I want to explain my use of Kickstarter to fund my new record, in case anyone here wants to know. You can simply consider it a pre-order of the album. Buying an autographed CD and / or digital download is an easy way to help get this thing made. But additional rewards and experiences are also available, for those who can afford to help out in a bigger way. For example, I'm writing custom songs for people. You can get autographed cymbals and drum sticks and drumheads from my famous drummer guests. You can get Executive Producer Credit. But the bottom line is this: I'm hoping to break even on the cost of hiring all these musicians, artists, and pressing CDs / Blu-Rays. My total budget as of right now is $11,000. So if I reach my $10,000 goal, I'm still a bit short (due to Kickstarter taking 10%). And to be totally clear: NONE of that money goes to me as profit. It's entirely going to fund the record and pay my creative guests, as I have planned. If I can raise beyond the current budget, that money will be used for equipment / supplies or other recording expenses, additional musicians, etc. This is a passion project for me, and I'm only hoping to break even. I've already spent thousands of dollars out of my pocket towards that budget, and am just hoping to not lose money. ANYWAY, thank you to everyone that has pledged so far! This has been fun and weird to get back into putting my music out there.