A really good word.

I read this today and it blew my mind. SUCH a potent word from my dear and incredibly talented friend Ben Shive.

"Here’s a sidebar about sidemen. The artist’s ministry is to the audience; the sideman’s ministry is to the artist. The artist carries a heavy burden, and when that gets too heavy the sideman carries the artist. It’s Sam Gamgee work."

I’ve never thought about it like that. Makes me really thankful for all the Sam Gamgee’s i’ve been able to play with over the years.

Dave

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Golden Days Indeed

You guys are the best. For eel dough.

I can’t tell you how much you guys made my week. It’s been so awesome. It was like a surprise birthday party that lasted a week. THAT awesome. With Mint Chocolate Chip cake from Baskin Robbins. But the cake doesn’t end. Yep. I told you.

Let me ‘splain.

I was signed to Razor and Tie records for the last 6 years. It was an incredible experience. To have a team supporting me, helping fund both the albums and the tours was so helpful and great. Having people who have made a lot of records and worked with a lot of artists was a boost of momentum and wisdom that i wanted and was excited to have in my career.

Last year my recording relationship ended with R&T, and i’m SO proud to say ended on great terms.

I wrote a bunch of songs in the meantime, enough to record both a Christmas AND pop album, and actually recorded both of them in the span of a month last July. A ridiculous, challenging, and fun decision. Much like finding a prom date.

We released the Christmas album last October, and i was SO thrilled to see it make it’s way into you guys homes and cars and phones. SO cool.

Last week I released the pop album, “Golden Days.”

Let me be honest.

I had NO IDEA what to expect. Really. No clue.

My life, much like most of yalls, has changed. The days of me being on the road full time to support a release like this have gone, sadly. I have a family now, and the greatest job i have now is juggling this career - making and playing music -which has traditionally been such a road heavy one, and being home/being a husband/father and writing with and for other people. Which i LOVE, but is tricky, tricky, tr tr tr tricky. And don’t worry - i’m gonna play shows, i always will, but i just can’t be out like i used to, so it changes SO much in how people hear and know about the music and support what i do.

This plus being without a label, spreading the word is H-A-R-D. I run the risk of driving you guys crazy with tweets, Facebook barrages, Tumblr posts (ahem), etc. So - i did the best i could with not trying to annoy the crud out of yall while remembering how busy we all are and trying to make sure there were enough reminders to keep everyone aware.

And, BOOM, you guys showed up. Once again. You guys have not only bought it, but been SO kind in letting me know how you feel about it, and then telling your friends. The crazy truth for me these days is, YOU GUYS are my record label. YOU are my PR. You are my promotions department. And you have delivered.

THANK YOU FOR THAT.

It’s a humbling/exciting realization knowing that my career is dependent upon people buying my music. REALLY scary. BUT - you guys have and are, and for that i get to keep making it. Keep writing it, recording it, staring out the window trying to find the right word/phrase/melody that hopefully moves you as much as it does me.

The music business is changing SO quickly. SO SO SO quickly. Just when you think you know how to get music to people, it changes. Just when you know how people want to consume music, it changes. My fear, to be honest, is that just when i know who my fans are and what they want from me, that will change.

I’ve been so encouraged this week, because while we are all changing, and music and everything involved is changing, you guys have stayed the same. You have showed up once again to buy my album and tell your friends. Thanks for doing that.

Thank you thank you thank you.

I really love this record, and i loved making it.

Thanks for caring about it too.

MUCH love and gratitude,

Dave #34

AND - one last time - here it is if you haven’t gotten it!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/golden-days/id785678389

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This is great.

An article by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. 

http://www.esquire.com/blogs/culture/kareem-things-i-wish-i-knew?src=soc_fcbks

My fave - 9. Career is never as important as family. The better you are at your job, the more you’re rewarded, financially and spiritually, by doing it. You know how to solve problems for which you receive praise and money. Home life is more chaotic. Solving problems is less prescriptive and no one’s applauding or throwing money if you do it right. That’s why so many young professionals spend more time at work with the excuse, “I’m sacrificing for my family.” Bullshit. Learn to embrace the chaos of family life and enjoy the small victories. This hit me one night after we’d won an especially emotional game against the Celtics. I’d left the stadium listening to thousands of strangers chanting “Kareem! Kareem!” I felt flush with the sense of accomplishment, for me, for the Lakers, and for the fans. But when I stepped into my home and my son said, “Daddy!” the victory, the chanting, the league standings, all faded into a distant memory.

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Interesting thought.

From an amazing interview with David Geffen in The Hollywood Reporter. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/tca-david-geffen-pbs-american-masters-352871

On the Music Industry Then

Though the story does not make it into his film, he revealed that he was once asked by Art Garfunkel if he thought Garfunkel should drop out of architecture school to pursue a career in music. “I told him to stay in school,” admitted Geffen, who said there were plenty of acts that passed on working with Geffen, too, including REM, which signed with Warner Bros. at the time. “It’s not about the ones that say no; it’s about the ones that say yes,” said Geffen. “Your life isn’t made up of people who aren’t in it.”

Your life isn’t made up of people who aren’t in it. Cool thought. 

So - 

1. What do you do about the people that ARE?

2. What does that say about how you think about the people that ARENT? 

I digress.

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I finally found Constantine.

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Perspective. That’s what makes Tebow divisive. I LOVE this.

This whole thing makes no football sense, of course. Most NFL players hardly talk to teammatesbefore a game, much less visit with the sick and dying.

Isn’t that a huge distraction?

"Just the opposite," Tebow says. "It’s by far the best thing I do to get myself ready. Here you are, about to play a game that the world says is the most important thing in the world. Win and they praise you. Lose and they crush you. And here I have a chance to talk to the coolest, most courageous people. It puts it all into perspective. The game doesn’t really matter. I mean, I’ll give 100 percent of my heart to win it, but in the end, the thing I most want to do is not win championships or make a lot of money, it’s to invest in people’s lives, to make a difference."

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Just totally got…

Just totally got…

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Undoubtedly the best picture of all time.

Undoubtedly the best picture of all time.

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Basically, the visual representation of what I’m trying to do musically. Basically.

Basically, the visual representation of what I’m trying to do musically. Basically.

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