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I composed and recorded an album and would love your help putting the finishing touches on this labor of love.
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First, a few facts:

  • I really, really, really want to make this album.
  • Making an album is a lot of work! 
  • I cannot do everything myself.

After over a year of deliberation (really, I have wanted to do this Kickstarter for a year), I have finally decided that my desire to complete this album overpowers my fear of asking for help. So here I am. 

I have spent the last couple years writing and recording all of the compositions on this album, and now it is time to move on to the post-production phase. I am thrilled to have a talented mixer on board -- someone who has been working closely with me, who understands the music, and who will do an amazing job bringing my artistic vision to life. I am extremely fortunate to also be collaborating with a masterer whose work I have long admired; she will put the finishing polish on the album and prepare it for distribution. My album couldn't be in safer hands with these two talents. After the music is squared away, I will need to prepare the album for digital distribution, design the insides and outsides, manufacture the physical copies, and sprinkle magical fairy dust on each copy. I am beyond excited to share the finished product with all of you!

I want to take this moment to thank everyone who has supported me in my musical and artistic endeavors thus far. Believe me when I say that I remember every word of encouragement, each message, letter and email from friends, family members, and fans; I am already so touched by how many of you truly support me. I am truly grateful for my career, which has mostly entailed performing the music of other esteemed artists, but this is my chance to finally share my own work as a composer. It means a lot to me. Even if you can't afford to help me out monetarily this time around, I would be honored if you could help me spread the word. You need not feel bad if you are not in a position to contribute -- every little bit of positive energy truly helps. Thank you a million times.

Please do not hesitate to ask me any questions: chrysanthetan@gmail.com

My website: chrysanthetan.com 

Preview the album here! http://www.chrysanthetan.com/music/

Video by Corey C. Waters: http://www.coreycwaters.com

Risks and challenges

The music has been recorded and the post-production wheels are in motion, so there are few things standing in the way of this project! However, it would be remiss to ignore the potential for life circumstances and human error. The most plausible challenge that could affect the completion of this album is timing (as in, the album taking more time to complete than expected). I am lucky to already have a trustworthy team on board and on schedule, but I suppose a timing setback could occur if something isn't going just right. Quality over speediness!

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    I will handwrite the names of all $5+ donors into the acknowledgments page of the liner notes.

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    Handwritten name + Early digital download of album!

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    Handwritten name + Digital download + Physical copy + Short personal video in honor of you! (I'll record the video on my iPhone or Mac and its contents will be a surprise! If you have a preference for delivery/sharing/privacy, let me know; otherwise my default will be social media and/or YouTube!)

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    All of the above, plus I'll hand-draw you into the group mural that goes in the CD booklet!

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    All of the above, plus a PDF of select sheet music from the album!

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    All of the above plus a copy of my handmade SONGS chapbook, which includes original stories and poems that complement individual songs from the album. I designed, stamped, and hand-stitched each of these not-yet-for-sale chapbooks!

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    All of the above, plus I will arrange and record a special cover of your favorite song. (Pair up with some friends to pitch in for this fun one, if you'd like!)

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    I will write and record an original composition in your honor. Who knows -- it could end up on my next album!

    You provide a photo, word, poem, dream, or anything you'd like me to use as a launching pad, or you can choose to leave it up to me! Trust me, there will likely be something about you that inspires me. I'll own the rights to the song, but you'll have bragging rights for life.

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    A one-on-one Skype or Google hangout for 45 minutes! We can nerd out on Star Wars, violin, composing, vegan baking, poetry, personality types, podcasts, and/or you can show me what you're working on and ask for feedback. (One hangout per pledge, so if you and your friends all pool for this one, we can all hang out together. It'll be fun! You also receive the preceding rewards, but choose between the cover or original song options.)

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    Always wanted to add strings to your music but didn't know how to go about doing it? Now's your chance! I will put in 2 hours of studio work on your very own song or album! (And of course, you'll also receive the name credit, digital download, physical album, dedicated video, group mural drawing, sheet music, chapbook, and your choice of a cover or original song of your inspiration!)

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    YOU ARE INCREDIBLE / I WILL THANK YOU FOREVER / YOU WIN ALL OF THE PRIZES. Credit, digital download, physical album, dedicated video, mural drawing, sheet music, chapbook, cover song AND original song, Skype session, 2 hours of studio work (can be either your own album or you can gift this to an artist of your choice) and then let's talk. If you are local, my colleagues and I will either put on a performance in a venue of your arrangement or I will put in 6 hours of studio/arrangement work on your album! (LA area unless travel & accommodation provided.) If you are not local, we can work something else out. From the bottom of my heart, thank you, thank you, thank you.

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    My folk band, Tommy Santee Klaws, would be honored to perform a 40-minute set at your special event anywhere in the LA area. Note: we are especially good for acoustic performances in intimate spaces, galleries, etc! (And of course, you'll also receive the name credit, digital download, physical album, dedicated video, group mural drawing, sheet music, chapbook, and your choice of a cover or original song of your inspiration!)

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