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A third group of new songs by Travis Oberg, based on stories from all over.

Hello! And Thanks!

 New Travis Oberg Project: Library Card

Over the past two years I’ve written new songs that I believe represent the best work I’ve done so far. I’d love to record these songs professionally and give them the best way to be heard. I need your help! Keep calm and read on.

These new songs are all stories. This creative project will be called “Library Card” and will include three volumes: fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

Imagine stepping into a library and pulling books down as you browse. These songs are a handful of stories that range from documentary style bus trips,  jaunts through the autumn woods, myths about eagles, sparkly poems, and even a murder mystery. I want this project to represent all-access to the  favorite, quirky and diverse types of stories I enjoy. These are tales that you would pull off the shelf and thumb through: The Legend of Wandering Spirit, The Ballad of Darci Price, Red & Gold, The Summer of 1970, Jezebel, Book of Poems and others. 

 

So Travis, why so much Moolah?

I’m glad you asked! 8,700 bucks may seem like a lot, but in reality it is only a fraction of the cost of a typical record. Record companies can spend upwards of $200,000 to make a project like this, but as an independent artist I’ve learned how to make the dollar  s t r e t c h. I've already funded about 1/3 of this project. I need to come up with the rest. This money is going toward three common parts of making a record: Recording, Mixing/Mastering & Printing. Recording includes paying musicians, producers and engineers to track all the sounds on that make up the music. Mixing/Mastering is the process of making all the music sound really good. Printing is designing the 'look' and printing the artwork for the project.  We can bring these all together and make this project happen.

Thanks for believing in my music and for helping to make something meaningful, artistic and beautiful. Again, It is sometimes taken for granted or turned cliché, but it is never so apparent as in this way: I could not survive without you. You mean the world to me.

Thank you Thank you Thank you,

Travis Oberg

p.s. "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." -Dr. Seuss

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  • Library Card is three separate EP projects, each with a different style: Fiction, Non-fiction and Poetry. Backers of this project will receive all three EP's at once, about 12 songs total, but when the project is ultimately released it will be released as three distinct EP's.

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    Undying appreciation AND a digital version of one song from "Library Card" PLUS a handwritten thank you note on a hard back book cover PLUS 12 homemade bookmarks with original artwork and book quotes on them.

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    Undying appreciation AND a digital DELUXE copy of the new music on "Library Card." DELUXE means the music PLUS a photo journal of shots and video taken during project creation and the production journey. These will be unique digital prints and movies from my story along the way, including the CD cover art. A good way to get to know me and a killer value!

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    Undying appreciation AND a digital copy of the new music on "Library Card" PLUS a printed hard copy CD of the project, AND a custom screen-printed book bag, PLUS a group of fairy-tale story books including "African Myths & Tales" by Susan Feldman, "Alice in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll, "The Tale of Despereaux" by Kate DiCamillo and "Taoist Tales" by Raymond Van Over from my own library shelves. These books I have read & used for inspiration! Love em.

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    Undying appreciation AND a digital copy of the new music on "Library Card" PLUS a printed hard copy CD of the project, AND a custom screen-printed book bag, PLUS a group of poetry books from my own library shelf, including "The Poetry of Robert Frost" (one of my favorite poets), "Sound and Sense: an Intro to Poetry" (a book I used in my schooling), and "Blackbird Singing: Poems and Lyrics" by Paul McCartney. Groovy.

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    Undying appreciation AND a digital copy of the new music "Library Card" PLUS a printed hard copy CD of the project, AND a custom screen-printed book bag, PLUS a couple great story books - "The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck (hands down, my favorite author), "Snow Falling on Cedars" by David Guterson and "Cold Mountain" by Charles Frazier. Super good stories from my own library shelf.

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    Undying appreciation PLUS a digital copy of the music AND a hard copy CD of "Library Card" AND an 'Introverts Surprise Package' which includes (but is not limited to) a good quiet read from my own bookshelf, a coffee mug and home-roasted coffee beans, earplugs and some other sweet things that any introvert would just LOVE.

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    Undying appreciation PLUS the music of "Library Card" in digital and actual form AND an amazing Librarian action figure with 'shushing action.' I will personally carve this figure out of wood, paint and customize it. If you would like this action figure to look like someone, say yourself for example, I can do this. What you end up with is a one-of-a-kind collectible. Super cool!

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    Undying appreciation AND a digital copy of the new music on "Library Card" PLUS a printed hard copy CD of the project, PLUS access to the .WAV files from 'Library Card" to do with whatever you wish. Re-mix, tweak and have fun geeking out with the music. It's like you get borrowers rights, exclusive access to the whole album, kinda like you would at the public library. I'd love to hear what you come up with!

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    Undying appreciation AND a digital copy of the new music on "Library Card" PLUS a printed hard copy CD of the project, a custom screen-printed book bag, PLUS an original folk-tale called "White Wolf, Black Wolf" written, illustrated and printed by me.

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    Undying appreciation AND the digital and physical copies of "Library Card" PLUS a custom reading room up-cycled coffeetable. I've been creating things out of old pallets lately, so if you want something unique, one-of-a-kind and handcrafted to fit into your living room or patio pick this reward and I will create a special table (or bench or bookshelf...) from old patina pallet wood. I can't ship these so I guess that means this reward is for local delivery only, but I may be coming your way so lemme know, we can maybe work it out.

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    Undying appreciation AND a digital copy of the new music "Library Card" PLUS a printed hard copy CD of the project, PLUS I will learn and video a cover song of your choice, to post to my youtube channel or just about anywhere online you like. Think about it, isn't there just one song you wish I would cover? I'll do it and post it for you!

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    Undying appreciation AND a digital copy of the new music on "Library Card" PLUS a printed hard copy CD of the project, all limited edition artwork for the album, a screen-printed book bag AND a "Secret Pocket" book handcrafted by me. These one-of a-kind books are made of a nice, vintage hardback with a secret compartment carved into the pages. Each one is unique and in theme with one of my songs on "Library Card."

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    Undying appreciation AND a digital copy of the new music on "Library Card" PLUS a printed hard copy CD of the project, PLUS a homespun house show. This includes homemade sourdough bread, hangout time before the show, music for you and all your friends at your own house or place of your choosing. Travel expenses are not included and if you live way out in the boon-docks or in a foreign land, let's talk.

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    Undying appreciation AND a digital copy of the new music on "Library Card" PLUS a printed hard copy CD of the project, all limited edition artwork for the album, a screen-printed book bag, a copy of my original folk tale "White Wolf, Black Wolf" written and illustrated by me, the sweet Librarian action figure with 'shushing action' PLUS a homespun house show. This includes homemade sourdough bread, a pound or so of home-roasted coffee beans, hangout time before the show, music for you and all your friends at your own house (or place of your choosing.) Travel expenses ARE included. If you live way out in the boon-docks or in a foreign land, let's talk.

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