Some of you may have caught my recent comment on Facebook stating, "It's time for me to Justin Beiber this mother!" And you immediately scratched your head. Here is a great big country guy talking about Justin Beiber as though he is a verb to explain some sort of action? Huh? Well that is exactly right. Remember how Beiber got started? His mom plastered videos of him all over YouTube and he was discovered. So, it's time for me to do the same. Maybe I will get discovered, maybe I won't. But my purpose for it is just to be noticed. To get my name out. To build a fansbase. So, that's what I am gonna do. So now you know why it's time for me to Justin Beiber this mother! ;)
Alright, so I was invited to play in Lampe, MO in the Country Throwdown Tour yesterday, May 19, 2012.
First, what an honor! Second, it was awesome! Met Eric Paslay,and Florida Georgia Line, and played in front of a great crowd with some great songwriters including Miss Rose Falcon! If you don't know her, shame on you!
But I had to overcome a huge deal. I woke up almost paralyzed. My hips had popped out of place. Searing pain, and the inability to move. I panicked. I cried. I thought there was no way I could do this. But my wonderful girlfriend basically kicked my ass and told me I was gonna do it or I would regret it later. So I pushed through the pain and practically crawled to the car. I hit a Chiropractors office on the way down and got aligned and down Ibuprofen like M&M's.
Needless to say, I got through the day and had a blast. I am paying for it this morning, but I can honestly say that I will not regret it. I am sure I would have hated myself for not going!
`And the journey continues! It has been long, thus far, and most certainly not easy. But I have to say that I have loved and appreciate the ride up to this point. So, here's an update for you. I finally got the band together, and we had a really rough practice the first night. The evening was filled with sound system issues and with the age differences, it was tough to find covers we all knew. lol. But regardless, we were still able to get some work done, and are looking forward to the next practice.
I am still looking forward to hearing what Sony has to say about my songs on the 16th of this month! Wish me luck, because this could be the ticket to a career in the business. At any rate, it will be interesting to see what a record company giant like Sony has to say about the songs that little ol' me writes.
And to top things off, I am going to be entering into a business relationship with a promoter in Nashville, TN! Great guy with a great head on his shoulders. And he loves God like I do. I am excited to see what he can do for me. This could be the contract that blows both our careers wide open. God works that way sometimes.
So in short, I am very blessed. I continue to be blessed. And I will continue to do what I do. I encourage everyone to search their lives, hearts, and souls and find the strength to just be victorious over the trials of life! Its a great train, you should get on it!
Man, am I blessed or what? I have been waiting so very long for this moment. I feel like I have reached a milestone in my career. Finally, I have released my debut single. The process was amazing and not as long as I thought it would be. But, per my last blog, the waiting game sucks! But it is done and up on the site. It is more than I imagined it could be. I am so excited to finally have this done, and for all the listens and comments it is getting. The next step is to release the other two songs when they are available later in the week. Then on to the rest of the album. Thank you all for your support and your kind comments. Dean Nation Rocks!
This is the part of the process that is so tough for me. The waiting. I just got back from my trip to Nashville to record. Even through all the adversity and struggles, the trip was well worth it. Now I sit here, after just getting home from my regular job. As I wind down and get ready for bed, I am contemplating my journey thus far. It will be the beginning of next week at the soonest that I will finally receive a final, professionally produced, radio ready version of the first three songs on the album. It is a surreal feeling to know that it was produced in such a historic and experienced studio, by some of the top guys in the industry. Guys that have played, written and performed with some of the greatest country acts of the past 50 years! And they have just done the same for me. That is sobering. I feel as though I am on the edge of something big, but I can't see what it is, so there is no way to prepare for it. I guess the only thing I can do is remain humble and thank God for all the experiences that I am notching into my belt right now. But for now, I sit and wait. Not much longer now. I will be patient, but it is not easy to play the waiting game. ;)
Hey guys. I hope today finds you blessed in more ways than you know what to do with.
Today is more than just a National Holiday for me personally. And it is more than just a celebration of the Resurrection of Christ. I mean, it is those things, but it has a different meaning for me this year.
Most of you know that I have been through a ton of trials and tribulations this past couple of years. Chasing this dream has NOT been easy. There have been a lot of areas in my life that have seemed like all was lost. It felt like death in its own right. During those times, there was no light at the end of the tunnel. At least, I couldn't see it.
But all was NOT lost. I found strength and renewed faith, not just in Christ, but in the power that He has given me. And thus, a new life came forth from the ashes of, what seemed like tragedy.
Sound familiar? Yes indeed. Easter, and the resurrection reminds me how far I have come, being metaphorically resurrected from my own death, to live a new life. Same old Mike, different form. One that will touch the lives of others forever. Or at least that is my hope.
Again, Happy Easter to you all. Be blessed and well today.
I have a great deal of respect for people who have made their mark in this industry. It is most definitely not an easy thing to do by any means. It's a long and winding road, and has many potholes along the way. Those who are able to swerve and miss those potholes, or at least able to take them without alllowing too much damage to occur, will make it to the end of the road. If it was easy, everyone would do it.
So I am continuing down my path, traveling down my road, and taking faith in God and renewed sense of strength with me. The thing about God is, He lets me drive while He navigates. And if something does happen, He is a pretty darn good mechanic, too!
This past week has presented me with some challenges, or the aforementioned potholes if you will. Someone in the town where I live blasted my name all over facebook and said that I was a "PIG." Why, you may ask? I don't even know that! One of those "WTF" moments. Then I had a good friend who was going through something. So, with my heart I felt for her. I wanted God to help them and their family. Now understand this... although I still pray to God, my prayers have changed. I only pray to give thanks and praise to Him, and seldom do I ask Him for anything. I feel that God is already with me and has already given me the tools I need to get through, so I have no need to ask him redundant questions and beg for help that already given. That being said, I don't know the condition of anyone else's faith, so I pray for God to help them however He sees fit. If it's strength they need, or a healing, whatever it may be. Well, back to the point...I asked my friends to pray for this person. They were okay with, and even publicly appreciative of this request. Then, with no warning, I was unfriended and an email was sent stating how upset this person was at me. Really? Another "WTF" moment.
But perhaps the worst one of all. Somone very very close to me saw fit to message me about the condition of my soul, and what they saw as an attempt to get fame and fortune. They told me that they gave me support when my family was in need and so they had a right to say these things. This person has always been one to make comments where they aren't needed and give "warnings" that are unneccessry. Especially since these warnings are based upon situations that have not even happened yet! But the thing that hit me the most about this was two comments that they made to me. "You should give up on this music thing..." and "Just so you know, I am praying that God will NOT let you make it..." Wow! This is most definitely NOT support.
In every journey, there will be naysayers and enemies, sometimes right within your camp, trying to throw you off your mark.
But I say that to make this point...I am strengthened and renewed. I write meaningful songs and music. My goal is to touch someone's life with something I have written. Anytime someone tells me that a song I have written touches them, or says something about their life, or they can relate to it....well, that is confirmation for me that I am doing my job well.
Those moments, when someone compliments me, or comments on how they feel about a song, or my website, etc, are moments that give me strength enough to go through all the potholes.
And hey, it might not be a party-bus, but it will be a good time, so.. I appreciate all of you supporters out there who are aboard the Dean Nation Train, and along for the ride. Its gonna have its moments, but in the end it will be worth it. Maybe by taking "the train" we can all avoid these little "potholes." ;)
Man, this journey has been a good one thus far. It has had it's tough times, don't get me wrong. But I was always taught that "all things work for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose." And I certainly have a purpose. Some interesting things have happened to me as of late. I have been networking and trying to develop a fan base here in the small town I live in. Building this thing takes work. The music business is not just about writing and singing good songs, but has alot to do with marketing. Alot of singers/musicians don't make it because they are unwilling to do the footwork or to "load the pipeline." I am starting to see a return on this investment of my time. People are starting to friend me on Facebook that I never talked to because someone else told them about me. I am starting to see dedicated fans pop up all over the place, who are eager to help with what I am doing. The KCB (kicking cancer's butt) project is starting to make a move. And believe it or not, I gave out my very first official autograph the other day! That's right. I, Mike Dean, was asked for my autograph. A sweet innocent old lady came into the place where I work (temporarily, lol). There were two people already there that were talking about my music with excitment. Apparently, it was enough for this old lady to look like me with almost celebrity status. When it was her turn to be waited on, she began to talk with me about what I had going on. Turns out, she is a Cancer survivor as well. So, she was excited about the work I was doing in that arena in addition to my music. She then asked to touch me, and asked for my autograph. It is a very surreal feeling to have someone genuinely want your autograph, not just ask for it as a joke. Alot of people will tell me to my face.."When you are big....." But I can see that there is no sincerity in their face. But, this lady was serious. Even though its hard for me to see myself in that light, I guess it would be beneficial to change my frame of mind. It has been said that others will see you as you see yourself. Maybe if I see myself as somebody, then more people will hop onboard with me. It's just tough, having been a modest individual my entire life, to believe that I am as good as other people say I am. But, hey. It's worth a shot right?
So here I sit alone in my front room. I have just checked the internet. I feel a little frustrated. I feel a little deflated. Why am I telling you this? Because it is real. I am all about encouraging others to chase their dreams, no matter how unattainable they seem. Because of that, it is worth noting that there will be tough times. There will be times of frustration and of, for lack of a better word, drought. I often look at people who are succeeding in what I do, and wonder how long it took them to get where they are. I wonder what they had to go through. How much longer could my road be. But in the same breath, I am encouraged as much as I am discouraged. The production of my first single is right around the corner. It is very close, so close that I can almost hear it! I have been waiting a long time for that. That fact, in itself, let's me know that my perserverance will pay off. I don't know when things will culminate or even if they will. But that is part of the excitment of pursuing this dream. That is part of the process. The title says it all. Momentum is a crazy thing. One day its going fast, and the next day you are at a dead spot. In short, I will take this days as they come and look forward to the days that are filled with activity. For anyone reading this blog, I thank you for taking the time to read what's going on in my life. Odds are, if you are following my blog, then you are also supporting my career in some way. And that means the world to me. Until next time, God bless!
Almost sounds like a song title doesn't it? Ha. Maybe it should be. I am sitting here at about a quarter after 11pm with all kinds of thoughts and images going through my head. My career (or the pursuit of it) is of the utmost importance to me. I have been fighting this fight for almost 3 years now. It has been an amazing ride thus far. Each new day, I feel as though I am getting closer to accomplishing something big. Very big! There have been plenty of days that I have considered giving up though. But it is amazing how God puts people in your path to help you get through. It is a curse of mine that I watch TV, or listen to the radio and compare myself to the person performing. I surf YouTube endlessly, checking out all the talent that the world has to offer. I wonder if I am as good as them? Do people actually like and/or appreciate my abilities? Do I have what it takes to make a difference. Sometimes, I go onto my websites and check out the analytics for that page. There are many times that I have not gotten any page views, or no one has listened to a song, or watched a video of mine. That tends to hurt a little bit. But as I said before, it is amazing how things happen at just the right time. Just when I begin to doubt...just when I am at my lowest and ready to throw it all away....that's when I get an email, or a phone call, or simply see a post that someone has shared. It's then that I realize that I may not be everything to everybody, but somewhere out there is someone I've touched, or relates to a song I have written. I am reaching SOMEBODY, and that is enough. I have created time within my day to work on projects, which I am very blessed to be able to do. The problem now lies with which projects I should undertake. Everyday I have new ideas pop into my head. I am constantly seeing images in my head of album covers or posters. There are always new cover tunes that speak to me and command my learning. There is the desire to be out and play for people, if only the last few remaining hurdles can be jumped. There are albums to be done, events to be planned, merchandise to create, recordings to post, etc. It just seems to never end. In a way, I think that is positive because I will have projects to work on for a while and will not become stagnant. But at what point do the projects that I have yet to undertake become outdated and pointless? See what I mean? Alot to think about. But I absolutely love it. I see the little things happening. I see the foundation being laid. I don't know how long it will take or how big it will be, but I will see this thing built. Dean Nation is growing and the music is getting more personal. I can't wait to look back to this time, five years from now, and see how far I have come. God has given me a gift as well as the knowledge and power to make it into something special. I will not bury my talents, but invest them until they grow. My talents are not for me, but for those around me. If I can touch the life of one person with a song, then I am a success. If one single listener can honestly say that I have told their life story with my music, then I am a success. If I can brighten one fans day by giving them encouragement through something I have written or sang, then I am complete. That is the reason I do what I do. And there is indeed so much of it to be done. So, I leave you with this. I am honored to have so many of you in Dean Nation supporting me. I love each and every one of you. Your support is like the wheels of a car. No matter how good the rest of the car is...it can go nowhere without them. Let us unite....one Nation under Dean. Goodnight and thank you all.