As I Write This Post, My Band SounDoctrine’s New Single “Stop On By,” featuring Smooth Jazz Guitar Wiz, Eric Tyus is in the third week of a National BDS Radio Campaign. We’re Biting Our Nails, Sometimes Drawing Blood as the Tuesday Adds Come in and (Not Many) More Stations Report whether they are Playing Us Or Not. In the Meantime, I Am Frantically Juggling Musician & Studio Schedules, Trying to Complete the CD before the Radio Cycle Finalizes while Balancing Family & Ministry. Life is Good.
We Live in a Quaint House with a Wonderful Backyard on a Quiet Street, doors away from our city’s Mayor. My Wife & Daughters couldn’t be more Beautiful or Sweeter. We have Our Faith, Health, Laughter, Food, Clothing, Running Water, Gas in the Cars and the Internet. Life Is Good.
I’ve had the Highs & Lows of Fronting an Originalternativefunkjazzfusion Ensemble (Often All on The Same Day!) We’ve had Gigs where the Promoter paid both the Deposit and our Asking Price with Zero Hick-Ups and other times where I actually saw the Club Owner literally walk out the Front Door with Our Money, Winking At Me while we’re In the Middle of Our Set! How Do I Explain THIS to The Bass Player? Then there was that time in Baltimore where the Agent Never Showed Up to Pay Us although the Place was Packed! In Fact, that might have been the Same Tour where we Played Four Promotional (Read FREE) Shows in a Row to Promote either our latest CD or Someone Else’s Charitable Event for “Exposure…!!”
We’ve Ferociously Chased “The Dream.” We’ve Read the Articles, Attended the Workshops and Conventions, gone through our Fair Share of Saxophonists, Had the Arguments, Sold Out Boxes of CDs, Begged for Downloads, Slept on Floors, Left Audiences in Ovation Screaming for More, Been Unfriended on FB by Former Bandmates, Been Heckled & Booed, Rehearsed One Song for 9 Hours for 25 seconds of TV Time, Had Equipment Stolen and are Now Available on Apple Music. This is Living!
Yet, In All of My Experiences, with No Grammy in Hand, or JayZ Bank Account to boast, I keep the Memory of an Email I received in Early 2003 by a Middle Aged Woman from Pittsburgh, whose Mother was Dying of Cancer and requested her daughter repeatedly play “Under The Shadow” from our debut “Perseverance” CD until ‘she was in the arms of her Jesus’ and wrote to thank me for composing that song.
So When I Get that nagging, negative “You Ain’t Done Diddly in All These Years!?” Voice whispering in my left ear, I Remind Myself of a God Given Gift that Transcends My Own Desires and Touched the Heart of Another who clung to my music when she needed it most and I realize how truly Blessed I Am.
I’m sure You Are Too…