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I have dreams laying dormant, holding space on a bus & in songs/stories that I have yet to put out into the world. It is time to share.
I have dreams laying dormant, holding space on a bus & in songs/stories that I have yet to put out into the world. It is time to share.
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Bag of Simple: Journey & Recording

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Once upon a time I bought a bus... I had a big fancy dream of selling coffee (during my Shaky Tree days) to people on bikes as they road across the beautiful state of Iowa (RAGBRAI). I was also going to use the bus for all sorts of fun things pertaining to music, coffee, art... and community. Then "life" things happened... and those dreams got buried. In fact, on a lot of levels I got buried. I became afraid to dream big, take risks, or even believe I had it in me to follow through on the smallest of creative endeavors. I became defined by the things that I saw as my failures. 

Luckily, my heart didn't stop beating... and I had people in my life that gave me space to rest, but also gave me support to allow my creative (true) self to bubble up on occasion. Maybe you were one of those people... I can't thank you enough! 

Over the past year I have done a lot of work unpacking the baggage I have collected over my lifetime... I have let go of things that I no longer need. I came to recognize how weighed down I am by fear, shame, guilt and painful items that hold me back from being... me. The me I want to be. This "unpacking", is a process that will be a life long journey, but it is time to celebrate a turning point!

My goal is to use the journey of bringing my bus back to California as an opportunity to dream big! I plan on documenting the whole trip, and ending up with a soundtrack to the journey (in the form of a CD). It will act as a marker in my life, and hopefully an inspiration for others. This journey will be about sifting through the past, honoring the good and the bad... and moving powerfully into the future.

That is the project! I am going to "pack my bag of simple" (the CD title is Bag of Simple)... with the tools that I need, and go revive my dreams! 

For the purpose of this project, those dreams are wrapped up in a bus... and in songs that I have been meaning to record for a very long time. I will use the time on the road to dive into what that looks and sounds like. Some of the recording will be done on the road with the help of talented allies (such as Chad Elliott), and some of it will be done in my home studio when I return. My hope is at the end I will have something to share with others to support them on their journey of unpacking unneeded items... in order to fill themselves with love. Your support will ensure that the final product gets made!

How will your support be put to use? Mostly for the production costs of getting the CD made. I hope to share the process of the trip (photos, video, music, blog), and then someday use the bus as a mobile gallery to show what I created during the trip! My goal for this project is to end up with a soundtrack to my journey, in the form of a CD and artwork... music has such a powerful way of bringing you back to a moment. I want to be able to share that feeling of moving on... of reconnecting with (and moving into) who I want to be, and what I want to carry with me in this world. If the campaign exceeds my funding goal... the project will grow into using the bus to travel and share the story, and hopefully help other people achieve their goals. Maybe I can have a concert/art show in YOUR driveway!

Cost Breakdown:

  • CD Costs = $2000 (It will be very DIY, with professional help polishing it off... this will also include the cost of production of the CD, 300-500 in pretty eco-wallets)
  • Travel = $500 (getting to Iowa, gas back & perhaps beyond... the bus runs on bio-diesel!)
  • Supplies/Misc = $350 (art supplies, printing cost and random needs that are sure to come up as the project takes shape on the road)
  • Sharing = $150 (this will help put it out into the world, shipping and some promotion of the final product)

Extra = $??? (anything that I raise above and beyond will go towards making the dreams bigger and better... converting the bus to share the experience, better production, more songs (maybe a two disc set!), a DVD, an art book... who knows!?!?)

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    I will send you a postcard from the road trip thanking you!

    When else will you get a postcard from Kearney, Nebraska?

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    "Save the TreeBus" Magnet... You will get a fun thank you for your fridge and the postcard. A good reminder to dream (and have fun)!

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    A CD recording of the album... My first solo recording project.

    As well as the postcard thank you, and magnet.

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    The limited "Bag of Simple: Spare Parts Edition"... It is an old canvas bag I found at the army surplus store in Vallejo (with "Spare Parts" printed on them), packed with photos, prints of drawings, and treasures I find on my trip... as well as the CD recording of the album, and the post card, and magnet!

    What goes into the bag will be born out of my time on the road... it will be creative, simple & reflect my thought process on the road.

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    Signed Art Print... There will be a collection of works that are born out of this project (photos, drawings, paintings)... you will get a choice from collection to have printed, signed and sent to you. This will be something that could go in a frame and hang on your wall. Includes the CD, postcard, & magnet.

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    Coffee Class... I will come to your home and make coffee (approx 1-2 hours), as well as help you make better coffee at home. We can look at your coffee set up and go over options to improve your daily cup! I will bring a selection of coffee and give a short explanation about what makes each coffee unique, and answer any question you might have about the mysteries of the coffee world! Redeemable anytime in the next year that works with our schedules. Availability will be somewhat limited outside the Bay area, but anywhere that I might tour with the CD/artwork is fair game (NW, Iowa/Kansas City area, along I-80 or I-5)... e-mail me with questions. Includes the CD, postcard, & magnet.

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    The limited-limited "Bag of Simple: Spare Parts Edition"... with at least one original piece of artwork unique to each bag (only 5 bags)... It is an old canvas bag I found at the army surplus store in Vallejo (with "Spare Parts" printed on them), packed with photos, prints of drawings, and treasures I find on my trip... as well as the CD recording of the album, and the post card, and magnet!

    What goes into the bag will be born out of my time on the road... it will be creative, simple & reflect my thought process on the road.

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    Art Class... Join me at the Hammock Hostel (my house, and studio in Vallejo, CA) for a day of making art. I can tailor the class to something you want to learn or create! We can get our hands into clay, paint, photography, drawing, woodworking, candle making, collage... just about anything you can think of, and you end up with something special to take home!

    This class (approx 3-5 hours) will include plenty of coffee (or tea), and at least one meal made by me. Overnight stay at the Hostel is even possible if you live far away... make a Bay area vacation out of it!

    Redeem the reward anytime you (and I) can make the day happen in the next year. This reward will cover two people, or bump your pledge up to $200 and add one more... split the cost with friends and have fun too! Includes the CD, postcard, & magnet.

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    Hammock Hostel Bed & Breakfast (1-2 people)... a 1-3 night stay at the Hammock Hostel (my home and studio in the Bay Area). This will include a meal prepared by me each day, as well as coffee and beverages... use of all the Hostel amenities, tour guide services as available, and convenient access to premier Bay area locations (SF, Napa, Marin). This is redeemable anytime in the next year when schedules allow. Includes the CD, postcard, & magnet.

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    Bus "website" Billboard... The bus catches people's eye. In fact, it causes outright stares. This might be just what you need to get your project the attention it deserves. Fund a third of this project in one click, and I will paint your website on the bus! This needs to be done in the first 5 days of the project (by the 15th)... So I can make it happen for the 2000 mile journey from Iowa to CA. I can do one website on each side of the bus, as well as the back... this will be first come, first serve! I will also feature you on my blog, and talk with people I meet along the way. You will also get any of the other rewards that you would like!!! Please email me your idea before purchasing this reward... so I can make sure I am comfortable being an ambassador for it!

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    Bus Billboard or Beyond... The bus catches people's eye. In fact, it causes outright stares. This might be just what you need to get your project the attention it deserves. Fund this project in one click, and I will paint the bus up (with collaboration from you) with what ever you want to see (within reason)! We can come up with a plan to use the bus for your promotion (event, driving billboard, etc). I am open to conversation about this reward... email me and we'll see if your idea fits, and that I am comfortable being an ambassador for your idea! You will also get any of the other rewards that you would like!!!

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