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!

Music: A Dream worth Pursuing

Embarking on a new project isn’t always easy. There are naysayers and people who try to steal your dreams.

It’s not something you need to fight against; it’s something you need to be aware of.

Adversity will inevitably come up, but if you know what you’re after and why you’re after it, you’ll have the determination to keep on going.

Those who say it can’t be done should not interrupt those who are doing it. Success in any endeavor takes significant time and effort. If it was easy, everybody would have done it.

99 Days to Amassing Your Personal WealthCreative work can pay quite well. So far, in this 99 day series, we’ve taken a look at starting a blog, becoming a consultant, selling homemade crafts and becoming a photographer in the creative arena. Music is another field with considerable potential, despite the fear that has been surrounding the industry for many years now. It is still possible to earn some extra cash as a session musician.

If you haven’t started cultivating your musical ability yet, then you’ll have to begin where you are. Even if you’re not sure whether or not you’re musically gifted, don’t write it off just yet. Let me tell you why.

The most talented people aren’t always the ones that get the gigs. I pursued a career in music for many years (for over 10 years in fact), and while I did gain a reputation for being a great guitarist – and I did have some neat opportunities cross my path – I wasn’t the one getting offers to tour the world or play for known artists. My friends were.

Granted, some of my friends were absolutely amazing. But there were also others that just knew people who knew people. They had more opportunities come their way because they had a broader network; not necessarily because of talent or because they could play better than anyone else.

Become a Session MusicianIf you want to make money in music, you’ll still need to be able to play an instrument or sing, of course, but anyone with a strong understanding and grasp of the fundamentals could be onstage. It’s not a matter of duration of experience; it’s more a matter of being easy to work with and knowing the right people.

For example, Pop music, for the most part, is ridiculously easy to play. There are several examples of bands that found their way into mainstream consciousness without a strong background in music, vocal ability, or even instruments. You don’t need decades of training to get your start.

Anybody can gain the knowledge and skills they need to play music professionally in a matter of a few years. Beyond that, it depends on how much of a go-getter you are. If you’re constantly reaching out and making new connections, or you’re willing to do the legwork, you will find that studio and onstage session opportunities aren’t that hard to come by.

Establishing your reputation could also lead to gigs in related areas. For example, if you have a basic understanding of studio gear or sound gear, you might be hired on as a sound tech. You definitely need to get some training in this area to be good, but you don’t necessarily need to invest thousands of dollars into traditional education to get there.