Shawnee Kilgore is creating a song a week!
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Hello wonderful person looking at your computer screen right now. You've found my Patreon page, either by intention or accident. In life there are both, and both can be wonderful. My warmest welcome!

SO

Who am I and what is this Patreon thing?

I'm Shawnee Kilgore. I am the breath and the heartbeat of Let That Songbird Go Music and Photography. I write songs. It's what I do and what I do best. I began playing guitar when I was fourteen so I could get famous and marry Daniel Johns, the uber dreamy front man of the Australian rock band silverchair (remember them??).

I didn't know it at the time, but music was my language (and really the only one I speak somewhat fluently). Motivations have changed since those swooning teenage years but my passion to write songs has not. I have traveled all over the country sharing my music, but more importantly I have written songs for birthdays, for weddings, for births and deaths, and everything in between. I have had the privilege of writing into song the stories told by people who weren't able to do it by themselves. What an honor.This is my thing. This is my light in a world that could use more light. 

I have hundreds of songs, and I love them. And not to be dramatic about it but I have a very real fear of dying without each one of them getting their chance to be heard, without each one getting their small, humble chance at a moment in the spotlight, to reach a heart that just might need it.

I've just released my fifth studio album, Back to Eden, co-written with Hollywood producer Joss Whedon. It's still hot off the press and I'm already planning out the double album I want to put out in the coming months, plus the ukulele break up album I've been ready to record for the last seven years, plus an album of songs incorporating the poetry of my father who passed away when I was young, and the next regular ol' full length album after that. Are you exhausted? Me too. And that barely even scratches the surface. 

I can only make so many records. I need a place where I can plant these songs and watch them grow. I need to put them in the sunlight where they can do the thing they were born to do - be heard.  

As an artist it's a terrible feeling to be at all driven by money, but we really do have to make some ~ preferably enough that we don't have to think about it much and can think about our art instead.


Soooooo the 
Patreon thing?

YES. So Patreon is like Kickstarter in that you get cool stuff in exchange for monetary support of an artist, but it's different because rather than one big fundraising campaign for a single project, Patreon is all about ongoing support for a lot of little projects.
Basically, you get to directly support the artists you love for doing what they do best ~ making their unique and precious art. I love the way Carsie Blanton describes it: 

"I like the Patreon model because it values creative works (like songs and essays) over consumer products (like albums and books). This site is a good reminder that some of our best and most important work as humans can't be packaged and sold for a fixed price. To me, becoming a patron doesn't mean you're paying for each song, it means you're showing support for my lifelong project of being creative." 

I couldn't have said it better. (Obviously, or I would have.)

So what am I up to here? What's my plan?

December 2016 marks three years of writing a brand new song every week. It's been a delightful challenge, partly because procrastination + a deadline + a specific and often unusual prompt = zero time for censorship and a song that often would never have been written otherwise.

This is an amazingly empowering, exciting and - to be honest - healing thing for me to be doing. I never know what's going to come out, but I have to trust it. I have to open myself up fully, to the muse and to the moment, and that's how I want to live my life, as an artist, as a human being. That's the only way I can really let this songbird go. It's the only way I can truly shine.

I am discovering myself as I go, and often with an element of pleasant surprise. Many of these songs would never make onto a "normal" record, because they're not the "hard-hitters" or they're a bit out of the ordinary. But if it's what I'm creating then it's as much my voice as anything - and its own little piece of the bigger symphony of my heart.

I want to give you the chance to hear every song that I write, before the Big Bad Wolf convinces me they're no good and I shouldn't ever play them for anyone. This is my soft underbelly. These are the creations you may not ever hear on a stage or on a record. I want to share that with you.
 

Ok, so how does this work?

Life can be really complicated, and I want this to be simple. I'm doing things a little differently than many of the other creators here are, which means 

You pledge to support me with enter any amount of whole dollars here for each new song I create and post (1 per week*) and you will get an mp3 download of the song, plus some other cool bonus stuff, like old songs that I'm still a little bit proud of and maybe some that I'm not (the teenage punk years were glorious but a little terrifying), in depth stories behind songs that I don't usually share, and anything else I can think of as I think of it - or as you think of it! Let me know what awesome stuff I can provide to express my gratitude for your support.

Some people have more to give than others, but the energy behind the generosity is the same and I want everyone to receive the same gratitude for that gift - which is immense.

*I don't plan to post more than a song per week, but you can set a monthly limit anyhow, just to rest easy that you won't go over the budget you signed up for. You can also change your pledge level or cancel your patronage at any time.

It's my Big Giant Dream - and has been this whole time - to make a living writing songs. The rest of it is hard. I'm learning it, but it's hard. I want be at the point in my life and career where practicing and writing songs doesn't always get pushed aside in order to research music venues and organize my business expenses. It's hard to say it, but money is an undeniable part of what will get me to that place.

I want to do more of what I love - and what you love - and less of what I suck at. I don't want the business part of my business to be my business. I want my business to be creating music, for me and for you.    

Thank you so much for finding this page and taking the time to see what it's all about. I'm humbled and honored to share my songs, and this journey, with you.
  
Goals
$134 of $150 per Song
I got excited about covers and started on this goal early! Every one of my patrons is already invited to choose any song in the world for me to learn and record, but reaching this milestone will make it OFFICIAL (and make the list go faster!). Since I learned guitar by writing my own songs and not by learning other folks' this has been really fun (and educational) for me. So far I have covered Jonathan Coulton through Eva Cassidy, and on deck are *slightly* terrifying numbers by Ani DiFranco and Richard Thompson. Sure NBD I got this. Yeah no problem. I can do it. It'll be fine. Yep fine. What else ya got for me??
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Hello wonderful person looking at your computer screen right now. You've found my Patreon page, either by intention or accident. In life there are both, and both can be wonderful. My warmest welcome!

SO

Who am I and what is this Patreon thing?

I'm Shawnee Kilgore. I am the breath and the heartbeat of Let That Songbird Go Music and Photography. I write songs. It's what I do and what I do best. I began playing guitar when I was fourteen so I could get famous and marry Daniel Johns, the uber dreamy front man of the Australian rock band silverchair (remember them??).

I didn't know it at the time, but music was my language (and really the only one I speak somewhat fluently). Motivations have changed since those swooning teenage years but my passion to write songs has not. I have traveled all over the country sharing my music, but more importantly I have written songs for birthdays, for weddings, for births and deaths, and everything in between. I have had the privilege of writing into song the stories told by people who weren't able to do it by themselves. What an honor.This is my thing. This is my light in a world that could use more light. 

I have hundreds of songs, and I love them. And not to be dramatic about it but I have a very real fear of dying without each one of them getting their chance to be heard, without each one getting their small, humble chance at a moment in the spotlight, to reach a heart that just might need it.

I've just released my fifth studio album, Back to Eden, co-written with Hollywood producer Joss Whedon. It's still hot off the press and I'm already planning out the double album I want to put out in the coming months, plus the ukulele break up album I've been ready to record for the last seven years, plus an album of songs incorporating the poetry of my father who passed away when I was young, and the next regular ol' full length album after that. Are you exhausted? Me too. And that barely even scratches the surface. 

I can only make so many records. I need a place where I can plant these songs and watch them grow. I need to put them in the sunlight where they can do the thing they were born to do - be heard.  

As an artist it's a terrible feeling to be at all driven by money, but we really do have to make some ~ preferably enough that we don't have to think about it much and can think about our art instead.


Soooooo the 
Patreon thing?

YES. So Patreon is like Kickstarter in that you get cool stuff in exchange for monetary support of an artist, but it's different because rather than one big fundraising campaign for a single project, Patreon is all about ongoing support for a lot of little projects.
Basically, you get to directly support the artists you love for doing what they do best ~ making their unique and precious art. I love the way Carsie Blanton describes it: 

"I like the Patreon model because it values creative works (like songs and essays) over consumer products (like albums and books). This site is a good reminder that some of our best and most important work as humans can't be packaged and sold for a fixed price. To me, becoming a patron doesn't mean you're paying for each song, it means you're showing support for my lifelong project of being creative." 

I couldn't have said it better. (Obviously, or I would have.)

So what am I up to here? What's my plan?

December 2016 marks three years of writing a brand new song every week. It's been a delightful challenge, partly because procrastination + a deadline + a specific and often unusual prompt = zero time for censorship and a song that often would never have been written otherwise.

This is an amazingly empowering, exciting and - to be honest - healing thing for me to be doing. I never know what's going to come out, but I have to trust it. I have to open myself up fully, to the muse and to the moment, and that's how I want to live my life, as an artist, as a human being. That's the only way I can really let this songbird go. It's the only way I can truly shine.

I am discovering myself as I go, and often with an element of pleasant surprise. Many of these songs would never make onto a "normal" record, because they're not the "hard-hitters" or they're a bit out of the ordinary. But if it's what I'm creating then it's as much my voice as anything - and its own little piece of the bigger symphony of my heart.

I want to give you the chance to hear every song that I write, before the Big Bad Wolf convinces me they're no good and I shouldn't ever play them for anyone. This is my soft underbelly. These are the creations you may not ever hear on a stage or on a record. I want to share that with you.
 

Ok, so how does this work?

Life can be really complicated, and I want this to be simple. I'm doing things a little differently than many of the other creators here are, which means 

You pledge to support me with enter any amount of whole dollars here for each new song I create and post (1 per week*) and you will get an mp3 download of the song, plus some other cool bonus stuff, like old songs that I'm still a little bit proud of and maybe some that I'm not (the teenage punk years were glorious but a little terrifying), in depth stories behind songs that I don't usually share, and anything else I can think of as I think of it - or as you think of it! Let me know what awesome stuff I can provide to express my gratitude for your support.

Some people have more to give than others, but the energy behind the generosity is the same and I want everyone to receive the same gratitude for that gift - which is immense.

*I don't plan to post more than a song per week, but you can set a monthly limit anyhow, just to rest easy that you won't go over the budget you signed up for. You can also change your pledge level or cancel your patronage at any time.

It's my Big Giant Dream - and has been this whole time - to make a living writing songs. The rest of it is hard. I'm learning it, but it's hard. I want be at the point in my life and career where practicing and writing songs doesn't always get pushed aside in order to research music venues and organize my business expenses. It's hard to say it, but money is an undeniable part of what will get me to that place.

I want to do more of what I love - and what you love - and less of what I suck at. I don't want the business part of my business to be my business. I want my business to be creating music, for me and for you.    

Thank you so much for finding this page and taking the time to see what it's all about. I'm humbled and honored to share my songs, and this journey, with you.
  

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