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Josiah Dietrich / Blog

I knew it was a good idea to bring my guitar!

Today we had a "mandatory fun day" at Oura Wan Beach. I don't always do it but I decided I should bring my guitar. When leaving I got some odd almost mocking looks and plenty of fellow Marines thinking "what is this hippie ass fag doing with a guitar" or something along the lines of that. Fuck it! I know I can play and sing and have some good songs to prove it. A good portion of my Company came to the beach with cases and coolers of beer to only find out that because it was an MCCS Single Marine Program function it was a dry event. We adapt and overcome, so... we took our portion to the parking lot and said "fuck the beach". I came over with my guitar and 1st Sgt and MSgt asked me if I was any good. I told them I was okay and played at open mics and am on a North San Diego Country compilation album. After hearing that MSgt had to come by and have a listen. Apparently he plays a little too. He determined I was decent and got a few songs in himself. He was right up my ally of music. I spent the next hour playing songs for a handful of my fellow Marines that didn't have a clue I was a musician. Half the first group got sidetracked and distracted by beer but they had a smile on their face from my playing. The few that stuck around really enjoyed it and I had a blast tossing back a few beers playing some tunes. Diaz was impressed and was having a blast. Him and Hays were a bit jealous for some reason. Hays said he enjoyed it because I was enjoying myself making my music that much more enjoyable to listen too. Overall the moment was fruitful. I had a kick ass time doing what I love, I made the day of a few fellow Marines and I just gained a dozen new fans in one spontaneous moment I decided to take the glares and looks a musician sometimes gets from men that are too tough to be artists, especially if playing roots music and not thug life rap or death metal. I decided to be a bit uncomfortable and embrace what I know I am good at. The lesson to take from this for fellow musicians or in anything in life is this. "Be who you are and do what you love, its pays off in the end!" MSgt Ingerson took some photos and I'm sure they turned out well. His camera is magic, it takes the ordinary and turns it into extraordinary. I guess I got some informal press coverage from a talented hobby photographer and some dudes with cell phones and cameras taking pictures or videos clips. See, just do what you love and good things can come from it!

Josiah

Josiah

The Beginning of promoting!

I may be deployed to Okinawa currently but I will be back in October. Meanwhile I have the internet albeit slow to promote my music and an upcoming album of North San Diego County artists out soon. Currently in the printing phase. The facebook page for that is http://www.facebook.com/NCSDcompilation I hope those newly running across my music stop to listen and enjoy! There will be more coming out soon and maybe I'll have some shows out in Okinawa while I'm here. I'll keep everyone updated and have video of it if I do.

Josiah