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Jim Roll is poised to record his first record in 10 years. He engineers records for a living, & writes em  for his salvation and yours!
Jim Roll is poised to record his first record in 10 years. He engineers records for a living, & writes em for his salvation and yours!
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OKAY IT'S OFFICIAL! **EVERYONE** who pledges, or has pledged, $1 to $10,000.00 (sorry to those who pledge above $10k!) get's a full digital version of the Jim Roll Children's Christmas Album. Those who have heard it will tell you more . . . but it's, well, it's . . . 

...and to repeat visitors here's a couple new vertical videos in the rough hewn style of "I'm learning how to work this phone-camera!!" But they sound good and they are from a few days back!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msz9sBQgiW4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_39rhPHRN8

Anyway if this is your FIRST visit:

I would like your help to fund my first full length CD since "Inhabiting the Ball", recorded in 2001 and released in 2002.

You may ask "Jim, why do you need money to record songs when you own a recording studio?!" And that is a question I think is worth addressing. Essentially the answer is simple: I record records for my artists with the most personal attention, the best gear available, and for the cheapest price possible. Meaning that my profit margin is not a GET RICH ratio, heck, sometimes it's not even a GET NEW SHOES ratio. Don't get me wrong, I love it and it's doing well, but the studio needs to keep running to stay fiscally solvent.

So, your money will allow me to shut down for a month. Clear my mind. Study my demos, rehearse a band, and hone my songs. It will also provide me with the resources to pay an engineer to do the legwork so I can be a musician first and foremost for the duration of this record -- instead of being an engineer, teacher, or business owner. 

In my dreams we would gather enough financial support here to make a record for the ages . . . to reproduce and promote the record . . . and to fund a tour. But that would take $20,000 plus! I can dream right?

So . . . I have demos and ideas which have been gathered over the last 10 years and it's almost like making a 1st record. That's a GOOD thing! Lots of songs to choose from, and pick the cream of the crop. 

Well, you get the idea. I'd love to play for you, sing for you, write for you, mold sounds and worlds for you . . . and yeah I do it for myself too. Seems to work out for both of us though...

My favorite musical moment ever was getting an email from a young man in a war torn third world country -- who said my song '1955' was getting him through his days. It was then I decided I would never apologize for being a musician. So no apologies, just a proud request for your help!

- Jim Roll, June 21st 2011

PS - If you care to, you can visit my recording studio by clicking on the Backseat Productions website link below. BUT WHATEVER YOU DO, CLICK ON THAT YOUTUBE LINK BELOW in my websites list: I'm singing a song by my friend Greg McIntosh and we did an award winning 7 minute short movie at my studio!! Hail Kranstonia!!

http://www.backseatproductions.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3ylRjoWtN0

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    Any amount towards the new record is beyond generous! For a simple $1 donation you will have my unending gratitude and I will send you a song off the new CD!! Via email. WIth lots of exclamation points!! THANK YOU!!!!!!

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    Is $5 a sawbuck? or is that ten? Anyway for $5 I will send you 1 song a month for all of 2012! It'll be awesome AND if you already have some of my songs I will make sure you get only tunes you don't own. It's my way of saying WOWOWOWOWOW! You are stupendous and thank you!!

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    ROCK ON!! A full presale - you have helped make this album INEVITABLE! Not 'possible'. INEVITABLE! Gonna happen. Will happen! Thanks to you . . . and I will send you a full digital album when it is completed! Perfect. You are perfect!

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    Awesome! Thank you! What email address can I send your digital copy of the new record to, once it is released? I promise it will have art and liner notes too! And you will have a digital copy of Ready to Hang right after this Kickstarter campaign ends!

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    THE MAGIC NUMBER! Thirty FIve was the number of wives Elvis dreamt of having. 35 was the number of doctors in the very first hospital ever. 35 is the number of oceans on the mock up of Earth before they had to find room for the trees. OK I am making all of that up. But shazaam! You WILL NOT get absurd stories for this contribution level, you will get: A digital copy of the new CD when it's done, and a CD copy of Ready to Hang mailed to you after the completion of this successful campaign!

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    Seriously! That is crazy generous! I mean it! Would you like me to mail you a copy of the Demo's 2003-2010 CD within a month of the end of this Kickstarter Campaign? I'll do it! This is a CD of unreleased songs I wrote and are often with a full band and packed with all kinds of surprises (and occasionally the uncooked lyric or two). There's like 15 or 20 songs recorded. If you'll allow me to, I would also like to send you a CD copy of Ready to Hang in case you lost that one or never had it! AND DON'T worry you certainly will get a CD copy of this record you are funding!

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    Let me just say. WOWZERS! Can Bee and I buy you brunch for two at Beezy's? We'll have a $20 gift for you to eat at Beezy's - Washtenaw County, Michigan's, award winning, best place for Breakfast and Lunch and good vibes! Will you also accept a copy of the Demo's 2003-2010 CD, Ready to Hang, and the CD you are funding?? I will also let you choose to have me send you a video of me interpretive dance-acting out your favorite song in the world (by anyone) . . . it sounds goofy but I think you'll enjoy what I like to call THE MAGIC!

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    WILL YOU JUST STOP! (actually don't stop). But really I am flabbergasted. Thank you! You will be listed as an Executive Producer by Name on the new CD. I will send you a copy of each of my first three CD's with hand drawn cover art on each (by me!), and you will get a Beezy's $20 meal, the Demo's 2003-2010, the video interpretive dance of your favorite song (if you dare!), and a free pass to any and all Jim Roll shows you care to attend anywhere for 2012. And of course a copy of the CD you are funding. Darn it you are amazing!!

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    Someone help me up. I fainted . . . Well, you get all of that other stuff I've listed above! That seems obvious by now. But how about we do it up right, and Bee and I cook you and three friends a private dinner at Beezy's. I bring a few musical friends and set up a private Jim Roll Band show for you while you wind down from your meal? THAT WILL BE SO FUN!!!!

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    Derrrrrrr! aksjhdkas! I plapped the flawrnmbaint. Myg joh? Wister dih cloth. OK OK I am okay! Is this heaven? Okay right, so we are coming to your place in 2012. I'll make a house call . . . with the band. All the gifts we can, will be delivered before we get there, BUT WE ARE BRINGING the new CD to you and PLAYING A SHOW AT YOUR HOUSE! Ok ok you pick where but if it's legal, and relatively safe, we are playing there. With you! And the new CD will be wrapped. Nicely. If you don't live in the lower 48 of the USA, we'll perform the new record for you in the studio and mail you the one of a kind DVD! Every song will be dedicated sincerely to you. Out loud. Tearfully. Thank you God for Robots!!

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