It's been an incredible ride. It's one thing to fund raise for cancer awareness or some other cause. It's a deeper trip to fund raise for the product of one's heart. Scary and elating does not really describe it, but it's a start.
To have a community that can fund a goal like this is to have a Very Strong Community. Thanks to each and every one of you. My plan now is to pay off Kickstarter (10%), and reward all the rewards coming to all my backers, and pay off the CD manufacturer and etc. I'll use the money that is left (likely about $4,500) to spread the word about this music. My objective is to take this beyond my circle of friends and colleagues, and deeper into the world. You made it possible- I will make it real.
If you want to assist and the campaign has ended, it’s not too late to be a member of the tribe. Please simply contact me directly. marklemairemusic at gmail dot com.
Thank you all!
Two samples from "Equinox, Pieces for Guitar Volume 2"-- and a live video of "Night Voyage". Hope you enjoy!
Here's "Night Voyage," the CD version: with Grammy winning bass player Michael Manring:
And here is "Eusebius' Dream" by 19th century composer Robert Schumann. It was originally a piano piece. Wonder how I got it into just six strings?
"Because” by the Beatles, has always been on my list to turn into a guitar piece. The story goes that John Lennon was inspired by Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” when this popped out.
My last solo guitar CD, "Rubato," is still, after 20 years, on a lot of your CD players and ipods. “Equinox”, like "Rubato", will fit into people's lives in many ways. But first, they have to be aware of it. Nowadays, if a tree falls in the woods and no one hears about it on the web and the media, the tree never actually fell.
So let’s get this music to the people who love it, but don't yet know it exists. I am raising money from now to June 15th. If we don’t make the goal by June 15, the campaign collapses, your credit card is NOT charged anything, and few people will know about this beautiful music.
I had no idea if I was truly creating something worthwhile until I gave advance copies to a few trusted friends—fanatics for “Rubato”. My test listeners have been--well, waxing poetic over "Equinox".
Check the “Rewards” column out, and you will see tempting gifts on each level. But the real support you are pledging is to the greater world! Consider supporting beauty!
But now, back to the boring subject of finances...
"Hey, that's a lot of money. Where does it all go, anyway?"
An excellent question! Here’s a picture.
While many Kickstarter campaigns to fund a CD are trying to raise $25,000-$35,000 and more, this CD is already recorded, mixed and polished to a golden glow, as opposed to just being an as-yet-unrealized creative idea. We're only raising enough money for CD production and an awareness campaign. Audiences, and backers like you will not have to wait years to receive your thank you gifts, and have the music in hand. It will be more like a couple of months!
Please become a part of this project! You will be deeply appreciated.
Risks and challenges
Kickstarters’s template insists we put a “Risks and Challenges” box here. And here is the thing: The only ‘challenge’ is raising money, and the ‘risk’ is in not getting to our goal.
I’ve decided it is key to bring “Equinox” to the internet, even though there is NO money in doing so. Putting “Equinox” on web streaming services brings it to everyone (my goal here), but streaming services pay functionally nothing to the artist. So that’s what this campaign is for.
A personal note: I don’t know about you, but I find it damn hard to ask for money. I was twisting in the wind over putting on this campaign at all, when one backer (of our last CD in 2012) told me: “Don't feel bad asking people for money. Politicians do it all the time, and they don't even deserve it! Most of them have never made one beautiful thing in their life.”
You can be part of a beautiful thing. Please come on board!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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