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Be there from the beginning of my new album. Help me choose songs, conceptualize videos, choose cover art. Let's make a masterpiece!
Be there from the beginning of my new album. Help me choose songs, conceptualize videos, choose cover art. Let's make a masterpiece!
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Along with making albums, I also do enrichment programs for kids. At the end of a recent percussion workshop a quiet kid came up and tapped me on  the leg. He handed me the picture you see on the cover of this project and said, "This is what the notes sound like." I am now more convinced than ever that my next album needs to be an acoustic, organic experience. I want to strip it down and make a record I have been hearing in my head for a while now. It's somewhere between Springsteen's Nebraska, Petty's Damn The Torpedoes, and Dylan's Blood On The Tracks. (But with lots of percussion and some horns thrown in here and there. )

The way people get music these days is so much more immediate .  With that in mind I want to make this project a more immediate experience for people. I also want to get you in right away this time. I only have a handful of songs written so the concept of this album (or multiple eps) has not really taken shape yet. That is where you come in. 

THE PLAN:

I have roughly 7 songs already written. I will write a few more songs before Jan. 1st. I will present these songs and we can choose the best 5. I will release these 5 as an EP on Bandcamp. We can brainstorm ideas as to what the best single will be and come up with a concept for the video. By that time we should have a decent direction for the album. I'll keep writing and once we have 5 more tunes, I will record them. I will than do a full release of all 10 songs as an album via iTunes, Amazon etc… At this point we can design the cover art and release actual CDs.

I have set the funding goal at $4000. With Kickstarter it's an all or nothing affair so I have kept the goal low. This number will cover the EP and first video. I am hoping to raise well over that number and have the funds to pay for pressing of the CD, the second video and promotions for the release. The entire budget for the project will be around $14,000

I released my first solo record in 2011. Many of you have been with me since the beginning of my career. I hope you will continue down this road of making music with me, and if your new to the trip, welcome aboard. Your support means the world to me.

I could really use your help. 

Thanks, Tracy

Risks and challenges

Being a creative process, we may decide to go in a bit different direction and release two Eps or three three songs for that matter. Regardless, I will be creating music all year and we will put out a fair amount of music into the world!

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    A personal thank you note from me expressing my eternal gratitude.

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    DOWNLOAD.
    A download of the entire album before it is available!

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    A signed copy of the new album and a signed poster.

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    DOWNLOAD AND CD
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    SONG REQUEST
    Request a song and I will sing it for you at a concert you attend or via a Skype call. Also a signed CD.

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    DISCOGRAPHY
    All three of my CDS, including the new one, signed sealed and delivered!

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    LYRIC SHEET
    Handwritten, lyrics to any one of my songs. Plus a signed copy of the new CD.

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    DRUM HEAD
    A drum head used in the recording signed by the band. Broken or unbroken, you make the call. Also a signed copy of the new CD.

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    SKYPE LESSON
    Two Skype lessons with me. The first lesson we will talk about what you are working on and figure out what we need to do to make you into the rock star you know you are. In the second session we will work on a plan to get you heading in the right direction on, bass, guitar, songwriting, or theory. Beginner drums welcome, advanced we will call Mic into the session. CT residents are welcome to do the second session in my studio. Also a signed copy of the new album.

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    COVER SONG
    You pick the song. I will do a cover and shoot a video of me playing it acoustically. Please no Journey or other songs in the range of the female voice. Also a signed copy of the new CD.

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    SILLY SONG REWARD
    . I will write and record a silly song about you or anyone else you pick. These make nice gifts. These work great for kids or even pets. Also a signed copy of the new CD.

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    DAY IN THE STUDIO.
    Spend a full day in the studio. You can choose if you want to check out a day of tracking songs, or a day of mixing. Making records is really magic. If you have never been in a studio, this is a really cool reward. You are responsible to get yourself to CT or NYC, depending on where we are that day. Also a signed copy of the new album.

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    KID SONG

    I will write a personalized song using your child's name. Based on info you give me about them I will write a short little tune about them. Also a signed copy of the new CD.

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    GOLF PACKAGE!
    Grab two of your friends and you and I will beat them down in an 18 hole match at Greenwoods Country Club in CT. This package comes with 3 signed CDs

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    THE ART OF SONG:
    I will come and do a songwriting clinic at your school, your local library, or a place of your choosing. You will receive a thank you card from the group and a short video documenting the day! Also a signed copy of the new CD.

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    For you and a date. VIP passes to my show Jan 2nd show at Infinity Hall in Norfolk. Come check out soundcheck, hang backstage, and receive two floor seats for the show. Plus two signed copies of the new CD when it is released. You provide transportation to the show.

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    CHRISTMAS PARTY! Good for this year or next, throw a Christmas party and I will supply the carols! Add travel expenses outside of CT. Also a signed copy of the new CD.

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    ROCK STAR PHOTO SHOOT!

    You and I will go get some amazing rock star style photos done from Ian Johnson Photography. He did both of my last album covers and is amazing. We will go have lunch and let Ian do his thing. If they look really good we may even start a duo side project. And don't worry, we will get some of just you for your solo project! A signed CD by Ian and I.

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    HOUSE CONCERT!
    A solo house concert for you and your closest friends. Typically guests bring a donation to offset the cost. Make it pot luck so we can all eat, drink and be merry. Add travel expenses outside of CT. Contact me if you are unsure of how much to pledge if you live far away. (This is my favorite reward!) Also a signed copy of the new CD.

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    YOUR VERY OWN SONG!
    I will write a song for you and I will record it. We'll talk over lunch, Skype, or the phone so I can get to know you. I will than write a song about you. You will get a CD of your song. One of these may even end up on the new album. "Sunny Days" was a reward that made my last album! Also a signed copy of the new CD.

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    FULL BAND BASH. We will come to your house and bring the rock! You supply the guests, food etc...Add travel expenses outside of CT. Also a signed copy of the new CD.

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER!
    You will receive executive producer credits for the album. We will thank you endlessly in the liner notes, videos, and public performances. Unless of course you prefer to stay anonymous.

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    MUSIC AFFILIATION PACKAGE. If you own a business that is music related. ( Or even if you can listen to music while using your product.) You can be a sponsor of the album and the initial promotions, including the first video we shoot. Your business name will be featured in the liner notes, video credits, and I will promote the heck out of you while I play to support this album. If you are unsure, contact me first so we can make sure that I believe in your company and it will be a good fit with what I do.

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    RECORD LABEL!
    First things first. You are the best.... Other than that you have now become the main producer of this album. You will be involved in all aspects of making this record. (I will still write the songs, and play them) but you are in on everything else. You will receive everything on the list above this as well (chose between solo or full band show at your place.) Depending on how far you want to go over the $5000 mark, you may just have become a record label!

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