- November 5th, 2013
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By Raven Terrapin
The end of 2013 is in sight for Direwood. It’s been one strange and challenging year. We just wrapped up two more shows bringing us to a total of 36. The main theme for this year seemed to be “re-definition”. It has been lessons learned from falling on our face. Freedom comes from giving up certain notions of what it means to be successful as a musician.
Just a peek into the neurotic mind set of someone trying to manage his own band, promote and emcee an event all at the same time. Juggling plates, herding cats, shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic.
At the level we are right now, it’s fair to call us swinging hard in the minor leagues. We’re not making much money and sometimes it hurts the body and the mind. Seen a lot of young groups come and go. But here’s some advice. If you want to be a singer you need to own your own microphone. If you want to preform live learn the basics of a mixing board. Learn to support and steady those acts that might not be ready for “prime time”. Dancing is cool. There’s not much better then playing before people actually moving, not sitting outside with their arms crossed too cool for school. If I booked your band or you to D.J. etc, please make an effort to show up. D.J.s right now are being called out by me for totally being flaky in the SW FL music scene. Maybe it’s my punk rock roots but I would never just not show up.
Do it because you love it. Do it because you feel compelled to do it. After every show, re-asses your performance. Learn to say thank you. A well placed hug or buying some merch or a drink to support the venue you are playing at is essential. Don’t be a dick and stay off the roof.
My friend Jeremy advised me to remember “surrender to the void’. John Lennon reminded me the that void ” is shining’.”
It’s the little things, both as a performer and an audience member that makes the difference.