The Songery is creating Music, Videos, Art
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I make music.  I like to tell stories and share emotions.  I just finished my first music video, "Prom Queen" (SEE ABOVE :P)  It was completely self-financed and self-created.  (can you tell? haha) This is the first creation I have made that truly explores what my art is about, and I hope hope hope to continue exploring.  Even more so, I am set to dedicating my life to doing so.  I have a 7 track EP that I recorded in my mom's very-dry, very-hot closet and arranged in my own bedroom called "Second Adolescence".  You can stream it on Soundcloud, Spotify, Pandora... pretty much all of them.  The Songery is still not at the level I want it to be at, that I know it can be at, but... here's to the start. (*clink* Cheers.) 

My goal is simple: to spend less time worrying about making a dollar and more time dedicating myself to my songs and ideas.  This journey has been wonderful, and soul-gratifying in such a unique and powerful way- but so far it's just been me, myself, and I.  And me, myself, and I is hard.  It's a lot of work mixed in with a lot of despair.  It's a lot of swimming against the current.  It's a looooot of input, with scraps of output.  All in all, I've spent about $11,000 towards my development.  And all but about 2 of those thousands has been out of my own hard-earned and super-saved dinero.  It costs some serious money: buy the equipment, record yourself, have the songs mixed and mastered, educate yourself, network, travel to the shows, pay for that abominable 20-dollar parking just so you can unload AT YOUR OWN SHOW, travel to your sessions, get make up and costumes for the shows (ya feel me ladies?), a website, domain name, copyright protection for your material ($35 a song), lawyer fees (there are some real sharks out there- and no, I'm not talking about the lawyer), and dance lessons because you just gotta dance (to bring that performance to life and, well, because if it's not dancing it's a quick trip and fall into a wallowing abyss of despair).  

With more money, I can continue to do all of those things AND... buy new boots because all of mine now have holes in their soles.  New running shoes because they have holes in them too.  Make sure my dogs are taken care of.  But, more importantly, I will be able to do things I haven't even had the ABILITY to do yet: invest in costumes and props without feeling like I'm cutting off my own flesh every time I do, make a custom Songery outfit to wear to all my shows! (I've had that one etched in my brain for a while now.)  I can tour, buy better equipment, record at better-quality, distribute my music, print physical copies of my music, keep registering my web domain (you have to pay every year), trademark my name, create merchandise, market myself through ads, promotions, and contests, take photos for said promotion, buy a camera and LED lights so I can make lovely YouTube home videos for you that don't look second rate, maybe even get band mates so I don't feel so alone (that will be the glorious day!) and, most importantly, make more music videos!! The list goes on... did you get tired or annoyed reading it?  How do you think I feel?  And I didn't even go into the amount of time I've spent all alone, cradling myself at night, thinking about all these things, just to drag myself up and do them anyway.  As you can see, investing all by myself with very little return can cap out quickly. And you helping me is just that- an INVESTMENT.  

I know, I know- but, guys, I KNOW.  Yes, by investing in me you are giving me some return on mine.  But, more importantly, by giving to me, by even taking the time to come on this site and read this now, you are giving me your attention, time, mind.  You are entertaining the entertainer. *See what I did there? ;)*  Your support will speak volumes to me.  It already does.  There are times I feel like quitting- WTF am I doing? What's it all for?  Who was I even kidding?  So what some people get to do this- I ain't one of them... but then someone hands me a 10 and says, "Keep it"... a 100 and says "You got this."... but then someone comes up, embraces me, and says "Keep going"... but then some stranger out-of-the-blue stumbles upon my music (somehow?) and sends me a message and it says "I found your music... it's special. I love your voice. You're gonna go far."  And those moments make me cry.  I can do it.  I just have to keep going and growing and I'll find my way.  

As to why I and others are on this site, fellow Patreon artist Julia Nunes (look her up) puts it in such a strong and straight-forward way, "I hope the rest of the world catches on that every time you spend a dollar, you’re casting a vote for what kind of products, and companies, and musicians become successful. Thanks for voting for me!"  If you see someone you like, follow them on social media.  If you hear someone you like, talk about them to your friends.  If you want them to succeed, they don't need the big industry reps or the label or the bribed 5-star review in Rolling Stone.  They need YOU.  A bunch of little YOUs gathering together to say- This person is awesome.  If enough of you say it, the rest will come.

But I'm sentimental so I'm going to take it one step further... 

By you becoming my patron, you become my family.  I will know someone out there has faith in me and in what I am doing... and I will never stop reaching for my fullest potential.  

I know a "monthly payment" can be daunting, but no fear my dear- you can patron as little as $1 and you can cancel your patronage or change the donation amount at any time you like.  A $1 donation over the course of a year only comes to $12!  That is less than you probably will spend on a Friday night movie ticket, or a Friday night cocktail, or a Friday night dinner entree.  And if you want to donate but still aren't feeling the recurrent withdrawal thing?  One-time donations can also be made at thesongery.com.  
Now, all that being said-

Thank you for your patronage. *tips hat*  Welcome to The Songery.
Tiers
EVERY OTHER MONTH
$1 or more per month
Thank you thank you thank you. Seriously, thank you.  You have no idea what you have just given me- a pure feeling of acceptance and support, swelling my heart and welling my eyes. You are trusting me with your money and should know where it's going- I at least owe you that.  Every other month I will post an exclusive vlog diary detailing to you what has been going on.  Some videos will have more content than others, some will be light hearted, some a little weighed down... all personal.
EVERY MONTH
$3 or more per month
Don't want to wait a whole month? Receive a vlog every month.  Discretion advised: Prone to more banter, maybe... most definitely.
Instagram Live
$5 or more per month
Let's set a time to chat.  Every person on this tier, over the next month and as new people join... we will designate a time for all of us to meet on Instagram Live and have a personal chat.  Why did I choose Live and not something less public?  1.  Instagram is free and the stream has proven to be pretty stable and reliable.  2.  You can but don't HAVE to be shown.  Instagram has the option for me to add you to the chat so we can talk face to face- but it's not required.  Simply request to join the video when you're watching.
Or tell me in advance and I'll invite your face.  3.  Yes, it is public- which makes it a great opportunity for you to invite friends to the chat yourself, whoever you want to share The Songery with, and it also happens to be a great marketing tool- let's build our community and then brag some!
FREE MUSIC
$10 or more per month
FREE MUSIC for as long as you are a Patron.  Receive a free mp3 download of all of my previous releases, some of which are now off market, and also receive any future releases while you are part of the fam-bam.


*One album is given after first pledge goes through. Remainder is given after the second pledge.*

2 Songs a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
$15 or more per month
Receive a signed copy of the out-of-print live recording, Two Songs a Day Keeps the Doctor Away.  My first time in a recording space, my first time recording on the mic.  Flaws, nuance, yearning and all.


Stay at this tier and I will be happy to mail you any future physical copies while you're here.


*Mailed out after first pledge goes through.*

Unlock the Heart
$30 or more per month
You have gained access to my personal thoughts.  I am always working to be as authentic as possible, but the disconnect brought on by the internet makes it a hard bridge to build.  There's always a slight fog. Here you will get to know me a little better, behind the masquerade of the internet.  Even if I am becoming more and more heart-giving through the likes of Live these days.


I will share with you my insights, the questions that keep me up at night or aloof during the day (which I can sometimes be).  Did you know I write poetry?  Or have ideas for novels? Or how about some of the thoughts, dialogue, and warm-up lyrics that were written in the development of a song?  Sometimes I'll share what I write with you- It's not always Hemingway or Dickinson, but some of it's alright.  I figure, at this point I know you really care.  So I am gonna trust and share a little more of myself with you.


Different stages of development, scratch paper of ideas as I was forming them, image boards, prose, poetry...


Also, if you ever have something that's nagging you.  Please message me.  You give so much, you are my audience.

The Secret Passageway
$40 or more per month
Unlock the Heart- the secret passageway.  You know how you have friends and then you have FRIENDS?  Well, this is kind of like that.  In addition to the personal thread you will also receive created yet unreleased material.  Think of it this way, there is The Songery. Which is its own world, has its own agenda. And then there's Aly. This material is more Aly, and doesn't quite have a place in The Songery.  I cannot guarantee the quality these will be in.  Actually, I can guarantee that most times these will be nothing more than home recordings or voice memos.  Nitty Gritty.  These are songs that you'll catch me playing at some live shows randomly, but that's all they will likely ever be.  Even then, sometimes I won't even do that.  They'll just be a recording.  Stored as a secret.  A secret I'll share with you.
Unlock the Inner Circle
$100 or more per month
Once merch is made, you get some.  

When I have a show, you get up to 3 free tickets.  

(If the show is free, still come see me if you can!) 

AND I want to see you after the show.  


If for some reason I close down my Patreon while you are in my inner circle, I will continue to honor this reward as long as it is in my power to do so- which should be 100% if not 99.9999% percent of the time.


*Applies after pledge goes through.*

Unlock the Secret Chamber
$250 or more per month
WHAT??! WHY?????


Once a month, we will have a 20-minute webcam convo or phone call.  


Thank you thank you thank you.  You must feel like you know me, or at least relate to something I am doing.  So let's get to know each other.  


*But please, keep wits about you.  Don't mention anything inappropriate or that "the line".  That being said, I reserve the right to cut ties if "the line" is crossed.  Hate to put the damper on; you just never know.*


**Applies after pledge goes through.**
 

The Songery writes a song for you
$500 or more per month
I will write an acoustic song for you.  I will tell your story, or at least the story you want to hear...  You can be picky, you can be vague. You can pick a certain key, include certain lyrics, or give the song a certain title, even just a theme... or maybe you just want me to write a song centered around your name... or maybe you don't care about the specifics you just want me to write a song that's relative to you.  It's all how you want it.  We will have an initial webcam/phone call meeting- we will even meet in person if location permits- where you will give me all the details.  If you have no details, I will want to get to know you.  Well, I'll want to get to know you either way.  It will be very therapeutic.  I will talk to you until we have a solid grasp on the kind of story you want me to tell. You can revise the lyrics and make tweaks to the song or just sit back and have me do my thing.  When the song is finished, I will dedicate the song to you and post a video of me performing the song.  I cannot guarantee you will like the song, but I will try try try. Scout's honor.  

*I will retain the copyright of the song.  If transfer of copyright is desired, actual song commissions are available outside of Patreon: [email protected]*


**Applies after pledge goes through.**

Goals
2% complete
This is how much it cost me to make the Prom Queen video.  Thanks for helping me earn it back!  If this goal is reached I will hold an exclusive concert/after party for all Patrons... to which I will where my custom Songery outfit because I should definitely have it by this point, even if I make it specifically for this event.  You've brought me this far.
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I make music.  I like to tell stories and share emotions.  I just finished my first music video, "Prom Queen" (SEE ABOVE :P)  It was completely self-financed and self-created.  (can you tell? haha) This is the first creation I have made that truly explores what my art is about, and I hope hope hope to continue exploring.  Even more so, I am set to dedicating my life to doing so.  I have a 7 track EP that I recorded in my mom's very-dry, very-hot closet and arranged in my own bedroom called "Second Adolescence".  You can stream it on Soundcloud, Spotify, Pandora... pretty much all of them.  The Songery is still not at the level I want it to be at, that I know it can be at, but... here's to the start. (*clink* Cheers.) 

My goal is simple: to spend less time worrying about making a dollar and more time dedicating myself to my songs and ideas.  This journey has been wonderful, and soul-gratifying in such a unique and powerful way- but so far it's just been me, myself, and I.  And me, myself, and I is hard.  It's a lot of work mixed in with a lot of despair.  It's a lot of swimming against the current.  It's a looooot of input, with scraps of output.  All in all, I've spent about $11,000 towards my development.  And all but about 2 of those thousands has been out of my own hard-earned and super-saved dinero.  It costs some serious money: buy the equipment, record yourself, have the songs mixed and mastered, educate yourself, network, travel to the shows, pay for that abominable 20-dollar parking just so you can unload AT YOUR OWN SHOW, travel to your sessions, get make up and costumes for the shows (ya feel me ladies?), a website, domain name, copyright protection for your material ($35 a song), lawyer fees (there are some real sharks out there- and no, I'm not talking about the lawyer), and dance lessons because you just gotta dance (to bring that performance to life and, well, because if it's not dancing it's a quick trip and fall into a wallowing abyss of despair).  

With more money, I can continue to do all of those things AND... buy new boots because all of mine now have holes in their soles.  New running shoes because they have holes in them too.  Make sure my dogs are taken care of.  But, more importantly, I will be able to do things I haven't even had the ABILITY to do yet: invest in costumes and props without feeling like I'm cutting off my own flesh every time I do, make a custom Songery outfit to wear to all my shows! (I've had that one etched in my brain for a while now.)  I can tour, buy better equipment, record at better-quality, distribute my music, print physical copies of my music, keep registering my web domain (you have to pay every year), trademark my name, create merchandise, market myself through ads, promotions, and contests, take photos for said promotion, buy a camera and LED lights so I can make lovely YouTube home videos for you that don't look second rate, maybe even get band mates so I don't feel so alone (that will be the glorious day!) and, most importantly, make more music videos!! The list goes on... did you get tired or annoyed reading it?  How do you think I feel?  And I didn't even go into the amount of time I've spent all alone, cradling myself at night, thinking about all these things, just to drag myself up and do them anyway.  As you can see, investing all by myself with very little return can cap out quickly. And you helping me is just that- an INVESTMENT.  

I know, I know- but, guys, I KNOW.  Yes, by investing in me you are giving me some return on mine.  But, more importantly, by giving to me, by even taking the time to come on this site and read this now, you are giving me your attention, time, mind.  You are entertaining the entertainer. *See what I did there? ;)*  Your support will speak volumes to me.  It already does.  There are times I feel like quitting- WTF am I doing? What's it all for?  Who was I even kidding?  So what some people get to do this- I ain't one of them... but then someone hands me a 10 and says, "Keep it"... a 100 and says "You got this."... but then someone comes up, embraces me, and says "Keep going"... but then some stranger out-of-the-blue stumbles upon my music (somehow?) and sends me a message and it says "I found your music... it's special. I love your voice. You're gonna go far."  And those moments make me cry.  I can do it.  I just have to keep going and growing and I'll find my way.  

As to why I and others are on this site, fellow Patreon artist Julia Nunes (look her up) puts it in such a strong and straight-forward way, "I hope the rest of the world catches on that every time you spend a dollar, you’re casting a vote for what kind of products, and companies, and musicians become successful. Thanks for voting for me!"  If you see someone you like, follow them on social media.  If you hear someone you like, talk about them to your friends.  If you want them to succeed, they don't need the big industry reps or the label or the bribed 5-star review in Rolling Stone.  They need YOU.  A bunch of little YOUs gathering together to say- This person is awesome.  If enough of you say it, the rest will come.

But I'm sentimental so I'm going to take it one step further... 

By you becoming my patron, you become my family.  I will know someone out there has faith in me and in what I am doing... and I will never stop reaching for my fullest potential.  

I know a "monthly payment" can be daunting, but no fear my dear- you can patron as little as $1 and you can cancel your patronage or change the donation amount at any time you like.  A $1 donation over the course of a year only comes to $12!  That is less than you probably will spend on a Friday night movie ticket, or a Friday night cocktail, or a Friday night dinner entree.  And if you want to donate but still aren't feeling the recurrent withdrawal thing?  One-time donations can also be made at thesongery.com.  
Now, all that being said-

Thank you for your patronage. *tips hat*  Welcome to The Songery.

Recent posts by The Songery

Tiers
EVERY OTHER MONTH
$1 or more per month
Thank you thank you thank you. Seriously, thank you.  You have no idea what you have just given me- a pure feeling of acceptance and support, swelling my heart and welling my eyes. You are trusting me with your money and should know where it's going- I at least owe you that.  Every other month I will post an exclusive vlog diary detailing to you what has been going on.  Some videos will have more content than others, some will be light hearted, some a little weighed down... all personal.
EVERY MONTH
$3 or more per month
Don't want to wait a whole month? Receive a vlog every month.  Discretion advised: Prone to more banter, maybe... most definitely.
Instagram Live
$5 or more per month
Let's set a time to chat.  Every person on this tier, over the next month and as new people join... we will designate a time for all of us to meet on Instagram Live and have a personal chat.  Why did I choose Live and not something less public?  1.  Instagram is free and the stream has proven to be pretty stable and reliable.  2.  You can but don't HAVE to be shown.  Instagram has the option for me to add you to the chat so we can talk face to face- but it's not required.  Simply request to join the video when you're watching.
Or tell me in advance and I'll invite your face.  3.  Yes, it is public- which makes it a great opportunity for you to invite friends to the chat yourself, whoever you want to share The Songery with, and it also happens to be a great marketing tool- let's build our community and then brag some!
FREE MUSIC
$10 or more per month
FREE MUSIC for as long as you are a Patron.  Receive a free mp3 download of all of my previous releases, some of which are now off market, and also receive any future releases while you are part of the fam-bam.


*One album is given after first pledge goes through. Remainder is given after the second pledge.*

2 Songs a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
$15 or more per month
Receive a signed copy of the out-of-print live recording, Two Songs a Day Keeps the Doctor Away.  My first time in a recording space, my first time recording on the mic.  Flaws, nuance, yearning and all.


Stay at this tier and I will be happy to mail you any future physical copies while you're here.


*Mailed out after first pledge goes through.*

Unlock the Heart
$30 or more per month
You have gained access to my personal thoughts.  I am always working to be as authentic as possible, but the disconnect brought on by the internet makes it a hard bridge to build.  There's always a slight fog. Here you will get to know me a little better, behind the masquerade of the internet.  Even if I am becoming more and more heart-giving through the likes of Live these days.


I will share with you my insights, the questions that keep me up at night or aloof during the day (which I can sometimes be).  Did you know I write poetry?  Or have ideas for novels? Or how about some of the thoughts, dialogue, and warm-up lyrics that were written in the development of a song?  Sometimes I'll share what I write with you- It's not always Hemingway or Dickinson, but some of it's alright.  I figure, at this point I know you really care.  So I am gonna trust and share a little more of myself with you.


Different stages of development, scratch paper of ideas as I was forming them, image boards, prose, poetry...


Also, if you ever have something that's nagging you.  Please message me.  You give so much, you are my audience.

The Secret Passageway
$40 or more per month
Unlock the Heart- the secret passageway.  You know how you have friends and then you have FRIENDS?  Well, this is kind of like that.  In addition to the personal thread you will also receive created yet unreleased material.  Think of it this way, there is The Songery. Which is its own world, has its own agenda. And then there's Aly. This material is more Aly, and doesn't quite have a place in The Songery.  I cannot guarantee the quality these will be in.  Actually, I can guarantee that most times these will be nothing more than home recordings or voice memos.  Nitty Gritty.  These are songs that you'll catch me playing at some live shows randomly, but that's all they will likely ever be.  Even then, sometimes I won't even do that.  They'll just be a recording.  Stored as a secret.  A secret I'll share with you.
Unlock the Inner Circle
$100 or more per month
Once merch is made, you get some.  

When I have a show, you get up to 3 free tickets.  

(If the show is free, still come see me if you can!) 

AND I want to see you after the show.  


If for some reason I close down my Patreon while you are in my inner circle, I will continue to honor this reward as long as it is in my power to do so- which should be 100% if not 99.9999% percent of the time.


*Applies after pledge goes through.*

Unlock the Secret Chamber
$250 or more per month
WHAT??! WHY?????


Once a month, we will have a 20-minute webcam convo or phone call.  


Thank you thank you thank you.  You must feel like you know me, or at least relate to something I am doing.  So let's get to know each other.  


*But please, keep wits about you.  Don't mention anything inappropriate or that "the line".  That being said, I reserve the right to cut ties if "the line" is crossed.  Hate to put the damper on; you just never know.*


**Applies after pledge goes through.**
 

The Songery writes a song for you
$500 or more per month
I will write an acoustic song for you.  I will tell your story, or at least the story you want to hear...  You can be picky, you can be vague. You can pick a certain key, include certain lyrics, or give the song a certain title, even just a theme... or maybe you just want me to write a song centered around your name... or maybe you don't care about the specifics you just want me to write a song that's relative to you.  It's all how you want it.  We will have an initial webcam/phone call meeting- we will even meet in person if location permits- where you will give me all the details.  If you have no details, I will want to get to know you.  Well, I'll want to get to know you either way.  It will be very therapeutic.  I will talk to you until we have a solid grasp on the kind of story you want me to tell. You can revise the lyrics and make tweaks to the song or just sit back and have me do my thing.  When the song is finished, I will dedicate the song to you and post a video of me performing the song.  I cannot guarantee you will like the song, but I will try try try. Scout's honor.  

*I will retain the copyright of the song.  If transfer of copyright is desired, actual song commissions are available outside of Patreon: [email protected]*


**Applies after pledge goes through.**