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Well 2020 was quite the year! Crazy ride filled with ups and downs… New places, new faces, new friends, and lots of music and (of course) COVID. I’m really looking forward to when that word is as rare as the Spanish Flu. I mean seriously, it’s time we move on people… But I digress.
Anyways my scheduled release plan for music was set back due to the inability to promote via live shows, which is primarily how young artists in Nashville get their music heard. So after the release of Gypse Heart (which if you haven’t heard yet… Go listen!!! And if you have well then… Go listen again lol) I devoted a considerable amount of the time I had been focusing on networking and playing out to writing. So yeah, lots of new music that you all haven’t heard yet! *P.S if you follow my blog here you’ll get first access hehe* okay enough self-promotion…
As I’m looking at 2021 and trying to navigate this whole crazy music scene amid a post-COVID world and mindset I’ve realized that simply landing in the stream won’t get you to your destination. Sounds extemporaneous, I know, but let me explain. Since arriving in Nashville in the fall of 2019 it’s really easy to fall into the trap of simply being here… People, myself included at times, start to think that things are going to simply happen because of the fact that they have made it to the right town and are surrounded with the right people. But that’s not the case! Hard work is critical. But simply working hard without definite goals can be almost as useless as not working at all. For if the effort isn’t concentrated on distinguishable goals it’s much the same as trying to swim across an ocean by jumping in… But then just treading water hoping someone will throw you a rope. Now this may sound trivial to some, and indeed if you’ve already mastered the mantra:
If a man does not know to which port he is sailing
No wind is favorable…
Then you are already two steps ahead and I applaud you as well as encourage you to continue on. But to be fair this can be a hard concept for people to grasp. Especially when it comes to an industry such as music that seemingly does not have any definable milestones to latch onto as definite goals. The catch, though, is to create those goals. Study the lives and careers of those who have gone before and see their small successes as initial goals to emulate. Did they play small venues? Cover gigs? Writer’s rounds in Nashville? Start small and build. But don’t let the small wins become an anchor where you find yourself treading water… Forgetting that the goal is to swim across the ocean. Keep driving… Always looking for the opportunities to progress. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that the goal is just to survive until someone else lifts you out. No, drive. Progress. Build. Let 2021 be the year where you set definable goals towards a definite end. That end being a better version of you. Better music than you had before. Better lyrics than you’ve ever written. Yes, even playing bigger shows than you have previously. Excellent goals. But start now and set deadlines for accomplishing them. Aim for the stars… And you won’t find yourself crawling around in the dirt.
Whew! Okie dokie… that’s where I’m at on this January 26th, 2021! Trying to set definable goals and then act in accordance to accomplish them. By the way this is favorable in all walks of life. Not just music. So think about it and if you can add something to help here comment it below!!!
Cheers to you all! Hope your Holidays and New Years were fantastic and we’ll talk soon!
P.S Yes, I’m planning on releasing another single this year so stay tuned!!!
Well it’s certainly been a hot minute since I last updated ya’ll on my journey. My “New Beginnings” adventure has reached it’s next chapter as of August 5th, 2019 — I moved to Nashville, Tennessee! Wildly excited to be living in and participating at the music capital of the world. Life is craaaaaazy busy here… I’m averaging about 4-5 hours of sleep a night but worth it one hundred percent.
Some of the highlights are meeting so many incredibly talented people even in my few short weeks here. That “southern hospitality” is alive and well folks! Anyways I’ve been working almost non-stop since I arrive to establish myself within the music scene and make connections with as many people as I possibly can. One fella I run into all the time (also a ridiculously talented singer-songwriter) asked me how my “Networking Blitz” was going. He wasn’t wrong… I’m quite literally everywhere. Some nights visiting up to four venues a night to support my friends and make new ones. Building relationships has never been so fulfilling.
Anyways alright… There’s my update! Thanks so much for reading and keeping up with me and my music and if you’re around the area make sure to jump over to the Upcoming Shows page! I’ve got a number of Songwriter Rounds I have the honor of participating in with quite a number more in the works!
Cheers to you all and God Bless!
UPDATE: show is canceled for yellow Bike coffee.
Thank you to everyone who was interested and stay tuned for more info!
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Yes, there is still a show tonight at Yellow Bike Coffee in Duluth, MN
The most inopportune timing of bad weather in my recent memory but what can you do? This is Minnesota… and even as Prince one said yes, “Sometimes in snows in April.”
I’ll attach that video here cause we need a little pick me up.
Regardless, hope ya’ll will still be able to make it tonight! Stay safe and Stay Minnesota Strong!!
As a prelude to my upcoming shows throughout both Duluth and the Twin Cities of Minnesota. I’ve released a promo video of one of my favorite songs “Tennessee” The video is up on YouTube or available Here at the Media center of my site!
It was shot and put together by a good friend of my Caelan Mars who works out of Duluth, MN! He’s quite talented and if you ever get the chance to work with him do it!
One last note: Another show has been added to the roster in St. Paul, MN — Things are moving!
Well it’s starting… I feel a bit like Winston Churchill in his famous speech concerning the Normandy Invasion- “We are about to embark upon a great crusade. The eyes of the world are upon you…” Okay, so perhaps not yet… but soon. So if you’re reading this and even mildly amused about my music or perhaps seeing me perform just sign up for my newsletter and follow me on social media! As I continue along this career path (hopefully) you’ll see a higher level of content, as well as opportunities for exclusive stuff I have in the works! Super exciting so if you want to ride along with me let’s go!
Super excited to share my music with you all, and I hope you enjoy what you hear! If you do… Make sure to share!