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Capturing the magic of Nordic mythology and the epic clashes between Vikings and Christians brought to life in one rocking album.
Capturing the magic of Nordic mythology and the epic clashes between Vikings and Christians brought to life in one rocking album.
42 backers pledged $10,015 to help bring this project to life.

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I'm Stephen Gashler, national-award winning storyteller, playwright, novelist, composer, and Youtuber (with my lovely wife Teresa). For as long as I remember, my dad has had this idea about a rock opera based on Nordic mythology. He imagined Odin on the guitar, Loki on the bass, and Thor on the drums, while vikings sailed across the stage singing about Valhalla (the heaven for those slain in battle).

Now, unfortunately, my dad has Parkinson's disease, and while his health is deteriorating, I realized it's time to make his dream a reality. So I've started composing the songs, and I can tell you right now, it's going to be awesome. The story is about a young viking named Sven, who, on his first raid in Britain, gets separated from his comrades. He wonders why Odin has forsaken him. Getting mixed up with a Christian nun named Mary, the two face a grand adventure as they sail the seas in search of the true god.

Right now the goal is to create a killer album and make it to the Billboard Hot 100 List. If the music is successful, then the next goal will be Broadway.

To make this happen, first we'll need to professionally record the music. Then we're going to perform some concerts (dressed like vikings, of course), create a high quality music video, and get the songs featured on the radio and streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify. To do all this, we need to raise $10,000, and with your help, I know we can do it.

Risks and challenges

I don't foresee a lot of risk. I have a lot of experience with composing, recording, and mixing music, and I've made many music videos. If anything, creative projects often take longer than expected, so we may need to push back the delivery date.

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