Help Artist Sven Sundberg Afford Shooting an Official Music Video for “Seasons Change (Sprite Mix)” and Capitalize on Recent Award Wins
The Kickstarter campaign has been initiated to cover costs to create a high-quality, gay-themed official music video for Sven Sundbergâ€™s song, â€śSeasons Change (Sprite Mix).â€ťÂ The song is being mixed and mastered by former Warner Brothers Records producer Louis Magnotti IV. The video is a story of a possible richness and fullness of love and life between two men, if they can only find the courage to introduce themselves to each other. Gathering courage is a common theme among LGBT people â€¦ courage to accept who you are, courage to come out, courage to love and live openly, courage to stand up and advocate for causes important to our community, and much more.
An actor/model will be hired to play Svenâ€™s love interest in the video. This video will follow closely on the heels of big award wins for Sven Sundberg, including Best Indie Instrumental Album of 2015 for â€śIntimacy: A Collection,â€ť Best Indie Instrumental / Electronica Song of 2015 for â€śLet Me Go,â€ť Best Indie Ambient Instrumental Song of 2015 for â€śIf Only,â€ť Semi-Finalist placements in the Song of the Year contest for two of Svenâ€™s songs, â€śIf Onlyâ€ť andÂ â€śYou in Blue,â€ť and multiple weeks at Number One on the Nationwide Indie Dance Chart forÂ â€śItâ€™s Time 2015 (Remix).â€ť The video will have a potential for going viral because of the scripted content, and will spotlight Sven Sundbergâ€™s music to reach a broader audience, thus capitalizing on recent award wins and striking while the iron is hot.
DONâ€™T PUT OFF CHASING YOUR DREAMS, YOUâ€™LL REGRET IT
When I was young and living in Phoenix, I was very fortunate to receive piano lessons from John Steinway (of Steinway Pianos). I was too young to realize the significance of this man, and it wasnâ€™t until I was in high school that it dawned on me, I was taught by John Freaking Steinway!
After a couple years of lessons at a young age, my family went through some difficult times and all our belongings were repossessed, including our piano. We moved to the Midwest, but were never able to afford a piano again. I remember missing our piano and wishing we had one again. I remember liking to use the chords and scales that Mr. Steinway taught me to make pleasant sounds. I used to drive my family nuts playing that piano so much!
When I was in high school, my best friend Jack played electric guitar and was in a band. I envied him so much! I would go with him to his bandâ€™s jams and practice sessions, all the while wishing I could play the keyboard along with them. It became my dream to write songs and play them, hoping others would like my music. But I didnâ€™t have keyboards, so all I could do was listen. I would soak in their music, watching them play, and kept dreaming of one day either being in a band playing keyboards, or writing my own music.
It would stay a dream for many years.
After high school I went to college, got a job and moved up the ladder. I soon became a busy nonprofit executive and my job became my life, as often happens to so many people. I was too busy to think about pursuing my dreams, but it was always there in the back of my mind, gnawing away at me because I couldnâ€™t find the time. So I kept working long hours, as my job demanded, and putting my dreams off.
Then it happened. Cancer.
I was devastated! I was only in my 30â€™s. They say when you look at the prospect of dying, your life passes before your eyes. That didnâ€™t happen to me. It wasnâ€™t my life that passed before my eyes, but my regrets.
I regretted not acting on my dreams. I thought about how I would never be able to make my own music now, surely I was going to die, and I became very depressed. I vowed to myself if I could just get passed this and be cured, I wouldnâ€™t take my dreams of making music so lightly and actually do something with it. Well, long story short, half of my colon was removed and the effects of chemo and radiation stayed with me for a long time, but I survived!
I survived cancer. So I would keep my promise to myself to stop putting my dreams on hold and actually make music.
While I was still sick, I bought an inexpensive set of keyboards that had a lot of bells and whistles. I began to write songs and soon discovered what kind of music was in my heart to write. I rearranged my schedule at work and delegated more tasks, freeing myself up to have time to do what I always knew I would love doing â€¦ making music.
Fast forward 11 albums, some licensing successes, several awards and a million other musical experiences along the way and itâ€™s still that vow that I made to myself when I think about my life and career as a musician. If I didnâ€™t get cancer, I wouldnâ€™t be where I am now, connecting with 15,000 new friends I met through my music. When I had cancer, I regretted not being a musician. Now that I am past that, I have absolutely no regrets about having had cancer! It kicked me in the butt and got me moving in the right direction.
I donâ€™t mean to sell the creative process short. Needless to say, itâ€™s essential. For the listener, itâ€™s everything. But to some extent almost anyone can make music.
But when it comes to BEING a musician, itâ€™s all the memories I helped create along the way. Itâ€™s hearing a song I wrote (Iâ€™ve written more than 100 songs) and instantly knowing which song it is and how the melody goes. Itâ€™s the familiar weight of my keyboards, guitars and other instruments because Iâ€™ve dragged them everywhere. Itâ€™s all the miles Iâ€™ve put on my car dragging my instruments around. And itâ€™s a million other little subtle experiences that define what it means to be a musician. At least thatâ€™s the way itâ€™s been for me. Itâ€™s not the piano chords or the number of albums sold, but rather itâ€™s knowing those things first hand that make me a musician, a veteran. And itâ€™s knowing that you are one of a small percentage of the population to not only have seen, but to have lived behind the curtain that makes this whole crazy thing worthwhile.
But perhaps even more importantly than all of that, itâ€™s YOU, the listener, that makes all of it matter.
I look forward to many more sometimes hard, sometimes ugly, always worthwhile experiences along this musical journey. Hereâ€™s to hoping that you are part of that journey.
If youâ€™d like to hear the most recent milestone of that journey, click here to listen to my most recent album, â€śIntimacy: A Collection.â€ť
HEREâ€™S WHERE YOU COME IN
The whole project is estimated to cost roughly $6,000 and will be shot all day on Saturday, July 23, in various locations around Springfield, Illinois. Â There are many levels of giving and rewards to donors in deep appreciation for their gifts according to their giving level! Â You can help make this romantic video come alive and possibly go viral by giving what you can before April 30, 2016. Â For a $200 donation, you can be in the video! Â For a $500 donation, you can be in the video and have a special cameo role where you play one of the main characters! Â There are many smaller giving levels with rewards, and all donations, no matter the size, will make Sven eternally grateful to you for your partnership in this project.
Thank you for being a listener and for making it all matter.
About Project Creator:
Sven Sundberg specializes in creating melodic instrumental pop gems; from soft adult contemporary to pop, pop/rock and urban to remixes with modern beats, Svenâ€™s melodies are simple without being flashy or overdone.
Sven uses the perfect blend of piano, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, keyboard and percussion to craft timeless music for all generations.Â Sven currently lives near St. Louis, Missouri, moving there last year from Seattle, Washington.
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