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.

David Andrew Wiebe - City LightsWell, it has been kind of a crazy week for me, what with the launch of my new podcast, fresh weekly content on The Music Entrepreneur, and my usual rigmarole of client work. But I didn’t want my new single to get lost in the shuffle, so here I am to talk about it.

It seems like just yesterday that I announced the release of “Fragments” (and to be fair, it was just last month that it came out, and literally yesterday that I talked about it on the blog), but fans of my music will be excited to know that I have no intention of slowing down. To show my goodwill, I issued “City Lights” as my new single for June 2016.

Unlike “Fragments”, which was based on a demo I had composed three to four years ago, “City Lights” is a brand new, recently written, Synthwave/Retrowave-inspired instrumental track.

What’s Synthwave? Well, in the mid-2000s, 80s soundtrack music made a bit of a comeback. Since I’ve been living under a rock, I had no idea until recently.

As you can probably tell from the name, in addition to soundtrack music, it incorporates elements of synthpop and new wave, in my opinion some of the more exciting musical genres that have graced us in the last 30 to 40 years or so.

But it should not be mistaken as “old music”, as there are artists that are still recording and releasing this type of music today – the likes of Lazerhawk, FM-84, Nightcrawler, and others had a big influence on the direction of this single.

I made “City Lights” as 80s-sounding as I possibly could (though for me that doesn’t seem like a huge stretch), and it definitely shows. The synths, the guitar sound, the drum machine… it’s all there.

The single is just in the midst of being distributed, so it isn’t available everywhere yet, but it will be soon enough.

In the meantime, you can pick it up at:

I also managed to find it on Spotify, though I don’t have a link for that yet.

Talk again soon!

David Andrew Wiebe - FragmentsHey all, I know it’s been a while since I’ve published anything here.

I tend to get a little ambitious with all of my projects, so while I do make an effort to keep this site updated, I don’t always get around to posting on the blog. I need to fix that.

Yes, “Fragments” is here, and that’s still pretty fresh in my mind. But that’s not the only reason I’m excited. I have another single that comes out tomorrow, and yet another that’s about halfway finished.

I know that there has been a long, prolonged silence on the music front. I’ve been out there performing, I’ve been producing, I’ve even appeared as a session player on other people’s wonderful albums. But it is a bit of a different feeling to be releasing my own music again.

Shipwrecked… My Sentiments harkens all the way back to 2006 (hard to believe it’s almost been 10 years). Even Demos 2010, which was an unofficial release, came out in 2011.

Between 2011 and 2015, I was pretty heavily involved in business. If nothing else, it was an extremely valuable learning experience, but I’m not sure it was ever meant to be more than that.

My business efforts continue on in the form of my book and the content creation I do for The Music Entrepreneur and Music Entrepreneur Book. For me, I love writing and podcasting, so it is just as much a pursuit of passion as it is a business. But I’m also earnestly looking at ways it can make a living for me.

As of now, I am an in-demand full-time freelancer, and that in and of itself is a major accomplishment worth celebrating. But I’m also looking ahead at the horizon to figure out how I can achieve even more freedom.

In any case, getting back to the subject at hand, “Fragments” is available in a variety of difference places. You can even listen for free if you so choose, but I always appreciate purchases.

Check out “Fragments” at the following fine outlets:

By the way, you can also find it on iTunes, but I can’t find a link for that. Just go into the iTunes store and search it up if you like.