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Album cover embroidery artwork by the brilliant Michelle Kingdom
Album cover embroidery artwork by the brilliant Michelle Kingdom

I'm thrilled to be back in the studio working on a new record.  This has been an interesting period in my life, learning to balance music-making with baby-making, and finding a new comfortable rhythm now that Maizy has come into our world.

It's been incredibly humbling, incredibly joyful, incredibly exhausting, and incredibly inspiring.  I can't even remember what I imagined it might be.  But it's certainly exceeded the foggiest memory of my wildest imagination.

Maizy's a kisser.
Maizy's a kisser.

These songs have arisen from this special time in my life.  And if there's a single theme that emerged from this group of songs, it's one of human connection in all its strange and beautiful forms, and of our divine entanglement.  I can't wait to share them all with you.

Here's a list of the songs that we've been recording for the new album (in no particular order):

1. Standard Deviation
2. Blue-Eyed Hole In Time
3. Just Wait Til They See You
4. Words Are Hooks
5. We Need A Better Word
6. Last Man Standing
7. Agents Of Change
8. Bones Of Emotion
9. Newport ‘65
10. The Longest Way

We're part way through recording the record, adding layers and building scenes with mastermind producer Will Robertson in Atlanta.  We released the single Standard Deviation as a preview track to show everyone what our vision is for the production.  The rest of the record will aspire to reach this same production value. If you haven't heard the single yet, I hope you'll check it out here.

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It's my opinion that these campaigns work best when the plan for the money is totally transparent.  After all, I'm asking you all to contribute money to the campaign and join me as partners in this creative endeavor . . . and nothing allows for a comfortable partnership to form more than openness and transparency.

So here's a list of my campaign goals, and the plans I have for how and where I plan to spend the money.

CAMPAIGN GOALS:

Main goal: $25,000
Stretch Goal #1: $35,000
Stretch Goal #2: $50,000

PROJECT BUDGET:

Production - $15,000
US Print/Web Publicity (3 month campaign) - $5400
US Radio Promoter (2 month campaign) - $4500
UK/Europe Radio Promoter (2 month campaign) - $1200
CD Manufacturing - $2100

STRETCH GOALS:

There are some ancillary projects I'd like to undertake in association with this record (like videos, additional poster and t-shirt designs, possibly even a vinyl pressing).  And the stretch goals could allow me to work on those.

But mostly, the stretch goals are like this:

I have a baby girl and a wife I love.  Record sales no longer exist as a viable business model in the music industry.  We record albums now cause it would break our hearts not to hear our songs fulfilled.  But as professional musicians we make most of our money by going on tour.  This quickly becomes a value conflict between Art & Family.  But I love both those things.  A lot.  So every couple thousand bucks I'm able to stretch past my main goal represents about a month that I get to work from home, writing more songs and then mauling Maizy like a gentle-but-ferocious grizzly bear every morning when I rise from my cave, and every evening before bed.

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THANK YOU ALL!

Thanks so much for taking the time to listen to my music, to read my story, and to consider contributing to the campaign.  Honestly, by virtue of your spending this much time on my Kickstarter page, you've already joined the campaign in spirit as far as I'm concerned.  So thank you.

If you believe in my music, generally . . . and if you believe in this project, specifically . . . I would sure appreciate your helping me spread the word among your friends and family and on your social media pages.  That's virtual community in action.

Thank you, sincerely --
Danny

Risks and challenges

Risks & Challenges? I don't really reckon there's any special risks or challenges that this project faces beyond the normal risks we all face every day. Rogue asteroids and such. Short of an existential event, I promise you I WILL get this album finished. And I WILL get it shipped to you. And you WILL enjoy it!

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    My sincere appreciation

    Thank you so much for contributing whatever you’re able. I am sincerely appreciative for any and all support . . . be it emotional, spiritual, or financial. So thank you for being part of this campaign!

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    Digital Download

    You'll receive a digital download of the new album a week before the official release date.

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    Signed CD + Digital Download

    You'll receive a signed physical copy of the new album on CD, as well as a digital download a week before the official release date.

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    Fine Art Screen Print Package

    Designed and screen-printed by hand by brilliant illustrator, Dan Grissom, these prints are inspired by lyrics from the song, Standard Deviation. 12x16 printed on 100lb paper. These are really beautiful works of art. For a preview of the prints, please visit: http://bit.ly/standarddeviationposter

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    Acoustic Demos Package

    For those who like to hear the songs in their most intimate naked form, this package includes a digital download of the home-recorded acoustic demos of the songs that comprise the new album.

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    Screen Print + Acoustic Demo Package

    For those who want both the fine art screen-printed poster and the acoustic demos. See above for details.

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    Songbook Package

    The songbook has been updated to include the songs on the new album, with chords and lyrics for every song that I've recorded, as well as some technical notes about how to play the songs and some commentary about the meaning of the songs.

    For details, check out:
    http://dannyschmidt.com/songbookonline.html

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    Songbook + Screen Print Package

    This combines the Fine Art Screen Print Package with the Songbook Package. See above for details. Please note that this package is only available in the US cause it will have to be shipped in two separate packages, and the international rates for that would be unconscionable.

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    Complete Digital Discography Package

    You will receive a digital download of my complete discography, top to bottom, including out of print albums and the acoustic demos from the last couple albums.

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    Handwritten Lyrics Package

    I will, as neatly and artistically as I'm able, inscribe for you your favorite line, verse, or song in its entirety. If it's for a gift, I'm happy to add a personal note that ties into the sentiment of the lyric.

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    Private Online Concert Package

    I will Skype/Facetime a private hour and a half long concert with you where you get to REQUEST EVERY SINGLE SONG in the set list! This is a special concert between me and you (and your friends, if you want to gather them around your computer).

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    House Concert Package

    I will come play a full concert at your home, for you and all your friends and family and whoever else you want to join us. You may collect donations from attendees to reimburse yourself the cost of this reward. It's like you crowd funding my crowd funding. Super Meta Concert!

    Please note: I will come play the concert at the earliest available opportunity when my travel plans bring me to your general area. It may take a short bit, but I promise we'll make it happen soon as possible.

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    Permanent VIP Guest List Package

    You will be granted permanent VIP status and will be on the Guest List +1 for any of my shows you'd like to attend, anywhere. If I didn't think it would hurt the chances of your signing up for this, I would also totally make you a tiara to wear on these nights . . . to indicate your royalty among the peasants.

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    Sponsor-A-Song Package

    It costs about $1500 to produce a song. If there's a song on the record that you feel a special connection to, your sponsorship would forever bind you to that song. You would be thanked in the credits as the person who helped bring that song into actualization.

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    Patron Of The Arts

    There’s something beautiful and simple about saying that art has intrinsic value outside and beyond any value the market may choose, in its chaotic wisdom, to place upon it. We would not have as rich a culture as we have if not for the incredible generosity of patrons supporting art for the sake of all those who don’t have the means to support it themselves.

    This level of support has one simple intention: to help me exist as an artist outside of the marketplace, and to spend more time off the road, writing more songs. For the sake of more songs. And for the sake of those who find meaning in them.

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