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Music + children + nature = Melody Garden! This interactive children's folk album celebrates the beautiful sounds of nature!
125 backers pledged $4,741 to help bring this project to life.

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Hi! I'm Rebecca!

I am an ~outdoor~ children's musician, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist in the beautiful upstate of SC!  I am so excited to be recording my debut full-length album of original songs to inspire our children to put down their devices and listen to nature's orchestra! I write interactive folk music for children (and their parents!)... play them outside~ and MAGIC happens!  

I am a lifelong musician, and I have been writing nature songs for children since my 6 year old daughter, Lily, was born. I now have a beautiful and fun collection of songs inspired by nature~ sparked by the curiosity and magic of children. 

My style of playing ukulele and banjo is clawhammer~ an old-fashioned and happy Appalachian way of playing!  I ~so~ hope you enjoy this unique style!   

Here's a sample of clawhammer that will be on the album!  Spring Song! 

 

 

Where is the money going?

All of the money pledged will be used to produce the album. I have started recording the songs with the very talented BJ Callahan of FNKY Music Studios in Seneca, SC, and together we are bringing this album to life!  You can look forward to LOTS of strings!~ guitar, banjo, ukulele, violin, mandolin, dulcimer, and various percussion with amazingly talented musicians! 

About half of the money will be spent on actually recording the songs. There will be about 15!  I will also need to professionally master the album (this means make it sound amazing and radio-ready), get the actual CD's pressed and printed, and get the digital downloads of the album distributed through popular streaming avenues (Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, etc). 

Why does it cost a billion dollars to make an album? People! Lots of people are behind it all!  And I have to pay them. :)  I'm not keeping a single penny of this money.  It is my heart's intention to share my music~ and that's IT. For now <3  I'm so excited to see where this goes... and it *feels* kinda big, to me. (thanks to YOU)

This is the bare minimum that I need to make the album and get it to the world.  Can you help me get these songs filled with hope, happiness, and love into the children that really need it???

The more money pledged, the more amazing this album will become!  It is a community effort, and I simply cannot do it without you!  <3 

Check out all the amazing REWARDS you and your children can get for pledging!!!!!  

Why Am I Doing This?

My childhood was filled with time spent outdoors and singing songs. But when I look around, I don't see children doing this as much. Maybe screens are to blame. Maybe this love of nature is being lost along the way. Maybe they need a little more inspiration from us (the grown-ups). 

When is the last time you truly listened to the song of the robin? Or really listened to the leaves blowing all around you?  I believe nature is singing TO us and WITH us! And we really need to listen~ before it's too late. The children are the seeds to grow a garden of appreciation for our planet. This collection of songs is all about celebrating LIFE through music!  They are true love songs~ and they are for children of ALL ages (that means you)!   Here's a sample of All Those Mamas~ 

I feel like if I don't share my music with you that I'll pop!  It's my life's work! I truly hope that these songs inspire you and your children to climb a tree and dance and ~sing~!  

 Thank you for all your support, inspiration, and amazingness!  ~Rebecca

Risks and challenges

I guess the only risks involved are the expected delivery dates~ I might deliver later than expected if we run into technical issues?! Not many risks in kid's music ;)

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    Full Digital Download of Melody Garden!

    You and your child will receive a digital download of the entire Melody Garden album and a big, heart-felt thank you!

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    A CD copy of the Melody Garden album!

    You and your child will receive a CD copy of the Melody Garden album, and big, heart-felt thank you!!!

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    A signed CD copy & digital download!

    You and your child will receive a signed CD copy of the Melody Garden album, a digital download, and a handwritten note from the heart!

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    Share the Love!

    You and your child will receive TWO signed CD copies of the Melody Garden album, a digital download, and two handwritten notes from the heart ~ share the musical love with a friend!

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    Sing-Along Songbook!

    You and your child will receive a Sing-Along Songbook handwritten and designed by Rebecca! It also features artwork by nature-loving children! You will also receive a signed CD copy of the Melody Garden album, a digital download, and a handwritten note from the heart!

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    Children's Music Kit!

    Your child will receive a musical instrument kit handpicked by Rebecca! Items may include shakers, kazoo, movement scarves, and much more! Plus, you will receive a signed CD copy of Melody Garden, a digital download, the Sing-Along Songbook and a handwritten note from the heart!

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    A song written just for YOU!

    Rebecca will write you a personalized song for your child, yourself, or loved one! It will be recorded just for you on a special CD and also digital mp3 copy. This is such a special keepsake. You will also receive all the other goodies~ a signed CD copy of the Melody Garden album, a digital album download, the sing-along songbook, and a handwritten note from the heart!

    (Note: the personalized song will not arrive at the exact time of the album release!)

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    Performance Party!

    You will get a performance party for your child or school or organization! Rebecca will come to you for a fun 30-45 min interactive concert party! Kids will be able to play a variety of instruments. Location must be within 45 min of Clemson, SC. What a special party we will have!!! Plus, you'll get all the other goodies~ a signed CD copy of the Melody Garden album, a digital download, and a handwritten note from the heart!

    (Note: the performance party will not occur at the exact time as album release! We will need to agree upon a date!)

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    Music to charities!

    25 (twenty-five!) CD's will be mailed to children's charities in your honor, or your organization's honor! Spread the musical love!!!

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    Everything!

    If you pledge $1000, you will completely change Rebecca's life. You will receive EVERYTHING mentioned in the previous rewards, and Rebecca will be so incredibly grateful!!!

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