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Come On Pilgrim! is set to record our first record. Are you ready to be a part of it? Watch our video and be inspired!
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Thanks for visiting our Kickstarter page!  I’m Josh Caress, the lead singer and songwriter for Come On Pilgrim!  We’re a Boston-based band looking to make our first record, and we want you to be involved!  Don’t think of it as donating to a cause, but rather being a major part of a new artistic project!  We want you to feel like what you’re doing is special, and not simply pre-ordering a standard CD.  We offer you (look to your right!) all sorts of hand-(band)-crafted one-of-a-kind ways to enjoy our record, as well as some great ways to actually be a part of what we create!

A little background: I’ve been writing and recording songs since I was 10 years-old, originally on boomboxes, bouncing tracks from boombox to boombox until I got my hands on a 4-track recorder and made my first album in 8th grade.  Needless to say, a lot has happened since then.  Over the last six years, I self-released six solo albums that I recorded at home with the marvels of computer technology.  All along, the themes have been remarkably consistent, all circling around the idea that there is a bit of magic out there.  We experience this often we were young, but it becomes harder to see as we grow up.  My music has always been about the struggle to keep finding the magic.

Come On Pilgrim! was originally a coming together of old friends, some of the best musicians I had ever known but never played with: Aaron Thomas Butt (guitar), Ken MacLeod (drums), Jud Abts (guitar).  Dan Kaplan (piano), a brilliant songwriter in his own right, came on board to help out, along with another talented old friend, Seth Henderson (bass).  The final piece was the virtuoso viola talent of Kiara Perico, who began sitting in with us and adding her spark.

Inspired by the prospect of playing with these guys (and gal), I went off and wrote what I believe to be some of the best songs of my life.  As always, they are about the magic. As we started developing the songs together, we started to believe we had something really special here.  We enlisted another friend, engineer/producer Bradley Royds, to record us in his studio for a single song  called “The Region of the Summer Stars”.  He did it on a generously short budget, but we felt a little guilty as we listened to the final product.  After 20-odd years of boomboxes, 4-tracks and home recordings, it was the best-sounding thing I had ever recorded.  It gave me chills. 

We thought it might be fun to have a video for the song that captured some of that magic.  What started as a small idea ended up with three talented videographers shooting footage in Michigan and Massachusetts, asking nothing in return.  Ryan Blake, an old friend in Michigan (working entirely for free, of course), took the cake by spending countless sleepless nights editing the video into the finished product you see on this page. 

“The Region of the Summer Stars” set a pretty high standard for recording the rest of our new songs, and we knew we wanted Bradley to record them, as well.  But seeing as he was such a nice guy the first time around, we wanted to make sure he was paid what he’s worth this time.  We put up everything we could to get some initial tracks down, but we knew we were going to need help.  That’s where YOU come in!  Our budget goal covers the estimated cost of the actual recording process, but we would love to exceed that goal to be able to offer you the finished product on vinyl, as well as cover our crafting costs as we lovingly put together these packages for you!

In the end, it’s not about charity.  It’s about being a part of something special.  We believe in this music, and we want to be able to bring it to the world the way it was meant to be.  And we want you to believe in it too.  As Lloyd Dobler says in Say Anything, “I’m talking about a dare-to-be-great situation!”

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    THE DOWNLOAD PACKAGE -
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    THE VINYL AND/OR DVD PACKAGE -
    *If sufficiently funded* We would love to offer you a vinyl version of the record, with a free download of course! If we are unable to produce the vinyl, this package will include the CD bag as well as a "special edition" DVD of our video with some extra special footage, which will also be included in subsequent packages!

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    THE "YOU" PACKAGE -
    Along with your choice of CD or vinyl, we will mail a sparkler to you. You will then take a picture or video of yourself with that sparkler lit. We will incorporate the photos into our website, and the videos into our next video!

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    THE SCRAPBOOK PACKAGE -
    Your choice of CD or Vinyl package, along with a hand-made Come On PIlgrim! full-size scrapbook, including dazzling band photos, artwork, and full lyric sheets!

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    THE SUITCASE PACKAGE -
    All of the above rewards (with some added trinkets), delivered in a compact, hand-decorated, one-of-a-kind Come On Pilgrim! vintage suitcase!

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    THE "YOU DO IT" PACKAGE -
    This one's all about you! Not only do you get the full suitcase package, but you actually get to be on the record! We will set aside a date for all the "You Do It" backers to record a group-sing in the studio that will be heard in our song "There Is a Darkness". In addition, you also get to (in good faith) submit ANY reasonable artistic idea to us (for staging, artwork, instrumentation, etc) and we HAVE to do it!

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    THE ANYTHING PACKAGE -
    Obviously, you get any package you want at this point. And you certainly have our attention! So what you would YOU like from us? How can we personalize the Come On Pilgrim! experience just for you? I mean, how could we say "no"?

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