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I really miss Island View Drive. And Silence The Wake. And Tips. And Autumn and the Wasp.
As Fusion Shows became a thing in 2008 and has expanded and grown ever since, I’ve seen a lot of bands. A plethora. A multitude. Probably too many.
But as I’ve rolled this into something of a career, I’ve really pushed myself to not lose sight of the music, the art, being the most important thing. You see, I get lost in spreadsheets. Not so much in numbers as just keeping a calendar full, keeping our team busy, our venues happy, our bands in the spotlight, etc. So I spend most of my day answering emails and sending emails and answering more emails. And I make spreadsheets. You wouldn’t want to know how many. I’d bet there’s been over 50,000 (yep, actually) spreadsheets that have been part of the foundation of Fusion Shows as a company. Every event has at least 6 spreadsheets just to keep track of set times and ticket sales and all the costs involved.
While I’m sitting at my desk, I constantly am listening to music, and it’s amazing that sometimes, with all of the bands that email me, I often find myself thinking “Man, there’s nothing to listen to.” It’s not that there’s really nothing to listen to. It’s just that I don’t try hard enough to find new records or songs.
Flint Family -
All that we can say is… Wow. The Flint Family BBQ was by far one of the best shows that we’ve played as a band. The love and sense of community was almost overwhelming at some points. Thank you from the bottom of our souls to everyone that came early and ate pulled pork with us, played giant janga with us, and engaged us in the most entertaining conversations. Thank you to Joe Hertler, George Morris, Rival Summers, Monument Monument, Blaire Alise & The Bombshells, Greater Alexander, & Carts Before Horses for KILLING IT and further proving to us all that the Michigan music scene is well and thriving. And finally a very special thank you to everyone that danced/sang/screamed with us with pistols blazing. These past two years have been absolutely amazing and we couldn’t have done it without you - The Flint Family BBQ was proof that we have the best group of friends/family/supporters that a band could ask for. Saturday was an excellent way to send us off into writing our new record - We’re excited for what the future holds!
So thankful to have been a part of amazingness.
The guitar to me is kind of like having a deepened most interconnected relationship.
I take the guitar around town, introduce the guitar to friends, how we met, the story of the acoustic guitar project.
I bring the guitar home and sing through it, we have moments that only the universe could think of.
I know that the guitar must leave me soon and go into someone else’s arms, and I’ll cherish the moment that I had with it. I know, like a human, I never can possess the guitar. The guitar’s inner thoughts will only speak to me if I treat it with care and honor.
Although the guitar will never be able to speak like a human, I feel that other collected spirits and energies that have touched the guitar show me how the guitar speaks and just how vulnerable and open it gets when we are together.
As long as I know that my moments with the guitar were the most brilliant in my eyes, then maybe it will, just maybe, return to stay for a little while longer.
The longer the moment shared, the deeper the connection earned and that’s what I can hold onto for the rest of my life.
awkwardlyasha asked: I just wanted to say that you are amazing. After seeing you with DATS in Plymouth, you have inspired me to go back to trying to make music. Thanks. I really hope that I can collaborate with you one day. You are a great guy :)
Aw! Thank you so much for the kind words and message. I’m not on tumblr a lot. I’ve been trying to get on tumblr more.