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The 9/11 Project in 20 seconds (or thereabouts...):

I have often wondered what to say if I ran into a big Hollywood producer or someone like that and I got 20 seconds to describe The 9/11 Project. I finally came up with this:

"The 9/11 Project is a story unique in history that has not been told before. It is something the public is aware of and cares deeply about, as we’ll be reminded of it yearly with movies, books, and news articles for decades and generations to come. It’s a work intended for healing, understanding, dialogue and activism."

And to that, add “patriotism.”

So what is The 9/11 Project?

I wrote an album—a rock opera—about the tragedy on September 11, 2001 and the decade after. It’s on three CDs with 11 songs on each for a total of 33 songs. Each CD is like an act, like a three-act play: Shock and Awe, This Means War, and The God Files [DECLASSIFIED]. I wanted to tell a story about the act of war, being in war and our search for redemption; and I think I succeeded in doing that.

People who have heard songs from The 9/11 Project liken it to a rock opera like Pink Floyd's The Wall, and the characters to a Shakespearean drama. Again, this reflects my own feelings about that time—the personalities involved: Osama bin Laden, Karl Rove, Saddam Hussein, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, even our current President Barack Obama—in the context of the times, they seemed so much larger than life.

So why do I need $60,000?

I need so much money to:

  • Hire a professional band;
  • Hire a professional studio—I have already picked out an excellent, world-famous one in Chicago;
  • Hire a high-quality marketing team—again, I have the people I want already in mind;
  • Press the CDs and produce the collectors-item quality cases and inserts;
  • Have sufficient left over to cover unforeseen problems.


A rough budget is as follows:

Notice that, unlike many Kickstarter campaigns, I have budgeted in the cost of pledge fulfillment. There are many cases of successful Kickstarter campaigns where essentially all the money they raised was spent just fulfilling pledges—you’d be shocked to learn how expensive T-shirts can get!

So to help contain fulfillment costs I am limiting production of advance copies of The 9/11 Project to one thousand albums. That is not 1,000 per pledge level—that is 1,000 total. Only the first 1000 pledges of $40 or more will receive a physical copy. All pledge amounts are entitled to downloadable copies of The 9/11 Project.

One thing I learned the hard way producing albums: it always takes more time than you think it ought to, and much more money. The 9/11 Project is essentially done; it only needs to be recorded, produced and marketed. I expect this to take no more than eight months, taking into account possible delays, and the $60,000 should be sufficient to cover most extra expenses I expect to run into.

Sounds good so far: What else do you need?

I'm also asking the public for 

  • Memories
  • True Stories
  • Artwork
  • Drawings
  • Paintings
  • Photoshops


from or inspired by September 11 and the decade since, up to election of Barack Obama, and the death of bin Laden.

I thought—so many people lived through this, so many people were affected by this—I wanted to create a place where people can share their feelings, their art and their memories with the world just like I am. So I created the 911 Project Wall.

If we find your stories truly moving, your art really inspiring, we'll want to use them on the album cover and insert material. You can find more information on http://911projectwall.com/.

I also need somebody who can play bagpipes.

We have a song that calls for a bagpipe solo, but I don't know anybody who plays bagpipes. So if you're a bagpipe piper, let us know.

Anything else we need to know?

For The 9/11 Project, I did something I don't usually do. I put the lyrics to all 33 songs online, at http://www.dasmith911.com/lyrics; because some of them are controversial, some have adult language, and some have religious overtones some people might find offensive. The finished album will most definitely be carrying an RIAA warning label.

Courtesy Wikipedia
Courtesy Wikipedia

But war is ugly, and I didn't want to hide that. So for transparency reasons I wanted to make the lyrics readily available so you can see them before you pledge, so you'll know exactly what you're supporting.

OK, to sum up:

Thank you, everybody, and have an awesome day!

Risks and challenges

The reason I am giving a time frame of six to eight months from the completions of this campaign for fulfillment of pledges is precisely to allow time for any delays that may come up in the course of producing this album.

And while I have been frequently advised to ask for less money, or to break this project up into smaller, more easily funded chunks, it is precisely because of my experience producing albums and the expensive problems that can crop up, as well as the expense of fulfilling Kickstarter pledges that I have decided to ask for $60,000.

I would rather go all out and risk failure than put forth a half hearted effort and certainly fail.

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    • AUTOGRAPHED advance copy of "The 911 Project"
    • Autographed Commemorative T-Shirt
    • Downloadable copy of "That’s Smart! 2nd ed."
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    • Invitation to our HUGE 9/11 Project CD Party
    • Autographed Commemorative Poster
    • Autographed advance copy of "The 911 Project"
    • TWO Commemorative T-Shirts (one autographed)
    • Downloadable copy of "That’s Smart! 2nd ed."
    • One premium seat ticket to any performance of "The 911 Project." (No expiration date/100% transferable.)
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    Downloadable digital copy of “The 9/11 Project”
    • Invitation to our HUGE 9/11 Project CD Party
    • Autographed Commemorative Poster
    • Autographed advance copy of "The 911 Project"
    • Two Commemorative T-Shirts (one autographed)
    • Downloadable copy of "That’s Smart! 2nd ed."
    • TWO premium seat tickets to any performance of "The 911 Project." (No expiration date/100% transferable.)
    • Ten-minute phone call with the author on any questions you may have about the project (If desired, phone call may be recorded).
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    • Invitation to our HUGE 9/11 Project CD Party
    • TWO Commemorative Posters (one autographed)
    • Autographed advance copy of "The 911 Project"
    • THREE Commemorative T-Shirts (one autographed)
    • Downloadable copy of "That’s Smart! 2nd ed."
    • THREE premium seat tickets to any performance of "The 911 Project." (No expiration date/100% transferable.)
    • Twenty-minute phone call with the author on any questions you may have about the project (If desired, phone call may be recorded).
    • Hand written lyric of your choice of any one song from "The 911 Project."
    • Your Name in the Thank-You Credits

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    Downloadable digital copy of “The 9/11 Project”
    • Invitation to our HUGE 9/11 Project CD Party
    • TWO Commemorative Posters (one autographed)
    • Autographed advance copy of "The 911 Project"
    • FOUR Commemorative T-Shirts (one autographed)
    • Downloadable copy of "That’s Smart! 2nd ed."
    • FOUR premium seat tickets to any performance of "The 911 Project." (No expiration date/100% transferable.)
    • Half-hour phone conversation with author about any questions involving the project(If desired, phone call may be recorded).
    • TWO hand written lyrics of your choice of any one song from "The 911 Project."
    • One-hour visit to the studio as the songs are being recorded LIVE!
    • Your Name in the Thank-You Credits

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    Downloadable digital copy of “The 9/11 Project”
    • Invitation to our HUGE 9/11 Project CD Party
    • THREE Commemorative Posters (one autographed)
    • Autographed advance copy of "The 911 Project"
    • FIVE Commemorative T-Shirts (one autographed)
    • Downloadable copy of "That’s Smart! 2nd ed."
    • FIVE premium seat tickets to any performance of "The 911 Project." (No expiration date/100% transferable.)
    • THREE hand written lyrics of your choice of any one song from "The 911 Project."
    • One-hour phone conversation with author about any questions about the project (If desired, phone call may be recorded).
    • Two-hour visit to the recording studio as the songs are being recorded LIVE!
    • Your Name in the Thank-You Credits

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    Downloadable digital copy of “The 9/11 Project”
    • Invitation to our HUGE 9/11 Project CD Party
    • THREE Commemorative Posters (one autographed)
    • Autographed advance copy of "The 911 Project"
    • FOUR Commemorative T-Shirts (one autographed)
    • Downloadable copy of "That’s Smart! 2nd ed."
    • TEN premium seat tickets to any performance of "The 911 Project." (No expiration date/100% transferable.)
    • One-hour phone conversation with author about any questions about the project (If desired, phone call may be recorded).
    • One all-day visit to recording studio as songs are recorded LIVE!
    • Lunch or Dinner with author and musicians
    • FIVE hand written songs w/chord charts of your choice from "The 911 Project"
    • Leather or suede bond typed copy of all the music and lyrics of "The 911 Project" with hand written notes on the sidebar about each song and how they came to be written.
    • One personalized song written by the author just for you about any person or subject you choose!

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    The Big Enchilada! You get:
    • Downloadable digital copy of “The 9/11 Project”
    • Invitation to our HUGE 9/11 Project CD Party
    • THREE Commemorative Posters (one autographed)
    • Autographed advance copy of "The 911 Project"
    • TEN Commemorative T-Shirts (one autographed)
    • Downloadable copy of "That’s Smart! 2nd ed."
    • TEN premium seat tickets to any performance of "The 911 Project." (No expiration date/100% transferable.)
    • Two-hour phone conversation with author about any questions about the project (If desired, phone call may be recorded).
    • One all-day visit to recording studio as songs are recorded LIVE!
    • Lunch or Dinner with author and musicians
    • Leather or suede bond typed copy of all the music and lyrics of "The 911 Project" with hand written notes on the sidebar about each song and how they came to be written.
    • One personalized song written by the author just for you about any person or subject you choose!
    • TEN hand written songs w/chord charts of your choice from "The 911 Project!"
    • Three hand written songs that will be included in the yet to be released 10 song "911 Project" follow-up CD "Aftermath!"
    • Your Name in the Thank-You Credits

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