The Great Song Cycle Song Cycle

I am creating an album AND a novel about an adventure of a life time.

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Hi everyone,

Thanks so much for coming on this epic journey with me to bring this unique new album and book to life.

Here’s the ‘in a nut shell’ backstory of the project:

In August 2016 I shirked trains, planes and automobiles as means of touring my then new album in favour of a bicycle. I travelled 1,154 miles down the Pacific Coast Highway, from Portland to LA, carrying my whole world in four small pannier bags, including my ukulele and loop pedal. Pushing through challenge and triumph while traversing the coast with only my body and two thin wheels propelling me forward, what transpired was a concert tour made richer by the beautiful encounters, struggles and challenges I faced and overcame. I called this journey “The Great Song Cycle”.

That tour changed my life and perspective in ways that I am still trying to fathom. Since I arrived at my final destination, the Santa Monica Pier, on September 6 2016, I have spent every day of the last two years distilling it in ways I know best how to -in song and written word…. all the better for sharing it with YOU!!

THE ALBUM: I have written a album length, through composed piece, consisting of story-songs woven together with instrumental and vocal soundscapes, upon which I narrate chapters of the journey.

THE BOOK: In true Bill Bryson, Dervla Murphey and Laurie Lee style, I bring the reader deep into every aspect of the journey, telling stories from the magic of the Red Wood Trees, to cautionary tales of a father who gave his 5 year old son whiskey on a camping trip, to surreal friendships such that with an inanimate fairground statue named ‘Rex The Traveling Dog’, or the mysterious, sapphire-blue-eyed wanderer I encountered every few days. All the way to the “Pure Zone” – the name given by a kind stranger I met en route to describe the absoluteness of the peace, presence, joy and solitude I felt on the road.

Completing this project feels even more epic than the bike tour in itself, but I am excited to be able to encapsulate such a inspirational time, with which I hope I can then, in turn, inspire. It’s all part of the cycle, right?

This is a BUILD FROM SCRATCH campaign…. meaning, nothing has yet been recorded. That’s right – you get to be a part of this from the very BEGINNING!!!

By becoming a Pledger today you get to experience behind the scenes of what goes in to creating an album, from writing the songs, editing the book, choosing the artwork, and so much more. I will invite you into the recording sessions with live-feed video, and in the store you could even choose to actually be there in the studio with us.

This PledgeMusic Campaign is not only to help towards the costs of making this project (studio, engineer, artwork, publicity, distribution, mixing, mastering, publishing, etc etc) but to bring you, my wonderful fans, into my world and actually play a direct part in this piece.

Check out what amazing exclusives you can get in the STORE!

Thank you for your support, and here’s to keeping original music alive!

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AccessPass
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With this access pass you will be able to be a part of the journey of creating the Great Song Cycle Song Cycle, and also download the music.

Signed CD

Signed CD
$25
25.00
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For those of you who still own CD players, I will be making a small run of ECO-FRIENDLY CDs, using recycled packaging.
Then, I will personally sign it and seal with a kiss.

House Concert

House Concert
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There’s nothing like a house concert to experience live music in its most intimate, raw and essential.

I will come to your home and perform music from the album, and tell stories from the book, especially for you and all of your friends.

It’s a wonderful way to throw a unique party, to connect with a musician you support – THAT’S ME! – and bring loved ones together for such a special occasion.

Signed Handwritten Lyric Sheet

Signed Handwritten Lyric Sheet
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I will handwrite the lyrics from one of my songs and personally sign it and mail it to you. I will even include an illustration from the story.

Let's Go For A Bike Ride

Let's Go For  A Bike Ride
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If you are an avid, or even amateur cyclist, I would love to go on a bicycle jaunt with you. The best way to experience the outdoors is by bicycle. I will bring delicious snacks, and we will conclude our journey with cold beer.

Bike rides dependent on location and date – Los Angeles, West Coast, and UK based. Helmets compulsory!

I Will Cover Your Favorite Road Trip Song

I Will Cover Your Favorite Road Trip Song
$100
100.00
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If you love road tripping, and have a song that you always switch on to get your juices flowing from the adventure ahead, I would LOVE to cover it and send you a personal recording of it!!

Your Name In The Liner Notes

Your Name In The Liner Notes
$50
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As a way of saying thank you I want to include your name in the liner notes of those who helped make this possible.

Bicycle Spoke Jewelry Made By Me

$65
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I am a jewelry FIEND, and I also love bicycles, in case you hadn’t noticed…. so what better way than the wear your passion? I will hand make bracelets out of bicycle spokes especially for you!

The Great Song Cycle Song Cycle - the BOOK

The Great Song Cycle Song Cycle - the BOOK
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This is my debut book, and I am so excited to share it with you. It will take you on an in depth journey of my time from the road, from the struggles and triumphs of cycling the west coast of America.

Signed CD and Signed Book

Signed CD and Signed Book
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You can enjoy the audio soundscapes and stories told in poetic verse and song, while simultaneously cozying up with the book. What could be better?

For those of you who still own CD players, I will be making a small run of ECO-FRIENDLY CDs, using recycled packaging.
Then, I will personally sign it and seal with a kiss.

This is my debut book, and I am so excited to share it with you. It will include illustrations from the road, as well as the full, in depth stories of my daily encounters, struggles and triumphs of cycling the west coast of America.

One of a kind painting - by me!

One of a kind painting - by me!
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Did you know that before I decided to be a full time music maker I was a painter?. I lived in Paris and studied at the Ecole des beaux arts for a year, four more years at Central Saint Martins, London for my BAFA.

I am offering an exclusive, one of a kind painting especially for you! Talk about ‘the Renaissance woman’!

Size: 7″ × 6″

Signed Bundle of My 3 Previous Albums

Signed Bundle of My 3 Previous Albums
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Signed copies of my 3 previous releases:

Origin of Adjustable Things (Sunnyside) 2015
Gardens In My Mind (Sunnyside) 2016
Blood and Bone (Sea Gardens Publishing) 2018

Postcard from the ancient city of Edinburgh

Postcard from the ancient city of Edinburgh
$15
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I am travelling to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer to perform a two week run of The Great Song Cycle Song Cycle. I want to send you a handwritten postcard from the beautiful city of Edinburgh and tell you all about how the festival is going.

Buddhist Prayer Flags I was given on the road

Buddhist Prayer Flags I was given on the road
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When I was in Carmel-by-the-Sea I stayed with a most incredible gentleman named Scott. His house was strewn with Buddhist Prayer Flags he had collected from years living in Nepal. He took me in for two nights, regaled me with tales of his life in the Himalayan mountains. Then, on my departure he told me to choose some prayer flags from his collection to take with me as a talisman of luck, strength and courage.

I want to share this same strength, luck and courage with you.

Be An Extra In The Music Video

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Ever wanted to be in the movies?

I would love you to feature in my music video for one of the songs from the album.

To be filmed in Los Angeles.

VIP Studio Experience

VIP Studio Experience
$250
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Join me and my band in the studio while we put all the magic together in front of your eyes.
Sit in the engineer booth and watch how a record is made.

There’ll be snacks!!

Los Angeles based.

Executive Producer Credit

$500
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Be an executive producer on Joanna’s new album! Your name credited in the liner notes.

Signed Travel Kala Ukelele

Signed Travel Kala Ukelele
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Get a Travel Kala Ukelele – signed by Joanna!

Songwriting Lesson via Skype

Songwriting Lesson via Skype
$250
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One-on-one 60 min. Skype lesson with Joanna on songwriting!
Lesson will be held on a mutually agreed upon date and time

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