Life is unpredictable. Over the past couple of months, I’ve had to deal with some pretty major curveballs thrown at me, and it’s made me question everything I’ve been doing with my life. I’ve been thinking long and hard about what I want out of life, how I want to spend my time on this earth, and who I want to be. The only thing for certain is that everything changes, and I’ve found myself square in the middle of some pretty major changes as of late.
There are many aspects to who I am, but my one constant has always been music. Many of you in the Chicagoland area know me only as a musician because that is how I’ve chosen to present myself when meeting new people and on social media. I have never really identified with my “day job” (even though it has been a respectable professional position) and I’ve always had this nagging feeling that I should be doing music more. Sure, I’ve played lots of shows and written, recorded, and released original material, but the effort that I have put into these endeavors has always taken a backseat to my primary career and the stability and safety that comes with a regular paycheck.
I’ve always wondered what I could accomplish if I devoted 100% of my energy and efforts to my music.
Recently I’ve endured some personal hardships that have shifted my perspective on life completely. What I’ve realized is: all we have on this earth is time. How we spend our time – each waking moment – is priceless, because it could all be gone in an instant, and this exact moment could very well be our last. The past is a memory and the future is a fantasy, and it’s completely up to us how we feel and what we do at any given point in time. I’ve been involved with music in one way or another since the 2nd grade, and nothing in this life has ever made me more fulfilled, happy, or more connected with the present moment. I want to feel that connection at all times. I want to live a life of passion and fulfillment. I want to do great work.
Last week, I put in my two weeks’ notice at my day job. On October 1st, I will be moving down to Florida to pursue my music full time. I’m tired of being unfulfilled for 40+ hours per week and doing mediocre work because my heart isn’t in my profession. I know where my heart and my passion lie: they’re in every chord I strum, every note I sing, every song I write, and every fan I interact with.
I’m sad to leave Chicago and all of the wonderful friends I’ve made here. I’ll miss this great city and I’ll always reflect fondly on my time spent here and the countless experiences that Chicago has afforded me. I genuinely want to thank everyone that has supported me in any way over the past 7 years here, and I hope you’ll all continue to support me in my future endeavors.
To my Florida friends and fans – I’m coming home. I’m looking forward to reconnecting with all of you and finally being able to deliver the best show I possibly can. I have no delusions about how difficult this is going to be… times are going to be tough for a while, and it may take some time to build the band I need to, but I have the utmost faith in my spirit, my heart, my friends, and my family, and my gut tells me this is exactly what I need to do.
Forget the status quo, and fuck the naysayers and this culture of fear and complacency we’re raised in. It’s time for me to finally be the most authentic version of myself possible.
Genuinely, sincerely, and truly, from the bottom of my heart – thank you all for your support. You’ll never truly know how much it means to me.
Here’s to the future,
First off, I want to send out a big THANK YOU to everyone that came out to the Stetson Homecoming show last weekend at Cafe DaVinci. The place was packed, and everyone had a blast! What a great way to close down the 2013 gig season.
As you may or may not be aware, we've been working hard on the follow up to the first album. We originally planned to put out a 5 or 6 song EP, but as I've been writing material and coming up with ideas, I've quickly realized that I've got WAY more than 5 or 6 ideas, and I want to take the time to get a full album fleshed out. So, while it's going to take a little while longer to get an album released, I think you'll be much happier with twice as many songs. ;)
SO, please bear with us while we get this thing done. There's no gigs on the books for the next couple of months in order to allow time to finish up the album. 2014 is going to be awesome, and you'll have a whole new MBB soundtrack to nod your head to.