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Recording an album of my own material
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Welcome to my Kickstarter page.

Thanks for visiting.

Most people know me as the author of "This Is Your Brain On Music", "The Organized Mind" and other books. Before I became a full time writer, I was a professor of behavioral neuroscience at McGill University.

Before that  I worked as a producer with some amazing musicians, including Steely Dan, Barbra Streisand, and Stevie Wonder. Most of my work was behind the scenes, but I've even performed with heroes like Neil Young and Rosanne Cash! Over the years, these and other musicians inspired and encouraged me to write my own material. It's taken me a while to find my voice, but I feel like I've finally written songs that other people would like to hear! 

A huge step in my evolution as a songwriter came when I teamed up with producer Christopher Harrison, a founding member of the Verve recording artists SONOS (now Arora), and a talented singer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist who has worked with the Pentatonix and the Pet Shop Boys. Even though my name doesn't start with a P, he agreed to produce me.

I play guitars, bass, and vocals. Christopher plays guitar, bass, vocals, drums and keyboards. In addition, some very special guests have donated their time and exquisite playing to help bring these songs to life. 

  • Elliott Randall (Steely Dan, David Bowie) plays electric guitar. 
  • Victor Wooten (Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Chick Corea) plays bass. 
  • Steve Bailey (Dizzy Gillespie, Willie Nelson) plays bass. 
  • Edmund Littlefield, Jr. (Marley's Ghost, Lance Romance) plays pedal steel guitar.
  • Andy Fraga, Jr. (Queen Latifah, Tom Scott) plays drums. 
  • Rachel Bearer (Pentatonix, Pet Shop Boys, and the singing voice of Barbie in movies) sings background vocals.
  • Julie Rogers (Johnny Mathis, Katy Perry, Fargo) plays violin. https://rachaelscornerweb.wordpress.com/2017/01/25/meet-julie-rogers/

WHAT AM I MAKING?

I'm making an album of my own songs, to be released digitally and on CD. If there's enough demand, on vinyl too.

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?

The musicians worked for free, but I still need to pay for the mastering, art work, printing, and manufacturing of CDs. I already paid for the recording engineer and studio and hope to reimburse myself from this Kickstarter campaign. I am not taking any money for myself. Any money raised over the target amount will go toward marketing and publicity, making a music video, and releasing the album on vinyl.

ANOTHER SONG SAMPLE

Here's another song from the CD, featuring Victor Wooten on bass and the amazing Andy Fraga, Jr. on drums. See if you can figure what it's about. I started the song years ago. The first three lines were written by George Harrison.

Risks and challenges

There are very few risks because the album is already recorded — it just needs to be mixed and mastered. I've made CDs before and in the old days I made vinyl records, as a producer and engineer and record company A&R manager, so I know how to finish a project and deliver it to market.

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    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    Free download of my album

    You'll receive a free download of the album in advance of the official release date, and a personalized thank you!

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    Physical copy of my "Turnaround" CD

    Get an early copy in the mail. What you'll get: an autographed copy of the Turnaround CD, *and* the advance download *plus* a personally signed thank you note expressing my heartfelt gratitude for your support of this creative endeavor.

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    Bonus tracks and autographed CD

    Digitially delivered to your door, bonus tracks and outtakes from the recording of Turnaround. Plus your personalized, signed copy of the CD, downloads, and a signed lyric sheet.

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    Signed copy of one of my books

    A signed copy of one of my books of your choice: This Is Your Brain on Music, The World in Six Songs, The Organized Mind, A Field Guide to Lies (aka Weaponized Lies). And you get the CD and digital versions of the album, a signed thank you note, *and* a signed lyric sheet.

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    Your own customized recording

    After you receive the album, you choose a song from Turnaround and I will re-record the vocal with new words about you or a loved one (e.g. "Thank you Rachel" or "My dog Kevin is the best dog ever.") And you get the CD and digital versions of the album.

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    House Concert

    I'll perform a house concert in your home for your family and friends anywhere within a three hour drive of San Francisco or L.A. Limited to the first four backers. You will provide a small but good sounding P.A. (I can help you with that if you like.) Limited to the first two backers. It's customary at house concerts to charge your friends $20 - $25 to help defray the costs but that's up to you. You'll also get the CD and digital version of the album.

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    Deluxe house concert—Dan & Tom Brosseau

    Dan and the amazing Tom Brosseau perform a house concert anywhere in California, Oregon, Nevada or Utah. Pledge does not include our transportation/accommodation, which you'll provide, and I'll try to be flexible to keep costs reasonable. You will provide a small but good sounding P.A. (I can help you with that if you like.) Note: it's standard house concert practice to charge admission ($20 or $25 for example) so you can defray your costs if desired. We'll figure out the best mutual date within the coming calendar year and make it happen. Limited to the first backer. You'll also get the CD and digital version of the album.

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    Be a bigshot Executive Producer

    Get Executive Producer credit on all pressings of the CD, and any subsequent vinyl release. Plus, you get signed copies of all four of my books, and 20 copies of the CD to impress your friends.

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