Sticks and Stones

We all know the saying.  "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me." When did we get to the point where so many grown adults are constantly being hurt, offended, saddened, and angered by words? 

It seems crazy to me that every day on Facebook there is a new post of who said what and how it's wrong and how it offended this or that person. Grown adults acting like this. Not children, not toddlers, but grown men and women that hold jobs, have families, own things, or run political offices. 

I'm not sure what's worse, the constant onslaught of these posts or the often times un-researched, misunderstood, misguided biased view of the poster. Just today there was a long tirade about how the term "gypsy" is an offensive term and if you use it to describe a yogi with a wanderlust then you're being "casually racist." Good Lord, how did we get here?

Somehow, like we are forgetting the Earth is round, we are forgetting that words can and often do have multiple meanings.  Yes, Gypsy can be used to describe a travelling fortune teller from southeast Asia.  But there is another officially recognized meaning: "a nomadic or free-spirited person." I'm sorry to burst that person's "woe is me" bubble for the day but yes, gypsy can refer to any person who never stays in one place long, who likes to travel, and is free spirited. 

Biscuit means a fluffy pastry in American language but it means a cookie in Europe.  They call what we call cigarettes fags. We go on vacation, they go on holiday.  These are just a few examples between two dialects of the same language out an absolute limitless number of examples one could dig up...if one were actually inclined to read a book or do a Google search or two before flying off the handle about something. 

More importantly to me than the fact that words have multiple meanings is that, at the end of the day the meaning of words or symbols is arbitrary.  We hear a word, collectively tell ourselves what it means, positive or negative, and then... allow that word to affect us in that particular way?  In a world where mindfulness is growing ever popular we still have a large number of people allowing their personal happiness to be shaken by a  word that they hear. 

Just remember that Fuck is only a word and it doesn't mean shit in other cultures.  

 

Ready for 2018?

As this year draws to a close I've been thinking about a lot of stuff.  2017 has been a really good year.  It's the first full year I've had since leaving the corporate work place back in November 2016.  I've put out an EP, saw some radio play, moved twice, battled a mold problem (reason for one of the moves), and am hard at work on a new music project. 

My plans for 2018 involve putting out my new music, shooting videos, booking a ton of shows, and developing a more solid music business plan to guide me through all of those goals with a little more discipline and purpose. 

This will be my last blog of 2017, so I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you in 2018!

Preparing for 2018

It's been a good week. The Saxon gig was great with a good crowd and energy. Threw a party this weekend which turned out to be relatively small but we had a blast and I got to build my first fire of the season outside in the pit.  Can't wait to build more, have friends over, sit around, and talk about whatever comes to mind, all in good company. 

I've been doing a ton of research and am preparing my plan for 2018.  While 2017 saw some successes, I'm looking to really ramp up a more formal action plan in 2018 that defines in great detail writing, recording, marketing & advertising, and playing shows more regularly in Austin and the surrounding areas. 

Look forward to big things in 2018!

What's on the Horizon?

Looks like it's been awhile since I last wrote on here.  I floated the idea of a vlog but really wasn't feelin' it, scrapped the whole thing for awhile and now here I am.  I'm really going to try and post on here more regularly. 

The September show was awesome. With about 50-60 in attendance we rocked the room and had a blast doing it. I have some great footage from the show that I'll be posting here and there on my Facebook page so be sure to check it often for updates. 

Since then I've played a couple of shows at One 2 One bar and the Saxon Pub and will be back at the Saxon Pub this coming Tuesday, December 5th, at 10PM. If you can make it, come out and have some fun! We'll play about an hour or so and get you home and in bed in plenty of time to get those required rest hours before work.

Lastly, I'm working on some great new music that I can't wait to share with everyone. Hint: It's quite a departure from my first album. First albums are...well..first albums. Now I'm ready to really put something together that is more true to myself.  Stay tuned!

 

Help me top the charts on 91.7 KVRX

Hey everyone! 

Tracks from my album "Awakening" will begin rotation on 91.7 KVRX beginning Friday August, 10th. Soon thereafter it will be added to 98.9 KUTX radio and we're trying to get a live spot in the KUTX Studio 1A! Please tune into 91.7 beginning Friday.  Help me climb up the charts!

Our rehearsals are going great...I couldn't be more excited to share what we've been working on with you.  Check the tour dates tab on Facebook or the events tab on my website at www.wespaulmusic.com for dates. Be prepared to be surprised. 

Cheers.

Busy, busy busy

I now have three shows booked for September and I'm super busy preparing for them.  As of three weeks ago my band and I have begun holding weekly rehearsals to go over our set which contains about 70% original material and 30% covers.  This week I took some video from the rehearsal studio that I really wanted to post to social media but through a bone-headed mistake I deleted it all.  Welp...be on the lookout for it next week I suppose. 

In the meantime of rehearsing I'm working on finishing up my music charts, getting my album packages printed, t-shirts designed and printed, promo flyers designed and printed, and book 3-4 more shows. Did I mention finding time for Yoga, meditation, the gym, and, occasionally, connecting with friends to have a good time??

Stay tuned for future dates and other news.

Cheers~!

 

 

More Radio Play & Show Date Announcement

In case you missed my most recent facebook post... 93.3 KGSR played another tune of mine "Set the World on Fire". I'm so excited that two of my songs have seen radio play already. There are a few other radio stations in and around town that are potentially going to add them as well.  Stay tuned. 

Rehearsals have begun for a show that I'll be performing on Saturday, September 16th at a private production space at The Yard complex on St. Elmo drive in the 78745. The space is a big nice venue attached to the Music Lab designed for touring acts to come off the road and rehearse.  It holds over 100 people and has a kickass sound system.  This is a private show for all my earliest fans out there before we start touring locally around town.  I want to to put on the show and after party for free but it definitely will be expensive to do so I'm asking for donations in order to to help me cover at least some of that cost.  Donations are not required for entry. If you're unable to I don't want you to be left out.  If you're able to, your contribution will be appreciated!  Check out the link, to RSVP.

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Another Week, Another Blog

I saw Roger Waters (of Pink Floyd) on Monday night in Dallas.  All I can say is, if you have a chance to see this show, GO SEE IT. Even if you're not a big Pink Floyd fan. It was a life changing sonic and visual masterpiece.

It was a great start to a 4th of July that included "lying in the sunshine" drinking margaritas, enhancing my mind, fishing, listening to music and seeing a great fireworks show at Town Lake in Austin. 

On September 2nd I will be hosting a Fundraiser to support cancer research. If you don't already know, two of my family members passed away, both to Pancreatic Cancer, within 5 years of each other.  I've had the itch for a while now to do something charitable but wanted it to be meaningful to me.  for some reason it took me far too long to see the obvious.  So, I'm holding this event to raise money for cancer awareness, research, and education. 100% of donations and merchandise sales will go to the American Cancer Society. 

Be on the lookout for an official event invite soon!

Now, to end with some (bad) poetry:

Some people laugh

Others may cry

But everyone's born

Everyone dies

Cheers!

New Inspiration / New Show Dates

It's been such a crazy couple of weeks. My album is finally finished and is available at my store at www.wespaulmusic.com/store/awakening-1 .  You can find it on all major digital music stores on June 30th. But why wait? 

The trip I took a few weeks to LA led to my crossing paths (well sorta) with an Ex who inspired much of my work.  We've seen each other a few times since then. How can you tell if such a decision is a good idea? Much time has passed, a year in fact.  We're both different. We've grown. It's obvious we've stepped outside of the symbiotic cocoon we had nestled into and developed into our true individual personas. I shouldn't get ahead of myself...but is it possible to find our way into a sort of relationship 2.0 where we both value our freedom, respect each other as individuals, respect and love ourselves, and try not to "be" anything for the other person but rather simply "be" who we are?  Maybe it would just be a bad idea. 

Perhaps I shouldn't concern myself with these matters at all but rather realize "if our paths continue to cross then why we shouldn't let it play out?" The love is there. It's always been there, in full force. I never believed much in fate but there's something there that has been hard to deny. Too often, it seems, our minds, our thoughts and our egos get in the way of letting nature take it's course. For one reason or another, real or imagined, we want to resist it.  But any efforts to resist can be difficult at best and at worst, utterly futile. For better or worse, life cannot and will not happen any other way. So maybe I'll just sit back and enjoy the ride, wherever it takes me. If nothing else, it's a new source of inspiration.

In other news, I will be announcing some show dates soon.  Be on the lookout!

A Good Day For Radio Play

Tonight I went to see local favorite Bob Schneider at KGSR's Blues on the Green at Shady Grove. While I was there I ran in to Loris Lowe from KGSR radio here in Austin (plays all of today's top singer/songwriter hits) and discovered my single "A Good Day" has been played on their program! "A Good Day" is available on all major digital music stores, my website, and available to stream on all major networks. Thank you Loris Lowe and KGSR for letting me close out the rotation with the likes of Bob Schneider, Joe Ely, and Leon Bridges! 

Check it out. There it is. 

Recovering After A Long Trip

It was a crazy seven days.  Maybe not a "long trip" per se but definitely an event-filled one. I've been in LA, Hermosa Beach, Venice Beach, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and El Paso.  I could write pages about the experience (which I kind of already did and somehow the blog software erased it all) but instead I'll just say: We saw beaches, clubs, Calvin Harris, Demi Lovato, Golden Gate Bridge, Ex's, nightclubs, and even a Desert in the middle of nowhere that swallowed my rental car for the better part of four hours while we waited for a Tow Truck to get us out. We managed to get some great 4k drone footage out of it though, so it was totally worth it...right?

 

Yep..buried pretty deep there. 

Yep..buried pretty deep there. 

SoundSprocket Endorsement

This week I want to give a shout-out to SpoundSprocket Premium Audio In-ear Headphones for offering their endorsement and hooking me up with some sweet in-ear monitors for live performances. See their original post below. Good way to celebrate my birthday, which is today!

A Good Day for Pre-Orders. A Good Day for Donations

Hey everyone!

Awesome things happening right now.  I hired someone to manage my social media accounts (now I can get back to writing!), we're shooting a music video, and the remaining tracks of the album are coming along on schedule. 

Oh yea, and my album "Awakening" is now available for pre-order directly on my website. You'll be able to purchase it through iTunes, Amazon, etc on June 4th. But why do that when you can get it cheaper direct and not give "the man" a cut. How about I'll take that cut and do something awesome with it??

As many of you know, or don't know, my mother passed away several years ago and my uncle passed away just over a year ago. Both suffered from Pancreatic Cancer.  With that being said 20% of every direct website Pre-order will go towards Pancreatic Cancer research.

Cheers!

"A Good Day" Free for another 24 Hours!

Hey everyone!

My new single "A Good Day" will be free for roughly another 24 hours! Click Here NOW.

Listen to it in the car on the way to work or on your way home as you grind through your commute! Listen to it while on a beach, at a bar, or on a boat. Whatever the scenario, get it, grab it, hear it, share it while it's free.

Tell me what you think about it in the comments below!

The album is available for pre-order on May 3rd and will be released at all of the digital music stores and streaming services on June 4th, 2017.

Photo: Sunny Espinosa Photography

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