At the time, I was reluctant to assume that anyone else would find this hard-to-hear song as interesting and moving as I did; before committing to this project, I wanted to run a different kind of Kickstarter campaign, one that aimed to raise only $5, and had only 1 unique reward available.
Which brings me to Daniella Jaeger, who wrote:
I watched his hypnotic video and scanned the sparse page. I then remembered that I had backed 99 projects thus far and had been waiting for something special to back for #100. I thought,I must have this mixtape. So one $5 pledge later… I got all excited and tweeted the milestone. Some blogging and cyberhugs followed. Four days later, the cassette was in my hands, with a nice note from Mike. “I HOPE THIS MIX MAKES YOU FEEL AS CALM AND FOCUSED AS IT DOES ME”. I don’t even own a cassette player, but this project, so simple in its execution and so easy to support, is a story I’ll never forget.
It was that incredible response to mix #1 that really launched this project - since then I have personally recorded and mailed over 200 additional mix-tapes to people all over the world.