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Be a part of The Spinning Leaves' new album!

Hello Hello! We are The Spinning Leaves from Philadelphia - playing music, stirring up community - maybe you've heard us?

We have a whole load of new songs and we are super excited to get them recorded !! But we need a little shove to keep our music homegrown and handmade. We need to put our community vision where our community mouth is, so to speak!

So we've put together a drive on this fund-raising site to organize money and appeal directly to you (our community!) with a whole mess of incentives stacked up to the right there ----->. It's like when NPR comes out and appeals to their listeners for support every so often, only we're not gonna talk you goofy and our video IS AMAZING! We've tried to include goodies for all socio-economic levels, from downloads of the future album(like preorder!), hand-made bedroom demos and live DVDs, to special herbal tea blends we made, free shows, home made sauerkraut, dinner with the band and updates of audio and video from the studio as it happens! Whoah yes.

Ever since our band was a young-in', we've always placed our faith in the power of people together and the fruit of community. This just takes it on up to the next level !!! Fan-supported album! It's so unique to our time and place. Let's make an album together!

What we want to do: We've already booked time in late March to record, mix, and master a 6 to 7 song CD EP in upstate New York with Henry Hirsch(Lenny Kravitz, Madonna, Mick Jagger). It's gonna be soooooooooo great!

The $6000 will pay for recording, mixing, and mastering. If we surpass that, our goal, we'll print the CD ourselves too. If we surpass that, we'll hire some publicity and give the album a big push. I mean, if we had the funds, we would start an international label and run Philly Folk Parade tours all over the world in a big caravan. Whew!

Thanks so much for the help, everyone! In an age where people don't usually pay for music, it's so important to have independent artists and shaker-uppers to help keep the societal ball rolling. You know? And any bit of support is helpful. Even if you can't afford to give, please pass this along to someone that might. Excited bout it!!!

All together. Be well.

Love, The Spinning Leaves

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    access to an exclusive in-studio blog on which we will post frequent updates of audio and video from the studio!

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    exclusive blog, and a digital download of the album when finished!

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    exclusive blog, digital download of album, and a live DVD from our performance at the 2010 Philadelphia Folk Festival (in our special packaging)!

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    exclusive blog, digital download of album, folk festival DVD, PLUS a Spinning Leaves t-shirt designed and screen printed so fine by SEAMPOETS!

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    The ultimate grab bag! Exclusive blog, digital download of album, folk festival DVD, a Spinning Leaves T-shirt --- PLUS a hand-packaged intimate home recording of unreleased material --- PLUS a hand crafted blend of herbal teas made specifically for you from us. We'll gather the herbs.. you tell us what you like!

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    The ultimate grab bag PLUS some home-made super food! We'll make you up some of our favorite recipes! Choose from sauerkraut, preserves and kimchi. We'll make you a batch ourselves and send it on ~

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    Hot off the press! The Philadelphia Folksong Society has donated two tickets($138 value each) to the 2011 50th Anniversary Philadelphia Folk Festival this summer!! An event not to miss! And here's a way to not only reserve your place at the festival(2 three-day passes) but also help us forward. We'll throw in a digital download of the future album and a live DVD of us at last year's festival for good measure. The ultimate Folk Fest Package!

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    The grab bag PLUS we'll make you our specialties! One hand-carved wood or acorn necklace made by Michael and filled with good feeling. Also, a whole load(year supply-ish?) of chapsticks/balms from Barbara's "You Bee Well" line. She uses ingredients such as rosewater, lavender, tea tree oil, calendula, and raw local honey. For the natural among you ;)

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    The grab bag PLUS we'll cover any song of your choosing and post a video of us playing it on youtube! OR give us an idea or a subject and we'll write a song about anything you want - and post it up for the whole world to see!

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    The grab bag PLUS we'll play a house show for you and whomever you might like to invite anywhere within one hour drive of Philadelphia! There's nothing like sharing music in this way. It's our favorite - human sound to human ear in a home. Low on cash?? Gather some friends and all pitch in! This is how really genius dinner parties happen ;)

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    The grab bag PLUS be our guest! Two free tickets to a show of your choosing and dinner BY the band. We'll bring a delicious meal and picnic in the park with you or something! Also, you help choose the set-list for the show!

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    The grab bag PLUS personalized mix CDs for every season of the year AND consider us your personal TREASURE finder! We're pretty good at finding those one-of-a-kind things in the world and we'll search our treasure spots on your behalf for something truly exceptional. Give us as much or as little guidance as you like. We'll find you a personal TREASURE! Will not disappoint!

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    At this level, we're willing to let this be a choose-your-prize! If there is something reasonable you would like to propose for us, we're willing to entertain it. Sit-in on a session?? We'll write songs about each of your children?? Or, feel free to combine gifts. Would you like us to cover 3 or 4 songs for youtube? House show and dinner by us and tickets to any show? Ten grab bags?? Any way you want it. AND we'll make sure and credit you in the album notes.

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