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.
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,
AND - one last time - here it is if you haven't gotten it!
"Golden Days" Available Now!
People of the world/whirled.
It is time. To break forth the rhythm and the rhyme. And for my new album "Golden Days" to be released to the masses. To make them shake their....moneymakers. NO SIR.
I'm SO excited about this record. I produced it with Ed Cash, whom i have made most of my albums with - and i LOVE it. It's an album i've been dying to have you guys hear for a while now - we finished it in July and i've been DYING to release it - I'm so proud of it!
Thanks SO much for listening/buying/telling friends/laughing at-with me. You guys are the BEST. I really really appreciate you guys and your support.
Get the album on iTunes (don't have link yet) or at my STORE
Also, tour dates are going to be up soon - solidifying the last of them, and then they also will be released to all of you beautiful people.
until next time,
Preorder "Golden Days" Now!
Just a little reminder.
GOLDEN DAYS, my new album, comes out JANUARY 28th.
You can pre-order it RIGHT NOW here! GOOOOO!
Christmas Countdown! Movie Guide!
Merry Almost Christmas!
Only 2 days until Christmas. TWO DAYS. Prepare, people. PREPARE!!
I love me some movies. I love even more some Christmas movies. As does the Barnes collective. Which was also my funk band in High School. My faves? And yes. i've inserted my favorite quotes also, because i love you.
"For a couple of hours we are the people we always hoped we would be. It's really a miracle because it happens every Christmas Eve."
2. The Family Man - Who doesn't love Nick Cage? Other than the bank. I digress.
"We have a house in Jersey. We have two kids, Annie and Josh. Annie's not much of a violin player, but she tries real hard. She's a little precocious, but that's only because she says what's on her mind. And when she smiles... And Josh, he has your eyes. He doesn't say much, but we know he's smart. He's always got his eyes open, he's always watching us. Sometimes you can look at him and you just know he's learning something new. It's like witnessing a miracle. The house is a mess but it's ours. After 122 more payments, it's going to be ours. And you, you're a non-profit lawyer. That's right, you're completely non-profit, but that doesn't seem to bother you. And we're in love. After 13 years of marriage we're still unbelievably in love. You won't even let me touch you until I've said it. I sing to you. Not all the time, but definitely on special occasions. We've dealt with our share of surprises and made a lot of sacrifices but we've stayed together. You see, you're a better person than I am. And it made me a better person to be around you. I don't know, maybe it was just all a dream. Maybe I went to bed one lonely night in December and I imagined it all. But I swear, nothing has ever felt more real. And if you get on that plane right now, it'll disappear forever. I know we could both go on with our lives and we'd both be fine, but I've seen what we could be like together. And I choose us."
And a thank you SO much for making this such a special Christmas this year. I hope it's been "A December To Remember." (wink)
Merry Christmas! (And a Happy New Jears) (wink wink)
- dave #34