There hasn’t been much happening here at Barefoot Music lately, I’ve been away from tending to its posts and honestly to its growth. There are a few reasons that warranted what has felt like neglect, albeit a lot of reasons involve music.
A lot of growth has been taking place in my professional life and therefore this Barefoot Music site has taken a back seat. Hopes & Dreams can come true, even in a second season of life. My archiving here is admittedly self-serving about just that.
I’ve been involved with music most of my life, albeit not always in the most of satisfying ways And that only because of my choices in prioritizing my life. This of course meant sacrifices. Like we all do at certain points in our lives some personal passions can get set aside. Music for me was the passion I had set aside.
About two years ago I made a conscious choice to get it back. to get back that passion for working in the music industry again. I’d been watching from the side-lines for a few years the dynamic changes taking place in the world of music makers & presenters, through the Internet & digital technology. I knew from just a common business sense I would first need to begin networking within those music communities.
I also knew that my passion today lies in the management side of the industry. I began once again living and breathing music. So much was I breathing and living music that even a novel about the very subject was beginning to almost write itself. A story that came out of a dream is now seems to also becoming a prophecy.
Changing direction and purpose (slightly) of Barefoot Music.
I’ve gained some amazing friendships that have been born from a mutual passion for music. I had an idea what direction I wanted to direct my professional life in to echo my passion. I wanted back in the mix of things, and I now understood that because of technology I could step beyond the borders of just my local community. I just was not quite sure where to begin beyond hoping and dreaming, but I knew this site would be part of the dream, although no clear direction when I created it.
Barefoot Music will be under a bit of a transformation in the near future. I appreciate your patience and support more than words alone would express.
With a little help from my friends I have found the paths to working again in the very industry that I’m smitten with. I have always been. I’d stepped out of the music scene in the mid 90’s and today with a lot of help from my friends I am walking and rocking again in the business I love.
I keep hearing this famous quote inside my head; ” For me there is something primitively soothing about this music, and it went straight to my nervous system, making me feel ten feet tall.” ~ Eric Clapton
Oh Yeah! I feel about 10 feet tall, which for this lady who is barely 5 foot feels enormously tall..
Credits where Credits Due
I want to thank some of the people who have kept the light shining on the exact path’s that have helped me get to where I am today. It’s important to me that I’m able to say thank you in a public forum to these particular people. They’re all musicians, and they are all shining examples of what musicianship is all about.
Firstly; my friend Pablo Camara. Pablo trusted me with his music with only his instinct’s to go on. Through hands on experience with Pablo’s music I started researching and learning what it takes today with social media & the internet as marketing tools to manage and promote music artists. I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to return the gift that Pablo has given me along with his treasured friendship, but I like trying. What my friendship with Pablo and his wife means to me I cannot put into words. So, Pablo & Romi, my fist to my heart my friends.
Secondly come two guys from the UK.
Trevor Sewell & his Trevor Sewell Band is an award-winning blues band from Newcastle, his music became part of my everyday listening playlist, I became a fan immediately and began sharing and posting Trevor’s signature music. Trevor put his trust in me as well and I appreciate his friendship that continues to grow. I just heard from Trevor today that he has been nominated for a best blues UK award. He’s already a multiple award winner here in the states.
Howling Dick is also from the UK and every week brings one of the best blues shows I listen to. The music intelligence I gain from Howling’s shows enriches me in more ways than simply musically. Howling Dick’s Downhome radio show was one of the very first topics I wrote about regarding radio today & the new ways it’s of connecting us to the music on this site. He’s become a great friend, and I’m a devoted fan.
So cool how networking…well… networks.
Through Howling Dick I met another musician, this time from North Carolina.
Musician Doug Dickens is a long-time staunch supporter of independent music; he’s hosted the Showcase of Independent Artists on Facebook every Saturday for 3 years, and today also he DJ’s two weekly live radio shows on Mixposure Radio. Doug’s invitation to me last year to join mixposure radio has had a direct impact on what is happening for me and Barefoot Music. Doug’s insights offer a clarity that I often find reassuring. Doug has an incredibly rich music history and is a prolific story-teller through his music. Recently he mentored me through my first live radio show as I swapped places with him and put him on the hot seat; interviewing him between tracking his music. (Future follow-up feature here will be in two-parts w/podcast & narrative of the interview)
Through these friends another amazing and serendipitous relationship began…..
I’ve been a fan of Brick Fields Music from the moment I heard their track ‘Barefoot Woman’ about a year ago. (I’m sure I need not explain the initial connection I felt. to the title.
That track in fact was my very first purchase of a single play mp3- file, just so I could have Barefoot Woman in my personal music library. I felt an affinity for the song’s lyrics and fell in love with their style and sound. With Rachel’s Fields’ bluesy vocal range teamed up with her band mate & life partner (husband) Larry Brick on lead guitar & back-up vocals they create a unique performance that will tug your heart-strings, and touch your soul.
Again business through networking;
When award-winning Brick Fields approached me about promoting & acquiring bookings for them here in my home-town in Oregon this summer as part of their
nationwide International “Got Soul Tour” I was crazy jazzed. Jazzed because if I could get them booked here I would get to see this favorite band live.
Brick Fields will be here on the high desert of Oregon in mid August for two public concerts. And a house/garden concert.
Who could ask for more. Right?
I’m here to remind y’all never to give up on your dreams. I didn’t, and now I am working with Brick Fields as their artist manager.
This serendipitous full-circle adventure with Brick Fields I believe without any doubts is like everything else, written before in my destiny, but I’m also convinced it is because I worked towards the dream while never letting go of the hope. I kept the faith that although I couldn’t know exactly how my passions would guide me to my dreams becoming a reality, it was going to happen. I knew intuitively that with a little help from my friends, and never letting go of the positive thoughts and energy it would all happen as it was meant to.
And It’s happening now.
I and Barefoot Music have always supported Independent Music and Artist’s; however; making the move to promoting and supporting ONLY independent artist’s is a move in direct alignment with my deep passion. Making a commitment to indie music being the single focus makes good business sense, and anytime a person can work where their passion lies it’s a win-win situation.
I hope y’all will come back and enjoy meeting new artist’s here that you won’t find on mainstream commercial radio and learning what being independent in the music industry means. And why it’s important to support it.
I urge you to please take some time and visit each of these outstanding musician’s pages below.
Support Independent Music and you’re supporting me too.
……and for Mixposure Radio see http://www.mixposure.com (Click on the radio tab)