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Thirteen songs of loss, humor, and wisdom
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My name is Shoshana Friedman, and I'm psyched to be making my first album.  While I'm studying to be a rabbi, I also come from a family of song-writers and have spent some of the happiest moments of my life in choirs, on stage, and jamming in living rooms.  You'll find echoes of Jewish wisdom, folk Americana, and even showtunes on the album, as well as the talented musicianship of my sisters Ari & Mia Friedman (ariandmiamusic.com) and the fine fingerpickin' of my dad Lev Friedman.

How did the whole thing start, you ask? In 2011, I was at a pivotal turning point in my life. I picked up ukelele, and started writing the music I needed to hear -- songs that would remind me how to live with grace through transition, songs that would soothe heartache, songs that would help me laugh.  As I shared my music with friends, it turns out they wanted to hear the music too.  And the idea of an album was born.

Why am I on Kickstarter?  I want to invite you to join me in this project.  The money I raise will go towards recording, editing, mixing, mastering, and producing the CD. Check out the rewards!  Every bit counts.

The album is named after a Rumi poem, the themes of which run through this collection of songs:

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

~Jelaluddin Rumi, trans. Coleman Barks

Risks and challenges

I'm super lucky to have most of my accompanying musicians (dad and sisters) and my recording engineer (dad) in my family. They give me family discounts/swaps on their skilled work, and that makes the funding easier. I was able to record all the backup instrumentation and vocals at Summit Studios - my dad's studio. I am recording the lead vocals and ukelele at Dream World Productions with Doug Hammer.

My next challenge! I need to raise funds to pay the talented pianist who accompanies me on two tracks, and the skilled sound engineers who will record, edit, mix, and master the tracks into a CD you will be proud to have helped create.

After funding is over, the main challenge will be designing the physical album, and sending it to production, and then getting the word out to new listeners.

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    2 signed CDs, 2 to give away, acknowledgement on the Guesthouse website (if you would like) plus a package of 6 Guesthouse postcards

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    4 signed CDs, 6 Guesthouse postcards, acknowledgment on the website, and a one signed limited edition booklet with chords and lyrics to the songs on the album. Also, a partridge in a pear tree if I can catch one for you.

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    All of the above, plus a commissioned-just-for-you frameable multi-media collage of Rumi's poem "The Guest House."

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