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Dear Potential Patron,

I have been making music under the Hussalonia moniker for over 20 years. What started as a lo-fi home-recording project on cassette has evolved into a lifelong conceptual art project, a “universe” as some have called it. I write the songs, play the instruments, produce the recordings, design the artwork, and invent the often surreal backstories, many of them involving Nefarico™, a shadowy soap company that allegedly purchased Hussalonia in 2011 and now prevents me from using my birth name in association with Hussalonia. It’s a satirical commentary about the relationship between art and commerce and the ubiquitous presence of corporations in our daily lives. For Hussalonia, I have produced lo-fi videos, silk-screened T-shirts, designed websites, built contraptions (like the "mystery box"), and invented many a fake soap products. More importantly, I have over four hundred songs available for download on my Bandcamp. In other words, I keep myself busy.

Though Hussalonia has never been profitable, I can’t give it up. It’s an integral part of who I am, one of the longest chapters of my life story. I think about Hussalonia every day, pretty much all throughout the day. It’s my outlet to examine life and express my most complicated emotions. There’s very little I enjoy more than playing with language and sound. As I get older, however, it gets harder to justify all the time and money I invest in Hussalonia. I have three young children. I’m a full-time educator (another not-so-profitable but incredibly rewarding adventure). Yes, artists get paid in all sorts of non-monetary ways — our lives are enriched by the connections we make with our work and audience — but as you well know, money keeps the lights on. It also pays for equipment and funds cool projects. I am often frustrated by ideas that cannot be followed through owing to a lack of funds.

I don’t want to be rich or famous. I would, however, like to be able to support my art in the same way that I am able to support my children. Come to think of it, what would really be awesome is if the income from my art could support my children. That's a pipe dream from where I stand.

Besides my musical work, I’m a visual artist and a writer. I never finished my art degree, but it remains a part of my life. As for writing, I’ve recently contributed essays and reviews to BuffaloVibe and Traffic East. I’m currently working on a series of essays about music and memory as well as a serial podcast for young adults. I also like to modify instruments and build things. That takes money, too, and isn't profitable in any direct way.

An artist's work contributes to a larger discourse about what truly matters in life — love, loss, memory, and more. It is worth something. It has value. This is why it is right to spend money on art, and you should feel good about doing it.

Maybe you don't yet have the money to support the artists you love, but you're still willing to support us in the ways that you can, with encouragement and enthusiasm. For this reason, I've decided that most of my posts will be public — no purchase necessary.

This is a place to document the journey, to show you my works-in-progress so that I have someone to share in my successes and failures. The artist works in isolation; it would be nice to alleviate some of that loneliness.

So won’t you please join me? I could always use some help.

Sincerely,
The Hussalonia Founder

Tiers
LEVEL TEAL: I Support Hussalonia!
$1 or more per month
Pledge a dollar or more a month to show your support for my work, and for this you will get...


  • Access to subscriber-only blog posts that go beyond my public posts, supplemented by photo or video
  • Previews of forthcoming music that will not be in public posts
  • Non-public polls when I'm trying to make decisions about Hussalonia
  • My heartfelt gratitude!
LEVEL PINK: I Really Support Hussalonia!
$5 or more per month
Hey! For as long as you are a patron at this level, you will get...


  • A free download of any Hussalonia album that is released while you are a patron at this level... and you'll get it before the official release date
  • Instant access to Patreon-only album remixes as they are available
  • All "teal" level rewards
LEVEL GREEN: I Really Really Support Hussalonia!
$10 or more per month
Whoa! For as long as you are a patron at this level, you will get...


  • A special thanks in the liner notes of any Hussalonia album that is released while you are a patron at this level
  • A postcard from me with a download code for an exclusive track (so long as you provide your address)
  • All "teal" and "pink" level rewards.
GOLD LEVEL: I Really Really Really Support Hussalonia!
$20 or more per month
Wow! If you pledge $20 or more a month, you'll get all "teal," "pink," and "green" rewards, a handwritten letter of gratitude mailed to you, and, after 12 months of patronage, your choice of ONE of the following...


  • A one-of-a-kind CD mailed to you containing acoustic versions of any four Hussalonia songs of your choosing, recorded especially for you

      OR

  • An original piece of artwork on 12"x12" plywood


Again, since the above bulleted items are time-consuming to make, you will be eligible only after one year of patronage to avoid pledge-and-runs ($250 minimum price).

Dear Potential Patron,

I have been making music under the Hussalonia moniker for over 20 years. What started as a lo-fi home-recording project on cassette has evolved into a lifelong conceptual art project, a “universe” as some have called it. I write the songs, play the instruments, produce the recordings, design the artwork, and invent the often surreal backstories, many of them involving Nefarico™, a shadowy soap company that allegedly purchased Hussalonia in 2011 and now prevents me from using my birth name in association with Hussalonia. It’s a satirical commentary about the relationship between art and commerce and the ubiquitous presence of corporations in our daily lives. For Hussalonia, I have produced lo-fi videos, silk-screened T-shirts, designed websites, built contraptions (like the "mystery box"), and invented many a fake soap products. More importantly, I have over four hundred songs available for download on my Bandcamp. In other words, I keep myself busy.

Though Hussalonia has never been profitable, I can’t give it up. It’s an integral part of who I am, one of the longest chapters of my life story. I think about Hussalonia every day, pretty much all throughout the day. It’s my outlet to examine life and express my most complicated emotions. There’s very little I enjoy more than playing with language and sound. As I get older, however, it gets harder to justify all the time and money I invest in Hussalonia. I have three young children. I’m a full-time educator (another not-so-profitable but incredibly rewarding adventure). Yes, artists get paid in all sorts of non-monetary ways — our lives are enriched by the connections we make with our work and audience — but as you well know, money keeps the lights on. It also pays for equipment and funds cool projects. I am often frustrated by ideas that cannot be followed through owing to a lack of funds.

I don’t want to be rich or famous. I would, however, like to be able to support my art in the same way that I am able to support my children. Come to think of it, what would really be awesome is if the income from my art could support my children. That's a pipe dream from where I stand.

Besides my musical work, I’m a visual artist and a writer. I never finished my art degree, but it remains a part of my life. As for writing, I’ve recently contributed essays and reviews to BuffaloVibe and Traffic East. I’m currently working on a series of essays about music and memory as well as a serial podcast for young adults. I also like to modify instruments and build things. That takes money, too, and isn't profitable in any direct way.

An artist's work contributes to a larger discourse about what truly matters in life — love, loss, memory, and more. It is worth something. It has value. This is why it is right to spend money on art, and you should feel good about doing it.

Maybe you don't yet have the money to support the artists you love, but you're still willing to support us in the ways that you can, with encouragement and enthusiasm. For this reason, I've decided that most of my posts will be public — no purchase necessary.

This is a place to document the journey, to show you my works-in-progress so that I have someone to share in my successes and failures. The artist works in isolation; it would be nice to alleviate some of that loneliness.

So won’t you please join me? I could always use some help.

Sincerely,
The Hussalonia Founder

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Tiers
LEVEL TEAL: I Support Hussalonia!
$1 or more per month
Pledge a dollar or more a month to show your support for my work, and for this you will get...


  • Access to subscriber-only blog posts that go beyond my public posts, supplemented by photo or video
  • Previews of forthcoming music that will not be in public posts
  • Non-public polls when I'm trying to make decisions about Hussalonia
  • My heartfelt gratitude!
LEVEL PINK: I Really Support Hussalonia!
$5 or more per month
Hey! For as long as you are a patron at this level, you will get...


  • A free download of any Hussalonia album that is released while you are a patron at this level... and you'll get it before the official release date
  • Instant access to Patreon-only album remixes as they are available
  • All "teal" level rewards
LEVEL GREEN: I Really Really Support Hussalonia!
$10 or more per month
Whoa! For as long as you are a patron at this level, you will get...


  • A special thanks in the liner notes of any Hussalonia album that is released while you are a patron at this level
  • A postcard from me with a download code for an exclusive track (so long as you provide your address)
  • All "teal" and "pink" level rewards.
GOLD LEVEL: I Really Really Really Support Hussalonia!
$20 or more per month
Wow! If you pledge $20 or more a month, you'll get all "teal," "pink," and "green" rewards, a handwritten letter of gratitude mailed to you, and, after 12 months of patronage, your choice of ONE of the following...


  • A one-of-a-kind CD mailed to you containing acoustic versions of any four Hussalonia songs of your choosing, recorded especially for you

      OR

  • An original piece of artwork on 12"x12" plywood


Again, since the above bulleted items are time-consuming to make, you will be eligible only after one year of patronage to avoid pledge-and-runs ($250 minimum price).