2ag2

If you search YouTube for the word murmuration, you'll see videos of Starling flocks creating flight patterns in unison. Starlings may simply be the most visible and beautiful example of a biological criticality that also seems to operate in proteins and neurons, hinting at universal principles yet to be understood.

Music is mysterious in a similar way. Why does it move us so? Why do I need to create music to exist?  These questions inspired the titled of my (hopefully) soon to be released cd, "Murmuration."

I have been writing this new batch of 14 songs for the last three years. In my song "Butterfly," I describe the songwriting process as "part butterfly, part bee" -- meaning, effortless expression of your soul is channeled through your imagination (butterfly), but only through hard work (bee) is one able to share that with others.

I have traditionally recorded my cds in home studios and relied upon the good graces of friends to produce, record, mix and master the projects. My goal now is to record "Murmuration" at Mighty Fine Productions recording studio in Denver, Colorado. In letting go of control and hiring Colin Bricker as producer, I open up to a new and different sound. The songs will be created, unrehearsed, by the "Murmuration" band, which includes: Eric Moon (keys), David Farrell (bass), Greg Schochet (acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin), Glenn Taylor (pedal steel), Mark Raynes (drums), and Shawn Waggoner (vocals, songwriting, acoustic rhythm guitar). 

All funding will go towards recording, mixing, mastering and promoting "Murmuration."

Budget:

Recording, Mixing & Mastering: $3000
Musicians: $1500
CD Replication: $1500
Artwork: $300
Shipping for Rewards: $250
Kickstarter & Misc. Payment Fees: $500
Time to make handcrafted rewards: PRICELESS

In a separate crafts business I make dioramas out of Altoid tins and sock dolls and felted creatures out of recycled materials for my company, Renewable Ragamuffins (www.myspace.com/renewableragamuffins). I am offering some of these handmade items in conjunction with my music for some unique and fun rewards.

Thank you sincerely for your time, and for considering kickstarting my project. Love,

Shawn

P.S. To check out more of my music, visit iTunes, go to

www.myspace.com/shawnwaggonerthetumblyweeds

 or become a friend on Facebook.

P.P.S.  For international shipping, please add $5 USD to your donation.

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    A signed copy of Shawn Waggoner's new cd "Murmuration," and a two-hour concert in your home or at your next party (within 200 miles of Denver or you pay travel expenses). Please have lots of Malbec and dark chocolate on hand.

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