New Podcast Episode on The Music Entrepreneur HQ with Brent Vaartstra

At last, the first podcast episode of the year is here.

I rarely if ever intend to stop publishing the week before and after the New Year, but that’s just the way things seem to work out. I’m sure you don’t mind, right?

But just so you know, the New Year content that I publish every single year is going to come at you rapidly (as opposed to over the course of several weeks or several months)! So, if you’re ready for a dose of inspiration, you’ll want to subscribe to the podcast.

Okay, but first, I’d love for you to listen to my latest interview with Brent Vaartstra.

And, in case you think you might be suffering from a case of déjà vu, don’t worry – Brent was on an earlier episode too.

The latest episode is especially great for music instructors who don’t know about the various ways they can be making money online. But even if you’re a musician or music entrepreneur, you’ll discover plenty of great insights into monetizing your music career.

That’s all for now, kids, but I promise there is a lot more coming!

I Was Featured on the Passive Income Musician Podcast

There’s a lot going on in DAW World, so I hope to document and share a lot more with you here in 2019.

Here’s the first update I’ve put together in a long time. It won’t be my last though, I promise.

And, today, I just wanted to mention that I was featured on the Passive Income Musician podcast. If it interests you, I’d love it if you’d take a listen and let me know your thoughts.

The podcast is hosted by Brent Vaartstra of Learn Jazz Standards, someone I’ve had the chance to get to know in the last couple of months.

Sometimes, you run into people that you have an easy connection with. Brent is one of those people, which is why I love chatting with him. No doubt it’s because we share a lot in common, not the least of which is our passion for music and teaching musicians.

Brent was also on my podcast recently, and I will be publishing another episode this week featuring Brent. This is the first time I’ve done two episodes back to back with any guest, but I love serial content, so I hope to do more of these.

Something I’ve discovered through interviewing a lot of people is that sometimes it’s hard to create a compelling focus and angle for each episode.

It’s not that the guests don’t offer great content. It’s that I have so many questions for them, which makes it impossible to narrow the focus. Inevitably, the interview ends up going in a bunch of different directions because of what interests me most about any given guest.

So, if I have one episode that covers the guest’s story, and another that’s laser focused on their expertise, I think that’s the ideal. I’ll venture to guess that not ever guest would be willing to do this, but I just figured I’d put it out there.

Anyway, I hope you’ll take a listen to my interview on the Passive Income Musician, and here’s to many more interviews in 2019.

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.