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Folk songstress + string quartet = lullabies and lightly-dark fairy tales.  Beautiful music to lift your spirits and order your mind.
Folk songstress + string quartet = lullabies and lightly-dark fairy tales. Beautiful music to lift your spirits and order your mind.
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Hello!

I’m Erin Ivey, an independent singer/ songwriter & performer based in Austin, Texas. This is my second Kickstarter campaign and I’m so glad you’re here to check it out.  I've been blessed to work with the renowned Tosca String Quartet (David Byrne, Waking Life, Dixie Chicks, Arcade Fire, Bonnie Raitt, etc.) to bring hauntingly beautiful songs to life in an audio/video collection called Whisper of the Moon.  We just need your help to finish and release it!

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UPDATE!!  INSTANT BONUS REWARDS

BACKERS can immediately download these bonus rewards in the update section:

1) A private video screening of a brand new just-written song (co-written with the insanely lovely Elizabeth McQueen of Asleep at the Wheel)

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2) A super-early download of the first single ("Almanac") from this project, Whisper of the Moon

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THE GOAL of this project is to finish the new Whisper of the Moon album and videos, to make the music widely available in a variety of formats, to help sustain my career, and to bring more uplifting, brain-ordering music into the world.

Your contribution will go directly to pay for audio mastering, video editing, graphic design, duplication, packaging, and administrative things like iTunes registration fees.  

The standard offering will be a CD/DVD combo in the classic 4-panel jacket style. The Deluxe Edition will bring you the CD and DVD in a beautiful hardback book filled with journal sketches, private photographs, stories, and behind-the-scenes details, to bring the making of Whisper of the Moon to life right on your coffee table. We'll design and print these through Blurb. I am thrilled with the quality and vibrancy of their books.

Though it will take money to make this happen, I hope you will find this music to be priceless in your life. I hope this album becomes one of your favorites in your whole collection.  I hope it reminds you to relax, to listen, and to get off of auto-pilot for a little while.

Please check out the rewards, make a pledge, spread the word, and let's bring this music into the world.

I am grateful to you, my friends, fans, and family, for all your support.  If you would like to be part of this project, I’d be so delighted and look forward to keeping you updated on our progress along the way.

Thank you!

Erin

p.s.  Shoot me a message if you're interested in seeing my project budget.  I'm a spreadsheet nerd and I'm happy to share.

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Here's a taste of the great rewards here for you.  Have at them. ---->

There are 10 remaining original show posters, 2 are signed by Erin & Tosca String Quartet.  SOLD OUT!
There are 10 remaining original show posters, 2 are signed by Erin & Tosca String Quartet. SOLD OUT!
Kids' t-shirt - so soft!
Kids' t-shirt - so soft!
Holiday shopping?  DONE!  Check some lucky folks off your list with the CHRISTMAS MIRACLE and DELUXE CHRISTMAS MIRACLE packages.
Holiday shopping? DONE! Check some lucky folks off your list with the CHRISTMAS MIRACLE and DELUXE CHRISTMAS MIRACLE packages.
Making the hanging stars
Making the hanging stars
Hanging stars in action - perfect for a child's room or creative workspace - SOLD OUT!
Hanging stars in action - perfect for a child's room or creative workspace - SOLD OUT!
The Sound of Austin by Matthew Sturtevant is part of the HAPPIEST COFFEE TABLE reward - SOLD OUT!
The Sound of Austin by Matthew Sturtevant is part of the HAPPIEST COFFEE TABLE reward - SOLD OUT!
Prepare for an Evening in Paris - my favorite reward - SOLD OUT!
Prepare for an Evening in Paris - my favorite reward - SOLD OUT!
This is you after naming our record label.  You're a mogul!
This is you after naming our record label. You're a mogul!

 That's just a taste of the great rewards here for you.  Have at them. ---->

Risks and challenges

My last Kickstarter campaign was only a year ago, so this is a real gamble to launch another one so soon. However, this opportunity to work with Tosca String Quartet came unexpectedly and with such momentum, I hope you’ll be excited to participate and become part of the forward motion.

There are seven songs on Whisper of the Moon and I am counting on people choosing to step away from the commoditization of music at 99 cents a track, or the idea that an album with a certain number of tracks has to be called an LP or an EP...

This is an audio/visual song collection, fused by the uniqueness of its sound, its unifying theme, and the circumstances under which it was created. The CD/DVD combos are designed to invite you into the very room where this music was recorded. It's a special collection that I hope will become one of your favorites.

SONG LISTING:
1) Almanac
2) Oh, Light
3) Whisper of the Moon
4) Little Star
5) L.T.F.D.
6) Jack's Lullaby
7) Rest Your Head

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    SINGLE AND READY TO MINGLE: Get a pre-release DRM-free digital download of the song "Almanac," the FIRST SINGLE from this collection. Every little bit helps make this happen. Thank you for your support and good vibes!

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    LET'S GET DIGITAL: Pre-release digital download of all the high quality DRM-free AUDIO tracks in this collection. Thank you for being part of this project and helping to bring great original music into the world.

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    FULL DIGITAL: Full pre-release digital download - includes all AUDIO & VIDEO content, liner notes, lyrics, behind-the-scenes, song stories, and artwork

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    THE STANDARD: Full digital download + Signed standard pre-release CD/DVD combo. You get the collection FIRST and can listen and watch with the well-deserved satisfaction of making it all possible. THANK YOU SO MUCH! (shipping included)

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    POSTER CHILD: Full digital download + signed standard CD/DVD combo (add $50 for upgrade to Whisper of the Moon Deluxe Edition - see below) + one of the only remaining ORIGINAL POSTERS from the night this album was recorded (shipping included)

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    SONGBOOK: Full digital download + signed standard CD/DVD combo (add $50 for upgrade to Whisper of the Moon Deluxe Edition - see below) + Erin Ivey Chorded Songbook for all instruments and skill levels. Learn the songs along with the album. 12 songs, including "Little Star," "Oh, Light," "Rest Your Head," and "Whisper of the Moon" Great for anyone learning to play an instrument. (shipping included)

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    SHIRT OFF MY BACK: Full digital download + signed standard CD/DVD combo (add $50 for upgrade to Whisper of the Moon Deluxe Edition - see below) + Erin Ivey windmill t-shirt (kid & adult sizes, ladies' cut available, amazingly-soft 100% cotton) (shipping included)

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    THE CATALOGUE: Full digital download + signed standard CD/DVD combo (add $50 for upgrade to Whisper of the Moon Deluxe Edition - see below) + get ALL of my latest albums: Broken Gold, Dreamy Weather, and Dark River (compilation) (shipping included)

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    DELUXE EDITION: This is THE MAC DADDY, the HARRY WINSTON, the BEES KNEES... Full digital download + CD and DVD come to you in a hard-cover book worthy of your best coffee table, with 20 quality pages of gorgeous photographs, secrets, and details from the making of Whisper of the Moon (signed dedication and shipping included)

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    DELUXE + LINER NOTES & PARTY TIX: Full digital download + Deluxe Edition CD/DVD book with YOUR NAME IN THE LINER NOTES + 2 TICKETS to the Spring 2014 release party in Austin (shipping included)

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    DELUXE + HANDWRITTEN LYRICS: Full digital download + Deluxe Edition CD/DVD book + your name in the liner notes + HANDWRITTEN LYRICS to any one of my songs, signed, dated, on beautiful paper, perfect for framing.

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    THE CHRISTMAS MIRACLE: Full digital download + 7 (seven) signed STANDARD CD/DVD combos + YOUR NAME IN THE LINER NOTES + 2 TICKETS to the Spring 2014 release party. In plenty of time to check some lucky folks off your holiday shopping list... Tell me their names and I'll sign each collection to them specifically. Yes, Virginia, there IS a String Quartet in your stocking. (shipping included) - Deluxe version of this reward is listed below...

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    DELUXE + YOU HANG THE STARS: Full digital download + Deluxe Edition CD/DVD book + your name in the liner notes + 2 tickets to the Spring 2014 release party + a set of 5 HANGING STARS, hand-cut and glittered, straight from the set of our AM Stereophonic recording. Great for a child's room or creative workspace. (shipping included)

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    THE HAPPIEST COFFEE TABLE = DELUXE EDITION + THE SOUND OF AUSTIN: Full digital download + Deluxe Edition CD/DVD book + your name in the liner notes + 2 tickets to the Spring 2014 release party + a copy of THE SOUND OF AUSTIN, an amazing portrait book by photographer Mathew Sturtevant. 100 intimate portraits and interviews of the musicians who define
    The Sound of Austin, including Bob Schneider, Alejandro Escovedo, Erin Ivey, Shawn Colvin, Lyle Lovett, Billy Gibbons, Robert Earl Keen, and Willie Nelson. (shipping included)

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    DELUXE + SIGNED POSTER: Full digital download + Deluxe Edition CD/DVD book + your name in the liner notes + 2 tickets to the Spring 2014 release party + a SHOW POSTER SIGNED BY ERIN IVEY AND TOSCA STRING QUARTET the night of the recording (shipping included)

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    AN EVENING IN PARIS FOR 2: My favorite reward!! Full digital download + 2 signed standard CD/DVD combos (add $100 for upgrade to 2 Whisper of the Moon Deluxe Editions) + 2 tickets to the Spring 2014 release party + Don a scarf, grab a date, and come to this très special exclusive event designed just for our Kickstarter campaign... We'll share French music and yummy hors d'oeuvres as we immerse ourselves in Parisian culture and lifestyle wisdom, learning the must-have phrases, destinations, and tips to inspire a great weekend trip to Paris. Let's prepare to capture and celebrate that je ne sais quoi together, hosted by the fabulous Freestyle Language Center in downtown Austin. I'm learning new songs just for this event, so you'll be the first to hear them! AN EVENING IN PARIS will be scheduled considering your availability. Voila! (shipping included) - Oh my goodness, this is gonna be fun!

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    DELUXE CHRISTMAS MIRACLE: Full digital download + 7 (seven) signed DELUXE CD/DVD EDITIONS + 2 Tickets to the Spring 2014 release party. Just in time for the holidays! Tell me their names and I'll sign each collection to include a special dedication to your gift recipients specifically. (shipping included)

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    COMMISSION A LULLABY: Full digital download + DELUXE EDITION CD/DVD book + your name in the liner notes + 2 tickets to the Spring 2014 release party + A LULLABY written and recorded just for your special someone(s), along with HANDWRITTEN LYRICS perfect for framing. This just might be the best gift you'll ever give.

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    SOLO HOUSE CONCERT: Full digital download + 3 signed standard CD/DVD combos (add $150 for upgrade to 3 Deluxe Editions) + your name in the liner notes + 3 tickets to the Spring 2014 release party + a solo performance in your home (outside Austin, travel and lodging will need to be provided, shoot me an email and we'll work it out) (shipping included)

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER + NAME OUR RECORD LABEL: Full digital download + 4 signed standard CD/DVD combos (add $200 for upgrade to 4 Deluxe Editions) + 4 TICKETS to the Spring 2014 release party + EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit in the liner notes + YOU CHOOSE THE NAME of our record label (you know, as long as it's not inappropriate or already taken) + my eternal gratitude and major bragging rights. The label name will be printed on all physical media as well as listed anywhere the songs/album are available online. You're a mogul! I look forward to being on your record label. (shipping included)

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    THE ULTIMATE HOUSE CONCERT: Full digital download + 4 signed standard CD/DVD combos (add $200 for upgrade to 4 Deluxe Editions) + 4 TICKETS to the Spring 2014 release party + EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit in the liner notes + ERIN IVEY and TOSCA STRING QUARTET will grace your home with a private performance featuring songs from the new album. This is a steal and will be YOUR BEST PARTY EVER. (Austin-only, subject to scheduling availability, message me if you have any questions) (shipping included)

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