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VANDERLINDE Live Trails Album Proceeds To Benefit Ecuador Orphanage
This is the story of an incredibly generous gift to the orphanage in Olon, Ecuador by Dutch band VANDERLINDE. All band members, the producer, the recording and mixing engineers, and the studio are donating all proceeds from their latest album, Live Trails, to benefit the orphanage. Even the recording company will promote the album for free and donate their profits.
|VANDERLINDE Live Trails album cover
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|VANDERLINDE Live Trails album cover inside
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From the inside cover above:
“VANDERLINDE and their producer have declined to be paid for their work on this album. They have pledged that all proceeds from the sales of this record will benefit the orphanage in Olon, Ecuador, where Erwin Musper is working every day as a volunteer to give those children a spark of hope for their future. Because you bought this album, you are part of turning this spark into a bonfire. The kids say GRACIAS.”
Check out VANDERLINDE’s song Across The Hall (Live Trails):
Producer No Stranger To Orphanage
This orchestrator of this project, album producer and lyricist Erwin Musper, mixed and mastered the album in his studio near the orphanage. His daily presence at the orphanage provides not only guitar lessons but a male role model in lives of kids who may never have had a positive one. He shares orphanage photos and project updates on his Facebook page, found here.
|YOKO (Young Orphanage Kids Orchestra) band last Christmas
Erwin, in white t-shirt, is their guitar instructor and male role model
Erwin has previously spearheaded projects for a walk in refrigerator (see his post here), ceiling fans (post), and many other projects at the orphanage. The next big project on his list is rewiring and replacing the failing and overheating electric grid at the orphanage, where proceeds from this album sale will first be directed.
How To Order Live Trails
UPDATE November 1, 2017: The album is now available! If you live in Europe, you can buy the physical CD. The rest of the world can download it on Google Play here or on iTunes here. Contact Erwin Musper on Facebook for information on how to donate directly to the cause. Please consider buying the album – you receive great music and help the orphanage electric system at the same time!
UPDATE #1: Vanderlinde did it! They met the fundraising goal! All future money raised will go to future projects at the orphanage.
UPDATE #2: The orphanage electrical has been completely upgraded!
Thank you VANDERLINDE and friends for your generosity! We say GRACIAS!
Find previous posts about the orphanage here.
Find previous WATWB posts on Emily in Ecuador here.
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