We tweet. We post on FaceBook and My Space. We write blogs, We"pay to play". We perform at open mic stages. We perform in small dives.Sometimes we play for free. Sometimes we get paid. We get to open for NAME ACTS for very little money. We record EP's and CD's. We release single digital songs on iTunes. We are striving musicians trying to get our beloved music, our little "babies" out there for the world to hear and hope that one day we can play for decent pay and actually quit our day jobs! We are Independent Artists. We dont have big record deals or signed contracts. We don't have executive producers with deep pockets. What we do have is HEART and SOUL and DESIRE to play music. If you've ever been to a concert to see a big name act remember the opening "no name" band. They are the guys in the little RV tagging along behind the giant 18 Wheeler trucks while the head line act sleeps in and flies to the next venue. With our amazing technology it doesn't take much to download a .99 cent song to support independent musicians. And it's even better when the people you support are your local homegrown musicians, who might even be a friend or family member! We have dreams! You are the ones who make it happen! I am an Independent Musician!
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There comes a time in everyone's life when we need to take a personal inventory of ourselves. This seems to be an ongoing practice for me as I try to roll with the punches, accept my character defects and try to live in the present. It's not easy to do but I know that I am not perfect and I still have a lot of things to learn about life. The past 4 or 5 years have been most challenging. I found out that I had Lyme Disease in 2007, which went undiagnosed for 17 years and then this year I was diagnosed with an arthritic condition called Ankylosings Spondylitis! "This too shall pass", seems to be my daily mantra as I pray and seek God's guidance for daily living. I also struggle with the fact that I still want to be out there performing and touching people's lives through my music and through our worship ministry. There is no doubt in my mind that most people basically want to be loved, needed, acknowledged, feel important to others and have a feeling of self worth. It's in our human nature and yet so many people are hurting from rejection, feeling inadequate about themselves, struggling with depression and drown their sorrows with things that only hurt themselves even more. When I learned that all I needed to do was take life one day at a time and not focus on what was ahead or what happened in the past, life became less stressful! I became more dependent on God and less dependent on people, places and things! Do I get it right all the time? NO! Its a daily choice I make when I wake up in the morning and look at the day with anticipation of new adventures. I don't know what's ahead of me but with simple Faith, all I need to do is look at what is in front of me today!
Life is a journey and each of us, although we have friends, spouses, family and loved ones by our side, ultimately our journey is our own. These are my stories, thoughts, ideas and sometimes just simple observations. My life is an open book! I share this with you hoping you will laugh, be inspired and get to know me a little better through these stories.