Black Bear (Sam Beebe)

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Black Bear Patron - Tier 1

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    By pledging your support at this tier you will be sending me $3 for each creation that I release while you are a patron. More than simply a payment for the creation, this pledge incentivizes (both financially and emotionally) my creating it in the first place, making you an integral part of the engine that drives my creative output. What a wonderful little investment, for all of us. :) THANK YOU SO MUCH!! - Sam 

Black Bear Patron - Tier 2

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By pledging your support at this tier you will be sending me $5 for each creation that I release while you are a patron--

  • which you will have exclusive access to for at least one week prior to my releasing it to the general public, emailed to you as a downloadable digital file.
 More than simply a payment for the creation, this pledge incentivizes (both financially and emotionally) my creating it in the first place, making you an integral part of the engine that drives my creative output. What a wonderful little investment, for all of us. :) THANK YOU SO MUCH!! - Sam

Black Bear Patron - Tier 3

$10
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By pledging your support at this tier you will be sending me $10 for each creation that I release while you are a patron--

  • which you will have exclusive access to for one week prior to my releasing it to the general public, emailed to you as a downloadable digital file.
  • You will also be publicly acknowledged for your support, and, if you are an artist yourself, you will be given an opportunity to ask me to share your own artwork (and crowdfunding program?) with the Black Bear community.
More than simply a payment for the creation, this pledge incentivizes (both financially and emotionally) my creating it in the first place, making you an integral part of the engine that drives my creative output. What a wonderful little investment, for all of us. :) THANK YOU SO SO MUCH!! - Sam 

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About Black Bear (Sam Beebe)

Dear Listener,

I'm back! New music is already out, with more to come soon! 

Firstly, thank you so much for listening to my music. To my grateful astonishment, your listening and sharing has kept Black Bear music alive and thriving to a degree that continues to surprise and humble me. I’ve done hardly any promotion over the years, yet the music continues its own voyage out into the world, growing and evolving with each new listener. I love the purity of it—the fact that the only thing really fueling the continued life of Black Bear songs is the relationships between the songs and the individuals who listen to them. You. No marketing machine, no branding, no posing, no pushing. Just immediacy. Just the songs and the listeners, finding each other serendipitously and keeping each other alive, like flowers and bees doing the dance of pollination. Symbiosis. Miracle of nature. (And maybe a few Spotify algorithms. :)

Secondly, I wish you and your people safety and wellness in these truly strange and unprecedented times. I hope you are finding glimpses of peace and meaningfulness amidst the chaos—ways to take heart.

I’m thinking that we might be able to find some together.

Shortly after I released The Cinnamon Phase, I leapt on an opportunity to move to Germany to teach at an international school, and then my whole life forked off in a new direction, which has included finding love, moving to New York for a graduate degree in creative writing, becoming a professor, getting married, writing a book, and having a child. But I’ve never closed the door on the idea of someday creating new Black Bear music. Many times over the years, in exchanges with fans and friends, I have said that the possibility is always still alive—like a pilot light in a stove, always lit and ready to spark a flame when the inspiration and drive arises. The other perfect metaphor, of course, which I’ve used often, is the bear’s winter hibernation—being tucked away for an improbably long time, the warm core still quietly alive in the center, for when the natural time comes to awake and lumber out into the light.
I believe that has already started to happen.

Inspiration is sparking, musical ideas are cooking. I have multiple new songs in the works. 

So. Now I am reaching out for support and incentivization, to encourage—and participate in—this new Black Bear phase. The art-making world has never been more conducive to the bee-and-flower kind of symbiosis than it is right now. Thanks to an ever-evolving system of artist-empowering inventions, we are in a new era (which began in earnest around the time I was making The Cinnamon Phase, starting with GarageBand and MySpace), and the whole paradigm has been turned on its head, snatching keys for success from the old gatekeepers and handing them over to the artists and their audiences—to the people who should be controlling and shaping these exchanges and mutually reaping their benefits without the distortion and exploitation of middlemen who care much more about profit than art (if they care about art at all).

Patreon gives us the opportunity to work together directly to bring more things that we love into existence. In that spirit, I ask you now to consider signing on, anywhere across a range of four tiers, to being personally involved in the Black Bear creation process. The pledges are linked to my output of work (rather than an ongoing monthly pledge), so that you only ever pay the amount chosen when I complete and release a song. Your support will fan the flames of my work, and I hope that then my songs will serve to fan some flames of your own, and on down the line. More symbiosis. Inspiration begetting more inspiration.

In these disorienting and isolating times, many of us are looking for ways to connect to people and things that we love and care about. Beyond being just a support system for my music, I hope this will also become a community of people who can connect over kindred interests and aesthetics, and share other things we appreciate and are working on ourselves.

I thank you, wholeheartedly, in advance, for taking the time to consider becoming a Black Bear patron.

--Sam
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By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 17 exclusive posts
12
Audio releases
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Link
4
Writings

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