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It's been 50 years since I wrote my first songs, and started my first band. Too late to stop now, and this is going to be a good one.
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Objects in motion tend to stay in motion, and anyone who knows me will tell you that I don't tend to stay still for long. The past several years have been no exception. I've been constantly moving, living a life dedicated to two things: making music and providing for my family (for me, these have become inextricably interconnected).

In the fall of 2015 I moved my recording studio to an incredible new location; a dream come true -  and a major commitment of time, resources and creative energy, getting the whole thing up and running. Very thankfully, since then, I've been making records pretty much non-stop. I've collaborated with amazing artists from all over the world, and feel privileged to continue to be invited into so many musical adventures. The only "down side" has been that I have found myself with less time, not to mention creative energy, to dedicate to my own art. Maintaining a business of this nature, in this day and age, is challenging to say the least.

A few months ago, however, the wellspring of inspiration began to rise and I was once again caught up in the infectious excitement of discovering new songs as they began to pour forth. I made time, began writing, and they're still coming, thank goodness! I've also revisited a couple of my tried and true writing partnerships - with my long-time co-conspirator George Breakfast, and my wife Caline Welles. These collaborations brought forth yet another batch of songs - an embarrassment of riches. These, plus one or two that have been waiting in the wings, make for a formidable batch. The stars have aligned it's time to record a new album. 

Here's a demo of one of the songs I'm recording:

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   "Home Again to You" (words and music by Jono Manson) - Magic Request Music/BMI


I have a great recording studio to use "for free" (assuming I can clear the decks long enough for my own selfish purposes, and still stay afloat!) and an accomplished producer/engineer who will work for tacos (that's me!), so that end of the financial equation is more or less taken care of.

Here's what I'm raising the cash to cover:

I've got a great roster of players in mind for this project -  both people who live nearby and folks that I will need to bring in from the far reaches of the country, and beyond. Everyone will, of course, need to get paid and for those musicians traveling from far away there will be the added cost of transportation and lodging. Being a lifetime working musician myself, it's very important that everyone be paid as fairly as possible. The musicians who've worked with me, both on the road and in the studio, will testify that I always put together the best payday possible, given the circumstances of the gig. I'll be doing the lion's share of the recording at my place, but also plan to do some overdubs, with extra special guests, in other studios in New York, Austin and Italy, so I'll need to pay for some of the studio time.

Paul Pearcy, Ronnie Johnson, Jason Crosby, Jon Graboff, Eric McFadden, My guitars, already at work!
Paul Pearcy, Ronnie Johnson, Jason Crosby, Jon Graboff, Eric McFadden, My guitars, already at work!

Once the record is recorded and mixed the next step will be mastering. This is an important part of the process which I do not take lightly. If you want it done right, which I do, it ain't necessarily cheap! 

Then we'll be on to the design, manufacturing and packaging of what is currently referred to as "physical content " (in this case, compact discs and vinyl albums). The last piece of the puzzle (and perhaps ultimately most important, like it or not) is the promotion of my project. I will need to spend some cash getting the record out there so that it can be heard, written about, and loved, by as many people as possible. 

As I mentioned in my heartfelt video (if you watched it): when you support a project of this nature, you’re not only helping the artist realize their vision, but you're also helping nourish an entire micro-economy of session musicians, mastering engineers, graphic designers, videographers, and so on....it takes a village, as they say. The complete, gory, budgetary details are listed below.

I've done my best to create "rewards" packages with "something for everyone" in mind. Essentially, I'm pre-selling my products and services to get this done. If, however, you think there's something I've missed, or if you want a customized rewards package, then please contact me and let me know. I will do my best to provide!

Here is my estimated budget for this project. Since I've already begun working on this album, I have a pretty good handle on how it all pans out. (Note: This budget gets the project though post-production, manufacturing and shipping. Once I reach this goal, I'll work on a new "stretch goal" to raise a little more scratch for promotion):

1. Session Musicians: Includes Session fees, transportation, and other related expenses  $7000.00

2. Studio costs (for overdubs in studios other than my own):$1000.00

3. Mastering for Digital and Analog releases : $2000.00

4. Graphic Design / Layout for CD and Vinyl release $1000.00

5. CD Manufacturing: $1400.00

6. 180 gram Vinyl Manufacturing and Packaging: Cutting Lacquers with Reference Lacquers $1,770.00, Metal Stampers = $600.00, Pressing = $1500.00, Test Pressings = $125.00, Printed Jackets and Inner Sleeves = $600.00 Shipping = $200.00, Total = $4795.00

7. Packaging and Shipping of Kickstarter rewards:  $2000.00

8. Kickstarter Fees: $1700.00

TOTAL: $20,895.00

I'm truly very grateful for your support and thank you from the bottom of my heart! With you behind this endeavor, not only will I have the financial wherewithal to proceed, but I'll be able to forge full speed ahead knowing that I'm not in this alone. Not by a long shot!

Risks and challenges

Challenges?
When you commit to living the existence of the full-time professional musician, as I did decades ago, you're signing up for lifetime of daily challenges of every, often unforeseeable, kind.
The good news is that seasoned performing musicians acquire the ability to improvise. When you're on the bandstand and someone else plays a musical figure, you have to "decide", without "thinking" how to respond, or simply get out of its way. I'm convinced, that this ability to "think on our feet" and adapt spills over into every aspect of our lives, and gives us a unique ability to deal with life challenges should they arise.
As for me, I'm not worried, and you shouldn't be either.
Besides, I've done this before. Lots of times.
Thanks again for your vote of confidence.

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    A two hour songwriting session with yours truly.
    I've lead many group songwriting workshops over the years and here's an opportunity to work one-on-one! We'll discuss the songwriting process, ideas for writing exercises, work on an idea you’ve already started, or start from the beginning. Then, I'll give you some "homework" to do and we'll follow up (no extra charge!) when you're ready. This can be done in person at my studio, or via Skype, or what have you. You'll also get a signed copy of the new CD, of course, and the digital download.

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    Over the years, I've collaborated on a healthy number of "side projects" with some amazing artists. These include: The Whateverly Brothers (with George Breakfast), Manstein (with Donald Rubinstein), and The Duskray Troubadours (with John Popper. I've found a small number of these CDs in the warehouse and I'm making them available now! You'll also get a signed copy of the new CD, plus the download link, and a personal dedication in the liner notes of the CD and on my website.

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    Long-distance overdubs

    Musicians - send me a track that you're working on, and I'll add guitar parts and/or background/harmony vocals and send you the files to fly into your session. This reward includes my session musician services, studio time, revisions (within reason!) etc. You'll also get you'll get a signed copy of the new CD, of course.

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    The Madman

    Among other things, I've got a good amount of experience in writing music for advertising campaigns.
    I will write and record a jingle (30 and 60 second versions) for your business or organization.
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    This is YOUR song

    Commission me! I'll write a song custom made for you (with your story, whatever that might be, in mind). I'll make an acoustic recording and send it to you. You'll still also get a signed copy of the new CD, plus the download link, a personal dedication in the liner notes of the CD and on my website, and a nice stack of CDs from my back catalog.

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    The Production Deal

    I've produced albums for artists from all over the world, from Grammy-winners to local heroes. Now it's your turn. Come spend three days recording in my studio in beautiful downtown Santa Fe, with me as your producer and engineer (I'll also happily play guitar on your project too, if you like) This can be a three-day lock-out (recommended) or spread out over time as you see fit. I'm a notorious softy so if we're really rocking and need a fourth day...well, hell, I'll probably throw it in too.
    You'll also get a signed copy of the new CD, plus the download link, a personal dedication in the liner notes of the new CD and on my website, and a giant stack of CDs from my back catalog. (Note: This package includes my services and the full run of my studio. Musician session fees, if any, are separate)

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    Be the official EXECUTIVE PRODUCER of my new project. You will have my undying gratitude, plus ANY or ALL of the above rewards, and just about anything else you want.

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    High Plains Drifter Benefactor

    In the mid-1990s I fronted "High Plains Drifter", a band featuring members of Blues Traveler and The Spin Doctors, among others. We later recorded an album (as the Jono Manson Band) for A&M Records. I've unearthed a small number of our original tour shirts (artwork by Tim Vega!). You'll also get a signed copy of the new CD, plus the download link, and a personal dedication in the liner notes of the CD and on my website.

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