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Inspirational Burning Man Adventure

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I'm asking for your support to make it possible for myself (and my wife Tracy) to go to Burning Man again this year in order to relive and add to the inspiration that I felt when I went there in 2014.

It was a year ago that I discovered Burning Man for myself. I had heard of it before (as early as mid-2000), but had this thought that it's just a bunch of crazy drug-loving hippies gathering in a place that is challenging to even survive in! How could that be fun? Tracy (who went in 98-2000) tried for years to get me to go, but I was still hesitant.
I (we) finally went last year, and my mind was blown (wide open) and I admit that I was wrong on all fronts - I met amazing people out there, survived just fine (with the right preparation) and had a fantastic time.  I truly think that the experience helped me further evolve as a creative person and musician.  We immediately planned to go again.

The event is actually starting in less than 2 weeks - unfortunately we were not able to get tickets at their normal prices in any of the official sales (even though we were prepared, always on time, and gave our best to get them - there is a limited amount; too many people want them, and getting on the ticket servers is like a lottery). There are still plenty of tickets available, but they come at a pretty steep pre-sale price, which, in addition to the other costs involved, is just not feasible for us right now.

So you might be wondering:  what's the plan if we do get the funds together (with your help)? The video shows a music piece ("Embrace Change") that I composed for and performed at Burning Man last year, and I will compose and deliver a new one this year as well.
I also plan on remixing this "Embrace Change" track in my studio and creating a one-of-a-kind On-Demand CD that includes those 3 pieces:  the original, the remix, and the brand-new 2015 track, as well as a fitting selection of my other music for anyone who supports us here.
If you donate at least $40 you will get this limited edition On-Demand CD and we'll include some cool photos from the trip in the CD booklet, which will be signed.
If you support us even more (at $80+), we'll create and send you a signed photo book with many more pictures from our adventure. And with this reward level I will also send you a personalized recorded 'Thank You' video from Burning Man or another inspirational environment (see below).

As a side note; I also plan to 'pay it forward' - by supporting other art projects and performing the music at Burning Man and online.

In case we don't meet our goal:  we will still try to go with whatever funds are raised, but if it's absolutely not possible, then I'll still compose the new song and send out the CD . The book will then either contain a selection of photos from last year or another inspirational trip in the near future (Yosemite is a favorite spot of Tracy and I have not been yet). And rest assured, we will also try again next year to go to Burning Man.




Chris Huelsbeck
Petaluma, CA

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