Archive for January, 2015

27
Jan
15

Transmigration Tour

Kicking off the little Transmigration Tour at the Benbow Room in West Seattle for TBASA’s Lo Fi All Stars. It’s free, it’s fun and we can sing a sea shanty together. Wednesday 1/28/15 starting at 8:30https://www.facebook.com/events/327341660797574/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming http://www.nadamucho.com/tblfas-58-shades-of-static-brad-yaeger-wes-speight/

Thursday 1/29 Portland Mock Crest Tavern 8:30-11:30 MOCK CREST TAVERN 1-15 8.5 X 14 Tell any friends, acquaintances you have in Portland Oregon and thanks!

Friday 1/30 Vancouver WA Bynos Roadhouse BYNOS ROADHOUSE 1-15 8.5 x 14 9pm-midnight.

Saturday 1/31 Eugene WA Blackforest 10pm WES SPEIGHT BLACK FOREST SORCEROR 11X17 1-31-15

If you can help spread the word the universe and I will thank you. I will dedicate a song to you at the next show you’re at and give you a huge hug. Big thanks to Outer Realm Management for making this happen. Wish us luck! Peace!

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23
Jan
15

Making a game out of Rejection

My longtime friend Taylor(AKA http://www.leafcrown.net/music/) recently asked me why I titled my latest release “REJECTION LETTER.” My answer to him was honest and possibly long winded. Getting to the point. I recently joined this phenomena( insert sarcasm) called sonic bids where you pay this website to get you shows or at least make contacts in hopes to get shows, radio plays, licensing deals, et cetera. I don’t really like the site and I don’t like all the emails I get after I “apply” to the gigs on their site that say “We’re writing to you to let you know that Wes Speight wasn’t chosen for _______.” And so far, I believe the tally is 14 to 2. Being I’ve received 14 of those emails compared to two that “considered.” I’m really not looking for you to feel sorry for me, nor am I fishing for compliments. What I am looking for is the answer(or at least to ponder) whether I’m actually enjoying this rejection. Am I a glutton for punishment? Sounds dirty. Okay, now I’m actually reeling in the final conclusion here, cue the drone swell. I like to think of myself as an avid reader of NPR and wikipedia which I financially support, and just yesterday I was reading this article http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2015/01/16/377239011/by-making-a-game-out-of-rejection-a-man-conquers-fear that talks about a man who specifically wanted to get rejected everyday to get used to the feeling. It’s a really interesting read, so do it you philosopher/psychologist of the mind, and then after that, go to this little special page Rejection Letter EP and consider purchasing it for the small price of $3, or the second option is to feed my gluttony for rejections and not buy it but just listen and completely reject me by not liking it and refusing to ever read this blog again! Whatever you do, I ask that you do it with the utmost of rip-snorting! All sarcasm aside, if you can support me, I am and will be grateful. If you cannot financially, believe me when I say I understand.

I bid thee adieu and a merry unary,

-WDS

22
Jan
15

When my unabated curiosity allowed me to steal from Rilke.

I’m the dream you are dreaming

Make you tired to keep you sleeping

When you wake from your slumber

I will be waiting

I stole, “I’m the dream you are dreaming” from Rainer Marie Rilke the poet. It was and still is the most beautiful phrase of prose I’ve ever read.  The phrase immediately sparks so much imagination.  I can’t remember exactly how the song “Unabated Curiosity” formed.  It was fragments of lyrics pieced together to the music which evolved when I got into the studio to record it in 2011.  Previously to recording, I  remember telling Peter Cameron about being inspired from Rilke, as originally I was going to have the chorus say,

Like the thief in the night

Peter suggested, instead of saying thief, I say Jesus(which I thought was brilliant), because according to 1 Thessalonians 5:2 “for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.” There are other verses in different books of different translations that say similar things, which is confusing, but I’m not writing here to talk about the bible. The point I’m making is Peter helped me manipulate the meaning within the metaphor.  I could break it down verse by verse, but I’m not really trying to bore you with that right now. By saying “Jesus,” instead of “thief,” the song now has more of a connotation behind it, where “thief” just sounds like a throwaway line to me now. That would’ve been the safe or easy thing to say. Sure, “thief,” sparks meaning in all our minds immediately, but mainly in just one way, a person who wants to take from our possessions.  Putting “Jesus,” in its place gives it a deeper meaning, however you connect and interpret his character. You can find this song on my 2011 release “Lie&Wish” here http://wessp8.bandcamp.com/album/lie-wish

Thanks for reading, carpe diem and bonjour!

-WDS

21
Jan
15

Wes recommends TBASA’s Lo-Fi All Stars/A Blog about a blog

I’ve crowned TBASA the godfather or rather the savior of the Seattle music scene.  If there’s someone else that could even claim this title, please let me know, because that would actually be a good thing.  Tim has been booking at several venues for as long as I’ve been in Seattle and does it with both taste and vigor.  He makes the flyers, the event page, he invites and he pushes the artists to be creative in getting people to come out as well. https://www.facebook.com/events/386818624828081/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming Not to shit on other bookers in Seattle, everyone has their own style, but it is safe to say that Tim puts more energy and enthusiasm into the shows he books and as an artist he has booked, it means a lot. Tonight’s show is exciting as it’s one of my personal favorite singer/songwriters Patrick Galactic. I’ve seen Ian Forrester a couple of times now acoustic and it’s always interesting to see him strip down his songs, especially now that he’s in Dirty DirtyI was at that show and it was badass. I don’t know Greg Poppe or of his music, but knowing TBASA, I have to trust that he will be good. As always Tim will be ending the night with his wonderful renditions of 90’s songs as well as his own. I highly recommend this one and all it takes is simply getting to West Seattle, because the show is free. Do it.

Now to plug myself.  I’m thrilled to have a write up today from the Monarch Review and as a reminder you can purchase said EP at https://wessp8.bandcamp.com/ for the low price of 3 dollars. Happy hump day and remember to enjoy yourself.

Au revoir,

-WDS

20
Jan
15

I guess that’s change

Let me walk the line

Let me one more time. Before it’s too late

I’m the one that’s you, look at what we’ve been through

Let me one more time.

Two can play that game, this don’t feel the same.

I guess that’s change.

I wish I could tell you the time and date of when I wrote this song. I know it had to have been when I finally started writing something that stuck around.  I like to think of myself as this prolific songwriter, but I’m not even close to where I wanna be. The point is that this song, “I guess that’s change,” stuck around for at least 5 years, because I know I wrote it while I was living in Nashville, because I played it front of several friends and acquaintances at a little house show(in 2007?) A couple of people, who I respect, told me it was a good song, even so, I have neglected the song for 5-6 years until now. I know the song isn’t great, because it was right when I finally came out of writing at least 100 songs that were mediocre, and I’m still satisfied with it just being a good song. At the same time, I only want to write great songs, I know that every song I write is not going to be that, I’ve got to wait for the great one, live with the good ones and move on from the mediocre ones.  And what’s wrong with a good song? Nothing. I’m not aware of any addictions I have, other than just wanting to make little films, write, write some more, perform a song, write an idea that’ll hopefully become a song, then finish an idea. What’s the point of me saying any of this? Get better everyday, learn something, hone a skill, get stronger, smile more, get rid of your anger by doing something productive. We can’t control the time that swirls around us, but we can control, for the most part, what goes on in our lives and especially how we act and react.  I don’t know why this song stuck around, but it did and I hope you enjoy this video I made for it.

P.S. Let me know if you have any questions, like why the song only has one verse. Did you know you can purchase the song for one federal reserve note at this location on the world wide web? https://wessp8.bandcamp.com/album/rejection-letter-ep

Cheers and thanks for reading,

-WDS

19
Jan
15

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

in 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a holiday into law, yet it wasn’t first observed until three years later. It wasn’t observed by all 50 states until 17 years later(2000). What does this say about acceptance, freedom and equality in America? It at least says that we’ve come along way and that we have evolved into a nation that is closer to equality, though we have a lot of work to do. I’m still a bit distraught that this Day(holiday for some) isn’t an observed holiday for everyone. I get it, there’s work to be done, but if you don’t believe that Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the most impactful persons in American history then you must have slept through history class. It’s still confusing to me that in America, we observe Columbus Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas(which is obviously a Christian holiday), but everyone doesn’t observe MLK Day? Is this confusing to anyone else? The even funnier thing is that I’m a teacher, so I do get this day off, but I’m still distraught that people I know have to go into work. Alright, moving on.

I’ll never be okay with poverty and oppression, though I have to admit I have been racist in the past and I am very sorry that I have. It was purely out of ignorance and coming from a place where that was accepted and even to this day, unfortunately, still is. I’m also ashamed to say that it wasn’t until I moved to Seattle that I really got deep into the music of the blues. I’m not even sure how I first listened to Muddy Waters but I know it changed everything for me. His presence, his command, his control, his lyrics, his guitar style, damn! He was a pioneer, he had something to say and he wasn’t afraid to say it in a time when it could get him killed.  I’m so thankful for his music and for the many others of his time and the countless who’ve been influenced by him. I’ll never be able to play the blues legitimately, but I will continue with my attempt in ode to Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Howlin Wolf, Screamin Jay Hawkins, Buddy Guy and so many others I could mention that were and are incredible. When I wrote the song “True Blues,” I felt it was the best thing I’d written and in most ways I still do, because it’s not about me, it’s an ode to the greats who inspired me to try to touch what they did, the importance of what they said and how they said it and granted me a forever longing in my soul for music that encapsulates your entire being. Here is my ode to the blues

Thanks for your support, peace and love.

-WDS

19
Jan
15

Fair weather fans

This post is not about the Seahawks. It’s not about winning. It’s not about branding, advertising, cheering or being a conformist. It’s not about believing in something to make yourself feel worthwhile. It’s not about being great and having a great day. It’s just about the above statements.