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My project is to record the album of songs that is featured in my debut novel.
31 backers pledged $4,755 to help bring this project to life.

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My first novel, The Sound of Songs Across the Water, will be published in June. It’s been a ten-year journey from first page to publication, and the opportunity to experience this momentous event, and to share it with family and friends, has been amazing.

But there’s one more piece to this puzzle, one more chapter to make this story complete…

On a bright, sunny morning back in 2003, as I was running around Silver Lake in Los Angeles, an idea came to me. It arrived whole — plot, characters, setting — and I knew that I had discovered my first novel. That idea became The Sound of Songs Across the Water. At the heart of the story was an album of songs that the two main characters would try to record, battling the demons and ghosts of their shared history. 

My dream, from that very first morning, was not only to write the book, but to record the album of songs from the book myself.

Now that time has come. The book is finished, the songs are written, the musicians are hired. The record is ready. It’s time to rock.

You can help make this dream a reality by making a donation to the project. Your donation will go toward paying the musicians (David E. Lane is producing, mixing, and playing any number of stringed things, and Michael Jarmer is pounding the drums), as well as mastering and duplication of the CDs. 

The record will cost around $4,000 to make. I’m asking for $2,000 on this Kickstarter page. As you may know, Kickstarter is all or nothing. If I don’t reach $2,000, you don’t get charged, and I don’t get paid. So — any amount you can contribute will be hugely appreciated. 

Thanks for reading, watching, and listening. Most of all, thanks for clicking one of the boxes to the right. Hope to see you this summer!

Risks and challenges

The main challenge the project faces is one of timing. The book comes out June 11, and I have three readings scheduled for that week, in Portland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. I need the CDs in my hand to bring to those events. So the record must be recorded, mixed, mastered, and duplicated before then. That’s a tall order, especially for three guys with jobs and families. But we’re making good progress already, and I’m confident we can get ‘er done.

With a little help from you, of course.

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    A copy of the CD plus a custom-designed Thank You card featuring a photo from the recording session. Your card will be created just for you, and each card will feature a different photo.

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    A copy of the CD, a signed copy of my novel, The Sound of Songs Across the Water, plus a custom-designed Thank You card featuring a photo from the recording session. Your card will be created just for you, and each card will feature a different photo.

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    A copy of the CD, a signed copy of my novel, plus your name acknowledged with a Special Thanks on the CD package.

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    A copy of the CD, a signed copy of my novel, plus a signed lyric sheet of the song of your choice, with notes from the recording session.

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    A copy of the CD, a signed copy of my novel, plus you can be an Official Sponsor of Dashiell’s Next Haircut (includes before, during, and after photos). Be a part of the magic of making a boy look reasonably presentable.

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    A copy of the CD, plus you can come and sing or play on the record. Hand claps, backing vocals, a solo of some kind? Whatever you can dream, we can make happen. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, plus you’ll be credited on the CD package as one of the musicians!

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    A copy of the CD, a signed copy of my novel, plus a 6” by 8” 20-page photo book filled with photos from the recording of the album. A great way to memorialize a project that you helped happen.

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    A copy of the CD, a signed copy of my novel, plus a one-page original short story starring you as the main character, suitable for framing. Be a superhero! Save the girl/guy! Or just sit in a coffee shop window, artfully contemplating the meaninglessness of it all. You give me a theme and a style, I’ll give you a unique piece of art for your wall, starring you.

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    A copy of the CD, a signed copy of my novel, a 6” by 8” 20-page photo book filled with photos from the recording of the album, and a thank-you phone call where I will play you one song of your choice from the record (over Skype if possible).

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    A copy of the CD, a signed copy of my novel, plus a one hour one-on-one writing workshop where we discuss your writing style and goals and review a sample of your work (limit 20 pages). I’m happy to do this in person if you’re local or on my tour route, or by phone.

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