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By Mikey Jay
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About

Śrī Īśopaniṣad is a yoga text deeply appreciated by a wide range of people including yoga practitioners, scholars, and followers of Hinduism and Vedic spirituality. Its timeless wisdom covers a wide spectrum of philosophy, spirituality, metaphysics and yoga that can be practically applicable to anyone, no matter what their philosophical persuasion. It provides a great guide to living peacefully in this world.

I am working on an album to bring this timeless wisdom into the language of modern poetry and music, and I'd like you to be a part of it. Each mantra will be turned into an individual song, resulting in a total of 19 songs. The lyrics will be very closely based on the commentary by the renowned bhakti yoga teacher Śrīla Prabhupāda.

I have had the vision for this album for a while and now I am ready to dedicate my full time to it. By including others in this musical journey, we can provide a much better product to the world than I could by myself.

This project is in its infancy and you can see/hear the first two mantras below.

This will be an eclectic album featuring a range of styles, all infused with Hip-hop vibes. Many of these songs will also be turned into attractive music videos so we can reach a wider audience with the valuable message of Śrī Īśopaniṣad.

I'm a strong believer in do-it-ourselves projects and Kickstarter affords us the opportunity to do just that. You can see my previous work and progression as an artist on my website. I have also studied this text deeply for years and I think in the right hands it can improve a variety of problematic situations we currently face, from ecological to economical. This is going to be my best art yet and with your help we can bring it to an even higher level than I could by myself.

The funds will be used for equipment to create and record the album (I'm pushing my computer to its limits at the moment), and production costs (the music itself, printing CDs, video production, etc). We already have much of the equipment needed, hence the relatively low budget (compared to most albums these days). I would like to release this album as a free download so that its message can reach those without resources.  

There are a variety of rewards for your support of this project and I have tried to keep the price of each reward relatively low so more people can get involved. If we aren't successful in raising the total funds, I won't receive anything and you will lose nothing. If we exceed the goal then the album will be that much better. Your card will not be charged until I reach my funding goal.

I only have 30 days to reach my goal. So, if you're interested in hearing this album, please help in any way you can, and be sure to spread the word to your friends, family, and everyone you know through Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Emails, Phone Calls, Text Messages, and by Word of Mouth.

Aside from the Kickstarter funds, I am also looking for talented artists who see the value in this project and would like to get involved. If you are able to help in the mixing/production this would be greatly appreciated, even if only for one song. Similarly, if you sing nicely and are interested in singing one of the mantra choruses, kindly get in touch and we'll see if we can work together. By including more personalities, we can deliver this message in an even more attractive way. Of course we want the best quality possible, but all offered help is greatly appreciated.

Please share this project with anybody you know who might be interested.  Let's make it happen.

Risks and challenges

My aim is to release the album in November 2013. Until then I will be working full time on this project. However, there is always a possibility the release date may be delayed. If we are able to link up with talented collaborators then the recording/production process may take a little longer due to the logistics of working with more people (especially when they are spread around the globe). Although this could delay the project release date, the end result will be even better and so will be worth it.

In this event, I will send all those who are set to receive the physical album a digital sample of all the songs that were finished during the release month (and of course the physical album once completed). Other pledgers will receive a sample of 3 digital songs until the album is complete. We will keep you updated on the progress until we release the album.

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    Pledge £1 or more About $1.53

    A personal thank you for your support and your name listed on my website as an official contributor to the album. Pounds/dollars add up so I am thankful for everything received.

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    A digital download of the completed album (19 songs) 1 month before the public release. Plus 2 bonus tracks not available for download publicly.

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    A personalized video thank you message (including some poetry written just for you). Plus the digital download.

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    A limited edition Mikey Jay 108 Sri Isopanisad T-shirt.* Plus the digital download (* If outside the UK then there is also a small fee to help cover shipping costs).

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    A limited edition physical copy of the CD (19 songs) in a beautifully designed eco digipack.

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    Pledge £30 or more About $46

    Combo pack: All of the above

    - A limited edition physical copy of the CD (19 songs) in a beautifully designed eco digipack.

    - A limited edition Mikey Jay 108 Sri Isopanisad T-shirt. Plus the digital download.

    - A personalized video thank you message (including some poetry written just for you).

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    Pledge £108 or more About $165

    You can choose your favorite song to be turned into a music video. If yours has already been chosen to be made into a video then you can choose your next favorite song. Your name will also be included at the end of the video with a thank you message. This reward includes the combo pack.

    *Please note, the time to make the video may be delayed beyond the estimated delivery date, depending on the complexity of the videos. But it will be completed by the end of 2014. Videos will be made on a first pledge first video basis.

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    Pledge £500 or more About $764

    I plan to tour Europe in 2014 and elsewhere beyond that (India, Asia, Americas). I will visit you and perform a concert at your home or wherever you would like. You can either wait until I am near your neck of the woods (and I'll visit myself) or choose to also pay my travel fees and I'll come whenever you like (bar extreme circumstances).

    This reward also includes the combo pack above.

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About $1,528

    Your Gift to the World:
    I will create an extra 5 music videos for the album (beyond the 3 already chosen). You can choose which songs will become videos. You will also have your name mentioned at the end of the music videos as a thank you for making them possible. If circumstances allow then you can also star in one of the music videos. Also includes the combo pack and live performance reward.

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    Pledge £4,000 or more About $6,111

    Your gift to the Kickstarter backers. As a thank you for guaranteeing our reaching the target, I will create an interactive DVD with all of the songs and music videos of the album included. Every Kickstarter backer will receive this as a bonus reward and you will be credited for making it happen. Also includes the combo pack and live performance reward.

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Funding period

- (30 days)