So much going on these last few days and these next few days I’m not sure where to begin…I’m moving up to North County this weekend…saying goodbye to one of my favorite neighbors and favorite landlords but, it’s time and I won’t miss the late night partyin drunkards sounds. I have no idea what my new neighbors are like but, I hope the walls are as thick as they look. So, remember that neighbor on the other side of me? The one who’s sweet but, has a really reaaaaaaally loud voice? I thought she’d moved out but, turns out she got a boyfriend who moved in and now she’s quiet as a church mouse~ I ran into her as I was coming home the other night and she was grabbing her mail. We exchanged hello’s (that’s about the most we do) when she says “So, are you really moving?” Startled (then I realized Daniel is her age so they probably talk) I told her yup and to Oside. Then she tells me (and I’m getting all stressed just typing this) that “I’m really gonna miss your playing…I loved it. I could hear it and I love it”. Shtshtshtshtsht is what ran through my head but, I said “oh shit” instead and she said “no….I really loved it” so I smiled and thanked her and said something stupid and unmemorable and went inside and hyperventilated. If she could hear then who else could hear and omg will I ever get over this feeling of being overwhelmed by the thought of it? Ack. After a while it sunk in what a great compliment it was and I should just shuddup and be thankful. As I’m about to leave the comfort (and strain) of 9-5 (I say it’s to focus on curing the cancer but, it’s really just an amazing opportunity to stay home and play guitar and write music most every day) I’m a mix of nerves and uncertainty. I’ve never been a starving artist. I’ve never been a starving anything before. I’m not sure I’m cut out for it but, after this last year and a half and trying to fit this triangle into a cycinder world I’m willing to take the risk. My poor corners and chipped and worn from the cramming and yeah yeah…this is serious and I need to focus on the fight. I’m just that sure I’m gonna win that I like to downplay it a bit 😉
So, you know we recorded the two Holiday songs and they’re on iTunes and so far so good on sales (according to their popularity bars). However something called Hi-5 and Moth something are outranking Dear Santa and that just pisses me off cuz I think Dear Santa deserves to sit right up there next to Ringo. Ringo n me and our ‘Dear Santa’ songs :-). Well I went to Kinkos and had them burned onto disk and with my friend Jason’s help we got a nice image on there as well. I added “featuring Bradley Keen” because I decided somehow that was going to plant a seed for him somewhere…and would be part of my Thanks for donating his talent/time to the songs. I made 25 copies (which the guy was so cool and made them on the spot so I gave him a copy too) and promptly mailed one to my Pop (of course) and then two to Steven (the co-writer of David) because he’ll want one to keep and one to give away (same goes for souvenir t-shirts with this one). Then…I took it a step further…I thought about Christmas and how I won’t be able to come up to Seattle for it this year (too much risk being on a plane with all those sickies and me with lowered immune system) and I thought about how I wish my friends and family could hear it on the radio. They’d be so stoked~ Then I thought about my favorite station there. The one my car’s dial was pretty much permanently fixed to and then…I looked up their website….looked up their two top DJ’s and saw a picture of one and said “that’s it”. One look into her kind eyes and I knew to go for it so I wrote her a note through their website to say a bit of my story and that the CD was on its way. So, if you’re in Seattle and have access to 103.7 the Mountain and you’re in the mood for it, call into Shawn Stewart’s show and ask her to play my songs~ Of course wait til after Halloween. It’s a holiday etiquette thing…
Then, I thought about all the shows we’ve been to down here courtesy of what I think of as a sister station (because they remind me of eachother) and how I dream of opening for someone like Matt Kearney on their cruise shows next summer and thought well, can’t hurt to try. So, I looked them up and found that one of their DJ’s has an open request hour and you can request via email. So, I did. And I sent him (Chris Cantore) a link to my songs on iTunes and pressed send before saying “I don’t expect you to download them, a CD will be mailed out today” (shtshtshtshtsht). So, hopefully he didn’t take it the wrong way. Meh. You give these things a try…you plant the seeds…maybe something will grow and maybe not but, definitely not if you don’t at least put them out there…(I swear I was Jewish in another life and now I’m craving a hard boiled egg). So, if you’re in San Diego and next week you feel like emailing him and asking to hear the stuff…http://www.kprifm.com/pages/irequest. I just noticed they have something called “home grown” on Sunday nights. I’ll have to look that one up tonite (lunch break nearly over here).
Friday night I was supposed to see/hear Keen’s band play but, I was too wiped from treatment all week and couldn’t get my second wind (this is the week they added the Avastin…look it up it’s amazing and tough stuff). I was so disappointed when I saw his post the next day saying it was probably their last gig together (Dan thinks he’s moving away but, I’m not having any of it, or at least I’m trying not to). And I felt like a jerk for missing it. Hopefully they’ll be there for open mic this Thursday night. I’ve got to remember to pack a couple CD’s for Keen (I got the idea when he said him mom wanted a copy…thus the nice picture and props to Keen and all :). Even if Dan doesn’t move I am and that means I won’t be able to see them nearly as often as before which sucks. Yup. Definitely bumming on that one.
Last night I practiced with the windows open and the fan off…progress? I kept picturing my neighbor with a water glass up to the wall but, I sang loud enough she didn’t need one. I’m suddenly reminded of Bryant Moore (a musician friend in Seattle) who came over one day to help me work on vocals (when I was taking lessons from Erin and due for a recital). He told me to stand up and imagine my voice pushing right through the living room windows. Can you picture it? How cool would that be to see? Man, I had such a crush on him. That kind that makes you retarded and you act like you’re 12 around them? Yes. I cringe at the memory of it.
Crap, lunch break over. Three more days and that’ll be a phrase of the past…I want to say cool and yikes at the same time…
Ok, so Thursday is my last open mic at the Aussie pub until ? Friday is the last day at my 9-5 job (until?) and Saturday morning the Calvary arrives…scooping up my possessions and gently depositing them into my new home…the tiniest of cottages but, its a cottage…and its on a hill (ish) and that’s one step closer than I was before…
If you haven’t yet, come over to iTunes, support the Ringo meets Ali crusade and download my songs, then drop by the facebook music page and let us know what you think~
Next week’s Weekend Update will be written and sent from a whole new world~
Until then, thanks for listening and being a part of this~
PS, Steven called last night to say he got the CD’s alright and…they’re blank~ Hoooly crap. Well, that’s strike two with Chis Cantore of KPRI. I’ll be lucky if he even opens the envelope on the re-send. Ack and aw well. I will re-do them and this time test the before sending~