Good morning, Readers and Listeners! Sorry for the hiatus between this post and my last post. What a week it has been! The second week of school started on Monday, and on Wednesday some of us students left for CMEA. CMEA stands for the Colorado Music Educator's Association. This is where current, future, and past Colorado music teachers come together for an annual conference at the Broadmoor. Here, seminars and clinics are offered throughout the day, music is sold, batons are sold, are people are able to network (which is an amazing opportunity). Although my major is not Music Education, it is so nice to be able to get out of my comfort zone and step into the world of music educators. Since I do teach voice lessons, these seminars have helped me find ways to work with students of mine, from warm-ups, to concentration, etc.
Be looking for a cover soon! We get back Saturday night, so if you're lucky, you may be hearing a new cover on Sunday :)
Exciting news coming, folks! So stay tuned . . . :)
Hello, Readers and Listeners! My books came in! What books, you ask? Well, during Christmas Break (as I have been waking up/ going to bed at 5am, I have had a countless amount of hours to find articles online that offered advice about music business, songwriting, marketing, promotion, etc. In some of these articles, authors have given recommendations on what books to read if you are working to become a singer songwriter. In other words, these are books that would help get a person on track to entrepenurialship, and to get them to start looking at themselves as a business. There are five books total, and they range from publishing, to marketing, to business. A couple of the books are about personal growth, habits of the successful, and laws of leadership. The author, John C. Maxwell, not only wrote all of those books (and is a bestselling author), he is a Christian! Before I read self-help books, or dive into anything that may attempt to re-arrange my viewpoint, I take a moment to pray for discernment, and for the wisdom to know if the teachings stray away from God's Word. There are so many books out there, and some may genuinely be offering advice, but that advice may, without us being able to realize it, stray from the Truth slightly. I am a good ways into "The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership," and man, what a good read!
Hello, readers and listeners! As you have probably seen, I have recently changed my artist title to "Dovi J." Long story short, I felt like I needed a name that was short, memorable, domain-friendly, and original.
Sure, not much is wrong with David Marcus Webb, Jr., but if I am at a show or an open mic, and at the end up my set I say, "Thanks for having me, I'm David Marcus Webb, Jr., you can find me on my website, davidmarcuswebbmusic.weebly.com, or my Facebook under the same name. Thanks!" For one, people have short memories. With a number of different artists coming and going off of the stage, who are they going to remember? What name will be individual enough to stick in their memory throughout the night?
Also, I wanted it to be memorable. I did not want a common name because they are, well, common. I wanted a title that would make brows furrow. I wanted a name that was distinct, and original enough to (most likely) encounter little competition in the field of "closeness of sound."
I also wanted a name that was short enough for a domain name. Sure, URL's can be as long as they would like, but I wanted to be able to say (a few short syllables) . com.
As you may know, David is a Hebrew name. "Dovid" is a form of David in the Ashkenazi dialect of Hebrew. Just like David can be shortened into "Dave" or "Davey," Dovid can be shortened into "Dovi." Along with that, I wanted a touch more of originality, so I kept the "J" from the "Junior" in my name.
Well, there's one of the first big changes in 2016! As I said, new artist, new year! There are exciting things coming, folks :)
Be on the lookout for a new cover posting this week!
Have a great week :)
Happy Saturday, Readers and Listeners!
I hope you all are having a relaxing and warm break. It is so weird to think about the fact that there is only one semester between myself and graduation. At times it flew by, and at times it did not. The experience, though, has been nothing but invaluable. I couldn't have imagined a better place to experience the lessons that I have learned (both academic and life), to meet the people I have met, and to have been given the drive and inspiration to pursue the path as a singer-songwriter.
This week was pretty laid back. I worked my usual nights (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday), and practiced guitar while at home.
There was, though, one setback. If you're not aware, I have troublesome knees. I have Patella-Femoral-Pain-Disorder, which in short, is when your kneecap is pulled off to side and can cause some gnarly pain. Last year I started working with physical therapy, and they gave me the tools needed to keep my knees stable, strong, and rehabilitated. Since then, aside some random flare-ups, I haven't had any problems.
That is, until Wednesday night.
I did not fall. I did not bump it. I had not even exercised that day. I had been sitting at the table playing guitar. Yeah, really. When I got up from playing guitar, my left knee started to ache. I did not think much of it because my knees will ache every now and then. As the night went on, I could barely walk. The next morning, I could barely work my way out of bed due to the acute pains in my knee, let alone walk. After making it to the doctor's office, they assessed me and gave me some steroids and topical cream for the pain. I wish they would have given me crutches so I wouldn't have to hop everywhere, but I ended up going to the store and purchasing some athletic wrap. Even though I should be staying home icing my knee, I've just wrapped it up with wrap and taped it ridiculously tight (haha) when I have gone into work the past couple of nights to serve. Let's do it again tonight!
These steroids that I am on are NSAIDS, and NSAIDS are blood thinners. Seeing as vocal folds are muscles, singing on blood-thinners (such as NSAIDS or Ibuprofen) can lead to a rupturing or hemorrhaging of the vocal folds. That being said, I haven't sang since Wednesday and man I'm itching to sing! My dosage ends on Tuesday, so there are only a couple of days left. I was planning on putting up a cover this past week, but we'll have to wait until next week :)
I just finished ordering a couple of books off of Amazon! These cooks are about songwriting, music business economics, and other suggested texts from publicists and insiders that are giving musical advice for the year of 2016.
I never really enjoyed reading (unless I found a really good book), but I am so stoked for these books. I guess my passion in reading lies in how badly I want to learn something.
"In roughly 365 days I could either be viewing this post as a depressant (due to my occasionally lackadaisical self and lack of effort over the upcoming year), or I could be viewing this same exact post saying, "That.....that is where I began. That is where it all started."
Today is business day! Actually, this whole winter break is a "business break." Aaaaactually, I'm praying that this year will be a successful "business year." When 2016 rolled around, I made a New Year's resolution. Some call New Year's resolutions dumb, but I believe that if you are truly determined on sticking to said resolution, what is the harm in trying? After reading a post on Facebook that read
"5:00 a.m. : The hour when legends either go to sleep, or are waking up"
I made my resolution. When I first saw it, I thought to myself, "How cool would it be if someone ACTUALLY did that. I wonder how successful they would become by simply adding an hour or two every single day. (Including breaks, weekends, and summers when a person would usually sleep in, keeping to the "Legends Hour" could add up to 4 or 5 hours a day). So, this year my goal is to, every single day, keep to the "Legends Hour." I know that we are only four days into the New Year, but I have gotten so much done so far.
After working out this morning, I came over to the computer lab and I am buckling down and getting work done. I am updating my web presences, creating web presences, and booking. Along with waking up (or going to bed) at five in the morning, I am constantly finding, reading, and absorbing articles about the music industry, about the weekly economics of the industry as they change, etc. I am researching notable innovators, successful entrepreneurs, and other singer-songwriters who offer advice to those of us who are still getting our feet wet. Documentary after documentary, book after book, I want to go pedal to the metal this year.
Knowing myself, I can see myself looking back at this post as 2017 rolls around. Will I have come leaps and strides from when I made this post? Will I have begun to grow into the artist that I believe I could be? In roughly 365 days I could either be viewing this post as a depressant (due to my comfortability and lack of effort over the upcoming year), or I could be viewing it saying, "That.....that is where I began. That is where it all started."
There are also a couple of surprises coming up in 2016! Maybe some events, maybe some projects, and maybe a major change or two :)
Stay tuned, readers and listeners!
Happy New Year, Readers and Listeners!
Musically, 2015 was a year of growth. There was a Colorado Winter Tour, a New York Summer Tour, and an album release. Here's to 2016. Let's pray that we will all grow even more! As cliche as it sounds, I plan on becoming a more dedicated artist this year. In taking singer-songwriting seriously, I feel as though I need to practice more hours a day, and stay focused on my goals. Every minute not spent practicing, is a minute sacrificing brilliance.
Stay tuned in 2016, readers and listeners. You'll be along the ride for more tours, more adventures, MUCH more music, different instruments, different machines, different sounds, and hopefully a different artist.
Here's to the future :)