Pam Mark Hall-Mangle the Tango

$29,310 of $26,000 goal

Raised by 190 people in 21 months
Pete Welty
on behalf of Peter Johnson
Hi! I'm Pam Mark Hall.  It's been over two decades since I recorded my last album.  Some of you know me from my early records - "Flying," "This is Not a Dream," "Never Fades Away," "Supply and Demand."  Some of you know me from producing the beloved lullaby album "Good Night, Sleep Tight." And some of you know me from later work, the rockin' "Keeper" and folky "Paler Shade."  Some of you may not know my music at all.  I hope to change that.

Since recording my last album "Paler Shade," so much water has gone under the bridge.  I've worked with the homeless and battered women and children; sold advertising and insurance.  I've been up, down, all around, full circle; now I begin again to share my stories and lessons through music and art.

Like so many others, I lost everything in the recession and had to begin over again.  There were days I felt like I was on a raft, adrift in the ocean with no sail or rudder.  And then the responsibility and stress of caring for an aging parent with dementia arose.   I felt stripped of everything.  And it was exactly there, stripped of everything that I was able, with God's help, to embrace and be gentle with myself and believe I was of value. Not because of achievements or possessions, but simply because of who God made me, who I am - my heart, my intentions - my openness to others.

I learned how to "Chop Wood, and Carry Water" to be faithful in the little things.  From this place emerged a new understanding of how common these challenges are to all of us boomers.

We are at a stage of life where knowing that we still matter is a common struggle.  We've lived long enough to experience both successes and failures and are challenged with making sense of it all.

My mission is to record a new album of songs to affirm that you (we) do matter, have something important to contribute and it's still worth getting up to dance.  

Perfection is deadly.  It stops us in our tracks.  It stops us from never beginning something we dream to accomplish.  But we say "Oh, no, I'm too old to do that.  It won't be good enough"  These songs encourage us to get up and take a baby step and keep taking those baby steps, even if we stumble and "Mangle the Tango."

"Mangle the Tango" is the title of the new album.

Another theme is both the outlandish love and mystery of God.  One can know and not-know all at the same time.  Seeking and finding, avoiding and being found are a life-long dance.  It's our job to keep chopping wood, and carrying water - being faithful doing the little things in the dark so we can shine in the light.

My lifelong friend, consummate musician, philosopher, producer, Roy Salmond is co-producing the album with me in his beautiful studio in Vancouver, British Columbia.   We'll be using studio players up there to record the tracks, along with me playing some guitar and keyboards.Roy Salmond  and Pam Mark Hall at Whitewater Studio 2015

Extra Treats!
My good friend Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary is playing guitar and singing with me on a song called "Joy Runs Deep."   We performed it live in a concert a couple of years ago and it was so well received I really wanted to include it on this project.Noel Paul Stookey and Pam Mark Hall
at Stagecoach Ranch, Auburn, CA 2015

Then, if that's not enough, my friend and musical hero - Canadian icon Bruce Cockburn is playing guitar and singing with me on his gorgeous song "All the Diamonds."   Bruce and I are recording March 7, 2017 in Berkeley, CA.Pam Mark Hall and Bruce Cockburn
San Francisco, 2016

One of the songs I've written is based on the story of the best-selling book "The Shack."

I could go on and on with details of "Mangle the Tango."

Like most other artists, I have no record label and I'm doing all of this myself.   Which means I have to raise the money to make it happen.   So now I turn to you to be my partners in bringing this vision to life.   I view this as more than a fund-raising campaign, I view it also as a community builder.   To that end, I've partnered with the Cyrus Music Foundation , a not-for profit that raises scholarship funds for children for music lessons. 
 A portion of all donations and sales of Mangle the Tango will go to Cyrus Music Foundation.

I need you, and I hope you need me too.  We encourage one another.   Please, let's do this dance together!  Even if we "Mangle the Tango."  

Since I'm funding it through Cyrus Music Foundation ,  your donation is tax deductible.  You will receive a letter confirming the amount of your donation.  Make sure you put your contact information in the comments box.

I'll be thanking you for your donations with various gifts that I think you'll enjoy.   Scroll down to see gifts at various levels of giving.

The fundraising campaign deadline to reach my goal of $26,000 is Friday, June 30th.

April 24 is our recording start date  We recorded and mixed through May 18th.  Then the music will be mastered and manufactured.  My goal is to have the finished CD by the end of June in time for my Mangle the Tango House Concert Tour July - Sept.

Song Titles:
Mangle the Tango
Chop Wood Carry Water
Cobalt Blue (How Do You Know?)
Harriet Tubman
All the Diamonds - duet with Bruce Cockburn
Help Me, Papa - (Inspired by "The Shack")
Kiss Me Wind (Missy's Song)  (Inspired by "The Shack")
Be True to Yourself
Joy Runs Deep - duet with Noel Paul Stookey

Campaign Budget:
Publishing Licensing                                        
CD Manufacturing   1000       units                      
Misc Costs and Fees                                         
(including design, promo)
Total                                                                           $26,000

The main reason I chose to do this campaign with "GoFundMe" is because there is no floor or ceiling to how much the campaign can raise.  Your donations are immediately given to the fund.  

Giving Levels:
Every donation of $15 and up receives a digital download of music and lyrics of Mangle the Tango
Every donation of $25 and up receives the Mangle the Tango CD 

Every donation of $50 and up receives various gifts from this list:

Mug:  A red or teal mug branded with the Mangle the Tango cover art

Coasters:   A set of 4 coasters branded with the Mangle the Tango cover art

Printed & Signed Lyric:   You pick the song

Print of Mangle the Tango Artwork - painted by yours truly

Book:  Coffee Table book of Pam Mark Hall Artwork, Lyrics and stories behind the songs

Handwritten Lyric:   You pick the song

Original Pam Mark Hall Artwork:  I'll provide several options for you to choose from

Custom Song Written by Pam Mark Hall:  
A one-of-a-kind song written for your special occasion

House Concert:  I'm doing a west coast house concert tour from July - September 2017.  I'll play in your house, your barn, your backyard, your patio - anywhere comfortable for you and your friends.

"Mangle the Tango" cover art that I painted for this project.
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Dear Tribe PMH,

“Mangle the Tango” is recorded and manufactured. At this juncture I have sent mp3s of all the songs and the digital CD booklet to everyone. I have also mailed all CDs to those who donated.
If for some reason you have not received your copy, please contact me and I will make sure you receive it.

This week I am sending out final gifts of mugs, prints, coffee and wine to those who contributed at those levels. I should have everything in the mail by September 10.

I would love to hear what you think about the songs. Also, if you feel so include to leave a review at Amazon or my web-site I’d be so appreciative.

At this point I am busy exploring ways to get the word out about “Mangle the Tango.”
You can help me do this by telling your friends about the album and sending them to my
Web-site to order a copy. Order copies at

I have no record label with a marketing machine behind me. It’s you and me and our efforts to get the word out.

I continue to be grateful for your partnership with me to make my dream come true to write and record these songs for folks at our stage of life as Baby Boomers. It is my desire to continue to inspire you and others to be hopeful and brave in stepping out and sharing your gifts with those around you.

What a wonderful journey this is with you.

I will continue to keep in touch with you.
No go and:

Mangle the Tango,


PMH & TJ Klay in El Cajon, CA 8.17
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Dear Tribe PMH. Just wanted to give you a heads up. I'm in process of sending out CDs to those who made donations to my Mangle the Tango GoFundMe campaign. Some of you have received yours. I am sending as I am able in between the concerts I'm doing. I ask for your patience as it will probably take me another couple of weeks to do fulfillment on all the CDs and gifts I promised you. Thank you, for understanding. Pam
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Dear Tribe PMH,
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart for helping me reach my funding goal and making it possible for me to record "Mangle the Tango." What a dream come true.
You'll receive your CD and gifts prior to the end of August. What's your dream? Step out there even if in reaching for your dreams you Mangle the Tango.
Thank You! GoFundMe Donors!
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Dear Tribe PMH. You are my peeps. I can't imagine my world without you. You've made my vision a reality. You made it possible for me to record with world class musicians eleven songs that come from my heart and the experiences that God has allowed me especially over the past five years. I hope these songs encourage you as much as they do me. We don't have to be perfect in order to make a difference in the spot of the world we are planted. I've sent the digital files to those who contributed to the GoFundMe campaign and will be sending out physical copies as soon as I return from the first leg of my "Mangle the Tango" house concert tour. I'll be posting the itinerary in case you are nearby and able to attend.
You are my heroes. Thank you, and now go
Mangle the Tango
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$29,310 of $26,000 goal

Raised by 190 people in 21 months
Created March 3, 2017
PMH Art Print
CD plus print of painting by Pam Mark Hall. Choose print from and email the name of choice to
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Get CD plus One of a kind PMH painting. Choose your painting @ and email your choice to pmh@pammarkhall to see select
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Mangle the Tango: Digital download: music & lyric booklet and CD
Level 3
Mangle the Tango: Digital Download and CD, Digital lyric booklet, Art Coasters, Download of bonus track
Level 3 A
Mangle the Tango digital download, CD AND a Mangle the Tango Mug. You have a choice of color between Teal and Red.
Level 4
Mangle the Tango: Digital downloand signed CD, digital lyric booklet, MTT Mug and MTT Coasters, Download of bonus track
Level 5
Mangle the Tango: Digital download: music and lyrics booklet, Signed CD, MTT Coasters, Print of MTT painting, download of bonus track
Level Six
Mangle the Tango: Digital download: music and lyrics booklet, Signed CD, MTT Coasters, MTT Coffee and MTT Mug, download of bonus track
Level 6a
Mangle the Tango: Digital download: music and lyrics booklet, Signed CD, MTT personalized art print; MTT Mug, download of bonus track
Level 7
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Download, Signed CD, Digital Lyric Booklet, PMH Art & Lyric Book, MT Cabernet Franc, download of bonus track.
Level 8
Download, Signed CD, Digital Lyric Booklet, PMH Art & Lyric Book, MT Cabernet Franc; Print of PMH Art, download of bonus track.
Level 9
Download, Signed CD, Digital Lyric Booklet, PMH Art & Lyric Book, MT Cabernet Franc; Handwritten Lyric, download of bonus track.
Level 10
Download, signed CD, Digital Lyric Booklet; signed PMH Art & Lyric book, print of PMH artwork, signed handwritten lyric, MT Cabernet Franc; dl of bonus track
Level 11
Download, CD, Digital Booklet, Signed Book of PMH Art & Lyrics, Original PMH Art, MT Cabernet Franc
Level 12
Download, CD, House Concert on PMH Mangle the Tango West Coast Tour July - Sept 2017
Level 13
Download, Digital Lyric Booklet; Signed CD, Original PMH Art, Signed Book of PMH Art & Lyrics, Handwritten Lyric, MT Cabernet Franc
Level 14
Download, CD, Print of PMH Art, Signed PMH Art Book, PMH House Concert during the Mangle Tango House Concert west coast Tour July - September 2017
Level 14
Download, CD, Custom PMH song written & recorded for a special occasion such as a birthday, anniversary, memorial; PMH Art & Lyric Book
Level 15
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17 months ago
Geoff Cooper
17 months ago

I hope I'm not too late.

17 months ago (Offline Donation)
Denile Kosten
17 months ago

Hi Pam... Bob and I hope this donation is not too late! It sounds like you've been a busy and productive lady since we saw you last. We'll pray that your new CD is a success! May the Lord richly bless your life. In His love, Denile Kosten

17 months ago
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17 months ago

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Mark Given
17 months ago

Can't wait to hear it!

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