Ego is the final boss level.

By Raven Terrapin.
So it turns out the dragon, the last beast is the one staring your in the mirror. Ego is the final boss level of the game after three straight days staying up playing the game that you can’t shut off because it doesn’t have a save button.
Throughout this process of becoming Direwood I have had to learn to overcome a great many foils and fables. I have learned the easiest way to be alright with spilling your guts and your truth all over the stage is just to be at peace with what is.
It’s alright. It’s always alright. Even when it’s bad. Embrace the mistakes, repeat the good ones. On a quiet night with a hanging moon, on the Planet Venture with a few intrepid soles who have braved the elements and actually made an effort to come see you. Blow as hard as you can blow. Out of the brain into the fingers into the heart back into the fingers out of the heart through the mouth.
Patience. Savali. That’s what the old timers told me. Embrace the now. We are all made of meat. We all go back to the ground. Did I help you find your own voice? Did you help me correct and re-inforce mine?
Will there ever be a time when I stop counting how many shows I’ve done and just embrace that my life choice of art makes me nervous, makes me scared, turns me into a raging beast and then tries hard to put the wings back on my broken shoulders where I cast them off. Named after the angel but the devils who came.
So, to my tribe, the real family. I want to say thank you from my guts. I want to say thank you to the broken toys that had to die for us to make our music. Broken wizard glass globe lying on the funeral carpet. Man with a medical mask smashing a globe with a hammer. Hari Krishna. 8 bit booop. There’s a giant vagina one the wall of the Venture Compound. I’m afraid it’s going to eat us all.

Coming Home

by Raven Terrapin

This is by far the most fun I ever had at a Direwood show. On a late summer evening I brought my musical dream back to Hancock Mi where I had left it in tears and ashes seven years before. Standing on a stage full of history, both personal and notable, built in 1913. A Vaudville stage, wooden and painted blue. A space that had been obscured by a giant red curtain. The very same curtain that I had marveled at in fear during a massive inner journey in the late nineties. I had finally come home. My friends. My mates. My heart. The Waste crew in fullest effect, screaming from the jump of the set. Freaking out, jumping up and down, hooting and hollering. It never gets better. So much love as I stand proud and unbent in my Suomi #23 basketball jersey. I played in a reasonably successful band that imploded and killed my music dream. I had to bury my live performance and let it really root all over again. The rebirth. Of course it would be attended by my brothers like Matt Bradley and Sergio. Of course. Where else would magick like this take place. The very same city where I walked the streets of ice and snow hanging flyers in the Sub-X days? The very same mix of terror and cold and warmth and beauty. Of staying hungry. Of really hitting bottom and only then realizing that’s where the mermaids live. That edge of beautiful madness. The place I had fled to and fled away from and that I will come home to grow a garden and a beard and enjoy being old and off the road. Hancock, you will always break and re-glue my heart.

extra special thanks to Mystic for the picture and Kevin Dixon for the pro mastered recording

Lifting Weight

by Raven Terrapin.
I just finished show 36. Our third birthday since we launched the live version approaches on March 26th. We started at a sidewalk chalk festival in Safety Harbor, after a town parade. ┬áIt is worth noting that I experienced a hard case of what I call “trenching” where my emotional nervousness brings me to a very desperate place. In the trench is where my demons can be heard most lude and loudly. I gathered my courage and rocked it out. That show was put on by one of the most inspiring people that I know, Jesse Vance.
Like anything, you can’t just drop in and give me 50 pushups. You have to start somewhere. Hopefully you start t lose the fat and gain muscle. I am so much stronger in every way since I started these shows. I have been through the wringer. I am cool under fire. Even when the stage is encroached by crazy people armed with sink parts. Even when my audience consists of eight year old boys and I have to change the line on the fly from “rock out with your cock out” to “rock out with your socks out.”
I have noticed that the best shows are often the ones that start out as a disaster. You must learn to screw your courage to the sticking post and press on forward. Into the breech. Despite lack of a sound man, despite of a mix too loud or too quiet. If the electric goes off, you better be prepared to rock it unplugged. Always bring an extra pair of socks and plenty paid of water, aspirin, hard booze, tobacco and sativa. Be prepared to draw a protective circle of salt to protect oneself from drunk egotestical maniacs.
Oh yes, I get paid. It’s often not in dollars. Sometimes it’s in the form of hugs, hi fives or even a bunch of incense. I get paid in blessings and in laughter. It’s a good time to be me.

Broom Closet

Strength of Will

K-Town

Hugh Mungus

Butter Sandwhiches

So glad

 

 

Thanks to Watts Hopp for the recording. Mystic for the use of the new computer.

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UPCOMING SHOWS



Upcoming East Coast Dave Shows

Upcoming Direwood Shows

3-1 Direwood with Fate's Warning, Demon Witch, DJ Migz, Big Blue Balloon, Future Lab Rats 7:00 p.m. Manna Reading Center, 2125 Fowler, Ft.Myers, FL $5. All Ages.
4-12 "Enter Galactic" A Shepherd Boy Records and Superfriends Show. Venture Compound, St. Pete FL. $5. Direwood with Future Lab Rats, D.J. Hollow Life and more!

5-26 COULING FEST with RISS, Goblin King, Hell Garbage, Esoterkia, Dorian Nins, Con Rit, Abstract Machine with Crystal Bay Sir, Leveret. Venture Compound. BBQ and Rock Show. St.Pete, FL. 7 p.m. $5.
Upcoming Future Lab Rats Shows

"SuperManna WonderShow 2" on March 1st at the Manna Reading Center in Ft. Myers, FL
3-1 Direwood with Fate's Warning, Demon Witch, DJ Migz, Big Blue Balloon, Future Lab Rats 7:00 p.m. Manna Reading Center, 2125 Fowler, Ft.Myers, FL $5. All Ages.
4-12 "Enter Galactic" A Shepherd Boy Records and Superfriends Show. Venture Compound, St. Pete FL. $5. Direwood with Future Lab Rats, D.J. Hollow Life and more!

Upcoming Dj Hollow Life Shows

4-12 "Enter Galactic" A Shepherd Boy Records and Superfriends Show. Venture Compound, St. Pete FL. $5. Direwood with Future Lab Rats, D.J. Hollow Life and more!