Oh, sorry. Too early? Is that weird to say in September?
That's just how excited I am about my upcoming album, Let It Snow! Thank you so much for checking out my Kickstarter campaign. I am thrilled to be recording a full-length Christmas album with all new arrangements of some of my favorite holiday tunes and Christmas carols, arranged for marimba solo, as well as several marimba & vibraphone duets (with my good friend Colin Hill, the other half of the BluHill Percussion Duo). And I am inviting you to be a part of it. If you haven't already, please watch the short video above to get an idea of exactly what it is I do, and why I think you will really enjoy this album! (You can also check out my website.)
Last December, I got to play a series of solo marimba Christmas concerts, and I arranged a few tunes myself for the concerts. After seeing and hearing some of your enthusiastic responses from those performances, it hit me –– I need to record a Christmas album! I love listening to Christmas music. While putting up decorations, baking cookies, or watching it snow outside. (Yeah, I know, I'm still a little kid...I love snow!) And the sounds that can be created from the marimba and vibraphone are perfect for creating an atmosphere that I think we all enjoy around the holidays. If you're like me, you sometimes get tired of hearing lousy versions of great Christmas songs, so I've taken it upon myself to create fresh, new arrangements of some classics that I think you're going to love. I've been working on this project for almost a year, and I've even begun recording, but I've come to the part where I need your help.
Recording, producing, licensing, duplicating, designing, distributing, and shipping albums can get pretty expensive. That's why I'm looking to raise $1850 though this Kickstarter campaign. That is the minimum amount of money that it will cost to make the album what I want it to be. And I want to give you the opportunity to help make this all a reality by donating to the project. "What do I get in return?" you ask. Good question. This is the fun part. In return for your generous contributions, I am offering a variety of cool rewards, such as a signed album with a handwritten thank you letter. Or how about a homemade Christmas tree ornament? Or a new piece of music written for YOU? Or a private Christmas performance in your home? I am even offering you the chance to perform with Colin and me on the album! Oh, and did I mention cookies?
An important piece of information regarding this campaign is that unless my project is 100% funded, you don't pay anything, and I don't get any money. It's all or nothing, so I can raise more than my goal, but not less. If I am blessed enough to raise more than $1850, that money will go directly into the album and the rewards to make it even better sounding, better designed, and to cover other costs that will inevitably come up that I haven't thought of.
So I invite you to take a look at the rewards to the right, and decide if and how you would like to contribute to this project. If you choose not to back the album, you can still help a ton by sharing this page with your friends and family.
I love Christmas music, and I can't wait to share this album with you all! Thank you!
- All reward items that need to be mailed will be shipped free in the U.S. International shipping will be paid by the backer.
- "Estimated delivery dates" of rewards involving live performance, lessons, or dinner are subject to scheduling and availability. We promise to do our best, but some rewards might get delayed due to scheduling conflicts.
- (28 days)