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Tell Me Do is a call to arms - to express care, protection and love.
Mary Ann Vorasky
Santa Monica, California
United States
1 Team Member

Writing Songs, Righting Wrongs! 

Thanks to Indiegogo for providing the opportunity with "flexible funding" to begin this campaign, which will receive the majority of the initial contributions.  After December 19, 2013, the "Tell Me Do Music Video Fundraiser" will be moving to http://maryannvorasky.com. Our new website will launch in early 2014, so please bookmark http://maryannvorasky.com and stay in touch by checking in, or drop us a line and request to be added to the e-mailing list.

Music is a true love of mine and I am very happy to be sharing some of mine with you now in this project. I have been writing, singing and performing songs since high school, songs inspired by my life as well as by my work.  

In addition to making music, I am a trained mediator and I work with a family law attorney helping people to become more aware of what they want in their lives, whether they are beginning their lives together, or ending their unhappiness when they find they cannot be together in ways that work. Click here to see where I work.

Click on "Tell Me Do" to listen to the full-length recording of the song on Soundcloud.

It may seem odd, but what this work has taught me is the true meaning of love. It's about how you feel inside yourself each day, what you create in the space you inhabit, what you want to make of your life in the time you have, and what you want to share with others, whether your children, family, friends, co-workers, or strangers you meet who could, after all, become friends, or family in time.

When you contemplate these questions, what do you come up with?


I came up with the idea to make a music video for my new song, "Tell Me Do."

When I played the song at a club recently, I felt something magical as I watched people in the audience responding to the music. Their enjoyment and pleasure inspired me to make this music video, and with your help, that is what we will do!

The music video will add elements of visual beauty, art and dance through the work of choreographer/art director Cati Jean and cinematographer Birgit Rudel. 

I feel honored and very excited to have the opportunity to work with each of these wonderfully talented artists! Birgit has an amazing eye for sumptuous beauty in film, video and photography, and Cati's creative energy and multi-faceted expertise guarantees an exciting result!

Cati Jean

Cati Jean has performed with Prince, Ricky Martin, Tina Turner, Jay Z - the list goes on! She has choreographed or coached on projects for t.v. and film (including Academy Awards shows, The Shield, Ugly Betty, Californication, Ocean’s Eleven) and choreographed music projects as diverse as world tours for Kylie Minogue, CMA awards performances by Carrie Underwood, a live classical piano performance of composer Chopin’s work, and punk / rock music videos (Rancid; Jane’s Addiction). Her work with her dance troupe L' effleur des Sens has been called “amazing," “mesmerizing and very, very sexy.”  See more of Cati's work on her website.

Birgit Rudel

Birgit Rudel is an award-winning cinematographer with an MFA in Cinematography from the American Film Institute (AFI).  Her films have screened in numerous festivals nationally and internationally.  You can watch a compilation of her work here.

This project is very important to me now because I have struggled all my life with self-doubt and fear from having grown up in a household under the constant threat of, and acts of, domestic violence, physical, mental and emotional. I did not quite realize how much that background limited my horizons until I decided last year to re-commit myself to making music, something I started in my teens as a self-taught guitarist and singer/songwriter. When I began learning to read music and to play the piano in group classes at Santa Monica College near my home, I found I had to pick up where I left off emotionally as a teen. For this reason, 

I am dedicating the "Tell Me Do" music video to women and children who have survived domestic abuse, and to those who love them.

Introducing All-In-Love.Org, a new nonprofit organization founded to help survivors of domestic abuse move from survival to thriving in their lives.

Make the world a better place by connecting with others in caring ways that feel good! 

We offer the following:

Cycling to Break the Cycle! - Bicycle safety and skills classes.  Riding a bicycle gets your heart rate up and your endorphins flowing so you feel fantastic and can handle whatever life is sending your way.

EMDR/Therapy. "EMDR" stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, and helps alleviate PTSD symptoms caused by experiencing trauma of any kind.  Simple eye movements or body tapping helps you move through emotional blocks that cause anxiety. You will be amazed at what and how you can feel after just one or two sessions. Our therapists are highly qualified therapists and members of the EMDR International Association, dedicated to the highest standard in application of EMDR, as well as other forms of therapy if need if desired.

Music Lessons.  Beginning music lessons on guitar and piano. Listening to music, learning how to read it, and making music with others helps us grow new neural pathways in our brains, and soothes and strengthens our nervous systems. Or you can learn to write, perform and record your own song in our Rock Star program!

These programs all have one thing in common: they help you feel good!

It's scientific fact that each of these activities causes your brain to produce endorphins which make you feel good, and when you feel good, you can thrive! You can fully experience the give and take of life unscripted, and everything you do can be done in love: the core of your world.

We also give concerts and educational presentations to help create more loving relationships and communities.

Donations, Social Networking & Gifts

We have some special donation packages to offer and gifts for you for your contributions. Please know that any support you offer will be greatly appreciated.

Tell your family and friends about this campaign, post it and share it on your social networks. Time is of the essence!

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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  • $1USD
    Tell Me Do - The MP3

    One MP3 of "Tell Me Do" made available to you by e-mail at the completion of this fundraising campaign in January, 2014

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  • $5USD
    Stairway to Heaven

    For a $5 donation you will receive a special edition recording of Mary Ann performing her arrangement of the Led Zeppelin classic "Stairway to Heaven," not available in stores or anywhere else! Licensing fees have been paid for the use of this song.

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    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $10USD
    Too Close On Purpose MP3s

    For $10, you will receive 5 MP3s by e-mail of the 5 songs of your choice from Mary Ann's first CD, and a telephone call or personalized thank you note - your choice - from Mary Ann thanking you for your contribution.

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    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $15USD
    MAV World

    For a $15 donation, I will send you my version of the hit song "Mad World" which I have turned into a jazz tune. While this song will appear on "Blue Eyed & Jazzified," I may rework the album version based on my live performances of the tune since I recorded it, in which case, this recording will be a collector's item. (Licensing fees were paid for use.)

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  • $25USD
    Art for Heart's Sake

    For $25 you will receive one download of an MP3 of “Tell Me Do,“ and a cartoon or other rendering hand-drawn/created by Mary Ann of something you would like her to draw-nothing obscene, of course! Provide a photo by e-mail of the item, e.g. of your bicycle, your favorite pet, with heartfelt thanks :)

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    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $50USD
    Too Close On Purpose CD!

    For a $50 pledge you will be mailed a limited edition of Mary Ann's first CD, autographed just for you! (This CD does not include "Tell Me Do"), one MP3 of "Tell Me Do" by e-mail, and a thank you phone call or note from Mary Ann, your choice.

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    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $100USD
    100 Dollar Donor Deal

    For $100 you will receive a DVD of the "Tell Me Do" music video autographed by choreographer Cati Jean, cinematographer Birgit Rudel, Mary Ann, a signed copy of "Blue Eyed & Jazzified," and a thank you note or telephone call, your choice, from Mary Ann.

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    Estimated delivery: December 2014
  • $150USD
    Cycling to Break the Cycle!

    This donation goes to fund ongoing bicycling safety and maintenance lessons, organized rides and goodie bag swag for women and children who want to experience the fun and confidence that comes from cycling.

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  • $250USD
    Fave Cover + DVD/CD Combo!

    For $250 Mary Ann will arrange and record the cover song of your choice and e-mail you the MP3 for your private collection, and your name will be included in the list of contributors on the "Tell Me Do" DVD. You will receive an autographed copy of the DVD, and 2 copies of the "Blue Eyed & Jazzified" CD.

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  • $250USD
    A Month of Music

    A month (once a week) of beginning music lessons on either guitar or piano to learn the fundamentals of music as well as the joy of playing an instrument.

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  • $450USD
    EMDR/Therapy 3 Session Package

    3 EMDR/Therapy sessions for a woman recovering from domestic violence or childhood abuse, or for a child recovering from family violence and abuse. For this tax deductible donation you will receive public recognition by All-In-Love.Org, a signed DVD of "Tell Me Do," the music video, and a signed "Blue Eyed & Jazzified" CD.

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  • $500USD
    The $500 Factor

    For $500 Mary Ann will write an original song on the topic of your choice, record it and send you an MP3 of it via e-mail for your private collection. You will also receive a thank you note from Mary Ann, Cati and Birgit, 2 autographed copies of the "Tell Me Do" DVD and 2 copies of "Blue Eyed & Jazzified," and your name will be included on the DVD as a contributor.

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  • $750USD
    Rock Star

    This donation will provide the opportunity for a woman or her child to have 6 music lessons on either the piano or guitar, with the ultimate goal of learning and performing a favorite song, or composing an original song, performing it at a local venue open mic and recording it to take home on a CD.

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  • $1,000USD
    The Gold Standard

    For $1,000 your name will be listed on Mary Ann's CD "Blue Eyed & Jazzified" as a Friend, and as an Executive Producer of the "Tell Me Do" music video. You will receive 5 copies of "Blue Eyed & Jazzified" and 2 copies of the "Tell Me Do" music video on DVD, fully autographed, and a thank you call or card from Cati, Birgit and Mary Ann, your choice.

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  • $2,500USD
    You Look MAV-elous!

    Mary Ann will write & arrange a new original song on a topic you choose & include it on "Blue Eyed & Jazzified." You +1 will be guaranteed the seats of your choice at a show by Mary Ann in your area through 2016. Your name will be listed on "Blue Eyed & Jazzified" as a Platinum Friend & as Executive Producer on the "Tell Me Do" music video. You'll get autographed copies (10) of "Blue Eyed & Jazzified" and of the "Tell Me Do" music video (5) & a thank you call or note,

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