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96
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, January 2 2015 2:36 AM UTC +00:00

About

Hi. My name is Alanna Lin Ramage, I’m a singer-songwriter / first female child of two Taiwanese (Taiwan, NOT Thailand) immigrants to Cleveland, OH, now happily married and living and breathing the smog in LA. . .

Fascinoma is the name of my not-quite existing band. I perform under it solo sometimes with a little embarrassment. Say it like “Fascinate” and “Carcinoma.” Then you got it. I’m mostly an unknown artist except that every family member that I have knows me.  :)

People Who Know Me
People Who Know Me

I have one song that is quasi-famous amongst fans of American Dad on FOX. It’s called "I'm Walking This Road Because You Stole My Car (Don't Go)" and was used for a love scene between a boy and a cat.


When the song aired, I was supposed to be releasing my first full-length album, but (as alluded to in the above video) -- I had a hypomanic episode instead.  It went something like this:

Madness, Vision
Madness, Vision

I eventually put out that first record --thanks to the Interwebs, but from that time on, I have had an alter-ego named Chairmeowww.  

She is responsible for this Beatles Cover Album.

Chairmeowww's Self-Portrait
Chairmeowww's Self-Portrait

She told me that if I wanted to become a REAL American singer-songwriter, I should try covering the Beatles.

"But they're British!"

(long tail flick)

Ahem.  So.

The album is in its final stages and has been for quite some time.  Who's scared to put it out?  Not Chairmeowww. We wanna finish this baby, promote it, and give it to the world.  It's called, "Don't Let Me Down" for reasons I won't disclose in detail here. . .The preview will be ready by Xmas, and the album will be out by Feb. 2015.  Here's the album cover.

Not a single Beatle in this shot.
Not a single Beatle in this shot.

In the meanwhile, I’m raising money ($15K, more or less or more) to produce some videos for the global jukebox otherwise known as YouTube or to distribute them on a secret network of only close friends and Kickstarter allies. You guys!  

These videos are going to be way more SERIOUS than the webcam videos I prefer.  You can see why I need to hire some people to help me. . . Check out this music video I did all by myself!

My goal is to have 3 HD videos completed by July of 2015. That’s when it starts to get hot around here and that’s when people take their clothes off after a long day of work and listen to music. May we all strip ourselves of the burdens of daily life and watch Chairmeowww play on the Interwebs!

Lastly, I feel I should disclose that if this campaign goes well and over shoots the $15K target, I might spend the difference on some ozone, or buy a little plutonium. 

If I buy plutonium, I will have a party and invite all my Kickstarter friends to come over and touch it. 

Small Plutonium
Small Plutonium

I truly hope you find something in the side-bar that you like, maybe something for a family member for Christmas! or Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa! (just in time for all the holidays! whoo!) and if you have a music friendly trigger finger on Facebook / Twitter -- I would be so grateful if you could do me the invisible favor of telling all your nicest friends about this little project. 

That's all for now.  Thank you so much!

Alanna

(say it like BANANA)

a.k.a. FASCINOMA (on stage)

a.k.a. Chairmeowww (on Youtube)

>^^<

T-Shirt Logo by JC Wegman
T-Shirt Logo by JC Wegman

For updates and contact info visit my Beatles Kickstarter Blog.
Writer / Blogger?  Request an album preview here.

Beatles Mount Rushmore T-Shirt
Beatles Mount Rushmore T-Shirt
Chairmeowww's Special Edition Shirt
Chairmeowww's Special Edition Shirt
Consumerism In The Name of Jesus
Consumerism In The Name of Jesus

Thank you's. . . why do they always come at the end?

Raffaello Mazza - for deadly levels of commitment, vision, expression, and for helping me to produce this project; for total uniqueness and bravery as a human.

Mike Corwin - for being historically grouchy and essentially deep and immaculate at basically everything you do from playing guitar to hewing wood, to making a cup of coffee at precision temperatures.

Rob Poynter - for your warmth as a person, effortless timing and heavy drum sticks, and. . . incredible family collaboration with Angie.

Joey Maramba - hmmm. . .what soulful bassist could otherwise cause both yelping and weeping?  your sound is a love is an epic sound and deserves to be amplified.

Matt Eckel - you are goodness incarnated as a white man.  thanks for dropping by on the sessions and adding a little bit of this and a little bit of that. . .even drums?

Raymond Richard - I can't tell you how you encourage me and at such intervals.  Thank you for remembering my dreams.  Your openness, happiness and passion for life is. . MEGA LIFESTYLE!

Matt Ramage (hubby that I lubby) - enough said.  NOT ENOUGH SAID. WHAT WOULD I DO WITHOUT YOU?!!!!

Vince Foster - thank you for editing and carving my improvisations into a video: we miss you!

Camron Hatef- thank you for your patience and for squeezing fonts just right.

Marcin Nadolny & Evidence Productions - for helping me make my first kinda real video at your studio; for daring to wed bad-ass Taiwanese. 

Thank you from the bottom of all my hearts!

art and photography by amber gress
art and photography by amber gress

Risks and challenges

The greatest risk is that I die of a Kickstarter overdose before this campaign is over.

Another foreseeable risk is getting electrocuted on set when we start shooting videos with high-voltage fans.

Perhaps I will make videos in poor taste that bring shame to me and my family. That is always a possibility. :)

And then, there's the blood-thirsty ire of Beatles fans. . .who hate Chinese food?

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    I will say a naked prayer for you that you will never hear. You may receive everything your heart desires or nothing at all.

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    An invite to hear a CHRISTMAS / HOLIDAY PREVIEW of the album (see card examples) for you and a friend (you guys will hear it approx. 2 months before it goes live - on Dec. 25th, 2014), digital download for *both* of you when it's released, a cartoon screen saver of the Beatles as Mount Rushmore, and 1 year subscription to loving personalized spam.

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    Invite to CHRISTMAS / HOLIDAY PREVIEW of the album, hi-fi digital downloads of two (2) albums -- FASCINOMA debut and the Beatles Cover album for you and a friend, the Mount Rushmore cartoon screen saver which you are authorized to turn into an iron-on for your underwear, and 1 year subscription to extremely loving personalized spam.

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    All of the Above. . . and your choice of Chairmeowww's Ciao-brand T-Shirts! Your options include her Special Edition T-Shirt with text "I love cats." or without text (logo only).

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    Reward #4 and Beatles Mount Rushmore T-Shirt.

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    Invite to CHRISTMAS PREVIEW of the album, hi-fi digital downloads of two (2) albums -- FASCINOMA debut and Beatles cover album, cartoon screen saver, T-shirt of your choice, live performance and reception @ private LA venue not-disclosed, and a 1-year subscription to the superbly romantic personalized --did I already say romantic? spam.

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    A Youtube song dedication to someone you care about (or love) from a list of songs / covers I've learned this past year. I will call you to get the low-down on your special person. I will call them and confirm you are not their stalker -- and whence confirmed, I will sing your praises for being a patron of the arts. Video goes up on Youtube, song dedication announced to you both through Twitter. You will also receive all of the looty booty of Reward #4.

    Cover Songs I Know:
    1. All of Me – Simons / Marks
    2. And I Love Her - Beatles
    3. At This Moment – Billy Vera
    4. Autumn Leaves – Nat King Cole
    5. Be Still My Beating Heart - Sting
    6. Blue Moon – Hart & Rogers
    7. Case of You – Joni Mitchell
    8. Don’t Let Me Down – Beatles
    9. Don’t Let It Bring You down – Neil Young
    10. Dream a Little Dream of Me – Mommas and Poppas (who wrote this?)
    11. The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines – Joni Mitchell
    12. Georgia On My Mind – Ray Charles
    13. Hard Hearted Hannah – Ray Charles
    14. Happy Birthday To You – Patty and Mildred Hill (The Hill Sisters)
    15. Her Majesty - Beatles
    16. Hotel California – Eagles
    17. I Will Always Love You – Dolly Parton
    18. I Shall Be Released – Bob Dylan
    19. Julia – Beatles
    20. Killing Me Softly - Charles Fox / Gimbel (lyricist)
    21. Mr. Sandman – Chordettes?
    22. Nature Boy – Nat King Cole
    23. Satin Doll - ?
    24. Something - Beatles
    25. Suzanne – Leonard Cohen
    26. Traveling – Mark Novak
    27. Trouble – Cat Stevens
    28. The Only Time – Nine Inch Nails
    29. Stand By Me –
    30. Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers (North / Zaret)
    31. Where Did You Sleep Last Night – Huddie Ledbetter
    32. Will The Circle Be Unbroken - Harbershon / Gabriel
    33. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow – Carole King
    34. You Are My Sunshine
    35. You Don’t Know Me – Ray Charles

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    Song Dedication For Yourself REWARD. FOR SHAME!!!! You get a live recorded webcam performance of a song OF YOUR CHOICE. HOWEVER! I reserve the right to deny you! How this works: you will submit to me a Youtube link to the recording. I will learn the song and get a friend to accompany me, dedicate the track to you, curse the track if it causes me woe, and sing your praises for being a patron of the arts no matter what your taste. Video goes up on Youtube until they strike it down! (You will receive a copy of the video via Dropbox.)

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    Original Song Composition REWARD. I will take a profile of someone you love (which you will provide to me- up to 2 pages, 10 pt. font, double spaced typed) and write and record a 2:30 second song in their honor and send it to you and them as both a Youtube message and an mp3 & WAV file. My goal would be to capture their essence and find a way to rhyme their name with something unexpected.

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    Speaking of which. . .I will professionally record Rewards #8, #9, or #10 (with guitar, drums, and bass) mix, master and release them as singles on iTunes giving you credit as producer / inspiration. Your name will be immortalized on the Interwebs as the executive producer. "Baby's Got Back - A Cover by Fascinoma - Inspired and Produced by Jared Leto." I do not know Jared Leto.

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    A vial of my blood. And all of the above. Be warned. I am made of ketchup.

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    A golden egg I will lay for you personally and then preserve using oriental secrets. In this case, you get nothing but the egg. A GOLDEN EGG.

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