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Jonathan's latest work is a reinvention--a lush symphony of sounds, a collection of whispered secrets, a soundtrack for the heart.

***For video credits, see bottom of page!

Welcome! If you like what you're hearing in this video and at www.jonathanbrinkley.com, just wait! When this project funds, I'll have the resources I've always dreamed of having to make the wholly original and inspired work I feel that I'm meant to make. And, I'll have the help of producer Sean Flora, who's worked with The Shins, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, The Black Keys, Jeremy Wilson, and Cake, just to name a few. (many more details below) We're on our way, and it's because of you! Thank you.

This guy is more suave than me, so I let him be in the photos.
This guy is more suave than me, so I let him be in the photos.

As for the rest, I am going to try to make this little description of my intentions as lively as possible, so happy reading!

My name is Jonathan Brinkley, I am a musician who seeks to open the hearts of people everywhere, and I've come quite far with the help of a small community. When we come together, magic tends to happen. Now, it's time to see if we can cause something very special, very beautiful, and undeniably real to grow. Because of my last Kickstarter campaign in 2011, I have reached hundreds of new fans all over the world. So, the community is expanding. Just watch what we can do now!

                            The Ultimate Goal is $20,000!

So, $15,000 is a worthy goal, and it's also the smallest sum we can possibly do this project with. Our ultimate goal--what we're calling our Stretch Goal--is a total of $20,000! The more money we have, the better this product will eventually be. Anything we make over $20,000 will go toward tours and promotions.

Sean and I are already hard at work in pre-production meetings! We're in touch with some of the finest musicians in Portland, and we're excited to employ them all. We are poised to take these songs to as yet unseen heights, and that's very exciting. We're going to make a record that's as daringly original as it is heartfelt and authentic.  

In order to achieve the next level of artistry, we're gonna do something revolutionary in the world of independent music: We're going to pay people what they're worth. So we're raising up to $20,000, which is a bargain-basement deal for what we're getting:

  • State-of-the-art recording equipment                                                           
  • Ample studio time for free-flowing creativity
  • Sean, the Producer. Did I mention he's worked with these guys: Jeremy Wilson, The Shins, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, The Black Keys, Cake, and many others?                                           
  • LOTS of musicians, from woodwinds to drums to keyboards, etc.
  • Hours and hours of Mixing
  • High-end Professional Mastering
  • Gorgeous Cover Art
  • Packaging
  • CD Replication
  • Promotional materials
  • More Music Videos by Zipporah Lomax and others
  • ...AND all those great rewards over on the right of your screen!

                                    

You are the key to this endeavor's success, and I am full of gratitude for your support. This is a dream come true for me!

Soundly,

Jonathan Brinkley

December 2012

*Special thanks to Sean Flora, Zippy Lomax, Ryan Mitchell, and as always, the ever-loving, ever-adventurous, ever-adorable love of mine, Jennifer Love. You all have made this project into a process of opening for me, and it fills me with gratitude. And we're just getting started!

Cover photo by Johnathan Flower

***Video Credits: Videography by Zipporah Lomax and Ryan Mitchell. Edited by Zippy and Ryan also. Musicians are Marc Tobin on electric guitar, John Gannon on clarinet, Jeff Oliver on Djembe. Speakers include Sean Flora, Sarah Adams, Jeff Oliver, Aziz Gazipura, and Isaac Hart. SO much gratitude to all those who did interviews! Filmed at the home of Brandon Stewart. Appearing in the video: Jonathan Brinkley, Jennifer Love, Zipporah Lomax, Ryan Mitchell, Marc Tobin, John Gannon, Jeff Oliver, Mikaela Schey, Eva Hamilton, Isaac Hart, Candace Verlee, Aziz Gazipura, Micki Skudlarczyk, Tommy Church, Eden Tull, Leela Longson, Jas Davis, Betsy Levine, Sandra Amiry, Suzanne Tom, Brandon Stewart, Christine Maxwell, Tamara Yates, Oliver and Phoebe, Tammy Davis, Miriam Burke, Sean Flora, Sarah Adams, Thaddeus Koster, Glenna Green, Bob New, Ashley Collins, Chuck Swanson, Maren Souders, Chaya Grossberg, Erin Hammond. Thanks to all of you for being so integral to this process! Very special thanks to Katerina de Metz, for her constant love and generous support of my dreams.

Hey! You scrolled all this way?! That's awesome! Here's an extra video just for you. This footage is also by the lovely Zipporah Lomax! 

Welcome to the Reward Photo Section!

Jennifer Love's fabulous ceramic altars
Jennifer Love's fabulous ceramic altars
Micki's Famous Diner Mugs!
Micki's Famous Diner Mugs!
Jennifer Love's loving handiwork can be yours! 18"X22"X28"
Jennifer Love's loving handiwork can be yours! 18"X22"X28"

Lyrics to the title track, "Unguarded Heart"

You ruined my plans to
have a plan for every word
The game that I played was
a song you'd already heard

A new way of thinking
and my thoughts put to the test
Now nothing holds water
But its weight is off my chest

What is a fight, but the playing out
of the silent hurt behind what we shout about
The radical beauty of the unguarded heart:
We come together when we're blown apart

Dreams I discarded
'cause they never came true
I barely got started
and of course I never told you

Now no one can blame you
for so kindly agreeing
yeah, what it comes down to is
I bet everything on one human being

I'm strong enough to stuff it down
not brave enough to risk defeat
I follow rules, but not the sound
of the beat...
of my unguarded heart

My program of defense
is fencing off my old pretense
My reward for all my strategies
is I'm half-awake and on my knees

It's a constant, everyday
compromise the dream away
If I can say, though I shake and stumble,
I'm willing to have it all quake and crumble
to feel at peace
to have release
in my unguarded heart

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Our biggest challenges are keeping our costs down, maintaining a consistent schedule, and balancing the work at hand with our day jobs, all while making sure to fulfill those rewards. We've done it before, and it was not without stress, but we are giving ourselves ample time to do things right, to take care and make it as relaxed a process as possible. It's always a challenge to bring all the elements of an album together, but we're up to that and more!

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    Check this out--A whole 14-song studio album for five bucks! Consider it the "never heard of this guy before/minimum risk" category. Plus, times are lean for a lot of people, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't hear good music. Backers in this category will be the first ones ever to hear the new record, receiving a digital download the moment it becomes available.

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    Howdy! Jen here again. Diner Mugs and a Day in the Studio with the Creatures promoting those mugs. Are you interested in what happens in the clay studio? How do they pull that slippery clay up into different shapes? How does a handle get attached to a mug? Enjoy a day in the studio with Micki Skudlarczyk and Jennifer Love where they will both give demonstrations and help you sip from those mugs ; ) (Portland only)

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    Double date! That's right, you and a guest will join me and my exquisitely fetching "manager" Jennifer for a romantic evening at Acadia Bistro in NE Portland. We will dine on the city's finest cajun-inspired recipes, and then I will serenade you table-side as you sip wine and contemplate dessert. You also receive a signed copy of the CD, and photos of our evening together.

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    Did you know that my lovely partner and manager, Jennifer, is a prodigiously talented ceramic artist? She is! Your backing in this category wins you one of her famous altars, and a day in the ceramic studio, learning the tricks of her trade. You also receive a signed copy of the CD.

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    The personal touch category! I will personally write you your very own unique and exclusive poem. Plus, you get the signed copy of the CD, the two previous CDs, the Jonathan Brinkley Bookmark, free admission to my next performance in your area, a pre-release viewing of my next music video, and an invitation to a studio session here in Portland!

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    You are truly stepping it up! Thank you. You are now an official collaborator. I will sit with you in person or over the phone or Skype and we will brainstorm ideas for certain aspects of the CD release process. At least one of your ideas will be implemented in the areas of CD cover layout and design, video shooting/editing, album song order, or other possible projects related to this campaign. This is your chance to put your own personal stamp on an endeavor that will affect many people around the world! And of course, you will receive a signed copy of the CD.

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    You like to get stuff? This is your ultimate level! You will receive handwritten lyrics for the song of your choice, a print of my original photography, a piece of original artwork by yours truly, a signed copy of the new CD and all previous CDs (4 total), the Jonathan Brinkley T-shirt, the Jonathan Brinkley Hoodie, and the Jonathan Brinkley Bookmark! Hello, treasure-trove!

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    Check you out! Your dedication deserves something truly special. How about a FREE private house concert for you and your guests anywhere within 200 miles of Portland? Having a dinner soiree? A wedding? Maybe the best slumber party ever? I will show up with all my songs and joyfully serenade you to your heart's content. And just for kicks, I'll throw in a group voice lesson for the whole lot of you! AND, your name will appear in the liner notes of this album!!! You also receive the handwritten lyrics for the song of your choice, a print of Jonathan's original photography, a signed copy of the new CD and all previous CDs (4 total), a Jonathan Brinkley T-shirt, and the Jonathan Brinkley Bookmark!

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    If you are not in the Portland area and still wish to pledge at this level, we still have something awesome for you! Via phone or skype, I will walk you step by step through the songwriting process as I understand it. Then, you write a handful of words, phrases, or ideas, and I will include at least one of them in a song! AND, your name will appear in the liner notes of this album!!! You also receive the handwritten lyrics for the song of your choice, a print of my original photography, a signed copy of the new CD and all previous CDs (4 total), a Jonathan Brinkley T-shirt, the Jonathan Brinkley Hoodie, and the Jonathan Brinkley Bookmark!

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    Hey, now we're getting classy! One lucky backer can OWN a unique Anagama wood-fired ceramic vessel by the one and only Jennifer Love of Maylee Ceramics! (See photos at left) The contours and nuanced colors of this large piece delight the senses and awaken the imagination to the dramatic wonders of the wood-fire process. We'll fill it with love and deliver it if you're in Portland! Add $150 to ship it anywhere in the continental U.S.! You also receive a signed copy of the CD.

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    I will write you your very own song! After a brief discussion about what moves you in your life, I will write a whole song on the topic, record it, and send it directly to you before anyone else hears it! Your name will definitely be in the liner notes of this album. You also receive the handwritten lyrics for the song of your choice, a print of my original photography, a signed copy of the new CD and all previous CDs (4 total), a Jonathan Brinkley T-shirt, the Jonathan Brinkley hoodie, and the Jonathan Brinkley Bookmark!

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    Congratulations! You and I are going to record a song together! Choose any instrument you know how to play, your voice, or something simple like a shaker (no cowbell probably), and we will lay it down in the studio, mix it, and send you home with a copy. It can be one of my songs, your songs, or any song you choose. Also, an heirloom of your choice (we will discuss!) will be photographed and included in the jacket art! Plus, your name will appear in the liner notes. You also receive the handwritten lyrics for the song of your choice, a print of my original photography, a signed copy of the new CD and all previous CDs (4 total), a Jonathan Brinkley T-shirt, the Jonathan Brinkley Hoodie, and the Jonathan Brinkley Bookmark!

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