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WATCH OUR NEW PHASE 2 KICKSTARTER VIDEO featuring BRIAN KOPPELMAN (writer of Rounders, Ocean's Thirteen, and more).
WATCH OUR NEW PHASE 2 KICKSTARTER VIDEO featuring BRIAN KOPPELMAN (writer of Rounders, Ocean's Thirteen, and more).
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Michael will go into the studio in spring 2015 to record his TENTH official studio release, as well as The Westies 2nd album. 

AMAZING...
UNBELIEVABLE...
ASTOUNDING...
OVERWHELMING...
CRAZE BALLS ...

Those are just a few of the superlatives that come to mind when i think about this Kickstarter campaign… Your support/belief has now put us in a position to dream even further.

When i did my first record 620 West Surf we spent…. 225,000 dollars making the record 75,000 dollars making the video 175,000 dollars in promotion 80,000 dollars in PR 60,000 dollars in tour support 75 grand in advertising. That comes to 690 thousand dollars…now that was a different time….although the most successful of bands still live in that world…..

A friend of mine brought this to my attention when he went to the Kickstarter and saw we reached our goal and thought…..great, he made it….nothing more to do…au contraire mon frere… there are many miles to go …..much to do….many walls to climb.

So much of the challenge is not getting a record made…..but it is getting a record HEARD… 35k is how we will complete 2 full albums…..the recording, the mixing and mastering and ready for the world… We got there…..and that in and of itself is AMAZING…..

Somebody just last night said…..”why aren’t you more popular?” and i guess the answer is…..this is why….for every singer you hear or see on TV….a substantial amount of money and effort went into them being there. the money it costs for PR, Promotion, Advertising is what separates the men from the boys….

Here is what it would cost to fuel this thing up, step to the plate and be given a real chance to swing the bat 6,000 for 3 month campaign at radio… 16,000 for a 4 month (minimum ) PR campaign which would bring our grand total to 57,000.

I had thought of going for 50,000 but it just seemed too lofty a goal. but when we passed 40, i thought, maybe i had underestimated our gang.

It's a marathon, it's not a sprint….. Phase 2 is indeed just as critical as Phase 1...  Thank you for letting me dream…….this sure is one beautiful dream!

xo  

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ORIGINAL PHASE 1 KICKSTARTER VIDEO

To All My Friends: Loyalists, Paupers, Priestesses, Nobles, McDerelicts, Brothers, Sisters, Sirens, Vagabonds, Cowboys, Indians, Coppers, Outlaws, Gay, Straight, Hetero, Metro, Suburban, Urban, Republican, Democrat, Faithful and Faithless, Fortunate and Destitute, Afflicted and Recovered, Wounded and The Warrior .....  

The fact of the matter.....
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As we all now know, it has become increasingly evident that it is the responsibility of the artist to raise their head, raise their hope, raise their hands and raise the funds needed to make their art.  

And as the support of art and the artist has grown increasingly dire..... it is with this landscape that brings me to you, to humbly ask for your assistance....  

I come to you to give you my testimony.....   

So many miles.... 
So many songs... 
So many drunken nights wondering what went wrong 
So many times nearly tasting the lips of glory
So much screaming into a deafening night, wanting to shake the heavens from their slumber and beg for mercy. 
Brushing up against triumph, so close. you could smell the sweetness of its hunger..... 
Having peace, whisper its lullaby into my ears, only to wake to the cacophony of my cowardice 
Dragging myself from the grips of my depression, addiction and suicidal daydreams to turn my life upside down... 
To live sober 
To face fears instead of fleeing from them 
To choose life instead of death 
To choose hope instead of self pity 
To sing with my eyes open instead of always closed 
To converse with people with clarity instead of masking myself in chemicals... 
To truly listen, instead of thinking about what to say next.....

I still believe I have much work to do.
I still believe in the wonder of such work
I have never been as driven as I am today in fulfilling that obligation
I have never felt more focused and committed 
I have never felt more artistically alive
I have never felt as connected to the mystical process that is my vocation
I have never felt such an urgency to seeing this through.

This promise.......is to stretch two canvases across the night sky and paint until my hands blister, until my back aches under the stress and weight, and until my eyes are dry from not wanting to blink in fear of missing something and from the salt of tears that came at witnessing the heartbreaking scaffold, reveal to me, and bring into focus and into clarity- the work of my life.

Two canvases. Two records. 

It will define my life's work.....
It will define my life as an artist.... 
It will define me....

Hallelujah!!! I'm overjoyed..... 

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    BOBBY BOULEVARD LEVEL Two tickets and backstage passes to hang and nosh with the band before any City Winery show, and get a shout out from the stage to be recognized publicly for your support! PLUS Executive Producer Credit PLUS Handwritten lyrics of your choice on a poster PLUS Hard Copy of BOTH CDs (signed) AND Hard Copy of the Limited Edition Covers CD PLUS Download of BOTH albums before release! PLUS Shout out to you on FB and Twitter!

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