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I've been an independent artist for 7 years and I'm releasing my third full-length album,
I've been an independent artist for 7 years and I'm releasing my third full-length album,
297 backers pledged $15,836 to help bring this project to life.

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Hello! 

My name is Mark Lavengood <3 I am a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter. I am most know for my eccentricities and my slide guitar work. I have been touring full-time with Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys and the Mark Lavengood Bluegrass Bonanza for the last 6 years while independently releasing my own music. I want to do keep doing that.

In 2010 I released my first full-length album, From Dust to Steel and with your help, I would like to release my third album!

"We've Come Along" by Mark Lavengood

ALBUM TEASER

In this life, we take on many roles. I, for one, am a father. I am a performer. I am an artist. I am a creator. I am an entrepreneur. I am a leader. I am a follower. I am a fanatic. I am a lover of music. 

Baby Louie and Papa Bear
Baby Louie and Papa Bear

 We can be so many "things," do so many, "things" - but what is it that moves you, (me)? I once wrote this down, and I'm certain I read it somewhere or heard it whispered from beyond the void, "Go within and seek about." Seek about with a fire and fervor that's yet to be attained! That is what this album is for me. Years of hard work, dedication, art in motion, a catch and release. You can't hold on to anything forever. And like our most brightest thoughts, these songs and ideas are fleeting as quickly as they are being formed. These songs and this album has been a love labor transcended through various shapes and forms ever since I started writing the material (some of which, way back in 2009)! 

"We've Come Along" Vinyl Artwork
"We've Come Along" Vinyl Artwork

 

And now it's here, in various shapes and forms. Soundscapes, artwork, and apparel, oh my!

Say "hey" to the band:

MLBB
MLBB

 I have invested so much of my life, time, energy, and income to bring this album to life, and now I'm ready to let it go. I'm ready for it to be picked up by the wind and placed into some listeners ears to inspire fascination! And YOU can help bring it to fruition!

The total album costs came to $13,131. This includes renting the studios, paying the musicians, the videographers, the recording and mastering engineers, and the artists for their artwork and contributions, publicity, and production and delivery of rewards, I originally budgeted an extra $2,000 for added release-centric publicity (which is a pretty modest budget for the services rendered), but am choosing to keep it at $13,131 and if we make it past $15,131, terrific!!!

Baseball 3/4 Shirt
Baseball 3/4 Shirt

 

We've Come Along Tank Top
We've Come Along Tank Top

 

We've Come Along Tee
We've Come Along Tee

 

Sticker
Sticker

 

Coffee Mug by Heffrey
Coffee Mug by Heffrey

 

If you have any other questions about the project, my music, or album release dates, visit www.MarkLavengood.com! THANK YOU FROM THE PROFUNDITY OF MY BEING! This could not happen without you! 

Indebted forevermore...

<3 Mark Lavengood

THANKS FOR LISTENING!
THANKS FOR LISTENING!

 

Risks and challenges

Reaching enough of my music community supporters to make sure they are aware of the campaign is one of the main challenges with my project. To combat this, I am going to enact a sound social media campaign for the pre-release that is heavy of creative content creation focused around promoting the album and the ways people can help support the effort!

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    Music Lesson

    I'll give you (or someone you or I choose) a music lesson! Instruments offered are dobro, slide guitar, acoustic guitar, percussion, songwriting, and basic bass and mandolin. This package includes "We've Come Along" digital download: music, album artwork, lyrics, and credits.

    I can also do this in person, but logistics can become difficult.

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    Palindromic Package

    This is the complete care package. A CD, vinyl, digital downloads, screen print, sticker, tee/tank/OR long sleeve, and a 60 minute music lesson (for you, or to be "played forward" to a person of your choosing, or mine if you prefer.

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    Inspire Me!

    I will go into a school or company and give a motivational speech to staff, a classroom or assembly style! Topics focused can be hashed out through conversations, but will including being the best you, learning how to become inspired, and anything else we can think of!

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    Oahu Slide Guitar

    I'm selling my vintage Oahu acoustic squareneck slide guitar. Perfect for any aspiring slide player and it doubles as a fabulous living room piece! Looks great, plays great.

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    I'll come and play at your house for you and your friends and the local music community! Repertoire will absolutely include all the deep tracks from "We've Come Along."

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    Jingle All the Way!

    That's right! Whether you're a thriving corporate entity with tons of subsidiaries, an up and coming small business, a school, a sports team, a restaurant, or Menards, I'll write you a personalized jingle for you to use for private or public promotional purposes!

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    I'm selling my Parlor sized, Metal Body Republic Resonator Guitar. She's a beauty and has slide sustain for DAYS!

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    Book MLBB for a show!

    I'll bring the band and we'll come and play all the hits from "We've Come Along," and then some!

    Contingent on variables that can fluctuate. We'll need time to get a working date, and possibly some extra gas $$, but one thing's clear, we can work it out!

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    I'm selling my upright bass. It's a good beginner to intermediate bass that's been set up by Aaron Riley at the Guarneri House in Grand Rapids, MI. This item is for pick up only. Includes "We've Come Along" CD and a 60 minute bass lesson.

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    Underwrite the Arts!

    If you are financially secure and want to help build an artist's career, which will, in turn, enrich the local Grand Rapids and regional Michigan/American communities, then this is your reward tier!

    We can find out as many ways possible for me to barter this out. For example, perhaps you are a board member on a local, community organization...I could work out weekly group music lessons for a season, do one on one mentoring sessions, etc. This reward also comes with the $131 tier "Palindrome Package" including CD, vinyl, digital downloads, screen print, sticker, tee/tank/OR long sleeve, and a 60 minute music lesson (for you, or to be "played forward" to a person of your choosing, or mine if you prefer.

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