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21
Apr
15

The meaning of Navajo Way

I’m not a historian but from what I know of the history of the land that I live, I know that it’s likely that my ancestors did some barbaric persuading to create this consumer driven United States of Walmart bottled oil. As a child I’d been told that I had some percentage of Native American blood though it’s never been confirmed and since then I’ve done a DNA test to see what is true(though the test doesn’t claim to be 100% accurate). What’s the point I’m getting at here? Why did I write a song called Navajo Way about a Native American tribe who had beliefs such as “our life is our land?” Maybe it’s because that’s an important way to think, which seems has been lost in greed over some green dead Presidents faces. I don’t know how many people actually do research on a topic when they write a song, but I did for Navajo Way, I wanted to come from their perspective in hopes to conjure up that spirit which seems to be continuously oppressed. The song means a lot to me for the reason that it didn’t necessarily come from me, I just took the message and made music to it and the music literally felt like it fell out of the wind as that main riff(which is a good riff, admit it) came out just as it sounds on this video and the recording on “Transmigration.”  I’m also not a climate change expert but you have to admit that what we are doing to this beautiful land is not doing any good, we don’t need anymore Walmart’s, we don’t need any more shopping centers, we don’t need more plastic and I could go on, but hopefully you get the point. Whether or not I actually have traces of Native American blood, I feel drawn to those people who first inhabited the land we now call home. I’ll never quite understand why some call it “the home of the free,” considering the history of it, but I also don’t understand why Andrew Jackson is on the twenty dollar bill and he’s from my home state. If you don’t get that last statement, do some research, the internet is great for that, if not anything else. I recently went on The Spud Goodman show and performed it live. Peace.

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19
Feb
15

Wes Speight covers songs?

I’m now taking requests of songs to cover for both the challenge and fun. If you have a request email me on “the social media” or at wes@wessp8.com. I would appreciate if the requests were thought out, as in it’s a song you think I could actually do justice. I’ve been hesitant to even attempt covers where anyone could hear them out of respect for the singer/songwriter and not feeling adequate enough to do a cover justice.  I guess you do change with age, because now I want the challenge and within that challenge have realized how fun it is and so far it hasn’t turned out a total disaster. Part of this challenge is figuring out what the parameters are, such as how long do I have to learn the song and record it because if I have too long I will over think it and it won’t be good, if I make parameters like, I have 4 hours to learn and record the song, I feel it will stay somewhat pure and will force me to be creative within that time frame, plus I’m not trying to become a cover band.  I’m also sorta hoping some of my friends in bands will want to do some covers with me, cause that’d be fun, right? I will also openly admit I am not the greatest drummer or bassist though I do get a kick out of trying to pass as a multi instrumentalist. I’ve got a soundcloud up where you can hear the 4 songs I’ve covered thus far, but today for throw back Thursday I’m emphasizing my cover of the great Roy Orbison’s “Working for the man,” 

Roy’s original version 

I know Roy’s version is better, but I tried and it was fun.

Enjoy yourself,

-WDS

02
Feb
15

Win Forever

“My opponents are not my enemies. My opponents are the people who offer me the opportunity to succeed. The tougher my opponents, the more they present me with the opportunity to live up to my full potential and play my best.” This quote comes from coach Pete Carroll. I’ve been reading his book, “Win Forever.” When my Dad gave me said book, I wasn’t excited about it. I didn’t see how Pete Carroll could have any advice for an independent musician. He does, and I’d go far as to say that you could apply the quote above to any aspect of life.  As humans I believe we have competition ingrained in us and competition can and should be thought of as positive, pushing us to be our best.  It’s taken me a while to grasp this philosophy.  While art is subjective, it’s easy to hear and see when an artist has been practicing and pushing themselves to a greater level.  Back in the days when myspace was the place to hear independent music, I had a quote on my page that said, “it can only get better,” and that’s how I still feel.  I grew up playing sports and I knew fairly soon that I wasn’t going pro nor did I have the aspirations for that dream.  I slowly dwindled down my extra curricular sport activities until my senior year I didn’t play any.  While I spent some time being a dumb ass high school minded rebel, I finally was on to something when I went back to playing music. While I’m still not where I want to be, I am thankful to have no enemies(opponents) who offer me the opportunity to succeed.  We are all out to get what’s ours, and it isn’t easy to get it. As most of us saw from last nights Superbowl match, it wasn’t easy to get that trophy. Several people criticized the last play call.  I get it, I questioned it as well, but Pete Carroll has more experience than any of our sideline opinions.  That’s the excitement of the game in that it can change at any given moment, because every moment counts.  While I don’t obsess over sports, I do like the aspect of looking at life this way as well, every moment counts.

In other news, the first round of the Transmigration Tour went great! I had an especially good time at Bynos Tavern in Vancouver WA and the two shows in Eugene Oregon, at Kona House and Blackforest.  I’ll be touring back through there and Portland soon. Thank you so much for your support, the “likes” and “shares,” are encouraging in helping push me onward. So far Bellingham is booked in February and there will be more shows coming up for the 2nd round of the Transmigration Tour. Lastly, you can purchase my music on bandcamp, itunes and pretty much any other digital retailer

http://wesspeight.bandcamp.com/

http://itunes.apple.com/album/id918745432

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!

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