Jesse Boartfield / Blog

ReverbNation and Talent

I have spent several months promoting this band on ReverbNation, Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. Although its fun to watch your position increase in your area and your country, I really haven't fond a reason to continue keeping myself married to this website. It seems to work more on networking and zero on talent. I have seen dome really horrible acts holding number one positions due to their networking skills. I honestly dont believe any serious record label or promoter will look so deeply into reverbnation with all the garbage holding top spots. Dont get me wrong, there are many many great acts here. I have watched my band start at the bottom of my city, go to the top there, go to the top in my country and in the top 100 in the world. All because of networking and not because people seriously think we are a good band. I have watched myself as a singer/songwriter go from the lowest spot to #5 in the world. (currently #7 - not because of someone more talented as a songwriter but because someone has more time to spend working on his computer that I do.) So, we will back off with so much networking for a while and concentrate more on our local fan base. (The ones who come to the shows and spend the money) We will drop in the charts but not because we became less talented. Thanks to everyone for playing our music. I will continue to upload new music for everyone to listen to. Thanks from all of us Jesse, Rummell and Iam.

Moving To The Philippines

After many years of hard work and two failed marriages, I began wondering if there was something else to my life than just working myself to death. Playing live music became my refuse as well as my second job, but 20 years of playing cover music every weekend became redundant and stale. So now the chance to start over in a new country with completely different surroundings and lifestyles sounded very appealing. With two of my children grown and my youngest almost a teenager I decided to take the chance. Fast forward 2 years. Yes, after two years in Cebu I have remarried and refocused myself. I find myself writing music again and regularly. Retired from working, I have a couple of business interests here for my income and can devote most of my time now to my music. For the first time in my life, I can truely call myself a musician. Thats what I do. Not a factory worker, or delivery man, or mechanic or office worker - but a musician. Inspiration is around everywhere here in this tropical paradise. I am truely a lucky man. Thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout the years and to my family for having the faith to believe in me. I am truely blessed.

Adam Crozier
Adam Crozier  (over 5 years ago)

Thank you for sahring this, truly an encouraging story. Keep making music and loving your family. Many Prayers for you and your journey!

Susan (Fisher) Wright
Susan (Fisher) Wright  (over 5 years ago)

That's a great story! Good for you for taking a risk and changing your life. Enjoy!