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Failure is not an Option..... 

But damn, it sure does feel like a trend.  If you are one of my ardent supporters (whom I cherish dearly), I'm sure you've wondered what is going on in CrushedVelvetland these days.  Postponed and failed live streams, delayed postings, and the like; things may seem dire from outside the process.  But to be honest, it's just the bullshit everyone goes through when they are on a journey of change.  Nothing worthwhile ever comes easy; is the mantra that continuously courses through my mind.  And while the hits and potholes keep coming, the beat goes on.

My Bandcamp Live Stream 3'rd Times A Charm (apparently not) rescheduled for next Sunday, April 3rd, will commence at 7:00 pm.  Tickets are free.  I also have a couple of live shows coming up in April.  Also, catch me streaming on RadioComa as it relaunches with new music and features in June 2022.

The Demo Sessions 

Every great hit started as a Demo because no song is real until you lay it down. Like every writer I know, I travel with a couple of things: various forms of writing implements, a ridiculous amount of notebooks, and an mp3 recorder as one never knows how or when inspiration may hit. In my old studio back in Seattle, I had 3-foot post-it notes with lyrics hung on the walls as songwriting is as visual as it is auditory for me. Just walking into that room got my creative juices flowing instantly. And getting a good demo is worth every bit of pain that goes into the process. And let me tell you, there's plenty of pain to go around when you're making music. 

But there's also a bunch of good stuff. Taking a song from the ethers of your mind to tangible scorable music is no easy feat, but it's a fulfilling one. Sometimes it's easy, often it's not, and until recently, it was also cost-prohibitive unless you had some financial deal or backing or money of your own. But the joy is in the challenge, and it's one I'm going to win! So join me this month as I launch CrushedVelvet's Demo Sessions on Patreon. Make sure you're following me on Social Media or are on my email list for a free sneak peek. 

I can't wait to share this with you! Until then, Rock on with your bad self. 

Velvet

A Day In A Life 

We are the sum of our experiences.  Change one incident along the way, and you'd be a different person.  And while hindsight is 20/20, life is always best lived in the moment.  I'm not saying to throw caution to the wind, but tomorrow comes from what you're doing for today.  As the grind of Covid persists, it's even more critical to be present in your life and make peace with your past. 

Often it's hard for me to listen to some of my older tracks and not thrown into an emotional meltdown.  That's one of the quintessential examples of my struggle with releasing Better Late Than Never.  In songwriting, or at least for me, there will undoubtedly be a piece of me in everything I write, even if it's not autobiographical.  When I hear some of the jingles I wrote back in the day, I laugh because I can precisely gauge where I was in my life.  But a song is not just the words and music; it's the performance and the people that contribute.  As much of my past is ensconced in violence, my music career was not exempt.  And although I have forgiven those who caused me so much pain, I still hear them in my music, and with every single note, I have to forgive again.  Constant forgiving can be exhausting, but it's far easier than holding on to anger. 

So today, as I look back from where I came to where I want to be, I have to pause and remember where I am.  It's not nirvana, but it's sure ain't hell, as I've been there numerous times.  I'm itching for this next phase to kick in and live it without fear.  And I know that whatever comes next, I'm definitely up for the challenge. 

Catch my From Velvet with Love live stream tonight at 9:30 pm EST on Bandcamp.  Tickets are free.