The day has arrived.

Tonight, I will be performing at Café Blanca along with Joanna Drummond, and the new The Circle host, Frederick Tamagi.

If you’ve been to a singer/songwriter circle before, then you know what we’re about to embark upon. But it isn’t just any old singer/songwriter circle, it’s an organic collaboration between its participants. Plus, we’ll each be covering songs by the great Bob Dylan.

The Circle, by the way, is an extension of The Listening Room, which now features two distinct events – The Circle, as already described, and The Classics, which will see jazz vocalists reinterpreting the works of the greats, along with a little help from The Listening Room house band.

So, if you’re interested in hearing myself (as well as Joanna and Fred) like you’ve never heard me before, I will see you at Café Blanca (240 Riverfront Ave SW, Calgary, AB) at 7 PM.

I’m Performing at The Listening Room Tonight

Don't Wait Too Long - David Andrew WiebeI ended up having to delay the release of my latest single, “Don’t Wait Too Long” for a month, because I was sick for about a week in July. But I’m pleased to announce that it’s finally here, ready for purchase.

One of the bands that has influenced me through the years is a little-known duo called They Might Be Giants. But even if you haven’t heard their name, you probably have heard their work, because their music has appeared in the likes of Austin Powers as well as Malcom in the Middle (the theme song, “Boss of Me” specifically).

TMBG is known for their quirky, sometimes cryptic lyrics that leave their songs open to listener interpretation. On occasion, I’ve been known to write songs like that too.

But more importantly, there’s a TMBG documentary called Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns). It’s called a tale of two Johns because both of the founding partners are named John. In the documentary, they’re shown working on a song called “Man, It’s So Loud in Here.” Musically, “Don’t Wait Too Long” was inspired by this song.

What I like about “Man, It’s So Loud in Here” is that it has a really sparse and slightly ominous sounding verse, and an over-the-top, catchy and full chorus. I wanted to write a song like that, and that’s basically how “Don’t Wait Too Long” came about.

Like “Fragments”, the song was composed and written several years back. I also had the melody and lyrics for the chorus at that point, but they were set aside for some future day. Well, that day has finally come. I breathed life into the half-finished song by adding the verses and attaching real (?) VST plugin sounds to what were originally nothing more than MIDI keyboard sounds. Then I layered guitars and vocals. Finally, I mixed and mastered the track. And now it’s here.

Like a TMBG song, the lyrics are open to interpretation, but they aren’t terribly quirky. I think listeners will attach their own meaning to the song, and I don’t think any interpretation is wrong. You might conclude that the writer is waiting in vain, and you might also determine that s/he is justified in their faith. You might also conclude that they’ve found faith in their friend that’s clearly taken a turn for the worse (“What was the step that led you down into darkness?)”, in themselves, or in God.

Ultimately, I think it’s an uplifting song. But listening to it even made me a bit emotional. I hope you enjoy it, with all its beautiful flaws and imperfections.

You can learn more about how to listen to or buy the track here.

Daily Update

As you’re likely aware, I started helping out with The Question community back in September 2015. We’ve been on hiatus during the summer, but community gatherings will be resuming in September. In addition to being an opportunity for me to put many of my talents to use, it has also connected me with some really great people.

You may have also heard me talking about Deanne Matley’s Listening Room series. I had her write a post for The Music Entrepreneur.

In the last two to three months, I’ve been connecting with both Deanne and The Question founder Frederick Tamagi to discuss the future of Listening Room YYC.

We’ve done a bit of re-tooling, but we’re moving forward with the project, and have scheduled eight monthly events at Café Blanca and Red Bush Tea & Coffee Co. starting in September. You can check out the website and our Facebook page if you’d like to learn more.

We’re really looking forward to presenting the new The Circle and The Classics formats. The Circle will feature emerging songwriters in a unique songwriter circle, and The Classics will feature jazz vocalists performing tunes inspired by the likes of Julie London, Sarah Vaughan, Johnny Hartman, and others.

With your help, we believe we can get the word out about the new community. If you would be willing to share our events on your Facebook profile, we’d be very grateful. You can find the events on our Facebook page. I am scheduled to perform at the September and October The Circle events, which I’m looking forward to.

In addition, Long Jon Lev is scheduled to perform at John Dutton Theatre (in Calgary Public Library) on September 9. We’re celebrating all kinds of birthdays and reunions and who knows what else. We’d love to see you there as well.

September is shaping up to be an exciting time. I look forward to seeing you, and on behalf of everyone involved, know that we really appreciate your support and help in sharing these upcoming events.

Daily Update

Welcome back, friend. Here’s my update for toda… well, it’s past midnight already, so here’s my update for yesterday.

Random Thoughts

  • This is the time for music entrepreneurs to rise up. It’s getting harder for musicians to sell albums and make money. That’s exactly why we need to start innovating and problem-solving. There is no cure-all, but there are new developments happening. It’s a question of whether or not we choose to be a part of them. Put your mind to work, music entrepreneurs!
  • I want to be more generous with my time and energy, so I’ve been thinking about interacting on forums and groups more, and answering whatever questions I can. Generosity and servitude is really the only way to add value to the world.
  • Money is a renewable resource. I feel justified in taking some chances. Entrepreneurship is having money and people work for you, and since I only have 24 hours in a day, I need to duplicate my efforts by outsourcing and hiring.

What I’ve Been Listening To

Think Act Get. Wow, I’ve really been enjoying this business podcast. I’ve been a fan of James Schramko for a while now, but Ezra Firestone is also a really neat guy, and I watched a couple of his videos too – also great stuff. This one on Hustle ‘N Grind is something all of us entrepreneur types would do well to heed.

As far as music goes, I’ve been listening to quite a bit of Mr. Big and The Winery Dogs today. These bands are on pretty regular rotation here at the DAW office. I keep circling around them too, and by that I mean I listen to a lot of projects the individual band members are involved in, like Paul Gilbert solo or Richie Kotzen solo. All really great stuff.

What I’ve Been Working On

Well, there’s one project that I’m not really at liberty to disclose anything about just yet. What I will say is that we had another meeting this morning to discuss it.

Other than that, I’ve been working on new content for Music Industry How To – I’ve been a staff writer with them for a while now (a little over a year). That’s been an amazing experience for me.

And that’s about it. I guess it may not sound like much, but the reality is that these two things really ended up dominating my day. In particular, there was one large scale project in there.

Feel free to let me know what you’ve been working on too.

Daily UpdateHey guys, thanks for coming to check out my update. I’m going to attempt to post these on a daily basis, or at least as often as possible.

So here goes…

How I’ve Been Feeling

I’ve been feeling quite fatigued and catatonic as of late. I’ve actually been experimenting with not eating meat after listening to a podcast about the kinds of things they do to our meat.

No, I’m not talking about the cruelty with which they treat animals. If you want to eat meat, I totally think that’s fine, and I have for many years. For me, this is an experiment more than anything else.

One of the things that inspired me was how people live in the Blue Zones. Supposedly, they only eat meat during celebrations, and it’s one of the reasons why they live so long.

Well, I’ve been giving it a try for the last month or so. I’ve only eaten meat about three times – that’s probably twice more than I should have (band BBQ is a celebration, no?). But only three out of 84 meals this month is not bad.

Anyway, today was actually one of those times when I decided to eat meat. Weirdly enough, I felt an almost instant boost in energy levels – this is quite the opposite of what I thought would happen.

But whether or not there is a direct correlation between what I’ve been eating and how I’ve been feeling, I don’t know for sure. What I do know is that I’ve felt energetic for the first time in a while.

And for those who say I’ve probably been vitamin B deficient don’t know what I’ve been consuming.

Anyway, let’s move on.

What I’ve Been Working On

I’ve mostly been working on client and project work today. I would love to say that I’ve worked on my music, my podcast, or a blog post for The Music Entrepreneur, but that simply hasn’t happened. I did work on a bunch of posts for Outsource Blog Content though, and that’s another passion project of mine, so I can at least say I did something for me.

You may have noticed that I released a single in May and June, and was hoping to keep pace with that release schedule, but July has been difficult. I was sick for about a week, and as I mentioned earlier, I have been feeling tired.

Admittedly, I have had a crazy year so far, so I’ve been taking lots of breaks and even days off to let myself recover. That’s been good.

But I’m also looking to get some guests in to do some backing vocals on the new track, so coordinating that takes a little more time and effort than it would for me to complete the single entirely on my own.

It has been a while since I’ve recorded vocals, so that’s another aspect of the project that presents a bit of a hurdle. But honestly I think it’s going pretty well – I just need to re-record the verses.

But in the meantime I have been working on new songs or alternate versions of songs that already exist, so there is definitely more music to come.

I guess that’s about it for today. The good news is that I’ve been feeling good and getting lots done.