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Guitarist Marc Antoine called me up and offered to produce and co-write a new Bona Fide CD at his studio in Madrid. How could I refuse?
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A couple weeks ago, my friend Marc Antoine called me up and made me an offer I couldn't refuse.  He wants to produce a new Bona Fide CD.

My name is Slim Man.  I've produced and recorded 11 CDs with the Slim Man band.  What a lot of folks don't know is that I have another band, Bona Fide.   Bona Fide allows me to write, produce and perform instrumental music. It's a blast to be able to do that--to be able to explore a different style. 

Bona Fide has released 3 CDs, all of which were very well received.  We had a number one song, X Ray Hip, from the first CD, Royal Function.  We were named Best New Artist at The Oasis Awards in 2001.

Bona Fide is a fun and funky instrumental band.  No vocals.  Just a lot of incredible musicianship, and some great writing and production, all in the name of fun and funkiness.

Marc Antoine is an amazing guitar player, a wonderful producer and arranger, and a great friend.  He was listening to some Bona Fide CDs, and offered to produce a new CD.  He offered to write some songs, play guitar, and produce and mix the whole CD.  He started sending me some song ideas.  They got me all juiced up.  Marc is bringing a whole new wonderful flavor and perspective to the Bona Fide sound.

So we've decided to do a CD.  We want to do 8 songs, and for the 9th song, we want to do something epic...15 or 20 minutes long, something that's a musical journey, a soulful symphony.

We want to do it right, we need to do the recording, and the mixing and the mastering.  In addition to the Bona Fide band, we will include some guest soloists, some Big Name Players.  We'll be recording and mixing all this stuff at Marc's studio in Madrid, Spain.

How could I refuse?  So we are asking for your support, for your help.  We have already started, we just need some help in getting this thing finished.  It's gonna be really rewarding...for all of us!

Risks and challenges

Once we get our funding, the biggest challenge we will face will be the marketing and promotion. Marc and I have worked together before on various projects, including the last Slim Man LIVE CD. We work well together, we get along very well, we share the same vision.

Of course, doing a trans-continental project is always a challenge. The pre-production will have to be extraordinarily well-organized. Once we get our funding, we will have 10 days in Madrid to do a complete CD. We plan on doing 9 songs for the new Bona Fide CD, so that means doing a song a day, basically, with one day to fix any problems.

Trying to do so much music in such a short period of time is always a risk. I keep reminding myself that The Beatles started 'Rubber Soul'--my favorite CD of theirs--in October and had it in the stores in December.

Another challenge that I face (not Marc!) is what to do with my trusty sidekick, my canine companion, Batu. For dog-lovers, you understand what I'm talking about. Trying to find someone to dog-sit for two weeks is going to be a real challenge.

But the biggest challenge that we face is getting the music to be heard. We want to hire a radio promoter, and a marketing whiz kid, because we want folks to hear this stuff! We want to spread the word in whatever way we can--hire a publicist, do YouTube videos, get a social media expert, so that we can do you people proud!

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    For a $15.00 pledge, we will send you a physical copy of the new Bona Fide CD, autographed to you by Slim Man. Please add $5.00 for shipping outside the USA.

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    For a $25.00 pledge, we will send you a physical copy of the new Bona Fide CD--autographed to you by Slim Man--plus a digital download of the new Bona Fide CD. Please add $5.00 for shipping outside the USA.

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    For a $40.00 pledge, we will send you a physical copy of the new Bona Fide CD, autographed to you by Slim Man, and a digital download of the full CD. PLUS, we will include a physical copy of Soul Lounge, Bona Fide's most recent CD (2005). For shipping outside the USA, please add $10.00

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    For a $75.00 pledge, we will send you a customized USB flash drive with every Bona Fide song ever recorded. You will get all 36 songs, and we'll include all the new songs on the new Bona Fide CD. Plus, we will include a physical copy of the new Bona Fide CD, autographed to you by Slim Man. Please add $5.00 for shipping outside the USA.

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    For a $90.00 pledge, you will get an autographed copy of the new Bona Fide CD, plus, Slim Man will call you and talk to you on the phone for up to 15 minutes. Want Slim Man to call your loved one and say Happy Birthday? Happy Holidays? Or do you just want to have a chat with Mr. Man? Slim Man can do a phoner! That's what we call it in the music biz!

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    For a $100.00 pledge, we will include your name in the credits in the "Special Thanks" section of the new Bona Fide CD. We will send you a customized USB flash drive with every Bona Fide song ever recorded! All 36 songs, plus all the songs from the new Bona Fide CD. We will include a physical copy of the new Bona Fide CD, autographed to you by Slim Man. PLUS, Marc Antoine will send you a thank you postcard from Madrid!

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    For a $250.00 pledge, Slim Man will call you up and give you up to 45 minutes of cooking instruction on the phone. Pick up to 3 recipes from his cooking website (slimmancooks) and Slim Man will talk you through each one. PLUS, we will include your name in the credits in the "Special Thanks" section of the new Bona Fide CD. We will send you a customized USB flash drive with every Bona Fide song ever recorded! All 36 songs, plus all the songs from the new Bona Fide CD. We will include a physical copy of the new Bona Fide CD, autographed to you by Slim Man. PLUS, Marc Antoine will send you a thank you postcard from Madrid!

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    For a $300.00 pledge, we will send you the last existing copy of Bona Fide's Royal Function CD, our debut CD with the #1 song X Ray Hip. They ain't making these anymore! We will also send you a CD of The Poe House, Bona Fide's second CD. They ain't making any more of these, either. But wait! We will also include a CD of Soul Lounge, Bona Fide's 3rd CD. They won't be pressing any more of these anytime soon! And if that ain't enough, we'll include a copy of the brand new Bona Fide CD. ALL FOUR CDs WILL BE AUTOGRAPHED BY SLIM MAN!!! A true collector's treasure.

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    For a $600.00 pledge we will write you your own theme song, a song which will include your voice if you like! Send us an MP3 of you talking, or singing for up to 30 seconds, and we'll write you your own theme song/jingle, up to 1 minute long! Use it as your ringtone! Plus, we will also send you a customized USB flash drive of every Bona Fide song ever recorded. All 36 songs, plus the new songs from the new Bona Fide CD. Plus, we will send you a physical copy of the new Bona Fide CD, autographed to you by Slim Man. PLUS, Marc Antoine will send you a thank you postcard from Madrid.

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    For a $700.00 pledge, you and one friend can have dinner with Slim Man and Hit Man Howie Z at La Scala in Baltimore, MD, on Thursday, December 5th, 2013. And we will pay for dinner for both of you! Unless you each order 10 pound lobsters, of course! There is a Slim Man Holiday Concert at La Scala that night from 6 PM until 9, and after the concert, from 9:30 to 10:30, you can dine with Mr. Man and Hit Man! How wonderful! We will also send you the new Bona Fide CD in February, 2014, autographed, with free shipping, and we'll also include a customized USB flash drive of every Bona Fide song ever recorded.

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    For a $1,000.00 pledge, we will write you an instrumental song, up to 3 minutes long. Send us some info on what kind of song you'd like (for instance--fast or slow, funky or romantic) and we'll send you a CD or MP3 of your very own instrumental tune! We will include bass, drums, guitar and keyboards. Plus, we will send you a customized USB Flash drive with every Bona Fide song ever recorded, all 36 songs, and we'll include the new songs from the new Bona Fide CD. Plus, we will send you a physical copy of the new Bona Fide CD, autographed to you by Slim Man.

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    For a $1500.00 pledge, Slim Man will cook dinner for you and up to 5 friends. Mr. Man will bring his guitar, sing a few songs, and whip up a dinner just for you and your amigos. Choose a recipe from his cooking website, slimmancooks.com, and Slim Man will create a menu around that recipe--a salad, an appetizer, and your choice of entree from his cooking website. Here is the deal...you will have to cover travel expenses and accommodations (2 nights), and pay for the food. And Mr. Man will provide the cooking and the music. This offer is limited to the USA. You will also receive the new Bona Fide CD when it is finished. You will also receive a customized USB flash drive with every Bona Fide song. Both the CD and the USB drive will be hand delivered on the night of the feast! And, if you like, and if you are within driving distance of Nashville, TN, (300 miles), Slim Man will bring his canine co-hort, Batu.

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    For a pledge of $2,500.00 Slim Man will hand deliver the new Bona Fide CD to you, anywhere in the USA! He'll even pay for airfare, a rental car and accommodations! He will bring his guitar and sing you a few songs. You can buy him dinner, if you like, but you are not obligated. And Mr. Man will even bring along a customized USB flash drive with every Bona Fide song ever recorded, including all the new songs from the new Bona Fide CD! We will have to coordinate schedules, make it mutually acceptable.

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    Pledge $10,000.00 and we will do a Bona Fide concert for you and however many people you want at your choice of venue. You will provide sound (a PA) and lights and backline rental (drums, keyboards, and amplifiers) and accommodations (5 hotel rooms for 2 nights). We will provide Slim Man and the Bona Fide band (drums, piano, sax) and up to 120 minutes of music from the Bona Fide CDs. We'll pay for airfare. We'll even do some Slim Man songs if you like. The date will have to be mutually acceptable. But we gotta tell you, we're really excited about this.

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