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Last updated July 5, 2012

Ribbons of Song ~ Little Storm

We're making the album of our dreams -- heavy, sweet, and full of surprises. Become a part of it, right here!

Ribbons of Song ~ Little Storm

We're making the album of our dreams -- heavy, sweet, and full of surprises. Become a part of it, right here!

$4,020
pledged of $5,300pledged of $5,300 goal
126
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, July 3 2012 11:05 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated July 5, 2012

About

Hi! I'm Ben Scott-Brandt, the lead singer for Ribbons of Song. We're from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and we play our own brand of folk-pop. We've spent the last 2 years recording our new studio album, Little Storm. It sounds incredible! Here are some early mixes of a couple songs from the album:

The Clouds

(Let Me Be Your) Neil Young

It's been quite the adventure, getting the album this far. Band-mates have come and gone, we've switched studio locations a couple times, and we've scrapped some songs for newer, better-written ones. But, the recording is finally done! And now, we want to share it with you. 

Featuring 19 songs and 16 musicians, Little Storm is a monster album. Most of my songs start out as little melodies and guitar riffs, but over time we build them up into huge soundscapes. This time we've gotten in a little over our heads. Because Little Storm represents 3 years of songwriting, 2 years of recording, 2,000 dollars of the band’s earnings, and the involvement of many musicians in Grand Rapids and abroad, it feels like our magnum opus. We can't wait for you to listen to it, but we don't have the financial resources to finish the album with the care and attention it deserves. 

Our next steps are simple:

  • Have Little Storm professionally mixed to give it the big, polished sound it requires. ($3500)
  • Have Little Storm professionally mastered so the album flows smoothly from song to song. ($800)
  • Have Little Storm pressed and packaged so it looks tip-top. ($1000)

This is where you come in! Your pledge amount will go directly toward finishing Little Storm, so you can play it on your headphones all the time. We've created a bunch of other unique rewards for each pledge level to make it more fun. We hope to surpass our project goal so we can splurge on things like printing full-color posters, mailing copies of Little Storm to independent radio stations around the country, and paying for gas to drive around the Midwest for some out-of-town gigs.

We're glad you visited our project page, and we hope you'll become a part of bringing these special songs to the world. Thank you so much!

Love, 

Ben and the Ribbons

P.S. Our popular sing-along, Your White Hand, is also going to be on the album!

Thanks to all of the talented musicians who contributed their time and energy to this recording:  

  • Jesy Brenner / voice
  • Joleen Rumsey / organ + voice
  • Sam Cook-Parrott / bass guitar + voice
  • Tim Broderick / drums
  • Kolin Smith / electric guitar
  • Sam Snedeker / double bass
  • Josh Usadel / trombone
  • Chad Vickery / electric guitar + voice
  • Kaitlin Diemer / voice
  • Jes Kramer / voice
  • Dan Hurst / grand piano
  • Brent Shirey / pedal steel
  • Ashley McGrath / accordion
  • Ryan Hammer / vibraphone
  • Jeffrey Niemeier / violin

Thanks to our talented studio engineers:

Thanks to our visionary and resourceful Kickstarter film crew:

  • John Hanson / director of cinematography
  • Mike Knorr / editor
  • Bridget Knight, Tim Brandt, Ben Hill, Alex DiFiglia, John Scherer, Joleen Rumsey, Kara McNabb, Calin McNabb-Olson

Thanks to these fine supporters of local music:

Thank you for being a part of this!

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    POSTCARD + DOWNLOAD CODE. A colorful, handmade, handwritten postcard from the band to show our gratitude. We'll get out the glitter and glue, we'll ink up the rubber stamp alphabet, we'll take turns throwing dice and choosing quotes, we'll cut out some magazine pictures, and the whole bit, don't you worry. It will look fresh enough to keep out for company. We'll also include a digital download code for 'Little Storm.'

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    LITTLE STORM CD. Nineteen songs in a glossy, full-color digipak. (Shipping outside the US please add $5 to pledge amount)

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    POSTCARD + LITTLE STORM CD . (Shipping outside the US please add $5 to pledge amount)

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    LITTLE STORM CD, AUTOGRAPHED by at least 10 musicians who appeared on the recording. I don't know if we'll ever get all 16 in the same room, but if we do, you'll get all 16 signatures! (Shipping outside the US please add $5 to pledge amount)

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    LITTLE STORM CD + POCKET DREAM CD + HOME DEMOS CDR. (Shipping outside the US please add $10 to pledge amount)

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    TOUR-MATE PACKAGE. Are you a budding musician in West Michigan? Do you sing or play an instrument? Are you thinking about starting a band yourself? Come hang out with us at a band rehearsal the week before a show, drive with us to a show, share our table before and after our set, and talk with us about music and songs. Experience the behind-the-scenes process of making songs come to life, and maybe even add your own parts on stage! + LITTLE STORM CD.

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    MESSAGE SONG. Receive a custom song written exclusively for that special someone in your life. You give us a few lines or phrases, mention a few choice memories, hint at a few locations, even make a few promises for the future. We'll write and record a song (mp3 format, using your instructions, but retaining some creative license, of course) for you to give to the lucky recipient of your choosing. + LITTLE STORM CD.

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    SINGING TELEGRAM. Same as above, but an mp3 just won't cut it? We'll also serenade your special someone over the phone, or under their window with a custom song written exclusively for them. + LITTLE STORM CD.

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    LIVING ROOM SHOW. Treat yourself and your friends to a private one-hour concert by frontman/songwriter Ben Scott-Brandt at your Michigan home, or a Michigan venue of your choosing. Make your next backyard get-together something really special -- and do it for a super reasonable price! + LITTLE STORM CD.

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    TOTALLY RAD HOUSE SHOW. Treat yourself and your friends to a private one-hour concert by the Ribbons of Song 3-piece (Ben, Jesy, Joleen) at your Michigan home, or a Michigan venue of your choosing. Make your next backyard get-together something really special. Once we get going, our harmonies will send chills up your spine! + LITTLE STORM CD.

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    HAIRCUT + HOUSE SHOW. Enjoy a private one-hour concert by Ribbons of Song, followed by custom haircuts for you and a friend from professional hairstylist of 8 years, Ben Scott-Brandt. YES. You read that correctly. I'll give you an expertly-tailored, finely-scissored haircut, right after I play a concert for you and your friends, and then I'll give one of your friends a haircut. Let us entertain you at your Michigan home, or a Michigan venue of your choosing. Make your next backyard get-together totally off-the-wall. Go ahead, gorgeous! + LITTLE STORM CD.

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    THE PHILANTHROPIST'S PACKAGE. Thank you so much for your generosity! Treat yourself to all the perks listed above (postcard + 4 albums + rad house show + 2 haircuts + backstage hangout + message song) + your name in the liner notes of the CD. We'll thank you publicly every time we get the chance. You're making this easy!

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    WOW. A philanthropist with a daredevil's spirit. We love how crazy you are. Get ready for good times. Start by treating yourself to all the perks listed above (postcard + 4 albums + rad house show + 2 haircuts + backstage hangout + message song + your name in the liner notes) + we'll serenade your special someone over the phone, or under their window. Not sure that the point will come across? We'll play it on the radio. Still hesitant? We'll play it live, on the radio, in our skivvies.

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    THE COLLECTOR'S PACKAGE. We want your mailbox to explode. We'll send you everything that's still in print, plus a colorful, handwritten postcard from the band. Here's what our discography looks like: LITTLE STORM CD + POCKET DREAM CD + HOME DEMOS CDR + COMB MY COWLICKS DOWN CDR. 'Comb My Cowlicks Down' was self-released in 2007 in canary yellow DVD cases. It's Ben playing everything: melodica, bells, bowed guitar, piano, walkytalkies, Casio, bass, all kinds of guitars and loop pedals and overdubbed vocals. Each copy of this debut album features its own handmade, one-of-a-kind, screen-printed booklet. These are the last copies in print of a highly intuitive, atmospheric ambient-folk record. (Shipping outside the US please add $10 to pledge amount)

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