2018 was a year of challenges for me, my music, and my career. But as always, with new challenges comes new opportunities. It’s something that takes a little getting used to in your thinking. You lose your job, and while you’re worried about how to make rent. But I was once worked for a VP at McAfee who made this (what I considered at the time) bold statement:
“If I lose this job, I’ll find a better job somewhere else(!)”
That’s nuts, right? We cling to the known, the safe, the secure. And then….the band doesn’t work out. Or you do lose your job. Or your relationship goes south. Or you have difficulties with a family member.
I spent much of 2017 without a gig mainly because I wanted to focus on other music other than get stuck with “Classic Rock” again. In mid 2018 I joined a band that is close by but I felt their material was difficult (vocally/Harmonically) and I thought their material selection wasn’t danceable enough. But they won me over and we were a 6 piece that played one backyard party and then just like that we lost half the band.
And Now, For Your Listening Enjoyment..
Through the fall we auditioned and auditioned and auditioned. And then we stumbled across Maddy Hudson.
Maddy was a contestant on American Idol about four years ago and made it to the top 50.
Maddy is an incredible talent and we have been working with her and trying to fill out a reasonable amount of songs to get a demo recording and then filming a video.
She has been a delight to work with and the band is gaining some momentum. Hopefully will have more news on this (yet unnamed) band in 2019!
Currently I’m woodshedding the Earth Wind and Fire version of “Got to get you into my life” which is a very cool song to work on. (Although I have to admit getting all the guitar parts for “Reelin’ in the Years” by Steely Dan was my most difficult piece of music to conquer).
I have one more post to make in 2018 before we close out the year, so stay tuned!