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Keeping jazz alive, and bringing new songs to life! We're launching WHAT THE MUSIC SAYS DO -- Sarah M. Greer's original debut jazz album.
Keeping jazz alive, and bringing new songs to life! We're launching WHAT THE MUSIC SAYS DO -- Sarah M. Greer's original debut jazz album.
112 backers pledged $6,830 to help bring this project to life.

thanks for a great year!

Posted by Sarah M. Greer (Creator)
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Helloooo Beautiful Backers, 

Earlier this month was the anniversary of the date we successfully funded the What the Music Says Do Kickstarter campaign and I wanted to express my gratitude to all of you once again and to tell you that ...

We had SO MUCH FUN(!) at my CD release party! I wasn't sure I could begin to describe what it was like to get all gussied up, load up my CDs (and your reward packages *smile*), head out to the Dunsmore Room and sing an evening's worth of my own songs with so many of the truly amazing singers and players with whom I was blessed to co-create on this project. 

So I decided to show you. *smile* 

The night was young, (the skies were clear,) the room was packed full of family and friends ... and the band looked great (if I do say so myself) and sounded amazing! 

The band - Steven Hobert (piano), me, Dean Magraw (guitar), Anthony Cox (bass) and Nathan Greer (drums)
The band - Steven Hobert (piano), me, Dean Magraw (guitar), Anthony Cox (bass) and Nathan Greer (drums)

During my vacation a week before the show, my family helped me figure out how to present my CDs at the show. I forgot to take a picture of the box filled with your Kickstarter rewards, but they were there and so were many of you! 

My CD "store"
My CD "store"

Speaking of family ... my brother and sister were there. (So were my parents. *smile*)

My brother Nate on drums
My brother Nate on drums
My sister and my niece
My sister and my niece

My sister came from Massachusetts with her husband and my niece. You may recall that I wrote a song -- "If Only You Knew" -- for my nieces and included it on the album. Singing that song to my niece in front of my siblings and parents was a special moment for me.

"I'm not crying; you're crying."
"I'm not crying; you're crying."

Another highlight was a guest appearance by my sisters in song — the Give Get Sistet. They sang on the album and came to help me close out the first set.

with the Give Get Sistet (Mankwe Ndosi, Jayanthi Kyle & Alicia Steele)
with the Give Get Sistet (Mankwe Ndosi, Jayanthi Kyle & Alicia Steele)

Massive thanks to my family for ALL of their support and the efforts they made to travel and be there for my "really big shoe." Especially my mom who stayed up late (or was it early? *grin*) helping me package your rewards.

And a special thanks to my shutterbugs -- family (especially you, Peggy!), friends and videographer Guy Wagner -- without whom I would have no pictures of this event. 

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Finally, to each and every one of you fantastic backers - thank you for the good will, support and pledges(!) that you sent my way over the course of this project. 

(We'll have to do it again some time. *smile*)

singingly,
sg

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