"SO GOOD (THE BOSTON SONG)" - A Boston Anthem
We really believe that this song can help all the amazing people in Boston - families, students, teachers, and hard workers - come together as a community and accept this as THEIR anthem, positively adding to the city's identity.
Eytan first came up with this idea for a "Boston song" 2 years ago in a jingle writing class taught by the legendary Jon Aldrich at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. If companies can have a jingle that helps their customers relate to and identify with their product, why can't a city do the same thing? Can there be a song built specifically for a city that represents the city's culture and give everybody something to identify with - like an anthem?
For over a year Eytan marinated on this idea, writing and rewriting business plans for how to make the "Boston Anthem" come to be accepted by the city.
Then Eytan and Vince met, forming a party band of Berklee scholarship students, Sweet Tooth & the Sugarbabies, and soon after became songwriting partners. From the beginning, something felt right about working together. It's rare to find a chemistry like this and Eytan knew it was time to present the idea to his new partner-in-crime.
Research & Development-
We spent the next 6 months researching what this city identifies with musically. We interviewed dozens of Bostonians and faculty at Berklee, researched Boston's musical history, and tested out different songs in our weekly live shows to see which bands, styles, tempos, instrumentations, lyrics, and even keys the Bostonians liked the best.
Once we were satisfied that we understood the city's taste in music, we began writing a song to fuse the old traditions and classic Boston sound with the new and emerging sounds of the current music industry. Neil Diamond + Journey +The Black Eyed Peas + The Fray + a few secret ingredients = the new Boston sound.
We recorded and mixed the song demo in a Brighton apartment with a little help and used it to organize a team of incredibly talented people to build the final project. Since then we've been working non-stop to organize resources, funding, and other support to make it happen. The project was recently accepted into Harvard's Recording Artists Project (RAP), where a team of law students is helping us legitimize this mission. Everyone has been amazing!
The final record has finally entered the mixing process and we're excited to have it ready in a few weeks.
We're also working on a top-notch music video incorporating the people and places in Boston and launching it for the world to enjoy.
Business Plan & Marketing-
At this point it's all about fundraising. We need to raise enough money through advertising, donations, and this wonderful site (Kickstarter.com) in order to saturate the city with our song in mid-April. The money will go 100% towards:
- 10,000 CDs of the song to be given away FREE around Boston.
- T-shirts, stickers, bracelets, hats, etc. of the project to be given FREE as well.
- An ad campaign for www.thebostonsong.com incorporating flyers, billboards, posters, and much more.
- Developing the website to allow viewing of the music video; free downloads of the song, ringtones, a dance remix; a forum for people to share positive sentiments of Boston or the song; a consistent update of fun/interesting happenings around the city; and a place to recognize everyone who has supported us and this dream (including YOU)!
- And getting airtime on local radio/TV stations to promote and spread this anthem.
We have the street teams and supporters all ready to go as soon as we can organize the promo materials.
It's important to us that everyone in boston has the chance to fall in love with this song for FREE so we must raise enough funding to make that happen!
We wish that everyone can find health, wealth, and happiness - so that we can all say our lives are "SO GOOD! SO GOOD!".
Thank you from the depths of our hearts for taking the time to read about our project, we hope you feel excited and compelled to donate something to our goal and help make a positive impact on a great historical American city.
Vincent Keith and Eytan Nicholson
Owners - WiDiT Publishing - Boston, MA
Special thanks to (in no particular order):
Ben Meyers (of Me Vs. Gravity), Mike Kilkenney-Patrick, Tim McClain, Jon Aldrich, Jay Fialkov, Evan Wei-Haas, Jonah Wei-Haas, Pablo Della Bella, Robert Struthers, Anthony Greco, Melanie Donnelly, Emily Luther, Max Von Edler, Liz Vuong, Sam Burke, AJ Schortman, Rami Afuni, Sheldon Thwaites, Brian Price - John Fordyce and the rest of the Harvard RAP team, Paul and Darlene Loura (Brick Park), Hans Jenny (BestBands Agency), Randie Sollitto (R Music Productions), Shant Koutoujian and Go Music Production Studio, Nate Barsanti, City Side @ River Falls in Woonsocket, RI, Berklee College of Music, and the magical city of Boston!
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