If there is a singular piece of art that influenced my character as a child, it’s this poem by Martin Niemoller….
First they came for the Socialists
and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a socialist
Then they came for the Trade Unionists
and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Trade Unionist
Then they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Jew
Then they came for me–
And there was no one left to speak for me
As I work to pick myself up off the floor and embrace the realities of our American Democracy, I find that with every few steps I take down the challenging but necessary road of acceptance, these words are lurking behind every corner that I turn, making me question my every outlook.
It’s #TuesdayTeaser time y’all! We thought we’d do something special this week and give you a full video for a change. Enough teasin’ already!!!
As most of you know, we had been competing in 95.9 The Ranch‘s #RanchFactor Battle of the Bands over the last couple of months. It was an honor to have been one of 12 bands chosen out of 150+ applicants to compete and we were thrilled to have made it all the way to the TOP 4! Not too shabby seeing as we just stepped foot into the Texas Music Scene 8 short months ago!
As fate would have it, last week turned out the be the end of the #RanchFactor road for The Gibbonses, but we sure as hell made some noise and went out with a bang!
We closed out our last set with a cover of William Clark Green‘s #RinglingRoad! Rumor has it that a video of that performance made it over to Will himself and we hear he was quite impressed 😉 As one of our favorite Texas Country artists, getting William Clark Green’s attention was quite the #DayMaker for us to say the least!
If you enjoy this episode of our #TuesdayTeaser series, PLEASE Like, Share, and comment, and don’t forget to tag Mr. William Clark Green. We’re hoping to be on stage opening up for that boy one day REAL SOON!
The other day on Skype, Brandon and I had the pleasure of catching up with a friend and musician from Seattle; Mr. Darin Jones of Jones and Fischer, aka, our wedding band and the loves of our life!! We discussed many music business idea’s to help further each of our DIY careers, one of which really stuck with me. So much so that I chose to ramble on about it in this week’s blog!
He and his bandmates are currently doing an exercise called “Exposing Our Flaws”. They have drawn on a white board the many components that go into growing a great business and brand in the music industry. Then they methodically researched the bands & musicians that they admire and from there they look at each component on the white board, rate those bands on each element and then rate themselves in comparison to clearly expose where their flaws are and to see what really makes them different from the musicians that have “made it.”
When I tell someone about my past as a performer on a cruise ship, I know it will be immediately followed by the golden question, “What’s it like working on a ship??”
You would think by now, I had my answer down to a short memorized monologue, but that’s hardly the case. While I’m more than prepared for the question, it’s one that is almost overwhelming to try and put into words on the fly. My mind is instantly flooded with memories…from extreme sunburns, to $1 crew bar beers, endless breakdowns over my exhausted singing voice, to finding my partner in life, my story is one that could only be truly understood by those who have also lived it.
One of the greatest feelings for me is having a sense of normalcy and balance.Now I realize normal for me is hardly normal for most but never the less, waking up at 4:30 am to work at Orangetheory Fitness, grabbing a mid-afternoon workout, being home by 2 pm to watch trashy TV, food prep, play with the bunny, pick up Brandon, and get ready to either play a gig, open mic, or work on writing new tunes or social media till 12pm ACTUALLY FEELS NORMAL!
For too many months now I have felt a strong disconnection to normalcy and I kept telling myself, “Write music again! It has to be the first step!” I mean, I never felt more alert, alive, connected, focused, or present as when Brandon and I wrote our debut EP “A Formal Introduction”.
As a singer/songwriter/blogger I spend my days looking for creativity under every nook and cranny. I find that with any dramatic experience, comes the possibility for more material. So when life throws me a curve ball, I welcome it with the hopes that I can at least get a solid song or blog out of it.
However, the challenge then becomes finding good material when life is easy breezy! What’s a girl to write about when there’s no drama to inspire her?
I recently met my good friend Kyle for lunch to help him brainstorm some lavish ideas for his girlfriend’s fast approaching birthday. While he was naming off various idea’s like sky diving or a trip to Vegas, the only opinion he got from me was a big ol’, “Hell No! Don’t ever get ME a gift like that. I’m not adventurous and I don’t care!”. He then asked one of the most profound questions I have heard in a very long time; “Jackie, when was the last time you did something for the first time?”
I’m sure by now most of you just assumed you were somehow deleted from our mailing list since you haven’t heard from me in months. Well, I’m here to say that this was not the case, I just suck. 😉 Like most women, I set out to plan a major life event, like a wedding, while simultaneously conquering the world without missing a beat…YEAH, RIGHT! #EpicFail
I realized through this experience, even the most un-bridelike bride can get swallowed up in this celebratory chaos and find herself very lost after it’s all over.Last week as I was stuffing goodie bags, all I could think was “I can’t wait for this amazing day to come, but I REALLY can’t wait to have my life back!”
Rants and Raves…Sometimes a girl’s just gotta talk it out, ya know?
Well, I thought I would change it up a bit for this newsletter and have some good ol’ fashion coffee talk with you.
Last week Brandon and I, along with a few other musicians and artists were invited to a private sit down with the Musicians Union and Fair Trade Music.Both are dedicated to raising the standard of living for all working musicians in Seattle.Most recently they succeeded in getting musician loading signs placed in front of several popular venues. You may have seen them around town.