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After writing for years and spending months recording in my makeshift home studio, I'm ready to release my debut album! Read more

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This project was successfully funded on September 6, 2012.

After writing for years and spending months recording in my makeshift home studio, I'm ready to release my debut album!

Mission, KS Indie Rock
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When life throws you lemons, write a freaking song!  The theme of my album, "Bound But Not Gagged," could be summed up that way.  We have all experienced times in our lives that leave us feeling trapped or otherwise unable to directly change our circumstances.

During those dark times, the best thing you can do for yourself is to express those emotions (constructively, of course).  True, expressing your frustration, pain, fear, or sadness may not change your situation, but change rarely begins with silence.  The songs on "Bound But Not Gagged" explore the idea of speaking up for the change you want to see in your life, whether they manifest in reality or not.

Though I have many musical inspirations, the most prominent would be UK musician Patrick Wolf whose music reignited my passion and also made me embrace my lower vocal register (something I'd previously been unreasonably reticent to do).

Because I play piano, much of the album is piano-driven, but the overall sound is fairly eclectic.  The video above gives you four different clips that do a good job of showcasing the variety on the collection.

One of the four featured songs from the video above is "Hidden."  You can listen to the full track below.

I've tried to give you some great choices for rewards and hope that you'll take the time to read through them.  At the high end of the pledges, I'll give you not only the album and the other gifts (read the descriptions for more detail about those), but you can also get a jingle written and recorded about yourself, you could have me record a cover of a song of your choice (exceptions apply, so read the description for more details), or both!

To get an idea of what you'd be getting if I covered a song, check out my cover of America's "I Need You" below:

For a little taste of what a jingle might sound like, listen to this silly little 30-second theme song I recorded: 

Whether this project gets funded or not, I WILL be getting the CDs made.  This Kickstarter isn't me asking you to fund FULL production of the album.  I already have a lot of the money saved up.  This Kickstarter is my attempt at closing that final gap between where I'm at and where I need to be to really get the production underway.

If you like my style of music and would enjoy a copy of the album when it's finished, pledge anything $5 or higher and I'll ship you a copy.  If you listen to my music and decide you're not a fan, that's okay.  :-)  BUT, I do ask that you consider your friends and family members who may enjoy what I have to offer.  Please pass this Kickstarter along.

If you like my music but don't have the money to pledge at the moment, please consider Liking my Facebook fan page to stay in the loop about new songs and the upcoming album.  Once the album's produced, you could even buy the music from iTunes and other outlets.

www.facebook.com/joshuapkennedy

Thank you for taking the time to read/watch my plea!

-Joshua P. Kennedy

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    5 backers

    "PRE-ORDER" --- When you pledge $5, you will automatically receive a hard copy of the completed album via USPS mail. We're talking about a professionally made album: full-color disc, four-panel digipak with a small booklet that will include liner notes, lyrics, and additional artwork. Notice that I said digipak...not one of those lousy, hard plastic jewel cases. All albums should come polywrapped (like you bought it in a store), though I am happy to unwrap a disc and sign it for you, should you request it. I'm flexible that way.

    ***INTERNATIONAL BACKERS: If you are in Canada, please add $5 to cover the additional shipping fees. If you are in any other country, please add $10 to cover the additional shipping fees. Thank you for your consideration!***

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    Pledge $10 or more

    8 backers

    "Special Edition" --- You will receive a disc as described above as well as promotional stickers and a limited edition postcard (artwork for stickers and postcard not yet designed).

    ***INTERNATIONAL BACKERS: If you are in Canada, please add $5 to cover the additional shipping fees. If you are in any other country, please add $10 to cover the additional shipping fees. Thank you for your consideration!***

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    Pledge $15 or more

    2 backers

    "Acknowledgement" --- In addition to receiving a disc and the promotional stickers & postcard, I will add your name to the list of acknowledgements in the liner notes and include a handwritten thank you card! As a note, your name can appear however you want it (first & last, only first, a nickname, etc...). I can already feel my hand cramping from all the cards I'll have to write...right? :-)

    ***INTERNATIONAL BACKERS: If you are in Canada, please add $5 to cover the additional shipping fees. If you are in any other country, please add $10 to cover the additional shipping fees. Thank you for your consideration!***

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    Pledge $20 or more

    0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)

    "It's All About YOU!" --- So, you get the disc, promotional stickers & postcard, your name printed in the acknowledgements, and the handwritten thank you card. PLUS!! I will write a jingle to celebrate everything there is to love about you. You'll give me a description of yourself (along with your name), and I will write and record a jingle at least 30 seconds in length. This will have the same sound quality as my non-acoustic songs. A perfect example of a SILLY 30-second jingle I wrote can be found at the link below. Please note that your jingle can be silly or serious; it's up to you. But I will have full creative control. (In other words, I'm not going to record a thrash-metal jingle. My voice does NOT work that way.) Jingles can be emailed to you (unless file size and attachment limitations prohibit it), mailed on a separate disc along with your copy of the album, and I will also likely post it to my Soundcloud page for free downloading, if you permit it (since the song IS about you, after all). http://soundcloud.com/joshuapkennedy/you-and-me

    ***INTERNATIONAL BACKERS: If you are in Canada, please add $5 to cover the additional shipping fees. If you are in any other country, please add $10 to cover the additional shipping fees. Thank you for your consideration!***

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    Pledge $25 or more

    1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)

    "My Favorite Song!" --- So a jingle about you isn't your cup of tea, huh? Well, how about this... You still get the CD, promotional materials, etc... as described in all previous pledges. But instead of a jingle, you may request that I cover a song of your choice in its entirety. The completed recording will be the same quality as all my non-acoustic work (though I am happy to record an acoustic version of a song, if you wish). Some exceptions to this, though: I will not cover any song with racial slurs in it. The song must have a discernible melody AND lyrics (no instrumental pieces, please!). And while I will do my damnedest to cover any style of music, please note that the finished recording will be in my own style.

    As with the jingle above, the finished product can be emailed to you (unless file size and attachment limitations prohibit it), mailed on a separate disc along with your copy of the album, and I will definitely upload cover songs to my Soundcloud page and make them available for download.

    ***INTERNATIONAL BACKERS: If you are in Canada, please add $5 to cover the additional shipping fees. If you are in any other country, please add $10 to cover the additional shipping fees. Thank you for your consideration!***

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    Pledge $35 or more

    8 backers Limited (2 left of 10)

    Basically everything listed in every other pledge (which means in addition to all the physical stuff you get, I'll do BOTH a jingle AND a cover song for you). (Please read through descriptions above for all applicable limitations.)

    ***INTERNATIONAL BACKERS: If you are in Canada, please add $5 to cover the additional shipping fees. If you are in any other country, please add $10 to cover the additional shipping fees. Thank you for your consideration!***

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