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Hobnobbin' with Slim Man

I want to do an audio podcast that features conversations with creative people involved in the entertainment business. I want to talk with not only the folks in front of the velvet curtain--the musicians, singers, and entertainers--I want to also talk with the people behind the scenes, the producers, writers, songwriters, and executives.

Maybe you haven't heard of Angelo Petraglia. But you may have heard of The Kings of Leon. Angelo produced Kings of Leon, he gave them their signature sound. 

Maybe you haven't heard of legendary music biz wiz Patrick Clifford, but you might have heard of the Neville Brothers. Patrick signed them and lots more. 

Let's chat with people on both sides of the show biz curtain.

Angelo (L) and Patrick
Angelo (L) and Patrick

Perhaps you haven't heard of Robert Ellis Orrall. But maybe you've heard of Taylor Swift. Robert co-wrote a lot of the songs on Taylor's first CDs, and and has an incredible punk/pop label called Infinity Cat. Robert is a fascinating cat himself! 

Robert
Robert

There's a slight chance you may not know Carl Griffin. But you may have heard of Diana Krall. Carl signed her and lots of others. Why not have conversations with the artists and the people who signed them? Let's look at both sides!

Carl
Carl

I just spoke with my goodest buddy, guitarist Marc Antoine. He just got back from Cuba, where he did a concert with Cassandra Wilson, Marcus Miller, Herbie Hancock, Chucho Valdez and lots of others. I'd love to find out all about it. Wouldn't you? 

Cassandra Wilson and Marc Antoine in Havana
Cassandra Wilson and Marc Antoine in Havana

I want to talk with the people who are involved in all aspects of the creative process. I want to find out about how they did what they did, about what they're doing now, and about the stories of their lives.

I want to do these chats face to face. I want to avoid the telephone. There's something about having a conversation with someone while you are in the same room!

And I want it to be funny. Humorous. Light-hearted. Lively.

It will be a weekly audio podcast, about an hour long. 

I'll start off each podcast with a little story about what's been happening around the Slim Shack that week, and I'll chat about my latest recipe. 

And then I'll chat with my guest. I'll close the show with a song, maybe just me at the piano, singing. Maybe a Slim Man song that you've never heard. Maybe a song from the new Rat Pack Tracks CD!

Click on the pic, hear some Rat Pack songs
Click on the pic, hear some Rat Pack songs

 

I need some help getting the whole thing started. Travel expenses, equipment, social media marketers, publicists to spread the word...I need some assistance in getting the ball rolling!

That's what I want to do...a podcast about music, food, and the stories of the people who create the entertainment that keeps the show biz machinery rolling along.

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk is getting show biz folks to commit to having conversations with me. I have the contacts. But creative people live complicated lives! Sometimes people commit and then back out. Sometimes they confirm and don't show up. We're dealing with artists here, and artists are temperamental types!

The biggest challenge I face with this Kickstarter campaign is...podcasts are free. If I were trying to raise funds for a cookbook or a CD, I could offer either of those as rewards. So it's a challenge to figure out what to give folks as rewards.

So...I figured, why not have the new Slim Man Rat Pack CD as a reward? I love the way it sounds, and it will be a great way to give you Slim People something in return for your support. I'm not gonna put it up for sale on Amazon, or anywhere besides the Slim Man website.

I did a radio show in Baltimore, Maryland, for about 8 years. It was a Sunday morning jazz show, and I talked to lots of artists about their music and their lives. It was my favorite part of the show. I had some great conversations with some really interesting people.

I've got some experience at this. I know I can do it.

I just need your help.

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    Slim Man Rat Pack CD (digital)

    For a pledge of $10, you get a digital download of the Slim Man Rat Pack Tracks CD. All 12 swingin' songs, in high quality MP3 format. What songs? How about "Summer Wind", "The Best is Yet to Come", "I've Got the World on a String", "Witchcraft", "Fly Me to the Moon", "You Make Me Feel So Young" and more? A dozen of your favorite Rat Packin' songs. Slim Man sings to some amazing backing tracks. It's gonna be swingin'!

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    Hobnobbin' mug, apron, and Rat Pack CD

    For a $35 dollar pledge, you get the Slim Man Rat Pack Tracks CD, plus a 12 ounce yellow coffee mug, and a beige chef's apron, both with the Hobnobbin' with Slim Man logo. I use my coffee mug all the time, it's my favorite. The apron is adjustable, and heavy duty cotton/polyester--you might have to wash it a couple times. But I use mine and I dig it!

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    5 Slim Man Rat Pack Tracks CDs

    For a pledge of $50, you get 5 autographed copies of the Slim Man Rat Pack Tracks CD. All 12 swingin' songs. What songs? How about "Summer Wind", "The Best is Yet to Come", "I've Got the World on a String", "Witchcraft", "Fly Me to the Moon", "You Make Me Feel So Young" and more? Slim Man sings to some amazing backing tracks. It's gonna be swingin'! The CDs come in a single cardboard sleeve, with a dozen Rat Packin' songs.

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    Cooking Consultation, cookbook, 5 CDs

    For a $100 pledge, you can talk with Slim Man on the phone for up to an hour, and ask him questions about cooking. Are you curious how to cook certain dishes from the Slim Man Cooks cookbook? Just ask Mr. Man! This pledge includes a copy of the Slim Man Cooks hardcover cookbook and 5 Slim Man Rat Pack Tracks CDs.

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    Podcast Sponsor

    For a $400 pledge, Slim Man will mention your website, FaceBook page, your new CD, your movie, your podcast, your TV show, your business--or whatever you want to promote--on 8 consecutive podcasts. It will be like a commercial for whatever it is you're promoting as long as it doesn't involve anything illegal, immoral, or idiotic. And no drugs or alcohol! Our motto is..."Be Nice!"

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    Slim Man Cooks Dinner

    For a $1,000 pledge, Slim Man will cook dinner for you and 7 of your friends. You buy the food, Slim Man will cook it. Your choice of either spaghetti and meatballs (regular or turkey), Bolognese sauce with rigatoni, tomato sauce with penne rigate, shrimp with pesto, shrimp scampi, Angela's Chicken Stew, or Luigi's Chicken. Delizioso!
    Must be within 300 miles of Palm Springs, California. Also available for Carmel, California, and San Antonio, Texas. We'll pick a date that's mutually agreeable for all. Cheers!

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    Slim Man Cooks Dinner

    For a $2,500 pledge, Slim Man will cook dinner for you and 7 of your friends. You buy the food, Slim Man will cook it. Pick any recipe from the Slim Man Cooks cookbook, which is included in the pledge.
    Mr. Man will fly anywhere in the USA (including Alaska and Hawaii) and cook for you! We will pick a date that's convenient for everybody. He'll even sing a few songs!

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