So here it is: almost 2014. Time to reflect on the past year and take stock, right? Right. Here’s what was awesome about 2013:
- Radio Bean.
I resolved to play out more, so starting earlier this year I booked 1 show per month at Radio Bean. Lee Anderson and Joe Adler are such strong supporters of local art and if it weren’t for them, I would have no place to play for people.
- Dance Songs, Vol. II+
This past summer I realized that I was not going to finish enough new recordings by the end of the year to release the full length album that I’m slooooooooowly putting together. And then I realized that I had this old 4-song EP that I had never officially released. And then I remembered that I had two other songs I recorded around the same time sitting on my hard drive. So I pulled them all together and released a digital album this past September, which leads me to…
- Dance Songs, Vol. II+ gets a positive review in the Seven Days.
If you’re not from VT, you probably don’t care about local paper Seven Days. But you should. It’s a good paper. And music reviewer extraordinaire Dan Bolles said he liked my album. I like to say that I write, record, and release music for my own benefit, and while that is true, a really nice review in VT’s most widely read arts magazine is pretty fan-fucking-tastic.
Dance Songs, Vol. II+ on Seven Days
- Ordinary Day – The Music VideoMy friend John made Ordinary Day into a music video. I really like it. Go watch it again, yes?
- The Precipice Music Festival
Ok, it was a bit of a bummer that the acoustic tent was really acoustic (no sound system), but that doesn’t take anything away from the 3 day music festival featuring local music that I got to be a part of this past July. It was amazing and reinforces the awesomeness of Lee Anderson and Joe Adler.
- My family. awwwwwwww. They’re really #1, but since this is a music blog, I have to demote them a little.
- My fans.
I would rather have the small group of thoughtful, dedicated fans that I have today than a gigantic throng of sycophants and worshipers… … … ha, ha, I almost made it through that with a straight face. I would love a lot more fans. But I did mean it when I called you thoughtful and dedicated. Y’all make me happy.
Now, how about stuff that didn’t go so hot this year? I just have one; my old friend Mike “Meistah” Deutsch died unexpectedly this fall. He will be dearly missed by those who knew him.
As for 2014, I have a good feeling about it. I’m really hoping to finish enough recordings to release an LP. I have a title all picked out and everything. I just need to finish a few more songs…
Now then I mentioned Radio Bean in the title and I did play there this evening. The set list:
- Ordinary Day
- Jesus In Chains
- We Get Over
- A Jerk’s Lament
- The Pentophobe
- Rehearsing Our Goodbyes
- Let You Down
- Mind This Mind
- All the Same to You
- Things Behind the Sun
- The Interrogator (enhanced)
- Glad to See You Go
Really excellent crowd tonight, and the Buskerettes were in rare form; bringing the eye candy and comic relief. I’ll try and get a video of their antics if I can.
I had some pretty obvious mess ups in Let You Down and Things Behind the Sun, but overall I feel good about the performance. I need to practice more. Or play out more. Perhaps both.
I also ran into Tim Lewis, a Burlington-music aficionado, DJ for WBKM, and blogger. He’s played my music on his radio show and said some nice things about me on his blog, so it was nice to meet him. And then he sent me this: Tim’s Triangle Tribune – Milton Busker at Radio Bean
Pretty sweet. Overall a good night to cap off a good year. I hope you all have a wonderful 2014!