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Restarting my life in music after a 30 year detour due to a serious hearing loss....
Restarting my life in music after a 30 year detour due to a serious hearing loss....
124 backers pledged $19,296 to help bring this project to life.

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The past is prologue.
The past is prologue.

I’ve Got Music - AGAIN!

Between 1973 and 1982, I recorded my first album of original compositions, saw two songs make the American pop charts, and another make it all the way to #1 in Brazil. I performed on the stage, composed jingles for national advertising campaigns and a parade theme for Disney. And I was looking at a successful lifetime journey in music and entertainment.

And then it ended - precipitously and painfully. A catastrophic hearing loss made making music, listening to it and even enjoying it impossible for me for the next 30 years.

Over the last few years, however, several extraordinary  things have happened. And right now I’m ready and able to begin making music again. With your help, my musical journey continues.

A little background

I’ve been making music since I was four years old. Playing piano and guitar, singing, songwriting, performing, and entertaining through family gatherings, school recitals, glee club concerts and hootenannies, in clubs and coffee houses, hotels and cafes, and eventually making records in the recording studio and performing live on television and on stage. Because I loved it, I was good at it, and it loved me back.

 In 1973 I released my first album “Stu Nunnery,” for Evolution Records, produced by Al Gorgoni, and featuring some of the most celebrated studio musicians of that era or any era, names like Elliott Randall, John Tropea, David Spinozza, Buzz Feiten and Hugh McCracken, Alan Schwartzberg, and Rick Marrotta, Stu Woods, Eric Weissberg and Paul Griffin. Years later, I had the pleasure of recording with Will Lee and Paul Shaffer, Laurence Juber from Wings and others. And I performed in concert with two of my favorite artists, Gordon Lightfoot and Jesse Colin Young.

My first album featured two songs “Madelaine” and “Sally from Syracuse” that made the Top 100 on the American singles charts. “Lady It’s Time To Go” made it all the way to #1 in Brazil and remained popular for more than two decades. The “Isle of Debris” stands as a “rock classic” on several radio stations around the country while other songs on the album found popularity in a number of other countries. 

Here are some short musical cuts from my album that appeared in the video.

In 1976, I signed with Epic records and began writing and singing radio and television jingles for national advertising campaigns. I also wrote “I’m Walking Right Down the Middle of Main Street USA” for Disneyland’s 25th Anniversary, a parade theme still performed at the Disney theme parks to this day. 

I had a good thing going. And then it ended.

Between 1978 and 1982 something out the blue and very devastating took much of my hearing and made making music impossible for the next 30 years.

WHAT’S MY PROJECT ABOUT?  

This kickstart is really a restart of that musical journey. 

It’s about making music again as the result of a process I’ve been engaged in since 2010 to strengthen my musical skills and abilities, upgrade my hearing technology, continue singing, playing and writing music, returning to the studio, and reconnecting with my fans and the music world.

My project is about making music again in several ways.  

First, to answer demand from fans around the world for my first album on a brand new CD. While my songs have been heard in many places, few fans have been able to hear all of it or buy the album, and until now have never had a chance to get a CD. And I want to make these songs available for new airplay and download. .  

Second, making music again is about continuing to strengthen and refine my hearing and my voice through ear training, vocal work, and taking advantage of ground breaking hearing research and technology that will assist me to work in the studio and on stage again.  

And third, making music again means recording two new songs that will allow me to get back out onto the airwaves and become musically visible again.

WITH YOUR FUNDING SUPPORT 

This Kickstart will help me put the next important pieces in place so that I can begin making music again. 

1. Cover the costs of re-mastering and repackaging my first album as a brand new, first edition CD and make the songs available for download. 

2. Cover the costs for specially designed and programmed ear monitors for use in the studio. I will be working with Brian Fligor, Chief Audiology Officer at Lantos Technologies in Boston. My audiologist, Laurie Duffy, MS, will keep me ahead of the curve with the latest hearing aid technology and all the advances just around the corner. 

3. Cover the costs of three months of continuing ear training with Geoff Plant, Director of the Hearing Rehabilitation Foundation, also in Boston, who uses innovative techniques that employ both music and the brain to enhance voice and musical hearing. 

 4. Cover the costs of producing and mastering my first two new recordings in 30 years. I am very pleased that I will be working with award-winning composer, producer, arranger, and colleague, John Lissauer.

REWARDS 

I sincerely hope that hearing my music again – my first album and newly recorded music - will be as special for you as it will be for me. That said, here are a few more things just for you for helping me reach my goals. 

  • You’ll be able to download songs from my first album, get copies of the brand new CD, and collect some memorabilia and collector’s items from my earlier recording days including some 45’s and LP’s.
  • You can get acknowledgement of your support, be an associate or even an executive producer of my new recordings. 
  • You can meet me for lunch at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, MA where my professional music career began and hear about the exploding folk scene there in the ‘70’s and visit the Guthrie Center, the famous Trinity Church and starting point for the “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree.” 
  •  There’s studio time for you and a friend to meet me and the other music makers I’ll be working with at my next recording sessions. 
  • And I’m pleased to be able to offer to you, your business, community group or hearing association a highly musical and entertaining presentation about my new campaign called “Talk To Me” about my experiences as a musician with hearing loss and how we can work together to improve hearing and speech communication.
  • And more... thank you sincerely for your support for this amazing musical journey.

Risks and challenges

1. Making music with a hearing loss is a challenge. But everyday, musicians in every genre, including celebrated ones, do just that. Estimates are that 30-40% of contemporary musicians have some kind of hearing loss while that number jumps to 50-60% of classical musicians. Many of these losses are due to repetitive and/or loud instrument playing/listening.

My loss was not due to instrument noise. But since 2010 I became aware that my musical hearing was better than I had assumed owing to my health and advances in hearing aid technology that allowed me a much fuller range of musical tones and depth.

Ever since, I have continued to seek and find additional assistance to strengthen both my musical hearing and my voice and to find the technology that would allow me to work in the studio and on stage. It is incredible to be a musician at this time when such groundbreaking advances appear almost monthly and to be the beneficiary of those advances after 30 years with little hope.

In 2010, I set a path to resume making music again no matter what it takes and despite my challenges, and with the help of others, I’ve made extraordinary progress and expect that to continue unabated.

2 Meet the $17,000 goal: I have purposely set this amount as the goal to help me simply take important next steps. Remember, if that goal is not reached, the project gets nothing.

3. Raise more than the $17,000 goal: If we can, I can make additional recordings and start thinking about an entire album. I will also be able to continue to stay ahead of the hearing technology curve.

4. Getting people to this page: Please steer your friends and colleagues to this Kickstarter page. It will be the collective “kick” from all of you that will make this project go.

5. The Calendar: If the project is funded this phase of it will end around mid to late November and the holidays will be upon us. Most activities will slow or cease until the first of the year. I know I will be chomping at the bit to get going but I hope you’ll be patient as we start meeting your rewards and getting down to some serious music business in 2015.

6. Delays: As I am talking about recording, mastering, repackaging and distributing older and new music globally, a number of things can intervene such as production, delivery and distribution delays. Expect things to run on their own schedule, sometimes, too. Rest assured I will be on it constantly and have an incredible team to assist me.

MANY PIECES ARE ALREADY IN PLACE

THE "STU NUNNERY" ALBUM IS READY
The “Stu Nunnery” album has been transferred from the master tapes to what’s called a flat transfer CD. My producer Al Gorgoni and I will go into the studio to get the CD ready for duplication and uploads/downloads and all-round-town loads. Repackaging will involve identifying the best fit – at this point, probably a Digipak in one form, reasonably priced and usually a quick turnaround.

THERE ARE MANY SONGS READY TO BE RECORDED
Selecting songs to record won’t be an issue at all, as I have lots of material - dozens of songs, some that had been previously recorded but never released, as well as new material from my writing the past several years.

WANT SOME MORE DETAILS?
I have included more detail about my plans in the FAQ section. You’ll also find me on Facebook, Twitter, Reverb Nation, and Linked In. Also if you would like to receive a copy of the full budget for the project you can get in touch and I will be happy to send it to you.

LEAVE A COMMENT
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ASK A QUESTION
Your feedback at every level is my oxygen and is very much appreciated.

WATCH THE VIDEO AND REVIEW THE REWARDS
If you have not already, please take a few minutes to watch my Kickstarter video and review the rewards I am offering. Know that every donation counts and no amount will be taken for granted.

With your help, I can make music - again!

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    A digital download of any two songs from the original "Stu Nunnery" album

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    Digital download of any two songs from the original "Stu Nunnery" album, autographed "Stu Nunnery" NEW CD, plus hand caligraphed lyric sheet from "Stu Nunnery" album

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    Same as above, plus autographed original vinyl 45rpm of “Sally From Syracuse” and “Madelaine,” plus the "Get Thee Stu the Nunnery" Tee Shirt

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    Digital download, 2 autographed "Stu Nunnery" NEW CD's, hand calligraphed lyric sheet, support acknowledgement on new website, plus autographed "Stu Nunnery" Vinyl LP, plus credit as associate producer of new recordings, plus the "Get Thee Stu the Nunnery" Tee Shirt, plus you and a friend will spend a 2 hours with me in the Stu-dio during my next recording sessions.

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    Let's write a song together. You send me 2 sets of lyrics and I will choose one (or combine them) to craft into a song that we will publish together. You will also receive 2 autographed "Stu Nunnery" NEW CD's, hand calligraphed lyric sheet, support acknowledgement on the new website, credit as associate producer of new recordings, and the "Get Thee Stu the Nunnery" Tee Shirt

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    Digital downlaod, 3 autographed "Stu Nunnery" NEW CD's, original hand calligraphed lyric sheet, support acknowledgemen on new website, associate producer credit on new recordings, autographed "Stu Nunnery" Vinyl LP, the "Get Thee Stu the Nunnery" tee shirt, plus 2 tickets to my first performance, plus lunch with me at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, MA where my professional musical career began just around the corner from Alice's Restaurant, plus a visit to the Guthrie Center aka "The Church" where the "Alice's Restaurant Massacree"began.

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    5 autographed "Stu Nunnery" NEW CD's, original hand calligraphed lyric sheet, support acknowledgement on new website, credit as executive producer on new recordings, plus autographed "Stu Nunnery" Vinyl LP, plus 4 tickets to my first performance, plus a 4 hour Stu-dio visit for you and a friend at the next recording sessions, plus the "Get Thee Stu the Nunnery" Tee Shirt

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    Same as above, plus I will come to your group, company, organization or association to give a 60 minute inspiring, musical and highly entertaining presentation called "Talk To Me" about my story and the fails, foibles and follies in today's speech and hearing communication.

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