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After years in education, I've decided I've got to make music or die trying. This is my first solo album. Lyrical jazz/soul stuff.
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A few years ago, my life took a turn away from music.  I thought it would be sensible to give up that dream and concentrate exclusively on teaching... I got a degree and a nice job that paid the bills and everything.  

But recently, as I've begun to write and practice again, I've realized just how important music really is to me.  This album--a burst of productivity after a few years of silence--symbolizes my happy return to the philosophy that life is short, and I've got to spend mine making music.

This is a passion project.  I've got a bunch of brand new songs, and I'm getting some of the best musicians in town to play them, including a string quartet and a horn section!  It's a bit of a departure from the rock-based projects I've been part of... this is more piano-centered jazz songwriter type stuff.  I really think you'll love it.

Anyway, even passion projects require funding.  So, here's how that $5,500 breaks down:

$2500 - The good news is, the bulk of it will go straight to the musicians.  Strings, horns, etc.  

$1500 - Mixing

$500 - Mastering

$1000 - Design and printing

I’d like to thank all of you who have supported me through the years, and who invest in any artist! It’s people like you, the patrons of the world, who keep great art alive, and I really am eternally grateful for that. Let’s make this happen!

Risks and challenges

Tons of little things are bound to go wrong. They always do. But overall, there aren't enough O's in smooth to adequately represent how this record is going to go.

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    - Early downloadable release of a new single.
    - A personal thank-you phone call.

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    All of the above, PLUS:
    - Early download of the entire album.

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    - A good ol' fashioned hard copy of the CD, signed by yours truly.

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    All of the above, PLUS:
    - Your name in the album credits!
    - A signed poster.

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    All of the above, PLUS:
    - Two tickets to a show
    - Complete Works Package, including a BUNCH of music:
    ..."True Love and Other Filthy Lies" Album
    ..."King Lear: a musical Shakespeariment in Five Acts" CD
    ...The Wind & Rain's wonderful unreleased Children's Album!
    ...Funny demos and outtakes

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    All of the above, PLUS:
    - Original lyric sheets/ manuscripts, signed.
    - A recorded cover song of YOUR choosing, be it Beyonce or "The 12 Days of Christmas" (but please not "The 12 Days of Christmas").

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    All of the above, PLUS:
    - 3 Personal music theory/songwriting lessons (I used to be a teacher, hey!).
    - Oooh, I like this one: I will record the audiobook of your choice!! "Green Eggs and Ham"? absolutely. The Communist Manifesto? You got it. "Moby Dick?" Hey, $500 is a lot of money.

    (No propaganda, no Hegel. And let's try to keep it under, like, 500 pages, shall we?)

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    All of the above, PLUS:
    - A private live show! Let me know where you live and we'll work something out! I take requests.
    - I will also write an ORIGINAL SONG about the subject of your choosing. Could be about you, or your dog, or your favorite sandwich, or Bernie Sanders. Anything!

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    Holy smoke, 2 grand?

    All of the above, of course. And then come on by the studio and play tambourine on the album. Or sing some backup vocals.

    Or, if you don't live in L.A., and you really, REALLY, wanna give me that much money, we can work something else out...

    ...that sounded suggestive. What I meant is, like, I can officially dedicate the album to you, or make you dinner or something. I mean, 2 grand? Holy smoke. Really whatever you want.

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