$19,585 FOR "HEREAFTER MUSICAL & "RESTLESS" FOR MORE
How much do love our friends and family and FANS!!! How about nineteen thousand - five hundred and eighty five dollars worth!!!! You heard me, I said $19,585. That's the amount we've raised in just a little over a week. It has been an amazing outpouring of support for "Hereafter Musical". It almost makes me want to sing (I said almost so you can relax). This has easily been one of the biggest weeks in the history of our show…and Frankie and I didn't have to do a thing! You guys did all the heavy lifting! We still have a ways to go ($40,415 worth to be exact). We have until Sept 25th to reach (or surpass our number). If we do, we promise you an incredible experience. If we don't, we'll be selling our gold fillings to put on an extremely low budget and toothless version of "Hereafter Musical". You've been forewarned so please forward this email to friends and family who you think might get a kick out of our somewhat annoying and sometimes humorous (but always musical emails)!
HEREAFTER MUSICAL YOUTUBE CHANNEL HAS 13,000 VIEWS
Speaking of numbers…our Youtube Channel just passed 13,000 views…wow! That’s like filling up half of Madison Square Garden and having them watch two hours worth of videos from our show on a tiny little window on your computer!!! Now according to Kickstarter we are 32% funded. We're not very good at math so we'll have to trust them. Speaking of Kickstarter (boy do we switch topics quickly in these emails) the New York Times just did a HUGE story on them. You can read it here (but only after you've pledged for your tickets first). OK, we're pretending like we waited five minutes and that you haven't had any problems with the process. Speaking of problems with the process…. we know that some of you have had ongoing "Cookie" problems. Please feel free to call or write at any time to vent and/or demand an option to write a check. Now we are not going to turn down any offer of checks. We just want you to know that pledging through Kickstarter ensures that your money not only goes to our totals instantly but more importantly means you are not charged right away. If you write a check (which we will GLADLY accept) it just means we have to deposit it and then get it into Kickstarter through a log on we've created for this very purpose. In a nutshell, do whatever works best for YOU as long as it involves sending money to US.
ROLL CALL OF THANKS FOR UPDATE #4
Ok, so enough of this business stuff. Before we get to our special treat (which will be "off-topic" but a real treat), here is our shout out to all the friends and family and non-blood related fans of our show who have pledged since our last update. In no particular order (since we love them all equally!!!!)
Barbara & Robert Incitti
Zachary Zemla - Ok let’s get this one out of the way. For those of you Virgos keeping track of our pledge roll call, you’ll recall that we thanked Zachary on the last update with a very glib “I don't know Zachary but that is also another cool name. I think it was the name of a villain in a Superman comic.” Well it turns out that we not only know Zachary but we LOVE him and his wife Chris. We spent last Christmas with them (I know I’m an idiot). They are both big fans of our show, I just know him as Scott!! Scott I swear I’ll make it up to you next Christmas!
Christine and Michael Savino – Chris is one of my oldest friends (our friendship is old, she is super young, not creepy young I mean still old enough to be my friend…ok I’ll stop.). Anyway Chris is supporting us from the west coast and in the memory of her late brother Robert Caliano. A great guy I grew up with back in Bensonhurst.
Jim Waters – This guy is the most talented and reliable contractor in the US. I am not kidding. His work is poetry and only his incredible character matches it. A genuinely great guy. When he was done working on our project, I wanted to pay him to just come to the house and be my friend…and I’m NOT kidding. Have I made my point? If you want his info email me back!
Thomas Gesimondo - A true legend. One of my oldest friends and the co-creator of one of the most classic songs of all time “Restless, Restless”!!! And by the way he wrote the line “You wore your purple dress”!!!! In spite of that he’s one of the best lyricists out there. And he co-owns one of NY’s most happening Pilate places (that’s fun to say!); True Pilates New York.
Ok speaking of “Restless, Restless” (I swear that’s the last “speaking of”), here is the treat you gave been waiting for. For those of you who don’t know about the legend of the song that Tom and I wrote 30 years ago, read about it here. This is a video of Tom & I performing it for the Howard Stern Show (be forewarned…it’s horrible!!!).
Tom & Vinnie sing "Restless, Restless"
Thanks to it being featured on the Howard Stern show, the song has been covered by over 1000 artists! This small sampling includes
Hope you enjoyed this LONG update and make sure you pledge soon (before the 9/25 deadline!). Tell your friends. You can pledge at: Kickstarter