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A cross pollination of rock n roll, funk, reggae, and ragtime to tell a tale centered on Dreams, Love, God, and "The Spaces in Between"

Hey Everyone!  My name is Dan Griffith, and thanks so much for checking out my Kick Starter page! 

Before I begin, I'd like to point out that my $140, $250, $500, and $1000 rewards CAN ALL BE DONATED TO CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS AND  the $140 and $250 rewards CAN ALSO BE DONATED TO NURSING or RETIREMENT HOMES.  I've played literally thousands of classes, parties and events for young children (0-6 years old) and have found that working with children is one of my callings.  I would be honored to do interactive performances at hospitals donated by you.  I've also performed at old folks homes before, and they loved it, some even getting up and dancing!  If possible, you can come along for the incredible experience.  I'll take pictures or videos if you're not there, so you can see the joy your donation brought to people who could really use it.

In addition, I'll kick this Kick Starter campaign off by donating the first performance myself and for every five performances donated, I will donate another.

All of my rewards can also be used as gifts including writing a poem for someone, writing and recording a song for someone (here's a link of a song I wrote for my grandfather), and guitar lessons.

And of course there's nothing wrong with buying any of the rewards for yourself to enjoy!

Now about my project!
"The Spaces in Between" is my debut album under the name "Musical Monk." www.musicalmonk.com
The full length album will have 12 songs ranging from dirty funk to rock n roll, folk rock, ska/bluegrass, rag time, Americana, and even one ballad.  The subject matter primarily focuses on (1)the adventures, ups and downs, sacrifices and rewards of an artistic lifestyle, (2) my hopelessly romantic escapades and (3) my spiritual search.

The music in my featured video is from the first stages of recording at The Bunker Studio, but here are a few tracks from my home studio demo, which include vocals.  I can't wait to hear how the pro-studio versions come out!

Musical Monk is a solo effort in regards to vision and writing, but several incredible musicians are helping me turn that vision into a reality including:

Ryan Marks - Bass
Sueyoung Yoo - Piano
Sean Dixon - Drums
Tim Peck - Organ, Clav, keyboard
Andrew Zapanta & Sarah Wood - Back Up Vocals

We started recording in December 2011 at The Bunker Studio in Brooklyn NY, a state of the art, first class studio.  Co-owner and world-class engineer John Davis is engineering the album.  So far, we've recorded Drums, Organ, Funky Clav, Bass, and Rhythm Guitar.

Lets take a look at the budget for the album.
-Rehearsal costs - $550
-So far, we've spent $1650 dollars on recording.
-We have 4.5 more days of recording to do which will be $2120 (lead and back up vocals, lead guitar, grand piano, percussion, sound samples, over dubs).
-Mixing - $2150
-Mastering - $400-600
-Album Artwork - $200
-Making 500 Copies - $850

That's $2200 spent as of now with at least $5,600 left to finish the album.
This doesn't include any promotion for the album.  I'd like to put at least $500 into promotion on websites such as jambase.com and jambands.com and magazines such as Relix.  It'd also be nice to be able to pay all the musicians what their worth.

That's about $6000 minimum.  If we raise $3000 on Kick Starter then I'll be able to release the album by April '12.  Everything extra raised on top of that will be put towards promotion, management and adding crucial components to my live show (like stage lights!) Again, ANYTHING extra raised will be put pack into taking my career to the next level.

Thank you once again for your support and generosity.
Sincerely,
Dan
Musical Monk

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    Receive a Musical Monk Logo Sticker, my favorite mp3 from the album, a warm hug, and I'll do an Irish jig for you.

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    Receive everything from "$14 reward" plus 2 Albums from my old bands. "Tomorrow" EP from Fever Train and "To Be Perfectly Frank" LP from Big Meat.

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    Receive everything from "$25 reward" plus I'll write a poem for you or for a gift to one of your friends or family. We'll work on it together using the details and imagery you want! What a great gift for an anniversary (a poem about your first date?), birthday or any day.

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    Receive everything from "$25 reward" plus a 45 minute guitar lesson for you or to give as a gift. If not within 30 minutes of NYC area or Northeast CT area, email me first to check logistics.

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    Everything from "$40 reward" plus I'll perform a cover of your choice dedicated to you at a performance you'll be at. If you can't be there then I'll video record it and put it on youtube or send you a copy. We must both agree your cover choice fits my style :)

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    Everything from "$40 reward" plus an hour solo performance for you and your friends. OR give it to a child! I've worked with kids for years! Would love to do a play along with them or a bday party. OR EVEN BETTER!!! DONATE TO A KIDS' HOSPITAL OR OLD PERSONS' HOME. Must be 30 minutes within Manhattan or Northeast CT, or we may have to work out travel expenses. Email me!

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    Everything from "$40 reward" plus I'll write and record a song about you or about someone you love to give as a gift. We'll work on it together using the style, details and imagery you want! What a great gift for any occasion. Recording will have acoustic guitar and vocals on it, and if we're able, then you can be on it to to make it more personal.

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    Everything from "$40 reward" plus a two hour solo performance at venue of your choosing. Can give as a gift or DONATE TO A CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL OR OLD FOLKS HOME (performance can be split among different floors and groups). Must be 45 minutes within Manhattan or Northeast CT, or we may have to work out travel expenses. Email me!

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    Everything from $250, but we'll make a whole day of it. A concert. Guitar lesson for you or for a group of your friends. All day Jam Session. Record some songs together. Anything musically I can do for or with you and whoever else you want to include. I'll bring my whole electric guitar set-up too, so you can play with all my musical gadgets. Again THIS CAN BE DONATED TO A KIDS HOSPITAL or given to a friend. We'd have to work it out with the hospitals to make sure they have enough kids to entertain for a whole day. Must be 45 minutes within Manhattan or Northeast CT, or we may have to work out travel expenses.

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    Besides Eternal Gratitude? Everything from "$500 reward," Plus I'll write and record a song for you on the subject or person of your choosing in your preferred style. Plus I'll do an additional hour performance at a kids' hospital in your name. Plus free admission for you and a guest to any of my shows ever. Plus a cover of your choice (agreed upon by me:) will be put into my permanent rotation of live songs. Obviously you get the album, my old albums from past bands, stickers, and any of my music ever! Must be within 4 hours driving of NYC or otherwise please email first about logistics.

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    Besides Eternal Gratitude? I'll organize a full band to play at a venue near you or at your private party. 2.5 hour performance (at least). Includes collaborating with you on what covers you'd like us to play. We can get you and your friends on stage if you want and make it a big Jam Party. Plus I'll write and record a song for you on the subject or person of your choosing in your preferred style. Obviously you get the album, my old albums from past bands, stickers, and any of my music ever including free admission for you and a guest to any of my shows! Must be within 4 hours of NYC or otherwise please email first about logistics.

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