Archive for September, 2010

Post #113: Craigslist

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

I buy newspapers to make money to buy more newspapers to make more money. - Lord Thomson of Fleet

More and more the world is growing to love a lover, and one has only to read the newspapers to see how sympathetic are the times to any generous and adventurous display of the passions. - Richard Le Gallienne

Dear Alice,

I’m making connections, I’m making connections. Craigslist seems to have a number of opportunities available, as long as you’re looking. Instead of reading the newspaper for news, it might just make more sense to browse CL every day.

Of course, as you’re busy doing that, you can’t help but take a look at the personals, now, can you? I have. You can browse those things, and judge people on their phrasing all day! What a horrible mindset to get trapped in.

Anyways, I’ve responded to a few gigs. There’s another restaurant willing to have me - Local 4, on Yonge, south of Bloor - so I’m going to have more than one opportunity to play covers. That’s how I always pictured myself: in the background, playing music for patrons. That’s probably why my tunes are so mellow.

Maybe this lifestyle is actually feasible?

David =B~)

Post #112: Yes, Please, with Friends

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people. — Arthur Schopenhauer

Dear Alice,

Tonight’s gig went well enough. I played standing up for the first time. It’s easier to dance when you do that. :)

I got to play a tune that I finished only hours before I got on stage. It’s a love song, of course, but I just couldn’t write another sad love song. I’ll throw the lyrics up on the site, soon.

Stefan and Paul followed me with a cover set with beautiful harmonies. They said that the last time they played together was in July, and even so, they seemed spot on with their guitar playing. Yes, Please threw down a solid set as well. Both bands reminded me of the power of more-than-one.

David =B~)

Post #111: My First Real Music Job

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money.
Jules Renard (1864 - 1910)

Dear Alice,

I’m texting my friends in New York as they watch Federer take on Djokovic. A Tim Horton’s coffee and muffin later, I’m wondering about my next steps.

I’ve got an opportunity to play covers at On Cue Billiards on the 26th. It’s the first proper music “job” that I’d be getting. 2 hours to play for patrons. Sounds like a good deal. I’m nervous, of course. I’ve seen others do this, and they were fairly good. I’ll have to make a set list.

Also, my show at The Central needs a set list. I want to bring three new songs to the show, but that’s a bit bold, eh? I’ve the time to do it, no? I’m working and reworking “Please, Don’t Be The One” until it’s settled, but I’ve got the other songs to finish. In particular, I’m aching to sing my bluesy song, as well as “Tell Me You Love Me”. They’ve got such a great essence to them. Oh man, I’m going to start writing.

David =B~)

Post #110: Overcoming Plateaus

Monday, September 6th, 2010

My niece in her crib

My niece in her crib

A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on.
Carl Sandburg

Dear Alice,

I figured out how to pass RSS news feeds through my website! I’m thrilled! Breaking new grounds just gets the creative juices flowing all over again.

With that, I’ll also get over my lack of imagery in this blog by posting a beautiful image of my niece. (Thank, Hilary!)

David =B~)

Post #109: Reaching Terminal Velocity

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

An unhurried sense of time is in itself a form of wealth. - Bonnie Friedman, in New York Times
Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you. - Carl Sandburg

Dear Alice,

Having loads of time on your hands is like having money thrown at you.  Suddenly, the spotlight is on you to make the most of your good fortune, and suddenly your limitations become all too obvious.

So, how’s my driving?  I’ve slept in numerous times.  I’m going through all of the Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal comics - 750 of 2000.  I’ve found myself a new pen pal, to whom I write every other day.  Last week, I spent a lot of time seeing friends and family whom I haven’t seen in a while, I ruined my Sunday with a late, drunken Saturday night party, and I gave what I could to help my sister’s new family move back to Grenada.

Still, I’m making progress.  Nothing final, but progress nonetheless.

If you’re not picky for an album cover, you can support me and my music! Wowie!

CD Title: Before We Get Down To Business

Also, I’m playing a gig on Friday, September 17th with “Yes, Please”. My friends, Gabe and Erin, used to play for the Dufraines and now they’ve formed their own band.  You can attend the show, and as a litmus test, see if I’ve got physical CDs available at the gig.

David =B~)