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Thirteen luminous songs, wrested from the earth and nearly ready for their reveal.
Thirteen luminous songs, wrested from the earth and nearly ready for their reveal.
266 backers pledged $17,137 to help bring this project to life.

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We did it!!!  We made our initial goal! Within the first four days of the campaign!  I am overwhelmed with gratitude.  Thanks to your belief in this project, Cascadia's release is now just a few months away.  What happens now?  By adding some stretch goals, we can broaden the scope of the project, to create even more rewards to share with you.

$15,000 --  GOAL MET!!!

If we raise $15,000, I will work with Emmy nominated filmmaker Eric Daniel Metzgar to create music videos for, initially, three (but hopefully more!) songs from Cascadia. At least one of these videos will be a song selected by backers, via a survey that will be sent out with the album. Backers at all levels will be able view the completed videos streaming online via a private link at least a month before they are released to the general public. The Cascadia videos will also be included in HD format on the limited edition music video DVD, available at the higher pledge levels. 

$16,500

If we raise $16,500, I will create a second songbook, this one featuring ten songs chosen by backers' vote, and drawn from any of my records released to date. Each song will be presented with lyrics, melodies and chords with fretboard diagrams. The chords will be playable by beginning - intermediate guitar players, as well as by pianists who can read chords by name. 

Backers at all levels will receive this book in pdf form. Backers at the $250 level and higher will also receive a printed copy of this book, signed and dedicated to you.

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The inspiration for this project goes back to an experience I had some years ago, while living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Coming home late after a musical gig, I got out of my car and found myself face to face with an enormous deer. He was standing on the sidewalk, lit by the glow of a streetlight, so close to me that I could make out his every detail: his shaggy back, his wide, graceful antlers.  His gaze was proud and penetrating.

A forgotten king, I thought, lost in a strange land. Where had he come from? Were there more like him somewhere? Where was his family? Was this his eternal lot? To be always on the move, passing ghostly amongst the buildings, taking refuge in occasional, vacant patches of green?

After that night, I never saw him again. But over the years, he lived on in my memory.  The encounter had made me feel, more deeply than ever, the absence of wild places, wild creatures, from my life.

Many years later, when I finally succeeded in capturing this experience in song, I felt as if something powerful in my writing had been set free.  I began to sing for the vanishing world of animals, forests, ancient ways -- and for a new world to come. I was seeking a unity underlying our disconnection.

This sense of urgency led me, in 2007, to divinity school, where I studied, among other things, folklore and mythology. I steeped myself in ancient stories and traditions. Each night, after a long day of study, I came home to write. These were the songs that became Cascadia.

When it came time to record, I was blessed to enlist an incredible group of singers and musicians to help me realize my musical vision.  After all these years of work, I can't wait to share with you the fruits of our labor!

Noe Venable-- singer, composer, guitarist, and producer
Noe Venable-- singer, composer, guitarist, and producer
                  
Todd Sickafoose-- bass, piano, mixing engineer
Todd Sickafoose-- bass, piano, mixing engineer
Mathias Kunzli-- drums and percussion
Mathias Kunzli-- drums and percussion
Payton MacDonald-- marimba
Payton MacDonald-- marimba
Yair Evnine-- vocals, cello
Yair Evnine-- vocals, cello
Odessa Chen-- vocals
Odessa Chen-- vocals
Alan Lin-- vocals, violin
Alan Lin-- vocals, violin
Ken Rich-- recording engineer
Ken Rich-- recording engineer
Liz Gill Neilson-- painter, album artwork
Liz Gill Neilson-- painter, album artwork
 

As with nearly all my prior releases, I plan to release Cascadia independently.  Being an independent artist is great in that it allows me complete creative control in my work.  However, not having the support of a label does mean that my resources are limited.  Making records is costly, and all those costs come out of pocket.  At this point, fortunately, most of the costs have been met, and Cascadia is almost complete.  However, there remain a few steps to go.

Your contributions will enable us to complete those final steps and send Cascadia into the world.  My $10,000 goal is the minimum amount of money necessary to cover mixing, mastering, CD manufacturing,and compensating the artist whose paintings will make up the album artwork.  It will also cover the production and shipping of backer rewards, which I’ve been seriously enjoying dreaming up!

Which brings me to. . .

  What can you expect in return for your generosity?  Some of the possibilities include

  • Your own signed physical copy of Cascadia, beautifully presented in an eco-friendly CD folder with 16-page, full-color booklet insert, plus one Kickstarter exclusive bonus track.  (The bonus track will be a download.)
  • Digital downloads and signed physical copies of prior releases.* Choose from the following albums: The Summer Storm Journals, BootsDown Easy, or The World is Bound by Secret Knots.  (The version of Secret Knots offered will include downloads of three bonus tracks otherwise available only the Japanese release of this album.)
  • Hand-crafted, collectible glass tile magnets in two different designs, featuring the gorgeous paintings of Liz Gil Neilson 
  • High-quality posters in two large sizes, featuring the album cover's painting by Liz Gill Neilson
  • Music video DVDs featuring gorgeous HD versions of the leading music video from Cascadia, as well as all other videos we have released to date 
  • The Cascadia Songbook, including lyrics, melodies and guitar chords to all playable songs on the album, signed and dedicated to you 

    Special, one-of-a-kind items: 

  • A handbound blank book custom made for you, by me. Fill with your own stories, poems and songs! 
  • Signed, handwritten lyrics sheet for the NV song of your choice, framed and ready for display. 
  • A natural talisman—one line of NV lyrics written by hand on a found natural object, collected during Noe’s wanderings. No two alike-- the object may be driftwood, stone, etc. You can choose the lyric, or let us choose for you. 

   Ways to be involved in the music: 

  • Your name in the liner notes, and / or an invitation to play on a future album or appear in a future music video
  • An original song written just for you or for someone you care about, or a recording of the cover song of your choice 
  • Private concerts for you and your friends 
 

Risks and challenges

Cascadia being my seventh release, I can now say I have extensive experience with the process of independently making and releasing CDs! That said, there are always things that can come up—manufacturing errors, shipping mishaps, that kind of thing. My goal is to have the completed album in my hands and ready to ship by June of 2014. Backer rewards at the lower levels will ship around that same time. At the higher levels, where rewards include original recordings and other custom made items, the later delivery date estimates that you see in the green column allow for the time it will take me to produce these items. At this point, I'm optimistic that it will be possible to make the reward delivery dates as written. However, if anything gets in the way of that timing, I can promise that the delay will not be long, and can tide you over by sending downloads in advance of the physical copies of albums, etc.

Thanks for reading, and thanks for your support!

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    Thanks for your support! Before the official album release, you'll receive downloads of any three songs of your choice from Cascadia.

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    Thanks so much! You'll receive a download of the ENTIRE album of Cascadia, prior to its official release, as well as a beautiful PDF thank you card.

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    Thank you! You'll receive a PHYSICAL COPY of Cascadia, as well as a download of ONE PRIOR NV RELEASE of your choice*. (Choose from the following four albums:- The Summer Storm Journals, The World is Bound by Secret Knots, Boots, or Down Easy.) PLUS one collectible, handmade GLASS MAGNET featuring the album artwork, and a PDF thank you card.

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    Please enjoy one SIGNED physical copy of Cascadia, as well as downloads of TWO PRIOR NV RELEASES of your choice*, PDF Thank You card, PLUS one collectible GLASS MAGNET featuring the album artwork.

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    One SIGNED physical copy of Cascadia, downloads of THREE prior NV releases*, TWO collectible GLASS MAGNETS featuring the album artwork, and a "Thank you" in the form of a PDF download of the CASCADIA SONGBOOK, containing lyrics, melodies, and guitar chords for all playable songs on the album.

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    One signed physical copy of Cascadia, SIGNED PHYSICAL COPIES of THREE prior NV releases*, TWO collectible GLASS MAGNETS featuring the album artwork, SIGNED PRINTED COPY of the Cascadia Songbook, AND a gorgeous, 12 x 17 POSTER featuring the album artwork.

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    TWO signed physical copies of Cascadia, PLUS "Special Thanks" in the CD liner notes, and a NATURAL TALISMAN-- one line of NV lyrics written by hand on a found natural object. No two alike-- the object may be driftwood, stone, etc. You can choose the lyric, if you like! This is in addition to your SIGNED PHYSICAL COPIES of THREE prior NV releases*, TWO collectible GLASS MAGNETS featuring the album artwork, SIGNED PRINTED COPY of the Cascadia Songbook, AND a gorgeous, 12 x 17 POSTER featuring the album artwork.

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    A DVD of HIGH DEFINITION VERSIONS of all official Noe Venable MUSIC VIDEOS and MAKING OF videos released to date, including new ones, soon to come, from Cascadia! In addition, you will receive the POSTER in the BEAUTIFUL, LARGER SIZE of 18 x 24, SPECIAL THANKS in the liner notes, the NATURAL TALISMAN (one line of NV lyrics written by hand on a found natural object), THREE signed physical copies of Cascadia, SIGNED PHYSICAL COPIES of THREE prior NV releases* TWO collectible GLASS MAGNETS featuring the album artwork, and a SIGNED PRINTED COPY of the Cascadia Songbook.

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    "UNCOMMON SUPPORTER" credit in the CD liner notes as well as a FRAMED, ONE OF A KIND, HANDWRITTEN LYRICS SHEET for a NV song of your choice. And let's not forget your THREE signed physical copies of Cascadia, SIGNED PHYSICAL COPIES of FOUR prior NV releases*, TWO glass magnets, physical copy of the CASCADIA SONGBOOK, 18 x 24 POSTER, natural talisman, and Music Video DVD.

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    I will CREATE AND RECORD an acoustic version of the COVER SONG of your choice. This could be a love song for your partner, a lullaby for your child, etc. OR I will record original vocals for a song you wrote. In addition to this, we invite you to PLAY ON A FUTURE NV ALBUM or BE IN A FUTURE MUSIC VIDEO, to be shot in either the San Francisco Bay Area or New York state. (Travel not included...)Naturally, this is in addition to your "UNCOMMON SUPPORTER" credit in the CD liner notes, THREE signed physical copies of Cascadia, signed physical copies of FOUR PRIOR NV RELEASES, two GLASS MAGNETS, one 18 x 24 POSTER, the CASCADIA SONGBOOK, a NATURAL TALISMAN, music video DVD, and framed HANDWRITTEN LYRICS SHEET for a NV song of your choice. WOW!

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    Oh my goodness, thank you! I hope your "PATRON OF THE ARTS" credit in the CD liner notes goes some distance towards conveying my gratitude! At this level, I will CREATE AND RECORD an acoustic version of either a cover song or an ORIGINAL SONG, on the topic of your choice, for you, or based on materials provided by you. This could be a love song for your partner, a lullaby for your child, whatever you wish! (This is in addition to your THREE signed physical copies of Cascadia, signed physical copies of FOUR prior NV releases*, two GLASS MAGNETS, one 18 x 24 POSTER, the CASCADIA SONGBOOK, a NATURAL TALISMAN, music video DVD, and framed HANDWRITTEN LYRICS SHEET for a NV song of your choice.)

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    Oh my. I am so moved and awed by your support of this project. Please allow me to express this in person in a PERSONAL HANG. If your location permits (New York area or San Francisco), I will treat you to dinner, or our spending time together could take the form of a music lesson. Guitar, voice and songwriting are what I most commonly teach, but we could also pow wow about creativity in general. In addition to everything listed above, I will craft for you a ONE OF A KIND BLANK BOOK, to fill with your own thoughts, dreams, and songs. (To reiterate, this is in addition to an acoustic version of an ORIGINAL SONG or COVER SONG, on the topic of your choice, for you, or based on materials provided by you, "PATRON OF THE ARTS" in the CD liner notes, acoustic version of ether a COVER SONG or an ORIGINAL SONG, on the topic of your choice, for you, or based on materials provided by you, THREE signed physical copies of Cascadia, signed physical copies of FOUR PRIOR NV RELEASES, two GLASS MAGNETS, one 18 x 24 POSTER, the CASCADIA SONGBOOK, a NATURAL TALISMAN, music video DVD, and framed HANDWRITTEN LYRICS SHEET for a NV song of your choice.)

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    Wow, thank you! I am humbled by your support, and beyond grateful for it! You are a CASCADIAN ANGEL, and the CD liner notes will credit you as such. In addition, I will perform a SOLO PRIVATE HOUSE CONCERT for you and your friends, in either New York or San Francisco, or anywhere else if travel / lodging is also provided. You can invite whomever you want, and even help shape the setlist, if you like. To make the evening even more special, I will also provide a signed copy of Cascadia for EVERY PERSON WHO ATTENDS the concert, up to 30 people. (Naturally, you will also receive all of the following: acoustic version of ether a COVER SONG or an ORIGINAL SONG, on the topic of your choice, for you, or based on materials provided by you, ONE OF A KIND JOURNAL, created and handbound by me, THREE signed physical copies of Cascadia, signed physical copies of FOUR PRIOR NV RELEASES, two GLASS MAGNETS, one 18 x 24 POSTER, the CASCADIA SONGBOOK, a NATURAL TALISMAN, music video DVD, and framed HANDWRITTEN LYRICS SHEET for a NV song of your choice.)

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