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A Taste of Happiness. A new CD of evocative genre defiant songs written and sung in the inimitable voice of Aussie singer Lisa Richards

My Name is Lisa Richards. I am a singer and songwriter. Watch the video for the 3 minute version of this! All the pledges are processed through Amazon.com so if you have an Amazon account already it is super easy and totally Legit!! If you don't have one already it is easy to get one..so READ ON!!!

I am in the middle of recording CD number 5. It's been a few years since I put a CD out and I have been incubating this one for a while.

This new batch of songs are vignettes inspired by novels, movies and life’s certainties and uncertainties... There are love songs, death songs, euphoric songs and redemption songs. I call what I do "Folk Art".

My last CD "Mad Mad Love' was downloaded 70,000 times on a website called Frostwire, Of course I didn't make one dime from this, but it did tell me that people like my music. It also got me thinking "man if all those music loving folks have given me one little dollar for every album download"......... Yep that could have made quite a few new albums. Ah..I digress

You can hear samples of my previous recorded work at:

www.lisarichardsmusic.com//music.cfm

This new CD has been recorded more or less live. What I mean by that is that me and my fine musician friends drummer Walter Doggett and bass player husband Jeff May sat in one room room in a circle and made some music. (old school style!) This music has been recorded by a wonderful sound engineer. I am now adding a spattering of additional instruments like..trumpet, cello, accordion, garbage can lids.. to texture and color the sound. (this adding of instruments after the initial recording is called overdubbing)

So here's where you come in. Making a CD costs alot of money and getting the money together is always the most stressful part. This fabulous website Kickstarter offers a forum for artists to put their projects out in the world and have them funded, and that is why I am here. I need a 'kick finish' to get my CD completed and out into the world.

So I have come up with a bunch of enticing rewards for you music and art loving folks to encourage you be a part of this project.

What will I do with the money? Mixing and mastering the CD will cost at least $2000 (translates to spiffing up the sound to get all the sound levels uniform and the EQ happening and yes this is a separate step to actually mixing the CD.)

The CD graphics, cover design and manufacture of the CD for a first run, will take up $2000.

Paying the musicians who have been involved thus far as a labour of love - about $2000.

Once I make the CD there will be the costs of promotion and touring....you get the picture.

"But wait, this girl can't do math" I hear you say "Those numbers add up to $6000 not the $4000 goal amount" Well, the thing is , the way this kickstarter works is, if I don't raise my entire goal, I don't get any of the money...'it's all or nothing at all", so I am being conservative with my numbers. $4000 will be a great, great help and will mean I don't have to go into as much debt to make the CD. We have 40 days to raise $4000!

I can raise more money than my goal, and spend it on this project, but not less. Your card is only charged if I reach my pledge goal by the deadline date.

The CD will be manufactured and ready to roll in early May, you won't have to wait long to see the fruits of your pledges! I will be updating this site with video and pics as the process unfolds!

Any one, anywhere in the world can trade some of their money for one of the fabulous rewards on the right hand side of the page and every little bit helps folks!

Thanks Lisa Richards

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    A Digital download card of my previous CD release Mad Mad Love. You can use it or gift it to someone else.

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    One signed, sealed and delivered copy of my new CD before anyone else gets to hear it. Please add $5.00 for overseas postage

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    A signed copy of the CD and a full color special edition poster signed by me and my trusty musician compadre partners in crime Wally Doggett (Drums )and Jeff May (Bass)

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    A signed CD, a full color special edition poster signed by myself, Wally Doggett and Jeff May and a Digital download card of each my previous CD’s “Mad Mad Love” and “Not Quite so low” ( If you already have my previous CD’s, you can gift them to anyone you want)

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    A signed CD, and a signed special edition poster, and a 30 minute skype face to face or old fashioned telephone Question and Answer session with me.

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    A signed CD, and signed special edition poster, and a face to face skype conversation with me where we can talk about how I approach the songwriting process and how the songs on this CD came about. I can play you something I have in process. It will be fun.

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    Be the inspiration for a song!! A question and Answer session where I ask you a bunch of questions and then write a song based on your answers. I can send you the song in mp3 or play it live for you via skype.

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    A 3 session acupuncture gift certificate at South Austin Community Acupuncture courtesy of Walter Doggett and a signed copy of the new CD with your name in the liner notes. You can gift this gift to anyone you like.

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    A signed CD, signed poster, and a 2 hour songwriting session in person or on skype where we can write a song together.

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    A signed CD, signed poster, your name in the CD liner notes and a 45 minute solo concert including a question and answer session. I can do this concert locally in the flesh, I can do the concert anywhere in the world via skype, I may be able to do it in person in NYC or the east coast of Australia between Brisbane and Melbourne if we can time it well and you can be flexible on the date.

Funding period

- (40 days)