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
Pledge $1 or more per month
Thank you for becoming "my patron". Dun. Dun. Dun. Angelic "aaahhhh". Eeeek!
Thank you thank you thank you.  As a patron, you will gain access to my Patreon-exclusive feed where I will always make my announcements FIRST before anywhere else, post random photos, insight, ado and nonesuch, special tidbits just. for. you. and monthly videos telling you about my month. You are trusting me with your money and should know where it's going- I at least owe you that.
Pledge $5 or more per month
Free Download of "Second Adolescence" and any future material as long as you are my patron.  I'll keep the downloads coming as more content is released.

And access to the previous reward as well, duh.
Pledge $10 or more per month
A signed copy of my out-of-print first album, Two Songs a Day Keeps the Doctor Away.  A 13-track collection of recorded-live acoustic songs made during my first time in a studio.  While supplies last. Once the hard copies run out, we go digital.  I'll send the mp3s- which you can't get anywhere else.

And all of the above.
Pledge $15 or more per month
Sash made like in the Prom Queen video.  Tell me what "label" you want on your sash- choose from one of the characters in the video, create your own, or if you want to be super supportive, get one that says "The Songery".
Be forewarned- it's glitter! It will be delicate and will shed.  But it's DiY baby, and just like how I had it.  Same material and all.  If the sash is for a child, please specify so I can make a smaller one.

Every other month Q+A  Don't you hate it when your Q's go un-A'd?  Well, now you can bet they will indeed be A'd.  Granted, you know, you stick with common sense and don't ask anything malignant or inappropriate.  You send me your questions throughout the two months right on here, and at the end I compile them all and make a video with all my answers.  The video length will depend on how many questions I am asked.  I will answer every single one.

All of the above.
Pledge $30 or more per month
Unlock the Heart. You have gained access to my personal blog.  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.  But here you will get to know me a little better, behind the masquerade of the internet.  I will share with you my insights, some personal thoughts, frustrations, videos that are a little too candid for instagram, 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.

All of the above. 
Pledge $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.

All of the above.
Pledge $75 or more per month
Challenge Accepted! I will learn any piece of music for you and post a video of me performing it.  I play piano, I dabble in guitar, ukulele, and cello-- but it's a CHALLENGE.  So challenge me.  I'm always up for learning new things.  So just send the music my way and I'll play. Also, if you want me to alter it in anyway, let me know.  Want me to turn a dance song into a delicate ballad?  Raise the tempo? Lower it?  Just say so.  This reward is only redeemable twice a year per patron... That means each patron at this level can challenge me, but can only do so 2 times over the course of a year, otherwise the challenges will become very time consuming and get in the way of why I am here in the first place.

All of the above.
Pledge $100 or more per month
Unlock the Inner Circle. Once merch is made, you get some.  When I have a show, you get up to 3 free tickets (assuming the show costs money to attend).  If the show is free, still come see me if you can! I want to see you after the show.  If for some reason I close down my Patreon while you are in my inner circle (and I would only do this if the cha-$-ching success ship sailed), I will continue to honor this reward as long as it's in my power to do so- which should be 100% if not 99.9999% percent of the time.

All of the above.
Pledge $250 or more per month
Unlock the Secret Chamber.  Once a month, we will have a 20-minute webcam convo or phone call.  You are giving me so much.  Why??!  I have to find out.  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.  You know, don't mention anything that's inappropriate or that crosses a blatant line.  In other words, just don't abuse the opportunity/relationship.  If you do, I will have to cut ties and block you and well, that's just unnecessary and no bueno.  Still have to put this out there though- you never know.
 
Subject to Change: Now, I can't see how... but if I manage to reach 15 patrons at this tier, this reward will switch over to a monthly webchat hangout in which several of us talk together.  You will have access to sign up for the webchat every month.  We will still talk one-on-one but the frequency at which we do so will depend on how many other patrons are at this level.  But I'm getting ahead of myself and this is way down the road in the I-can't-even-see-distance.

All of the above.
Pledge $500 or more per month
The Songery writes a song for you.  I will write an acoustic song for you.  I will tell your story.  You can be picky, you can be vague.  You want me to write in a certain key or include certain lyrics or give the song a certain title... 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 relative to 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.  Hear your story.  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 give you a shout out 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.  

*This is not a standard song commission where I make the song, record it for you, deliver it to you, and pass on ownership.  Actual song commissions are available outside of Patreon: [email protected]
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.

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Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
Thank you for becoming "my patron". Dun. Dun. Dun. Angelic "aaahhhh". Eeeek!
Thank you thank you thank you.  As a patron, you will gain access to my Patreon-exclusive feed where I will always make my announcements FIRST before anywhere else, post random photos, insight, ado and nonesuch, special tidbits just. for. you. and monthly videos telling you about my month. You are trusting me with your money and should know where it's going- I at least owe you that.
Pledge $5 or more per month
Free Download of "Second Adolescence" and any future material as long as you are my patron.  I'll keep the downloads coming as more content is released.

And access to the previous reward as well, duh.
Pledge $10 or more per month
A signed copy of my out-of-print first album, Two Songs a Day Keeps the Doctor Away.  A 13-track collection of recorded-live acoustic songs made during my first time in a studio.  While supplies last. Once the hard copies run out, we go digital.  I'll send the mp3s- which you can't get anywhere else.

And all of the above.
Pledge $15 or more per month
Sash made like in the Prom Queen video.  Tell me what "label" you want on your sash- choose from one of the characters in the video, create your own, or if you want to be super supportive, get one that says "The Songery".
Be forewarned- it's glitter! It will be delicate and will shed.  But it's DiY baby, and just like how I had it.  Same material and all.  If the sash is for a child, please specify so I can make a smaller one.

Every other month Q+A  Don't you hate it when your Q's go un-A'd?  Well, now you can bet they will indeed be A'd.  Granted, you know, you stick with common sense and don't ask anything malignant or inappropriate.  You send me your questions throughout the two months right on here, and at the end I compile them all and make a video with all my answers.  The video length will depend on how many questions I am asked.  I will answer every single one.

All of the above.
Pledge $30 or more per month
Unlock the Heart. You have gained access to my personal blog.  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.  But here you will get to know me a little better, behind the masquerade of the internet.  I will share with you my insights, some personal thoughts, frustrations, videos that are a little too candid for instagram, 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.

All of the above. 
Pledge $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.

All of the above.
Pledge $75 or more per month
Challenge Accepted! I will learn any piece of music for you and post a video of me performing it.  I play piano, I dabble in guitar, ukulele, and cello-- but it's a CHALLENGE.  So challenge me.  I'm always up for learning new things.  So just send the music my way and I'll play. Also, if you want me to alter it in anyway, let me know.  Want me to turn a dance song into a delicate ballad?  Raise the tempo? Lower it?  Just say so.  This reward is only redeemable twice a year per patron... That means each patron at this level can challenge me, but can only do so 2 times over the course of a year, otherwise the challenges will become very time consuming and get in the way of why I am here in the first place.

All of the above.
Pledge $100 or more per month
Unlock the Inner Circle. Once merch is made, you get some.  When I have a show, you get up to 3 free tickets (assuming the show costs money to attend).  If the show is free, still come see me if you can! I want to see you after the show.  If for some reason I close down my Patreon while you are in my inner circle (and I would only do this if the cha-$-ching success ship sailed), I will continue to honor this reward as long as it's in my power to do so- which should be 100% if not 99.9999% percent of the time.

All of the above.
Pledge $250 or more per month
Unlock the Secret Chamber.  Once a month, we will have a 20-minute webcam convo or phone call.  You are giving me so much.  Why??!  I have to find out.  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.  You know, don't mention anything that's inappropriate or that crosses a blatant line.  In other words, just don't abuse the opportunity/relationship.  If you do, I will have to cut ties and block you and well, that's just unnecessary and no bueno.  Still have to put this out there though- you never know.
 
Subject to Change: Now, I can't see how... but if I manage to reach 15 patrons at this tier, this reward will switch over to a monthly webchat hangout in which several of us talk together.  You will have access to sign up for the webchat every month.  We will still talk one-on-one but the frequency at which we do so will depend on how many other patrons are at this level.  But I'm getting ahead of myself and this is way down the road in the I-can't-even-see-distance.

All of the above.
Pledge $500 or more per month
The Songery writes a song for you.  I will write an acoustic song for you.  I will tell your story.  You can be picky, you can be vague.  You want me to write in a certain key or include certain lyrics or give the song a certain title... 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 relative to 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.  Hear your story.  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 give you a shout out 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.  

*This is not a standard song commission where I make the song, record it for you, deliver it to you, and pass on ownership.  Actual song commissions are available outside of Patreon: [email protected]