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A new collection of Earth songs to dance, sing, and chant with. Wow You are wonderful! Scroll down for new push goals!
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Hey, welcome to my Kickstarter! Bring a beverage of your choice and join the circle around the campfire while I sing to you about love and the Old Ones and the mysteries of the Earth.

Actually, before I can sing you these songs, I need your help. Getting new music out into the world is expensive, especially for an independent artist who doesn’t have a record label to pay the production costs. But one of the best things about being an indie artist is that instead of a record label, I have you, the fans—YOU are my record label! I’m making this music for you, and so it’s only fitting that you have the opportunity to be part of the process.

As many of you know, I’ve been a singer-songwriter since I was a skinny teenager. Most of the songs I wrote back then were just what you’d expect from an angsty young guy who listened to a lot of that classic seventies folk-rock sound. But the more I wrote, the better I got at it, and by the time I was in my early twenties, I was creating songs that were good enough that I continue to play some of them today. (In fact, you’ll get to hear one of those songs on the new CD.) Fast forward about ten years, and there I was singing, guitaring, and banging the bodhran as a member of Emerald Rose. The guys and I are still together, playing our special brand of Celtic-American folk rock, but not all the songs I write are Emerald Rose songs. By 2008 I had enough of these songs that the time had clearly come to record a solo CD, and the result was Poetry of Wonder. Now my store of solo songs has reached critical mass again, the fire is in my head, and the time for new music has arrived!

So let’s talk about this new CD, which I’m already at work recording in the Kitchen Studio. It’s called Dance in the Fire, and you can expect a lot of energy and beats that are going to want to make you move. You’ll also hear soulful love songs, chants that honor the seasons and our connections to Spirit, rousing rock anthems that you won’t be able to stop singing along with (so my Lovely Wife tells me), and more. But to get all of this out into the world, I need your help.

I am fortunate to have a home recording studio (although it’s occasionally invaded by cats and a writer looking for coffee), so studio time is one expense I don’t have to worry about. However, after I finish the recording process, I need to have the tracks professionally mastered, and after that comes the production of the actual CDs themselves, together with basic promotion costs. (And I’ve got to make all this swag you’re going to get!) If I had to fund the mastering and production on my own, you’d probably have to wait a couple more years for Dance in the Fire. With your help, though, I can bring these songs to your favorite music-delivery device this very summer. So contribute what you can, and then join me at the campfire—and dance!

Well, here are the PUSH GOALS. I thought about making the CD packaging bigger and better, but I think that is the attitude of my generation. Many of you will rip the music to digital, and never look at the package again. So If we reach 2750,  I will upgrade the t-shirts to a thicker weight, and anyone who pledges forty bucks or more will get one. If we reach 3500, I will be able to produce my next solo collection, tentatively called, Words of Mystery, and anyone who pledged forty or more will also get a copy of these bardic tales when it becomes available in the fall. So spread the word and lets bump this up. To be clear, if we hit 3500, everyone who has pledged forty dollars or more will get Dance in the Fire, a t-shirt, a tattoo,  Words of Mystery and I will throw in a copy of Poetry of Wonder for good measure. Thanks!!!!!

There are lots of prizes for you participation

Temporary tattoos!
Temporary tattoos!
Phlogiston Sticker
Phlogiston Sticker
My first solo Cd.
My first solo Cd.
Bodhran Lessons and personal songs written just for you.
Bodhran Lessons and personal songs written just for you.
A concert or Bardic workshop in your living or back yard
A concert or Bardic workshop in your living or back yard

 If we meet our goal,  and I know you wont let me down. I have several push goals that I will use the extra resources for. First, if there is enough, I will add an insert to the CD with lyrics and thank yous for your hard work.

Stay tuned as we get closer to the goal, and I will reveal more of those extra plans. Let's roll!

Risks and challenges

I will do my very best to get everyone's swag out to them as quickly as possible. Please understand if the recording premiums take a little bit of time.
I know well the process of sending band swag out via mail. I have been a working musician with Emerald Rose for over 15, but being busy, it is possible that there might be a delay here and there. There may be unforeseeable delays as the music business throws curve balls on a regular basis.

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    You get my eternal thanks for sending me some energy. Help me out further by spreading the word and fanning the flames.

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    I will send you a sticker produced by my alter ego Professor Wolfram von Zott. This seems to be merely a piece of paper, but attach it to any container filled with whatever fluid you want, and with the power of science, you now hold a bottle of Liquid Phlogiston. Don't believe me? Send me 5 bucks and you will see.

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    I will send you a physical copy of my first CD, POETRY OF WONDER. Why so inexpensive? Because I love you! Hugs!!!

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    If you do this, I will respond by giving you a download code for a digital copy of DANCE IN THE FIRE from CDBaby. I haven't figured out how to autograph it though--all this new-fangled technology.

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    Here it is! At this point, I will send you, from the secret vaults of the Kitchen Studio, a real live warm autographed copy of DANCE IN THE FIRE! Wooo hoooo!!!

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    You get the CD, the Phlogiston sticker, and a temporary tattoo based on the cover art. Wear it with pride, knowing that you are cool enough to support indie music.

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    You get an autographed copy of the CD and a wee bit from my next solo project, an album of Story. I will give you two tracks from the Tales of Lleu Llaw Gyffes. (Spell-check does like his name, BTW.) These will be delivered in digital form as soon as they are ready, which will probably be in August, but might be earlier. You also get a temporary tattoo.

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    I will send you both Dance in the Fire and my previous CD, Poetry of Wonder, and a temporary tattoo. Both CDs will be autographed, of course.

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    You get a digital download for Dance in the Fire, Poetry of Wonder, and the tentatively titled Bardic CD, Words of Mystery. The final delivery date on the last albulm depends on when I finish it- sometime in the fall.

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    You get the autographed CD and a T-shirt with the album cover on it. Come on, a T-shirt and a CD, what are you waiting for? Be one of the cool kids. You can wear it with the temporary tattoo that will arrive at the same time.

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    For a pittance, I will record for you. You want me on a ringtone? Your voice mail? I can sing "Happy Birthday." I can recite poetry. You can use me to propose marriage. You can even pretend to be Mr. Phelps, and I can record a message for the IMF--the message will self-destruct in five seconds (but not really). I will create an MP3 in the Kitchen Studio and deliver it via email. I will, of course send you a CD and tattoo as well.

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    So many times, folks have come up to me and asked for a bodhran lesson. Here is your chance! You get an autographed CD and a 25-minute lesson on "bangin' a goat" with me via Skype. Date and time will be on an agreed schedule. Expires one year from this Kickstarter. I will also ship you a Dance in the Fire CD.

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    I will write you a song. Tell me the subject, fill me in on the details, and I will compose and record it for you. I can't promise that it will be high art or a Grammy winner, but sing it I will. Delivery date will be negotiated. The end result will be shipped electronically via the magic of the World Wide Web. (Now there is a term you haven't heard in a while.)

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    I will drive for up to six hours from my home and sing for you, tell stories for you, and eat your food. Throw a house concert, a dinner party, or just scrub the grout in your bathroom, and I will be the entertainment. At this price, I may also need a space to throw my air mattress for the night. We will schedule a date for within one year of the Kickstarter.

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    I will fly anywhere in the continental United States. Pick me up at the airport, put me up for the night, and I will sing and tell tales, perform magic, or give a workshop on the bardic path. In your home, place of business, or superhero hideout. If the airfare is too pricey, you may have to drive to a cheaper airport. Just sayin'. We will schedule a mutually agreeable date for within one year of this Kickstarter.

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