Last Year

Last Year

"Happy New Year!"

That's what we say this time of year. Some of us really mean it. Most of us just kind of say it on auto-pilot like the late December version of "How are you?" Regardless, it's what we say. We don't sorrowfully whisper "Sorry to hear about your year ending" to the cashier at the grocery store as we gather our bags and head toward the exit. No. We say "Happy New Year!" We don't organize a metaphorical funeral procession for the old year that is nearing it's demise. Nope. We throw a party and celebrate the birth of a New Year! "Happy New Year!"

I don't know if we all realize it or not but there is a tremendous amount of hope effortlessly falling from our lips right now. That phrase alone is a declaration that the next 12 months are at the very least going to be "happy." It's ingrained in our culture to greet these next few weeks with optimism and expectancy. Unfortunately, most of us never figure out how to capitalize on this annual opportunity for positive growth. We have however mastered the art of the February face plant... tripping  into most new years over failed resolutions. If we really want to make some changes this year, we need to purposefully step into 2018 as "a new beginning" instead of falling in as just "another attempt."

Who... Me?

Who... Me?

For 17 years now I have actively been chasing an fairly illusive dream. I say "dream"... but it's more than that for me. It's an irresistible draw. An unshakable attraction. An unavoidable calling. I can't remember a time when I didn't feel it's pull. I eat, sleep and breath it. I work endless hours and constantly hone my skills to become better at it. I can't turn it off and I can't run away from it. The funny thing though... is I don't really fit the part.  Not technically.

To say music is my passion is an understatement. Whether it be writing, producing or performing I feel most in my element when I'm operating as a "working musician." To be a great musician you need to be good at a number of things other than music. On stage you should be bold and engaging. You should be able to take a crowd into the palm of your hand and take them where you want them to go. You should have a larger than life persona. Off stage you should be personable and good at networking. Striking up a new friendship could come in handy down the road so you should have great communication skills. You really really should try to be likeable. After all relationships are the most important part of this business. Oh yea... and never forget that it is indeed a business so work on those skills.

Me? I'm a painfully introverted quiet southern guy who isn't well versed in good manners. I got over my stage fright years ago but I don't love the feeling of having all the attention put on me. I honestly don't really like to be in the spotlight. I can surely ramble into a microphone between songs a thoroughly confuse a crowd but putting them "in the palm of my hand"  ... occasionally? Not only am I not a larger than life personality... I tend to try and blend in with the wall paper. I'm great at being awkward in social situations. I'm terrible in meetings. I suck at introductions, I don't make new friends easily and I loath making new relationships that are strictly business. I am likeable once you get to know me, but a lot of the time people think I feel weird toward them upon first meeting me. And business? Oh man. I couldn't be more terrible at anything than business.

And yet I am whole heartily pursuing this thing that I apparently am not fully qualified for in a lot of areas. So why do I do it? Because I am very confident in the areas that I am qualified. I've learned over the years that it is much more effective to try and blow people's minds with what you can do instead of trying to trick them into liking a fake version of you. I can write songs and I can perform them well. My singing voice behind a microphone speaks for me and I've learned to let that side of me do all the talking.

Here's to being yourself.

GoFundMe

I recently launched a GoFundMe campaign with an original goal of $1200 for a 3-5 song EP. I have such amazing supporters that I hit that goal in 3 HOURS! Crazy right?  The campaign has been updated to now fund multiple EPs with staggered releases! Instead of one 3-5 song EP, I am now shooting for two, or possibly three, 3-5 song EPs.  I will stagger the release of the albums which will help maintain the buzz as well as steadily increase it's momentum.  Don't worry, I have plenty of songs to choose from.