Lauren O'Connell

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Hey there. I’m Lauren O’Connell. I write songs and play them. I’m originally from Rochester, New York, and I’ve trekked across the country to move in with my friends in Northern California to enter the the world of being a full time musician.

I’ve been consistently blown away by how generous and involved people have been with my music. This being the case, I’ve decided to work with PledgeMusic, which is going to allow two really cool things: 1. You get to be involved in my ever-expanding musical journey by helping me make a new album. 2. I get to share some really cool stuff with you on a personal level in exchange for your pledge. And by “you” I mean you personally. Not “you” as in “the internet.” Bear with me here, I’ll get a little more specific and a little less meta.

As you probably know, I’m an independent artist and I fund everything myself. I’ve got some new songs I’m really excited about, and I want to make them sound as good as they do in my head. That costs money, especially if I don’t want to starve in the process.

By using a ‘fan-funded’ model to raise the money to go into the studio, not only would you be influencing and enabling the release, you would have access to many rare opportunities to own some unique stuff from me. In exchange for your generosity and participation, I’ve decided to get creative with some exclusive, personalized merch-- Like handwritten, signed lyrics to your favorite song, or jewelry handmade by me from my old guitar strings, or even my violin bow. With your support I hope to be able to start recording in January 2011.

By pledging here you will receive regular videos and blog updates, PLUS 27 mp3’s of everything I’ve released so far for just one $20 pledge OR completely FREE if you pledge on another item. I mean, it’s a pretty good deal.

10% of the profits will also being going to a really worthwhile cause called Angels for Animals, which builds hundreds of sturdy, straw-filled doghouses and delivers them to lonely dogs whose guardians won’t relinquish the animals or let them inside.

So I hope my wordy explanation has convinced you to get involved with this really exciting project. If I reach my goal, I’ll be able to get into the studio without the help of a record label, maintain my sweet, sweet creative freedom, and hopefully do you all proud. If all goes well, I’ll get this album started in January and then you’ll be able to see me on tour next year. As you can imagine, I’m personally invested in this project, and I personally put together all of these pledge bundles to share with you.

Thank you.

Lauren

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1% of goal and 10% of any money raised after that will go to Angels for Animals.

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AccessPass: 28 Song Download

28 Song Download
$10
10USD
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Digital Download of All My Music- 27 songs

$20
20USD
Available

You download all 27 of my songs I’ve recorded and released thus far. AND you get me that much closer to making this record.

Limited Edition Buttons + download mp3s

$25
25USD
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4 unique Lauren O’Connell buttons- limited editions. PLUS you get a digital download of all of my music (27 songs).

"The Shakes" CD, signed + download of all songs

$30
30USD
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I will be sending you an autographed THE SHAKES CD in the mail. PLUS you get a digital download of all of my music (27 songs).

NEW! Limited Edition "Sitting In Chairs" CD

$30
30USD
Available

Signed “Sitting In Chairs” CD. PLUS! You get all 27 songs from my discography to download.

Limited Edition T-Shirt + Autographed CD

Limited Edition T-Shirt + Autographed CD
$40
40USD
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Pledge-exclusive “I Helped Lauren O’Connell Make an Album” t-shirt. PLUS an autographed THE SHAKES CD. PLUS! You download all 27 of my songs I’ve written thus far.

Handwritten Lyrics (Song of your choice) + signed CD

$45
45USD
All gone!

I’ll write out the lyrics to your favorite song by me and then I’ll sign it. Plus you will get my album THE SHAKES on CD autographed and sent your way. PLUS! You download all 27 of my songs I’ve written thus far.

Signed Used Guitar Pick + Signed CD

$50
50USD
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A signed guitar pick from my stack of picks already used in shows/recordings/writing. AND an autographed THE SHAKES CD. PLUS you get a digital download of all of my music (27 songs).

*NEW!* Everything But The Kitchen Sink

*NEW!*  Everything But The Kitchen Sink
$65
65USD
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New Tree T-Shirt Design + 4 limited edition Buttons + Guitar Pick + Signed Shakes CD
(NOTE: The color of the ink and the actual shirt has not been chosen yet so you will be surprised.) This design will be printed on high quality Alternative Apparel shirts. Choose Small, Medium, Large, X- Large available. PLUS! You get a digital download of all my music- 27 songs!

Handmade Guitar String Bracelet

$75
75USD
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I’ll make you a bracelet from a set of my old guitar strings. PLUS you get a digital download of all of my music (27 songs).

Sudoku Art

$75
75USD
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I have this book of completed Sudoku puzzles that is also full of pictures I drew as rewards to myself. I’ll rip out a page of this priceless modern art, sign/personalize it if you like, and send it to you. Plus you get a digital download of all of my music.

Thank You Phone Call

$80
80USD
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I call you, we talk on the phone and I tell you how much I appreciate your pledge. PLUS you get a digital download of all of my music (27 songs).

Stay-at-Home Bundle

$85
85USD
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Limited Edition T-Shirt + Signed CD (The Shakes) + Handwritten Lyrics. PLUS you get a digital download of all of my music (27 songs).

Handmade Necklaces w/ Guitar Pick

$99
99USD
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I’ll make a custom necklace for you out of beads and, if you want, one of my old guitar picks. Just make sure you tell me what colors you like, what length you want, if it should be for a guy/girl/neutral, and if you want the pick in there. I’ll sign/initial the pick (includes The Shakes CD Autographed & download all tracks).

Superfan bundle

Superfan bundle
$100
100USD
Available

Signed “Sitting In Chairs” CD which has been out of print for the past two years, signed “The Shakes” CD, a signed guitar pick, this limited edition T-Shirt design that I’m still figuring out the colors on (choose small, medium, large, X-Large) and 4 unique Lauren O’Connell buttons. PLUS! You get all 27 songs from my discography to download.

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Tour Bundle

$100
100USD
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Limited edition t-shirt + signed CD + 2 tickets to any show. PLUS you get a digital download of all of my music (27 songs).

Hand-drawn artwork

$125
125USD
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I’ll make some artwork of anything you want. You know, as long as it’s not offensive or anything. PLUS you get a digital download of all of my music (27 songs).

NEW! Levers and Gears hat

$150
150USD
All gone!

The fedora-like hat I wore in my Levers and Gears video a couple years back. It’s a pretty classic staple of my wardrobe, so treat it well. And you get The Shakes CD autographed. Plus you get all 27 songs of mine for download.

Guest List + Meet and Greet

$200
200USD
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This will apply for all of my 2011 shows. Good for any show all year long, as many times as you want, as long as you can transport yourself to them. PLUS you get a digital download of all of my music (27 songs).

My Bb Harmonica

$200
200USD
All gone!

Used in the MTF song “When I Decide” (it’s in Bb, for you fellow musicians). I’ll sign/personalize the case.
in my Wilco and Springsteen covers, my song “It Wasn’t You,”and the
studio version of “I Don’t Mind” (it’s in G). I’ll sign/personalize
the case.

My G Harmonica

$200
200USD
All gone!

Used in my Wilco and Springsteen covers, my song “It Wasn’t You,”and the studio version of “I Don’t Mind” (it’s in G). I’ll sign/personalize the case.

Skype Workshop with Me

$200
200USD
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40 minute Skype workshop with me. Learn more about making VideoSongs, get my input on a song you’re writing, or have me teach you one of my songs. Or whatever you like! PLUS you get a digital download of all of my music (27 songs).

Fake Vacation Photos With Me

$220
220USD
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e a couple photos of yourself. I’ll Photoshop us into a photo together revolving around a fake experience we shared. Then I’ll print it, personalize it, and sign it. Tell me what you want us to be doing or I can just wing it. You can tell people all about that time we went waterskiing or poaching for pheasants. I’m gonna make it as convincing as possible. I take my Photoshop pretty serious (includes The Shakes CD Autographed & download all tracks).

My Bow

$250
250USD
All gone!

The violin bow I’ve used in my videos to play banjo, guitar, and bass. PLUS you get a digital download of all of my music (27 songs).

Signed Snare Drum Head PLUS!

$300
300USD
All gone!

Get my snare drum head (as seen in “White Noise” video) signed and personalized. PLUS! Signed “The Shakes” CD. PLUS you get a digital download of all of my music (27 songs).

NEW! Signed bass drum head

$350
350USD
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The bass drum head that I used in White Noise and O Death. I’ll sign/personalize it however you like. AND The Shakes CD autographed, 4 buttons, along with a “I Helps Lauren Make An Album” T-shirt" (Small, medium, large, or Xlarge please specify) Plus you get all 27 songs of mine for download.

Your name on my CD

$350
350USD
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For the very next CD that I make (don’t know when that is going to be but in 2011 at some point), I’ll print your name in the THANK YOU section of the liner notes. . (Please make sure to write your name, nickname, or your friends name if this is a gift as you’d like it to to be printed in the notes section here.) PLUS! You’ll get an autographed copy of The Shakes CD sent to your house and a download of my current discography which is all 27 of my current songs.

All My Videos on Custom Handmade DVD

$400
400USD
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I’ll burn all my YouTube videos (in the highest quality I have) onto a DVD and then do a handmade cover design. PLUS you get a digital download of all of my music (27 songs).

Grocery Shopping

$400
400USD
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Next time I’m sort of near your hometown, I’ll help you get your groceries. Seriously, I’m really good at groceries. PLUS you get a digital download of all of my music (27 songs).

Dinner with Me

$500
500USD
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We’ll get dinner somewhere. Timing depends on my schedule and your location. I hope you like Chinese food. PLUS you get a digital download of all of my music (27 songs).

Mini Golf with Me

$500
500USD
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We’ll play a game of mini golf and maybe do some go-karts or something. We’ll figure out the timing based on where you live and my traveling schedule. PLUS you get a digital download of all of my music (27 songs).

Wilson Replica Portrait

$575
575USD
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We all saw Castaway, right? Send me a couple photos of yourself and I will make a volleyball into your likeness in the style of Wilson. I’m only offering a few of these because I intend to put some serious time and thought into your VolleyFace. I’ll sign it of course, but I will probably use paint instead of blood (includes The Shakes CD Autographed & download all tracks).

My iPod

$600
600USD
All gone!

I’ll send you the iPod I’ve used for the past four years, packed with 30GB of the music I listen to. I’ll also engrave the back with your name and mine. Plus you get a digital download of all of my music (27 songs).

House Concert (USA)

$750
750USD
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I’ll play a private acoustic show for you and as many friends as you can fit into your house. We’ll work out the time/date based on my traveling schedule and your location. PLUS! You get a digital download of all of my music- 27 songs!

House Concert (Canada)

$850
850USD
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I’ll play a private acoustic show for you and as many friends as you can fit into your house. We’ll work out the time/date based on my traveling schedule and your location. PLUS! You get a digital download of all of my music- 27 songs!

House Concert (UK)

$1,200
1200USD
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‘ll play a private acoustic show for you and as many friends as you can fit into your house. We’ll work out the time/date based on my traveling schedule and your location. PLUS! You get a digital download of all of my music- 27 songs!

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