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What makes music worthwhile? What gives it value?

YOU do. If you want to!  

Somewhere between chess and half-marathons – between motorcycles and rock climbing – there's Morning Zephyr: architects on a jungle gym.

This is handmade music, safe for kids, free from entitlement, hubris, and other cultural toxins (sorry, Kanye!). It is adventure music to make you feel happy and strong. It has been pre-approved as inspiring for musicians and non-musicians alike.

Morning Zephyr is a summertime beast. We began in July of 2004, when Kip Jones (violin/piano), Karl Doty (bass) and Zach Miller (drums) made Proof and Content, an album that explored both controlled benediction and bombastic release. Only a few copies were made, but the process was so rewarding that the trio followed it the next year with Empire Builder, an ADHD romp without genre. 2006 saw the recording of Advocates.

And then nothing happened.

Well, not nothing: Zach had a daughter, taught/toured, and produced two records for The Brighton. Karl got two degrees and co-founded A Far Cry. Kip married, traveled to 23 countries, and joined ETHEL.

Then last year Kip went on a weeklong writing binge, and realized he had a Morning Zephyr record on his hands. Demos marked TOP SECRET went into the mail. Forces were joined. Charts were prepared. Key friends came on board. 48 hours of studio time was logged over 5 summer days.

And now, after a gap of nine years, we have our best record yet!

How, why? Because we're in our thirties now. We have gained experience and become craftsmen. This is what we do.

The album is called “Western Star”, taking as its namesake a train of the Great Northern Railway. Precise mallets, heart-wrenching bowed bass, slamming drums, and soaring vocals fill this 8-song LP. Somewhere between Tori Amos, Ali Farka Touré, and Steely Dan, there's also a clear classical influence. No matter what kind of music you like, there's something in here for you.

Morning Zephyr is the genuine article. Good vibes, intellectual rigor, and a lot of energy. Make us a part of your music listening! Come, join our Kickstarter, and be a part of “Western Star”!

COOL REWARDS ------------------------------------

 $25 for a .pdf with your album download - enjoy your summer tunes AND THE LEAD SHEETS along with them!  Bound book and CD $40.

 Starting at $50 - Album based Phone Audio Suite

At $200 - A commissioned ringtone that will be used ONLY BY YOU.  Like a unique piece of art, MZ vows not to use nor make available your very own ringtone, notification tones, or alarm.  Serious hipster cred, yo!

Risks and challenges

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There are risks and challenges associated with any creative endeavor. At present, the greatest risk to you as a Morning Zephyr listener is that Kip could be hit by a bus before delivering the record. Russel would then have to finish mixing it all by himself, and he might make some obscure decision of which we all might disapprove.

The real question is whether or not you partner with us, and become part of the cause as well as the effect of this music! What Kickstarter does very well is give us a connection: your support makes the creative product possible.

Our expected delivery date for the album is July 1, 2015. Personalized rewards will have a rolling release date between July 1 and September 15, 2015.

We sincerely hope WESTERN STAR becomes your summer jam!

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    Pledge US$ 1 or more About $1.00

    A hearty thank you from the band, access to biweekly backer updates (these will be 4 total during a 60-day campaign), and an .mp3 download of the single “Balance”.

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    The above, and an .mp3 download of the album Western Star a full TWO MONTHS before its release on Bandcamp/iTunes/Amazon. Lossless .flac also available.

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    The above, and a physical CD (or cassette, your choice) delivered to your door. Add $4 for shipping
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    DOWNLOAD ONLY: the album Western Star, and a .pdf book of Morning Zephyr sheet music, handwritten in lead sheet format. This book contains all of Western Star, and many other compositions, such as Gravlax, Tervetuloa, and so on.
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    As a gift for the literate musician, add $5 for a vibey, handwritten card containing download codes, mailed anywhere in the world.

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    Physical STUFF: CD or Cassette, and Physical Book of Morning Zephyr Lead Sheets. A perfect gift for the practicing musician in your life. Includes downloads. Add $5 to hipsterly giftwrap, $10 to ship outside the USA.

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    DOWNLOAD ONLY: .mp3 Album, .pdf Book, and access to the
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    Phone Audio Suite library: eight unique sets of ringtones, alarms and notification sounds – mixed one per song from Western Star.

    Files will be streamlined for each: iOS, Android, and Windows phone, and will include detailed instructions on how to customize your phone's audio profile. These phone suites are a Kickstarter exclusive and will never be made publicly available. They are a personal thank-you from the MZ team for your support.
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    Also includes freshly minted download versions of Morning Zephyr's three albums: Proof & Content, Empire Builder, and a re-mixed, beautiful New Advocates.

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    Physical STUFF: CD/Cassette, Book, and custom USB drive containing the Morning Zephyr Phone Audio Suite library and full recorded catalog. Includes downloads. Add $5 to hipsterly giftwrap, $10 to ship outside the USA.

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    DOWNLOAD ONLY: .mp3 album, .pdf book, access to Phone Audio Suite library. AND, after you complete a brief questionnaire on your tastes,
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    Morning Zephyr will compose and record a one-of-a kind phone audio suite JUST FOR YOU. You will sleep happily knowing that NO ONE IN THE WORLD has the same alarm sound, notification tone, or ringtone as you.

    This reward comes with a “Waveform of Authenticity” document stating the originality of the product. Morning Zephyr vows not to publicly release these audio files after their creation. If YOU choose to share, well, that's your business. Specify iOS, Android, or Windows phone.

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    Physical STUFF: CD/Cassette, Book, custom USB drive containing Phone Audio Suite library and ONE-OF-A-KIND phone audio suite, with “Waveform of Authenticity” on heavy acid-free resumé paper. Includes downloads. Add $5 to hipsterly giftwrap, $10 to ship outside the USA.

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    All the above rewards and dedication of the album, credited in the liner notes.

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    All the above rewards and dedication of the book of sheet music, credited on the frontispiece.

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