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Pumpkin Song Music Video for Kids

by Elijah T. Grasshopper & Friends

Pumpkin Song Music Video for Kids

by Elijah T. Grasshopper & Friends

$657
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, November 27 2019 4:59 AM UTC +00:00.

About


The Project

We are creating a music video for our song called "Somethin' 'bout a Pumpkin." It will be released online by Elijah T. Grasshopper & Friends. We play kids/family music, but would love our 'Pumpkin Song' to reach out to everyone!

The Orange Farmer in the Pumpkin Patch

We are super excited to bring our creativity to the Kickstarter community for the first time and hope for your embrace. We're no stranger to the communal experience, as that is what we try to instill in our concerts, working hard to keep the interactivity aflow. It really does move our little souls to see everyone grooving in harmony, even if our tunes are a bit silly at times. We don’t mind because we know “when the sun goes down” everyone leaves a little warmer, kinder, sweeter and closer to each other. That's a good feeling for us, too  

Elijah T.Grasshopper & Friends filming on the farm

Why do we love pumpkins? They're symbols of prosperity, growth, well being and all that good stuff that the human spirit embodies. Round, plump, orange, ripply and even lumpy pumpkins just make us feel good. Pumpkins are cool. Pumpkins are magical! Who doesn’t love a pumpkin?

But can we rally around the pumpkin to bring joy to the world? Yes, we can! Although we mainly write and perform our tunes for children, we want the "Pumpkin Song" to be for kids, kids at heart and pumpkin lovers everywhere. Watch the clip below for some revved-up fun with a family that we met on the farm trail, experiencing the unbridled joy of the "Pumpkin Dance." Beautiful, spontaneous moments indeed! 

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The Video

The Pumpkin Song video project is our whimsical ode to one of nature’s most beloved creations. The big, bountiful, beautiful "fruit" which everyone calls a "vegetable", including us, is certainly one of our favorites. So this season Elijah T and the Orange Farmer decided to saddle up and visit some of our local farms in search of the perfect pumpkins to star in our music video. Showing up unannounced has been so much fun. Families think we are part of the farms' scheduled festivities and the owners are more than gracious. Some even offer historical information about the pumpkin and how it found its tradition in popular culture. (Fun fact: Pumpkins are one of the most produced crops in the United States at 1.5 billion pounds per year.)

We have made lots of new friends along the way, some of which will appear in cameos in the final edit. And just as the pumpkin adorns thousands of doorsteps each Fall, we are hopeful that our “Pumpkin Song Video” will become a viewing tradition for years to come, a perennial favorite to enhance Autumn celebrations with joy and laughter. 

"Somethin' 'bout a pumpkin, makes me laugh."

The Music

I wish I could say I wrote the Pumpkin Song in a pumpkin patch, but it was actually written in our living room on our favorite acoustic guitar way back in early October, 2009! Just one of those spontaneous moments, most likely inspired by a pumpkin we had just purchased. That’s the way it works in music sometimes. You come up with so many ideas that it takes awhile to get around to properly recording them.  Perhaps since it's the 10th anniversary of the song’s inception, the timing seems right to proceed. So here we are, ready to go!

We have performed "Somethin' 'bout a Pumpkin" countless times at our concerts for kids and it’s always a big hit, especially in October and November. What you hear in our Kickstarter pitch video is a recent demo mix of the song, which will be built upon for the final version with the addition of violin and other instruments and voices. It really is a thrill to hear this song finally coming together in a pro studio with talented musicians and they do seem to enjoy the Orange Farmer's homemade pumpkin pie. :) 

The Orange Farmer toots her kazoo at one of our local library concerts

The People

We are Rob and Emily, aka Elijah T. Grasshopper and the Orange Farmer, respectively. We have been playing music for kids since 2006 in various incarnations and bands. With hundreds of shows performed, we’ve been honing our musical craft while creating our own costumes and characters to bring out the 'sense of wonder' in children in a live, interactive setting - something that we feel is essential to nurture their hopes and dreams. You can learn more about us at www.elijahtgrasshopper.com It's been said that “Music is one of the most important influences on young minds.” We firmly believe in that credo and hope we are inspiring their collective imaginations at our concerts. 

In real life, we are husband and wife creatives employed in the design, illustration and animation fields. You can learn more about that side of us at orangeoval.com, zammarchi.com and zambam.net.

 The Budget

Our financial goal includes budgeting for recording studio time and musicians, our filming /editing costs and T-shirt manufacturing and shipping. We need and would love your support to keep this project moving forward and have come up with a range of creative rewards from original artwork to virtual or live concert visits and more! Please see our rewards section for all the neat stuff!

The Timeline

OCTOBER

Filming has commenced and we'll continue our weekend adventures through farmlands, foliage and pumpkin patches with our trusty video camera up to Thanksgiving week. 

NOVEMBER

We head back into the studio to finish up our recording of "Somethin' 'bout a Pumpkin" (The Pumpkin Song). Looking forward to hearing that lively fiddle track, too! We'll be organizing and reviewing all our film work as well and continue our social media campaign.

DECEMBER

In early December, we will continue compiling and editing all the footage for the Pumpkin Song and by mid-month will be releasing our finished video "worldwide" on YouTube! We will email all digital rewards and make every effort to ship your physical rewards to arrive before the Christmas holiday. Live and virtual performance rewards will be scheduled to best accommodate your desired timing. That will be a super fun part, because we love playing for people! Animals too, if you got 'em!

Risks and challenges

Achieving anything worthwhile takes a certain amount of risk and we are definitely up for this challenge. We have taken cues from the Kickstarter skillshare page (super helpful!) and are mapping out our target audience and social media strategy to engage our personal network first, then branch out methodically from there. We are putting a bit of advance prep time into some of the rewards, so they are ready to ship and will keep everyone posted with regular updates for the deliverables. So, barring any unforeseen pumpkin uprisings on Halloween, (they do turn a bit creepy on that hallowed night) we should be ok. Though legend has it some seek revenge for all the pumpkins sacrificed for pies, there's no need to worry. The Orange Farmer has assured us she is keeping her recipe on lockdown. And away we go! :)

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    Yep, every dollar makes a difference! :) You will receive a personal "Thank You" email from Elijah T. Grasshopper. As a bonus, the Orange Farmer will attach an mp3 sound file telling one of her favorite pumpkin jokes! You'll laugh. She's hilarious!

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    The Secret Recipe

    You'll get a printed and digital copy of the Orange Farmer’s Secret Pumpkin Pie recipe and a digital download music track of “Somethin’ ‘bout a Pumpkin" (The Pumpkin Song). You will also receive a signed Elijah T.Grasshopper postcard and a specially designed Pumpkin Song screen saver. Plus all rewards from the previous pledge level. Yummy pumpkin-licious!

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    Color me Orange!

    A full color digital collage illustration of you and up to four friends or family members romping about in a pumpkin patch! Will use photo headshots supplied by - you guessed it - you! Plus a special coloring book page of Elijah T.Grasshopper and the Orange Farmer on the farm. All art designed by Elijah himself! Both will be emailed as jpeg files. As a special bonus for this level, we'll hit the way back machine and send you an mp3 recording of one of the very first ‘Pumpkin Song’ band rehearsals from earlier this decade. Recording contains prominent keyboards, additional lyrics and musician’s between song banter! Also included are all rewards from previous pledge levels. A real Potpourri!

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    Photo-montage Follies!

    A full color digital Photo-montage illustration of you and up to four friends or family members depicted in your choice of scene! Choose from a “Christmas Holiday” scene, a “Rock band live on stage” scene or a “Summer Beach Party” scene. Just email us photo headshots of your peeps when the campaign ends. (For more peeps, just add $2 for each one you want depicted.) Final art will be hi-resolution Jpeg files suitable for printing on cards, flyers or whatever you like! You also get a special coloring book page of "Elijah T.Grasshopper & the Orange Farmer" for the kiddos. All art designed by Elijah T. himself. As a special bonus, we'll hit the way back machine and send you an mp3 recording of one of the very first ‘Pumpkin Song’ band rehearsals from earlier this decade. Recording contains keyboards, additional lyrics and musician’s between take banter! Also included are all rewards from lesser pledge levels. This one's a real Smorgasbord!

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    You as a Cartoon!

    Elijah T will draw you (or a friend or family member) as a full color cartoon high-resolution digital portrait. This is a still image suitable for printing or online use. Just email us a few clear photos of yourself and pick any one or two adjectives as to how you would like him to interpret your persona. For example, you could say, “Smart & Pretty” or “Handsome & Funny” or “Dorky & Delightful” ... anything you want! You can even just say, “Snarky” or “As is.” Either way, it will be cool you, no doubt! Final artwork will be in drawing style of our Pumpkin T-shirt and can be emailed as a jpeg, png or tiff file. You can use it as a profile pic, header or even a holiday card. Whatever you want! You also get the secret recipe, postcard, official Pumpkin song screen saver, Pumpkin Song music file and the Orange Farmer's audio joke mp3. Indeed!

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    Pumpkin Song T-Shirt!

    The Official Pumpkin Song high quality cotton T-Shirt illustrated by Elijah T. Grasshopper. Image is two orange pumpkins on a blue T-shirt as seen in our story video. Sizes are adult: small, medium, large or extra large or XXL. Plus the secret recipe, postcard, official Pumpkin song screen saver, Pumpkin Song music file and the Orange Farmer's audio joke mp3. "Show your Pumpkin spirit!"

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    Happy Birthday Video to you!

    Elijah T & the Orange Farmer will record a personalized video singing the classic "Happy Birthday Song" and a special Pumpkin Song serenade to you or your child. The video can be a digital download or set as a private link for you to view on YouTube. Plus the secret recipe, postcard, official Pumpkin song screen saver, Pumpkin Song music file and the Orange Farmer's audio joke mp3. This reward is such a sweetie!

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    Your family as a Cartoon!

    Elijah T will draw you and up to 3 more friends or family members as a full color cartoon high-resolution digital portrait. This is a still image suitable for printing or online use. Just email us a few clear photos of each person and Elijah will do the rest! (Add $25 to your pledge for each additional person above the original four that you want in portrait.) Final artwork will be in drawing style of our Pumpkin T-shirt and can be emailed as a jpeg, png or tiff file. We can also crop them for you to use as profile pics, headers or even a holiday card. Plus the secret recipe, postcard, official Pumpkin song screen saver, Pumpkin Song music file and the Orange Farmer's audio joke mp3. You could be the next Simpsons!

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    Let's write a song together!

    Elijah T & the Orange Farmer will write and record a song to a theme of your choice or incorporate your own lyrics. Instrumentation to be recorded as acoustic guitar and vocals and sent to you via email as an mp3 file. Plus the secret recipe, postcard, official Pumpkin Song screen saver, Pumpkin Song music file and the Orange Farmer's audio joke mp3. Supersonic crazy, this one is!!

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    Pumpkin Art Galore!

    A selection of Elijah’s original concept drawings for the “Somethin’ ‘bout a Pumpkin” T-shirt design. You will also receive a signed 8.5” x 11” color print on card stock of the T-shirt artwork. As a bonus this reward also includes an original Elijah T. Grasshopper acrylic painting of the T-shirt pumpkins on 8 x 10 inch canvas. Plus, the T-shirt, the secret recipe, postcard, official Pumpkin Song screen saver, Pumpkin Song music file and audio joke! So cool you'll hug your mail carrier!

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    Let's do the Pumpkin Dance!

    A Skype dance lesson with Elijah T & the Orange Farmer teaching you and your family the “Pumpkin Dance!" Plus we will perform three additional songs of your choice from our catalog. For best results use a laptop or desktop computer for viewing. Plus two T-shirts, the secret recipe, postcard, official Pumpkin Song screen saver, Pumpkin Song music file and audio joke. As a bonus this reward also includes an original Elijah T. Grasshopper acrylic painting of the T-shirt pumpkins on 8 x 10 inch canvas. Its an action packed 20 + minutes of Super-Duper Coolness!

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    Let's Virtual Party!

    A 30 minute Skype Birthday Party visit with Elijah T & the Orange Farmer. This includes a personalized rendition of the classic Happy Birthday Song, The Pumpkin Song with dance lesson, four more songs of your choice from our catalog and a question and answer period with the group. This reward can be scheduled in 2019 or 2020 to best accommodate your desired timing. Plus three T-shirts, the secret recipe, postcard, official Pumpkin song screen saver, Pumpkin Song music file and audio joke mp3. As a bonus, this reward also includes an original Elijah T. Grasshopper acrylic painting of the T-shirt pumpkins on 16 x 20 inch canvas. Its a "Grasshopper Spectacular!" (Try saying that 5 times fast!) ;)

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    Party in person!

    The big one-hour children’s concert at your home or other venue by Elijah T. Grasshopper & Friends, featuring the Orange Farmer! This is for Massachusetts and Rhode Island residents only. For other New England states, our additional travel expenses would need to be added. This concert is good for any time through 2020. Plus four T-shirts, the secret recipe, postcard, official Pumpkin song screen saver, Pumpkin Song music file and audio joke. As a bonus this reward also includes an original Elijah T. Grasshopper acrylic painting of the T-shirt pumpkins on 16 x 20 inch canvas. Super-Duper Happiness will be yours!

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    Be in our Video!

    A cameo appearance in our “Pumpkin Song” video to be released world wide on YouTube. This is for your child between 2 and 10 years old. Can be filmed by us if you live in Mass or Rhode Island. If you live out of state and have a high def camera, you can film a clip of your child with our direction as to scene and action. In order to be included in the final edit of the video, we would need to have the clip by the end of December or earlier. You also get the big one-hour children’s concert at your home or other venue by Elijah T. Grasshopper & Friends featuring the Orange Farmer! Concert is for Mass and R.I. residents only. For other New England states, our additional travel expenses would need to be met. Plus four T-shirts, the secret recipe, postcard, official Pumpkin song screen saver, Pumpkin Song music file and audio joke. As a bonus, this reward also includes an original Elijah T. Grasshopper acrylic painting of the T-shirt pumpkins on 16 x 20 inch canvas. WOWZA!!

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