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Creating a Children's CD with Message-Driven songs....about life, challenges, LOVE, diversity, being unique, and having FUN.
Creating a Children's CD with Message-Driven songs....about life, challenges, LOVE, diversity, being unique, and having FUN.
113 backers pledged $8,582 to help bring this project to life.

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Making Music with and for Kids in the School of Life

This project is to fund the recording and duplication of a message driven Children's CD. The working title is "The School of Life." I'm enrolled in this School. The songs in this project are intended to INSPIRE kids to live in the moment, to embrace diversity, to be kind, to be unique, to stand up against bullying, and to have fun. I perform these songs with kids in interactive performances. Music is a powerful teaching tool. It is a universal language that touches people on all levels, connects people, and has a healing component. In addition to being FUN, these songs help kids and teachers imbue positive messages that can become personal mantra and positive self talk. 

The financial support is crucial in completing this project. The kids singing on the recording will learn about the writing process, arranging, recording in a studio, and mixing. A successful Kickstarter will pay for; musicians to create the foundation tracks, studio time to record, and mastering the tracks (This creates consistent sound and levels across all songs). The funding will also allow me to hire an artist to create the CD cover, and get the the CD project Duplicated. 

The following is an estimated budget in a fancy pie chart.

The Rough Timeline for the project:

  • February 1 - 28 Kickstarter Campaign
  • February 28th Finish Line Party, The North Branch Cafe                                                                                           41 State St.,Montpelier VT, 05602. Doors Open 4:30 PM.                               This is a free event to celebrate the conclusion of the fundraiser.
  • March 1- 31 Rehearsing and In The Studio Recording
  • April 1 - 30  Wrap Up Recording, Final Mixing
  • May 1- 31 Master the Tracks, Commission Art for Cover
  • June 1  Duplication Shipped to Completion
  • July CD Release Party

This will be exciting for the children involved to get CD credit. It is meaningful to take this finished product to school assemblies, libraries, children's museums, and other kid friendly venues to promote this work and to share these meaningful messages.  

That's the story....and I'm sticking to it.....Please support this project. How can you go wrong with kids and puppies on board? Thank you for your consideration! 

Here are a couple of tracks:   DiverseCity and Shake it Up                                                                            

  DiverseCity

 Shake it Up

Risks and challenges

There is risk and challenge involved in a recording project and there can be delays. I have set a reasonable Timeline and have a proven track record bringing 3 projects to completion. With your support, I am confident we can reach the release date of July 2015.

Currently, I'm hard at work writing a couple additional songs that round out this CD. I'm also rehearsing the children singers learning the new songs.

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    "THE FIRST DAY OF NURSERY SCHOOL":
    - Download of the "School of Life CD" (working title)
    - BFF Gratitude - Best Friends Forever Gratitude

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    "THE KINDERGARTNER":
    - Download of "The School of Life" CD
    - Download of Single
    - BFF Gratitude

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    "THE 5 MINUTES 'TIL RECESS": (CLOCKWATCHER) :
    - Autographed Copy of "The School of Life" CD
    - Download of "The School of Life"
    - BFF Gratitude

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    "THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TALENT SHOW":
    - Autographed "Down In Your Soul" Poster Suitable for framing (circa 2008)
    - Autographed Copy of "The School of Life" CD
    - Download of "The School of Life"
    - BFF Gratitude

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    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    "THE SCHOOL'S OUT FOR SUMMER":
    - Vintage Susan Picking t-shirt either "Wonder in the Wander" or "In the Now".
    - Autographed "Down In Your Soul" Poster Suitable for framing (circa 2008)
    - Autographed Copy of "The School of Life" CD
    - Download of "The School of Life"
    - BFF Gratitude

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    "THE MIDDLE SCHOOL IS OUT":
    - Autographed Copies of "Down in Your Soul" and "Wonder in the Wander" CDs
    - Vintage Susan Picking t-shirt either "Wonder in the Wander" or "In the Now"
    - Autographed "Down In Your Soul" Poster Suitable for framing (circa 2008)
    - Autographed Copy of "The School of Life" CD
    - Download of "The School of Life"
    - BFF Gratitude

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    "THE SPRING BREAK":
    - Producer Credit on "The School of Life" CD
    - Attend a Studio Session in Vermont
    - Autographed Copies of "Down in Your Soul" and "Wonder in the Wander" CDs
    - Vintage Susan Picking t-shirt either "Wonder in the Wander" or "In the Now"
    - Autographed Down In Your Soul Poster Suitable for framing (circa 2008)
    - Autographed Copy of "The School of Life" CD
    - Download of "The School of Life"
    - BFF Gratitude

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    "THE RECESS....IT'S SNACKTIME":
    - Join me for a PB & J Lunch with chips and milk
    - Producer Credit on "The School of Life" CD
    - Autographed Copies of "Down in Your Soul" and "Wonder in the Wander" CDs
    - Vintage Susan Picking t-shirt either "Wonder in the Wander" or "In the Now"
    - Autographed "Down In Your Soul" Poster Suitable for framing (circa 2008)
    - Autographed Copy of "The School of Life" CD
    - Download of "The School of Life"
    - BFF Gratitude

    Some restrictions apply. Airport pick up and lodging requested if not in the immediate vicinity. Or I can mail you a sandwhich and we could lunch by Skype. :)

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    "THE I GOT MY G-E-D":
    - A Mahalo U-200 Soprano Ukulele (autographed if you like)
    - Skype Lesson with me.
    - Producer Credit on "The School of Life" CD
    - Autographed Copies of "Down in Your Soul" and "Wonder in the Wander" CDs
    - Vintage Susan Picking t-shirt either "Wonder in the Wander" or "In the Now"
    - Autographed "Down In Your Soul" Poster Suitable for framing (circa 2008)
    - Autographed Copy of "The School of Life" CD
    - Download of "The School of Life"
    - BFF Gratitude

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    "THE WHAT'S NEXT....MY GAP YEAR":
    - House Concert
    - Producer Credit on "The School of Life" CD
    - Autographed Copies of "Down in Your Soul" and "Wonder in the Wander" CDs
    - Vintage Susan Picking t-shirt either "Wonder in the Wander" or "In the Now"
    - Autographed Down In Your Soul Poster Suitable for framing (circa 2008)
    - Autographed Copy of "The School of Life" CD
    - Download of "The School of Life"
    - BFF Gratitude

    Some Restrictions Apply: Airport transportation, Lodging, PA system, and Keyboard provided by backer. Use by July of 2016

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    "THE 5TH YEAR SENIOR":
    - Kids Playshop and Performance
    - Producer Credit on "The School of Life" CD
    - Autographed Copies of "Down in Your Soul" and "Wonder in the Wander" CDs
    - Vintage Susan Picking t-shirt either "Wonder in the Wander" or "In the Now"
    - Autographed "Down In Your Soul" Poster Suitable for framing (circa 2008)
    - Autographed Copy of "The School of Life" CD
    - Download of "The School of Life"
    - BFF Gratitude

    Some Restrictions Apply: Airport transportation, Lodging, PA system, and Keyboard provided by backer. Use by July of 2016

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    "THE FULBRIGHT SCHOLARSHIP" :
    - 5 Lessons Ukulele/Voice/Piano - Skype or local Vermont
    - Producer Credit on "The School of Life" CD
    - Autographed Copies of "Down in Your Soul" and "Wonder in the Wander" CDs
    - Vintage Susan Picking t-shirt either "Wonder in the Wander" or "In the Now"
    - Autographed "Down In Your Soul" Poster Suitable for framing (circa 2008)
    - Autographed Copy of "The School of Life" CD
    - Download of "The School of Life"
    - BFF Gratitude

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    "SCHOOL IS NEVER REALLY OUT....TUITION":
    - House Concert
    - Children's Playshop
    - PB & J Lunch (special treat)
    - Producer Credit on "The School of Life" CD
    - Autographed Copies of "Down in Your Soul" and "Wonder in the Wander" CDs
    - Vintage Susan Picking t-shirt either "Wonder in the Wander" or "In the Now"
    Autographed "Down In Your Soul "Poster Suitable for framing (circa 2008)
    - Autographed Copy of "The School of Life" CD
    - Download of "The School of Life"
    - BFF Gratitude
    - AND A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE

    Some Restrictions Apply: Airport transportation, Lodging, PA system, and Keyboard provided by backer. Use by July of 2016

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Funding period

- (28 days)