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Of all the rum joints in all the islands in all the tropics...you can help me create mine on this album.
Of all the rum joints in all the islands in all the tropics...you can help me create mine on this album.
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Hi! I’m Loren Davidson – “Escape Artist.” My musical art is about helping people escape from whatever’s got them stressed. I help them remember that there’s a world out there beyond the cubicle, beyond the traffic jam and long lines, where the sun is shining and the weather is warm and lovely. It might not seem like much, but I think it helps keep folks from getting too tightly wound. Tightly-wound people are the ones that make headlines.

I’m currently working on my fifth album, titled “Of All the Rum Joints…” It will have 13 songs, 11 of them written by me over the last couple of years and two covers of other people’s songs, done in my own particular way.

To take this project from a bunch of rough ideas to a finished, professional-sounding reality, I’m working once again with producer Kevin Johnston of Orca Sound in Maryland. His work on my last album, “Island Standard Time,” helped me attract lots of new listeners and friends, and helped the album and one of the songs on it make several “best of” lists. Together, we’ve agreed that we want to do even better this time.

Here are the stories behind some of the songs we’re working on this time:

“Looking at You” asks the question, “What if someone like Rick Blaine from the movie Casablanca realized that getting dumped in Paris was the best thing that ever happened to him?” The resulting song is equal parts “Margaritaville” and “How Do You Like Me Now,” with a hint of Casablanca.

“Voodoo Lounge” goes down to New Orleans, and a secret, seedy bar at the crossroads. It’s a whole new vibe for me.

“Pontiac Motel” looks at being "job-free" from a different perspective - not the version where you're lying on a beach all day; the version where you're spending your days on a street corner and your nights in the back of your car.

 “One More Rum” explores and debunks one of the Greatest Lies in the World: “C’mon; we’re just gonna have one more round, then we'll go home.”

I've written about all of the songs for the album in my blog. Check it out!

 If you’ve never helped make an album before, you should know that creating all of this costs money. I have to pay for studio time, musicians’ time and talent, the duplicating cost for all those CDs, money to help promote the album, and of course money to help support ongoing, valuable research into exotic, relaxing locales and refreshing adult beverages. If you’ll help me get the album done, I promise to pay for the research myself.

I’ve self-financed all of my previous albums. I’m coming to Kickstarter this time because I know that this time I want to get this music to reach further than I have in the past, and your support will help me do that.

The rules for Kickstarter are simple: Unless and until I meet my goal, you don’t get charged for your pledge. If I reach or surpass my goal, you will be charged for the amount of your pledge, and I will happily deliver the items I’ve promised when they're ready for you.

Supporting this album might not cure the common cold or bring about world peace, but I believe that one of the greatest positive things that we can do these days, as society gets more rushed, angrier, and ruder, is to get people to smile, just for a few minutes, and think about taking a day off to lay in the sun with a cold drink handy. It’s not “world peace,” but it is “localized mellow.” And that is in our power to create.

Thank you in advance for your support of this “labor of love” and celebration of many of the good and fun things about life.

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    My thanks for helping make this very cool album happen!

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    My thanks, plus a free single-song download from the finished album.

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    Special "RUM" sticker exclusive to backers pre-release, plus "5:00 Anywhere" and "Pirate Nation (R)" stickers, plus a free single-song download when the album is released.

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    Pre-release digital download of the entire "Of All the Rum Joints..." album in MP3 format when finished, plus the above stickers.

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    Autographed, numbered CD of "Of All the Rum Joints..." shipped as soon as I have them, plus the above stickers.

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    All of the above items plus an autographed T-shirt with the album cover on it, and your name listed in a special "Thank you" section on my Website.

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    CDs for your friends!

    Get three autographed CDs for you and whomever else you want to mellow out in your life, plus a set of three stickers (5:00, Pirate Nation, Rum) with each CD. And your name in the "Thank you" page on my Website.

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    All of the above plus a special, autographed, supporters-only "Rough Cuts" CD with the original demo versions of all the original songs on the album. See how things change from beginning to finish!

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    Get one copy each of all five autographed Loren Davidson CDs. Keep them all, or give the ones you already own to your friends. :) Plus all three stickers (5:00, Pirate Nation, Rum), your name listed in the "Thank you" section of my Website, and an extra gift item from my personal stash. :)

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    All of the above plus a personalized YouTube video of me performing any original song on the album, in which I'll dedicate the video to you.

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    The autographed CD, the stickers, the T-shirt, your name on my Website, plus...a private one-hour show and conversation via Skype! You can request the songs you want (if I know them), ask questions about songs, music, or anything else within reason. Date and time will depend on my schedule, but we'll make it happen before the end of the year.

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    Private CD Release Show and Barbecue: You get to join me at my home in the San Francisco Bay Area for a private party, including grilling out on the back deck and a special private show in my home. You also get the stickers, an autographed CD, and an autographed "backer" T-shirt as described elsewhere. Transportation to and from my place and a place to sleep if you're from out of town are your responsibility.

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    A private sailing party in Key West! We've got the use of a 44' catamaran on Wednesday, 10/31, from 9 AM-noon. You and a friend get to join us for a "three-hour cruise" (yes, I know how that sounds), complete with free Bloody Marys and appetizers, and a private show by me (Loren Davidson). You also get two autographed copies of "Of All the Rum Joints" and a souvenir picture with me on the boat. If you're going to be in town for Meeting of the Minds, you can start it out in style!

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    A private sailing party in Key West! We've got the use of a 44' catamaran on Wednesday, 10/31, from 9 AM-noon. You and up to three friends get to join us for a "three-hour cruise" (yes, I know how that sounds), complete with free Bloody Marys and appetizers, and a private show by me (Loren Davidson). You also get four autographed copies of "Of All the Rum Joints" and a souvenir picture with me on the boat. If you're going to be in town for Meeting of the Minds, you can start it out in style! (Note: This is the same cruise as "You and a friend" for $120; you get to bring more friends for this pledge level.)

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    All of the above, plus your name listed in the album liner notes as either "Assistant Producer" or "Deputy Henchperson," whichever you prefer.

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    If you live within a four-hour drive of the Bay Area, I will travel to your home and do a private house concert for you and your friends. You'll get five free copies of "Of All the Rum Joints," the stickers, and one "backer" T-shirt. Date will depend on my schedule, but let's make it happen within a year of the album release.

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    All of the above plus I'll write a song for you, with you as a character in it, and I'll record the song for a YouTube video, dedicated to you.

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    Private House Concert: I'll travel to anyplace in the continental US (no dark alleys, sorry) and do a private house concert for you and your friends. With this, you get five autographed CDs (one for you, four for your friends), accompanying stickers, and one "backer" T-shirt. Date will depend on my scheduling availability, but will happen within a year of the album release.

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