pre-order SWEETHEART and help us make our album!

The new record is underway!!

"Sweetheart, Keep Your Chin Up" will be my fourth full-length album and third with the fabulous guys from Ice Cream on Mondays. What's it about? Well, it's about floating when you want to sink, and about trying to smile when you want to cry. It's about wicked witches, boys with stolen wings, towers that crash and burn, and praying to saints to find the things we've lost. It's about playing music to closed doors, about war, the sea, coming to terms with the past, and about sirens that fall hopelessly in love with sailors that are just passing through.

We're working again with Salim Nourallah, who produced Little Films and Blackout, and aside from me and the ICOM guys, this record will feature voices and instruments from all over the world – our friend Alex Akela (from the Netherlands) is going to play violin on some tracks, and some of my friends from Italy, Norway, Denmark, Holland, England, and the US will add their vocals for a few songs. It's going to be lovely!

We hope to finish the album by the end of the year and we are shooting for a public release date of March 2009. I am writing to ask an enormous favor, because we can't make this record without YOU. Our catch-22 is this: we sell records when we tour. If we don't tour, we sell many fewer records...but with the price of gasoline constantly on the rise, we barely make ends meet while we're on the road.

Which brings us to this - making an album and making it well is not cheap. To put it in perspective, we've been touring constantly since we released “Little Films,” and we've sold over 1000 copies. We are projected to finally break even this fall…two years after the record's release. You do the math at $15/cd.

What we would really love is kind of crazy…but here it is. We are looking for someone to fully sponsor the studio costs of the album, and thereby be credited as the executive producer of the album. A cap of $5,000 will be set on the production costs before we go into the studio.

But since it might be hard to find our dream sponsor, we are asking for something just as helpful – PRE-ORDERS! If everyone on our mailing list pre-ordered just ONE copy at the lowest level, we'd be able to pay all of our studio costs UP FRONT. That would be incredible.

EVERYONE who participates as a sponsor, will also have access to the "rough cuts" of songs as they progress. You will be given a super secret web address that will change from time to time where you can go listen and see how the album is coming along.

Here are the levels of sponsorship:

Good Witch - $15
A signed, personalized copy of Sweetheart magic-wanded to your door BEFORE the public release of the album...and you can sleep well tonight, knowing you've helped make this album possible. :)

Lightning Bug - $35
Two signed copies of Sweetheart sent lightning-fast to your doorstep, plus you'll get the newly designed Sweetheart button and sticker to fancy up your backpack, bumper, sports coat, cowboy boots - you name it.

St. Anthony - $50
Two signed copies of Sweetheart, buttons and stickers included, PLUS the brand-new VP/ICOM tee (designed for the album's release!) on which you can proudly pin your button or stick that sticker....

The Siren - $100
Four (4!) signed copies of Sweetheart sent to you, hot off the presses, plus the button, the sticker, two (2!) VP/ICOM tees, and best of all, you'll be listed in the liner notes as an artistic contributor to the album. Not everyday you can put that on the ol' resume.

Pegasus - $500+
You can swoop down and save us! You get everything that everyone else gets....the CDs, the accessories, the tees, the a private concert for you and your friends at your home. This offer applies to anyone in the USA or in Europe, and will have to be worked into Vanessa's tour schedule. The show would most likely be acoustic (due to band travel expenses) but if it can be worked out, then an acoustic duo or full-band show could be arranged.

Ready to order?
Simply do one of two things...
Click on the level of sponsorship above and you'll be taken to Paypal, where you can pay in the currency of your choice, using either your bank or your credit card. You can also send a check or money order - just send me an email to and I'll get you the mailing address!

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, DANK U WEL, DANKE SCHÖN!, MILLE GRAZIE. We can't make this record without you, and we sincerely appreciate your support.
With love and gratitude,


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