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64hours to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, August 22 2019 6:21 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Our New Recording Is Called PRESS ON. It's a collection of new songs, written for this singular moment in time. We need your help to launch it into the world.

For three magical days in mid-May of this year, I got together with some of the finest musicians in America to create music that's unlike anything I've done before. For me Press On is both a portent and prayer. It's a wary eye on an uncertain future and a harbinger of the power of love. Keep your head raised up and press on...

I wrestled with this project, writing over sixty songs, coming up with new ones, tossing out old ones, postponing recording dates, and finally coming to a place where I felt I could justify releasing another piece of work. It turned out to be one of the most liberating, joyful recordings I've ever made. 

When I listen back to the tracks I can still hear the spontaneous musical conversation we were having with one another —it was a true call and response kind of music-making.

"This is my offering, it don’t dance or sing —it ain’t no diamond ring. You can’t buy it at the five and dime, it’s beyond logic, money or time. It’s not a place or thing —this is my offering."

Press On features: Matt Thompson on Upright Bass, Greg Herzenach on Guitar, Jimi Englund on Drums, Chris Joyner on Keyboards —and Sheldon Gomberg on the recording and mixing console. Because it was done almost entirely live, the songs are full of space and air. It's almost as if you can feel a sense of being in the room with us as we were tracking. 

"Put down the paper, turn off the radio You’re only just hearing what you already know—that folks love blood and war and sex, and that the night sky is full of little diamond-shaped specks"

"Ah, you thought there’d be something more; A great upheaval or a world war. Little did you know it’d be just a whisper, a song that you sing for a dying sister."

Here's a fact about the music business today: Without the fan base of a Beyoncé or a Lady Gaga, it's virtually impossible for most artists to record and release new music at the highest levels. 

Songwriter Danny Michel helps make the point

"I’ve been a full-time musician for 25 years. It’s been nothing but hard work, but I love hard work. My songs bought my home, my studio, paid the bills and more. Through it all the conversations backstage with other musicians have always been about music, family, guitars, friends, art, etc. But in 2018 that conversation changed. Everywhere I go, musicians are quietly talking about one thing: how to survive. And I’ve never worried about it myself until 2018. What I can tell you is my album sales have held steady for the last decade until dropping by 95% this year due to music streaming services.

We need your help

These are the costs we're trying to 'defray' through this Kickstarter campaign:

Recording: $10,000

Mastering: $2000

Promotion (PR & Radio) $8000

Promotional CD's $1500

Artwork $1500

Total cost: $23,000

"The beauty and the folly, the insipid, the enlightened, the sacred and insanely perverse. Flames start rising, sparks fly like devils, sometimes I wish I were living in reverse." 

By donating to our PRESS ON Kickstarter Campaign you'll be following in the footsteps of patrons of the arts who throughout the centuries lent the generous support that artists have always depended upon. Not to mention... by becoming a part of the Press On campaign you'll be among the very first to hear and enjoy the new music on PRESS ON in its entirety, along with the very special rewards we're offering. (To ensure that patrons of this project are the "first to hear and enjoy" Press On, we will be delaying ANY public streaming of the music for a minimum of one month after completion of the campaign.)

"Safe inside your home while it storms and sleets, people walkin ‘round with crosses and sheets. They listen so close for the wail of trumpets and the clatter of the hoofbeats."

"Way down into the bedrock. Way down in the chambers of my heart."
"Way down into the bedrock. Way down in the chambers of my heart."
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Himmelman Family Cookbook
Himmelman Family Cookbook
Peter Himmelman Songbook
Peter Himmelman Songbook
There Is No Calamity (vinyl)
There Is No Calamity (vinyl)
The Boat That Carries Us
The Boat That Carries Us
The Mystery & The Hum
The Mystery & The Hum
Sussman Lawrence, circa 1980 during the filming of "Castaway For Merchandise"
Sussman Lawrence, circa 1980 during the filming of "Castaway For Merchandise"

Please join us and Press On!

Risks and challenges

I have done my best to provide a realistic reward delivery time frame — along with a greater selection of all-digital rewards. Last time out there was a brief delay in getting certain of the rewards to backers.

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    High resolution WAV file of Press On

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    Press On Demos!

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    From The Himmelvaults Volume 10

    This is for the true Himmlehead who wants to go deep, and is likely to be familiar with volumes One through Nine of the "From The Himmelvaults Series," a collection of outtakes, rarities, unreleased demos, and songs in progress. With this reward you will be among the first to own: From The Himmelmvaults Volume Ten!

    Delivered on high resolution WAV file. The exclusive Himmelvaults Collection is not, and has never been available to listen to online, or on any streaming services.

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    For Sussman Lawrence Fans!

    A high resolution WAV file of Peter's never before heard demo recordings of known and unknown Sussman Lawrence tracks from the early 80's on CD. Early versions of: House On Fire, Cigarette, Fireman and more.

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    Himmelman Family Cookbook

    Receive a high resolution PDF of the Himmelman Family Cookbook for IPad (or to print out yourself.)

    This limited edition cookbook is replete with amazing recipies from Peter and his wife, cooking anecdotes and photos of the dishes that have had guests raving for years. Included are such favorites as:

    Spicy Moroccan Fish with preserved lemon, Iraqi Tabyt (slow cooked chicken and rice),
    Shakshukah (traditional spicy Israeli egg dish), Traditional Chicken Soup
    Halibut with brown mushrooms, soy and cilantro, Trinidadian Curried Chicken,
    Simple amazing Homemade Pizza, Soba Noodles and Shitake Mushrooms,
    and many more.

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    Peter Himmelman Songbook

    This high resolution PDF is for anyone looking to perform piano or guitar versions of some of Peter's best known songs —such as: Mission Of My Soul, With You, Woman With The Strength Of Ten Thousand Men, Seven Circles and more.

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    Peter's Children's Music Collection

    With this reward you get ALL FIVE of Peter's multi award-winning kid's albums on hi resolution WAV files —including:

    My Best Friend Is A Salamander

    My Fabulous Plum

    My Lemonade Stand

    My Green Kite

    and

    My Trampoline

    "A masterpiece of clever lyrics and themes combined with catchy, upbeat
    music."
    —About.com (KidsMusic.About.com)

    "Peter Himmelman raises the bar for all children's music artists with My
    Green Kite - this is children's music at its best and represents the
    level of children's music that our kids should be hearing."—
    Chicago Parent and BestChildrensmusic.com

    "This is a fantastic album, chock-full of great tunes and production,
    with lyrics that sometimes speak directly to kids' daily lives and other
    times fire their imaginations. It'll make you smile and make you think."
    —Zooglobble, the blog for hip kids' music

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    Signed Vinyl Recordings!

    Vinyl collectors! Here's your chance to get a singed copy of either: The Boat That Carries Us, There Is No Calamity, or The Mystery and the Hum.

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    From The Himmelvaults Volumes One—Ten

    With this reward you get the entire "From The Himmelvaults" Collection. These ten full-length albums include original artwork, hi-resolution demos, outtakes, alternate versions of known Himmelman songs, and a huge catalogue of unreleased songs from the Himmelvaults.

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    Big Digital Basket Of Himmel-Stuff!

    With this reward you get:

    1. High resolution WAV file of PRESS ON
    2. PRESS ON demos
    3. From The HImmelvaults Volume 10
    4. Sussman Lawrence early demos and rarities
    5. Himmelman Family Cookbook
    6. Peter Himmelman Songbook

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    Facetime Time!

    This reward gives you an opportunity to have a personal Facetime (Skype) chat with Peter—and with the option of having his longtime creative collaborator, Jeff Victor, on the call. This reward is a great surprise birthday gift for the ardent Himmelfan, a get-well message, a wedding greeting—or just a conversation about music, or whatever. If you like, Peter can have his guitar at the ready for an improvised song!

    To set an appointment time email: peter@bigmuse.com Or, if timing is a problem on your end, a personalized message can be filmed in advance and sent via email.

    Includes High resolution Wav file of Press On, Press On Demos, & Live From the Himmelvaults Volume 10

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    Hand Written Lyrics

    With this pledge you can choose your favorite song from Press On (or any song from Peter's catalogue) and Peter will hand write and decorate the lyrics on museum quality paper — along with a personal inscription.

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    Private Online Songwriting Class

    With this reward both professional and aspiring songwriters will receive two one-hour private songwriting sessions with Peter.

    "Songwriting is so much more than chords and couplets, and Peter Himmleman knows it. And through humor, intellect and compassion, he knows how to help you uncover it too. His Online Songwriting Workshop will take you deeper into your own creativity, to consider why you're writing, what you're writing, and what it means to you and the world around you. I'm not only a better songwriter for having spent time with, Peter, I'm a better person. I sing the praises of this wonderful workshop." ~ Songwriter, Kevin Thornton

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    Unlock Your Creativity!

    This special reward features two private 75 minute online Big Muse sessions to help unlock your creative potential —or that of a friend, or loved one. The sessions consist of conversations, exercises, and custom-tailored experiences are similar to the creativity-building workshops Peter conducts worldwide for companies like Coca-Cola, GAP, Boeing, and 3M. You will come away changed in the best ways.

    “Deeply incisive, immediately actionable, and funny to boot, Peter Himmelman's Let Me Out is not just about unleashing personal creativity, it is about unleashing your true self." —Clinical Professor, Holly J. Raider, Kellogg School of Management

    "I can say with one thousand percent certainty that anyone who spends time with Peter Himmelman will come away looking at the world as a place of abundant possibilities." — Rob Schwartz, CEO TBWA/Chiat Day

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    Original Song By Peter

    Whether it's for a birthday, wedding, or a get-well greeting, this one-of-a-kind gift is an incredible offering for the true HimmelHead.

    The reward is a full original song, replete with details from the life of the song's subject —professionally recorded and delivered on high resolution WAV file with handwritten lyrics by Peter. (This reward will necessitate a 15-20 min phone interview with Peter.)

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    Private House Concert

    Pledge for this reward and have the thrill of seeing Peter perform one of his renown shows at this greatly discounted rate, in the privacy of your own home —or the home of a special friend.
    There may be additional costs for travel and production associated with this reward. Timing of show and other details TBD by email: peter@bigmuse.com.

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