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Help me make an awesome CD for kids and families filled with smart, passionate, fun songs inspired by scientists and their research!

Looks like we're not going to make it! Thank you to everyone who helped spread the word and to all my backers! Your efforts will not go to waste! I will continue to work on finding a way to make this CD! To follow progress please visit my website!

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Science is AWESOME!!

I write songs that convey what I find awesome about science: the questions, the methods, the passion, dedication, and creativity of the people who do it. My inspiration comes from speaking directly with scientists about their latest research projects.

Here's a song from my first science CD to show you what I mean:

Songs From the Science Frontier

In 2010, I ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund Songs From the Science Frontier. The songs for this project came from my Born to Do Science program, a series of live events in which I helped scientists explain their research to 3rd - 8th graders.

The CD was an experiment to see whether kids would appreciate challenging songs about scientific research. Response has been overwhelmingly positive! Kids love it and adults love it even more!

You can get a download of this CD right away with your pledge of $5 or more!

The Current Project

Since then I've written more than enough new songs for a follow-up CD! I'm excited about the new songs and can't wait to get them recorded so you can hear them in their full glory! I have songs about particle physics, the human brain, photosynthesis, the nature of love, and many more fascinating, important topics! I've been performing them in my video blog, to give you an idea what they're like: 

Please Help Me Make Awesome Music for Awesome Science!

I need to hire a producer, studio engineer, and professional musicians to bring these songs to life, so they can go out into the world and help kids connect with science awesomeness! 

Chris Wiser of the nationally renowned children's band the Sugar Free Allstars produced my first science CD. He's on board for this new project as well and I can't wait to work with him to create more funky pop/rock recordings that will appeal to kids and parents alike.

"Fizz Boom Read!" - Connecting With Kids Through Public Libraries

Public libraries throughout the U.S. will be celebrating science with their "Fizz Boom Read" summer programs this year! A perfect fit! I'll include a "Fizz Boom Read" song on my new CD, and you can help supply copies to the libraries for use with their programs!

Your pledge of $30 or more will purchase (in addition to other rewards) two copies of the new CD, one for you, and one for your local public library.

Rewards

I'm excited to offer some really fun rewards this time around! Have me come to your classroom! Dedicate a song to your favorite scientist! Put your kid's voice on the CD itself! Even throw a cream pie in my face! Here's a guide to help you browse. I've grouped your options into easy to grok categories, and referenced each reward with a number to help you find it on the right... 

Don't see the reward you were hoping for? Let me know! I'll consider adding it!

Watch Party

Three years ago we ended my first Kickstarter campaign on my birthday, and my wife Lisa smooshed a chocolate cake in my face live online, as promised to our backers, as a celebration for reaching our goal!

This year we will celebrate with cream pies!

On Friday December 13 from 5-7 Central, please join us online for the watch party to find out whether we reach our goal. If we do, I'll get smooshed with cream pies - possibly one with your name on it! 

One of our rewards is an invitation for two to the party here in Stillwater, Oklahoma. If you can be here in person, you'll get pizza and if we get funded, you may smoosh a cream pie in my face!

If you can't be here in person, you can still purchase a virtual cream pie, then tune in and watch someone else thank you profusely for the opportunity, and smoosh a pie on your behalf!

Stretch Goals

If we reach our $10,000 goal, I'll record a great CD for you with 10 science songs. However, with $15,000 I could deliver an even better CD with a richer more varied sound and two additional songs!!

I'd also love to come to your city to perform! If we raise enough extra cash, I'll visit the cities with the most backers as part of my CD release tour. 

And, as a thank-you for bringing this CD into the world, I'd love to allow you to share it with the world. The more money we raise the more sharing I will enable. 

Specifics below...

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Of course recording a CD is always a challenge, but this is the second time around, with the same crew that recorded Songs From the Science Frontier in 2010. I'll be engaging competent professional studio musicians who work quickly and deliver excellence. We have a detailed budget worked out to make sure we'll have money set aside for fulfilling all orders.

The biggest risk in terms of fulfilling promises is getting CDs out in time for libraries to use them with summer reading programs. Any major unforeseen delay (such as illness) could cause the pre-release delivery date for the CD to be pushed back until after summer.

FAQ

  • Absolutely! I'm actually sending out one code for you and one to gift to a friend, but you can gift them both if you want. I'd much rather see them get used then go to waste! In fact, if you've used up your codes and you still know somebody who ought to pledge to this campaign, and a download code will help you bring them on board, then let me know and I'll send you an extra code to share! Thanks!

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    #1: MUSIC NOW & BACKSTAGE PASS! Monty will reply to your pledge with a personal thanks and download code for the entire 2010 Songs From the Science Frontier CD, giftable to a friend! Yours now, whether we make our funding goal or not! Monty will also post cool stuff for you in backers-only updates throughout the recording process, including song demos and video from the studio.

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    #2: NEW CD DOWNLOAD! Get a pre-pre-release digital download of the new CD. Nobody gets access this early but you and the press! Plus: #1 MUSIC NOW & BACKSTAGE PASS.

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    CYBER MONDAY #1: LIBRARIAN SPECIAL! Get a physical copy of the new CD in time for summer reading, plus get digital downloads of Reading Songs Volumes I & II - more than 25 songs to celebrate reading, books, and libraries! At this price only now through 12/2/13. Plus: #2 NEW CD DOWNLOAD, #1 MUSIC NOW & BACKSTAGE PASS.

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    #3: NEW CD & VOTING RIGHTS! Get a signed and dedicated pre-release copy of the new CD. (For additional copies, add $15 each to your pledge.) You’ll be invited to cast your vote to help Monty choose which songs will go on the CD. Plus: #2 NEW CD DOWNLOAD, #1 MUSIC NOW & BACKSTAGE PASS.

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    #2.5: LIBRARIAN SPECIAL! Get a physical copy of the new CD in time for summer reading, plus get digital downloads of Reading Songs Volumes I & II - more than 25 songs to celebrate reading, books, and libraries! Plus: #2 NEW CD DOWNLOAD, #1 MUSIC NOW & BACKSTAGE PASS.

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    #4: ONE FOR YOU, ONE FOR A LIBRARY! Get a signed and dedicated pre-release copy of the new CD for yourself, plus an additional copy for your local public library to use with their Fizz Boom Read summer program! Plus: #3 VOTING RIGHTS, #2 NEW CD DOWNLOAD, #1 MUSIC NOW & BACKSTAGE PASS.

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    CYBER MONDAY #2: BIRTHDAY GREETINGS VIDEO! Monty will record a special video greeting to your child between Jan 1, 2014 and Dec 31, 2014, to include birthday wishes and a song, posted on YouTube for your eyes only. At this price only now through 12/2/13. Plus: VOTING RIGHTS, #2 NEW CD DOWNLOAD, #1 MUSIC NOW & BACKSTAGE PASS.

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    #5: MULTIPLE FRONTIERS! Get a signed and dedicated matched set - one copy of the 2010 Songs From the Science Frontier CD along with one pre-release copy of the new CD. Plus an additional copy of the new CD for your local public library to use with their Fizz Boom Read summer program. Plus: #3 VOTING RIGHTS, #2 NEW CD DOWNLOAD, #1 MUSIC NOW & BACKSTAGE PASS.

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    5.5: BIRTHDAY GREETINGS VIDEO! Monty will record a special video greeting to your child between Jan 1, 2014 and Dec 31, 2014, to include birthday wishes and a song, posted on YouTube for your eyes only. Plus: VOTING RIGHTS, #2 NEW CD DOWNLOAD, #1 MUSIC NOW & BACKSTAGE PASS.

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    #6: FIZZ BOOM READ! Not interested in a CD for yourself but want to support the project? Get four science CDs you can give to local public libraries for use with their Fizz Boom Read summer programs. (For additional copies, add $15 each to your pledge.) Plus: #3 VOTING RIGHTS, #2 NEW CD DOWNLOAD, #1 MUSIC NOW & BACKSTAGE PASS.

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    #7: VIRTUAL PIE-FACE! On Friday December 13, 5-7 PM Central, we’ll throw a watch party with a live online video feed. If we reach our funding goal, Monty will take some cream pies in the face to celebrate! One of them can be yours! No kidding! Video will go up on YouTube in case you miss it. Plus: #5 MULTIPLE FRONTIERS (two CDs for you, one for your library), #3 VOTING RIGHTS, #2 NEW CD DOWNLOAD, #1 MUSIC NOW & BACKSTAGE PASS.

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    #7.5: DIGITAL FRONTIERS! No need for physical CDs? Get Monty’s entire back catalog in addition to both science CDs in MP3 format - that’s nine titles all together! Includes Jungle Junk!, Imagine That, Take Me to Your Library, The Great Green Squishy Mean Concert CD, Paws Claws Scales and Tales, Get a Clue, and Let’s Get Creative. Plus: VOTING RIGHTS, #2 NEW CD DOWNLOAD, #1 MUSIC NOW & BACKSTAGE PASS.

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    #8: FACE-TO-FACE PIE-FACE + PIZZA! You get an invitation for one adult and one child to attend our watch party on Friday December 13, 5-7 PM Central in Stillwater, OK. If we reach our funding goal, you’ll get to smoosh a cream pie in Monty’s face to help celebrate! No kidding! To add additional people increase your pledge by $35/person. Plus: #5 MULTIPLE FRONTIERS (two CDs for you, one for your library), #3 VOTING RIGHTS, #2 NEW CD DOWNLOAD, #1 MUSIC NOW & BACKSTAGE PASS.

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    #8.5: DIGITAL REMOTE PIE-FACE! Get Monty’s entire catalog in MP3 format, AND see him hit in the face with a pie with your name on it. Includes: #7.5 DIGITAL FRONTIERS, #7 VIRTUAL PIE-FACE, VOTING RIGHTS, #2 NEW CD DOWNLOAD, #1 MUSIC NOW & BACKSTAGE PASS.

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    #9: THE SCIENCE OF SOUND! Monty will visit your 2nd-4th grade classroom, either in person if within 30 miles of Stillwater, OK, or via Skype, to give a presentation on the science of sound, using his guitar to help students discover basic principals about volume and pitch. Includes a copy of the new CD for the classroom. Great gift for your child’s teacher! Plus: #5 MULTIPLE FRONTIERS (two CDs for you, one for your library), #3 VOTING RIGHTS, #2 NEW CD DOWNLOAD, #1 MUSIC NOW & BACKSTAGE PASS.

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    #10: THE SWEETEST SOUND! Your child’s voice will be featured in a small part on one of the songs on the CD! He or she will get credit in the liner notes. You’ll talk on the phone with Monty to determine the part and how to provide it via email. (For ages 5 and up.) (See also: STUDIO VISIT below.) Plus: #5 MULTIPLE FRONTIERS (two CDs for you, one for your library), #3 VOTING RIGHTS, #2 NEW CD DOWNLOAD, #1 MUSIC NOW & BACKSTAGE PASS.

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    #11: LAB ASSISTANT! Your name will be listed on the CD packaging as a major donor and you’ll be invited to join an email discussion group of Monty’s creative advisors for the project. Pledge $200-499 to be listed in the “LAB ASSISTANT” category. Pledge $500-999 to be listed in the “PROFESSOR” category. Pledge $1000 or more to be listed as a “P.H.D.” (Preposterously High Donor). Plus: #5 MULTIPLE FRONTIERS (two CDs for you, one for your library), #3 VOTING RIGHTS, #2 NEW CD DOWNLOAD, #1 MUSIC NOW & BACKSTAGE PASS.

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    #12: STUDIO VISIT! One adult and one child get to hang out with Monty and the gang at the recording studio located in Norman, OK one day in February or March! You can observe the recording process, ask questions, and take all the photos and video you want. Your child’s voice, recorded right in the studio, will be featured in a small part on one of the songs on the CD! He or she will get credit in the liner notes. Add additional children to the same package for $150 each. Add additional adults for $50 each. (Ages 5 and up, adult participation required.) Plus: #11 LAB ASSISTANT, #5 MULTIPLE FRONTIERS (two CDs for you, one for your library), #3 VOTING RIGHTS, #2 NEW CD DOWNLOAD, #1 MUSIC NOW & BACKSTAGE PASS.

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    #13: SONG DEDICATION! You get to select one of the songs for the new CD from Monty’s list of possible titles and give it a 15-word dedication to the person of your choice on the CD packaging. (Message Monty to find out which songs are already dedicated.) Plus: #11 LAB ASSISTANT, #5 MULTIPLE FRONTIERS (two CDs for you, one for your library), #3 VOTING RIGHTS, #2 NEW CD DOWNLOAD, #1 MUSIC NOW & BACKSTAGE PASS.

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    #14: LIVE LOCAL SHOW! Monty will perform a live in-person science songs concert in August or September as part of his CD release tour. Appropriate for schools, libraries, museums, corporate events, festivals, house concerts, etc. Non-smoking venues only. This pledge covers 75 miles travel from Stillwater, OK, including Tulsa, OKC, and Norman. Plus: #11 PROFESSOR, #5 MULTIPLE FRONTIERS (two CDs for you, one for your library), #3 VOTING RIGHTS, #2 NEW CD DOWNLOAD, #1 MUSIC NOW & BACKSTAGE PASS.

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    #15: LIVE REGIONAL SHOW! Monty will perform a live in-person science songs concert in August or September as part of his CD release tour. Appropriate for schools, libraries, museums, corporate events, festivals, house concerts, etc. Non-smoking venues only. This pledge covers 350 miles travel from Stillwater, OK, including Kansas City, Dallas, Amarillo, Joplin, Fayetteville. Plus: #11 PROFESSOR, #5 MULTIPLE FRONTIERS (two CDs for you, one for your library), #3 VOTING RIGHTS, #2 NEW CD DOWNLOAD, #1 MUSIC NOW & BACKSTAGE PASS.

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    #16: CUSTOM SONG! Monty will write and record a song just for you on the topic of your choice. Great unique gift idea! Plus: #11 P.H.D., #5 MULTIPLE FRONTIERS (two CDs for you, one for your library), #3 VOTING RIGHTS, #2 NEW CD DOWNLOAD, #1 MUSIC NOW & BACKSTAGE PASS.

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    #17: YOUR CUSTOM SONG ON THE NEW CD! Here’s a great way to honor the work of your favorite scientist! Monty will write and record a song about the family-friendly science topic of your choice and include it on the new CD with a 15-word dedication to the person of your choice. Plus: #11 P.H.D., #5 MULTIPLE FRONTIERS (two CDs for you, one for your library), #3 VOTING RIGHTS, #2 NEW CD DOWNLOAD, #1 MUSIC NOW & BACKSTAGE PASS.

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    #18: SUMMER TOUR SPONSOR! Your kid-appropriate logo, company name and website are displayed on all signage and promotional pieces for Monty’s summer library tour! You’ll be invited to provide brochures or swag to be distributed from Monty’s sales table. Your logo will go on the new CD packaging with acknowledgement for your support. You'll also get ten copies of the new CD. Monty typically performs for an average audience of 100 kids and parents at 30-40 libraries each summer in Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, and sometimes beyond. Plus: #11 P.H.D., #3 VOTING RIGHTS, #2 NEW CD DOWNLOAD, #1 MUSIC NOW & BACKSTAGE PASS.

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