Sandusky, Ohio

I'm making an epic pop album, inspired by a story that changed my life as a kid.

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Hi, my name’s Dave, and I’ve been making slightly strange pop music in Nashville, Tennessee for the last 20 years.

I had a band called The Privates, and we put out a string of EPs and an album from 2003-2009. Lately, I’ve made lo-fi music at home with my solo project, Norm.

But it’s time for me to do something big.

I’m ready to enter the studio with a few other brilliant musicians to make a concept album called “Sandusky, Ohio.” And I think it might be the best thing I’ve ever done.

It’s musically inspired by the grand, sophisticated pop productions of the ’60s and ’70s. Think Phil Spector, Jeff Lynne, Brian Wilson and The Beatles.

And lyrically, it’s completely UN-autobiographical, which is a first for me. Instead, it follows the story of two friends making a desperate road trip to try to save their company, and in turn, their hometown.

That’s an oddly specific story, no?

I’ll just say that I decided to take inspiration from some very unlikely sources, and it worked, really, really well for me.

Deciding to finally write songs about something other than myself has been incredibly liberating and inspiring. I wish I had done it years ago. With this project, I’m getting to dust off melodies that I’ve been dying to use for years -- stuff that always sounded a little too dramatic to apply to my own life.

I think it might be a better experience for listeners, too. I know I’ve been a pretty cryptic songwriter, and I’m looking forward to us all being on the same page for once.

I’m a one-man show these days. I haven’t had a live outlet for my music in years. There’s no tour income, no “band fund,” no label, no merch.

And I’ve been totally happy making music on my laptop, and delivering it to you for little or no cost.

But “Sandusky, Ohio” needs more, and I think it has potential to turn into something great.

If this sounds up your alley, and/or you’ve enjoyed my work in the past, I’m hoping you can help me make it happen. You’ll have my eternal thanks, and I’m confident you’ll get a good album out of the deal, too.

LETS DO THIS
-Dave Paulson

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'Sandusky' digital album
$10
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You get a download of my upcoming album ‘Sandusky, Ohio’ the minute it’s released, plus updates on the project and exclusive content in the coming months.

A ton of unreleased songs and demos! (plus the new album)

A ton of unreleased songs and demos! (plus the new album)
$20
20.00
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A full album’s worth of songs I finished but never released, spanning the last 20 years, from Esposito to The Privates to Norm. A digital copy of “Sandusky” is also included!

Cover Song of Your Choice

Cover Song of Your Choice
$100
100.00
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I’ll record a cover of ANY song you want, and send you a copy to distribute however you wish. Do you worst, btw – I’ve covered everything from Sisqo to Dire Straits onstage.

I'll play a solo show at your house!

I'll play a solo show at your house!
$250
250.00
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Invite your friends over and I’ll come play a solo show at your place. You can pick the setlist, too – happy to do anything from the Norm, Privates and Esposito catalog, and preview a bit from this new album, too.
Open only to folks in the Nashville area.
(Psst, have your friends chip in to make this whole thing extra affordable!)

Theme song or jingle for your business!

Theme song or jingle for your business!
$75
75.00
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Got a podcast or radio show? I’ll make a ridiculous theme song! How about a jingle for your store, restaurant, bar or other business?
You can give as much or little input as you’d like – musical style, lyrical points you want me to hit. Sky’s the limit! Let’s get weird.

I'll remix your song!

I'll remix your song!
$200
200.00
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If you’ve ever wanted to hear one of your songs given the sample+synths swirl treatment heard on my Norm releases, here’s your chance. I really wanna do these!

Be a junior producer!

Be a junior producer!
$50
50.00
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OK, you don’t want a theme song, or a cover song, or a show, but you wanna chip in a little more to help see this thing through. Here’s your option! If this album gets printed, you’ll get thanked in the liner notes!

Complete Norm discography (2011-2017)

Complete Norm discography (2011-2017)
$25
25.00
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You’ll get a download of the entire discography of my solo project, Norm. Includes:
“NORM” 5-song EP – 2011
“NORM” Album – 2013
“Remember” 5-song EP – 2014

New album, demos/rarities collection and Norm discography

$45
45.00
Available

A full album’s worth of songs I finished but never released, spanning the last 20 years, from Esposito to The Privates to Norm. A digital copy of “Sandusky” is also included!

You’ll also get a download of the entire discography of my solo project, Norm. Includes:
“NORM” 5-song EP – 2011
“NORM” Album – 2013
“Remember” 5-song EP – 2014

All music bundle + be a producer!

All music bundle + be a producer!
$100
100.00
Available

You are a crazy and generous person and you get all of the music (new album, rarities compilation and Norm discography) plus a producer credit and a special place in my heart.

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