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An album of brand new holiday arrangements for marimba and vibraphone by Brian Blume, with special guest, Colin Hill.
An album of brand new holiday arrangements for marimba and vibraphone by Brian Blume, with special guest, Colin Hill.
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"Let It Snow" A Christmas Album by Brian Blume

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Merry Christmas!!

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.

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    I will thank you publicly via Twitter and Facebook posts for your contribution to the album.

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    Three-song PRE-RELEASE digital download. You get three tracks from the album before anyone else. Who said there's no peeking on Christmas presents?

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    Full-length digital download of Let It Snow.

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    Physical copy of Let It Snow, plus full-length digital download.

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    Signed copy of the album, handwritten thank you letter, plus the digital download.

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    I will send you the music for one of my arrangements. (Choose from A Christmas Carol, Silent Night, Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming, Carol of the Drum, We Three Kings, O Come O Come Emmanuel, & Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.) PLUS a signed copy of the album and handwritten thank you note.

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    TWO signed copies of the album (it will make a great gift!), AND I will make and send you a homemade Christmas tree ornament!

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    TWO signed copies of the album, plus a one-hour private lesson on (almost) anything percussion. Or composition, or even just a basic music lesson. If you don't want a music lesson, let's play a round of disc golf or just meet over coffee! Lesson will be in Greenwood, IN. Also includes a handwritten thank you note.

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    TWO signed copies of the album (what an awesome gift for your mom!), and a Skype or FaceTime performance of one work from the album!

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    The no-brainer option: FOUR copies of the album (you hardly need to do any Christmas shopping now!), a homemade Christmas tree ornament, AND one hard copy of the arrangement of your choice. (Choose from A Christmas Carol, Silent Night, Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming, Carol of the Drum, We Three Kings, O Come O Come Emmanuel, & Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.)

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    Perform with Colin and me on the recording! You don't need to know how to play percussion, you just need to have some Christmas spirit! You will also get TWO signed copies of the album that YOU performed on! And of course your name will be included in the CD notes. Recording will take place in late September/early October in the Indianapolis area. (Only two of these available.)

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    SILVER BACKER LEVEL: YOUR ideas, come to life through a short (2-3 minute) marimba or vibraphone solo. I will write a piece based on your creative ideas and experiences. You will also get TWO signed copies of the album.

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    SILVER BACKER LEVEL: Dinner with Colin and me! We will treat you and a guest to dinner in Indianapolis, Bloomington (IN), or Lexington. You choose the type of cuisine, and we'll choose the restaurant. Of course, you and your guest will each get a signed copy of the album, too.

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    GOLD BACKER LEVEL: Colin and I will perform a Christmas show in your home or the venue of your choice (within 100 miles of Indianapolis or Lexington, KY)! If you pay for our travel, we'll do the show anywhere you want! And if we can't make it happen this Christmas season, we will make good on our promise next year!

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    PLATINUM BACKER LEVEL: You get a private performance by Colin and me, and you will be credited in the CD notes as "Executive Producer" of the album! Plus everything at the $50 level.

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    Homemade Christmas cookies! I will bake and deliver cookies to your door. You also get a signed copy of the album and the digital download. Since I'm not sending cookies in the mail, this one's only good for Indianapolis/Greenwood.

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