Hello Readers and Listeners,
Happy weekend to you all! This weekend I'll be working, so though it may not be much of a weekend, I'm excited to meet more people, and make new memories! I have to admit, work is going well. We have a solid staff and we have solid management. When I'm not working, I'm here at home working on my loop pedal. I've created some cool sounds, but I have created even more train-wrecks. But that's okay :)
As I was walking to the train the other day, I had my head down. There wasn't a particular reason as to why, though. I think the sun was bright or something. A man was riding his bike past me, and called, "Hey, head up. Keep your head up." As random as that was, it made me smile. It was friendly reminder to me that wherever you are, or whatever you are doing, it's important to look like you are somebody, and that you are going somewhere. Because, well, you are somebody. You're somebody of worth. You're somebody of importance. You have something to say. Show yourself. So to all of you, keep your heads up, whether literally or metaphorically.
I guess I'll just have to invest in sunglasses on days when the sun is that bright ;)
I can't believe that it's already October! It's crazy how fast time flies.
Well, it has been six months since I last updated this. In other words, it's been half a year. Though it doesn't feel like that long, that is most definitely a long time. Since April, I've turned 22, I graduated from college, I attended a certification course that is allowing me to become a Singing Voice Technician, and I moved to New York City in August. It has most certainly been a jam-packed 6 months. Though I contemplated deleting my website (because I didn't have much to put up, and it had been awhile since I updated it) friends and family kept pushing me to bring it back and update it. Here's to another season of being proactive! Keep your eyes peeled for some covers and originals that are much different that what I have released in the past.
Thank you for your patience :)
It's not spring, it's Recital Season! This coming Saturday is Skyler Choice's senior recital, and Friday, the 6th of May is my senior recital. If you happen to be in the Alamosa Area, please stop by Leon Memorial Hall at 7pm to join me in song! I'll be singing German, French, Italian, Negro Spirituals, and a new original on guitar!
What a jam packed month this is lined up to be! I'm excited, to say the least. One more push, and graduation is here! If I became stagnant on my blog updates, forgive me. Once April is finished, though, I will be back at it with new music and new covers (I know, "You always say that!". But I can promise you that through work, homework, and everything else, I have been practicing this new sound that I am ready to introduce soon :)
Stay tuned :)
Hello, Readers and Listeners!
I apologize for such a late post update. As the days roll on, graduation is getting closer! It's the home stretch! After applying to graduate schools, it turns out that I didn't get in, but that is okay! I am planning on taking time off and moving to Brooklyn, New York. There, I'll be jumping back into the music scene and preforming in all the ways that I can. Along with that, I am looking to teach private voice lessons. I teach private lessons to four students at the moment, and teaching them brings me so much joy.
I know that it's been a month since my last status update, but if you stay with me, you'll be seeing some new covers up soon :) With school and vocal fatigue, I haven't been able to put up any covers lately. Tune in next week for a new cover ;)
Good day, readers and listeners!
The ball is starting to roll! By that, I mean the ball of growth. Incrementally, I am starting to see tiny bits of progress in my songs, and in my attempts to grow as a musician. If I push a little bit harder, I believe that I will be in a good spot by June. I'm almost there. If I put in the work each day, this new sound and this new image will start to settle in.
You may be thinking, "What is he talking about. He's being so vague." In response to that, I know :)
Stay tuned, and you will begin to see videos that are not just myself and a piano, or just myself and a guitar . . .
As I promised on my Instagram (@dovi_j), here is my cover of "The A Team" by Ed Sheeran.
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 :)
Man. What a summer. I could on and on about how amazing this last open mic was, but essentially, it was one amazing night spent with the great friends that I have made. We each sang along to each other's original songs, and it was a great wrap-up of the summer. When I update this next, I will post videos from tonight, and videos of us all chilling.
What a family that has been created :)
Tonight was my last show! It was technically a "featured act," but it went swimmingly! (I've always wanted to say "swimmingly." Maybe because I think British people are awesome). The show was at a place called Supercollider, which is in Brooklyn. Even though this was a show, this is one that I did not book ahead of time. I had attended an open mic at Supercollider earlier this summer, and after my set, the gentleman who ran the open mic asked me if I could come back a perform a featured set later on in the summer. This, by far, was my most amazing show yet. Why? Well, I think I connected with some people! There were at least three people who were actively listening, and during a couple of songs, there were like nine people who were silent, and who were listening to me. I achieved my goal! These weren't people who were obligated to like it because they were friends or family, and these weren't just other musicians who had to give courtesy claps. These were complete strangers who stopped what they were doing, to come over and sit in front of the stage for thirty minutes. I know that some people classify a great show as bringing in a lot of revenue, having the whole crowd like you, striking a deal with another great musician, or having the right person hear you, (and all of these, even for me, are amazing things that could happen at a show), but for me, to leave a show and be content, I want to have been able to resonate with at least a couple of people. I only need a genuine clap or two. That way, I know that they believe that I touched them in some way. I guess one day I can have crowds go crazy for me, or have audiences who will seek my music out, but for now, I feel success once there are a couple of people who genuinely enjoy the performance. I feel success when, as I am playing, I am able to look into they eyes of audience members and know that they are actually following the story that I'm telling. People asked for my CD's tonight, and they were drilling me on questions about my songwriting, and my piano playing. I feel like I planted a seed tonight :)
Today we went to Adam's house in New Jersey! Sadly, not everybody could be there (Quincy, Elliot, and Kim weren't able to make it), but we had a fun time! James and I met up in Manhattan to board the PATH train (the subway line the goes to New Jersey) at 9 a.m., and we arrived at Adam's place at about 11. After meeting Adam's mother (what an amazing lady), Adam, James, Adam's brother (I completely forgot his name) and I went to a nearby diner to get some brunch. Aside from singing songs and making jokes, the highlight of brunch was probably James's shenanigans. Towards the end of the meal, Adam's brother asked James, "Hey, are you going to eat that toast?" And without a word, James calmly placed his toast on Adam's brother's plate. James then proceeded to calmly squeeze ketchup on the toast, then pour syrup on it, then put A1 on it, then pour milk onto it, and so on. By this point, we were all cracking up, but James never even cracked a smile. He kept piling items (edible and non-edible) onto the stack of toast, and we couldn't stop laughing. After we left, we all went back to Adam's and began to write a song together. We were able to compose a pretty solid beginning to it! Towards the end of the night, we went to a nearby bar, hung out for a little bit, and then James and I took the train back to New York. On the train back, as I was describing how delayed my flight to New York was when I first arrived here, James asked, "Wait, so you arrived late at night, on June 1st, from DIA to LaGuardia, on a plane that was delayed because of rain?" I shook my head yes. James continued, " . . . I think we were on the same flight."
Today I was able to record some harmonies! Paze (who happens to be the brother of the woman mentioned in my last post) is recording a new album, and asked me to come in the studio and sing the chorus, and then add some harmonies! It's so fun to be able to work with and learn from other musicians.