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In fourth grade I was in the play "The Half-boy" about a half-boy's journey to find his whole self. I've been hopping ever since...
In fourth grade I was in the play "The Half-boy" about a half-boy's journey to find his whole self. I've been hopping ever since...
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Hi Kickstarter Community,

My name is Timothy, and I'm excited to be here with you as I launch my first campaign to create The Half-Boy, an endeavor that seeks to connect people to one another through music and art.

I've been creating music for most of my life.  As a kid, I would gather all of my mom's pots and pans, laundry baskets, and trashcans and make drum sets in the middle of my room.  I was always tapping my feet, always penning bits and pieces of poetry on napkins and book covers, and generally spacing out and imagining when others were attempting to demand my attention.  Over the years, what began as a hobby has now turned into a passion.  I create music because I have to.  It's the way I connect with the world around me and respond to the world within.

In 2012, I released my first studio album titled "The Breeze."  Recorded over a three year period, in the back of tanning salons and a friend's living room, The Breeze emerged as a collection of songs charting the difficulty of creation.  I'm really proud of that album, and now I'm ready to record again!

I've booked studio time at Asterisk Sound in Waco, TX to record the first 3 songs of my new album, The Half-Boy, with members of The Digital Age (formerly of The David Crowder Band).  This opportunity is not lost on me, and I'm confident that, together, with these accomplished musicians this album will be a meaningful contribution to the conversation.  Plus, it's been a dream of mine to lend my voice in this way!!

Comprised of songs relating my own journey toward wholeness, The Half-Boy concept comes from a play I was in when I was a fourth grader.  My character was literally a half-boy, fractured by fear and misunderstanding from his community. Sent out by his parents on a journey to find wholeness, completion finally came when he acknowledged his own broken beauty and learned to connect with others. These are songs about yearning and resting. Hope and despair. Wounding and healing. Isolation and belonging. Wandering and home.

One thing that sets this album apart from anything I've ever done, is that I'm inviting folks to experience the music as a community instead of as individuals.  Each song on the album is accompanied by a postcard depicting art inspired by that song.  The invitation is simple: as you listen to the songs on The Half-Boy, my hope is that the art and the music will become a point of connection between you and someone else; a friend experiencing loss, a family member learning to live in a new way, or a stranger you've just met.  As you listen to each song, and a person you'd like to connect with comes to mind, you can take the postcard, address it to that person and place it in the mail.  When they receive your gift, not only will they have a meaningful token of your friendship, they'll also have the opportunity to download that song for free because each postcard contains a download code for the song that inspired the artwork.  I'm confident that the powers of love, understanding, compassion, and kinship heal the world by healing individual hearts.  The Half-Boy aims to bring about that kind of healing by sending expressions of friendship and compassion through mailboxes all around the world.

In order to create a project like this, so many moving parts have to come together.  From recording the songs, to commissioning the artwork, to packaging and marketing, all of this will take time, energy, and resources.  This project will cost $17,000.00 to complete, so the $6,000.00 that I am seeking through this Kickstarter is only a fraction of the total cost.  Anything that is contributed above and beyond our goal will go directly to the recording, production, and promotional costs associated with The Half-Boy.  In short, there is no way that this project will turn into the beautiful expression of friendship and compassion I know it can be without the generous support of a ton of people!!  So, thank you in advance for your generosity and for sharing this project with others.  

As a way of saying "Thank You" for making this project possible, we've compiled some great backer packages for you all.  From beautiful, hand-made scarves…

Aubrey rocking the scarf!
Aubrey rocking the scarf!

 to one of a kind posters…

Art work by Fresh Kaufee
Art work by Fresh Kaufee

to incredibly adorable portraits by Aubrey and Eli…

She's even better now that she's 6!
She's even better now that she's 6!

 Thank you so much for making this project a reality!

Risks and challenges

Once "The Half-Boy" is funded, the fun will begin. But, as I learned during my last album, sometimes a project that is set to take 3 months turns into the project that takes three years. You set out recording in the studio and end up recording in a tanning salon. But, with the setbacks come blessings. "The Breeze" was so much more mature because of the experiences I had while working on the album.
My expectation is to begin and finish recording during the months of March and April, 2014 and have the album ready to distribute by early summer! However, life happens and albums, like planes and buses and trains, get delayed. If that happens, you can bet I'll be right back at this keyboard keeping you in the loop and working hard to get this album completed in a timely fashion.
The main obstacle at this point is getting the backing that we need to fund the project! But, with your help, I'm completely confident this album will be hot off the presses by the middle of 2014!

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    Can't get a lot for one dollar these days, except here on kickstarter! By giving one of your hard earned dollars toward the recording of "The Half-Boy," you'll find your name included in the album art for the project! "Check it out, Ma! Your son made the cover of a real-deal rock-n-roll album!!"

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    Can't get a lot for 5 dollars these days, except here on kickstarter! By giving a few of your hard earned dollars toward the recording of "The Half-Boy," you'll find your name included in the album art for the project! "Check it out, Ma! Your son made the cover of a real-deal rock-n-roll album!!" PLUS, you'll receive a free download of "March On" when it comes out!

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    For backing "The Half-Boy" at the $10.00 level, your beautiful name will be included in the album art AND you get an instant digital download of the WHOLE album the day the project is complete, delivered right to your inbox! This package includes digital copies of all original artwork created for this project.

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    You'll be the first folks besides my family to get your hands on the CD version of this album. Complete with 5 postcards of original artwork inspired by each song on the album, you'll be invited to share the songs from The Half-Boy with friends, family, and strangers in a unique way. You'll also receive all of the aforementioned incentives.

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    There isn't a better deal on the internet today. $35.00 backers get ALL of the aforementioned goodies PLUS some hand-written lyrics to any song of your choice off "The Half-Boy."

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    Thanks for your generous support! $50.00 backers will receive recognition in the album art, instant digital download of The Half-Boy project, a hard copy of The Half-Boy, PLUS digital downloads of The Breeze (my previously released album) and a PDF version of my book Re: Memos on Faith and Life.

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    My friend Joonbug is a great artist. He took some lyrics to one of my songs on the new album titled "All You Have to Give Away" and created some fantastic art. Backers at the $75.00 level will receive The Half-Boy CD, a digital copy of my first album, The Breeze, a PDF copy of my book (Re: Memos on Faith and Life), plus a hand-silkscreened print of Joonbug's Fresh Kaufee artwork for "All You Have to Give Away."

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    Setting aside a Benjamin for this project is very kind of you. $100.00 toward the project gets you recognition in the album art, instant digital download of The Half-Boy project, physical copies of The Half-Boy, The Breeze, Re: Memos on Faith and Life, and a hand silk-screened poster of lyrics from All You Have to Give Away!

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    Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, listed at the $60.00 backer level, including the Fresh Kaufee silk-screened poster PLUS one of these beautiful "Half-Boy" scarves, hand-knit by my mother with wool/bamboo mixed fiber yarn. These are some high-quality scarves folks. You can't find them anywhere else, and there are only TWO available. Get while the getting's good!

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    House shows are a great opportunity to get a bunch of your friends together and listen to some good music. I'll happily come and play a house show or listening party for those who back "The Half-Boy" at this level.
    We can talk specifics later, but travel and lodging accommodations will need to be arranged by host for house shows booked further than 3 hours away from Abilene. You'll also get the physical CD, the Fresh Kaufee artwork, and I'll do a cover of the song of your choice during the concert/listening party.

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    BENEFACTOR LEVEL: We would like to commission 5 original pieces of art, created by artists we are inspired by, for each of the 5 songs on The Half-Boy. Each piece of art will then be turned in to postcards that will accompany the CD version of the album. Backers at this level will receive an autographed copy of The Half-Boy project, plus the original painting commissioned for the project.

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    Everything listed in the previous levels (minus the hand-knit scarves/artwork/house show), a personal phone call from yours truly lauding your generosity and kindness, plus the best reward of all- an ORIGINAL, COMPLETELY PRECIOUS PORTRAIT HAND-DRAWN BY THE SWEETEST AND MOST TALENTED LITTLE GIRL I KNOW (QUITE POSSIBLY THE CUTEST KID IN THE WORLD), MY DAUGHTER. PORTRAIT WILL ALSO INCLUDE SOME EXTRA SPECIAL COLOR WORK BY MY HANDSOME 3 YEAR OLD SON!! These kids aren't churning these out for just anyone. 2 incredibly generous backers will receive one of the highest accolades available in this world- the respect of my children.

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