Sarah's Album: Whimsical Romance

$10,055 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 255 people in 38 months
Sarah Ragsdale  COLUMBIA, MD
Thank you so much! GOAL REACHED January 2017!


Where We Started...



The Project
"Whimsical Romance" is a full length album of songs that are loosely (and closely) based on my own life experiences! I really need your help in getting the best, full band recording of this done! I have written and performed all songs and can hear the complete recordings constantly buzzing around in my head, and I need funding to complete the recordings and finalize the album. I am working with Mobtown Studios in Baltimore, MD, to do recording and tracking of other instruments, mixing, production and mastering work. I am recording my own piano and vocals in my private studio to have personal time with those aspects of the record and to keep budget costs down!

This album has been molded from my personal experiences in life and in performing time after time just me at the piano telling a story. Because it is quite different from some of my past releases, I thought it would be important to provide a demonstration of what to expect for the album. I have worked with the studio to finalize three songs for the album, and need your help to keep going! One of the songs will be immediately available as a downloadable single for contributors to the project!

Life is like one big romance. This collection of songs is about that romantic story called life, and the ups and downs that come along with it. Based on true stories, mixed with some fantastical exaggerations, this is a fun and playful album of the vast array of emotions that come along with relationships. Written at various stages throughout my life, these are raw stories that have been tried and tested at the piano, even with audience involvement – some relying on percussive snapping and clapping. Feelings range from happiness and pure bliss like in the song “This Kiss”, to a character of craziness and denial like “Next Time”, to more intimate reflections like in “Paranoia”, while others emit strength and moving on. Raw and rustic, this album has hints of blues, jazz, and even ragtime.

Here is the current song list for the album:

1. This Kiss

2. Dirty Little Thoughts

3. Man of the Sea

4. Ferris Wheel

5. Next Time

6. Diamonds

7. Paranoia

8. Butterfly

9. Loco-Motion

10. RagzTime

And so you can hear a live version of me playing a couple of these songs, check out the videos below!

"This Kiss"


"Man of the Sea"


"Diamonds"



Budget

I am doing everything I can with this project to cut costs, without cutting quality. My first priority is to make sure that the full album is completed in top-notch quality and tells the story that I am so excited to share! Here is a breakdown of the budget and costs associated with getting the album done:


This is the bare bones budget and does not even include any promotion, which is necessary to get the music out to the masses! This is the very very most basic budget to just get the album made and in your hands (or ears)! So... Any (much needed) surplus will be used for promotional purposes.

2016

I am so excited to be doing this Gofundme project now!!! 2016 will start off strong with the new album release and a new community of friends and supporters that have made this project come to life! I can't wait to share the rest of the story with you as it happens!

Thanks for joining me on this journey!




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Update 36
Posted by Sarah Ragsdale
11 months ago
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Well it’s a Monday, I just saw the trending #MondayMotivation and I thought of you. It takes a single step to just get started on that goal and surrounding yourself with great people to keep on the path and moving FORWARD step by step. Thanks for all you do to keep me moving forward. Got a goal today? Take that first step before the day’s over! Even if it’s a single email, a 15 minute workout, 5 minutes of writing, or practicing, or whatever! Well here’s my latest step forward, the music video “Paranoia” I was telling you about! Please, like and share to keep the video moving forward! ;)
Sarah Ragsdale -Paranoia
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Update 35
Posted by Sarah Ragsdale
11 months ago
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I’m working hard to keep the “Whimsical Romance” alive in our relationship! This time with a brand new music video for the third track on the album “Paranoia” scheduled to be released later this week. I’ve found that it really doesn’t take millions, not even thousands to make a good video, just some vision, creativity, and surrounding yourself with good people. Sometimes the most simple visuals and taking advantage of the natural beauty right in front of you are the most beautiful. Thank you once again for your support on this project. I hope that you agree that I have made your donations go a long way. Please stay tuned for further updates on this upcoming one-of-a-kind music video “Paranoia”!
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Update 34
Posted by Sarah Ragsdale
15 months ago
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Well, the album is out. What an unbelievable journey this has been. Thanks to you ladies and gentlemen who kept pushing things along, encouraging me here and there and just helping to keep things rolling. At this point, I really appreciate your likes, shares, on fb, insta, YouTube, other social media, tell your friends and family about Whimsical Romance! And please don't forget to check out your names -each and every one of you- up on www.sarahragsdale.com/music. Now is the time for me to step into high gear promotion mode-another phase is just beginning!
Sarah Ragsdale "Whimsical Romance"
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Update 33
Posted by Sarah Ragsdale
15 months ago
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All of you Whimsical Lovers (Gofundme Supporters) should have the album now! Whether it is in physical cd form or digital! And please double check your spam in case messages may have made their way into that box! Please, let me know if any of you have not received your expected items so I can get them to you! I know that some of you will be picking up items at the album release party this Saturday as well! The release party will be at Germano's Piattini in Baltimore on Sat, Oct 7, 6pm. Please, all of you, be there! I need your love! :) Tickets: https://www.instantseats.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=buy.event&eventID=A2ED0459-A64A-B736-8C110ADFA5FC0E04
Album Release Party Oct 7
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Ted Brillantes
38 months ago
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Success in the making!!

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Eric Majic
28 months ago
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Are you kidding? You are the epitome of magical charm... when I first heard your voice and saw you at Season's, I felt as if I was seeing a woodland creature from fairy tales... hearing a melody from those long forgotten children’s books... Trust your instincts

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$10,055 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 255 people in 38 months
Created November 13, 2015
$10
Whimsical Lover
I love and adore you, and therefore will include you on my "Whimsical Lovers" page on my website. Thank you for being a part of this romance!
$15
Single Lover
Featured on the "Whimsical Lovers" website page + get a 1 song digital download before it's available anywhere else!
$25
Love Triangle
Receive a digital download of the EP (the first three songs of the album) before anybody else! +Single Lover
$30
Album Lover
Just between you and me, get a digital download of the full album and digital lyrics booklet before it's available anywhere else!+"Love Triangle" Ah amour!
$50
get physical...
Receive signed physical copy of the album and handwritten lyrics to one song-straight from my heart to yours! +Album Lover package+BONUS: holiday album download
$75
get dressed
Receive a Whimsical T-Shirt to wear and keep me close to your heart! +Get Physical package+BONUS: holiday album download
$100
your eyes only
Signed, kissed, and perfume doused portrait for your eyes only+Get Dressed package+BONUS: holiday album download
$250
the exclusive
Exclusive poster! +Your Eyes Only package+BONUS: holiday album download
$500
amour pro
I will give you a 1 hour piano or voice lesson+The Exclusive package+BONUS: holiday album download
$1,000
your ears only
You pick the song and I will record a cover for your ears only!+Amour Pro package+BONUS: holiday album download
$3,000
rendezvous
I will perform a house party for you, your friends and family!+Your Ears Only package+BONUS: holiday album download *does not include travel and other expenses
$5,000
Executive
Receive the title of Executive Producer on the album+Rendezvous package+BONUS: holiday album download *
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TC
$30
Teresa Grubb Chapman
18 months ago

Awesome job Sarah. Greetings from RU. I hope you remember me!

MK
$25
Michael Kilpatrick
23 months ago

Sarah, Really miss seeing you at Seasons 52. Love your voice!

TT
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T T
24 months ago
DD
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D D
24 months ago

Pushing for the finish line!

$50
Anonymous
24 months ago
$50
Jay Cohen
24 months ago

I hope this helps

JD
$200
Jeanne and David
25 months ago (Offline Donation)
PM
$50
Patricia McDonald
25 months ago

Sarah we hope this bit helps good luck with your plans let us know when you are in town

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Anonymous
25 months ago
DP
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David Phillips
25 months ago
Ted Brillantes
38 months ago
2
2

Success in the making!!

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Eric Majic
28 months ago
1
1

Are you kidding? You are the epitome of magical charm... when I first heard your voice and saw you at Season's, I felt as if I was seeing a woodland creature from fairy tales... hearing a melody from those long forgotten children’s books... Trust your instincts

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