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It's been a wonderful, exhausting, beautiful month. Thanks to each and every backer who joined the community.
It's been a wonderful, exhausting, beautiful month. Thanks to each and every backer who joined the community.
It's been a wonderful, exhausting, beautiful month. Thanks to each and every backer who joined the community.
122 backers pledged $7,700 to help bring this project to life.

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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!

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    SEASHELL- welcome aboard!

    Each and every pledge is appreciated. My sincere thanks for showing your love by supporting this music!

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    LIFEBOAT- free download

    Thanks for getting involved! For your pledge, you have my sincere thank you-- and a digital download of "Equinox" for your ipad, iphone, or other playback device.

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    ABLE BODIED SEAMAN- receive the physical Equinox CD!

    Yay! You will be getting the real, physical CD package of "Equinox" featuring the photographs of Neil Hulme, as well as the digital download.

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    BOATSWAIN- Equinox and Rubato

    Thank you, thank you! You are making a real difference. Your pledge goes towards musician fees and CD production.

    You'll receive A CD copy of "Rubato, Pieces for Guitar," the project that started it all, as well as "Equinox" as a download and in CD form.

    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: The first ten backers at this level get "Head of the Line" shipping. You'll get your rewards 20 days before other backers!

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    CHIEF STEWARD- the full set

    YOU deserve a tremendous hug! Your pledge goes towards CD production--not cheap. Instead of just Rubato and Equinox, you'll receive a FULL, bundled set of the FOUR Mark Lemaire CDs, including "Rubato" (1995), "Practice Makes Perfect" (2009), and "Home Isn't Home" with Cindy Lemaire on vocals (2013) and, of course, the new Equinox CD.

    Or you can opt instead for FOUR copies of "Equinox" to distribute to friends and family.

    Equinox will be personally signed to you (or a loved one) by me. Plus all the other rewards as well. Really appreciated!

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    CHIEF ENGINEER- the full set PLUS

    Wow! I am so grateful--you have no idea. My job as a creator is to help spread the word--and now you are helping in a big way. Your pledge goes towards awareness campaigns that will be placed on the web and in print media.

    For supporting the project at this level, you will receive all the above rewards, PLUS a color 11X17" poster of the "Equinox" cover- with the beautiful photo by Neil Hulme of the old boat, or a lovely Equinox V-neck T-shirt (in your size), and a handwritten letter of thanks.

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    SECOND MATE-- all the above, plus Skype

    You are now a true patron of the arts! Your pledge finances printing of about 150 CD packages, and also internet awareness ads on Google!

    And along with the rewards other backers receive, please accept a ONE HOUR Skype guitar lesson (or songwriting lesson, studio production coaching session, or anything else you'd like: lesson or whatever you want to talk about).

    AND THERE"S MORE: You'll also receive a canvas shopping bag (a really nice heavy one!) with the "Equinox" "Old Boat" Neil Hulme design imprinted on it. It'll likely be holding all your CDs and other rewards!

    and...THANK you!

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    FIRST MATE- I'll cover your song!

    Your pledge will put "Equinox" into the hands of about 100 radio promotion folks in Europe and the US, as well as pay a large portion of CD manufacturing costs.

    At this level, I will cover any song you love! Have you a favorite song that you just wish you could hear me sing? I will set up my fanciest mics and create a Mark Lemaire version of it just for you! (note: please make it a song you can picture me singing...)

    Thank you again!

    BUUUUUUUUUUUT WAIT!

    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: For the first three "First Mate" respondents*, Cindy has the most incredible Bourbon Balls dessert*, with chocolate, nuts, and, yes, bourbon. May we send a batch to you? (US shipping only).

    * The first three, because Cindy tells me they take two hours to make, and must be done in single batches. Woah....

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    CAPTAIN- pilot your own show!

    Beyond the pale! For being so incredible, you will have the benefit of all the above rewards, (CD's, shopping bag, T shirt or poster... yada yada), and the Skype session and song cover, but beyond that...

    We will create a CUSTOM house concert for you and your friends (a Mark and Cindy show or, of course, a Mark Lemaire "Equinox" style solo concert)*. Custom means YOU make the set list, and we perform it for you. Draw from any of my CDs, and new Mark Lemaire songs that you might love that are not recorded yet. (you can combine this with "First Mate" and I'll play the song you requested I learn).

    Thank you so much!

    *(within 125 miles, or when we are within 125 miles of you on tour)

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