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Let's finish my album with an orchestra. The minimum target is reached, but recording one song is $3000... and I LOVE STRINGS!

The orchestra costs between $2,000 to $3,000 per song depending on the length and intricacy of each song, and there's currently only about $4,000 in my Kickstarter fund after the costs of the merchandise are covered. YIKES!!!

The Smashing Pumpkins, Michael Stipe (R.E.M.), Elton John, David J (Bauhaus / Love & Rockets), Tiësto, Brett Anderson (Suede), Christina Perri (Twilight), Greg Dulli (Twilight Singers) and William Reid (Jesus & the Mary Chain) have all had me play violin, viola and cello and/or I've arranged and recorded strings for songs they've sung.

As one of the world's most sought after alternative rock and pop strings musicians, I'm honoured to have played with rock's most legendary, innovative and inspiring musicians, including Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction / Red Hot Chili Peppers), Steven Severin (Siouxsie and the Banshees), Alain Whyte (Morrissey), Laurie Anderson, and Nik Turner (Hawkwind).

It's only natural that I want fabulous strings for my own solo album. Especially as it's an album of love songs that I've written and recorded over 8 years, featuring some of my talented friends including David J (Bauhaus / Love & Rockets), Steven Severin (Siouxsie and the Banshees), Alain Whyte (Morrissey), Nick Yeatman (Joe Strummer / Nick Cave) and Amina Bates (Scanners). It's been recorded and produced by Kerry Brown (Smashing Pumpkins / Catherine), Kevin Dippold (Smashing Pumpkins / The Seeds), Liam Watson (The White Stripes) and Earle Mankey (Sparks / The Runaways / Concrete Blonde) with much of the album recorded on the same 2" tape machine that was used for the Smashing Pumpkins album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.

It sounds a m a z i n g...

This Kickstarter campaign will raise the funds to hire an orchestra to record my string arrangements. It's the cherry on top, and will complete my album of beautiful, yearning and melancholy love songs. Also a few happy love songs, a vampire love song, a song where I totally get my PJ on, and one sweet and saucy little bragging song, oh my!

We hit the minimum target in only one day, But... the target figure was the absolute bare minimum.

$3,000 is only just enough to get one song recorded with the orchestra, and...

And of course, the figure raised isn't all profit! The actual money for the orchestra is maybe half of that due to the expenses for the rewards, like buying T-shirts and perfumes etc... so...

Please keep pledging! Let's rock this entire album!!!

This is how the MINIMUM goal $3,000 will be spent:

  • Minimum orchestra fee: $6,000
  • Hotel: $500
  • Flights: $1,500
  • Kickstarter / Amazon fee = $300
  • Total: $8,300

As you can see, this adds up to FAR MORE than the minimum Kickstarter goal target figure, which I set at $3,000 because unless you hit your goal, Kickstarter don't let you have any of the funds raised!

I'm not expecting you to foot the whole bill! But I hope you'll be inspired to add to my own kitty, so that every song will be recorded beautifully with the orchestra!

And... this is not charity! It's an old-fashioned patronage model where I promise to make music, and the patrons (that’s you!) get to enjoy this work of beauty and also get cool stuff!

*~This Song Needs Strings~*

1. The Idea

There's nothing more romantic than a symphony orchestra, except perhaps a beautiful love song... and Prague! So it's going to be super-romantic to hire a symphony orchestra to record strings for my love songs in Prague!

That's why this Kickstarter campaign is all about love, music, strings and Valentine's Day.

I regularly make records with the greatest songwriters of our time, but the last time my string arrangements were played by a symphony orchestra was 2004. It was a concert at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen for 80,000 people, a special show to celebrate the Prince of Denmark's wedding. It was televised and fabulous, with opening bands Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Powderfinger.

I created new orchestral arrangements of three of Suede's biggest hit songs, Trash, The Wild Ones and By The Sea. Suede's lead singer Brett Anderson sang them, and my arrangements were played by the Royal Danish Orchestra. It was an unforgettable and exquisitely romantic night.

The time before that I was commissioned by the English National Opera to arrange strings for an opera by UK band Asian Dub Foundation. It was an alternative opera, with a full classical orchestra as well as rappers, Indian percussion and rock guitars, making an epic and wildly unique show!

That was 8 years ago, and in that 8 years, I've been super busy arranging and playing strings, composing soundtracks for television and movies, gardening (yes, lots of gardening!), and officially moving from London to Los Angeles, the entertainment capital of the world.

But no-one has had me work with an orchestra since then, because orchestras are expensive and (if I say so myself!) I do a fabulous job of recording strings simply by layering myself one track at a time to make a mini-me orchestra. Much cheaper, and it sounds great :)

But honestly, it's not the same as a big, luscious symphony orchestra!

Think about this for a second. I'm a gal who writes music for orchestras, and I've not had the opportunity to work with one for EIGHT years! Now just imagine what I'll do when I finally get my hands on one again!

*~Wow~*

So here's our goal in a nutshell:

Get a symphony orchestra in Prague so I can finish recording my songs, and have my album ready to release by the end of 2012!

And then... let's see if we can keep going, with more strings for more songs and more music for everyone to enjoy :)

2. Orchestras cost a lot.

Symphony orchestras are expensive. Recording studios, recording personnel and recording equipment are also expensive. Just renting enough chairs and a parking lot big enough for all those cars takes a chunk of change!

So although I am deeply honoured that Maestro David Coleman has offered to come from Germany to take part in the session, and that Joe Wohlmuth has offered to fly in from Los Angeles to engineer the session, and although it's strangely cheaper to travel to Prague and record an orchestra there than do it where I live in Los Angeles... well, European flights, hotels and travel expenses are all far from inexpensive!

In short, there's a good reason why everyone isn't recording orchestras on their records, and it's called 'budgetary constraints.'

But as a world-renowned rock and pop string arranger, and the girl who played strings for HBO's Big Love, it's essential that my album has an orchestra on it. My songs are sumptuous and full of emotional beauty, and they'll only be fully realised with an orchestra playing the intricate string arrangements.

*~This Song Needs Strings TOO~*

I love strings so much that you'll find me at www.ILoveStrings.com so you can imagine, I would love some strings please :)

THANK YOU FOR PLEDGING and sharing this link with your friends xxxx

SCROLL DOWN TO READ WHAT HAPPENS NOW THE MINIMUM TARGET IS REACHED... THIS IS WHERE IT STARTS TO GET EXCITING!! YEAH, THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING...:)

*~What About The Booty~*

But please bear this in mind...

The minimum orchestra fee of $6,000 provides enough time to record strings for maybe two songs. So if the album is going to have the orchestra on twelve songs, the target needs to be broken by a very long way...

And now to SPill the beans on my Secret Plan :)

3.  And my plan beyond the minimum target $3,000...

How long is a piece of string?!

While the goal was set on raising $3,000, we all know EXACTLY what I'm going to do with every extra penny. Yep, you guessed it... MORE STRINGS!

If there are more funds, there will be a longer session, and a longer session means more strings for more songs. We'll keep going until there are orchestral strings on every song on my album.

There will be a whole album of beautiful love songs of hope and sadness, yearning and reflection, joy and sauciness, and all will have lashings of strings!

And if we raise enough money that there's plenty of time for my own album, and there's more time available, I shall just keep going!!!

And something uber-special might happen...

I adore arranging orchestral strings for other people's joyful and melancholy songs as well as my own, so what better thing to do than arrange and record strings for some of my fabulously gifted musician friends' songs.

My most extraordinary and celebrated musician friends love my strings...

and I love their songs, so it would be a dream come true if we get the chance to put my superstrings and their perfect songs together :)

It would be a huge honour for me, and very exciting for all lovers of great music to be able to hear songs written and sung by my most amazing friends, with my string arrangements beautifully realised in full orchestra Technicolor!

Anyway, I have dreams, BIG dreams, and I'm so excited to have you on board this good ship, my darling Patrons!

I LOVE STRINGS!!!

Thank you so much for your time and your love!                                                    Amor vincit omnia

P.S. Visit my website www.ILoveStrings.com to find out more about my music, check out my album blog, and let's meet up on Facebook and Twitter:)

Thank you for spreading the word and letting your friends know! xxx

The Rewards

Poster design by Kateri Forbes

T-Shirt designed with Kateri Forbes

Perfume label, with painting by Gail Potocki, for Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs' beautiful perfume inspired by the lyrics of my song, The Orchard.

Silk knickers with side-strings designed by British lingerie line, Ciel

Fishman AFX Reverb pedal with Ysanne's custom orchestra design

Cherubs by Russell Lownsborough

And lastly... Prague!

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    Let me show you a little love by thanking you on my Album Blog (check it out!!) http://ilovestrings.com/coldwater/

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    I've designed a special 'I Love Strings' post-card personally for you! And with luck it'll arrive actually on Valentine's Day! (Free shipping worldwide)

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    A set of D'Addario Helicore Violin full size Strings, complete with a thank you card designed and signed by me. These excellent strings are usually sold for more than $25, so this is a deal! I love strings, especially Helicore, which are the ones I use personally and recommend! Plus... you'll get to attend the orchestra recording session online! (Free shipping worldwide)

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    Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs have created a perfume inspired my song, 'The Orchard,' reflecting the lyrics with notes of plum, roses, chocolate and wood. The label painting is by Gail Potocki. (See photo) Perfumes are hand-blended and will be mailed at the end of February, with a gift note from you to your loved one. http://www.blackphoenixalchemylab.com/ http://www.gailpotocki.com/ (Free shipping worldwide)

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    British designer lingerie label Ciel has collaborated with me on these sexy Valentine's side-tying silk knickers, in three beautifully English prints: Pink Rosebuds, Peach Feathers and Red Dahlias. (See photo plus swatches). Ciel is worn by Sienna Miller, Cate Blanchett, as well as me, so your silk knickers are likely to be your new lucky panties! Each pair is wrapped in tissue with a gift tag hand made and signed by me. You know how much I love strings... but who thought my friends at Ciel could tie their knicker strings into a reward in my honour?!! One size fits all, as the side-ties are fully adjustable, and they're 100% silk (Free shipping worldwide)

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    By popular demand, I've just added this option to get the CD and the perfume all for 50 bucks! Perfume to be delivered February-ish, and the album 2 weeks before it's out, which means sometime in Autumn 2012... and I'll throw in the online orchestra visit too! See you there, Katie! xxx

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    Adorable little cherub charm in Sterling 925 silver. Choose from a little cherub playing violin, or a little cherub playing cello! (See photo) Designed, sculpted and handmade by Russell Lownsbrough exclusively for this orchestra Kickstarter fund. Russell has designed and made prototypes for Vivienne Westwood and Garrard's, so we're in fine company. And attend the orchestra recording session online! www.waylandsmithjewellery.co.uk (Free shipping worldwide)

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    A set of D'Addario Helicore Cello Strings, complete with a thank you card designed and signed by me. These excellent strings are usually sold for more than $100, so this is a deal! Plus attend the orchestra recording session online! (Free shipping worldwide)

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    Get THREE T-shirts... that's a white one with red heart, a black one with white heart, and a black one with a black heart, plus the CD two weeks before it's released in Autumn 2012! And... come to the orchestra session online! (free shipping worldwide)

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    I love strings so much that I'm gonna donate the shirt off my back! Yes, my favourite black T-shirt can be yours! (See video) Comes with two signed photos of me wearing it, one solo photo and another photo of me rehearsing my songs with Steven Severin (Siouxsie & the Banshees), Amina Bates (Scanners) and Nick Yeatman (Ed Harcourt). Both photos by Steven Cook http://www.steven-cook.com/ (Free shipping worldwide)

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    Get the CD two weeks before it's general released... get the Poster, and BOTH of the T-shirts delivered to you in February, with free shipping worldwide... and come to the orchestra session online, plus I'll thank you on the album blog and mail you a signed postcard!

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    THREE BOTTLES of the perfume, one for you, and two for you to give to your special pals!!! xxx

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    Keep your Valentine lady warm with my soft pink shawl, as seen on the red carpet with Aaron Eckhart (Batman Returns), Joelle Carter (Justified) and Todd Stashwick (The Riches), plus two signed photos of me wearing it, one with Aaron and another with Todd and Joelle. (See video) (Free shipping worldwide)

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    A set of D'Addario Helicore full size Upright Bass Strings, complete with a thank you card designed and signed by me. These excellent strings are usually sold for more than $150, so this is a deal! Plus attend the orchestra recording session online! (Free shipping worldwide)

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    A pair of Sterling 925 silver cherub earrings. One little cherub playing violin, and the little cherub on the other earring is playing cello! (See photo) Designed and sculpted by Russell Lownsbrough exclusively for this orchestra Kickstarter fund. Russell has designed and made prototypes for Vivienne Westwood and Garrards, so your little Valentine's cherubs have an excellent pedigree... And attend the orchestra recording session online! www.waylandsmithjewellery.co.uk (Free shipping worldwide)

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    Sterling 925 silver cherub necklace, with the cherub sitting on little fluffy clouds made of two freshwater pearls, as sacred to Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love and Beauty. (See photo) Choose from a little cherub playing violin, or a little cherub playing cello! Also features an adorable heart and arrow clasp. Designed, sculpted and handmade by Russell Lownsbrough exclusively for this orchestra Kickstarter fund. Russell has designed and made prototypes for Vivienne Westwood and Garrards, so your little Valentine's cherub has an excellent pedigree! And attend the orchestra recording session online! www.waylandsmithjewellery.co.uk (Free shipping worldwide)

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    I'll play you songs from my new album in your kitchen anywhere in LA and make you a cup of tea, and it'll be the best cup of tea you've ever had, and then we'll sit together in your kitchen and drink our perfect cuppas and I'll play you love songs from the heart that might make you weep a bit. It'll be gorgeous xx

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    Exclusively for this Kickstarter campaign, I've customised 50 Fishman AFX Reverb pedals, 50 Fishman AFX Chorus pedals and 50 Fishman AFX Delay pedals, all with an image of a string quartet. (See photo) They're priced MUCH lower than anywhere else, plus they're customised, sent with a post-card designed and signed by me... And the warm fuzzy feeling you'll get from donating to my orchestra fund... And you'll attend the orchestra recording session online! http://www.fishman.com/products/filter/series:afx

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    Ladies! Now's your opportunity to get your mitts on my supertight pencil skirt, as admired by Dave Navarro while we were on stage playing with Billy Corgan! Plus I'll enclose a signed photo of me wearing it by rock 'n' roll photographer Kristin Burns. (See video) Size O / XS http://www.kristinburns.com/ (Free shipping worldwide)

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    Tie my strings tight with this beautiful deep pink and gold brocade bustier and matching faux pearls and roses bracelet, as worn in the photo of me playing cello for David J, plus I'll sign Sherry Lee's photo of us and send it! The bustier is petite, but as it is tied with strings at the back (of course!) it's a fairly flexible fit, and the bracelet is universal. (See video) http://www.sherryleephotography.net/Music/David-J-performs-selections/ (Free shipping worldwide)

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    Sterling 925 silver cherub necklace, earring and charm set in rolled gold. (See photo) Choose from a little cherub playing violin, or a little cherub playing cello on the necklace and for the single charm. Designed, sculpted and handmade by Russell Lownsbrough exclusively for this orchestra Kickstarter fund. Russell has designed and made prototypes for Vivienne Westwood and Garrards, so your little Valentine's cherub has an excellent pedigree! And attend the orchestra recording session online! www.waylandsmithjewellery.co.uk (Free shipping worldwide)

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    Get the Fishman AFX custom pedal, the CD two weeks before it's released, and 3 T-shirts (white w/ red heart, black w/ white heart, black w/ black heart), PLUS I'll throw in a copy of my album 'Sound' released in 1997 when I was only four years old! (just kidding, but I will send you the Sound CD, it's really cool if I say so myself:) Everything will be mailed to you Feb / March ish except the new album which will come when it's made sometime in Autumn 2012 xx

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    Woo your Valentine by wearing my black satin dress with silver embroidery detail, and my killer heels Guess sandals, as seen on the red carpet with Billy Corgan, and as photographed in Life magazine, plus I'll sign and send the Life magazine photo of me wearing it with Billy so you have the proof that it's really truly the one! (See video) Dress is Size US 6 / UK 8, Shoes US 7.5 / UK 7 / EU 40 (Free shipping worldwide)

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    Hello Sailor ;) Slip into my fabulous and unique sailor suit and sailor hat, as worn on stage with Billy Corgan, Dave Navarro and the Spirits in the Sky. Plus the signed photo of me wearing it taken by rock 'n' roll photographer Kristin Burns http://www.kristinburns.com/ (See video) (Free shipping worldwide)

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    Call me! I'll give you my number, and promise to return your calls and respond to your texts from the end of this Kickstarter campaign through Valentine's Day!

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    Show me some love! If you'd love to give a girl her dream just for the love of it, I'll send you a photo of me smiling! You're welcome to pick the photographer, or just wait and see what arrives in your Valentine's mail :)

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    Experience the romance... come to the orchestra session in Prague! You'll be right there in the control room, in the studio, and visiting me and the orchestra on the sound stage. Afterwards we'll go to dinner, our heads spinning with love songs and strings. Truly unforgettable.

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    You're a musician yourself, you're making your own record, and you love strings? Well, let me create a string arrangement for your own record, and record the orchestra playing it in Prague! I'll consult with you, and then create a string arrangement to your own 3 minute song incorporating your ideas and my own. I'll then send you a synth strings demo, and see if you have a revision before the orchestral session. After that, I'll create a conductor's score and orchestral sheet music, and you'll attend the orchestra recording session online from the comfort of your own home! A more romantic, emotional, classier record is within your reach!!!

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    The ultimate gift for your loved one... I'll write a song inspired by your own beautiful love story (because all love stories are exquisitely beautiful!) and then I'll record it with the orchestra in Prague. This reward includes me writing the song, creating a full orchestral string arrangement, conductor's score and sheet music. And then recording the song myself, having any other instruments recorded (like guitar, bass and drums), and then having the strings recorded by the full symphony orchestra. It's going to sound absolutely epic! And of course, you'll both attend the orchestra recording session online. This truly is the perfect gift for your wedding anniversary, or a uniquely loving birthday gift. And it would be an exceptional way to propose marriage, and walk down the aisle to your song! Guaranteed to melt your loved-one's heart at every listening, from now to eternity...

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