Practicing Persistence

This story is all about practicing persistence. But Life is sometimes funny, no? It cannot be grasped by the mind. Just when you think you’ve got it, it wiggles and squishes and morphs away into a new shape.

Practicing persistence can actually bring up opportunities to practice other qualities such as patience, compassion and humour for oneself. Non-attachment to the outcome is also key.

All blended with passionately doing one’s best to create the best outcome possible, of course. Whew!

Last week I was hired to do some electric guitar parts by a producer from Los Angeles. He had a technical request for me. A recording technique that would involve equipment I don’t have in my studio.

Being a guy who enjoys “over delivering” in these types of situations, I went out and rented the device. At the rental shop with djent (really hardcore progressive metal) music blaring in the background, the clerks couldn’t seem to get any of the devices they had on hand working.

They finally opened up a brand new one out of the box, connected it to their computer and it seemed to be compatible. I took it home (including driving this was 2 1/2 hours later) and discovered I still had to go through a few steps to get it “installed” with my computer.

Finally it turned out that one of the hardware components on the unit wasn’t working. This was after quite a bit of troubleshooting on my part. Oh, and did I mention there was a deadline with this job?

I emailed the producer and explained the scenario. He got back to me with some troubleshooting suggestions of his own. I’d already attempted them so it didn’t change anything.

He then said he still really wanted my playing on the recording. So I was just going to do it with the equipment and device I normally use. But he wanted it by the end of the next day.

By then it was the end of my day — I’d have to get back to things “tomorrow.” I had some students coming in to work with and had no more time for recording.

It may not sound like much here — but it was kind of a frustrating day. Hours of work and nothing to show for it! This all took place on a Thursday.

And I was feeling a bit anxious knowing I still had to deliver a professional level performance in just a few hours of time the following day.

I had a Zumba class to help my wife with Friday morning, and it was also our only opportunity to get some laundry done at the local laundromat. That Friday evening was our regularly scheduled date night.

I wanted my cake and to eat it too! I wanted to deliver the goods, exercise and have fun, get my laundry done AND hang out with my wife!

Well, as rough as the previous day had been? Friday was it’s equal in terms of being smooth! 🙂 I learned the song, laid down all the parts (rhythm guitar and lead solos) and gave the producer more than what he needed — all within 90 minutes!!

My wife also happens to be a Reiki master and was actually giving a Reiki treatment to one of her clients at that point — they were next door to my studio — so I was kind of restrained in terms of being overly loud. But it all worked out!

In conclusion: When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. The very next day or some day soon, Life will quite possibly give you an invisible helping hand!

Some of you may also be able to add TGIF to my conclusion! 😉

Thanks for reading this far,

Davidson

Eternal Soulmates Part 2

If you’ve read my previous article in this series you’ll know how I came to be inspired to write my song “Hey Mary Hey.”

So What’s Next?

So what now? Let’s say you’ve met someone and you think you’re eternal soulmates. How would you know? To qualify what I mean by eternal soulmates, just below is a brief list of characteristics.

And just to qualify even further, these points are based on my own actual experience —  and through my observation of others.

  • there was a definite aura of magic and synchronicity around your connection
  • a feeling of knowing this person previously — even from past lives
  • feeling safe and accepted when you’re with them — being yourself
  • feeling inspired to love and understand
  • a definite and spontaneous balance in the giving and receiving

There are probably many more characteristics I could list. But it’s all subjective anyways. The list is meant to merely give you a sense of what I’m talking about.

By the way, I’m not saying there’s any absolute truth to concepts such as soul mates or not. I’m a poet and musician. I also consider myself to be a natural born mystic — but not a saint! I only know that in my experience this idea of soul mates seems to be true. I also believe in reincarnation. I truly feel something — but of course, it can’t be tangibly proven to anyone else. Not yet, anyways.

I do know that if you are honest with yourself and your development, and a serious student of Life, you will find answers to your own questions. What is yours will come to you. Drop negativity when it arises (as best you can) and get out of your own way. Things have a way of unfolding for our highest good.

Oh yeah…it definitely helps to have a sense of humour with all the ups and downs!

The Need To Be Honest With Ourselves 

Some people may read the above list and mistakenly project those qualities onto someone who is not their eternal soulmate. Raise your hand if you’ve been there, done that!

Some of the terms I’ve heard for use this type of attraction (usually one sided in some way) are karmic soulmate or twin flame.

I’m not going to get too caught up in the terminology here, so if you have different terms or definitions that’s fine.

The important thing is that the situations I’m discussing are Universal.

Unrequited Love And Eternal Soulmates

Have you ever fallen for someone so hard that you are kind of obsessed? But this person seems to barely acknowledge your existence?

Or, even if you work at it really hard, the most they will do is want to be “a friend?” Many of us have experienced this “archetypal drama” in some form. And it comes in varying intensities.

This is the more benign version of twin flame. You can’t get them out of your head — and you believe that if you just love them enough they will respond eventually.

Sorry, but it doesn’t work that way. This is a common growing pain some of us experience as we mature emotionally.

At some point we need to face our denial and our delusion. We have to wake up and smell the coffee so to speak.

This person is not going to be with us — at least not in the way we truly want and deserve.

This can be a sticky addictive thing to get rid of. Kind of like gum on your shoe. And sometimes the Universe will test us.

Just when we thought we got the person out of our head, they call us! Or some other trigger sets off those old emotional patterns.

Sometimes these “relationships” can even be toxic. A world class example is when the person you are chasing is married.

And they say they love you — but they won’t leave their spouse. They may go through the motions and get your hopes up, but it never happens.

It’s hard to say whether this person is a karmic soulmate (lessons to be learned in this lifetime based upon unresolved issues from past lives) or a twin flame.

Again, it doesn’t matter. At least not in my book. What matters is that you are able to wake up at some point and learn the lesson.

You are able to love yourself , forgive the situation, release it, and move on.

Other Scenarios

There are some other scenarios that can play out in this arena of unrequited and one sided love attractions.

Maybe the person you’re in love with has equally strong feelings for you. But they’ve been hurt in the past and have a wall up.

The stronger their feelings for you, the more they might resist opening up to you on all levels.

This person may even be dating someone else. But chances are they don’t have strong feelings for this other person — so they can’t be hurt.

Sometimes in this type of situation the person alternates between pulling you close and pushing you away. They continue holding on to you because they have strong feelings for you, but they can’t open up.

The number one rule?

You can never make the other person behave in ways that you want them to. It’s their life and their choices to make.

Same with you though. You can either choose to stay, wait and hope they’ll change. Or you can walk away and demand more for yourself out of life.

If you don’t fixate on any particular person as being your soulmate, that frees up the Universe to act on your behalf. The Universe can see so much more than we can with our tiny and very limited perspective.

The Universe can then find the best person for you!

Be Strong

And be forewarned. You’ll have to be strong. Your number one priority in this world will need to be “saving your soul.” I don’t mean in the traditional religious view of “going to hell.” But there are a lot of pitfalls and traps in this world to be aware of.

If you’re lucky you have had good teachers and mentors — if not, find some.

So maintain your worldly concerns, yes — pay your bills, go to work — but your number one focus needs to be wanting to be free.

It’s also ok if your life is falling apart and perhaps you don’t even have a job. That will give you more time to journal, reflect and recharge yourself.

In order to do this and be successful you’ll need support. This support needs to be internal.

It can however, be reflected around you in the form of a trusted advisor, self help books, a support group, etc.

If you don’t have the funds to pay for a good counsellor — someone not only with experience, but with a degree of conscious enlightenment — then read all the self help books you can get your hands on!

Make sure they are inspiring and uplifting and teach you how to love yourself. Journaling can also be effective for many people.

Note: I used to be somewhat confused about the phrase “love yourself.” I used to wonder what that really meant. With practice over the years I’ve gotten a much deeper understanding of it. And I love myself most of the time. But I’m still learning.

Take Care Of Your Body

If you don’t already do so, take care of your body! Eat better, exercise regularly — even if it’s just walking and stretching to start with.

This will give you a foundation of strength to stand up to any addictive patterns from the past when they try lure you back in.

If you smoke, get a book like Allen Carr’s Easy Way to Stop Smoking: The Easyway To Stop Smoking. You’ll be much stronger free of the smokes. And bonus! You’ll have more money for other more positive experiences.

If you drink, cut back or stop. If you can’t “take it or leave it,” you may well have a problem. If you suspect you do, your local chapter of AA is the proven and successful way to go. Don’t talk to your friends at the bar. They won’t understand.

All these “bad habits” create leaks in your energy field that make it very difficult to tune in to and radiate your truth.

If You’ve Gotten This Far

If you’ve gotten this far and started to install new and improved habits, you’ll have much more success at radiating your true frequency.

In Tibetan Buddhism this energy is known as “drala.” The unseen forces that put some wind in your sails.

When your energies are in order your true eternal soulmate (or true twin flame — whichever term you prefer) will be able to “hear” your signal.

From there, the Universe can step in and ride shotgun. By this, I mean orchestrate synchronicities and events that little ol’ you could never “make” happen.

Lucky for us, we just need to show up!

When the time is right, and you are ready, your eternal soulmate will appear. Of course it’ll be when you are least expecting it — and only if that is something your heart truly desires.

Isn’t That The Same As The Law of Attraction?

Yes. But one could say that everything in Life is the law of attraction. Even when you have an aversion to something it’s simply attraction in reverse.

Gravity is attraction. Love is attraction. These invisible forces are the glue that holds the Cosmos together.

“What if I don’t believe in all this New Age-y woo woo stuff?” 

No problem. This isn’t like standard traditional religion. Eternal soulmates are not based on belief so much as an inner knowingness.

This doesn’t mean being completely stubborn and throwing out all logic and objectivity.

It won’t mean anything if you don’t truly experience an “aha” for yourself. No need to go along with the pack.

If you can’t access that inner knowingness for some reason, that’s ok. If you believe wholeheartedly in a materialistic and random universe that’s ok. No worries.

Gravity still works the same for you as it does for me. Love still beats in your heart for certain people, places or things — just as it does for me.

If you follow a protocol and take care of yourself on all levels (such as the one outlined above), you will have a much better chance at creating a fulfilling life.

In other words, do things everyday that will strengthen and balance you physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

If you have difficulty with the spiritual, just do your best to tap into a philosophy that is based on win -win. And practice letting go of wanting to control possible outcomes.

Simply take actions and allow the outcomes to be.

To Summarize: “What Now?”

Ok. You’ve done the work. You’ve been patient. You’ve let go of the outcome. You’ve now hooked up with your eternal soulmate.

That’s fantastic! But I want to warn you that the work is not done. It’s not like in the movies where you simply ride off into the sunset of the “honeymoon phase!” LOL

To find out what to expect, read Part 3 of eternal soul mates

note: Part 3 will be here next week or so. I’m writing this July 2, 2015. Sign up for my free song download if you enjoy this article and want to be notified of more.

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What Is Success?

Love Song For Eternal Soul Mates — “Hey Mary Hey”

One of my favourite songs on my new CD is a love song for eternal soul mates. It’s called “Hey Mary Hey” and is the title song from the album.

The inspiration for it came from my wife Mary. Actually, it came about because I wanted to tell the story of how we met and fell in love.

Some people say it has a really cool retro 70’s flavour along with a West Coast vibe. I certainly didn’t set out to write a song with that vibe — I simply sat down with my spanish guitar one day and started getting some cool musical ideas.

As the musical ideas developed, I realized I wanted to come up with some equally captivating lyrics.

I had the sudden thought that it’d be great to share the story of how Mary and I met. I wanted to inspire people with the message of true love and eternal soul mates. Especially in this day and age where so many couples end up on the rocks because of egos clashing.

Rather than write about the tangible day to day details of how we met, I decided to make it about my subjective and soulful experience. It really was (and is) quite a magical and mystical experience for me.

Before Meeting My Eternal Soulmate (Mary)

After having had a couple of long term relationships and done plenty of dating in my past, I had decided to step back from everything in the relationship arena for a while.

sidenote: This ended up being about a 6 year period.

I resolved to myself that I was going to stay single and happy until/unless I met the person who truly qualified as my eternal soulmate.

I also really purified my lifestyle at this point. I dropped drinking and smoking, started eating much healthier food, doing yoga daily — and I also began a daily meditation practice.

sidenote: Many years later, I still live by this protocol although it’s morphed and changed a little. I still don’t drink or smoke,  I continue to make healthy food choices, but I now do more vigorous forms of exercise such as weights and Zumba. And I still meditate daily — although it’s now mostly about letting go of negativity when it arises.

Yeah. A Song About Eternal Soulmates.

Along with all this I was of course working on my music daily. I also went to bookstores, coffeeshops and movies somewhat regularly. Just to get me out of my usual “monk like” routine.

I was open to meeting women — I knew if I wanted to meet my eternal soulmate I would have to put myself “out there” — but I wasn’t attached or fixated on anyone in particular.

I now seemed to have a great radar system that I could trust. I chalked it up to experience plus my new lifestyle. I would simply chat, perhaps flirt a bit, and know somehow that was all that was necessary. In the past I would have been more in my head about it.

Being in my head, I probably would’ve followed through on getting dates, etc. Even though in my intuitive knowingness I was aware that they weren’t the person for me. When you’re in your head how can you hear your intuition?

In some cases I actually did go on dates — but with no expectations. And the dates? Awkward or not much fun.

By the way, I was also affirming daily that my eternal soulmate existed and was in my life. Then I simply trusted, let go and went about my day.

I could feel Mary’s presence even though I didn’t yet know who or where she was. I simply knew. I didn’t know how long it would take, but I trusted. I was in this 100%. I knew she existed because I existed. It was a powerful and uncanny experience to say the least. The opposite of mundane.

Psychic Readings And Synchronicity

At this time I was teaching guitar and piano for my bread and butter. I didn’t have a studio back then, so I used to travel to my students’ homes.

One of the mothers of a student of mine was a fairly renowned psychic in the area. She offered to pay for some of her son’s lessons with a ‘trade” of a lesson for a reading. Since she was a single mother, I thought it would make it easier for her.

Besides, I thought it might be pretty cool. And I definitely had some questions! It’s sometimes tricky doing readings for yourself.

She described Mary to the tee. Her situation, her appearance, that she lived right in my neighbourhood, some of the challenges that we would face when we first got together.

I thought, “Sounds good. Hmm…I wonder if it’s true?’

These kinds of messages came through 2 or 3 readings. Whenever I would see my psychic friend on the street she would ask me “Have you met your mystery woman yet?”

I’d reply that I hadn’t. And I’d also wonder and sense fleeting doubts — because these readings happened over a 2 year period. That’s a long enough time for you to start doubting your intuitive feelings and start listening to the (negative) voices in your head again! Luckily I had my meditation and fitness tools to support with warding off the negativity and to keep me on track 🙂

I figured my eternal soulmate was still in my life energetically speaking — but that the reading from my friend wasn’t accurate.

Along Came Mary!

Back in those days — being a bachelor — I used to devote my Sundays to watching NFL football and golf on TV. It was my way of both relaxing and being inspired by excellence. Tiger Woods was in his prime, and it was amazing to watch his miraculous golf shots.

I would go to the local butcher and get some organic free range Turkey breast and make myself a sandwich to watch my sports with.

One day I ended up standing behind a woman in line. I recognized her from the neighbourhood New Age bookstore where I used to hang out and do Yoga classes a few years prior.

I struck up a brief conversation with her, and we parted ways. Although I did briefly wonder why I felt such a strong “buzzing” in my energy field.

I went home and watched sports and forgot about it.

This was in the autumn. Later that winter, actually between Christmas and New Year’s, I was in the local Health Food store getting a few supplies. And guess who was there shopping? The same woman! From now on, I’ll refer to her as Mary 🙂

She was having a conversation with the owners wife. I overheard a bit of the conversation where they were mentioning New Moons.

Since I regularly chatted with the owner and his wife, I spontaneously jumped in with my own comment about how I liked to start new things with the cycles of the moon.

I don’t recall exactly what we talked about after that, but Mary tells me that as soon as I mentioned my awareness of the moon cycles, something inside of her really perked up. She felt a strong internal shift or click.

It just so happens that I was moving on New Year’s Day to a new and exciting place. I told Mary how excited I was about the move. I also found that out she was (still is) a Reiki Master and crystal healer as well as being a psychic.

We discussed things for a while, and I said I’d love to come in for a Reiki session. I told her it sounded just like what I needed at the time. A great way to start off the New Year.

Now, at this point, I didn’t realize I was attracted to Mary in “that way.” I just knew I felt drawn to go see her for Reiki. It felt good and it felt right.

I’m stuck at this point in the story because things get pretty personal. Suffice it to say that we hooked up. We had some rough obstacles in the beginning. A lot was due to our families different cultures as well as some other things that are too personal for me to feel comfy with sharing here.

But we overcame them together 🙂 And 9 years later (or more, depending on when you’re reading this) I love her more than ever!

Sidenote: If you’re a skeptic on all of this “woo-woo” stuff, that’s fine. I can operate just fine out of the rational thinking part of my mind too.

But if you’re like me, and your inner vision is awake, you know beyond words that there is a silent, formless Divine Presence behind Life. Consciousness didn’t arise from space dust that randomly appeared out of nowhere — rather awareness and light (presence) give life to and shape matter.

Don’t believe my words. Simply take it into consideration. Next time you’re in nature, notice the energy of the plants or stars or the sky. And just consider. Don’t think. Feel your way into it.

Do You Have A Soulmate — Or Dream Of One?

I’ve been told by Mary that there are different schools of thought as far as the terminology goes. Some of the terms in this field are: soulmate, twin flames, eternal soulmate, karmic soulmate. And everyone seems to have different opinions on how to define the different categories.

For me the terminology doesn’t really matter. I only know that Mary is the most accurate reflection of Love I have ever experienced in this world. I am simply grateful and amazed everyday by her loving presence in my life. I must have some really great karma!

What are your thoughts on soul mates? Have you met yours? Do you dream of meeting yours? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below. And if you like this story, please share it with your friends.

“Hey Mary Hey” Lyrics

© Davidson Yeager 2015

Once upon a time in my biography

Soulmates were like the lottery

Seemed like love had a secret key

Winning the jackpot was not for me

I wasn’t bitter and I still had hope

I saw some signs upon that foggy road

Somethin’ round the bend I couldn’t quite perceive

And Your face was veiled in my dreams

You smoke signalled me

Only my 3rd eye could see

You were waiting for me to come

and knock upon your door

You stood there shining like the morning sun

Hey Mary Hey

I could never keep you waiting long

Hey Mary Hey

I could never do you any wrong

All those seasons on my own

I was only halfway grown

This love has made me realize

Soulmates travel through many lives

You flew in on your wings of gold

You prove positivity can never grow old yeah!

You are always shining like the morning sun!

Hey Mary Hey

I could never keep you waiting long

Hey Mary Hey

I could never do you any wrong

You don’t even have to try

Let me rock you with a lullaby

Songs that only we can hear

Conquer all our earthly fears

Hey Mary Hey

I could never keep you waiting long

Hey Mary Hey

I could never do you any wrong

Hey Mary Hey

I could never keep you waiting long

Hey Mary Hey => You don’t even have to try ‘cos I love you.

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CBC Radio And My Music

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If you’ve been following my story for a little while, you may remember that one of the main catalysts that propelled me onto my current path (with a brand new CD) was CBC Radio. (For any international readers, CBC is the Canadian version of the BBC in the UK).

At that time, (I thought) I was content to simply write and record my songs with the intention of eventually licensing them to film and television.
My wife Mary had been playing some of my songs in her Zumba class — and the response was terrific.

After several enthusiastic people from her class suggested CBC to me, I finally got the message. That’s how the cards laid out to inspire me to reach out to CBC.

Back in the late fall of 2014, I got in touch with the head of the CBC Music Resources Office, Mark Rheaume. Mark got back to me. He is such a genuine and cool guy. He always got back to me straight away — and with helpful and clear information. A very supportive and great contact for me in the music industry.

He’d listened to a couple of my tracks and he told me that they would definitely fit with many of the shows carried by the CBC. However, he also suggested I have an album — or at least an EP — this way, my story would be a little more compelling for the people who had the shows.

So I thought, “Why not? Ok— I guess I’m making a CD.”

This of course led to an impromptu fundraiser  and my EP of 5 songs is now complete. It’s available in my store as a physical CD with cool artwork or on i-tunes.
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Update: CBC Radio and My Music

Mark got back to me recently regarding the status of my music. It’s now officially uploaded into the CBC music library. Woo-hoo! Step one accomplished.

Mark also gave me the contact info for all the relevant CBC radio shows in the country who can possibly use my style of music. He suggested I contact the shows in Toronto and encourage them to play my music. The shows also need to play Canadian artists —  that can definitely help my cause.

I will keep you posted as I move forward with that!

Another cool thing is that if I ever broaden my base of operations beyond Toronto and play other towns and cities, I will have the contact info for the producers of the radio shows in those towns!
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Davidson Yeager CD Release Concert

Friday, May 29, 7:00 to 9:00pm

Kingston Rd. United Church(upstairs)

975 Kingston Rd. Toronto

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I’m so excited! My new album “Hey Mary Hey” goes on sale at this concert 🙂 Woo hoo! Come on out and here me perform songs from my new album. I’ll be featuring songs with me on acoustic guitar, electric guitar and piano. Not at the same time! 😉 I’m also gonna  be doing a couple of classic standards. And you’re definitely invited to hang and chill after the event — get those social pheromones pumping into your brain a bit. We all need that, yes? Hope to see you there 🙂

 

 

WonderWoman

I’ve got a new song named “WonderWoman.” 

It’s the most rocking song on the album — definitely not for Zumba this time 😉  More of a driving your car kind of song. I literally have a TON of important musical influences — but this song is probably due to early David Bowie along with my bluesy side. I listened to a lot of Bowie at one point during my late teens.

I wanted to have a few different flavours on the album — but still my brand. I think I managed to do it.

Click here for a brief video clip of me laying down some guitar tracks on Wonderwoman.

Here’s a screenshot of my mixing board for WonderWoman.

Wonderwoman by Davidson Yeager
Davidson Mixing Wonderwoman

The drums are being recorded and mixed in Los Angeles by my co producer Gary Gray as I write this. Kristen Rose is on drums again. If you’re reading this after mid April 2015 or so, you’ll be able to sample my new song WonderWoman right here on the homepage 🙂

Thanks for sticking around!
Davidson

How Songs Happen

Where does a song come from? How does it come to be? Well, I don’t know for sure how songs happen so I’m not gonna try. There are plenty of books explaining the technical side of things.

I am going to relate a cool story about my most recent song, though…

I had a seed of an idea for a song over Christmas holidays.

So I fired up my recording gear and laid down some basic tracks.

Rhythm guitar with a drum loop and some vocals.

After having some fun jamming, I promptly went on with whatever other things I had going on that day.

Nothing Ventured Nothing Gained

Soon after — perhaps even that same evening — while brushing my teeth before bed of course — I had a melodic motif pop into my head. The words were “nothing ventured, nothing gained.”

This became the title and hook of the song. People tell me they can’t stop singing it! An idea that popped into my head from the nonlinear quantum “womb” fully formed. All I had to do was nurture it along until it grew, cut the umbilical cord and send it out into the world.

Over the next several weeks I spent up to about 80 hours (perhaps more) refining the idea and my musical arrangement.

When I had what I thought was a pretty decent mix, I sent it to my man Gary Gray in LA. He got back to me with some constructive criticism. Not always easy to accept at face value — but it can be helpful to have outside opinions.

At times, Gary challenges me to dig even more out of myself than I thought possible.

He said it was reminiscent of the soul music from Philly and Motown in the 70’s.

Over the next few days as I proceeded to make some of the changes and tweaks he had suggested, I pondered where indeed had the song come from.

It hit me the other day. Brushing my teeth… after breakfast this time 🙂

Black Magic Woman By Fleetwood Mac?

The other influences were “Black Magic Woman” by Fleetwood Mac. Yep. Some cool trivia for you. I absolutely love Peter Green’s guitar playing and songwriting!

I also love the later version by Santana with the latin vibe. I researched and found out that the intro to Santana’s version was featured on a song called “Gypsy Queen” by an artist named Gabor Szabo.

Very cool! There just so happens to be a character in my song who is a Gypsy Crone. You’ll hear it in the song when you listen 🙂

Some other influences became apparent to me as well. As a guitar nerd, I’ve studied many masters over the years.

There’s definitely some “soul jazz” flavour on this song. Guitar masters like Kenny Burrell, Grant Green, etc. come to mind.

Note: from this point on I’ll simply refer to it as NVNG (Nothing Ventured Nothing Gained)

The song itself is based on a 12 bar minor blues structure — guys like Albert King with his great song “As The Years Go Passing By” is an example.

There’s one more important musical influence. I have a strong connection to the Roma culture through family. And I love their music. So I put a few touches of gypsy flavoured notes in the song. You can hear it mostly in the intro, the guitar solo and the outro.

Besides the gypsy character in the lyrics, there is a definite philosophy being addressed in the storyline.

It essentially suggests to open to receive inspiration, and then take action on that inspiration without being attached to the results.

In the east this is outlined in texts such as the Bagavad Gita, and is also quite apparent in the teachings of Jesus.

Here in the west, some call it the Law of the Farm.

Wow! It’s really cool to analyze one of my songs like that. I never would’ve consciously realized a lot of these points had Gary not mentioned to me about the Philly soul vibe.

I was conscious of a few of the points of course — I ain’t just thrown’ sh&t against the wall here and hoping it’ll stick! Lol

Take a listen and see for yourself. If you enjoy it, please feel free to share with friends.

Thanks for sticking around 🙂

 

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Update On Fundraising For “Soul”

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HI Everyone,

Hope you’re all doing well!
Just touching base with you to give you an update on fundraising for my CD.

We managed to raise $900! Thank you 🙂

Even though my original goal was 2k,
I’m super happy with the results though. Why?

Because I’ve been able to get “commercial quality” recordings done on my own at home (no easy task!) — this enables me to keep the costs low.

 

First Official Release

Since it’s my first official release, I simply want to get the record sounding great and get it “out there.”

I’d love to have all the bells and whistles such as live musicians in a really cool studio somewhere with a really cool record producer and money for a publicist, etc. Who wouldn’t?

And I could quite possible raise more money with the correct approach and reach that 2k. But I don’t think I’d finish the record! I’ve learned that fundraising is a job in and of itself. Touring/performing and recording are probably best done separately. Fundraising requires it’s very own focus.

I’ll look to do more of that with my next recording when I’ve got a stronger foundation built. We’ll see what the Quantum Universe has in store for the seeds I’m busy planting 🙂

 

 5 Songs Not 6…

I have made one tweak — and that is the EP will have
5 songs instead of 6.

After speaking to some industry people, it makes more sense. Many people release EP’s with only 3 songs nowadays.

3 songs are completed, 2 on the way.

I’ve already paid for the final 2 to be mastered and polished by my man in LA with money from the fundraising. I hope to book a session drummer as well.

I should then have enough left to get the CD’s and artwork manufactured. If I’m lucky, perhaps even a decent little video production for one of the songs to promote on YouTube. You’ll help me by sharing it with friends when the time comes, won’t you?

 

Bonus

BONUS: If you know my wife Mary, the artwork is courtesy of her! It’s one of her paintings that hangs on the wall in my studio 🙂
See it at the top of the page.

Wishing you guys all a great week — thank you for your coolness!
Davidson

New Year Release

This New Year release is a story of letting go. It’s not a new recording — yet! In order to complete my upcoming album, I first need to create more space.

For the New Year, I’m letting go of what no longer serves me. Sometimes it’s easy, sometimes it’s more difficult.

I had a different New Year’s blog post in mind. I envisioned myself dusting and vacuuming, straightening and clearing my studio. Writing about it and taking some photos.

Instead, I just cancelled my guitar lessons website. I won’t bother linking to it in this post as it’ll probably be non existent by the time you read this. In essence it was called Free Guitar Lessons Online — and it was my very first website.

I started building it in March 2009. It was intended as a way to make people aware of my music — but somehow it became it’s own thing.

For almost 4 years, I dove deep into a “system” about learning about the internet. SEO, keywords, how to write better headlines, optimize videos, create a newsletter list, etc.

The site was based entirely on guitar lessons. Mostly with video and written content. Back then the way to earn money on the internet was via Google ads.

People would bid to have their ads placed alongside relevant content. I was a content provider who was able to attract a good amount of traffic.

And even though my first intention was to use the guitar lessons to raise people’s awareness about my music, this soon became obscured by my new plan…

 

My Dream of Passive Income

I would create enough content to provide a steady stream of “passive income” via ads on my site. This would free me up to spend more time recording my music.

The Universe — and the Intelligent order of things — had other plans! Just as my site started to cross the threshold of attracting enough organic traffic via Google to make some decent money from the ads, Google began a drastic restructuring of it’s algorithms.

Most smaller sites got “hit” — even though Google’s intention was to eliminate the “bad guys” who had been gaming the system for a few years.

Even though my site played by the rules, it was hit pretty hard. I was “screwed” — at least with making enough passive income through ads.

I still had enough traffic to make money — but I would need to develop a suite of guitar lesson products and learn how to sell them.

I felt really down at the time — I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t feel the creative drive to develop these products and sell them, but I didn’t know what else to do.

As time went on, I started to pay less and less attention to my guitar lessons website — although I tried a few other strategies just to be sure. I even managed to build a Facebook page on guitar lessons that has over 20k likes. It still gets many likes and views and I stopped touching it several months ago.

Meanwhile, I continued to teach my private students here in my studio and work on my songs and my music. However, that was only on the surface…

 

Getting Honest With Myself

I started getting more in touch with myself about certain core issues. I get up early most mornings and actively meditate, journal and reflect. I used this time to ask myself what I really want out of life.

I began to realize that I had been playing it safe. That the guitar lessons site was a substitute for what I really wanted to do — create and perform my songs for people!

I had to dig deep to get past blocks in my mind that came up with all kinds of reasons and beliefs to discourage me from following my heart.

I’m still working with these old belief systems while I continue to take action everyday in the direction of my true desires.

I have come to feel deeply that I am co creating with the Universe — and that by staying true to myself, the light of the Universe is able to shine more brightly into this world.

By healing these limitations within myself, I’m helping to heal the planet. It’s not just about me. It’s about humanity.

Do you have any limitations holding you back? If so, it’s ok. If you didn’t, you probably wouldn’t be here experiencing life in a physical body!

I’m not here to tell you what to do about it. Just please don’t use any of this as a stick to beat yourself up with! We are all in this healing process together 🙂

New Year Release

I’m telling my story as a way to inspire you. If I can do it, so can you type of thing.

This New Year, look around and see if there is anything that no longer serves you. Then see if you’re ready to let go of it.

Start with small things. Material goods and items (I just let go of a winter jacket I’ve had for almost 10 years. How did I manage to create sentiment around such an item? I had it on when I  “hooked up” with my wife Mary. Lol.)

Work your way up slowly. Very slowly if you’re new to this type of thing. Baby steps are all that’s necessary. Be gentle with yourself, but lean into it.

Wishing you all the best for this New Year of 2015!

A Standing Ovation

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Standing Ovation
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Dave With Fan and Friend Ron Lacourse

I received a standing ovation at the end of my mini concert a couple of days ago. Is it because I “blew the roof off the joint?”

I played well. I’m really very satisfied with my performance. My sound was good (I even had a couple of musicians in attendance looking at my super basic gear afterwards and asking me how I got such a great sound), I knew the songs really well, I had a well designed set and people were there to listen and watch. When I looked out at the audience, they were absorbed in what I was doing.

But I don’t think that’s why I got a standing ovation. If you read my previous post about how I kept getting really emotional and tears of gratitude while rehearsing, you’ll get a kick out of this.

I actually had it happen to me in the performance! Oh man. The thing I really didn’t want to happen (other than technical issues, of course) happened.

And you know what? People loved it. It was spontaneous. It was real. It was authentic.

You can’t plan things like that.
 

What Is Being An Artist, Anyway?

I guess it’s all part of being an artist. Because in our day to day life where we wear our “social and protective rubber…ummm masks”, we start to believe that everyone is just as cool as can be.

Know what I mean?

As an artist I’m grateful to have the task of revealing myself — in order for others to feel safe to reveal themselves. Not to be confused with those blubbery whining stereotypes that are always vulnerable — but to be real and authentic.

This includes vulnerability. But it also includes strength, courage and confidence. And of course Love. And the more authentic we can be, the more these authentic feelings from the core of our beingness express.

When I say love, I don’t only mean romantic, friendship and family — I also mean that passion for being alive and connected to everything else in the Universe(s) that is alive also.

If you were at the event, thank you again for your support!

And thank you for the standing ovation 🙂

 

Pictures From The Concert

 

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Dave fist pumping while receiving standing ovation.

 

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Dave At Piano “Innocence.”

 

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Dave Expresses On The Guitar